When Mercedes and I met months ago, I left the meeting feeling like I just made a new best friend. We instantly clicked and started planning her vision before we even decided to work together! That’s when you know it’s good. I thought I was in love with Mercedes already and then I got her “how the met” story and I got excited for her wedding all over again! I am super excited for her rustic chic wedding this coming Fall, and I know you are going to love meeting her as much as I did. And for some added eye candy, some of my favorites from their engagement shoot with Misa Me Photography!
From the bride:
After several years of crazy and unimaginable online dating stories we finally met on match.com – with a little luck after an email mishap! After a couple weeks of texting (I know, so 2015!), we were finally able to pick a date to meet. We had our first date at the Greene Turtle at Arundel Mills on Monday August 18, 2014. I (Cede), of course, was 20 minutes late, and Justin, of course, was 20 minutes early! 3 hours, a burger, fish tacos, some bud lights, a million thoughts going through our heads, and tons of stories later, we said our goodbyes…but immediately felt bewildered…thinking…wow a first date that not only went well, but it was GREAT! A second date was a must! Well the second date happened, then a 3rd third date, and then…next thing you know we were planning a trip to Punta Cana, country concerts, Vegas, Orioles and Ravens games, AC/DC concert, Boston, Pawley’s Island, Leaf Lake Lodge, the beach, etc. We met each other’s parent’s, I got my sister’s approval, and we quickly fell in love with each other doing all the things we both loved doing.
In March 2015 Justin asked me if I could take off on Tuesday May 19th to go up to NYC to meet one of his friends who plays for the Mets, and go to the game. I said sure, as long as I am not a client that day. So May 19 quickly approaches, and we’re suddenly no longer going to NYC, but we decide spend the day in Annapolis. Turns out Justin had this planned from the beginning, and planned an entire day of doing everything we both love to do in Annapolis, including a proposal!! Brunch, walking around downtown, awesome proposal with the Annapolis air show in the background, a few bars, and a private late afternoon sail boat ride on the woodwind, and then dinner at the Chart House. So I guess as they say…the rest is history! There are a million details, stories and adventures in between the first conversation on Match.com, the first date, the engagement, and where we are today, and we could both write forever! Cede says she fell in love with a smart, handsome, fun, laid back, compassionate, romantic, tattooed covered, network engineer (IT nerd!), who loves to drink beer (even Natty!) and bourbon, smoke cigars, loves his guns, Ravens and Michigan football, teaching his students, enjoys sitting on the beach for 8 hours, looks hot in his camo hat, and is always up for anything. Justin says he fell in love with a smart, beautiful blue eyed, bubbly, outgoing, fun loving, accountant, who loves her country music and natty light, loves her Hokies and driving in her “fun jeep,” has a positive outlook on life, loves being around her family and friends, adores her niece, and is always up for a good time. There is so much we have in common, and so much that makes us different. Every day we learn a little more, fall a little more in love, and can’t wait to see what the future holds for us. Given both of our personalities we never thought it would be an online dating site that we would meet someone, much less our best friend – but you never know how or why things work the way they do, and everything happens for a reason!