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August 9th, 2014

Portland, OR

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About Us

From the Groom

I used to think I could get through life alone but after Sophia came into my life, I now know that there's no way I could get through life without her gentle, loving soul. Love was always one of those things that I thought I knew but was never sure of — until I met Sophia.

She's my best friend and has been with me at my happiest, saddest and, most often, goofiest. Her smile is the number one reason why I rush home everyday. She makes me be the best version of me that I can be and is a constant reminder that no matter the trial and tribulations, life is a beautiful thing.

From the Bride

I didn’t see it coming when it happened. I guess that’s what they always say. Although we were seeing other people when I first met Darick, it took several years--and I’d like to think some kismet— for us to finally connect. And right away, I knew.

I love how passionate he is about his convictions. I love his ambition and his ability and desire to learn. I love how excited he is whenever he sees a dog, so much that he chuckles to himself every single time. I love how much he values his family. I love his faith in God and I also love his faith in me. I couldn’t imagine anything more wonderful than spending the rest of my life with this man. I think Dexter would agree.

The Proposal

As told by Darick

To my future children and anyone who has about 15 minutes to spare, this is how I proposed to Sophia on a hot, summer day.

Proposing to Sophia has by far been the highlight of my life. Pulling it off, on the other hand, was one of the most difficult things I will ever accomplish in my life.

I promised Sophia that prior to moving into a house from our apartment, we'd be engaged so that our relationship would be equally as committed as our living arrangement. Knowing this, I began looking for engagement rings at the end of 2013 to give myself sufficient time to find the right ring.

A photo of the actual diamonds in Sophia's engagement ring.

A note to my future son and any of my fellow single homies: looking for a ring ain't easy. There were cuts, colors, clarity and carats I had no idea existed and soon I was underwater in a sea full of diamonds and confusion. I reached out to my close friends, Sophia's close friends and began diligently taking notes on research I'd done myself. I arrived at Judith Arnell's doorstep on a (very) rainy late winter day. My socks were soaked and my pants were dripping from the rain but, hey, at least I was ready to buy a ring.

Judith kindly told me she was going to be attending a diamond show the following week and assured me that she'd find the perfect diamonds for me. I thanked her, put my rain-soaked notes back into my pocket and smiled as I headed out the door.

A few weeks later, I went back to Judith's shop and saw the bounty she returned with. I didn't know much about diamonds but when I saw the one she showed me, I knew it was the one.

I did it. I found a ring.

The house we found (and signed) after just 2 days of searching.

I grew many gray hairs keeping the ring secret from Sophia.

Sophia and I had already began looking at potential houses and apartments to live in with the assumption that it'd take at least a month or two before we could actually find a place.

We ended up finding the perfect place (and signed the lease) within 2 days.

While some may look at this as a sign of relief, this meant I needed the ring. Pronto.

I can barely remember the few weeks that came after as it was a faint blur of long list of emails between Judith and I as well as getting insurance for the ring, planning the actual proposal itself, telling my mom about the proposal, getting her family's blessing and, oh yeah, packing up our apartment and moving into our new house.

By the time the ring arrived, I grew many gray hairs keeping the ring secret from Sophia. I slept with my backpack next to me, turned on a security camera to watch my bag (no joke) and was never further than 3 feet from it for almost a month.

Another note to my children and single homies: Hire a photographer. Preferably one that your significant other has never met. Maybe someone like Levy Moroshan. People, to this day, love hearing that the photos I have of the engagement are of the actual proposal and not posed or staged.

Levy and I headed up to Hoyt Arboretum the day before the day of the proposal. We determined all the areas that would give us optimal lighting and designated a a few zones that would a gametime decision.

I told Sophia that we were going to have dinner at the restaurant where we had our first date and follow it up with some bird watching since the weather was going to be so nice. She was hesitant on the bird watching but eventually agreed. My plan was slowly being green-lighted.

(Cliff Notes to the people reading who don't know much about my background: I studied animals in college and spent a lot of time studying birds, their plumage patterns and behaviors. I still keep my Sibley's nearby whenever I need a quick bird reference.)

The big day finally arrived. The insurance paperwork for the ring was approved the day before and with a set of binoculars, my trusty Sibley's Field Guide To Birds of Western North America and an engagement ring, I was well-equipped to ask the woman I loved for her hand in marriage.

I got off work early that day and picked up Sophia. She had just gotten off a long night off work but came out of the house in a nice dress. Being dressed so nicely, I thought she knew I was going to propose. My plan was ruined, I thought (I later found out that she had no idea).

"Do we HAVE to go bird watching? It's such a nice day outside."

"Do we HAVE to go bird watching? It's such a nice day outside," Sophia said after a delightful dinner at Lovely's 50-50.

I smiled and said she should at least give bird watching a chance.

Seeing that Sophia was wearing sandals and not shoes that could get her through some of Hoyt Arboretum's bark dust laid trails, I texted Levy and told him that we will be taking the photos at a place we previously designated as "Location 1," the closest location to the parking lot.

We got out of the car and talked about how beautiful the drive up was and about how my brother's wedding was a year away. As we approached Location 1, I told her to look through the binoculars and toward a group of trees at a bird (There was no bird.).

As she struggled to focus the binoculars, I got down on one knee and pulled out the ring from the cuff in my jeans.

She soon looked down, frustrated at not finding the bird I'd told her to look for.

"Will you marry me?" I asked.

And the rest is history.

If there was one lesson I learned from proposing to Sophia, it's that nothing else really matters except the person you love. Sure you'll have your ups and downs but when you find that one person you want to spend your life with, nothing else matters. I just chose to make things a lot more extravagant so I could have something to put on my wedding website. When you find that one person you want to spend the rest of your life with, you just know it.

The texts I sent Levy the day of the engagement.

When you find that one person you want to spend the rest of your life with, you just know it.

Photo Gallery

Proposal photos taken by Levy Moroshan — Engagement photos taken by Jamie Jones

The Party

The Groomsmen

The Bridesmaids

The Wedding

August 9th, 2014

  • The Ceremony

    Holy Trinity Church
    13755 SW Walker Rd.
    Beaverton, OR 97005

    The wedding ceremony will take place at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Beaverton, where you will find us most Sunday mornings. The ceremony starts at 2 pm and Father Dave Gutmann is graciously marrying us.

  • The Reception

    The Colony
    7525 N Richmond Ave.
    Portland, Oregon 97203

    We absolutely fell in love with The Colony at St. Johns when we first stepped into the entryway. It’s a unique, mid-century inspired venue that has a lot of cool rooms to explore. Cocktail hour begins at 5 pm with the reception following at 6 pm.

    Portland’s August weather is typically in the low 80’s. Although the reception is indoors, there’s a large outdoor patio area to relax in the breeze. The attire recommended is cocktail attire/dressy casual. It’s not really a black-tie affair. We’re just excited to dance the night away with you!

Gift Registry

We are so grateful that you want to help us start our lives together. More importantly, we can't wait to see you at the wedding!

See You There!