Holly-Rae's Bridesmaids

I am so blessed to have six awesome women stand by my side as I say "I do"!! Alex Van Hoof, Lauren Van Hoof, Denise Hardin, Tara Huber, Gina Sandoval, and Ashley Zeller!

Engagement Pictures!

The photos in the slideshow (upper right) were taken at our new home that we will all be moving in to after the honeymoon!

She Said Yes!

His Story:
It was a crazy (typical) Monday filled with work, kids practices and basketball games, and just coming back from Michigan celebrating my new nieces baptism and my parents anniversary.
I knew it was supposed to be a nice sunny day and I'd researched when the sun was to set.  I thought I had it timed out...but the basketball game went long, clouds came in and we were running behind to make it to the sunset. I kept telling Hol that we needed to get out to the house so that we could pick out stone options for the trim. We finally got out to the house and the sun was sinking fast. I rushed right past the stone that I had been saying was so important to pick out. I quickly suggested to relax we should go out on the row boat on the lake. While I was getting a few things together, Holly-Rae, for some crazy reason decided to walk into little kitchen in the basement. She NEVER goes in there. This is where I had the ring, wine, glasses, etc. I somewhat panicked and made something up to get her out of there. I thought for sure she was on to me and the surprise was ruined (have you ever tried to surprise a "planner" like Holly-Rae?).
Without her looking I wrapped everything into a towel and we headed out to the boat anyway. By this time, in the dusk . We rowed out to the middle of the water. I pulled out the wine and glasses and said that it had been so busy and we haven't had any time to spend together just the two of us to be alone, to tell her how much I appreciate and care about her. We had a nice couple of moments sipping our wine, enjoying the last bit of daylight as it slowly was getting darker...that's when I also said I wanted to tell her how important she is to me, makes me a better man, I love her, and want to spend the rest of my life with her and I asked her to marry me. Holly-Rae started to cry during the conversation and when I asked she jumped up, onto my lap, and hugged me and kissed my face - almost tipping the boat. After a minute I asked "so is that a yes" and she said yes, and hugged me again. That's when I pulled out the ring (in the dark by this time) and put it on her finger. We enjoyed some more time out on the lake and then went in.

Her Story:
It was a typical Monday night...running from work to a basketball game. At the game Tim shared that we needed to get out to the house to pick out stone work before it gets dark. Of course I'm wondering why you can't take the stone samples inside where there is...you know...electricity??? :) But I don't say anything and just go with it. We head out to the house, look at the stone, and he says "Hey, you want to take the boat out on the water like we talked about?" The week before he shared the idea he had to get out on the water and look at the second story addition to the house from the lake ---apparently planting a seed. So we go to head out to the water - I'm not thinking a thing... but he does have some stuff in his hands.
Once on the water, he poured us some wine (that's what he had wrapped up) and toasts to me saying he just wanted to do a nice surprise since it's been really busy lately and we haven't had time for just us.
Over the next few minutes I am thinking of all the things he had to pull together... getting me out there, getting my favorite wine from the store, wrapping up the wine glasses... I was thinking through his steps to plan this little surprise. It was so sweet!!!
Next was the BIGGER SURPRISE when he starts talking again...saying all the incredibly romantic things :) and proposed!! I was crying by this time of course and he puts the ring on my finger and I move to be closer to him by the boat. He says "so is that a yes"? And I say YES!!! I was totally clueless about his whole plan - he definitely got me :)