Shirin and Eric

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How We Met

We met on Dec 10, 2011 at a Christmas festival in San Francisco called Santacon through a mutual friend. He was dressed as Superman Santa and I was Ms. Gingerbread. We instantly connected and found ourselves deep in conversation. At one point we looked up and noticed a random guy holding a mistletoe above our heads. I remember he said “You two look like a couple! You should kiss!” And so there you have it. Our first kiss under a mistletoe. How cool is that? I joke with Eric that he must have paid the guy with the mistletoe but to this day he denies it. :)

Here is a picture of us from the day we met.

How He Asked

A fairy tale proposal a year in the making.

Eric proposed to me the eve of my birthday Monday Oct 3rd 2016. It was absolutely epic and took me by complete surprise. He had spent the past YEAR designing and building a fairy tale proposal book with secret puzzles inside every chapter.

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He knew that I loved making story books for my family when I was a little girl so he decided to create a fairy tale story based on our relationship.

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The book is about the two main characters – Super Santa and Ms.Gingerbread and their quest to find The Perfect Fit. What is the Perfect Fit? Neither of them know…. yet. Each chapter in the book is accompanied by a puzzle I had to solve in order to get to the next chapter.

Chapter 1 – Once Upon a Time.

The first chapter is the story of the day we met at a Christmas Festival called Santacon in San Francisco. He was dressed as Super Santa and I was Ms. Gingerbread. In order to move to the next chapter I had to find Super Santa and Ms. Gingerbread from an array of Christmas characters and line them up with a mistletoe, because our first kiss was under a mistletoe.

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Its only when each of the 3 elements perfectly fit together that the Christmas tree on the bottom moves up, allowing me to go to the next chapter.

Chapter 2 – A Life of Adventure and Change.

The second chapter is the story of our adventures on the road with our RV, nicknamed The Slim Roller. As I moved the RV, little wooden icons popped up on the road. These were either fun things we did together or obstacles we had to overcome. Like how he got really sick on our first date but I went out with him again, Burning Man, Zion National Park, sleeping in a Walmart parking lot stranded in Elko, Nevada and escaping a grizzly bear in Alaska.

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Chapter 3 – The Trusty Sidekick.

In the 3rd chapter, Eric brought Pickles, our adorable Labradoodle puppy into the story.

He fits perfectly with Super Santa and Ms. Gingerbread, teaching them valuable life lessons.

Oh, and the cutest thing – the back cover of the book is the actual road we were traveling on the day he proposed.

We are now engaged and happily planning our life of adventure and change together. Here is a picture of us at our Engagement party on Dec 10, 2016 ( exactly 5 years after the day we met)

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Our Video

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Special Thanks

Pete Nguyen
Photo-shoot of Proposal Book
Anna WU
Engagement Photo-shoot
Eric Page ( the Groom)
Custom made Proposal Book with Puzzles