Guest Book

Betta & Roger

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Happy Today! Lifting up a prayer that all is beautiful today. Thinking of you this morning and looking forward to sharing in your celebration this afternoon. Blessings and love to you both today and always.

Steph & Brooker

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Well you lot, ONLY IN AMERICA!!!!!!

The invite was great but this WEDSITE is like a romance movie - What a MAMMOTH LAKES effort, as grand as EL CAPITOL. I should be sleeping but this had me sucked in - One hell of an effort to get it all together - a great history book and WE SHOULD BE THERE - you could've asked us to meet you in Greece!!!! Hope all the wild Olson family have a great time and looking forward to our next USA visit - or some DOWN UNDER!!!!

Good onya Wench & Stav!

Reshmi

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Congratulations to both of you!!! Great wishes for your happy married life ahead!

Ron & Melissa Zanetti

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sorry we are not able to attend - Lets catch-up when you get back from Greece.

Cheers, Ron

Dad

Saturday, June 11, 2011

My best wishes and all my love to you both. I know this will be the best day of your lives (so far) and we are so happy to celebrate this date with you forever. This is a beautiful website and brings back all the memories of this past exciting year for all of us. Steve, welcome to the family. Becky, you always amaze us in all the wonderful ways.

All my love to both of you,

Dad

Carol Thollander

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Congratulations! Jeff and I are looking forward to your wedding.

jenny sortino

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

i loved what becky said when steve poised the question. "get out" i can hear her voice so clearly in my head. that's so funny. i also love the music. make a cd to give out at the wedding along with the travel size bottle of windex.

Kelly

Monday, May 30, 2011

Love the wedsite! So sorry we can't make the wedding. Nate says make a quick jaunt down to Addis after Turkey!!

Love and miss you guys,

Kelly

Annie

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

What a great site. I'm enjoying the music at work -- better than Pandora. oxox

Sara Guinness

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fancy site - well done! Only in 2011 would there be an interactive poll on a wedding web site. :)

I'll definitely come back & read through all the pages when I'm not at work.

xoxo,

Sara

Sarah Garrison

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Becky and Steve,

This is such a lovely wed-site! I love all of your photos, music, andyour stories. (Becky, I didn't know you worked in the sheep sheering industry...ha!), and also absolutely adore the words that share Steve's proposal...what a genuine man.

So happy for you both, and we love you! Thanks for including us in your adventures in love and life!

xoxo,

Sarah

Laurie

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My first time seeing the wedsite! I really enjoyed it, well done! loved the music! Can't wait until June 25th it has been a special day for me for the last 34 years!! Love you both! Mom

Andi Leonard

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Love it!! Can't wait!! xoxo Love you guys

Liz & Don Lilley

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Can't wait. See you on 4/23!

Nandee Soule

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Can't wait for your big day! Great website and lovely pictures of everyone--♥ Nan

Carole Simkins

Friday, April 8, 2011

This is so nice and high tech! Rux proposed and 6 weeks later we were married, so no time for anything like this (and no, I was NOT pregnant!) Congrats!

Helen

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Loving this! So nice to share with us. Love and miss you both so much.

Dru Thompson

Thursday, March 3, 2011

What a sweet wedsite!!! I love it and you guys are way too cute. :) I'm looking forward to your special day.

Pooja

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Awww sucha touching website. Its just made out of so much warmth, love & care :). Thats exactly how your life together will be....very heart warming :). Congrats...your wedding will be beautiful & perfect!!!!

Meg Bingley

Thursday, February 24, 2011

This is so cool! Can't wait for your big day!!

Rachelle

Thursday, February 24, 2011

This wedding website is awesome! Love you guys! Cannot wait to see you all decked out in June!

Helen

Thursday, February 24, 2011

This is such a great way to keep us all posted! Love it.

Love,

me

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Our Wedding

Our Honeymoon

Greece (Mainland & Islands) and Istanbul Turkey

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

After our nuptials and a brief break on Sunday for brunch to spend some nice down time with friends and family, we depart from San Francisco bound for Greece on the June 27th. We'll have a short layover in Frankfurt Germany... before we quickly board the final leg to Athens Greece.

We'll be spending time both on the mainland of Greece, mostly in Athens... then island hopping from there to numerous Greek islands before heading over to Turkey for another 4 days/3 nights in Istanbul.

While in Greece, we'll be spending 4 days/3 nights in Athens and one of our highlights in Athens will be a day trip to Delphi.

It consists of a drive through the fertile plain of Beotia, crossing the towns of Thebes connected with the tragedy of King Oedipus - Levadia and Arachova. We'll arrive at Delphi, the center of Ancient World - the "Omphalos" (Navel of Earth) - whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic World. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. We'll then visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. Becky and I will enjoy a lunch in the modern village of Delphi then return to Athens by the same route.

When in Athens, we'll be staying at the AVA Hotel... The AVA is in the centre of modern Athens, 5 minutes away from the Greek Parliament, National Gardens, Syntagma Square, Ermou and Kolonaki... Athens exclusive shopping areas.

See our hotel here: http://www.avahotel.gr/

We'll then head via high speed Hydrofoil to our first Island hop being Mykonos where we'll be staying at the Mykonos Grande Hotel. - A luxurious resort located on the beach of Ayios Yiannis, (where the movie Shirley Valentine was filmed), and walking distance to Mykonos Town with the shopping areas, the world known night life and restaurants as Nobu - Matsuhisha

See more here: http://www.mykonosgrand.gr/

From Mykonos, we escape south to the romantic Island of Santorini where we will be enojoying another 4 days/3 nights in the amazing Dana Villas. The villas are perched on the rim of the cliff in Fira (firostefani), the capital of the island and facing the sea and Volcno Island.... just seconds from the city square!

See more here: http://www.danavillas.gr/

After taking in the breathtaking views from the cliffs of Santorini, we head further south to our next Island escapade - Crete.

We'll be enjoying our stay in Heraklion city offering spectacular panoramic views of the Venetian Fortress at the old port of Heraklion. While at Heraklion, we'll be staying at a luxurious boutique hotel called the Avli.

See more here: http://www.avli.gr/avli55_frame.html/

After our 3 nights in Crete, we head via air to the medieval and romantic island of Rhodes.

While at Rhodes, we'll be staying at the Avalon Boutique Hotel, an intimate retreat located within the fortress walls of the imposing Old Town of Rhodes. Avalon, combines individual style reminiscent of the past with modern conveniences of higher aesthetics to provide maximum comfort and a luxurious stay.

See more here: http://www.avalonrhodes.gr/

Our final destination after our journey through Greece is Turkey. We'll be taking a short flight via Athens over to Istanbul and staying at Alzer Hotel... a boutique hotel located in the Sultanahment (old section) of Istanbul that has a fantastic view of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia and the Marmara.

See more here: http://www.alzerhotel.com/index.html/

While in Turkey, we'll have many day trips planned including main attractions such as:

  • OTTOMAN & BYZANTINE RELICS (FULL DAY)
  • Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.
  • Hagia (St.) Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.
  • Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.
  • Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city.
  • Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome.
  • Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir.
  • Topkapi Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. (Harem section is not included in the program and due to extra entrance fee if requested)
  • Rüstem Pasa Mosque, designed by the court architect Sinan for the Grand Vizier of Süleyman the Magnificent. A typical sample of Islamic architecture amidst the rows of shops near the Spice Bazaar, famed with its exquisite and colorful tiles set in floral and geometric designs.
  • After our final 3 night stay in Istanbul... we depart for Athens where we'll have a short layover before starting the trek back to California. We head from Athens to Munich Germany, relax for a short break, then depart for the final trans-Atlantic flight back to San Francisco. The whole journey lasts about 22 days.

    Excited doesn't even describe our anticipation for the honeymoon... we simply can't wait! :)

    Thanks for taking the time to read through the journal... we'll make sure we take lots of pictures and share our travels with you.

    Exact details of the Honeymoon and our registry for this trip can be found here: http://www.travelersjoy.com/stavros

    We love you all so much and are so grateful you are all part of our lives... Steve and Becky! :)

    Our Wedding

    For Travelers

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    Sebastopol Inn

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    (800) 653-1082
    6751 Sebastopol Avenue
    Sebastopol, CA 95472 USA

    [About 3 miles from the reception location]

    The Sebastopol Inn, in Sonoma’s Wine country, is the ideal accommodation not only for the romantic wine country getaway, but also for a family vacation. With wine touring, Russian River canoeing and kayaking, hiking, biking, and superb antiquing at your doorstep, this inn, tucked behind the historic Gravenstein train station, offers a central location to explore all that is wine country in Sonoma.

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    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma

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    With its central wine country location, the Doubletree Hotel Sonoma Wine Country puts you near 300 wineries, great scenic destinations and popular attractions.

    This Rohnert Park, CA hotel is just an hour away from the San Francisco Bay area and 20 minutes from Charles Schulz (Sonoma County) Airport.

    Our Wedding

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    Our Wedding

    Wedding Party

    Carli Olson

    Maid of Honor - Sister of the Bride

    Carli is awesome... What more can we say!! :)

    Cecily Olson

    Bridesmaid - Sister-in-law of the Bride

    I first met Cecily during my junior year of high school back when we both took Stats for the boys basketball team. Needless to say we became very close friends instantly! :) Cecily spent many a dinner at the Olson household (often Chinese Chicken Salad and Pot stickers :) We had such great times! Our trip together to Eureka with the Varsity BB team was a highlight for sure! ... "I may" have snagged a ride from jet-skier on a trip to Tahoe from literally the middle of the lake... but I'm not telling! ;)

    Another great memory was a trip to Disneyland for New Years with Cec and my brother Drew. I didn't really realize I would be stuck with her for life when she started dating and then married my younger brother!!! :) Thankfully so… as I now have two of the most beautiful nieces anyone could ever ask for in Luciana and Charlotte (Luci & Lotti) - Love love them!

    Family is such a huge part of my life and I feel very blessed to have met Cecily. I love you Cec!

    Drew Olson

    Groomsman - Brother of the Bride

    Drusilla Thompson

    Bridesmaid

    I played basketball at UC Davis, and met Becky for the first time at one of their volleyball parties our freshman year. She is a happy go-lucky person with such a care-free attitude and with that... we we hit it off well. Needless to say, Becky and I were always up for a good time. She become one of my best friends in college and to this day, I think of her like a sister. She's got a love and passion for life with a laugh that's so infectious you can't help but laugh and smile with her. She just has this "thing" about her and you can't help but want to be a part of her life. I feel privileged and blessed to know how and call her one of my closest friend. You rock chica!! Now get your booty down the aisle so we can celebrate already!! :)

    I reside in San Jose, CA with my husband, Matt, and our sweet black lab, Mavy, who is about 14 months now. She is so energetic. We have a hard time keeping her out of the water! She keeps up pretty busy. I'm currently working as a physical therapist at an orthopedic private practice setting for almost 6 years now in Sunnyvale, CA.

    Helen Cloutier

    Bridesmaid - Sister of the Groom

    It's safe to say that Helen is and has been my best friend for as far back as I can remember. Some might say that’s not that far… but I know it’s at least 30 of my 39 years! We have so many things in common... Being the two kids who moved out early in life to pursue careers outside of the town we were raised in it of itself has proven to be one of our strongest bonds. We learned and grew so much, both as individuals and as sister and brother by moving away, figuring life’s lessons out, and paving a path to happiness and success along the way.

    Helen has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know. People often say that someone would take their own shirt off to help someone out… Helen is no different. She has done so much for her community, her family, friends and all of the patients she comes into contact with. She works in the medical field, specifically treating cancer patients. Helen’s been doing this well over 20 years now… it’s proven to be one of her greatest accomplishments in life and her dedication to her patients is ever unyielding. It’s a tough thing not to become attached to people fighting the biggest fight of their lives, and Helen knows this first hand. She opens her heart to every one of her cancer patients, takes them in and gives them every bit of human compassion, love and assistance throughout their entire interaction together. It makes me so proud to know how hard she works and how extraordinarily she conducts herself with her patients.

    Helen and I share the strongest bond of all of our siblings, and it’s no wonder she has come out to California countless times to visit me and enjoy some well-deserved time off together! You’ll all get a chance to meet her and I’m so happy she is sharing in our special day! I love you Helen… so much I can’t even say. Thank you for being the warm soul that you are, and for being my closest friend for all of these years. I love you - Stavros

    James Bingley

    Best Man

    I first met Jim after moving out to the west coast from the Milford. I was working for The Learning Company and during one of the many mergers and acquisitions of my previous companies… TLC was acquired by another educational software company called Riverdeep. Along with the new work related changes… came new people – one of those being Jim.

    It’s safe to say that Jim and I hit it off right from the start. It turns out that Jim like me was an east coast transplant. Even more interesting is that he was raised a town away from me and we had frequented many of the same places. One of his jobs as a short-order cook was a restaurant that I loved going to on special occasions… called the “Kocke n’ Kettle”.

    Jim is a true east coaster with his dry sense of humor and a sharp edginess in his personality. As time moved forward, Jim and I started working more closely as our managers were consolidated under one and we ended up having our offices side by side. We spent hours talking, learning about each other and building an amazing friendship. I look back to that time in our lives, and it’s easy one of my fondest times ever.

    Jim has huge creative side to him… everything from iron work to glass kiln art… to welding and fabricating. He’s made so many different pieces of art over the years, and whole doing so sparked my interest for the same. He took the time to teach me how to weld and help me get some of the basic concepts down – it’s now one of my most favorite hobbies and I owe that to Jim. We spent many hours in Jim’s backyard building two sheds… and wooded one and even a 100% metal one, taking the time to weld every point.

    A few years back, Jim married one of our closest friends Meg McCalmon… and together they have built a wonderful family with the addition of Billy, their now toddler son and my godson. Billy is an absolute meld of both Jim and Meg…. He’s such an amazing little man!

    James Wirth

    Groomsman

    Kevin Cloutier

    Groomsman - Brother-in-law of the Groom

    They say you can’t pick your family… well, if I could- it would have been Kevin. He’s without a doubt one of the nicest, most sincere people you’ll ever come across in your entire life. From the first day I met Kevin, I knew that he and Helen would enjoy the rest of their lives together. I knew from that moment, that I had another brother and I was so excited to have met him!

    Kevin (aka Dwayne) became an immediate family member, even long before Helen and Kev said their vows. Their wedding was the most beautiful one I have ever been to, and often think back to that day in hopes of retracing and remembering some of the greatest and most enjoyable times in our lives together.

    Kevin took me in like his own brother, and it’s safe to say he’s one of my best friends, and will be forever. We get along like we’ve known each other our entire lives… we’re able to pick up the phone and talk from east coast to west coast like there is no distance between us. My biggest regret (if I ever had to go on record) is the fact that we all live so far away… If I had my way, Kevin and Helen would be here in California minutes away from us all… till then, I can dream!

    Kevin, thank you so much for being the person, the brother and friend that you are to me…. Our relationship, friendship and future are bright ones… I think of you always, and look forward to all the new things that life has on its journey for us. Love, Stavros

    Luciana "Luci" and Charlotte "Lotti" Olson

    Flower Girls

    Becky's nieces (tu-huh!!) 3 1/2 and 15 months are the joys of her life :) Becky LOVES having dance parties with Luci and the rest of the Olson Family - just wait till she tears it up on the dance floor. Luci is sooo excited to wear her "wedding dress" for Becky and Stavros' wedding!!

    Paul Mourani

    Groomsman

    Paul and I have been friends for a number of years, meeting at FusionStorm in San Francisco where we worked together for a few years. Paul has been working in the technology sector for the majority of his career… mainly involved in Telecom and Managed Services.

    Paul’s a native Californian, born in Huntington Beach CA and attended college at UC San Diego. After undergrads, he moved to Vail Colorado for a few years to enjoy some serious time skiing!! Paul is an avid skier and travels both to Vail and many other locations throughout the world to ski regularly. In ‘95, he moved back home to San Francisco and has been living back in the bay area since!

    During 2006, Paul met Michelle Liddicoat. He and Michelle hit it off immediately and they ended up getting married in 2008. Today, Paul and Michelle live in Tiburon and recently just celebrated their first born baby, Luke Thomas Mourani, born in November of 2010.

    Paul and Michelle sail and race regularly on the Bay on their boat, “Longboard”. You’ll also catch Paul biking around Marin County from time to time...! Thanks so much for standing by my side on our special day Paul… Love you - Stavros

    Paul Olson

    Groomsman - Brother of the Bride

    Rachelle Hanft Dykhuizen

    Bridesmaid

    I first met Becky during college at UC Davis. UC Davis’ women's intercollegiate sports is similar to a small community. Even though I played basketball while Becky played volleyball, our paths always crossed especially as we were in the same year.

    Becky lived with one of my teammates during sophomore year. This quickly led to us always seeing each other and was a foundation to a new friendship. We found ourselves constantly hanging out together and before we knew it, we instantly became the best of friends.

    During the last two years at UC Davis, Becky and I moved in together… and that was that, I just knew she was going to be in my life forever. I always thought to myself… I may already have a twin sister, but I was now blessed with another sister in Becky.

    I have so many college memories to think back to, and not one of them doesn't include this girl! Whether it was the nights at the frat houses, bar hopping at the Grad, Cantina, Woodstock's or “G” Street Pub, meeting up at the DC on Saturday mornings to talk about the Friday nights, talking for hours on my bed or being there for me when times were tough with Jonny, Becky was always the one who looked out for me and always wanted me there!

    Becky is one of the most amazing people I have met in my life. She’s so thoughtful, understanding and loving. I’m so blessed to have such a friend in her and I can honestly say she has been like family to me.

    In the twelve years I have known Becky, time has really flown by. I look forward to many more years of building wonderful memories together with our families!

    Seeley Ferrell

    Bridesmaid

    Becky and I met freshman year at UC Davis, and boy did she not realize what she was getting into! Both of us happened to score with being on the all-female floor of our dormitory (thanks, mom), with our rooms just across the hall from one another. During that year Becky and I would hang out in whatever time we could find between classes and practice. I often managed to find time after my evening shifts at work—when I knew very well that Becky would be sound asleep, trying to get some rest before her early morning practice—to rush back to the dorm, grab my miniature megaphone from my room and excitedly invite myself into her room with an amplified song and dance. To this day I haven’t quite figured out why she never chose to lock me out of her room as this behavior continued night after night (ask her and she’ll give you an excuse about a roommate and her propensity for lost keys.). What I can say for certain, however, was that this was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

    Over the past thirteen years Becky and I have shared many adventures, some of great absurdity and others just as full of silliness and laughter, through which the depth of our friendship has shown no limits. Becky, you are a demonstration of what a true friend is, and an inspiration to the kind of friend that I want to be. I am so blessed to have you in my life, and so immensely excited that you and Steve found each other!

    I currently live in Portland, Maine with my incredible husband, Michael, (he’s got to be something special to put up with me, right?) and our dog Reilly. Although New England has been wonderful to us, we are excited about moving back to our home in the Bay area in the fall.

    William (Billy) Bingley

    Ring Bearer - God son of Groom

    Stavros' god son and little man friend, Billy. :)

    Sinply put... Billy IS "the best thing that has ever happened to man kind"!! He can often be found playing with Bob and Charlie... his two Boston Terrier's, cleaning the house of any debris found, or simply reading and finding new ways to save the planet. :)

    Our Wedding

    Events

    Wedding Ceremony

    Saturday, June 25, 2011 - 2:30 pm

    Sova Gardens
    5186 South Gravenstein Highway
    Sebastopol, CA 95472

    Wedding Reception

    Saturday, June 25, 2011 - 0:00 am

    Sova Gardens
    5186 South Gravenstein Highway
    Sebastopol, CA 95472

    Reception immediately following wedding ceremony

    About Us

    Our Family

    Laurie and Paul Olson

    Becky's Parents

    My mom and dad are two of the most amazing people I know. Their support, enthusiasm and encouragement have helped me become the woman I am today. From a young age they instilled in me the values of education, culture and respect for all things. If it wasn't for them I would never have been able to play volleyball in college, travel the world and pursue my dreams of becoming a teacher.

    Growing up my father was a teacher and I got to witness first-hand the impact he was having on the lives of the children around him. Those experiences lead me to understand that teaching was the only job for me. I am now so excited to be starting my fifth year of teaching at a new school, Miller Creek Middle School in San Rafael.

    My parents have always been super involved in every aspect of our lives growing up. From school to sports and friends, they always managed to let us make our own decisions and in turn learn from our own mistakes... all while guiding us along the right path. My parents are amazing role models.

    Now as I start a new chapter of my life, I look up to all those lessons and values that I witnessed in them growing up. I only wish that I can be half the people they are.

    My parents mean the world to me and I am so excited that Steve and I will be sharing our wedding date with them. On our wedding day, my parents will be celebrating their 34th wedding anniversary. Their marriage has been my inspiration all of my life. For 30 years I have been searching for the man of my dreams that I would be able to share a marriage like my parents with.

    Ann and Costa Stavropoulos

    Steve's Parents

    Two of the most wonderful people you'll ever meet. :) My dad started early in life working hard... 1st by making the journey from Kalamata Greece to the US with family in tow - his two sisters Helen and Popi. Dad and Ma once married (it was an arranged marriage) moved to Montreal Canada where they started a family. My two sisters (Helen & Sophia) and brother Ted were all born in Montreal. While living in Canada, dad worked as an accountant for Homelines cruise lines, and ma worked as a hair stylist, following in her dad's footsteps, my grandfather Papu who was a barber (Leather strap and foamy shaving brush'n all) :)

    After living in Canada for a number of years, the family moved to the states to settle in Framingham, MA where I was born... just outside of Boston. I lived in Framingham till about 1 yrs old, then moved to Milford, MA where I was pretty much raised till 27 prior to moving to CA.

    Dad worked most of his career in the states for Electrolux as a sales man, sales manager and district manager. Ma worked as a hair dresser, first as an employee at Irene's Beauty Salon, then opened her own shop... Ann's Beauty Salon which she owned and operated over many years.

    I got my first experience (cleaning!!) at ma's salon... every Monday... for HOURS - ugh! :) You could say I'm a pro now - years of experience!! When I was pretty young and would meet up at ma's shop after school, and help ma out cleaning and grabbing all the towels, then go next door and help at the bakery with cakes, cannolis and more! Soooo good! :)

    I really hope you can make the trek across country to be there at the wedding. I love and miss you very much - Steve

    About Us

    Proposal

    There was much anticipation leading up to the weekend of July 2nd for me. Becky was coaching a volleyball tournament and I knew I only had a couple more opportunities to sit down and ask Paul and Laurie for Beck’s hand. I was so nervous that in my prior attempts to broach the subject, I decided to push it off for another day or two… while I tried to stammer up more confidence to get out the words.

    The day finally came, we sat down… –me in the hot seat and Paul & Laurie on the couch… I cleared my throat and asked them nervously. I think back to other times in my life and I can’t remember a single time where I was more vulnerable and excited with anticipation all at the same time. Paul and Laurie welcomed me to the family with the warmest, most wonderful words I could have imagined, and tears quickly followed. It was that moment that solidified for me that I was surrounded by one of the rarest families I have ever come across – period.

    I quickly called two of my closest friends, Elizabeth and Don Lilley – they’re really my extended-local family here in California (along with few other amazing best friends)… I explained the recent events, and together we planned a 4th of July weekend that I’d remember forever. The weekend of July 2nd came and Becky and I packed for our trip to Groveland, a small town close to Yosemite where Liz and Don live. As we packed our things, I slipped the box with the ring into Becky’s back pack. I knew if she had even the most-remote thought that this could be the weekend when I ask her to marry me… the last place she’d look was in her own things! She’s sneaky… but I knew she wouldn’t think of that hiding place! :) I remember laughing about it as I hid the prize in her bags. I still laugh about it today :)

    We were off, and in four short hours, arrived at Don and Elizabeth’s front door. They met us at the door and Becky and I started our little adventure with a beautiful dinner that night in at the Lillie’s. The whole time I could not stop thinking about what was soon to happen… how I would do it, what I would say… the whole moment. We planned to leave in the morning for Yosemite National Park… about 45 minutes away. We woke pretty early, had some coffee and headed out for our little rendezvous.

    Aside of a trip to Yosemite when she was young, Becky really hadn’t been to Yosemite for any stretch of time. So there were lots of fun experiences about to hit her. I had traveled there a few times with family, as it was one of the first places I visited after moving to the west coast. We started driving through the winding roads, and finally made it to the last tree covering where you drive from under the canopy of trees… and the first thing that emerges is the sheer massiveness of El Capitan. It’s a humbling site if you’ve never seen something so enormous. You immediately feel very small and in awe. I couldn’t dream of taking Becky to a more beautiful place to ask her to marry me. I couldn’t wait!

    We stopped and took it all in. The views from the base of the valley were breathtaking. All I kept thinking about was where we’d go next and when I would pop the question – the whole time triple checking the back pack for the ring… please let it still be there! We drove around, exploring different scenery… and stopping everywhere to capture the moments with pictures. We were having an amazing time. We started along the trails, and made it to Bridalveil Fall. After about 15 minutes, we found ourselves at the base of the falls… We walked right up to the footing where we could feel the spray of the water coming down the mountain. We took a bunch of great pictures, swallowed up the views and headed back along the trail. While we walked, my mind stirred… trying to figure out where to stop, where to grab her hand and when to take the ring out to ask her… As the trail got quieter and we found ourselves alone, the time finally arrived.

    We were already walking hand in hand… so I just stopped and pulled Beck along-side the trail for a moment. I gave her a hug, and told her how much I loved her. I could feel my nervousness creeping up my throat… but I was so excited to tell her how I feel. I reached into my pocket, grabbed the box… and started to bend down on my knee. Becky of course did what any other girl in this situation would do at a time like this… She asked if I was ok and if I hurt myself. :) Much to her surprise, I was easily able to navigate the gravel, puddles and boulder-like pebbles to this point in the trail without a scratch… all to finally fall on bended knee and present to her my love and this engagement ring!! I opened the box and explained that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. I quickly followed that up with “Will you marry me?” I remember the words as they came out of my mouth… oh my god… I just asked her to marry me!

    Once again… Becky followed with proven tradition as with what any other girl in that situation would say… she quickly responded with – “Get Out!”… “Oh my god… Get out!”

    Thankfully… she followed that up with “YES!” Ahh… a sigh of relief! We hugged forever… and made our way back up the trail. We stopped every few yards and started calling family. I was smiling ear to ear :) The happiest man alive.

    About Us

    Our Story

    Over the last couple years prior to working at Yahoo, I had been working for a company based in Orange County and traveling there every week. While away, I’d put my dog Maggie up at an amazingly nice doggie boarding place called Tappen Hill. I spent a lot of time going back and forth weekly to Tappen Hill dropping Mags off… picking her up and learning all about being a good doggie daddy. :) I soon became good friends with the all the folks who work there including owner Annie Desmond and her husband Chris. Annie helped me train Maggie and learn more about understanding her in general. On one occasion after picking Mags up, Annie pulled me along-side and in that very special yet slightly awkward moment :) (it was perfect)… and asked if I was single, in hopes of setting me up with a very close friend of hers. After laughing and talking about it in length… I said yes and she slipped me a little note! (see picture)

    I was just leaving for a NYC trip and would be back on Friday, and explained I would call her when I got back. After working in New York for the week and getting back as promised… I found the card, and made the call. As it turns out, her close friend was indeed Becky! A little bit of phone tag, some anticipation and a fun first phone call… and Becky & I connected! We set our first date for November 4th at Hopmonk, a brewery in Sebastopol. Long story short… I had the best date of my life and we’ve been inseparable since. Becky moved in, in April of 2010.

    On one of the most nervous days of my life, I asked Paul and Laurie for Becky’s hand during the weekend leading up to July 4th. They gave me their blessing, and Becky & I were off to spend a fun weekend with friends Don and Elizabeth at their home near Yosemite. At the base of Yosemite Falls, I asked and she said yes…. It was July 2nd and the most memorable weekends of my life!

    About Us

    The Groom

    I’m an east coast transplant born in a small town (now large!) outside Boston called Framingham. At about a year old or so… my family moved to Milford where I was pretty much raised until 27. Growing up, I was very active in sports, playing both Basketball and Volleyball from an early age. I really took to volleyball early on, and played varsity for four years in high school then again during college at Wentworth where I attended their Electrical Engineering program. I got involved in the high-tech industry pretty early after college working for a small software company called Microsystems who later got bought by TLC.

    In March of 99’, The Learning Company moved me to sunny California where I settled in the Bay Area... First in Novato for about six years, then I bought a home in Cotati towards the end of 04’. I’ve been working in the city for many of these years, while playing & coaching club volleyball for many of those. In November of 2009, I met Becky on a blind date, and we’ve been together since! It sounds cliché’ when people say you marry your best friend, but in this case its true. We’re now flying down the path of getting married, coaching volleyball and having a blast every moment of the way! I’m so fortunate to have met Beck and her family. I have never looked more forward to anything as much as I look forward to marrying Becky in June!

    About Us

    The Bride

    I was born in San Francisco then lived in Novato, CA for about 7 years… till we moved to Sonoma County where I was raised in Sebastopol. I was very active growing up as I loved playing soccer, softball, basketball and volleyball. When I got to high school however, I quickly realized that I had a passion for volleyball, and gave up everything else to exert all my effort towards it.

    Growing up in a family surrounded by teaching, I learned from a young age that I wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps and be a teacher. His passion turned into mine, and I love him for it! Education remained a strong foundation for me as I grew up… following my grandparents Tutu and Papa who both went to UC Davis… I found that I too, fell in love with UCD and decided to make it my next adventure. There I was, my first year at UC Davis and playing volleyball – I couldn’t have been more happy!

    While at UC Davis, I met three of my best friends to this day… Seeley, Dru ad Rachelle. We were inseparable from day one. There are so many funny stories from college, there isn’t enough space here to cover them all- but rest assured I had the time of my life and love visiting Davis even now as often as I can.

    After college I moved to Lucindale, a small town in South Australia where I worked in the sheep shearing industry as a roustabout. I was immersed in the Australian way of life immediately, giving me a clear perspective of their culture and forming some of my fondest memories ever. I worked there for about six months, then explored both the central and eastern parts of Australia, while falling in love with the country.

    After traveling in Australia, I moved back home in March of 03’ to attend Dominican College in San Rafael, CA and earn my teaching credential. I obtained my first teaching position at Brook Haven Middle School in Sebastopol, where I experienced my first years of teaching science! After a couple years, I got a call from my old volleyball coach at UC Davis asking me to assist her in coaching for Butler University, a Division I volleyball school in Indianapolis. I jumped at the opportunity and had two of the best years of my life coaching at Butler!

    A couple years later, I moved back home to my roots in Sebastopol to continue my first love, teaching. I had been home for a couple months when I got the call from my close friend Annie, asking if I wanted to go on a blind date with Steve… the rest is history!

    Welcome

    News & Updates

    The Big Day!!

    Saturday, June 25, 2011

    Our Wedding at Sova Gardens!

    Be on the lookout for new sections for "The Big Day" and our Honeymoon in Greece & Turkey! There will be lots of pictures and content for you to go through!

    Let's Shower The Bride - A Garden Party Honoring Becky Olson

    Saturday, May 7, 2011

    Hosted by Becky's Aunts! :)

    Final Fling Before the Ring - Steve & Becky's Wedding Shower

    Saturday, April 23, 2011

    Hosted by Gay Seitz, Julie Weisner and Kathy O'Neill! :)

    Becky and Stavros launch wedsite!

    Monday, February 14, 2011

    Becky Olson and Stavros Stavropoulos launch their personal wedsite at steveandbecky.wedsite.com

    Welcome

    Greeting

    Welcome to our wedsite! We got engaged on July 2, 2010 in Yosemite & are now in the process of planning our wedding! There's lots of details, but we're having fun & can't wait for the big day!

    We've created this website as a fun, convenient & special way for friends & family who are both near and far to participate and celebrate with us. We hope you'll use it to get to know us better & keep up-to-date on our future plans.

    You can read about how we met, meet our families, check for local places to stay during the wedding & even check out our registry. We've included fun stuff like a poll, a photo gallery & guestbook for leaving us a note while you were here!

    Thanks to all our friends and family for your love and never ending support. We're so thankful to have you in our lives! :)

    Becky and Stavros

    Welcome

    Greeting

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    About Us

    The Bride

    The Groom

    Our Story

    Proposal

    Our Family

    Our Wedding

    Events

    Wedding Party

    Registry

    Poll

    For Travelers

    Our Honeymoon

    Gallery

    Guest Book

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    Happily married

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