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 Annelise & Alberto, two spontaneous free spirits who's love radiates loud!
When did you know that your partner was THE ONE?
I knew Alberto was “the one” pretty instantly. It was love at first sight, and I even told my mom (very confidently) that I was going to marry him after our second date, where we went out to dinner and talked so much we closed down the restaurant without even realizing it. After being kicked out, we went to our local cash-only dive bar and danced the night away until that place closed, too. I knew that life was going to be very different from that point on, because I realized that I had met my soulmate. I truly felt, and still feel, like the luckiest human ever.
What is one thing you love about your significant other?
I adore Alberto’s compassion for others (he is an Oncologist!) and his humor, which is literally unmatched. I love how secure he makes me feel in our relationship. Like everything else could be going wrong in my life, or career, or whatever; but things are somehow still so great because he loves me and I love him.
What is an activity you love to do together?
We love to go to concerts together, whether they be planned for months or on a whim the morning of! Live music has always been one of our shared loves and there is no better way we like to spend our time than dancing together!
How did you two meet? (Give us as many details as you’d like!)
Alberto and I met at a mutual friend’s birthday party, which was taking place at a bar in Pacific Beach. I saw him from across the group and thought he was the cutest boy I had ever seen. I saw him walking towards the bar, so I strategically high-tailed myself over there to intercept (I had to do some serious mental geometry to ensure I would arrive at just the right barstool, at just the right time). I told him that he looked like RL Grime (a DJ) and I am pretty sure that flattered him, because that night we ended up going to a Warehouse party and danced the night away until 4 am. We realized we lived 2 blocks away from each other and were inseparable ever since.
How did he/she propose?
Alberto proposed when we took a trip to Italy to visit his family, and his homeland (he was born there!). He took me to a little town in Northern Italy near his hometown named Arquà Petrarca after the famous poet, Petrarch. We went to a viewpoint where we could see rolling green hills of Northern Italy wine country. He asked to take a photo of me, and when I turned around he was on one knee. He read me a poem in Italian that we had dissected earlier, and asked me to be his wife. It was the hottest summer day in June, the cicadas were almost as loud as my thoughts, and it was truly, the most perfect, poetic, and immeasurable day of my existence.
How does Kasia Jewelry fit into your story?
My sister and now brother-in-law got their wedding bands from Kasia, so I had always had my heart set on a Kasia ring when the time came, because well, they are ~perfection~. Alberto and I went ring shopping and absolutely fell in love with the Gemma ring, which was an antique-inspired, high set moonstone center surrounded by diamonds- it was so unique, - just like us - which we loved. Kasia was so incredibly lovely to work with and I have always appreciated how unique her designs are. The Gemma ring really spoke to me, and although I narrowed all the ones I tried on “down to three” to try and retain some semblance of surprise when the proposal came, I knew in my heart the Gemma was it, and so did Alberto. Fast forward to 6 months later, we excitedly made our way over to KJ again to pick out our bands! We did this so early in relation to our wedding, because we literally couldn’t wait; and now it takes everything we have not to wear them “for fun” while going grocery shopping! Kasia’s rings symbolize everything that I loved about falling in love with Alberto: the ebbs, the flows, the soft, the sharp, the beauty inside, and out.