The first time Abby and I met was like an episode of the Three Stooges 🙂 I realized the coffee shop where we planned to meet was closing at the time we were meeting so I sat in the parking lot to wait for her. What I didn’t realize was that she was already inside, waiting on me! When I texted her to tell her the place was closed, she came out and we decided to go to Starbucks. The problem? There were two Starbucks nearby! And of course, I drove to one and she drove to the other 🙂 After waiting a few minutes, I texted again, and we realized the mistake. We finally ended up in the same place at the same time! Phew!
How They Met:
“Andy and I go way back and met when we were both working at TOPPIT pizza in Upland. I believe it was 2007. I was in high school, and he was a couple years older. The very first day I met Andy was my first day on the job. It was just me, the bosses [Tim and Ginny *The sweetest humans ever*], and Andy. The first day of any job can be intimidating, but put Tim and Andy together and multiply that by 10! They were pretty close and liked to joke around. Me on the other hand…I can be a little sensitive, and I was not used to getting picked up [in a fun-loving, joking around way]. The whole night they picked on me and were cracking jokes and just being guys. Ginny was so convinced that I was going to quit. The next few shifts were better [she made them apologize – haha], and I got to know everyone a little better and was getting good at dishing the dirt right back! It started to become clear that Andy and I had a little crush on each other. I could pretty much talk him into doing any of my shift chores with the bat of an eye [i.e. refill the toppings bench, do the dishes, mop the floor]. I had it made – My job consisted of me hanging out with a cute boy, great co-workers, free pizza and no chores ;). About a year and a half [or so] later, we started dating. On our very first official date he took me for a ride on his motorcycle and then we went out for ice cream. What a great day! It did not take a long time for me to figure out that Andy was going to be a part of my life forever.”
“I went with Andy on his family vacation to Florida in March of this year. In the middle of this vacation, we [Andy’s brother, sister-in-law (Josh and Brittany), Andy and I] made a big plan to drive to Key West with our jet skis to go snorkeling. Andy’s brother, Josh, did a lot of research and we planned to go to the Alligator Reef lighthouse. When we arrived at Key West, we went searching for some snorkeling gear. We went to about three dive shops and the first two highly discouraged our snorkeling adventure. The weather was not ideal, and the water was a little rough. At the third dive shop, the guy was all for us going! He said the water might be a little rough, but we would be fine! We bought our snorkeling gear from him (obviously) and decided to ‘rough it’ and make our way out to the lighthouse to try to snorkel. I’m an anxious person and never thought it was a great idea, but I couldn’t back out! We drove out with our skis and found a perfect place to put them in the water. There were other boats out, and the water was totally fine. Once we were all settled in, we headed toward the lighthouse. It was about three miles off shore. The ride didn’t start out bad, but the further we went into the ocean, the bigger the waves got! I was scared, and it was not a secret. Andy kept asking me if I wanted to go back, but no way! We came here to see Alligator Reef lighthouse, I wasn’t going to back out. The trip to the lighthouse only took like 20 minutes, but it felt like two hours. Finally, we made it! That was it for me. Andy and I decided (well…I decided) to head back. Josh and Brittany were loving it and decided to stay a bit longer. I was pretty relieved once we made it back to the calm water. We decided to just soak up some sun and chill out while we waited for Josh and Brittany to return. Then it happened, the most causal proposal of all time:
Andy: “So, I guess this is a good time. Do you want to marry me?”
Abby: *giggling* “Are you serious?”
Abby: “Of course! *looking shocked* “Is there a ring?”
Andy: “It’s in the car”
When Brittany and Josh got back I was so excited to tell them! They already knew it was happening, but that did not take away any excitement. Once we loaded up the jet skis, we stopped at a local dive bar for celebratory drinks. It was the best day ever.
I could not have asked for a better proposal; it was a day of many emotions. Later, I found out that the plan was to ask me while we were at the lighthouse. For obvious reasons that did not work out!”
We’re excited to document their wedding at Bliss Barn at Kelsay Farm in Fairmount in August! Here’s a few of our favorites from their session…