Congratulations – You’re Engaged!

A couple’s journey to the altar is made up of many, many happy memories worth celebrating. The Story of Us, a one-of-a-kind engagement journal created by the engagement experts at Tacori jewelers, does just that. It’s filled with great prompts about a couple’s love story, engagement, and future plans. We’ve asked some of our favorite bloggers to share a little piece of their story by answering one of those prompts on their blogs this week (see the full schedule below). A few Chronicle Books staffers who are preparing to tie the knot are helping us kick off this blog tour by answering one of the prompts from the journal here today.

Albee Dalbotten, Associate Marketing Director
Albee & her fiancé Nick each answer a question from the journal.

What she is most looking forward to on the wedding day.
I’m excited to see everything come together. Our wedding dress code is “fiesta chic,” and I hope that the whole wedding is a blur of bright colors and people having fun! We also rented a really cool cantina bar that I can’t wait to see in action. And, of course, I am excited to marry Nick (on our 7-year anniversary as a couple!).

What he is most looking forward to on the wedding day.
I’m excited for our families and friends to look on as I dance with my bride for the first time as husband and wife. I’m also very excited to hear the speeches and soak in the product of our hard work and Albee’s creativity.

Deirdre Merrill, Senior Contracts Manager
Deirdre shared one of her favorite early memories with her fiancé, John.

The Story of How We Met.
John and I met for the first time at a Christmas party thrown by a mutual friend of ours, who was dying to set us up. But we really didn’t start dating until a few years later. As it turned out, we happened to work across the street from each other. I used to see John at the Peet’s Coffee in his building every morning—both before and after we started dating, which made getting coffee really special. We got to meet and get to know many of our respective co-workers over the years since we worked so close to each other and some fun memories include going to both our company holiday parties together. This photo is one of my favorites from last year’s Chronicle holiday party at the City Club—a very elegant affair with an incredibly fun photo booth!

Michael Melby, Business Development Manager
Michael gave us a look at the big moment when he asked his fiancée Rachel the big question.

How he planned the proposal and set the scene.
My plan for the proposal was dinner at Zazie, our favorite restaurant in Cole Valley, and then a walk through Golden Gate Park where I would propose to Rachel in our favorite garden. Well, that was the plan…

Then a severe rainstorm hit the Bay Area. The storm delayed Rachel’s flight home from a business trip by six hours and she did not land at SFO until after midnight. I already had plans in motion to celebrate the engagement with friends and family the next day at our house. I was going to have our friends sneak into the backyard, and have balloons and mimosas waiting to celebrate as soon as Rachel woke up. I had to come up with another plan quickly due to the bad weather.

Every day I wake up at 6:30am to walk our dog and start a pot of coffee. When I return from walking the dog I bring Rachel a cup of coffee in bed. Nothing makes Rachel happier than me bringing her coffee in bed. She’s genuinely excited every time, and refuses to get out of bed until she’s received her cup of Joe. With the change of plans, my next idea was to tie the engagement ring to her favorite coffee mug with a ribbon. I nervously handed Rachel the mug and knelt down beside the bed. I sat there with a big grin on my face while she had a few sips of her coffee. She didn’t see the ring hanging from the cup! Finally, by the fourth sip of coffee she glanced down and noticed the ring. Before I could even ask the question Rachel said “Absolutely!”

Shortly after that, our dog started barking at something from the back window, and Rachel stuck her head out to see what was going on. Her immediate reaction to seeing our friends with balloons and mimosas was “Check it out!” Then she stuck her hand out the window for all to see.

Congratulations to these Chronicle couples! Please follow along with our blog tour for more great stories this week:

Monday, April 2 – Delightfully Engaged
Tuesday, April 3 – Hello!Lucky
Wednesday, April 4 – Apartment 34
Thursday, April 5 – Valley & Co.
Friday, April 6 – Engaged & Inspired

“Remember the past. Cherish the present. Imagine the future.”
-Haig Tacorian

Lorraine Woodcheke
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  • Alyson Pullman April 3, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Such sweet stories! Congratulations to all of them!


  • stephanie April 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Love the stories and photos!


  • Karen Melby April 4, 2012 at 4:02 am

    What a great way to follow the couples thru this wonderful time of their lives. As Michael’s mom I could not be happier with his choice of bride. Rachel is a warm, talented, and funny person. She fit into our family mix so well that all the family is thrilled and cannot wait for the Wedding! I live on the East Coast and this is a phenomenal way to follow along. Thank for the chance to see because phone calls are not equal to the written word.


  • Sammie April 5, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    So nice to see young love! Old fashioned fairy tales. Rachel looks like Rupunzel in that window!


  • Robert Smith March 1, 2013 at 3:54 am

    Love this post as well as images!


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