Thursday, June 23, 2016

Love at First?

From the moment Ashley met Chris, she knew she would be with him forever.
How does the saying go? "Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk by again?" For Ashley, the day she laid eyes on Chris Wallace and his enormously, striking blue eyes, she believed in love at first sight. She was 14 years old. BUT, she had to walk by again… okay, maybe several times.
Ashley finally got the courage to talk to Chris when she was desperate to find a ride home from the first party she ever attended, as a freshman. From that day forward, they were friends. They shared many unforgettable memories together and dated for a short period.
The stars finally aligned in the fall of 2009 when they ironically sparked conversation again. On February 4th of 2010, Chris asked Ashley through a text message if she would be his girlfriend (how romantic… thanks technology!). Ashley's heart was finally full. A couple weeks later (February 28th), Chris said to Ashley the three most meaningful words that ever girl dreams of hearing, "I love you" (of course through a text message). Let me restate that, Chris typed the three most meaningful words that every girl dreams of reading... Did Ashley mention Chris is shy?
Ashley knew at this point that if they did indeed wed, Chris would most likely propose via text message.
Still finishing up her undergrad at San Francisco State University, Chris and Ashley held a long distance relationship for a year and a half. After Ashley graduated, she moved back to Tahoe to work at the local TV station and Chris, without talk, moved in with Ashley's parents. At this point, Chris was commuting to Sacramento for Air Traffic Control School, which he did daily for almost 2 years.
Let's fast forward! On October 10th of 2015, Chris, Ashley, Heather and David Topol hiked Half Dome. This hike was a top bucket list item for Ashley and ironically Chris's first time to Yosemite. This was a HUGE hike for Chris because just 8 short months prior he shattered his ankle, breaking his tibia and fibula in 21 different places. With headlamps on their foreheads, and enough food/water for a week, they left the tent cabin in Curry Village around 3:45 am. It was completely pitch black out. They did the whole hike in the dark, arriving at the cables just as the sun was rising.
When they finally arrived at the tiptop of Half Dome, they were in absolute awe. They got out their snacks, sat and enjoyed the breathtaking view. David and Heather asked Ashley if she would take some pictures of them sitting out on the "diving board", a famous Yosemite ledge, and without hesitation she was up doing a photo shoot. Chris, who would usually go without taking a photo, asked David, "Topol, can you take one of us now?" So, Chris and Ashley switched spots with them, when all of a sudden Chris yelled to David, "Well, why don't you video the walk out to the rock?" Thinking that was a little weird, David videoed the walk, and replied, "Okay Bud, I got the walk!" And Chris replied, "Keep rolling," at which point he squeezed Ashley, gave her a kiss and dropped down on one knee. "Will you marry me?"
Looking out from the rock ledge, fellow hikers were cheering, applauding, and congratulating them. It was a very magical moment.
Still having to hike all the way back down Half Dome (16 miles in total), they couldn't wait to get back to Curry Village and officially celebrate…with well deserved champagne. At this point Chris was limping pretty badly and in a lot of pain; however, he was very relieved Ashley said YES!
They didn't get cell reception in Yosemite National Park, but when they did, Ashley received a text message from Chris that said, "Will you marry me?"
Chris and Ashley will be moving to Oklahoma City on June 10th as Chris has (finally) received an offer letter for Air Traffic Control. They couldn't be happier to not only be growing closer in finally becoming Husband and Wife, but to be taking the next step with Chris' Career, in which he has spent so much time and commitment to becoming.
Chris and Ashley feel extremely blessed for all the love and support they have been given, and they are beyond excited to share their special day with you.


Always. Shine. Bright. 


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