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Thursday, August 16, 2012

mallory and don

Today marks the beginning of a three wedding weekend for Blossom Sweet!  Bring it on, August, bring it on. 

But for now, it's time to focus on a couple spotlight.  So brace yourselves for an oh-so-cute love story, with answers from the bride and the groom (we're kind of biased toward those type of answers - we adore seeing both sides!).  Without further ado, get acquainted with beautiful Mallory and her fiance Don who are gettin' hitched on Saturday.  We are excited for their event, and excited for them to enter their new life of wedded bliss.

photo courtesy of marielle hayes photography

How did you meet?
Don and I were set up on a blind date, but we were introduced to each other by way of email. I was so impressed by him. He was so witty and interesting; I hung on his every word. I was so taken by his personality, that as soon as I answered the door and SAW him for the first time: soul patch… 6’4”… blue and orange plaid button up shirt… and the kindest eyes you ever saw, I gave him an immediate, all consuming,  eat your heart out, hug. He was pretty impressed by that. We’ve been inseparable ever since.

What are your favorite qualities about each other?
About him:  My favorite qualities about Don are written on a 3x5 card, tucked away in a special place in my scriptures. #1 on my list is Don’s sweet nature. He is so genuine and patient. He puts me first, and he always looks out for me emotionally. I love that Don is so protective… and supportive. Whatever strength I lack, Don makes up for it. In small things. In big things. And he is such a champion for righteousness. He values his integrity, and can be kept at his word. I also love his passion for learning and his hunger for adventure. But above all, my HUGE love is his sense of humor. He keeps me laughing with made up words like, “grumpalotamus”. Come on, he’s hilarious. And he has the best laugh.

About her:  I have so many favorite qualities about Mallory. First of all, she is filled with kindness and genuinely cares about other people. Her biggest desire in life is to be sweet and loving. Her heart is so big. And she offers forgiveness so freely; it’s just in her nature. It’s also in her nature to be sensitive and thoughtful. She is connected to everything, and everyone. I love that about her. I also love her playful, competitive side. Boy can she be compet.a.tive! She has a lot of passion and drive within her. And I think it’s for those reasons (and more) she’ll be a good mom. Seeing Mallory as a mother to our children one day will be something to behold. She loves kids, and is incredible with them. That is probably my very favorite quality of hers.

Who said "I love you" first?
This one is a bit of a controversy! Technically, it was me… Don is agreeing with a smirk. ;) About a month after we starting dating, I asked Don if it was a problem that I was “a little bit in love with him” (which was a BIG DEAL for me to say), and he got pretty flustered and said, “Yes!”
With some shock and a little hurt written all over my face, Don responded by saying his problem was that he had said “Ya liubliu tebya” (which means “I love you”… in RUSSIAN!!!… ) a few days prior, and I hadn’t even noticed. Bless his heart. I don’t speak Russian. …… And neither does he anymore. :)

What did you do for your first date?
We learned a lot about each other! We drew out our lives and favorite places and things with crayons… on Macaroni Grill’s table cloth paper, over dinner. Then we drank hot chocolate and played in the falling snow… against Don’s will of course… which OBVIOUSLY turned into a snowball fight. We listened to music. We studied the lyrics. We laid out under the stars in an empty amphitheater. And we fell in love.

Tell us a bit about your event concept.
As far as design goes, I happen to be a photographer, so I had plenty of ideas. But I decided to go with what I truly loved and had always been inspired by. And it can be summed up in one word. “Lovely”. It’s how I want to feel, how I want to look, and what I want my wedding ambiance to be. My style is simple and sweet. It’s classic with a modern twist. There are also a lot of details and personal touches that really bring out our personalities. And at the end of the day, we will hopefully have planned a day filled with love… and we will have had the time of our lives with our closest friends and family.

How did he propose?
I took her to The Roof restaurant overlooking the Salt Lake Temple (it’s where we went on our third date, and where we shared our first kiss). After dinner, we walked over to “the spot” where I first kissed her. I slipped her a hand-written love letter to read, as I held her hand. When she got to the end and noticed I hadn’t finished it, she looked up at me, smiling, with tears in her eyes as she watched me fall to one knee. I finished the letter aloud, with a proposal. I still can’t believe how much I love her. How much I love us.

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