Michele and John met a little over 6 years ago at their friends' lake house. John thought he blew his chance of dating Michele when they went Jet-skiing and he accidentally hit her with the boat! Dazed by a hit on the head, Michele was not deterred as she rose from underwater, laughing. Agreeing to a date, they spent their first 'official' date at a Toledo Mudhens baseball game. Michele was so nervous, she locked her keys in her car! John, ever resourceful, fished them out via her sunroof with a coat hanger. Since that very first date, the two have been inseparable.
John proposed while on vacation in the Florida Keys, while they were swimming in the ocean. He literally proposed while they were in the water- on bended knee!
Michele and John, to be married this Saturday at Salomon Farms, chose a country theme for their ceremony and reception because, in her words: 'It's who we are; we love the outdoors- love to hunt and fish and didn't want the wedding to be serious or stuffy.'
Michele says she knew John was 'the one' gradually: After the first couple months, she saw him as a life-long partner. When John was apparently going to be deployed in the military, then the orders were changed, the relief they both felt indicated to them how hard they had fallen for each other and how heartbreaking the thought of separation was for both of them- they knew they were meant to be together forever.'
Michele says she fell for John because he is 'loyal, caring and brave. He is my best friend. He makes me laugh and is someone I can turn to whenever I need help. He has seen me cry (she never cries in front of others) and is the first to attempt to make things better. He is someone I can be myself around without judgment. Even though it sounds cliche, I feel he is my other half. I am quiet and reserved, he is loud and outgoing. We are the exact opposite, which I love. I can calm him when he is stressed, and he boosts my confidence and encourages me to take risks.'
Michele is a registered nurse and John is a Mechanical Engineer specializing in Research and Development. They share a love of fishing, hunting, hiking, kayaking, traveling, spending time outdoors and their dogs (two dachshunds- Hunter and Bailey). John likes to rebuild cars and create things- including building a snow plow for his four-wheeler! Michele, a gardener and avid reader, recently discovered a love of sewing and designing and making her own dresses.
The couple have found wedding planning stressful, so they chose a small, intimate ceremony and reception because, for them, it's about family and celebrating their love for each other with simple, meaningful activities.
In the process of buying their first home, they hope to delay an Hawaiian honeymoon until next year.
We cannot wait to share their most important day and, eventually, see pictures of their first home, dogs and Hawaiian honeymoon pictures!