If anyone reading this blog knows of anyone working at Match who also might be in need of a success story, I’m volunteering Chad and I for any commercial you want to star us in. :) How 21st century of us to find each other online!! ;) As lame as it may seem to some, match was a perfect fit for us. Two years ago (October 2006) I landed in a strange city, in a new job, at an Architecture firm where the average age of the office staff, was close to 50!! Balding, big bellied, divorced men was NOT my idea of a suitable future husband!! It didn’t take long to realize that I needed to take matters into my own hands and I soon joined the other 3 million people on Match.com in search of my one and only. I know now that it was the BEST IDEA EVER! :) :)
I’m going to go ahead and take FULL credit for the incredible bliss that Chad and I are in right now. I was the one that found him… staring back at me so handsomely in his hottie chef coat. :) Two winks exchanged, and a few emails later… and we were all set for our first date!! Right from the get-go, I knew this date was going to be unlike any other I had ever been on before. I still remember the giddiness I felt while deciding what to wear… I remember driving around the parking lot of the mall across the street, wasting some time before meeting him...so I didn’t “seem too eager”. When I finally did get the nerve to park and walk into the waiting area of the Galleria (where I was to meet him outside of his restaurant - The Oceanaire), I still remember the first moment I laid eyes on him. It literally did feel like slow motion. How cliché right? BUT IT’S TRUE!!! :) From that moment on, our lives would never be the same. We were inseperable!
November 09, 2008
It had taken a few weeks of planning (on Chad's part) for this particular day to work itself out. He had gotten a coworker of mine (Gary Morgan) involved by plotting a masquerade of sorts. He told me he wanted us to take pictures together to send to his family back home for Christmas. Sounding like a good idea, I suggested that we get Gary involved to keep from having the extra expense of a "real" photographer. Who knew that this whole time I was aiding in my very own proposal! lol..
Finally finding a day that worked for everyone, we began this particular Sunday morning by meeting up with Gary at the Belmont Hotel. We had heard this was a great place to get pictures of the downtown skyline. :) Starting our whirlwind tour, we made our way to places we had been on our first date, places unique to Dtown and your standard places with picturesque backgrounds. Towards the end of the afternoon, we found our way to the farmers market. We toured the area, and found ourselves amongst rows of beautiful red, pink and white flowers. Squatting down for pictures... I was too involved in trying to keep myself balanced to notice that Chad had begun to reach into his pocket. Turning to Gary he said, "Keep going Gary..." Not really understanding what was going on, it took me a second to realize that Chad had pivoted around and was already on HIS KNEE!! It took a few seconds to realize that his eyes were watering and his hand was clasped around the most BEAUTIFUL diamond solitaire ring I'd ever SEEN!! After a couple of happy "SHUT UP CHAD"s.. he finally asked me to be HIS BRIDE!!!. :)
Starting our photo tour at the Belmont Hotel...
So it begins...
Finally starting to understand what was going on... ;)
Cue: blond moment ;)
YES! YES! YES!
calling my parents to share the news.. :)
What a fantastic day...thank you Gary Morgan for being there to capture it all for us.. :)