Todd & Julie are getting ready to tie the knot at The McPherson on September 15th. They have been together for over five years now and excited for all the years ahead of them! I have so enjoyed getting to know these two and they were part of a wedding I coordinated back in May! Lots of love for these two and their special day! Scroll down to read more about their love story and see their fall engagement pictures.
How did you meet?
We met through mutual friends. Todd used to work with a friend that he went to college with. It didn’t work out at Todd’s company, but we always joke because that led to the friend going to work for another company where he met my friend which eventually led to Todd and I being introduced.
Share one of your favorite dates.
I’m not sure I could say just one. Todd is my best friend and we have a blast whether we are hunting for hidden treasures at Goodwill or exploring Europe together. We are big fans of themes. Any event that requires dressing up in something ridiculous…we are there!
When did you know they were the one?
I knew Todd was the one even before we started dating. We were friends first and I remember one time he told me that things weren’t working out with someone he was dating at the time and I remember thinking how lucky anyone would be to get to be with him and how incredible I thought he was. I remember that moment vividly as a turning point in my mind knowing that I had strong feelings for him. It wasn’t too long after that we were together and have hardly spent a day apart since.
How did he pop the question?
We used to live in Soulard and is where we fell in love. Mardi Gras will always have a special significance in our relationship. It was a Friday…we had plans to go to dinner at Peacemaker but I went to a quick happy hour with my friend before hand (the same friend who introduced us ironically). I laugh now because I invited her to join us for dinner but she already had plans. We went to dinner, everything seemed relatively normal in my mind and then we decided to go grab a drink at iTap in Soulard afterwards. As usual, it was crowded and we were looking for a place to park. Todd said “I’m going to park by the apartment” which I thought was weird because it was a couple blocks away from the bar. We parked and were walking along the street where we once lived and Todd was talking about the first Mardi Gras we ever attended together and how he was waiting for me to meet over at his place so the fun could begin. He was starting to describe the anticipation he felt as he waited to see me come walking around the corner and at this point I jumped in to make some type of silly comment about the day and he said ‘Julie…I’m trying to tell you something here” and as I turned to look at him he was getting down on one knee and said “…and that was the moment I knew I wanted to marry you” and he proposed right there in front of the door of our old apartment.
Was the proposal a surprise?
It was a total surprise. I knew we were going to get married but I had no clue he was planning to propose. He said that surprising me was his main goal so he didn’t want to do anything that would tip me off.
What is your favorite thing about your fiancé?
Todd is one of the most thoughtful people I have ever met. I constantly find myself being wowed by small things he does that shows he cares about me. One example would be that a baby bird fell out of a nest near our house. I’m an animal fanatic but was out of town at the time. Knowing this, he put the bird in a box and attempted to nurse it back to health. So sweet!
How do you envision your wedding day?
I just want everyone to have a good time! It is such a special day for us to be able to have everyone we love all in one room.
How did you decide on your venue?
It was love at first sight! I really liked that it had indoor and outdoor spaces and the wood beams inside the chapel really won me over.
What are you looking forward to most about your wedding day?
Seeing Todd for the first time. I think that then it will feel “real”. We are doing a first look and reading personal vows to each other prior to the actual ceremony and I think that will be a really special moment that only we will share.
Stay tuned for their special day, sneak peeks, and wedding blog to follow!