Saturday, October 2, 2010

{ DATE #16: Dane Gibson }


Have you ever experienced Murphy's law in action? You know, the whole "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong." Well, since day one we here at The Mormon Bachelorette have been dealing with these little unforeseen mishaps day in and day out. Like tonight. Somehow, last minute, we realized all the Staffers scheduled to take the same night off and we were left with no one to film tonight's date. And then, just when our dearest friend Roselyn had come to our rescue, we find out the brand new camera battery we bought for our camera had once again died and gone to heaven.  Seriously?  So here I am, sitting on my living room floor, ready to burst into tears when suddenly, I hear a knock at the door.

Now, before I say anymore, I am a firm believer that there is opposition in all things. Have you ever wondered what the opposite of Murphy's law is? It's Yhprum's Law (Yhprum = Murphy backwards). The simple formula of Yhprum's Law is: "Everything, that can work, will work." So where am I going with all this? Well, cue Date #16, Dane Gibson.

From the minute Dane Gibson walked in the door, our luck completely changed, if you can even call it that. I apologetically explained the tragedy of our once faithful camera and the lack of an operator to which his response was. "My friend Dallin drove down with me and brought his camera.  I bet he could film for us." And that's where our night of everything good began!

I was pretty excited for my date with Dane.  First off, I find him quite attractive.  And I'm not just talking about his physical nature.  Sure I love that he's 6'2" with brown hair and beautiful eyes, but it's his personality that really attracted me.  If you missed his application video, I suggest you pause for a moment to watch it HERE.  He's smart, funny, owns his own home, has a great job working for Pfizer, and really knows how to treat a lady.

It's no wonder his date was perfect! Before we got going Dane had me choose between 2 different envelopes to help decide where we would be dining that evening. The choice was between "Fun" or "Romantic/Fun." Of course I picked the "Romantic" envelope knowing full well what kind of date I was hoping for with this 27 year old Lincoln, CA native.

Inside the envelope was a menu to a delicious Italian restaurant called Cucina Alessa in Newport Beach, where we stopped and grabbed some food to go and brought it with us down to the harbor.  Dane surprised me with a harbor cruise complete with picnic basket and sparkling apple cider! It was wonderfully romantic and something I'd always dreamed of doing on a date.  As he held me close we sailed through the channels of Lido Island and admired all the beautiful homes together.  I even pointed out a favorite home I once worked on back in my Interior Design days.  I'm hoping he was impressed.

The rest of the date panned out perfectly. We finished up the 2 hour cruise, packed up, and headed to Dane's next surprise, a ride in the Great Park Balloon in Irvine. Our timing could not have been any better. Not only were we the last riders to go up for the night, but Dane planned it so that we would be in the air while the Disneyland fireworks went off in the distance. And there might've even been some fireworks of our own. Wink, wink. It was such a romantic first kiss!

By the end of the date I had completely forgotten all about the rocky start and looked back on all the fun we'd had. It definitely goes down as one of the best first dates I've ever had. And I'd be remiss if I didn't say I'm already hoping for a second...


{ A special thank you to Dallin for filling in last minute and doing a phenomenal job with this video! Check out more of his amazing skills on vimeo at: http://www.vimeo.com/spliceoflife. And if anyone is interested in hiring him for their upcoming wedding, shoot us an email and we'll gladly direct you! }

39 comments:

Jenny Robbins said...

Oh my goodness! You can tell she's totally smitten with him. And I think it is a shared attraction! Best first kiss! Granted it's only #2, but seriously! "Awww" moment.

Bre said...

Dane just went to the top of the list for me! He's got my vote. Looks like Matt has got some competition!

Tara said...

I Love, love him!!! He's got my vote for sure

Kim said...

Uh, oh, we have some real competition now! What to do? What to do? What a fun first date! No awkward moments or anything - but can I say, I was sweating a little bit...maybe it's just hot in here!

Ashlee said...

I love seeing how smitten they are of each other...oh so sweet! Can't wait to see date #2!

Our Family said...

I would say he is a winner!!!

theblibbys said...

Forget my favorite....Dane is my new top pick! Team Dane!!!! I am so upset that we couldn't film this date. Ahhhh having a baby sometimes sucks the fun out of things! haha only kidding! I am glad you had so much fun!

Tyson Kuresa said...

Geez Dane you never took ME on a hot air balloon....

Great Ideas bud, good luck to ya

valeri said...

dane gibson of my heart...

Chris Jones said...

Excellent! Dane's a great guy and long-time friend! Could there be a better first date? Good luck to both Dane and Aubrey. Excited to see date #2 with Dane!

Melody's Voice said...

My favorite date so far!

Miss B. said...

Do I smell a Gibson Girl on her way? :)

Danen Radman said...

Dane is as charming as he is hott!!!! He's #1

Shayla said...

Oh Em Geeee! I am so torn now!! Wow, Aubrey, I am so excited for you but SO nervous, what a big decision. Hope Matt steps up his game for date #2 :)
xoxo

Claire said...

yeah girl! he's my fave!

McMemories said...

Aubrey..just end it now and live happily ever after together:) My favorite date for sure!!! awww so cute♥

umm and my verification word was couple...no joke, its a sign:) haha

Bracken and Bracken said...

I had a feeling he would treat you right when I watched his video ;) I am so glad to see you finding some eligible bachelors worthy of you!! Good luck with your tough decision.

Angie said...

Um, WOW. This date felt so different... and in a good way! Definitely feeling a little team Dane now. Yay!!

Cara said...

Yowzas! I like Dane! You don't know me but I'm following this blog because I'v always wanted to see a Mormon Bachelorette since I love the reg. raunch one on TV.:) This is classy and awesome, I hope you find your EC. Good luck.

Cara

Hizzeather said...

Not gonna lie...I shouted "whoo hoo!" after the first kiss, and then almost swooned after the second one! Be still my heart!

Steve and Lauren said...

Holy kissing! Um, forget everyone else, I am for Dane! Hope you pick him he seems like a gentleman.

Sarah & Jake said...

Team Dane! um, I love this blog!

TheSinglesWard said...

No doubt shes totally into him, and who's anyone to blame her. Take out on a boat in the harbor, fireworks from a hot air balloon, she didn't stand a chance. Well executed Dane, TheSinglesWard is proud!

Al said...

the mini van is what won her over.

BL said...

Well at least Matt will win knowing there was a little competition... This guy was late with his application and gets a Saturday night date? Must have slipped some staffers some cash... He is smooth, but it's like comparing Dane's bicycle to Matt's Harley... Aubrey has no choice but to choose the American Legend.

Kevin said...

uhm Dane....is your middle name Rico Suave?....I think yes! Well done man. Dane is a good friend and that's seriously just a taste of the type of guy he is and the way he treats girls. The man's a stud.

Katherine said...

Aubrey! I've been waiting and waiting for you to have a "connection" with one of these guys and wow...what a good choice! I pick Dane for you ;)

Tyson Kuresa said...

First disclaimer...it's not a minivan it's a sweet subaru if you look closer and it's not a rent a car like the other guys(except for Mike Petersen and Mike's Harley...)...secondly, the date was friday night not saturday,this show NEEDED a shake up desperately(just like the producers stated) because the past dates were putting me to sleep. Go Dane!

Brooke Trogdon said...

Okay I think he is a great catch and you obviously are very smitten with him. You almost looked giddy when you smelled him for the first time. That was a funny first thing to say to him, because I'm sure you meant it. I liked the whole date! Great first kiss!

BL said...

Yeah it was a Friday night date, not Saturday but I bet that he had to slip the staffers even more money for that one.

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grimefighter said...

Fun guy but I have to agree on the player vibe.

Stacie said...

omgosh im in love with this guy. Heck yes he def has my vote!

The Gilberts said...

Yes he seems like a little bit of a player...watch out. ;-)

Dustin said...

Kinda weird how a good first impression and a well planned date can get a guy tagged with the "player" label. Believe me, a guy wouldn't follow through with a date like this if he didn't care about a girl. Nice job Dane, well done.

Shelby said...

SERIOUSLY feeling the player vibe.

Kristine said...

I have known Dane for several years(I worked with him at Pfizer)...and he is the most caring, genuine guy that you will ever meet; he is far from a player. Anyone who ends up with Dane is a lucky girl and will be treated like a princess! He is a great catch. Go Dane!

Suz said...

Go Dane! He's definitely tops for my vote.

The Jayroes said...

LOVE HIM!!!!!!