I found the one for me.
It was a long and testing journey but I finally found the one for me. Kelly and I met through a mutual friend named Muriel at her wedding. Kelly and I began chatting because I was shooting film for Muriel on my Mamiya RB67 medium format film camera. Turns out, Kelly is a photographer, and a terrific one at that so she was amazed someone was actually shooting film. A lost art nowadays unfortunately. After chatting for a bit, I knew there was something about her and I wanted her to be in my life. I let her go that day without any chance of ever talking to her again. Little did I know, it would take 2 years before I saw her again. And wouldn't you know it, Muriel is the one that got us together.
I wasn't going to let her get away this time.
Muriel invited us both out to dinner, with no intention of setting us up. She said it wasn't until we sat down, she could tell something was up. After dinner I made sure we'd see each other again and long story short, Kelly and I started dating in September of 2017 and got engaged in October of 2018. Never have I met a woman so full of life, laughter, love and energy. She makes every day worth waking up for.
How did you Propose?
I'd have to say this is probably the question I get asked most. Second to the popular question now, "Do you guys have a date?" Either way, I decided to propose in a way that would really surprise her. I may have lost a little bit of romance in the approach but surprised she was! Ever since we met, I started drawing hand made cards for her. She loved it so much we started drawing cards for our family and friends for Holidays and Birthdays. So since I knew it would have meaning, I hand drew her six cards that spelled out "Kelly Heck Will You Marry Me?" Each one containing it's own pun off of each of the key words. With each card I also bought her a dozen roses.
While she was away...
at a meeting, I snuck into the house and setup each card with it's dozen of roses, 5 cameras and one special card which I hung around my dog's neck to greet Kelly when she got home to tell her that she was being adopted permanently. It wasn't until the "Marry" card came out did she really know what was going on. A huge smile came across her face and some small tears welled up in her eyes. Once the last card came out to ask the question, I went down on one knee and ask her to marry me. Lucky for me she said yes! So with 2 of 6 dozen roses in hand, we went to share the good news with our parents where Kelly gave each of the mom's one of the dozen roses to share in the celebration. Naturally we got plenty of photos at each of the parent's houses and have quite a day to remember.