Christine + Joe

How did you meet?

We met by chance, while I was dog sitting for his dad at their house. No one was supposed to be home that weekend, but in walks a handsome young guy who I’ve never met before!

When did you know they were the one?

A month after a series of dates, he asked me to take a road trip across the country with him from MI to Portland. I said yes because why not go on an adventure? During the road trip, I remember looking over at him while the windows were rolled down, and we were just out in the middle of nowhere, and in that moment- I knew he was the one.

What are your three favourite attributes of your partner

His smile, his jolly-ness, and his adventurous spirit.

Where did you fall in love with your dress and why?

OMG, I remember the moment I saw the Harlie dress. I was scouring Instagram for unique modern wedding dresses by going to each boutique’s IG page in Portland and looking at their selections. It was on A & Be Portland’s page where I saw the Harlie dress and knew I must try this one on. When I got to the shop, I knew I only wanted to try only this one. The second I saw it on myself, I fell in love. I was never one to believe in “you’ll know it’s the one, when you know” but ladies, this is so true!!

Who proposed and how?

He proposed to me on Christmas Day in 2017, when we were hiking on the Oregon coast, near a lighthouse. I pretty much blacked out from too much excitement to remember his proposal word for word but I do remember him including in his proposal that I was his guiding light (purpose for being at a lighthouse that day)! He’s a cheeseball.

What was the best moment for you at the wedding?

The best moment at the wedding for me was our ceremony. I remember the exact feeling I had the second my song started playing, and my brother was about to walk me down the aisle. It was a flood of emotions between love and excitement. Leading up the wedding day, it had been so crazy busy that I didn’t really have any time to really be present and take in what was happening. So when the first note hit from my song, I couldn’t believe that in that moment, I was about to be officially married to the best person for me.

What surprised you most at or about your wedding?

We had a destination wedding so I was very surprised that everyone got along so well all weekend and seemed to have a blast together! Friends from all different parts of our lives, and many of our family members too.

What advice would you tell other brides?

Have your wedding exactly how you want it to be. Don’t let old traditions hold you back, or force you to do anything because “it’s always been done that way”. Maybe it’s time to start a new tradition, and you are the first to start it.

What was the one thing you did differently for your wedding?

For our wedding favors, we did scratch-off’s, inside an envelope that said “We hope you get lucky.” I’m a sucker for puns so this fit us perfectly!



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