HOW STEVE DESCRIBES VERNA

creative
warm
encouraging

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HOW VERNA DESCRIBES STEVE

inventive
authentic
curious

what she said...

what he said...

we met on hinge, a dating app, and our conversation kicked off with a game of two truths and a lie

I did stand up comedy for two years.

I swallowed a live goldfish to win a bet.

I've been bitten by a shark.

WHICH IS THE LIE?

I've never done standup comedy!

I've flown a plane.

I went on a month and a half long road trip.

I once got a high five from Kelly Clarkson.

WHICH IS THE LIE?

Kelly and I have never met lol.


GREW UP...
In Almaden, the valley north east from Santa Cruz

OCCUPATION

Graphic Designer & Strategist

WORST HAIRCUT
Cut my bangs down to stubs when I was 7 because "my hair was hot"

FAV VEHICLE OWNED
Vespa Primavera in my 30s 

FAV CLASSIC BAND
Queen

BEST VIDEO GAME
MarioKart on Nintendo Switch

DORITO FLAVOR

Classic. No, Cool Ranch. No, Chili Cheese Fritos.

verna

steve

you too? me too!

ketchup is the worst

anything can be fixed with chicken nuggets

riding motorcycles

playing instruments

legos

dad jokes  and puns

space and sci-fi shows


happy place is a ski/snowboard day

love surprises

curious about everything

love languages are quality time and physical touch

creative and love to make things

cry about the same moments in movies and shows

GREW UP...
In Cobb, the mountains just north of Napa

OCCUPATION

Animator & Maker

WORST HAIRCUT
A black spiky mohawk when I was 22

FAV VEHICLE OWNED
Dodge Stealth in my 20s

FAV CLASSIC BAND
Beach Boys

BEST VIDEO GAME
Red Alert:
Command & Conquer


DORITO FLAVOR
Spicy Nacho

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when you're both creative, 
you tend to have a lot of hobbies...


DESIGN

ART

ILLUSTRATION

ANIMATION

ARDUINO ENGINEERING

READING

LEARNING

 


MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

COMPOSING

SINGING

TRAVELING

PHOTOGRAPHY

MODEL AIRPLANES

DRONE FLYING

 


ENTERTAINING

COOKING

BOOKMAKING

BLOCKPRINTING

SCREENPRINTING

BEER BREWING

GARDENING


CANNING

JEWELRY MAKING

WELDING

PAPER SCULPTURE

MOUNTAIN BIKING

SNOW SPORTS

CAMPING...

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IN A NUTSHELL, OUR RELATIONSHIP IS...
 

playful
comforting
adventurous

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some favorite memories and moments

spontaneous
surprises

When our date one weekend was recording a song together. We got caught up in it all day for hours, and only left for a sushi break.

The time Verna surprised me for my birthday with a skydiving trip and special guests - two of my sisters flew in for the weekend!

best text
thread

The time that we decided that every text that day could only be made out of lines, memes, and gifs from The Office.

Definitely The Office thread. We even coordinated our weekend plans using Office gifs.

sweet &
sentimental

Each year, when we surprise each other with homemade Christmas ornaments that represent a favorite memory from the year together.

The time Verna went away for two weeks and left me a stack of envelopes, one to open each day she was gone. There were letters, jokes, stories, and games!

some of the songs we've recorded together

Forever Young feat. The FreshmanAlphaville & The Verve Pipe
00:00 / 04:11

The first one we recorded together, about a month into dating!

Power of Love (Cover)Huey Lewis & The News
00:00 / 03:44

Our submission for a Classic Rock theme song club

White ChristmasBing Crosby
00:00 / 02:34

A Christmas song we sang for our families and friends in Dec 2018

the proposal

Lake Tahoe / July 2, 2020

We went camping for 4 days in Lake Tahoe to celebrate our 3 year anniversary and take a much needed break from quarantine. Steve, a drone enthusiast, really wanted to get some footage of the lake from Fanette Island in Emerald Bay. Early on our last morning in Tahoe, we set out at 6:30am to see if we could get the best shots before any crowds arrived...

the view of fanette island from the ridge
the view of fanette island from the ridge

Setting out early for the short hike down to the shoreline

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the hike down
the hike down

One of us is completely unaware

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something wonderful...
something wonderful...

...In the midst of an intense 2020. Enjoying the morning before heading back to the Bay, and calling all of our family and friends!

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the view of fanette island from the ridge
the view of fanette island from the ridge

Setting out early for the short hike down to the shoreline

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our families

the swehla's

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FUN FACTS

There are 11 kids! Steve is the 3rd oldest.

Finnish, French, Austrian, Czech

Nearly all minus one are musically talented

Parents: Craig and Julie

Siblings: Peter, Annie, Lizzy, Bridget, Johnny, Mary, Clare, Chrissy, Joe, and Angie


 

the bhargava's

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FUN FACTS

There are 2 kids! Verna is the oldest.

Indian

Nearly all minus one make dad jokes

Parents: Satiesh and Rupa

Siblings: Krisna


 

our wedding party

the women of honor

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brenna robertson

WE FIRST MET

When we were working as lowly customer service peons after college, circa 2005. We bonded at a mutual friends party, where we got caught jumping on a stack of abandoned mattresses.

IF SHE WAS A CHARACTER ON FRIENDS

Monica
She's very organized / a planner, always there to support and root for you, and she gets really into games!

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ip


WE FIRST MET

We were paired together as freshman year roommates at UCLA, circa 2001. We bonded over our terrible 3rd roommate and our love for pizza rolls and playing The Sims.

IF SHE WAS A CHARACTER ON FRIENDS

Rachel
She's a loyal friend, sentimental and a crier, and really hardworking at whatever she puts her mind to.

miwa
prakash


WE FIRST MET

At an orientation session for our graduate design program, in 2010. We both quietly thought the other person was too cool for us. We later bonded over just how nerdy we actually are.

IF SHE WAS A CHARACTER ON FRIENDS

Ross
She's passionate about her interests, detail oriented and methodical, and is very loving and affectionate.

sadia
harper


WE FIRST MET

In graduate school, circa 2010. We bonded (and later lamented) over being a couple of the only dual degree students, then over how much of life and love we had in common.

IF SHE WAS A CHARACTER ON FRIENDS

Chandler
She can make anyone laugh and feel welcome, is deeply compassionate, and is always up for fun.

valerie
tower


WE FIRST MET

In graduate school, circa 2010. My first friend in our program, and we sat next to each other in our pod. Within a couple months, we cohosted our first party together, and soon after, we became roommates!

IF SHE WAS A CHARACTER ON FRIENDS

Phoebe
She's an imaginative and whimsical creator, entrepreneurial and confident, and up for any adventure or caper.

the best men

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joseph
swehla


WHO HE IS TO ME

My youngest brother and the one I love to talk science and tech with.

IF HE WAS IN A HEIST MOVIE

The Cat Burgler

johnny
swehla


WHO HE IS TO ME

My middle brother that I love to collaborate with musically. He always has an ear to listen and just talk about life with.

IF HE WAS IN A HEIST MOVIE

The Pickpocket

krisna
bhargava


WHO HE IS TO ME

My new brother in-law who I have a lot of respect for and always inspires and encourages me to explore my inventive side.

IF HE WAS IN A HEIST MOVIE

The Hacker

matthew
geesey


WHO HE IS TO ME

My go-to buddy for beer-making, video gaming and just hanging out with on a Sunday afternoon.

IF HE WAS IN A HEIST MOVIE

The Planner

peter
swehla


WHO HE IS TO ME

My oldest brother and one of my favorite artistic people to collaborate with. The one I most often have my philosophical conversations with.

IF HE WAS IN A HEIST MOVIE

The Charmer

we can't want to celebrate with you!

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