Years passed, families moved, and the playground adversaries lost touch. Imagine the now adult Alyson’s surprise when Jeff messaged her via MySpace asking if she remembered him. Her answer: “Of course!” After months of emails, texts and phone calls the couple had their first date in San Francisco. “The night was nothing short of entertaining and wonderful,” she says.
You know how they say in a middle school boy pulls your pigtails he really likes you, well in the case of Alyson and Jeff that is just how their love began. When she was in the third grade, Alyson used to dread walking by the seventh graders before school because Jeff Costa would harass her unmercifully. Finally, after she’d had enough, she told him off to the best of her 9-year-old ability. Little did she know she’d just sassed her future husband.
Jeff proposed by tying a note to their puppy Chuck’s collar. They chose the Argonaut Hotel for the January 8 wedding because, as Alyson says: “We wanted to find a place that was intimate, nostalgic and fun—and dog friendly [Chuck stayed with them at the hotel]. The nautical, antique feeling of The Argonaut melted our hearts and we immediately felt at home.”
The couple took advantage of the hotel’s location by posing at iconic San Francisco landmarks before the ceremony. For the wedding itself, they married in the Maritime Room. “The character of the space suited our needs for an intimate wedding,” says Alyson. Their officiant read letters the couple had written to each other, and the pair was wed. Afterwards, Alyson changed into a short dress and everyone danced to music ranging from oldies to hip-hop.