Big News for Sept 2017: Ashley & David are engaged!
David and I met at the Veg Speed Date event back in December. We have seen each other pretty much every week since then, we are a great fit, and we have been having an amazing time together. We’ve hiked to the heights of Mt. Diablo, Tam, and San Bruno, traveled the length of Highway One to Big Sur, and Bikram Yogi’d together pretty much every week (not to mention eaten the most amazing and fun vegan foods). Thanks for creating such great opportunities to connect with like-minded people.
Ashley & David, first update, 2015
Ashley and I are still together, and we’re so happy! We are living together now, and our relationship is unbelievably amazing. I am so grateful to have her in my life and grateful that your Veg Speed Date event gave us the opportunity to meet. The event at Pause Wine Bar where we met was actually two years ago tomorrow. We are planning to celebrate. 🙂
Ashley & David, second update, 2016
WE’RE GETTING MARRIED!
End of update.
But seriously. We’re getting married! Let’s start from the beginning –
David and I each entered into our relationship with the intention of keeping things casual. Furthermore neither one of us felt aligned with the institution of marriage, nor ever envisioned ourselves getting married. As our love for each other grew and blossomed, we realized we feel an unprecedented love for each other that is undeniable. We knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together, but that didn’t necessarily mean getting hitched. However, David began to bring up the topic of marriage in exploratory kinds of ways over a period of months (mostly when we’d had a few brewskis 🙂 We went up to the mountains to Nevada City for a weekend (during their Vegan Festival which we just happened to stumble upon!!!) and went on a 9 mile hike. During this hike, we had the talk!
By the end of the hike and weekend, we had decided to get married. We had discussed at length what marriage meant to each of us, what it would mean for us as a couple, pros and cons, family input etc. We are very nontraditional in a myriad of ways and only felt comfortable moving forward if we were sure it would be true to us. We decided to do it, but only if we redefined the wedding and marriage to fit ourselves and our relationship. Ultimately the decision came because we love each other with passion that goes deeper than any ocean in the universe and we wanted to ensure that everyone around us and society in general acknowledge this love and commitment.
Ashley & David, third update, 2017
Meet Liz, Travis, and Ripley!
In July 2011, I attended Veg Speed Date out of curiosity. To take a chance. I didn’t expect that evening to set in motion the remarkable five years that followed. Exactly halfway through the event I sat down in front of Liz. After a couple minutes the conversation flowed. We haven’t shut up since. A marriage, a house, and a daughter later we’re still talking, loving, and eating vegan. Sometimes, such as after the first day of preschool or even crawling into bed after a long day, we look at each other and one of us says “veg speed date”. We wouldn’t have any of “us” without that event. It was worth it to take a chance.