After completing graduate school, I accepted a job in Tampa as a statistician. Chris worked as an analyst in the same department. After a few invitations to lunch, we began to bond over our common interests and hobbies.
We went on our monthly date in December 2014, and Chris he completely surprised me when we returned home. He proposed as we walked into the backyard, and I immediately said yes! Soon after, my best friend (whom Chris had arranged flights for) came outside with our puppy; we were then joined by other close friends to celebrate.
My mother lives in Sarasota and is familiar with the many beautiful venues in town. We visited a handful that would be able to accommodate our guests. We wanted the ceremony to be outside so our guests from the Northeast and Midwest could enjoy the February weather! We ultimately chose the gorgeous Marie Selby Botanical Gardens for our ceremony and the Hyatt Regency Sarasota for the reception. Both venues, as well as the staff and planners who made the day possible, were absolutely incredible!
Chris and I wrote each other cards to read while getting ready. These cards helped to calm the pre-wedding nerves and remind each of us about how excited we were to get married. He wrote a very sweet letter about our relationship and our future together.
Arriving at the aisle and seeing Chris at the end. I was so happy and excited that I walked very quickly, despite being instructed to walk slowly, to join him! Another moment I will never forget is the entrance into the reception--it was wonderful to be surrounded by so many family members and friends. We were so thankful to everyone for their support, in particular our parents, families and the members in our wedding party. We had a blast dancing - the band [Phase 5] kept the dance floor packed. Seeing our guests and loved ones have as much fun as we did was a great feeling.
Chris is constantly trying to better himself and be the best he can be. He impresses me everyday with his drive and integrity.