Stephanie & Gary

Our Story

The story of us

1998

El Dorado High School
1998

Stephanie & Gary met in their high school theater class. Their eccentric teacher, Mrs. Jones paired them up for numerous class projects including a scene from Hamlet. In an effort to get to know Stephanie a little better outside of school, Gary would offer her rides home in his '81 Toyota Starlet (even though Stephanie lived just a couple of houses down from the school).

Stephanie was already good friends with Gary's sister Melissa when Melissa suggested that Gary take Stephanie to the prom. Shortly thereafter Stephanie & Gary started dating.

Gary was working for In-n-Out Burger, as a fry cook & Stephanie had just gotten her first job at Norton's Drycleaners. From time to time Stephanie would visit Gary during his Saturday night shifts for some fries & strawberry shakes. With graduation in the near future for Gary, the two enjoyed a long summer filled with friends, great parties & trips to the beach.

The early years

Changing together without growing apart
The early years

With Gary graduated and off to college, Stephanie enjoyed her remaining time in high school, running for the Miss Placentia Pageant & enjoying another series of school dances with Gary. She joined Gary at Fullerton College later that fall. They would meet up between classes, generally to do homework together. This was a very busy time for the pair, as they were both working and going to school full time.

Gary was studying computer science and was still working for In-n-Out as a store trainer. He was debating about going into store management when he was given an opportunity to apply for a computer tech support position at the In-n-Out corporate office in Irvine. With 3 years of college under his belt, Gary managed to land his dream job while still working for a great company.

Stephanie was finishing up her general ed courses & decided to take a couple of courses in television & film. She found herself pleasantly at home here. She was working for Volt Services Group as a department trainer & paycheck distributor.

Living together

Living together

In the summer of 2002 Stephanie & Gary moved out of their parent's homes and into a one-bedroom apartment in Tustin. While moving, Stephanie forgot to pack the silverware & the two enjoyed their first meal out on their own eating with chopsticks.

Stephanie soon transferred to Cal State Fullerton, where she declared a major in Film & Television. Weekends were filled with production shoots, in which Gary frequently had an acting role. Countless hours in the editing bay lead Stephanie to realize that she had a true skill & passion for editing.

Gary was promoted to computer programmer and spent his downtime playing the bass in two bands & playing online video games with his friends.

In 2004 Stephanie graduated from college & got a job as a video editor. For six months she worked nights, eventually earning a daytime position. Gary was soon promoted again to lead programmer.

Today

Today

Eventually the couple outgrew their little one-bedroom in Tustin & moved to Aliso Viejo into a 3-bedroom townhouse with their friend Braden. Stephanie & Gary love relaxing at home together. They cook, play video games, discuss politics and frequent Roman Cucina for tasty Italian meals. Life is good and they both look forward to making it official this October.