The night Morgan and I met almost didn’t happen. I was at a pre-season Lakers basketball game with my dad and Morgan was at school studying. We had planned to meet up that night after the game for a drink, but I realized while I was there that I was going to get out way too late. So I texted Morgan and told him that I was going to leave at halftime and we could meet up at a wine bar. Morgan texted me back saying that he felt bad that I was going to leave the game early and that we should go out another time. I thought about it for a second because it was a great game, but I had a feeling that this was going to be an incredible date. I texted him back and told him it wasn’t a problem. This ended up being the best decision I had ever made.
At the wine bar, Morgan and I hit it off. We talked about everything! After a night of great conversation, we decided to walk around the beach and share an ice cream cookie. I couldn’t have asked for a better first date. Without JDate, Morgan and I would have never met and I couldn’t imagine the two of us not being together. Thank you JDate for truly matching us together.
Morgan decided to take me to work on Saturday. I thought it was weird since this was the first time he offered to do that. I was freaking out the whole day at work, thinking something was going to happen, but didn’t want to get my hopes up. Morgan told me to be outside at 3:45pm sharp. When he arrived, I saw that he was dressed up, holding a single red rose, and driving his dad’s Jag. However, he wouldn’t tell me what we were going to do.
Morgan then drove like a maniac to a hotel in Laguna Beach called Pacific Edge Hotel. We had an awesome room overlooking the sand with an amazing wraparound balcony. Morgan started to unload the car and I saw he had a ton of stuff with him. I told him that I didn’t have any clothes. He said not to worry and pulled out a huge suitcase with everything I would need.
I could tell he was freaking out a little at that point, but I still thought nothing of it. He told me to get ready in the bathroom, which I though was weird since I had the entire room, but went along with it anyway. I was so curious about what was happening that I took the fastest shower of my life and walked out two minutes later to find Morgan in the midst of setting up his guitar, amp, and a video camera. Morgan was shocked to see me ready so quick and told me to hurry out to the balcony. A few minutes later, during sunset, he started playing me the “Jessica Song.” I still had no idea what was happening until he got to one of the last verses; I finally figured it out and started bawling.
Morgan then got down on one knee and took out this light-up ring box. I still could not believe what was happening. I obviously said “yes” and we both just stood there hugging and kissing. I had to ask him later to repeat what he said to me because I was so caught up in the moment that I did not remember at the time. We then picked up dinner and enjoyed it on a romantic boat ride around Newport Harbor. It was so special because it was also the first night of Hanukkah. Our families were so excited when we told them.
Jessica and Morgan
Huntington Beach, California