Tell us your love story!
We met online in September 2004 on MySpace.com before Facebook was even popular. After seeing his picture and profile, I approached him, which is something I wouldn’t usually do. Plus, he was one of the first guys I had even talked to, so this was all still a fresh and totally unknown world to me, making me shy and nervous.
What about the proposal?
In August 2014 (10 years after we met) Nick proposed to me in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia. Piedmont Park was actually designed and built by the same gentleman who designed Central Park in New York. Piedmont Park holds special significance for me and Nick as it’s one of the first places we met and the first place he chose to introduce me to a large group of his friends during a picnic type gathering on the lawn. As for the proposal, it was a surprise to me. I was working remotely from Atlanta that week and Nick stole me away during my lunch break, saying he wanted to take me to lunch. I was on a deadline for my work project and was stressed and short on time, but he insisted on taking a walk in the park after we finished our lunch. We walked hand in hand and he brought me to a nice spot on the park path and as he got down on one knee, it started to mist. It was so sweet and something straight out of a movie, like the Notebook, and of course I said, “Yes!”
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
It’s hard to say exactly. It’s something that grows gradually (maybe the word is LOVE), and you just know one day that they are always there for you no matter what and vice versa. That was proven to me when my dad died and Nick dropped everything he was doing in Atlanta and hopped on a flight to Tampa, FL to be with me and my grieving mother. It’s also the sweet things he does for me without me even asking, or all the silly goofy times we’ve spent together just having good old fun.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
We definitely knew that Nick wanted to have the wedding in Chicago and since Chris grew up in Florida, he really wanted a wedding on the beach or near the water, so the W Lakeshore in Chicago overlooking the beach/water was perfect and met both of our criteria. We were able to get married on a beautiful, crystal clear sunny day on the outdoor patio deck overlooking Lake Michigan.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
What surprised us was how much our initial budget was off by the end of the wedding planning. Our thoughts on what everything costs were way off and in the end our wedding budget costs were doubled. What was difficult was finding the wedding venue and we started a year in advance but realized later that even that could be considered by some to be late in the game for venue searching. After we locked in our wedding venue, everything else became much easier.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
Try not to let the planning process stress you both out too much and have fun, if you can. It can get stressful at times when you are making big decisions and finances come into play.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
Music sets the tone of the wedding event after the ceremony. Be sure to interview and get a good feel for your DJ. Our DJ took some of our favorite songs and mixed them and sent us some audio samples of how our night would sound if we contracted with him. He was awesome! Also, be sure to incorporate sentimental/symbolic items or touches throughout your wedding. Your guests will notice and appreciate the extra touches and will make everyone feel more at home and welcomed because of this.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
The end of the night on the dance floor, the fireworks went off out over Navy Pier as our DJ played Katy Perry's "Firework" as all our family and friends surrounded us in love as we looked out from the top of the building. It was the icing on the cake and the climax of the night.