We love it when grooms are over the moon excited to share their stories with us and this one is sure to make you swoon. The time and effort put into this proposal is beyond incredible. We can only imagine how amazing their future as Mr & Mrs is going to be. Enjoy –
Groom: Our story begins in the place where all of the most magical, fairy tale love stories begin…under abridge next to a giant troll. I first met Jenny, very briefly, at the Troll Pub Under the Bridge after a game one night in Louisville, Kentucky. I left that chance meeting thinking that I had met someone intriguing and strikingly beautiful. Jenny, as I would later learn, has a hard time remembering names, left thinking that she had met a guy in glasses named Derek. Unknown to either of us at the time, we had many common friends, and thus we found ourselves time and again in the same social settings. For more than a year, we were little more than acquaintances, but in hindsight, the signs of a great chemistry were plenty and obvious. We began to recognize the sparks in December 2012, and went on our first date on the 27th. The conversations flowed easily, the connection grew strong, and after taking a year to go on our first date, dates #2 – #20 happened in the span of a month. We fell hard and fast, and it didn’t take long for us both to realize that a long term future wasn’t just possible, it was inevitable. Two years and one day later, Jenny spent a day at work thinking that an engagement was still months and months away. She had convinced herself that it would happen at Christmas, but the wrapping paper had concealed a jacket rather than a ring (the “Oh no… I really love it” that year was less than convincing), and she had reset her expectations for spring. She had no idea that waiting for her at home was one last Christmas gift … a plane ticket leaving first thing the next morning for Jenny’s favorite vacation spot, the Don Cesar in St.Petersburg. I had arranged for a flight and car service to bring her to the hotel, and I had originally planned to wait for her by the beach at one, when she was originally supposed to arrive, and if she had decided to not make the trip… at least I was conveniently positioned for a quick walk to the bottom of the ocean. After I learned that her flight had delayed for five hours, I thought that a sunset proposal would end up being even more memorable. After the second delay threatened to cancel her flight entirely, I began to think that life at the sea floor wouldn’t be too bad. Her flight finally took off, and as night began to take hold, I scrambled to find a place outside where there would be enough light for a proper proposal. Susan Owen, the concierge at the Don and a friend of Jenny’s family for more than 30 years, suggested that I wait in the courtyard and that she would bring Jenny there when she arrived. I had no idea, but as a little girl, Jenny had spent the evenings of her family vacations hiding in the bushes, secretly watching the weddings take place in that courtyard while dreaming of her own. Nearly eight hours after she was scheduled to arrive, she said wasted no time in saying “Yes!” almost before I even had the chance to reach the question mark. From this, we celebrated our wedding and future together with our family and friends on New Year’s Eve in Louisville.
Venue: The Brown Hotel | Photography: Blue Martini Photography | Videographer: Lifetime Films | Rentals + Florist: Fleur De Lis Events & Design | Band: Jordan English | Cake: Mert’s Cakes | Hair: Debbie Stenger | Make up: Laura Mercier – Dana | Candy Bar: Robin Hammond | Planning: Weekend Wedding Warrior