Gabriela and Phil

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How We Met

Way back in September of 2013, we met at a music festival in the Bay Area. Immediately, we knew there was something special, and ended up not leaving each other’s side the entire weekend. Following the festival, things got a bit tricky – Gaby lived in Los Angeles and Phil lived in Pacifica, a whopping 373 miles apart! Luckily at the time, Phil was retired and able to travel quite frequently. After a year of accumulating many frequent flyer and gas miles (and Señor Perez’s blessing of course), we were finally able to live together (thanks Manny and Sharon!).

How He Asked

Fast forward a couple years to 2016, a dog, and a new apartment later, Phil mustered the courage to ask Juan (in perfect Spanish, obviously) for Gaby’s hand in marriage. Later that year on Hilda’s birthday weekend in Aruba, in front of a beautiful sunset and surrounded by flamingos, Phil made it official!

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And this is the beginning of our story…