Category: engagements

danielle + rick // Delaware Park Rose Garden

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Danielle and Rick are just too adorable for words. And to top it off, as if they weren’t already cute enough, Rick proposed to Danielle by putting her ring in a fortune cookie!! AMAZING!! Who wouldn’t love to chow down on some seriously decent Chinese food and finish off their meal by finding a diamond ring inside of a cookie?! We can’t wait to be a part of their wedding day this September!

These two lovely humans shared some sweet stories with us along with beautiful reasons why they simply cannot wait to spend the rest of their lives together. Read along as you check out their engagement shoot at Delaware Park and the Albright Knox! :)

Danielle: “We met in the summer of 2012. We were working at a restaurant, a job we would both probably like to forget, however, we met a lot of great people there including each other! Rick had already worked there for awhile as a busser and I was just starting as server and had a couple friends who already worked there. On one of my first shifts, I was in the kitchen and remember seeing Rick standing there and thought he was cute. He seemed like my ‘type’ and I think I asked someone about him and it ending up getting back to him. We got to know each other a little through chatting at work and one day he asked for my number which I was impressed by because I knew he was pretty shy.

Danielle: “We didn’t actually start dating each other for quite awhile after this, maybe a year and a half. We hung out as friends more and I was also a little unsure of dating because of our slight age difference. Rick likes to make me feel bad for it now for delaying the start of our relationship :)

Danielle: “[The night Rick proposed] we had plans to order Chinese food- there’s this place that we love and were craving. We literally discussed this like a week or more in advance that we would order from there on this day which is not even out of the ordinary for us; we like to plan in advance! We went back home to eat and were just enjoying the amazing food from our favorite place. We were finishing up and Rick started asking me questions about the fortune cookies and if I look forward to them at the end of my meal. I was like ‘What? I mean yea they’re good, but the food is the main attraction.’ So he started clearing the plates and brought the fortune cookies back out into the dining room. When I opened mine the first thing I saw was a shiny diamond ring and then a fortune that said ‘Danielle will you marry me?’ So then Rick asked me and I of course said yes! And then immediately ‘But wait, how did you get it in the cookie?’

Rick: “One of the main reasons I want to spend the rest of my life with Danielle is because of how genuinely happy she makes me feel all the time. If I’m having a rough day she is always there to put me in a better mood. She makes me feel loved at all times. Just receiving a text from her when we are apart is always pleasing and will brighten my day. I also want to spend my life with Danielle because we just understand each other so well. We both find the same things funny, we both know what chores to do, and we both just thoroughly enjoy each other’s company. We do so many things together; I wouldn’t have it any other way. I feel so lucky every day to have found such an amazing woman who is also so gorgeous. I can’t even imagine ever being without her.

Danielle: “I would say we both probably value family the most. It’s really important to both of us to visit with our families and have dinners and such with our parents on a regular basis. We’ve talked about moving away someday to a warmer climate, but it always comes back to not wanting to be too far away from our families. Both of our sisters live out of town so it’s always a big deal when they come to visit for a week or weekend and we try to squeeze in as much togetherness as possible! Besides that, just trying to build a good future and life for ourselves by planning ahead and envisioning where we would like to be down the road. We value our relationship and feel lucky to have found another person we get along with so well and can share everything with.

Danielle: “Our perfect night out would probably involve a concert of one of our favorite bands at Town Ballroom (our favorite venue). We would grab some dinner downtown before the show at any restaurant we enjoy before heading over to the concert early enough to get our favorite spot on the first tier railing. If there wasn’t a concert, we would probably just go out for dinner and have some delicious food. Ideal would be in the summer when we can sit outside somewhere and then possibly stop for some drinks on the way back home!

Danielle: “Rick is one the most caring and genuine people you will ever meet. He always makes me feel like the most amazing person in the world and I always feel loved and cared for when I’m with him. He’s also really handy and able to build and repair things which I think is really impressive. He made an amazing clothing rack for me as an anniversary present and he also built our coffee table and it’s gorgeous. He’s also really handsome and has a killer beard, so there’s that.

Danielle: “Our perfect night in would most likely revolve around ordering/picking up some food we’ve been craving. Probably our favorite pizza or Chinese food would be pretty standard– although it could also involve us cooking something together. We like trying new recipes and working together on cooking them. Either way, the night would revolve around the food we were craving! Then we would probably just hang out at our apartment and watch a movie or series we are currently watching. If we are really into it we may get carried away watching a few episodes, but if not we would both probably fall asleep earlier than desired.

Danielle: “We are very similar people. We love a lot of the same things so we can easily reference things and know what each other means. Ever meet that person who just doesn’t get your Seinfeld references? That’s not us :) We both enjoy being low-key and relaxing at home when we have down-time. Although we like going out and visiting with friends, we both are more than happy staying in. We don’t like having too many plans going on around the same time. We just get along well due to our similarities. We always support one another with everything we do and take things on together. We push each other to be better versions of ourselves and approach new adventures as a team (even though that sounds really corny). Living together is a breeze because we are both neat and organized and have the same expectations.”

jess + matt // Buffalo Murals and Ellicott Street

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Jess and Matt met at the birthday party of a mutual friend. They talked and danced the night away and even had their first kiss! To top it off, they actually lived in the same NYC neighborhood too!! A match made in heaven and the rest is history, right?? Well, not exactly. They parted ways under the faulty impression of disinterest. Thank God for those mutual friends though because exactly one year later, at that same friend’s birthday party once again, they reconnected and the fire from the previous year kicked back up into high gear! Now, the rest is history :) Actually, the rest is right here in this adorable post! Read on to hear more about how Jess and Matt finally went on a first date, fell in love and one very special day decided to spend the rest of their lives together.

Jess: “Matt and I set up our first date a few weeks after that second birthday party, (it was around the Christmas holiday) at a nearby Peruvian restaurant in our neighborhood. It was the best first date either of us had ever had! We talked and laughed for hours – there was a real connection and attraction between us. The next 6 years got even better :)

Jess: “The day before my birthday, Matt took me to dinner at the restaurant we had our first official date, followed by a drink at the bar where we rekindled our romance after that very first year. Then on to the place we spent his birthday our first year together, which was a pivotal night in our relationship. Then to the place we danced the night away the very first night. (I obviously could feel something special was going on, beyond a normal birthday celebration…). We walked home and grabbed an apple pie from McDonald’s (same as night one) and kissed on that same corner. We got back to our apartment to lit candles and a very intimate moment, with my favorite question I have ever been asked! My answer was an obvious yes!!!

Jess: “We love to spend time together. We are perfectly happy hanging at home watching our favorite shows. We also love to have friends over to play cards. We have been to several baseball games together; Matt is a huge fan! We recently went to Minnesota for a 30th birthday celebration to visit family and the Twins Ballpark, as his dream is to visit all the ballparks.

Jess: “We bring out the best in each other. We want the best for each other. We do whatever it takes to support each other. Those things are what keep our relationship strong and last and we believe in it. We are family! The love we share is real and deep <3