relationships

Best Day Ever | Prendy Ever After Part 1

We got married on February 18, 2017 at The Rusty Pelican in Tampa, FL and it was the best day ever! We fell in love with the beautiful ocean view and champagne colored chandeliers.  It rained most of the day, but stopped just in time for our ceremony. These gorgeous photos were shot by Cat Dossett. She did an amazing job and our love shined through the cloudy day. She can be found Here. There are so many amazing pictures and it was so hard to choose, so I am going to break it down into a couple of posts. This post will feature getting ready and the ceremony. The first look and reception will be coming soon! I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking. Click on each image to view it better! Enjoy!

List of vendors

Venue: The Rusty Pelican

Dress: Bearer of the Bling Bridal

Florals: Ordered from Sams Club, made by my family & I

Bridesmaid Dresses: Davids Bridal

 Suits: Mens Wearhouse

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Our Love Story | 9 Years Together

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Mike and I have spent the past 9 years together, growing and learning through our 20s. There truly is nobody else I’d rather spend my days with. I thought it would be fun to have Mike on my blog today to do a little Q&A and answer 9 questions about us. It’s a little different than a normal post, but I think you guys will like it. Grab a snack & enjoy!

Where and how did you guys meet?

Mike and I met in 2008 while working at Sam’s Club. Rumor has it he was too shy to talk to me, but he did and the rest is history.  I was 19 and Mike was 22. We started hanging out with groups of friends, then we went on tons of solo hot cocoa dates. We would just go grab a hot cocoa and talk all hours of the night . After weeks of dates and one front porch kiss, on January 30, 2009 we were officially a couple.

How did Mike propose?

It was so sweet and unexpected! We were both working full time and full time students at the time. It was on October 23, 2014, on a day we had class and I was having the best day because I Aced both of my tests. After class we decided to stop for our favorite dinner – SUSHI! On the way home, I wanted to snack on candy while I studied (like always. Gummy worms & M&Ms anyone?! ) and suggested we go to the store to get some. Mike said that we had some M&M’s at home., but I couldn’t remember if we did or not, but took his word for it. Once we got home, I sat down and began doing my homework when Mike surprised me with my favorite study snack, M&M’s + a surprise message written on them. He got down on one knee and asked me to spend forever with him! I had to ask him to tell me everything he said after the initial shock wore off because it felt like a dream. I even asked if this was real life! ha ha.  It is truly a memory we both will remember and cherish!

What is your favorite thing about each other?

Jessica – My favorite thing about Mike is his sense of humor and kind heart. Almost all of my blog pictures have a laughing picture either before or after because he is always making me laugh. I could make a collage of all of my laughing hyena faces!! lol Even while grocery shopping, I can’t help but laugh at his antics. Aside from making me laugh, he is always the sweetest and not too many people get to see that side of him, but I love that I get to!

Mike – My favorite thing about Jessica is her laugh, she hates when I record her laughing and she hears it. She is also one of the most kind hearted people I know, I don’t think there is a mean bone in her body. I usually curse like a sailor and she never curses, maybe I should try it….but I probably won’t.

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What is your favorite thing to do together?

We love to eat snacks and binge watch Netflix series. We also love to watch comedians together. Currently, we’ve been obsessed with This Is Us. It is just too good.

What is your favorite food to eat? Can you decide on a place? 

It is always so funny that all the memes we see are about the wife/girlfriend being indecisive, but in our situation, it is definitely Mike! I will name so many places and he will say no to all of them and then say idc whatever you want! My favorite place to eat is anywhere with Pizza or sushi. Mike loves Mexican food. So its always a toss up of whether we want those foods.

What was your first impression of each other?

Jessica – When I first saw Mike, I thought he was very cute. Since we met at Sams Club, I saw him 2 different times  and actually thought he was 2 different guys! He was working in the pharmacy and in grocery so I saw him dressed in dress clothes and casual clothes. I also didn’t have contacts back then, so that is partially the reason for my mix-up!

Mike – When I first saw Jessica, I thought she was stuck up. After I found out it wasn’t true and talked to her I knew she was far from stuck up. That’s why you cant go off of first impressions.

Where was your first date?

We hung out a lot on hot chocolate dates, but our first official date was when we went to Ruby Tuesday for dinner.

What is one thing you have learned from each other over the years?

Jessica – I think I have learned to have a thicker skin. I used to (and sometimes still do) take everything to heart. Mike never lets anything get to him and I have learned over the years to apply that. It has made me a little tougher or so I like to think.

Mike – I have learned how to be a better communicator and express myself more. Jessica has always told me that rather than walking away from a situation, its better to talk it out and express yourself.

What do you think has made your relationship last this long so far?

Communication & love. Talking, hearing the other person and understanding them is everything. Every night, we eat dinner and talk about our day. No phones, just the two of us. I leave a lot earlier for work than Mike and come home around the same time he does, sometimes later. We maybe get 2 hours a night to spend time together during the week so its nice to have that quiet time alone just reflecting on our day. Enjoy the one you love!

Thank you so much for reading! We hope you enjoyed our little(longggg) Q&A!