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Chris & Jennifer’s Love Story
Chris and I met in March 2013 while both attending a national healthcare conference with separate companies in New Orleans. The evening the conference ended, we both spent the night on the town – where else, but on Bourbon Street, each with our respective co-workers. I was at the bar waiting to get a beverage, and that’s when Chris saw an opening. He swooped in, and offered to buy me a drink. Instantly there was an attraction, a connection – but who has futuristic thoughts with a stranger they meet on Bourbon Street? We spent the night dancing and bar hopping around the town. Not thinking this would go anywhere, I put my work cell phone number in Chris’s phone with no expectation to hear from him.
The next day was the day to head back home. I happened to get a text from Chris that same day, as I was on my way to the airport. At the time I was living in Atlanta and Chris was in Kansas City. Turns out, he was heading to the airport as well. We happened to meet up in the terminal before we took off – share the ‘get to know you facts’ and then went our separate ways. Turns out, this wasn’t something that was going to be left on Bourbon Street, this was going to be something special.
For the next month we continued to text and talk on the phone. Ultimately Chris asked me to come visit him in Kansas City. Being a fan of Dateline, I know how these stories can go. However, with some persistence from him, and me letting all my friends in Atlanta know his number, address, etc. where I was going to be – I decided to book a flight. Moving forward, every other weekend we spent together. Me flying to KC and him making a trip down to Atlanta. After 4 months of dating, I packed my apartment and drove 11 hours to move here to KC and be with him.
Chris and I had been dating for over 2 years, and I started bringing up the subject of ‘taking the next step’. I would ‘drag’ him to go ring shopping – changing my mind at every store we went in. Then I found it. He knew it. I knew it. Then about a month later, and several constant weekends of ring shopping round the city – we went back to look at the ring we both loved. It was gone! I was crying – asking the jeweler if they could get another – of course no, one of a kind pieces here. I was devastated. Fast forward 2 months – we were getting ready for the great Valentine’s Day holiday. I was finishing up in the bathroom – and Chris was persistent about leaving. As I walked out to the living room, he was standing there waiting all dolled up for dinner. We were going through our check-list of everything, then he grabbed my hands and got down on one knee. He pulled out a box with the most gorgeous ring I’d seen. It was the one we had both fallen in love with. Turns out he had gone back the next day to get the ring – and told the staff I was going to drag him back, and to play it cool. I was so elated and couldn’t stop crying – it was a beautiful moment.
I wanted our wedding to be timeless and classic, with an elegant theme. The ceremony was flawless; the flowers, the scriptures, the homily – it was perfect, and sealed with a kiss. The rest of the evening we wined, dined and danced with our family and friends.
A Few Special Pieces:
My special piece was not an object, but a person. Before anything else on my wedding day, I wanted to see my Dad. My Dad has been one of my biggest fans my entire life, and just 7 months prior to our wedding he had been through an unexpected open heart surgery – a 7 way bypass (we didn’t even know there were that many valves – turns out there are 8). The last thing he said to me before he went in to the OR, was that he was getting strength to fight and recover so that he would be there to walk me down the aisle. That day wouldn’t have been the same without him, and I was so happy to have him give me away to Chris.
The Groom’s Favorite Part of the Day
My favorite part of the wedding day was standing at the alter with my wife in front of all our friends and family making a forever promise to one another.
The Bride’s Favorite Part of the Day
My favorite part of the wedding was getting to spend the most important day of our lives with our closest family and friends from all around the world. We don’t have the opportunity to see everyone very often, and being able to share such a magical day with them will be something I never forget.