Names:¬†Lori and Joe
Hometowns: We both grew up in Chelmsford, MA
Occupations:¬†Lori-Physical therapist,¬†Joe- aspiring graphic designer/photographer and a Server at Fishbones in Chelmsford
Wedding Date:¬†Sept 15, 2012
Location:¬†Ocean Cliff Resort in Newport, RI
Colors:¬†Blues, greens, purples, ivory
Vibe you are going for:¬†ocean, vintage travel, classic with a bit of fun
Let’s hear your love story!¬†We actually grew up in the same town and went to high school together.¬† We knew of each other, but never talked or anything.¬† We became friends on Facebook because we graduated together.¬† I posted a status on FB stating that I was bored.¬† Joe messaged me saying that he went out to play pool with friends and he would’ve invited me had he known I was bored.¬†A few weeks later Joe went to Florida with his family.¬† He was bored one evening and went on FB.¬† We started messaging each other and typed for hours.¬† We decided to meet up when he returned home.¬†A few days after returning home we decided to go to Feng Shui in Chelmsford.¬† He picked me up and even opened the car door for me!¬† We spent the evening talking and laughing.¬† We were so comfortable together.¬† It was like we already knew each other.¬† We pretty much closed the restaurant.¬† The rest is history!
How did you/he pop the question?¬†¬†Joe and I were driving home from Alaska.¬† We had been on an interesting journey traveling the US and decided we were homesick and wanted to return home.¬† On our way home we spent a day at the Mall of America in Minnesota.¬† We walked around for a bit, went to the aquarium, and then to the amusement park.¬† Inside the amusement park section of the mall was this “challenge” type ride.¬† You are harnessed in and walk along planks/tightropes at different heights.¬† I am not a fan of heights, but I was willing to try with a lot of convincing from Joe.¬† We got to the first level.¬† I looked down and was shaking in my boots.¬† I was only on the first level up from the floor.¬† HAHAHA.¬† I went across some of the static planks and boards.¬† Joe scurried across everything like it was nothing.¬† We came to a tight rope.¬† I put my weight on it and it moved.¬† I freaked out and told Joe I wasn’t coming across.¬† He was already at the other side.¬† He scurried back over to me and tried to convince me to walk across.¬† He walked backwards over and halfway down the rope he pulled out a black box.¬† He said. “I have something for you if you come over.”¬† Of course I then had to make it over.¬† My heart was pounding and I was shaking, but I made it across.¬† When I did get to the platform on the other side he went down on one knee and proposed.¬† I was so surprised.¬† A man on the same “ride” saw us and took a picture with his phone.¬† I went across a few more planks, then got off.¬† Joe went to all the levels and rang the bell at the top.¬† The best part was that we found out it is a Sponge Bob ride when we got off.¬† HAHAHAHA!
Who was the first person you told about your engagement?¬†I sent a group text to my closest friends and family.¬† I think I called my sis or mom first.
We love the story about your engagement! It’s pretty unique. Are you going to take that¬†new-found¬†bravery and go rock climbing or sky diving anytime soon?¬†¬†HAHAHAH!¬† yeah, right.¬† I don’t really care for heights.¬† Joe’s been working on teaching me to snowboard…i’ll stick with that!
Tell us a little more about this¬†road trip¬†across the country. It sounds awesome!¬†I quit my full time job and decided to become a traveling PT.¬† Joe and I discussed it first and he was gung ho about traveling across the country with me ¬† So I got licensed in CO and we headed out west.¬† We actually went to CO via Canada.¬† We wanted to explore as much as possible.¬† After spending 3 months in CO we headed to TX for 3 months.¬† We hated Dallas!¬† Couldnt wait to leave.¬† Guess we got spoiled with all the outdoorsy stuff and beauty of CO!¬† We ended up driving to AK for my next job.¬† We got there and no job was available that I was interested in.¬† We decided to head back home and surprise everyone.¬† joe’s sis just had a baby and mine was having one.¬† So we drove from AK, back home to MA.¬† Best road trip ever!!!¬† TX to CA to AK to WA to MA!¬† I would love to do it again, but we’re still paying off the first time around!¬†¬†We did a ton of camping and adopted our dog in TX.¬† That made the trip much more interesting!¬† Oh yeah, we also had to buy a bigger vehicle in TX to accomodate Colby Jack.¬† We’ll have to tell you more details during our dinner some Wednesday night!
How did you decide where you wanted to get married? ¬†Joe wanted to get married near the ocean.¬† He’s always been a “beach body”.¬† I just wanted something beautiful.¬†¬†I did a lot of research online first.¬† We fell in love with the pics of OceanCliff.¬† We toured it and then others.¬† Since it’s a bit costly we hesitated.¬† We looked for a while and couldn’t find anything comparable so we just ended up going with our gut.¬† Thank god for our parents or we wouldn’t be getting married at such a beautiful location!
The OceanCliff is amazing! What was the one thing that swept you off your feet when you were touring it and deciding on a location?¬†¬†We both love old architecture and historic buildings.¬† The view is AMAZING!¬† When we stood out there we could totally picture ourselves getting married there!
What has been your favorite part of wedding planning?¬†I’m weird and have enjoyed researching and planning everything!¬† Joe thinks I’m nuts.¬† I’ve looked at everything from flowers to bridesmaids shoes.
Is there anything that you are making yourself for the wedding? I contemplated doing the flower arrangements and cupcakes, because everything is so costly.¬† But after talking to people I decided to leave those things up to the professionals.¬† I wanna enjoy my day, not stress out about everything being done on time.¬†¬†I am making the jewelry for all the bridesmaids and moms, clutches/purses for the girls, flower girls basket and possibly shoe clips/chiffon flowers to add to the dresses.¬† We made our own save the dates and will be making all the invitations, photos at tables, and escort cards.
What are you honeymoon plans?¬†We’re thinking about island hopping in Hawaii.¬† We were thinking about New Zealand and Fuji, but its not the ideal time of year to visit that area.
What do you look forward to the most about being married?¬†Spending the rest of my life with my hunny and having a family!
These two have a jam-packed day of fun planned for their wedding day and we are chomping at the bit to photograph it. Mansions, Sailboats, fun people, Yes PLEASE!