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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

nic + marianne = the power of a ponytail

I've heard a lot of guys say that they love when girls wear ponytails. Well, the story of Marianne + Nic which you're about to read may just prove that sentiment to be true because he mentions her ponytail more than once in the spotlight questions!

Marianne and Nic are getting married this coming Saturday, and their event is going to be stellar. I'll try to get some pics!

Enjoy this cute couple's spotlight and unique love story - I love it.

Let's start with a photo of the cute couple:
[photography by Hancock Photography]

How did you meet?

May 5, 2009, me and a couple friends knocked on the door of apartment 106 at Glenwood Apartments in Provo. I’ll never forget how beautiful you looked when you answered the door in your gray BYU-I sweatpants and your white T-shirt with your hair in a ponytail. Looking at you with you pretty smile I somehow stuttered through the words, “Is Marcie here?” You walked in the back and I didn’t see you again. Two weeks later, I texted Marcie and asked her what the name of her roommate was and if I could get her number! Then it took me another week to muster the courage to actually call!

Marianne: I was living in Provo for the summer working at an investment agency and taking some classes at BYU. My roommate Marcie had known Nic for years. He had previously lived in the ward I was in and he became really good friends with my roommate Marcie and her apartment. I had heard so many crazy stories about the "Nic and David" apartment and all the fun times and prank wars they did to each other. One night Marcie was getting together with Nic and her old friends for dinner. I happened to be studying in the living room when a knock at the door came. There I was in my studying garb of BYU-I sweats, lifeguarding t-shirt, and pony tail. So cute... I answered the door and there was the man I was going to marry! He asked Marcie for my phone number that night and mustered the courage to call me a few weeks later. Actually going on our first date was a roller coaster of a story!

What did you do for your first date?

Nic: I knew this date had to be good! What could be better than wave runners at the lake?! So I called to ask you out. Thankfully you didn’t answer and I left a voicemail asking you out. You called back and the date was set for Saturday! Saturday was supposed to storm so we rescheduled for the next Saturday. As luck would have it, yet another stormy Saturday. I tried switching the date to a monster truck rally but that got cancelled too. So we tried the next week. And yet another stormy Saturday. We decided to leave work early and go on a Friday. Even though it took three weeks it was worth it. From them on I was smitten. I remember telling myself, “I’m going to keep asking her out till she says no!” So I got tickets to the Strawberry Days rodeo and asked you out again! “And she said ‘Yes!’, and I said wow!” (Did you catch the country song reference?)

Nic has been nicknamed "weatherboy" for a very particular reason. Nic attempted to take me to the lake to jetski for almost four weeks! He says he had to have the perfect first date because he didn't think he would get another chance to take me out! Each weekend there seemed to be some thunderstorm and so we couldn't go to the lake. Because of the storms, we postponed our date to the next week, and then the next week, and then the next week ;) We finally decided to skip out on work on a Friday afternoon because again, that Saturday was supposed to storm. It was a really fun date and yes, he did get another chance to take me out and yes, it did rain again on Saturday!

Describe the moment you knew you first had a crush on each other.

I knew I first had a crush on Marianne when she first opened the door on May 5
th. She was wearing her grey BYU-I sweatpants, a white t-shirt with a turquoise undershirt, and her hair up in a pony tail. I had no idea who she was but when she opened the door she smiled at me like I knew her for years. After our first date to the lake though is when I decided that I was going to keep asking her out until she says no. And she hasn’t said no yet!

I would say I had a crush on Nic probably around the 4
th date we had when he took me to a Real Salt Lake game. I was really attracted to him on our first date, but after getting to know him and spending time with him on the following dates really helped me seal the deal. The previous relationship I was in was made me really nervous about dating and guys all together. Nic took me out on dates that not only were really fun and unique, but they also gave us opportunities to talk and get to know one another. Little by little I was willing to take my guard down. At the game I remember thinking how comfortable I felt around him. It had only been a few weeks, but I felt like I liked him. Talking, joking, and flirting just came naturally! So fun!

How did he propose?

The morning of our last day in DC, we stopped at the D.C. Temple on our way to the city. I tried to make it a surprise but apparently Marianne knew what was going to happen that morning. As we walked around the grounds, I was looking for the perfect spot. There it was, nice and secluded. A little arbor with a pathway right to it, almost like it was made specifically for this moment. I think the spot was made just for us.

For Valentine’s day this year, Nic made me a leather bound journal of our entire dating experience, kind of like the adventure book on
Up. He put pictures of all our dates and wrote captions describing what we did and what he was thinking and feeling at the time. I had given the book back to him for a while to add more to it.

Nic: We sat on the bench, while Marianne looked through the additions I made on the book. When she was finished, I asked her to turn to the last page where I had a picture of myself kneeling with the caption “Will you marry me?” at the bottom. I knelt down and asked her to marry me! Even though I knew the answer already, I was still incredibly nervous! I’m so happy you said yes!

What are your favorite qualities about each other?

I have told Marianne since we started dating that my favorite thing about her is the way she makes me feel. I know this includes everything about her but it is my favorite thing. Whenever I am with her or even think about her she always manages to leave me with a smile! She builds me up and supports me. Because of her I feel like I can do anything, like nothing is impossible. I just love everything about her!

We both had a hard time figuring out what we loved most about each other because we love absolutely everything!! I always looked for guy who would treat me well and
make me feel special and loved. That was the most important thing. Check! I found it! I've never questioned how Nic feels for me because he is always so good to let me know what's on his mind and what he feels for me. I think Nic is the complete package. He even has the little things I hoped for. I always wanted a tough guy with a sensitive side. Check! I found that too! When I met Nic he was a mixed martial arts fighter and boxer. I never expected that! How much tougher can you get?? As I got to know him I found that he is extremely sweet. I love watching him with little kids. He is so good with them! I also love watching him with dogs! I think they are his second love! He'll give me a hard time for saying this, but he also cries in movies more than me! Marley and Me and I am Legend makes him cry because the dogs die! One of my favorite things that Nic does is that he tells me he loves me several times a day and always calls me Sweetheart :)

If you could think of one song, book, or movie to describe your relationship, what would it be and why?

Our song has always been Keith Urban's “Only You Can Love Me This Way.” When we first started dating, Nic learned I knew how to play guitar and this was one of the songs I was learning at the time. I hate singing and playing in front of people, but eventually I mustered the courage. This song speaks to how we feel we were truly meant to be together and how much we feel like the other is the total package made just for the other. So many things happened that eventually led us to each other and we are blessed every day. Ha cheeseball I know, but we sure love each other!

Well, I know there’s a reason
And I know there’s a rhyme
We were meant to be together
That’s why
We can roll with the punches
We can stroll hand in hand
And when I say it’s forever
You understand

That you’re always in my heart
You’re always on my mind
And when it all becomes too much
You’re never far behind
And there’s no one that comes close to you
Could ever take your place
‘Cause only you can love me this way . . ."

Blossom Sweet comments:

1. I love Keith Urban and love that song too.
2. Nic, don't feel bad about crying in dog movies, because I totally do, too! I thought I was weird, but I guess I'm not the only one. Have you seen "My Dog Skip?" Let's just say that's the movie I watch when I want to really cry.
3. Love the adventure book reference in the proposal story! I actually wrote a post a couple weeks ago about that very thing on my personal blog. See the post here.

Thanks for the spotlight, M + N! See you Saturday!

I guess there really is power in a ponytail.

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