When Stephanie first enquired with me and after a few e-mails back and forth, I knew these two would be a special couple. Stephanie is from Miami and is studying photography in uni here in UK, and Gary is a graphic designer. They are both super fun, bubbly, easy to be around people, and they are so very much in love with one another. Stephanie wrote their story to me after reading a story on my website about how I met my hubby, and I can definitely say they were meant to be together))
"We met online when I was 15 and we just really connected. He was actually visiting Orlando with his parents a few months after we had begun to talk, so I decided to take a bus and meet him and his parents for the first time. We always laugh about how crazy that must sound to other people, especially with how young I was! But the risk was definitely worth it! Actually, while I was on the bus (it was about a 4 hour journey - but it felt much longer!!) his parents got Chinese food and he got a fortune cookie that said 'Love is on it's way'. He gave it to me when I arrived and I still have it. I actually had a trip to England booked (this was before I met Gary) to meet a friend but things didn't end up working out. So when Gary and I met for the first time in Orlando (we only were together for 3 days) we knew we wanted to see each other again. Coincidentally, my flight to England was on the same day as his flight back home (different airports)!! We got to England within an hour of each other and everything else you can say is history!"
Scroll down to the end of the post to see Gary's proposal!
We also got to take some photos with Stephanie and Gary's dog Chief. He loved being on the blanket and all the attention he was getting!
Gary's proposal is very different from anything I've heard before! Being a graphic designer and a gamer, he proposed in style! Here is a bit of a story followed by the video which had over 860000 hits on Youtube!
"Gary proposed to me on August 22nd, the morning of my 21st birthday at home through our favourite game, Portal 2. I had no idea what he was up to, he just told me to start playing. I thought it was just going to say 'Happy Birthday, Stephanie' when I finished playing a level. But instead it was all custom levels he had created with the help of an 18 year old in America and a 23 year old from the Netherlands. He then got the voice actress from the actual game to read out his script that he wrote. He worked on it for 4 months and I had no idea!! I still can't believe it! We were in the Lancashire Evening Post and the Daily Mail, as well as an interview that Gary did for a new American TV show on internet videos and many blog sites have featured the video. He always said he would propose to me in a geeky way and I never wanted anything in public, so it was perfect. If you listen very carefully, throughout the whole video are subtle hints of what is to come, but I was clueless!"
Of course she said yes! Stephanie and Gary are getting married in February and I'm really looking forward to their wedding!