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Aveena Title_key Alissa

Engagement
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Tell us how you met and fell in love!

We met on Bumble in October 2017. Alissa took great care in writing her profile description; I didn't write anything and later revealed I didn't even read Alissa's profile (I was instantly smitten by Alissa’s first picture). Needless to say, there was instant attraction, soon followed by tons of texts getting to know each other before officially meeting. The first date lasted 3.5 hours and we both were amazed by how easily conversation flowed and that our interests and values aligned so well. Over the course of our relationship me and Alissa continue to be inseparable-- cheering each other on, inspiring each other to work hard, and always finding comfort in our love at the end of the day.

Was there a proposal? Tell us about it!

There was a proposal!! I proposed to Alissa and had been planning it for months. I am naturally a planner so I had 3 proposal plans, and just like everything in life, things just fell through and I ended up having to propose to Alissa with Plan C. I proposed on January 18th in Tacoma, WA.

The day started out somewhat like a normal Friday (I had Alissa take time off from work so we can just have a day of R&R). I told her we had dinner plans in downtown Seattle but due to Plans A & B falling through, I had to change locations and so I told her that we had dinner plans in Tacoma, WA.

The drive down to Tacoma was excruciating due to traffic and because we were driving 25 miles for what she thought was going to be a usual seafood date night. 2 hours later we pull up to Chambers Bay Regional Park which, at the time, she didn’t recognize due to the darkness of the night, but this was special to us because earlier in our relationship we came here to the bridge at the park and found a lock to write our initials & anniversary date and “lock” it on the bridge. What I failed to realize was that parks in WA close (in MN I’m used to parks staying open 24 hours a day) and thus the gate was up and so we couldn’t get to the bridge where our lock was.

Luckily, our wonderful photographers at the time (shout out Aaron & Morgan Latimer), found a landing in which they placed tea lights and lights to make it feel extra romantic. We got to the center of the lights and I had made a book of My Reasons Why I Love Alissa. It was a simple yet cute cartoony book of all the reasons why I love her. We read it together in the torrential rain that was happening and on the very last page was the cartoon version of me down on 1 knee asking her to marry me. When she looked up, Alissa saw that I was down on 1 knee.

To this day I don’t know exactly what I said to her, but I remember through my tears telling her that I choose her and that I promise to love her in this lifetime and all lifetimes after that. She said YES and in the torrential downpour, we polished off a couple glasses of champagne and celebrated this amazing moment together. 😊

Are you planning your wedding right away or giving yourself some time to just be engaged?

We’ve been planning our wedding the day after we got engaged! Our wedding is set for Oct. 12 2019 and we couldn’t be more excited.

What’s the best thing you’ve learned from your spouse-to-be?

There’s such thing as real authentic love. I never understood what that meant or even had a good framework of “love” and throughout our relationship Alissa has consistently showed me what it’s like to be loved. Wholly.

What’s your favorite part of your relationship?

Alissa. Yes I know it’s cliché, but she is by far the best thing to happen to me. She is my favorite part of a lot of things including this relationship. She continues to push me to be a better lover, person, and friend. I wouldn’t and couldn’t do this with anyone else, but her.

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like peels from lemon and lime

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- Tyler Knott Gregson

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#NationalTattooDay

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We didn't know that National Tattoo Day was a thing, but we aren't mad about it. We love seeing couples celebrate their bodies, including the artwork on them! 

In honor of #NationalTattooDay, check out our Pinterest board, A Body of Art, and scroll through some of these amazing photos of people showcasing their body art at their weddings, engagements and styled shoots! 

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Richard Title_key Patrick

Wedding
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Tell us your love story!

We met online in 2015 while living near DuPont Circle in DC. After chatting for a week and realizing we had mutual friends, our schedules finally aligned and we grabbed drinks. Date two followed shortly after and quickly we were meeting each other’s friends. We spent two years together in DC before moving down to Atlanta (Patrick’s hometown) and beginning to plan our life together here.

What about the proposal?

Patrick had indicated that he wanted to be the one to propose and got Richard a cuff bracelet as an engagement gift. Patrick planned a picnic in a scenic Atlanta location and after a bike ride in the August heat Patrick asked Richard to spend the rest of his life with him.

When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?

As we hung out more we realized we had a lot in common both being very social people who valued our family and friends greatly. As our relationship progressed, our friend groups began to overlap and our parents met and got along we realized that we meshed perfectly.

Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?

We knew we wanted everyone close to us to be able to attend and many of them were coming from out of town. We initially considered having it at Richard’s father’s house in Vermont, but the logistics didn’t make sense. Atlanta worked out perfectly despite unknowingly booking the wedding over Pride weekend.

What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?

There are a lot more decisions than we realized. As soon as you think you’re good to go ten more things pop up. After the engagement, we waited a couple of months before doing anything, but once we got into it, we determined that a wedding planner made sense for us. We wanted a great band, amazing food and drinks and a memorable venue, but we weren’t too concerned with the smaller details. Our planner helped us focus our effort and budget on the parts that mattered most to us while still appeasing our moms.

Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?

Do what you want. It’s your day, think about what matters to you and prioritize it.

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

Having everyone we love and helped shape us in one room was overwhelming and amazing. Everything came together perfectly; weather was unbelievable, food was amazing and the band blew our expectations away. We wouldn’t change a thing!

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