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engage d: 2010 BRIAN & DENA by daniel garcia


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Brian is a professional musi c i a n w h o l o v e s c o u n t r y m u s i c ; a l t h o u g h h e doesn’t n e cessarily pla y coun t ry mu s ic wit h h is f lu t e . B ria n is a ls o a ma z ingly gra tefu l that his fia n cée lo v e s t o c o o k . E a t in g is o n e o f h is f a v o r ite pastimes-esp e cia lly wh e re c h ic k e n o r c h e e s e c a k e (b u t n o t c h ic k e n cheeseca ke, th a t would be g ro s s ) is in v o lv e d . Wh e n h e is n ’t t e a c h in g m usi c, p laying with the S ilic o n Va lle y S y mp h o n y o r c o mp le t in g in t e rn ship hours for his MFT licens u r e , B r i a n l i k e s t o w o r k o u t , r e a d b o o k s a n d watch mo vie s. B rian a lso has a s p ira t io n s o f h a v in g a g a rd e n o n e d a y, where he can escape from th e s t r e s s o r s o f l i f e a n d g r o w t h e w o r l d ’ s m o s t beauti ful flowe rs.


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As previously mentioned, D e n a l i k e s t o s p e n d a l o t o f t i m e i n h e r k i t c h e n . While sh e excels a t b a kin g , s h e h a s a ls o b e e n k n o wn t o ma k e a me a n la sagna. Her love of words (r e a l l y b i g w o r d s , l i k e c r i c o a r y t e n o i d c a r t i l a g e ) led her to a career in speech p a t h o l o g y, w h e r e h a p p i l y, s h e e a r n s a l i v i n g by playing with kiddos all d a y. S h e i s a n e x p e r t a t b l o w i n g b u b b l e s a n d m aki ng a n ima l noises. De n a is s o la r-p o we re d a n d o n e d a y h o p e s t o o w n a vacatio n home on the sur f a c e o f t h e s u n (a ls o k n o wn a s A riz o n a ).


B+D

After a combined total of 10 years on eHarmony, countless blind dates, speed dates, and online dates, Brian and Dena finally met. They both agree that the over $1,000 that they paid to eHarmony was worth it. Although Dena almost can celed their first meeting because she thought Brian was way too cute to fall in love with her, they finally met at Star bucks in Los Gatos on 2/3/10. (Dena still has the cup!) Bri an thought Dena was way out of his league and it would be too good to be true if she agreed to a second date. Fortunately, Divine Providence was on his side and their second date was lunch after church at El Burro on Valentine’s Day. Their third date was a movie, Shutter Island, along with a spon taneous dinner of teriyaki chicken at Dena’s home followed by a rousing game of Table Topics. When Brian received the ques tion, “What do you think is the most dangerous evil in the world today?”, Dena discovered that Brian has a great sense of humor and could make her laugh. (His answer?--North Korea and Satan)


March 14 found the couple officially becoming an item. The next 5 months were a whirlwind of activity, with Brian finish ing his graduate degree program at Western, a quick trip to LA which included a day at Disneyland, meeting family members and spending as much free time together as possible. Realizing the gem that Dena is, Brian proposed to her on August 14, 2010. They spent an afternoon at Point Lobos. When Brian dropped a knee and presented her with the ring, Dena happily squealed, “Yes, I will marry you.� When the news was posted on Facebook, the universe went crazy with congratulations and well wishes. Since being engaged, their love has grown stronger and deep er. May 7, 2011 seems so far off to each of them, but they are certainly enjoying all the planning and are thankful to God for His gift of love. Without a doubt, the wait was worth it!


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Engagement portraits of Brian and Dena by San Jose editorial fashion and portrait photographer, Daniel Garcia.

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