Sarah And Dean
How did he propose to you? What is your love story?
We love the story of how we met – it’s fun and unique and leaves no doubt that we have an amazing God who is both sovereign and good. No one else could have orchestrated such a meeting – or the relationship that came from it! We met at a salt factory in Okinawa last July. Dean had just recently been stationed there and I flew over to visit my friends Nikki and John (and their son Matthew), who had just moved back to the island. Halfway through the trip, Nikki and I (John and Matthew in tow) decided to make sea salt and ended up at the salt factory. It turns out that Dean could see the salt factory from his apartment and had wanted to check it out, too. The timing was perfect! We made our salt (it was so hot outside!) and then went into the factory’s gift shop to cool off. It was impossible to miss that there was a good-looking guy in there, but for several reasons we went about our business, talking about the glass factory 20 minutes up the coast. The good-looking guy was also interested in the glass factory and joined in our conversation. Introductions were made and we all met Dean. We all chatted until Nikki and John very un-subtly walked away, leaving me and Dean alone to talk. We had a nice conversation and said goodbye ten minutes later. After all, he lived in Japan and I lived in Texas. We were being what we thought was realistic. Nikki’s husband John had other ideas, though, and invited Dean to join us for dinner that night. Dean came(!!!) and plans were made for the next couple days. We all hung out (yes, it felt like we were 16 year olds being chaperoned!) and went to Dean’s softball tournament, snorkeling at Maeda Point, and to dinner again before I flew back to the States four days later. An e-mail from Dean was waiting for me when I got off the plane and we entered into the world of relationships through iPhone apps, Skype, and long-long-distance calling. There were two trips to Seattle in September while Dean was training in the States and a trip back to Japan for Thanksgiving before Dean deployed to Afghanistan for three months. By then we both knew it was pretty serious! Right after his deployment, Dean flew to Texas and we spent time there with my family before flying up to see his in Washington. He proposed…I said yes…and here we are! We really do love our story.
It’s exciting and unexpected and feels like a fairy tale, but most importantly it truly shows that our God is fully in control of our lives and delights in blessing us with his goodness. We are both amazed and humbled by how gracious he has been to us and we both desire to honor him through our marriage.
Were there any personal elements that you incorporated in the wedding ceremony/reception?
Because we met in a Salt Factory in Japan we thought it was only fitting to give back some of that love story meeting to our guests and had a salt shaker for each of them to take home from the very salt factory that we met at!
What was one must have that made your wedding unforgettable?
There was one thing that I knew had to be a must and that was hiring a wedding planner! We set out to find someone to help us and fell in love with Laura Stagg of Forevermore Events…..we connected with her immediately and never looked back as she was the mastermind behind our wedding. Because I live in Texas we planned 1 meeting to meet with Laura and vendors and then everything after that was taken care of by her to the very detail of every vendor, the champagne brunch and all the wedding day details! We had an enjoyable stress free day because we decided to hire a wedding planner!
Floral – Bloomers
Coordinator – Forevermore Events
Paper Details – Momental Designs
Photographer – K Huelett
Ceremony / Reception – Cliffrose Lodge
Caterer – Switchback Grill
DJ – Festival Sounds
Cake – Heidi Duncan
Hair & Makeup – Macy Dockstader Designs
Live Music – John Van Wagoner