"You are the ink,
and you've always been the art.
I'm covered in you."
Tell us how you met and fell in love!
We matched on Tinder! We texted for a few weeks before deciding we wanted to meet up. It was Easter 2016, I (Kaelyn) went to the wine store Veronica works at to say hi and buy beers. We met up afterwards for drinks and sat on my porch together where we kissed for the first time. It was an instant connection, and after a few dates we realized we were perfect for each other. Now we live together in the same apartment where we had that first kiss!
Was there a proposal? Tell us about it!
Yes! We had the weekend off and were up in Port Chester, NY for a concert. Before the concert we went to Captain Lawrence Brewery, which was the first brewery we ever went to together. Veronica knows a few people there and one of the guys invited us to check out a new beer in the barrel room, when we got back there he said that he needed to go grab us an extra glass and excused himself. Once he did, Veronica turned around and said “Jack doesn’t have a special beer for us to try, he brought us back here so I could do this in private”, and then she asked me to spend the rest of my life with her. I don’t even think I said yes, I just kind of laughed and cried and kissed her. What she didn’t know was that about two weeks beforehand I had purchased an engagement ring for her, once she asked me I planned to picked a good time later that night and ask her back but as soon as we got to our hotel room I couldn’t contain myself and asked her back right there, and she obviously said yes! We went to the concert, had some drinks and then ate a domino’s pizza at like 2 am. It was perfect.
Are you planning your wedding right away or giving yourself some time to just be engaged?
We set a date and picked a venue early on but made sure we had a lot of time to plan. Our engagement will be a little under 2 years long when we get married! We’ve found that spacing the big things out have made the planning process a lot easier!
What’s the best thing you’ve learned from your spouse-to-be?
Kaelyn : Veronica has taught me how to have fun, to let loose and to completely be myself. She taught me how to trust, not just other people but myself as well. She has taught me how to love myself completely.
Veronica: Kaelyn has taught me how to love and value myself. To stop worrying about what other people think.
What’s your favorite part of your relationship?
I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite part! I love going on big adventures and traveling with Veronica as much as I love those lazy days we spend laying around with the dog, watching Netflix, and drinking wine. Simply being able to love her is the best part.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
Having both moved around for school, we were most looking forward to the chance to have all our favorite people from across the country in one place for just a really great party to celebrate the day. We knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony, followed by a lot of champagne, laughs and dancing.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
There was just so much to learn as we went along, about everything from when to send out invites to the timing of the day. Wedding etiquette is weird, and specific, but it's nice to be in 2018 where people are less adherent to those strict norms. Also, we found that for some reason people don't necessarily expect all the traditional wedding things as much as they might for straight couples, and it's kind of nice to be able to play around with that and to really plan out the day that you want.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
If giving a couples speech at the end of the toasts, write that bad boy out. Your wedding day is insane, and filled with so much emotion, and you will 100% not remember a single thing that you wanted to say once you get up there.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
This is so cliché, but just try to slow down and enjoy the day. Make sure you delegate day-of tasks to friends and family! People genuinely want to help, and this will free you up to actually be in the moment and not worried about whether the candles have been lit or the bar is open. Also, it helps if you just accept that some things will go wrong. Whether it's rain, or you both forget to grab your bouquets before you walk down the aisle (oops), just roll with it because those aren't the memories you're going to take with you in the end.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
It was just the best day, from start to finish. The feeling of happiness from having all of your friends and family in one place, to wish you well and help you celebrate your love, is hard to describe. In a day full of highlights, the best part was probably the reception and after-party when we could finally have a glass of champagne and visit with all our loved ones.