St. Louis Wedding Photographers

Kristin and Doug - June 21st, 2014

Wedding Day Information

Ceremony: Villa Antionio Winery

Reception: Villa Antionio Winery

Colors: Mint, gold, and pinks

Bridesmaids: Mint dresses

Groomsman: Gray suits


Kristin and Doug's Engagement

On Christmas Eve (12-24-12; 12 is our lucky number), Doug came over to my parents' house where I was baking cookies. As he walked up the sidewalk and I looked out the door, I could see him fiddling with something in his jacket pocket that looked like a ring box (we had already picked out the ring together, but were not engaged yet). I knew this was it, and I wanted everything to be perfect. We watched my favorite Christmas movie, It's a Wonderful Life, played Godfather Monopoly (his choice), and then my parents asked if we wanted to drive around with them, looking at Christmas lights. We had already been planning to look at Christmas lights, so I asked Doug if he wanted to go. He said yes, but on the ride he was kind of quiet and distant, and I figured out that I had probably foiled his proposal plan by suggesting we go to look at lights with my parents instead of alone. 

So, we get back to my house, and he suggests we open our presents to each other even though we had already planned to open our gifts on Christmas Day. I declined, still trying to salvage a perfect proposal somehow. Then Doug confessed that he had been planning on proposing to me while we went out to look at lights together. I felt terrible that the proposal had been ruined. I begged him to wait until New Year's Eve and try again. He said he couldn't wait that long. We were both sick over the botched proposal but didn't want to surrender the idea of a romantic proposal. So Doug left to go home, and I went downstairs to bemoan to my parents that the proposal was ruined. I remember my mom telling me that "it's not like the movies." Then I noticed that Doug had forgotten his Godfather Monopoly board game. A few seconds later, I heard a loud knocking on the front door. I answered the door calling out, "You forgot your game!" But I could immediately tell that wasn't what Doug had come back for. He was holding a piece of paper like a sign that read "Part 1 (continued)." My favorite scene from the movie Love Actually came to mind, where this guy holds up signs to Keira Knightley outside her door. Silently, Doug flipped to the next sign, "I've loved you for a VERY long time." Then the next sign, "You are my future." Then the next sign "I promise to make your life GREAT!" Then the next sign, "I want to spend forever with you." Then the final sign, "Will you marry me?" The rest happened in a blur, but it was finally official. Later, I found out that while I had gone to the restroom after we had discussed the failed proposal, Doug had grabbed paper from my printer and a permanent marker to recreate my favorite scene from Love Actually.