A 50s Ballroom Wedding – Katie & Geoff

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“The man who said he “never wanted to get married” was PROPOSING to me!”

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Today I bring you Katie & Geoff who have such a wonderful story to tell – I hope you’re prepared? With stunning photography from Jonas Seaman, “Our photos were almost as important as the gown to me.explains Katie, “I wanted some amazing photos to have to be able to show our children and grandchildren one day and to say we got amazing photos is a vast understatement. They are more than I could’ve ever imagined.

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My husband, Geoff, and I met through MySpace in 2008. He added me as a friend and I’m not one to just accept requests from people I don’t personally know so I emailed him and politely asked who he was and he said he saw that I was into Volkswagens, I had worked for a Volkswagen dealership at the time, and that struck his interest. He said I was pretty and he wanted to get to know me.  We exchanged emails for a while and then moved to talking on the phone and finally decided to meet.  He worked for an auto parts retailer and I decided to go there after work one day and I immediately knew he was something special. Talking to him on the phone I had an idea of what type of man he was and I was excited to get to meet him and see how he was in person. Later, he told me that I “intimidated” him when we first met because I was wearing high heels and looked professional, since I had just come from work, and that wasn’t something he was used to. We decided to get together after he got off work and we just spent the entire night talking. We first went to a local Mexican restaurant and then it got so late we ended up going to a 24-hour grocery store just so we could keep talking and hanging out, neither of us wanted to go home!

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After we were dating a few weeks Geoff told me that he wanted to make sure we were on the same page and said he “never wanted to get married or have kids.” Normally that would be a deal breaker because I’ve always wanted to be a mom and a wife but for some reason I decided to let it slide and figured I could “train” him later down the road. We dated for a few more months and we jumped into the “I love you “phase pretty quickly but only because we both had intense feelings for one another.  And then one day, out of the blue, he told me that he didn’t love me and didn’t know if he could ever be in love with me. I was beyond devastated. 

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After that crazy bit we decided that we loved each other and wanted to be together and so we were. We moved in together, living in his sister’s finished basement, and after living there for a good couple of years, we moved out into a house of our own. We got two pugs and were just living life. At this point we had been together a couple of years and we had discussed marriage every once in a while but remembering that he said he didn’t want to get married, I didn’t want to press the issue and kill all of my chances of getting that proposal but it was brought up enough for him to know that I wanted to marry him. At one point, I even considered proposing to him. We had this non-traditional way about our relationship anyways, so why not??

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It wasn’t more than three days after deciding this that he proposed. I had gotten off work early on. He asked me if I wanted to go to lunch and I did so he let me pick the place, I was thinking some burger joint we liked but he decided he’d rather have Mexican a whole twenty minutes away from where we lived. Now, let me mention that Mexican cuisine is not his favorite food so for him to suggest it OVER BURGERS should have been an indicator to me that something was of but I didn’t think anything of it. So, we drove to this little Mexican restaurant, where we had our first date. We park and I get out of the car and he’s fiddling with something in his car and I was starting to get impatient as I was hungry and as I turned around to tell him to hurry his butt up, he was there, in front of me, on bended knee with a ring in a box.  I was SHOCKED! He proposed in front of the restaurant where we had our first date. The man who said he “never wanted to get married” was PROPOSING to me.  I should’ve fainted but I didn’t.  I just said “yes!” 

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Our entire wedding represented us as a couple. We pride ourselves on incorporating the fifties era into our ever day life. We incorporated the styling and music of the time the best way we felt it could be and stay on budget and keep it modern all at the same time. There really wasn’t much DIY to our wedding. It was more of finding items at antique stores that fit in with the theme and incorporating little touches. Our favours were cd’s with our music from the wedding on them, they looked like mini records. And instead of a guest book I painted a medium sized canvas the sea foam colour of our wedding and had our guests sign that so we could hang it in our home. 

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“I wanted my tattoos to be highlighted by my gown; I didn’t want them to be hidden. My husband and I even agreed that his sleeves should be rolled up to show off his half sleeve tattoo as well.”

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How awesome is Kate & Geoff’s story? I love how Katie wore her glasses on her wedding day too – so beautiful! Thank you to them both and photography Jonas Seaman for sharing their wedding with Marry Me Ink.. Be sure to leave them some love!

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3 responses to “A 50s Ballroom Wedding – Katie & Geoff

  1. This bride is incredible…the tattoos, the red glasses and that amazing wedding gown! In Asian Weddings we get our skin covered with henna tattoos and our Asian bridal wear is very colourful, but I like the contrast created by the white dress! Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

  2. Nice story with pictures to match. This is a great piece on this creative couple Rachael.

  3. Lovely post.I love the creativity in these images.