Love Story

How we met 

You can never really envision how or when you're going to meet the person who you will share the erst of your life with, until it actually happens...

Michael and I met in February of 2010 at a Quality Deer Management Banquet. Michael is a member of QDMA and I was attending the event as a volunteer (thanks to my Dad who talked me into it). My Dad had mentioned that I may find "a dream guy" at this event. On the other hand, I was not looking to date let alone meet anyone. 

There were over 300 men in the hall and I happen to catch eyes with one of them from the moment he walked in the room. I was bound and determined to meet this good looking guy with a smile worth a million dollars. (Even though I really didn't have any interest in dating at the time). He claims that he was too shy and intimidated to talk to me, but we eventually had a conversation. Turns out we had a lot in common! He invited me out for a drink after the banquet but my Dad said no.... how embarrassing ! Before we went out separate ways, we exchanged numbers and agreed to get together sometime. He text me later that evening and we've never went a day without each other ever since!

"Don't find love, let love find you. That's why it's called falling in love... because you don't force yourself to fall, you just fall."

The Proposal {11.11.11}

Michael and I had several conversations about our future and both agreed there wasn't really a hurry. Although I had dropped MANY hints! Michael always blew it off and seemed to be against the idea of getting married. 

On Friday, Novemeber 11, 2011, before I even left work to head home, Michael sent me a text to ask when I was going to be home and insisted that I called him when I was getting close. I asked him several times why he wanted to know and told him he should know by now when to expect me to be home. That wasn't good enough. He needed to know my exact whereabouts and my ETA. I started to get upset with him because I didn't know what the big deal was all about. I did think it was strange that he was so concerned... but the thought never crossed my mind that he would be setting up 50 candles and a proposal...

Since my drive to and from work at the time was 75 miles one way, he must of been pacing around the house because he continued to contact me the entire drive home. He seemed so calm. He told me all sorts of stories about how he went hunting and he seen a nice buck and blah blah blah... turns out that was all just a cover up!

When I pulled in the driveway, the house was dark {one of my biggest pet peeves}. So I was sure to send him a text message as soon as I drove up the driveway that I was not coming into a dark house. His smart allick response back? "Come on in, there's lots of lights on!". By this point, I was irritated with whatever he had up his sleeve. I knew something was up when I opened the garage door and the dogs did not come running. Instead, there was a lane of candles and rose pedals leading through the house. I slowly followed the path only to find Michael standing in front of theh fireplace. On the table was a heart shpaed cake {he baked it and made frosting from scratch}, flowers, and more candles. We talked for a few minutes and I thanked him for such a nice surprise. I also apologized for the attitude about all his questions and remarks! At this point, I still wasn't expecting anything considering he had been gone at work for two weeks and I assumed he was being romantic. I started to get down on one knee and said "Well no sense in wasting any more time..." I immediately started crying. Then he popped the question! All I really remember him saying was "Julie Ann..." Michael says I took at least 6 minutes to respond. I think I was still in shock! He asked if I was going to answer his question or look at the ring. My response was something like "YES! Oh my gosh! YES YES YES! I don't even care what the ring looks like, YES!"

Eleven is my lucky number... therefore Michael proposed on 11/11/11. Kudos to Michael for putting all the thought and effort into such a special day! I thought he was hunting and enjoying his day off after being gone at work for two weeks, when he was really out buyinig flowers, candles, baking a cake and making homemade frosting! How sweet!

 Winter Engagement Pictures <3

The BIG Day! July 12, 2013 

After lots and lots of planning, we finally shared our vows and celebrated with our friends and families! It was a beautiful Friday afternoon! Our theme was a rustic woodsy slash "The hunt is over". I had to have a little pink in there though! Which brought out the elegance in all the wood and outdoors stuff (IMO). It was everything I wanted and more! I am truly blessed to be married to this handsome guy!

You can read more about our wedding and see lots of pictures on our recap posts!

. The Honeymoon || Alaska .

Shortly after we set the wedding date, we went forward with booking our honeymoon to the Great Land of Alaska! Based on some research that Michael did, July is one of the best months to go to Alaska. Which is why we got married in July! The trip was ahhhhhh-mazing! I would highly recommend everybody and their brother to go to Alaska! It's such a breathtaking place! The scenery and wildlife is just extraordinary! We had a fabulous time!

Our cruise began in Vancouver, British Columbia. We sailed to Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau, College Fjord, Glacier Bay, and ending in Whittier. Some of the excursions we participated in were ziplining, underground gold mining, Iditarod dog sledding, glacier tours, Totem Park tour, and a Great Alaskan Lumberjack show! If we were to do it again, we would definitely take more time to tour further north and see the land. Maybe do some fishing or hunting and we would definitely go to the Denali National Park!



Coming soon... our love story grows when we add a little bundle of Joy to the family! ♥


  1. My cousin just got married at Fore Lakes Country club in September!

  2. Ok, your Alaska pics are AMAZING! Gorgeous wedding pictures too!

  3. Oh my gosh! We are getting marries July 12, 2014! Such a great day! Gorgeous photos! Our rings are somewhat similar too!

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  4. OMG my fiance and I were just talking about going to Alaska for our honeymoon today! I tried to find your email address so that I could ask you details, but I didn't see it anywhere. Can you shoot me an email at ashley@married-to-the-game. com when you get a chance?!

  5. I don't know why I am just now reading this bio!! SO SWEET! You were and are a beautiful bride. BTW, love how y'all met. I lol'd when your dad said you couldn't go for drinks. So funny!

  6. The fiance and I are planning a cruise trip to Alaska soon! Looks like so much fun :)

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  7. Your wedding photos are absolutely GORGEOUS!