KJ Couples: Alyssa and Richard

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We love your love! That is why we have decided to reach out to a few of our amazing Kasia Family members, new and returning, to tell their stories. Love is powerful, beautiful, diverse, and worthy of honoring through your unique story. By sharing these openly with you, we intend to spread joy in a time when we need it the most. We understand the privilege it is to be a part of your story, and we hope the sincerity of these couples will reflect the very special relationships we aim to have with everyone who walks through our doors (whether in-person or virtually).

Next up, we have Alyssa & Richard. A sweet story to act as a reminder that what's meant for you will never pass you by...


When did you know that your partner was THE ONE?

Richard: Shortly after I graduated high school, I joined the military and got stationed in Okinawa for two years. Alyssa stayed in California to complete her bachelors degree. Long distance was tough at the time, but we made it work. Eventually, we planned to visit each other halfway in Hawaii. After a series of virtual sunsets through FaceTime, we finally got to watch our first sunset together in person. That’s when I knew she was the one. 

What is one thing you love about your significant other?

Richard: There are so many things to love about Alyssa. If I could choose one, I would definitely say her cooking. Alyssa is filipino and learned how to cook filipino foods from her grandparents. The best way to describe it, other than the delicious flavors, is that her cooking is made with love. 

What is an activity you love to do together?

Alyssa: We love roadtrips! Sometimes our roadtrips are planned and other times they are spontaneous. For us, it is all about the journey rather than the destination. We love car karaoke, finding unique coffee shops, stopping at random places, and taking pictures at picturesque views! 

How did you two meet? 

Alyssa: Richard and I met in the fabulous city of Las Vegas, NV! While one’s first thought might be at the casino, fate actually brought us together at our high school’s tennis courts during try-outs! We were matched to play against each other, one-on-one. Ultimately, I lost to Richard. From that friendly match a beautiful friendship blossomed! Eventually, our friendship evolved into a relationship and then marriage. This year will mark 4 years married and a total of 9 years together. He is my high school sweetheart! 

How did he propose?

Richard: We were driving down the Pacific Coast Highway with Alyssa’s college friends and stopped at a beach in Malibu. We strolled along the water admiring the scenery and wildlife around the area. Of course, Alyssa’s friends knew what was about to happen. After we found the right spot, Alyssa’s friend suggested to take a picture to capture the view. While Alyssa stood there smiling at the camera, I went down on one knee. She turned around and I asked, “Will you?” I was so nervous that I did not even complete the full sentence (haha!). Even so, Alyssa was so happy, she immediately said, “Yes!”, and the rest was history! 

How does Kasia Jewelry fit into your story?

Richard: They say diamonds are a girls best friend but Alyssa loves emeralds (especially since they are her birthstone). We discovered Kasia Jewelry a couple years ago. It was a year after our wedding and I wanted to get Alyssa an anniversary gift. After some research, I got Alyssa a beautiful emerald ring, the Large Diana ring. My first anniversary gift to her and our first Kasia piece! 

Alyssa: When I picked up the Diana ring, I got a chance to meet Kasia. She was so welcoming, friendly, and sweet. In fact, the whole Kasia team is really amazing! Anytime I had a question or inquiry, they were always there to help. Fast forward a couple of years, I was distraught after losing my original wedding band. Because we had such a great experience with Kasia, I got in touch with their stylist virtually (we moved across the country) to find a new wedding band that would pair well with my original engagement ring. Later on that year, we ended up upgrading my engagement ring to the Rosemary ring (as a push present!). The stylist was so helpful in finding the perfect ring to pair with my small Aja wedding band. 

Richard: Then of course, one day Alyssa was browsing through Instagram and saw that they launched a couple of new pieces. She fell in love with the Gianna ring (see? She loves emeralds!) So, as an early anniversary gift, and well because she simply deserved it, I surprised her with it! 

Alyssa: Kasia makes beautiful jewelry from necklaces to rings! Not only that, her team is wonderful. One thing I look forward to (other than future pieces haha!) is to pass down these beautiful pieces to my daughter, Tala, as family heirlooms.

Family Portrait by Sydney Elizabeth French 

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