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and they agreed to look for jobs in the same place. A few days after graduation, they packed all of their stuff into the back of a U-Haul truck and set out for Northern California. From pretty early on Rachel and Travis


knew they were going to get married; it was just a question of when. After trying to come up with a year that didn’t confl ict with some family vacation, Travis fi nally got tired of waiting and decided to ask Rachel’s dad for permission and go buy a ring. August 24, 2010, was a rare 100-degree


day in San Francisco. T e couple went to one of their favorite restaurants after work. T ey sat at the bar, chatting up the bartender about the food, getting wine recommen- dations, and sweating buckets in the balmy dining room. After dinner, they walked to their favorite place in the city, Dolores Park, which has a beautiful view of the San Francisco skyline. T e sun was setting, lighting up the whole city. It was just starting to cool off , and the park was full of Mission, Castro, and Noe Valley residents hanging out with their friends, letting loose. T e atmosphere was perfect. Travis asked Rachel if she thought they


could throw a wedding together sometime in 2011. She said yes. T en he asked if he should talk to her


Dad when they traveled to Oklahoma in a few weeks and start looking at rings. She said yes. He pulled out the ring and said, “So what


if I’ve already done all that stuff ?” Surprised, she asked what he was saying. He asked if she would marry him. She said yes. •


“ Love doesn’t make the world go ‘round. Love is what makes the ride worth while.” ~ Franklin P. Jones


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