Will teaches Adobe Creative Suite workshops for advertising students at University of Colorado. Nichole is one of those students. She finds his introductory course too introductory, and wonders, "who does this guy think he is?" She leaves after the first half hour and never comes back.
During the CU Dairy Show, an end-of-year advertising portfolio show, Will wins best in show. A professor introduces them, suggesting she seek his help producing a video concept. Will is wearing a pink argyle sweater. Nichole never calls him for help.
Over a year later, the One Show, an international advertising award show, holds an event at CU showing off the year's college competition. As she leaves the show, Nichole sees Will helping her professor transport some presentation equipment in his '95 Pathfinder, her dream car, while looking dashing in a white Burton snowboard jacket. He is playing music from his car that catches her attention, and asks what it is. He doesn't know, but decides he needs to find out and share it with this beautiful girl.
Before she can even make it to her house, Will has written her on Facebook with the name of the album, given to him by a friend. (It was Fabriclive 30: Stanton Warriors).
This is the beginning of their friendship. Sharing interest in music and writing each other over Facebook.
Will has extra tickets to Justice at the Ogden Theater. At the last minute, two friends had to cancel. Fatefully, Nichole had written on Facebook moments earlier how much she wanted to see that show.
Will saw an opportunity...for business. He sold her a ticket for full price, plus Ticketmaster fees.
Halfway through the show it became a date.
That night, they ended up at Will’s house, just listening to music together and talking. It wasn't until four in the morning that they finally kissed, moments before falling asleep.
Over the next few months...
They were inseparable. They learned everything they could about each other. They met each other’s friends. Will met Kaiyuh, who intimidated him at first until she decided he made for a good pillow. He met Nichole's family at her graduation, and discovered just how tall one family can be (mostly). They fast tracked many of the important milestones in a relationship, which turned out to be a blessing, since Nichole was soon offered a job up in Seattle.
Only three months into their relationship, Will helped Nichole pack up all of her things and drove with her from Boulder to Seattle. It was a somewhat somber drive, not knowing what would happen to them now that she was moving. Will stayed with her during her first week of work, and took care of Kaiyuh during the day. When it was finally time to leave, they drove silently to the airport.
Will told Nichole he loved her for the first time. She immediately told him the same.
That began two years of a long distance relationship, with the two exchanging trips back and forth every three to four weeks.
Eventually, Will moved to San Francisco, and their back and forth trips continued for over a year until he finally convinced her to quit her job and move to San Francisco to live with him.
Nichole moved to San Francisco, not knowing if there’s a job waiting for her, but knowing that the relationship is worth it. She finds one almost immediately at an ad agency with some mutual friends. They live together in a teeny-tiny apartment in North Beach, finally able to be together full time.
A little over a year later, they take the next logical step in their relationship: they buy a house together.
After having been together over five years, Will began to realize that there was never going to be a more perfect fit for him. They had each found their matching puzzle piece. So he started planning a proposal as special as Nichole is.
This year they celebrate over six years together, and will be married in the Presidio of San Francisco, where they spend many of their weekends. They will be joined by their friends, family, and furry, four legged companion.