Emmett and I met in Bozeman in the fall of 2012. Through mutual friends, we ended up at the same Halloween party. Coincidentally, we were both dressed in the same costume- the Joker. Naturally this sparked conversation, and by the end of the evening we had exchanged contact information with plans to meet up again. A few days later, we had our first date at a local coffee house. I remember being nervous that I wouldn't recognize Emmett without all that costume makeup on! The nerves quickly settled when we fell into easy conversation. We spent hours talking, laughing, and getting to know one another. I knew then that this was no ordinary boy.
We spent the next few years enjoying college life together, where countless memories were made spending time with each other and with close friends. We both graduated in the spring of 2015, and Emmett accepted a job as a software engineer in Helena. I accepted a 3rd grade teaching position in Helena starting in August, but already had a summer job lined up in Bozeman for a few months first. So, Emmett moved into our first apartment while I stayed behind for the summer. Since we were so used to seeing each other every day, that summer was the longest we've ever experienced. We made many weekend trips back and forth. By August, I was never more thankful that summertime was coming to a close so I could join Emmett in Helena.
That first apartment held a lot of firsts for us, and we grew a lot together during our time there. We figured out that cooking involved more than just zapping Dino-nuggets in the microwave. We got our first pets together. We learned how to take care of ourselves and each other. One Wednesday evening in February, I was walking up the sidewalk to our door and I could see Emmett standing inside the window smiling at me. "How sweet," I thought, "He's excited to see me." When I walked in the door, he had already started dinner and asked how my day went. I turned to set my bag down and when I turned back around, he was on one knee holding a diamond ring. I was completely surprised and caught off guard. "Yes," I said through the shock. Of course, I wanted to spend the rest of my life with this man! When I later asked Emmett how he planned the proposal, he simply responded, "I bought the ring today and I just couldn't wait any longer."
Wedding planning began, and our date was set for July of 2017 at the Kleffner Ranch. We spent over a year planning all of the details from the venue, to the music, to the cake. We got my dress and all of the men's suits from Linda's Bridal. She was so accommodating and easy to work with. We met two amazing photographers, Jason and Jadean O'Neil, who became more like friends to us throughout the planning process. Everything was coming together for our big day.
Exactly one week before the wedding, tragedy struck my family. My dad suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. Our whole world was turned upside down. As the shock subsided and reality set in, Emmett and I knew right away we needed to postpone the wedding. With the help of family and friends, phone calls were made to guests and vendors with the news. Everyone was so understanding and supportive of our family. Calvin and Brandy from Bad Betty's brought food out to my mom's house after the funeral. Juliet from Fresh and Fabulous Flowers cancelled our wedding flowers and instead ordered different ones for the service. I was astounded by the amazing community of people who worked together to help our family in our time of need. We are forever grateful for everyone's kindness and generosity. Through everything, Emmett was my rock for not only me, but my family as well. I guess it's true when people say that a person's true colors show in times of tragedy. Emmett was my hero during this time.
About a month later, we began to look for a new wedding date. June 15th, 2018 was a date that stood out to us, as it was also Father's Day weekend. Denis and Stacy from Kleffner were so helpful in helping us coordinate a new date that would accommodate all of the previous vendors. Everything came together for the second time.
Our wedding was everything that we dreamed of. The second I saw Emmett's face at the end of the isle, that old familiar feeling of pure joy and happiness in the coffee shop crept over me again. I have never loved him more, and I am so lucky to be his wife. We will forever cherish the wonderful memories made with friends and family during our wedding.
After spending two years coordinating with vendors and friends, everything just seemed more personal for Emmett and me on our big day. Everything flowed together just right. It truly does take an army to make a wedding happen, and Emmett and I would just like to thank everyone who made it possible. Our family and friends played a huge role in getting everything organized the week of the wedding. Huge shout out to our good friends Carl (officiant) and Trevor (band) for making our day so special. We will always remember the beautiful memories made, and the incredible people who made it all possible.