Mary Jo Bowling
When Zach Crawford and Matt Heron met at a Los Angeles birthday party it was love at first sight on both sides. “It’s hard to believe, but we both fell in love the instant we met—we just knew,” says Zach.
Soomin Han says that her wedding proposal was a ridiculously romantic cliché—which is exactly what she wanted. Her then-boyfriend, Chung Ho Park, took her out to an elegant hotel restaurant where he had arranged to have a private room decorated with candles and flowers. In the glow of candlelight, as their song "Love You" by Korean pop singer Jungyup played, he offered her a glittering diamond ring. Was it the most original idea? Perhaps not. But, as Soomin says, "It was the perfect proposal."
To be honest, Laura Kogan (an elementary school teacher) wasn't sure about dating Tyler Knight (owner of a drug and alcohol treatment center). He had no such reservations. "Don't worry," he told her. "Once I'm your boyfriend, I'll be your boyfriend forever."
Starting today, more than 500 artworks by Northern California artists will be sold in a massive estate sale. The works are from the collection of Charles H. Curley, a prolific collector of paintings, drawings, pottery and sculpture.
Bad weather may be putting a damper on estate sales this weekend, but that doesn't mean there isn't something out there for the determined shopper. From Petaluma to San Leandro, deal mongers will find some interesting goods.
When Natalie Harris and Matthew Wages met, there was a strong attraction. Still, as is the case with most good love stories, there were problems. For one thing, they were both dating other people. And while he was in his element foraging for wild mushrooms in the forest, she was more inclined to be searching for designer stilettos in a luxury department store. When the stars finally aligned and both were single, her sister texted him to tell him so. He replied that Natalie was too "high maintenance" for his taste. After a chance encounter at a pub, they quickly decided the hunt was over. "It was like an insta-relationship. Just add water," says Natalie. Three years later, they decided to wed.
Matt Treski & Heather Rimmey Win Tickets to the SF Wedding Fair with a Truly Cry-Worthy Proposal Story
When Matt Treski wrote and shared the romantic tale of how he asked Heather Rimmey to be marry him, we couldn’t believe the time, thought, and creativity he put into the question. Not only did his efforts win him a soon-to-be-wife, they have also garnered the San Francisco resident 10 tickets and VIP entry to the San Francisco Wedding Fair at the Four Seasons on January 22.
Here’s the story in Matt’s words:
It took three years for Lauren Pieretti’s and Lori LaCoursiere’s relationship to develop after they met at The Café in the Castro District. But once Lori proposed on Baker Beach during a training run for a half marathon, the couple decided they couldn’t wait for the legalization of same-sex marriage to wed, so they staged a nautical-theme commitment ceremony at the Argonaut Hotel on November 5.
Technically, Sergio Villarreal wasn’t actually crashing—it was a holiday party for the tenants of a San Francisco office building where the start-up he worked for had just opened shop. But Michelle Gonzalez, who was the property manager at the time, says he might as well have been an uninvited guest. “In the older and conservatively dressed crowd, he and his coworkers stood out like sore thumbs,” she says. “They seemed like party crashers!” Because she was the only other person in the crowd in their peer group, Sergio and his coworkers came over to chat with her. Cards were exchanged, lunch dates were made, and five years later, Sergio and Michelle were getting married.
When Tiffany Maleshefski and Dan Apczynski met she was working at Strings magazine and he was an editor at Acoustic Guitar, a sister publication. It would take some time before their relationship hit the right note. “He pursued me for a couple of years, but he was really, really shy and I thought he was too young for me,” she says of Dan, who is four years her junior. But after a couple of dates, Tiffany realized that their personalities were perfectly harmonious.
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