Words by Jennifer

Anna and I met in November 2015. We both swiped right on Tinder and after I double texted she agreed to meet me on a chilly November night. She had a confident swagger about her, a broken in leather jacket fell onto the bar stool next to me. I was extremely nervous, playing with the straw in my vodka soda. I was awestruck by her beauty, her confidence.

She ordered a glass of red wine, and then said she’d pay for the first round. Anna searched for her wallet in her coat and realized, she forgot her debit card. Anna frantically texted her sister and then proceeded to ask if I would want to go with her to get her debit card. And yes, I went. I got into her mom’s car and on the way to the restaurant her sister worked at, and she blasted Celine Dion CD’s, knowing the lyrics to every. single. song. Anna got her debit card, we had a couple of glasses of wine, talked, laughed, and that was the beginning of our love story.

I thank the universe every day that Anna forgot her debit card and we had an adventure that would set the pace for all of the adventures and spontaneity to come.

I came home one afternoon to “you will be my wife one day” on the front door with a rose. I opened the door to see hundreds of rose petals on the floor leading to Anna, who sang “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles (Anna was an actress/singer when I met her). I walked over to her, and she had put important points of our relationship, when we met, when we moved in together, etc. on pieces of paper, and when she got to the last one, she knelt on one knee and proposed to me

Did you incorporate any family or religious traditions?

We didn’t have any family/ religious traditions, but we did start one of our own. In our ceremony, our officiant had each of us exchange a rose. In the future, to tell the other partner I love you, or I’m sorry, we would leave a rose in a spot that the partner would find it.

Anything you are glad you did? Or wish you didn’t do?  

After being in and attending weddings since ours, I was happy that we both took in every moment, we didn’t rush the wedding, we were present, and I love that about us. If anything, I wish our wedding was longer, but I think any married couple can agree with me about that.

Advice for other couples planning a wedding?

Always communicate even when it’s tough. Anna has taught me so much about communication, expressing my feelings, and how to better react to situations. I think once a couple can communicate like a team, neither partner feels unseen. 

What does marriage mean to you?

Marriage means commitment, and marriage means I love you when the other person is at their best and loving them, even more, when they are at their worst. It’s choosing your partner every day, no matter what. 

Photographer Daphne and Dean Photography 

Cake & Catering Cloud Nine Catering
Ceremony & Reception Venue The Lace Factory
Cinematographer Shane Films
Entertainment Powerstation
Engagement Rings Chinchar Maloney
Florist Ashleigh Gardens
Gown Designer BHLDN, Laudae
H&MU Blush Bridal
Photo Booth Powerstation
Stationery Invites Shutterfly
Wedding Party Outfits Dessy Jumpsuits, Revelry
Wedding Rings Mark Patterson