From the Bride – Our Love Story:
Six years ago, Tyler and I both found ourselves on week long, free subscriptions to Match.com. I was the first to “like” Tyler’s photo and after many emails & text messages we found ourselves on our first real date. It was January 2nd, 2012 at the Starbucks on State Street in Madison. The Badgers were playing in the Rose Bowl, it was freezing outside, and Tyler started the date with “I’m so glad you’re as pretty as you look in your photos.” Our Starbucks date lasted for five hours, my mom was seconds away from calling the Madison police, and when I finally did get back to my apartment, I promptly told my roommates I was going to marry Tyler one day. Little did I know that day would come about six years later. The years were spent moving in together, lounging with our two pugs and hedgehog, traveling the country, going to concerts, buying our first home, and enjoying each and every single day.
As far as proposals go, I had always known I wanted to be completely surprised. I, somewhat unconventionally now, didn’t want to know about the ring, didn’t want to pick it out, and didn’t want to know when the big question was coming. Tyler knew this and planned accordingly. I didn’t make it easy though, as my eye was swollen shut the night before, I wanted to stay late at work, I didn’t want to eat at any of the restaurants Tyler was so conveniently suggesting, and I didn’t even want to take the “correct” route that would lead us to the location that Tyler had planned. Luckily, everything worked out and on the most perfect fall day in Madison, Tyler asked me to marry him under the Majestic’s marquee in Madison. The moment was beautifully captured by our friend, and photographer, who Tyler had hiding in the area. The end result was an amazing proposal and even more amazing photos that tell the story better than either of us could ever put into words.
Tyler and I got married this past October (exactly one year from our engagement date) and it was nothing short of perfect. It was a rainy day, complete with a tornado watch, but the sun peeked out for our outdoor ceremony and photos which made the day even more special for us.
Overall, we really enjoyed planning our wedding together. Our main goal for the wedding was to make it a reflection of who we are and we added in a lot of personal touches that our guests not only noticed, but loved. Don’t get us wrong, it was a lot of work and definitely a team effort by all of our friends and family, but it was all worth it in the end. Tyler was incredibly helpful and every decision we made as a team, which I think made the entire process a lot less stressful than everyone always assumes it is. For me, I actually learned that I love wedding planning and would even consider helping to plan others sometime in the future.
Tyler would say I’m definitely sad our wedding is over because I loved it planning it that much, which I would say is half true; Although I do miss the planning, it was truly one of the happiest days of my life and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
Photo credit: Chris Hershman