Tell us your love story!
Jess and I met when she got hired at the store I worked at. I was her manager and was not “out” but there was a connection between us I had NEVER felt before. We started dating shortly after meeting and have been together 7 awesome years now! When we had our first kiss it was like the ENTIRE world had been set on fire and my heart exploded in my chest – in the most amazing way possible! Even thinking about it seven years later I still get chills.
What about the proposal?
Which time? Jess has proposed many, many times, but like Johnny Cash and June Carter I didn’t say yes until I was ready. I was always very happy with the way things were and didn’t think we needed to change. Last year I had a change of heart and proposed to Jess and she said yes!
From Jess’ Perspective: What is it that June Carter said? “Never propose to a woman on a bus, because you had a bad dream?” I’m fairly positive that was the only way I DID NOT propose. I knew the moment I met Sarah that my life was forever changed. I had never met someone who just “got me”. She knew how to make me smile after a bad day, laughed at my corny jokes and never gave up on me in my hardest moments. I knew she was special. I knew I was going to do everything I could to keep her happy, for as long as she would let me. Luckily for me, she’s allowing me to keep her happy forever… and for that, I am eternally grateful.
From Sarah’s Perspective: I was never the girl who dreamed of her wedding and couldn’t wait to pick out a dress. I just dreamed of being happy and in love. Jess had proposed to me many different times, but I was happy the way things were. I knew I would spend the rest of my life with her as she was my entire world. We had built a life together...bought a house, have two dogs, graduated Purdue, own businesses together, and best of all had adopted our two kids… so I knew we were “in this.” However, something finally clicked in my head that I really did want to take that next step. I bought a ring and FINALLY asked her after we had been together 6 years. She said yes and we started planning. Every proposal for either side was very typical of our personalities – at home, in comfy clothes just being in each others company. That’s what I love best about us – we are just “us” and at the core of our relationship, we are each others BIGGEST fan and best friend.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
It was very early on for both of us. We both agree that it was within the first few months of dating. Everything was so happy and simple in our relationship. The trust, love and commitment we had from Day 1 was what has built such a solid foundation for our relationship and now our marriage.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
Honestly, we didn’t have a whole lot of “knows." Just about the only thing we knew we wanted was a Fall wedding and outdoors. Other than that, we went with the idea of, “if we like it, yes!”
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
Truthfully, everything was VERY easy. When we hired our photographer, Studio 1492 Photography, and our Wedding Planner, Fairy Godmothers Event Planning, all… and we mean ALL…of the stress was taken off our plates. Nowelle at Stuido 1492 and Angela at Fairy Godmothers talked to us about what “feel” we wanted at the wedding and asked how involved we wanted to be. Since we both worked full time and have two small kids, we said minimal involvement. They had full reigns on the design and look of the wedding. We had seen their AMAZING work before so we weren’t worried at all. We would get updates as bouquets were completed, pictures ideas were thoughts of, etc…It was amazing and honestly neither of us had ANY stress walking into the wedding the day of.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
We initially tried to do all the planning on our own. This caused us to push the date back several times and we were TOTALLY stressed out about it. We decided to make the decision to hire Fairy Godmothers and Studio 1492 Photography and let them team up and everything changed. If we could change any knowledge we had about the wedding, it would be to hire the professionals FIRST, then stand back and let them do what they do best!
Any advice for couples planning weddings now?
We would just reiterate what we said above. Hire the professionals who understand what your vision of your wedding day is and then trust them to do it! The day is so amazing that it shouldn’t be spent stressing over whether the flowers made it to the venue or if the lighting is right for pictures. BE IN THE MOMENT and enjoy your very special day.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Jess: My favorite part of our wedding was seeing Sarah for the first time. She looked beautiful and my heart was so full.
Sarah: My favorite part of the wedding was standing, looking in Jess’ eyes while we said our vows. I was so incredibly happy as I stood there with her, in our own quiet moment. I could see our two children out of the corner of my eye and I knew that our family was finally complete and love is amazing!