Our Love Story
Will was off on special assignment in Europe when Jamie first started working at Ghirardelli. She kept hearing people refer to Will as this "International Man of Mystery." Ghirardelli hosted a sales meeting in Huntington Beach, California, soon after Will's return from Europe in October 2011. Jamie and Will had a nice conversation on the beach while toasting marshmallows and making s'mores. Their mutual friend / colleague Shamoli noticed the sparks and started fanning the flames.
Will was living in a temporary sub-lease when he first got back from Europe and was looking for a more permanent place to live. Jamie was living in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland at the time, and Will said he was interested in Rockridge and wanted to know a good place to grab a drink, so they decided to go together. Jamie had eaten a big lunch that day, so when they went to a place called "Toast" where Will ordered a meal, Jamie just ordered a drink. Will told Jamie, "You're what I'd call a cheap date." "Is this a date?!" Jamie asked. After a moment of awkwardness and bar-hopping to a few more places, Will eventually confirmed it was a date.
Jamie and Will planned a vacation to Cabo San Lucas in May 2015. Prior to departing, Will had started organizing a special private dinner on the beach with the concierge, and had called Jamie's father to get his blessing. On the night of the dinner, Will ordered Champagne, and a trio of musicians snuck in from behind to start serenading the happy couple with romantic Spanish songs. As the sun was setting, Will asked Jamie to dance, and asked the waiter to take some photos. As they danced and posed for the camera, Will suddenly started to kneel, told Jamie how happy she made him, pulled out the ring and asked her to marry him. She said yes.