July 13, 2016

Real Couples | Lura and John

Wedding planning is an awesome job. You meet brides that are so in love with planning their wedding and then you meet brides like sweet Lura (haha, love you girl). I met with Lura, John, her sister, and her parents on New Year’s Eve. They had been engaged for quite some time at that point (a year?) and they had booked the venue and the DJ…that’s it. Needless to say, with only a few months to go, we hit the ground running to find a photographer, catering, florals, etc. Their Walkers Overlook wedding in a few short weeks is going to be amazing and so full of love! I can’t wait!

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How did you two meet?

We met at Towson University.  Both of our friend groups spent a lot of time together our freshman year.  We started dating thanks to a crazy trip to the ER when I thought I had appendicitis.  Needless to say I ended up fine but he went with me to the hospital in the ambulance and stayed with me during my stay.  He even went so far to buy me flowers and walk with them to the hospital the next day.

How did he propose?
John proposed to me on Christmas Day.  He had bought me a present that I opened that morning and told me there was a second one I had to open in front of my family.  Since they are always messing around at my expense I figured it was a gag gift and didn’t think that much about it.  After my family had opened all the other gifts, John told me I needed to open my last gift.  Then my dad pulled out his phone and I hesitantly opened the box.  Inside was a small wooden house that John asked his father to build. (John and I had previously agreed that we wanted a house before marriage).  My mom then joked that there was probably a key to the apartment we were living at inside.  When I opened the top of the house there was a jewelry box inside. John got down on one knee and proposed.   Afterwards, I learned that when we were visiting my grandmother’s house that morning John had asked my dad for permission to marry me.  It was a wonderful Christmas gift and I am so glad my dad was able to capture the video.
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What do you think will be your favorite part of the wedding day?
 I can’t wait to celebrate with all of our friends and family.  I think that the reception will probably be my favorite part since our friends love to party.  I am also looking forward to all the pictures that we will have.  John’s favorite part will be the post-dinner antics that I am sure he and his friends will get into.
Can you provide planning advice to brides in the thick of it right now?
 My advice is don’t put anything off.  I am so good as pushing things off and its not worth it.  You feel so much better when you can check those things off of your to-do list.  Also don’t be afraid to ask for help and lots of it.  There are so many people who want to help it can be overwhelming but as soon as you delegate you can enjoy the planning process.  John says get a wedding planner because its a mess without one!
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What are you most looking forward to about married life?
John and I have been together for so long that sometimes it feels like we already are married!  I am looking forward to taking on a new last name and continuing to work on our home.  John says he looks forward to not being hassled about when he is going to get married.  I think he is also looking forward to not being asked for another opinion about the wedding!

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