Holly & Andy Engaged!

When people asked us how we met, I sometimes jokingly tell them that we met in Paris – it just sounds more romantic that way. The truth is that we met on Eharmony.com. I’m not sure why meeting online has a bad connotation to it, because it really shouldn’t, especially in our case. Regardless of how a couple meets, I think the important thing is that they do eventually find each other – and what happens from that point on is where the romantic begins and a love story is made.

I distinctly remember the first time I saw Holly, even her picture. It was the day after Thanksgiving, 2014, but this particular Friday wasn’t black at all. I was sitting in the big recliner chair in the living room of my sister’s house, sipping on a cup of morning coffee. I opened my e-mail to find that I had a new message from EHarmony with a new “match”. I skeptically opened the e-mail. After looking over her profile, and reading what she had written about herself and what she was looking for in life, and in a partner, I was immediately interested. I know it sounds a little clichéd, but I truly had a special feeling about her from the very start. I connected with what she had written, and liked everything about her, even her name, “Holly”. It didn’t take me long to muster up the courage to send her a note. I remember my heart beating fast as I sent the message and crossed my fingers that she would respond.

To my delight, she responded quickly, and after a few e-mails back and forth and a phone conversation or two, we agreed to meet in person. Our first date went well, and despite an awkward goodbye on my part, she luckily agreed to see me again. At the end of our second date, I kissed her for the first time, and we laughed together as she told me that I looked just like Andersen Copper and she’d never kissed someone famous before. After that, date number three lead into date number four, and I quickly began to fall in love with this beautiful Spanish Teacher from Spokane. I remember visiting my family shortly after we had started dating and describing Holly to them. They’ve told me since then that it was very evident just how special Holly was to me, even at that time.

At the 4-month mark we started planning a trip to Italy together, knowing full well that it would be the first big test of our relationship. As Holly always says, if you really want to see if you’re meant to be with someone, take an international trip with them. We ended up having a magical time together.

Our relationship only continued to blossom and grow stronger with each coming day, and on a warm sunlit day this past October, while on a walk through the Rose Garden in Manito Park, I asked Holly if she would do me the greatest honor of my life; would she to marry me?

Holly is my best friend, confidant, and sole-mate. She supports me and makes me a better man every day. I trust and respect her deeply. She is smart and engaging, caring, and strong. The size of her heart is only matched by her breathtakingly beauty. We share similar values and have similar life goals. And as basic as it sounds, we simply enjoy spending time with one another. She is the love of my life, and I pinch myself every day just to remind me of how lucky I am to have her in my life.

I was recently asked when was the exact moment that you knew Holly was the right woman for you. I struggled to answer the question because I don’t think there was an exact moment. I truly had a special feeling about her from the very beginning, and I approached our relationship with an open heart. I therefore don’t think it was a singular moment of realization that she was the one for me, but a gradual deepening on my feelings for her. I’ve known for a longtime, from early on, that I loved her, and that she was the woman I would gladly choose, amongst all others, to spend the rest of my life with.

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Anne & Anthony at Spokane club

Ceremony: Lady of the Lourdes Cathedral
Reception:The Spokane Club
Cake:Just American Desserts
Florist:Beau K Florist
Make up and Hair: Terri Reece

Anthony and Anne met in Denver 3 and a half years ago and went on their first date shortly after meeting. The relationship started with the mutual love for the outdoors and all that Colorado has to offer. Anthony proposed in the couple’s favorite mountain town, Vail, in November of 2015. They married in Washington, the home state of Anne.

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Kyleigh & Nick at Mont Lamm

Photographer: Ifong Chen
Website: http://www.ifongphotography.com

Venue: Mont Lamm Event center
Website: http://montlammevents.com

Hair and Makeup: Breezy Frost
Website: http://Vagaro.com/Breezy Frost

DJ: Complete Wedding and Events
Website: http://djspokanewa.com

Catering: Azar’s Greek Restaurant
Website: http://azarsrestaurant.com

Flowers: Special Touch Florist Inc.
Website: http://www.specialtouchfloristandgifts.com

Jewelry: Jewelry Design Center
Website: http://jewelrydesigncenter.com/

Cake: Just American Desserts
Website: http://justamericandesserts.net

Photo Booth: Happy Camper Photo Booth
Website: http://happycamperphotobooth.net

Tux Rental: Mr. Tux
Website: http://mr-tux.com


Kyleigh is the woman I never believed I deserved, but always knew I needed – so that Friday night, when I had the chance to propose, it just had to be perfect.
To start – On our first date, SHE asked ME out…
…well, sort of.
Her email: “I have an extra ticket to a show downtown and my friend can’t go. Would you like to go with me?” She asked me to accompany her to a show at the Bing Crosby Theater, in downtown Spokane. I later found out that there was no ‘friend’ who couldn’t go, it was for me all along (tricky!). A Portland-born cavalcade, ‘The Wanderlust Circus’, stars definitive Ringmaster, Noah Mickens, as the leader of a steam-punk’d troupe full of talented dancers, comedic moments, acrobatic oddities and exciting music in a majestic theater. Having asked me as a ‘friend’, neither one of us were quite certain it was a date, but by the time it was over, I knew I just had to see her again.
As a traveling consultant, living in St. Louis, MO, I was working here in this new and beautiful city, Spokane, WA. It wasn’t long before I came to realize that the atmosphere was very different here. When Kyleigh became part of the story, I quickly knew, although my job here was for a short instance, my time in this place would be life-changing. Less than three months after that seven-week project ended, I had packed up my entire life in St. Louis and moved to the Pacific Northwest. Kyleigh moved in soon after.
Fast-forward 15 months, a few career changes, two cats (sooo cute!!), a beautiful new home in our future; a growing love for each other – and yes, a lovely new custom engagement ring, It was evident that I wanted to marry her. Now I just had to figure out how to propose.
The first week of October, 2015, Kyleigh’s friend, Siobhan, got involved, and as it happens, was key in pulling it all off. Her suggestion: she would take Kyleigh out for a ‘girls night’; then I had to figure out where this grand surprise should occur. Just a few days before the event was to happen, I figured it out; what came to mind was a epiphany – and I never imagined it could work so perfectly.
My revelation: Go back to the beginning!
The Bing Crosby Theater is normally busy every night, especially on the weekends – so how is it possible that, when I opened the calendar on their website, Friday night, October 9th, was wide-open? There was no show scheduled (I found out later that another show was cancelled). ‘Serendipity!’ I thought, ‘Why not just ask?’
After a few calls & a bit of schmoozing, I talked the owner of the Bing Crosby Theater into letting me rent the entire venue out for an hour on Friday night, with music playing & on-stage – a video projection playing collages I made from our past 15 months together – including those adorable cats.
Friday arrived and I had been working out of town all week (a minor fib perhaps, I returned Friday morning to put the plans in motion – she had no idea). Of course, Kyleigh had ‘plans’ Friday night to go out for a ‘Girls Night’ with Siobhan – or so she thought…
They stopped for a drink, and as Kyleigh and Siobhan left the bar, they crossed the street towards the Bing Crosby Theater…
…and as Kyleigh looked up, the grand marquis read:
“THE WANDERLUST
CIRCUS CONTINUES!
FOR: NICK & KYLEIGH”
Tears began streaming down her face as she realized what was about to happen. Siobhan took Kyleigh by the hand and led her into the theater.
Frank Sinatra’s “I’ve Got a Crush on You” crooned throughout the Bing Theater’s Grand Hall as I stood there at the front, next to the stage, waiting in a suit and tie, cradling two dozen long-stem roses in my left arm and a beautiful engagement ring in my right pocket.
Kyleigh entered the theater. Her sobs were both nervous and happy as she walked down to greet me. Taking her hand, I led Kyleigh up the stairs, onto the stage. I stopped at mid-stage and turned to her; taking a quiet moment before I spoke. With her hands in mine, I expressed just how much I love her, how I cherish the moments we’ve spent together this past year and how I want to continue to live those moments, with her, the rest of my life.
Kneeling down, with my own tear-filled eyes, I gazed up at Kyleigh and spoke these words: “Kyleigh Buess, will you be my wife?”
Her answer: A happy-tears filled “Yes!”
In the same place, on that same stage, where The Wanderlust Circus inspired new romance, I became engaged to the woman I’ve dreamed of for so long. She has captivated me – my heart – completely.
One more thing: As another incredible element to this grand event, while planning the evening, I began to consider that people in Spokane, seeing the Bing’s marquis was changed to say something so different from the usual shows, they might want to know what’s going on. I got in touch with the newsroom at KHQ, the NBC affiliate in Spokane, to tell them why the sign would be so different – just to see what they thought Well, not only were they interested in the story, they sent a camera crew, filmed the entire event and put it on the 11:00 o’clock news!
Here’s the KHQ Site Article: http://www.khq.com/story/30229944/spokane-man-takes-over-bing-theater-for-wedding-proposal
Here’s the Newscast Video: https://youtu.be/_x72OJe_7Os
I’ll forever remember the way she glowed as she appeared at the start of the aisle on our wedding day – she looked like a goddess. My eyes filled up with tears behind my glasses and I started trembling. It truly was the magical moment we had been waiting and planning for.
Kyleigh inspires me to be the man, and the husband I’ve always believed I could be. She’s my wild and wonderful dream come true. We had a beautiful, fun wedding and I’m so very lucky to be married to her!
Cheers!
– Nick Baskerville II

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Courtney & Drew at Arbor Crest Winery

Venue: Arbor Crest Wine Cellars
Caterer: Catered 4 You
DJ: Kevin at Complete DJ
Cake: Just American Desserts
Dress: Marcellas Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Donna Morgan
Tuxes: Mens Warehouse
Donuts: Casual Friday Donuts
Hair: Heather Washburn
Make-up: The Make-Up Studio
Officiant: Darryl Jordan
Flowers: Rose & Blossom
Photography: Ifong Chen

Love Story:

Courtney and Drew met each other in the fall of 2010, when Drew started his first year of college at WSU and Courtney started her second. They were teammates on the cross country team so they were around each other every day. The years passed, and their relationship continued to grow. In November of 2014 Drew proposed to Courtney, and they decided to spend the rest of their lives together. Courtney’s mom and sister immediately started planning, and the date was set for July 25, 2015. July 25th ended up being the most perfect day all thanks to the love and support from both of their families and friends.

 

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Laurine and Scott at Luna

Our Love Story…
Laurine and Scott at Luna

New beginnings can happen at any time in your life. Laurine and Scott’s love story began when mutual friends brought us together. The first time we met, our hearts skipped a beat. It turned out to be a perfect match, at just the right time in both of our lives.

Each of us had been on our separate journeys, learning life lessons that shaped who we are today and helped us truly appreciate the love, joy and acceptance that we’ve now found in each other.

We’re humbled by the overwhelming love, support and generosity from our family and friends who came from near and far to celebrate our wedding day with us. It was the perfect setting — simple and elegant.

We’re eternally grateful to family members who added such meaningful touches to make our day even more memorable, to friends who rallied to overcome last-minute details, and to all of you (and you know who you are) who’ve been been there for us throughout the years.

You all contributed to creating a magical day for us — filled with love, laughter and happiness. It was beyond what we ever imagined.

We live in gratitude that we’ve found each other and can share the rest of
our lives with our best friend. We are truly blessed.

Vendors:

Venue and Catering: Luna
Photography: Ifong Chen
Dress: Marcella’s
Tux: Tuxedo Gallery
Makeup: The Makeup Studio
Cake: Just American Desserts
Officiant: Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens
Invitation Design: Hanna & Associates
Music: Michael and Linda Wishkoski (friends of the family)
Video: Cutaway Media
Tent and tables: Event Rents


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Natalie and Michael at Glover Mansion

Her story

Natalie & Michael met in a thoroughly modern way – on an internet dating site.
Drawn to one another through their mutual sarcasm, dry wit, and intelligence,
they emailed back and forth until a memorable ‘first date’ – a gypsy/carnival
band at the Knitting Factory. He remembers her comfort in ordering and eating
messy chicken wings. They had a lengthy conversation about the didgeridoo,
both naming bands featuring this unusual instrument. She was impressed when
he said he had actually made one (and proved so with pictures, later) There was
an instant spark, but as that grew and deepened into love, so did challenges and
obstacles they overcame. The couple is proud of the value they place on understanding
each other’s differences and honoring their individuality while nurturing their togetherness.

His story

Natalie and Michael met in a thoroughly 21st century kind of way – Natalie outbidding
Michael at the last minute during an Ebay auction. After sending repeated emails to each
(Michael’s typically ending with something like, “I’m not chicken. USA! USA!” – Natalie’s
usually with, “If you love Air Supply as much as me, you should have bid HIGHER!)
the two decided to continue their argument over a plate of buffalo wings and alcohol.
Their ‘first date’ involved:
1) Natalie securing a room at the Montvale Hotel (in case, for some

odd reason, we had a good time together – she wouldn’t need to DWI),
2) Her work closing that day due to snow storm and

3) An afternoon bottle of wine with her name all over it.

They met at the Knitting Factory over cucumber flavored vodka and buffalo wings.
Michael has since commented how he was mesmerized at how her light blue eyes
sparkled when juxtaposed to the dark red buffalo sauce that was dripping off her
hands and chin.
As if a bottle of wine and cucumber flavored vodka weren’t enough, the couple
adjourned to the entertainment portion of the evening – more vodka, the artiste ‘Lynx’,
and the headliner ‘marching band’ called “March Forth”. Now, it should be noted that
band members seemed a striking mix of ‘fair carnies’, original Woodstock groupies and
tattoo afficionados ALL that could actually PLAY wind instruments). Natalie remembers
thinking Michael was stretching the truth regarding didgeridoos – Michael remembers
thinking, “Wow…she does use that word 500x more when she’s had a drink or 3!”.

And their relationship hasn’t changed much since then. Sometimes it is filled sharp clarity.
Other times, surrealism. And then there are times when all of this is happening at the
same time. It’s what initially created a spark between them. It has caused multiple roller-
coaster rides in their relationship without either of them having to leave their home.
And…it is also what continues to pull them together as a couple – the passion to want to
be with each other – created the desire to really want to communicate with each other –
and learning to value the individual and everything they brought to the relationship as well
as what they both created ‘in’ their relationship – their son.

All this and Michael has still yet to see the inside of a Montvale hotel room.



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