Aleena & Derek met at the University of Washington, during Aleena's freshman year & Derek’s junior year, in 2015 & quickly became close friends. Through many husky football games and the close proximity of their sorority + fraternity, Aleena and Derek's friendship blossomed! It wasn't until Aleena's senior year when Derek asked her out. Their first date was in Redmond, Washington at Matador where they enjoyed enchiladas and margaritas. A few months later, Derek and Aleena spent a weekend in Vancouver, BC, where Derek asked Aleena to officially be his girlfriend. Aleena told him she was already calling him her boyfriend to friends and family, so yes, he could call her his girlfriend too! The couple has enjoyed traveling together to Maui, Priest Lake, Santa Barbara, Austin, Cannon Beach, Denver, and more destinations in their future! Aleena has always supported Derek's hobbies for running ultra-marathons (and now training for an ironman). Their love story would not be complete without their French Bulldog, Frankie, who stole their hearts from the beginning and completes their little family. Derek, of course, made sure to include Frankie in his plan on November 12th, 2021, when he proposed to Aleena in Carillon Point in Kirkland, Washington. Please join us on July 8th to celebrate Aleena and Derek's love and marriage!