Happy Tuesday, everyone! You know what Tuesday means, right? That love is in the air!
This Tuesday we are featuring one of our favorite couples – Landon and Monica Nemoto. Their wedding was absolutely lovely, like an English Garden oasis in the middle of Houston. Here’s their True Love story.
1.How did you meet?
I’m an interior designer and had started a new job at an architecture firm in 2006. Landon worked in the same building. He says he checked me out at every chance! But he was polite and friendly and bided his time (since I was dating someone then). When I left in 2007, he was disappointed & hoped to run into me again. I was oblivious to his interest, but don’t get me wrong, I was fully aware that a handsome guy worked upstairs…
At an industry-related event in Galveston 2009, we were both single & available. We noticed each other from afar on the beach, pretending not to. In fact, I had courage for a few steps then quickly pivoted around thinking, “I’m not sure I want him to see me in a bikini with a beer after all this time!”. It didn’t take long for Landon to contact me for a date. Maybe the bikini was a good thing after all!
Our first date was a night in Kemah, a fun-filled event that had a little bit of everything including a trip around the ferris wheel, fireworks, and pictures in the photo booth. We didn’t know it until later, but we both told friends it was truly “the best date ever” when they pressed us for details.
2.What were your first impressions of each other?
Landon’s first thought was “Whoa – who’s the new girl?!” He’s also said his first impression was that I was “grace defined”. My first impression was that he was extremely handsome & had a magnetic personality, but I couldn’t look too closely since I was taken. I thought he was for sure dating the Marketing girl. Little did I know he was trying to get information out of her about me! We had a karaoke work function one night and I think my heart skipped a beat when I heard him sing. From that point on he made a special impact on me….
3.What are your favorite things about each other now?
Monica: I really love how Landon is so unassuming and unique. He is unique in his personality because he is a strategic-minded engineer yet holds many artistic talents like singing & writing. He is also unique in his cultural background, which I think contributes to a set of gorgeous physical traits. I have discovered all these exciting layers of his persona that he so nonchalantly owns. Most of all, I love how he keeps in step with me; walking beside me as they say. We’ve always had matching energies. And yet somehow he still manages to put me on a pedestal!
Landon: The best part of my day is when I come home to Monica. I’m enjoying new discoveries of my wife every day–what never ceases to amaze me is her indomitable loving nature. Couple that with her desire to constantly better herself–whether it’s reading up on a subject of interest, concocting new dishes in the kitchen, or trying out a new design on our guinea pig of a home–and it’s easy to see why I fell in love with this girl. Our personalities mesh, our chemistry is unparalleled, and our love shines through (much to the chagrin of surrounding couples).
Oh, and she’s incredibly hot…so that helps.
4.How did he propose?
Landon proposed only about 4 months after our first date. We hit it off in Kemah and we always joke that the love train just plowed full steam ahead! I was supposed to go with him to Miami, but ended up getting very sick and had to cancel. We tried again the following month, a few weeks before Halloween. Landon had somewhat targeted Halloween for a proposal since we had really neat costumes planned & a party to attend. But, as we walked alone on the shores of South Beach in Miami, it was like the moment was perfectly carved out for us. The sun was setting & the water was unusually still. You could have heard a pin drop. He threw out any plans he may have had and decided to bend down on one knee right then and there. When I heard the words “I love you so much…” I knew what was coming! He fashioned a homemade ring for me out of wire, but it was too big–so we bought a ring at a souvenir store to keep my finger warm until we could get back to Houston & pick out one together. His cousin joked that if I said “yes” to a piece of wire, it must indeed be true love. Yes, it is!
Thanks for sharing your story with us! We were honored to be part of your wedding!