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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

a jim & a gem

We are so excited for Tiffany's wedding which is coming up this week.  Seriously, is she not one of the prettiest girls you ever did see?  She (along with her cute mom) is an absolute gem.  Enjoy the spotlight below featuring her love story!

photo courtesy of alixann loosle photography

How did you meet?
We met on the 4th of July through mutual friends. We hit it off pretty quickly as he is really outgoing and easy to talk to. On our first date he was so excited to surprise me with a date he'd been planning. He picked me up and started driving towards the mountains, and he wouldn't tell me where he was taking me. He brought me to a little lake and pulled out a raft, pumped it up, grabbed a whole bunch of blankets and we headed to the lake. We had a really good night cuddling in the raft, looking at the stars, and just talking and getting to know each other.  Cops came and kicked us out, which made it more of an adventure. I thought he was so cute and thoughtful. Best date I've ever been on.

What is the most unique thing about your relationship?
Something unique about us is that our parents were in the same ward (church congregation) twenty-something years ago.  When my parents were newlyweds they lived in my grandparents' basement and his parents lived down the street.  Who knew Jim and I would meet so many years later!

Also, Jim has 16 nieces and nephews, and I have none. Two of his nephews are older than me and one of his nieces is my age. We think it's pretty unique that I'll go from 0 to 16 nieces and nephews in one day.

What is your favorite thing to do together?
We love going rafting (like we did on our first date), camping, picnics, and anything outdoors really. 

What are your favorite qualities about each other?
 About him:  Jim is really talented at everything he does. He is so thoughtful and caring, and such a likeable person. I love how genuine he is -- I was comfortable and myself with him from day one. One of my favorite things about Jim is he always makes me laugh until I cry.  He's always joking and is really witty. If he thinks you're funny he'll put his hand on his chest and his laugh will go a little higher.  I think it's cute!  He is so good with kids and is very family oriented, which makes me excited for us to be a family. I just love everything about him!

About her:  Tiffany is one of the most thoughtful and caring people I have ever met. The first time we hung out she brought me an elaborate cupcake that she had made because she knew I loved them. She is constantly thinking of others and doing special things for them! I love how ambitious she is and that her ambitious desires are always for the benefit of others instead of recognition for herself. She is going to school to get a degree so that she can help others feel better about themselves! That's just how awesome she is!  She is also extremely funny and easy going. She is always making me laugh, is fun to be around, and is up for any kind of adventure at anytime... and I love that about her!

Tell us a bit about your event concept.
I love anything floral, lace, and gold. I'm translating that into a vintage, feminine, and classic wedding.  My colors are soft jade and coral with gold and neutral accents. I love simple elegance, so my wedding wont be over the top.

Who said "I love you" first?
Jim said "I love you" first. I was teasing him one night saying, "you must be real 'in like' with me," and he told me that night he was "real in love" with me. He caught me off guard; I told him he was really sweet and didn't say it back for a couple days.

How did he propose? 
He proposed on the Fourth of July, just a year after we met. Jim thinks a lot of girls have too high of expectations, so for our first Valentines Day he was dreading it because he felt like I would be like most girls and would want the date to be over the top (he had a bad past experience). I started teasing him saying "Yeah, it would be nice to have rose petals, go to the nicest restaurant and get a dozen flowers, go to a tall mountain with the prettiest view, and there better be a helicopter involved!" He knew I was totally joking and we just had a nice dinner at Chili's where we ended up having the best time. We considered the 4th of July our one year anniversary mark. We gave each other a couple presents, he got me a dozen roses and we went to a nice dinner. After dinner he brought me up the mountain with the prettiest view and told me he had one more present. For some reason I was oblivious and thought maybe he was embarrassed to give me this present earlier in the day. I opened up the present and it was a toy helicopter. I again was so confuse... when did I ever want a toy helicopter?  He told me that he knew I would want the prettiest view and a helicopter would need to be involved, then he pulled out the ring and asked me to marry him. He had his friend video taping and taking pictures, so we get to replay my confused face and me crying after. He is the best listener and remembers everything I say.  On the Fourth of July there were fireworks when we met, and once again when he proposed.

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