Jon and I met in 2011, through mutual friends, while we were both still in high school. After hanging out for a few months, he asked me to be his girlfriend on April 6th, 2011 during a four-wheeler ride at the Badlands. We dated throughout the rest of high school -- hanging out every chance we could get. In 2013, I graduated high school and moved to Bozeman to attend college at Montana State University and Jon stayed in Helena to work. Let me tell you, the long distance was dreadful after living in the same town for several years. Lucky for me, in 2015, he moved down to Bozeman so we could spend every day together again.
Then the year 2017 came along; probably the best year of our lives. We went to the Grand Canyon during spring break, Jon started his own business (Starkey Fencing), I graduated college with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, we decided to move back to Helena where I accepted a great job as a Sales Office Manager for Mountain View Meadows, and I bought my first car on my own. Then... on September 3, 2017, opening weekend of bow season, we were out hunting on an awfully smoky day and ready to head home. On our hike out, we stopped and sat next to a beautiful pond... Jon asked me to grab a new elk call out of his backpack... I reached in to grab it and thought "this is a weird case for an elk call." He grabbed the pouch from me, opened it up, took out a ring, got on one knee, and asked me to MARRY HIM!
After that day, we immediately started planning our wedding, we were so excited. We had a year of eventful planning, doing it all on our own. From the venue to the wedding dress and everything in between. I actually really miss all of the planning - don't take it for granted! It goes by way too fast. Our wedding took place in White Sulphur Springs on August 18, 2018. It honestly was the best day ever and could not have turned out more perfect for us. The weather cooperated from the beginning of the ceremony to the end of the night and it was amazing to see how many guests showed up to support us and spread the love.
I would like to give Linda and her staff a huge thank you! I wanted to find the perfect wedding dress (which I did) and that wouldn't have been possible without all of their smiling faces willing to help. I got to customize my dress how I wanted it and it turned out absolutely stunning. We also got all of the bridesmaid's dresses, guys outfits, and mother of the bride dress from Linda's. I would definitely recommend them!