Bride’s Name: Dossier White
Bride’s Occupation: Doctoral Student
Groom’s Name: Chase Harps
Groom’s Occupation: Franchise Licensing Developer
Wedding Date & Location: August 31, 2015—San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco, CA
Honeymoon: Venice, Italy
Tell us your love story: Bride: Chase and I met in Japan, where we were both teaching English. We had a mutual friend who introduced us so that we, as Americans, could meet up in a different country. We Skyped then met in person and the rest is history!
When did you know that your partner was the one? Bride: Chase says he knew I was the one the first time we met. I was waiting outside of the train station for him at our meeting location. I didn’t have a cell phone. When I turned around he said he just knew. We were only supposed to meet for coffee but ended up hanging out for hours. I knew he was the one when I got food poisoning and he took really good care of me. We hadn’t even known each other for long and he saw me at a low point and was there to make sure I got better.
How did he propose? Bride: I was planning a secret 30th birthday party for Chase. I had no idea he was planning to propose the same night. He thought we were going to an intimate dinner with just the two of us and when we got to the restaurant 30 of our close friends and family were waiting for the birthday party. They had no idea he was planning to propose. So we go all night having food, drinks and dancing to the band. Chase stands up to give his thank you speech to me for the birthday party but ends up proposing. And how wonderful that we happened to have so many of our closest friends and family there to witness it. We call it the night of surprises!
What’s the key to the success of your relationship? Bride & Groom: For us the key to success was being proactive in preparing for marriage. We did not live together or give each other “spousal privileges” when we were dating. We worked and earned each other’s love and trust. We were whole as individuals before becoming one. We both had degrees, traveled the world, and had healthy shared experiences before marriage. We were not looking to the other for completion but rather fulfillment.
Why do you want to be included in JET love? Bride: I’m sure this is cliche and has been heard many times but I have been following JET love since I was 8 years old and I would look at the pictures in the magazines on my grandparent’s coffee table. Even into my teenage and adult years JET love was a part of my upbringing, family, and ethnic culture. To be included would be a life goal come true and something I can share with my grandparents who are now much older and future children.