Valentine's Day 2008
How we met... on match.com!
Tammy's title caught Dan's trained firefighter eye, "I Play With Fire,
The Real Kind!" (Far more than the title caught his eye.)
1st Date: June 27, 2007
4th Date: 777 Party at
Pat Smith's home, where Dan and Tammy discovered they have mutual
friends who almost set them up 3 months earlier!
Trips Together: Ojo
Caliente, NM, Taos, NM, Nagshead, NC (Dan's family reunion), Prescott,
AZ (Tammy's family reunion), and San Francisco, CA. Tons
of skiing/snowboarding in Breckenridge, CO (our
second home), most recently Silverton Mountain and the Last Dollar hut
in the San Juan Mountains.
Engaged: October 24,
2008 on Dan's birthday.
afternoon in May of 2008, Dan walked in and casually dropped this
bomb, “So I went and looked at rings today… and I just couldn’t find
anything that suited you.” That started a brief search which ended
with a custom ring we designed together. Tammy was allowed to see the
ring in blue wax but not in the white gold we decided on and was allowed to decide on the size, clarity,
and shape of the diamond but couldn’t
see it ahead of time. Tammy believes black diamonds, meaning
double black diamonds on the ski slopes are a girls best friend, so it
was important to capture this symbol in the design. She patiently
waited – while Dan was nerve wracked about what the “right time” would
look like – until October 24th, a few hurricanes later (as in Gustav &
Ike), when she surprised Dan, on his birthday, with a trip to San
Francisco and he surprised her in return with a ring that’s classy, elegant and almost as
beautiful as she is.