Tell me the story of your proposal.
After about three days of knowing each other, Adam and I were on a walk through the rose garden. We passed the gazebo and I told him that’s where my brother proposed to his wife. Adam teased, “That’s so cliche. When I propose to you I’m going to do it with something cool, like a fish!”
About a little over a year and a half later he did just that! We had talked a lot about marriage and preparing ourselves to be on the same page about starting our life together, so we both knew the proposal was coming. I pretty frequently told Adam that I just wanted sometime sweet and intimate; it didn’t need to be too extravagant.
So one day, (which I didn’t realize was the day he was planning to propose up north at a family friends cabin) I asked if we could go buy some fishies before we went out of town. He immediately jumped on that idea! We went and got our new guppy babies — after he dragged me to three different outdoor stores to look at hunting items — and got them all set up at our house. After I dumped the fish into the tank I turned around to see Adam on one knee right in the middle of our living room (our dog Penny was of course trying to sit in his lap too). And he asked me to spend the rest of my life with him, with a fish just like he promised, and in the middle of our first home together with our sweet puppy babe plopped in his lap.
It was perfect.
How did you know your partner was the one?
Adam – After I met Kaley, I knew that she was the person I wanted to spend all of my time with. We hung out every day and I was pretty sure right away that she might be the one. We had a very strong connection immediately, and it just got better with every passing day.
Kaley – Karlie had told me so much about Adam before I met him, so I was pretty sure I’d like him before I actually knew him. When we finally met, he was better than I could have ever thought. He made me literally weak in the knees. He was so incredibly sweet and kind to me from the very beginning, and not to mention an absolute hunk 😉 I immediately felt comfortable, supported and safe with him, which was not something I often felt. I usually make people really prove themselves to me before I truly let them in, and there was just something about his gentle and sweet nature that warmed my cynical heart. It was like I’d known him forever, but still couldn’t wait to know more. I can’t think of any one specific moment that made me know Adam was the one, but I can tell you that every moment pointed my heart towards a life with him forever.
What do you admire most about your partner?
Adam – I love how Kaley pushes me to be a better person. She may not realize she’s doing it, but seeing her volunteer much of her spare time makes me want to better myself and be the best person I can be for myself and for her.
Kaley – Adam is the most caring and selfless person I have ever met. He goes above and beyond to help everyone no matter what. I absolutely love his servant heart.
What are you most looking forward to about your wedding?
Neither of us really cares too much about the actual details of our wedding. We are both just looking forward to being married! When we thought about this question we both answered that the exact moment we were most looking forward to was when I would walk down the aisle to Adam. We are going to do a traditional approach where we don’t see each other beforehand, and we are just really excited for the moment we first see each other as we are about to become husband and wife. We are really looking forward to marrying each other, and to then be able to celebrate that love and marriage with all of our family and friends.
What is marriage to you?
Marriage is a lot of things and it means so much to us. It is a commitment to each other; a daily choice to one another to love them even if we don’t like them at the moment, to support each other, to be selfless and put your spouses needs ahead of your own, to compromise, to be flexible, to forgive, to never stop working hard for each other, to never be complacent, to appreciate the other in big moments and small, and so much more.
Marriage is not just a piece of paper, it is a forever commitment to cherish, sacrifice, love, support, to be faithful and to draw closer in faith. It is a life long journey and adventure that we will get to do together. We are young, and people grow and change throughout their lives, so our marriage is also the journey of growing and changing together, and separately. Allowing the other to become who they are meant to be, and cheering fiercely while they do it. Our marriage will give us so much and teach us so much. We will work hard at our marriage every day, and we can not wait to step into this journey with hands held tight and hearts full of love.
Ephesians 4:2-3: “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”