How did you meet the love of your life?
We actually met on Tinder. I was new to Denver, and I liked that he had been there a while and could show me around the city. I'm from Hawaii and he's from New York; we found each other in the middle.
When did you know that this person had stolen your heart?
About 8 months after we met, Jason was diagnosed with Leukemia. It was really sudden and scary, and I honestly didn't know whether or not I would be able to (or even wanted to) stay by his side through it. But he was so strong, and so confident, and so funny throughout the entire process—and we learned that together, we make a pretty amazing team. I realized that if we could get through that, we could get through anything. I had found my person. (And yes, he beat it and is now completely cancer-free!)
Tell us the story of the proposal.
It was a few days after my birthday, and my mom said she wanted to take my sister and me out to dinner for a belated celebration. When I got home from our girls' night, the house was dark and our dog was running around the backyard with something around her neck. When I got closer, I saw that it was a lei—and when I walked into the house, I found it full of lit candles and fresh plumeria flowers (which are very sentimental and personal for me) that Jason had specially ordered from Hawaii. He got down on one knee and, in shock, I said, "What are you doing?" But of course I knew what he was doing, and I said yes.
How did you find Wear Your Love?
I think I first found Wear Your Love via Etsy. I had spent hours and hours searching for the right dress, and was becoming really frustrated. I couldn't find anything in the local shops that felt just right, and was beginning to lose hope. Then I stumbled across Wear Your Love.
When did you know you had found your perfect dress?
I knew from the start that, on my wedding day, I didn't want to feel like a princess; I wanted to feel like the coolest girl at the party. I wanted to feel comfortable and like myself, but also like a bride. I wanted flowy but fitted, lace but not old-fashioned; I wanted sleeves, because it was going to be a fall wedding, and I wanted to wear booties. I had this list of specifications in my head, but I couldn't actually picture what my "dream dress" looked like. I just thought, "I'll know it when I see it." When I saw the Rio dress, I knew.
What went through your mind when the Wear Your Love box arrived at your doorstep, and you pulled out your dress for the first time?
I was giddy! I was so excited and nervous. The dress had arrived so quickly, and I had never had something custom made before. I was afraid I would need to have alterations made, but I didn't. The dress fit me perfectly. When I first put it on, I almost cried.
What was your wedding theme or style?
The theme was one I totally made up, and it was kind of insane: A modern, boho dinner party with moody, tropical elements (and a live band.) We wanted it to feel like Denver in the fall, but to also bring in details that represented where we both came from—and the food had to be amazing (and it was!)