William and Amanda met at a bible study at Christ Community Church in St. Charles and the two hit it off right away.
I knew he was the one a few months after we started dating when we went to one of his friend’s weddings.
Amanda’s favorite things about William include his faith and his sense of humor.
He is one of the funniest people I know, always remixing songs and making jokes. He loves me completely. He sacrifices for me. He challenges me and pushes me to follow the Lord more fully as well as love people more completely.
William loves Amanda’s love of the lord, the way she lights up a room, and how she laughs at his jokes.
Amanda and William spent one of their first dates at the Field Museum in Chicago and this place would continue to hold special memories for the two of them. In January 2017, they attended Amanda’s company’s employee appreciation dinner at the museum. Amanda had no idea what William had planned for the evening.
He took me to the Hall of Gems and proposed there. He did a GREAT job with it too! I wanted it to mean something and to be surprised. We were heading to another part of the museum when he said, “Wait! Let’s go in here first.” I was looking around at the displays, particularly at this one ring, when it all clicked into place. By the time I whipped my head around, he was on one knee holding out the ring. It was perfect!
Amanda and William had an idea of what they were looking for when they began searching for venues.
The look and feel of The Haight was exactly what I wanted. I didn’t have to decorate much because it has so much character already! Plus the staff was so wonderful to work with!
There are so many moments of the day that Amanda loved that it was hard for her to pick a favorite!
We did a chemical reaction for our “unity candle,” the two liquids glowed when they were combined and it was awesome! The speeches from my Maid of Honor and his groomsmen were incredible. We got to help our friends from far away celebrate their marriage as well, by giving them a first dance (he’s in the Air Force and they were not able to have a first dance). For my bachelorette party we learned the dances for Footloose and Thriller and danced to them at the reception. The support, celebration, and love from others was so amazing.
I am a big Disney fan and I love music. My sister announced in her speech that I knew just about ever Disney song, word-for-word. Throughout the night people kept coming up to her and telling her they wanted to see me sing! Towards the end of the night, “A Whole New World” starts playing and my sister’s voice comes over the mic asking me to join her on the dance floor. When I arrive, she hands me the mic and says, “Sing!” Laughing, I did, and pulled a high school friend up to sing the duet with me. It was a super fun, unplanned moment!
Amanda’s advice for newly engaged couples is to plan what you need to, but really do everything possible to delegate and not stress.