The months leading up to the wedding were really crazy. Dan, in fact, managed to propose without an engagement ring, this was all thanks to a Seattle plane being hijacked. He originally had purchased a ring and had shipped it to his sister in Seattle where she was supposed to bring it down as part of a surprise engagement party. Unfortunately, the night before the sunrise proposal, someone hijacked a plane in Seattle and all flights ended up getting cancelled. On top of that, Dan had also gotten into a massive cycling accident two weeks prior to the proposal date. He was very sad during the accident and he made sure to ask the doctors in the ER if things could be fixed in the two weeks he had before the proposal. This was because out of state friends were flying in for the surprise engagement party. Luckily, despite all odds, and some very awesome best men (twins) who stayed up with Dan late into the night developing an alternative plan, it worked out beautifully.
Conveniently, Dan runs a wedding photography business on the side (Dan Chern Photography) and took me to Twin Peaks in San Francisco under the guise of a sunrise “engagement shoot” to help out at which turned out to be the proposal. One of his best friends, Jim, is also a wedding photographer and helped to photograph the proposal itself. I said, yes, on that foggy, cold, SF morning.
I’m from Oahu so it Hawaii was an obvious choice for the wedding. Due to some family circumstances, we decided to get married only 7 months from the proposal day which made for a mad scramble to get everything planned. I thought long hard while deciding my wedding dress and spent many many visits trying on lots of dresses with friends in attendance. The dress I selected was one that I knew Dan would love and he truly loved it. It was also the perfect dress for Hawaii, an airy and flowy dress with detailed lacing.