Today I get to share with you one the cutest love stories that Marry Me Ink has received this year from Marianne Chua Photography. (I may have said “Awwww!” out loud reading it)
We were best friends for a few years before we had even considered each other in any other way. We worked together in the same company – I was the photographer & Videographer and he is the Web Programmer. We ended up working together a bit, and we spent a lot of time together, at work and off.
We had a mutual friend in Texas, and while I was on vacation there, she asked me what I thought about him. I had never really thought about anything, and would simply be with him and have fun. After she asked me that, I really took a look at what we had together and didn’t realize what an incredible relationship we had as friends and how he made me feel, until I really looked back at it and realized that he was everything I had ever wanted in a guy.
We are so open with each other, it was impossible for me to keep it to myself. I ended up writing a letter to him, because I felt like if I told him about it in person I would spontaneously combust. I basically poured out my feelings on that piece of paper, and expected for the worst. We got together that night and decided to talk about it, and he decided to tell me a few things from his own end.
Apparently he had been interested in the very beginning when we first met, but he kept losing his opportunities when I would go chasing after a guy or getting into a relationship. We both had a very deep conversation that ended up going into the wee hours of the night. He had told me that I was his favourite girl and his best friend, and really opened up to me like he never had before. I had to keep pinching myself, because I felt like I was reading one of those novels where everything goes exactly how you want it to. Funny enough, by the end of the night we decided not to take that route with each other because we both treasured the friendship we had, and we didn’t want to ruin it.
After opening up about our feelings, we couldn’t help but feel an extra spark between us that had come to life and it was extremely distracting. Finally one night, past midnight we went up to the roof of a building and were talking about some personal things in our lives and just confiding in each other, kind of back to the normal with each other. I then couldn’t help but think about how incredibly romantic it would be to kiss him on the rooftop under the moon and clouds. When it got to late, we started walking back to go downstairs, and I couldn’t help but feel so disappointed. I decided, we were really meant to be friends, and I shouldn’t try to turn it into something else.
We started going down this stairwell, with him walking in front of me, and after a few flights, he stopped at one of the landings and turned around. I was actually confused and thought he forgot something upstairs, but then he was just looking at me. I was so close to him, I couldn’t help but feel uncertain of what I should do and what was happening. And then after a second, he pulled me into him and kissed me. I swear that moment was magical, because in that first kiss, I felt like I lived an eternity and yet time didn’t exist, and the universe around me quieted and disappeared, and there was no such thing as anything else…and that’s when it all began.
“I had so many incredible friends and family from everywhere, and seeing them all together in one place and associating with each other, made me so happy.”
We had beautiful décor, and incredible set-ups everywhere, and yet we had meme cupcakes, with our favourite ragefaces on them, we had a horse and unicorn caketopper and matching masks that we wore in some of the wedding shoots. We are both very spontaneous/casual/fun/random/nonchalant people and I think our wedding reflected exactly that. We even high fived after we were announced as husband and wife.
Everything was semi-DIY. I picked out and worked out every last detail that I wanted to have happen, and hired someone to kind of put everything together for me on the day of the wedding. The best part was setting up the mason jars with the cute little paper straws, with the lemonade and sangria buckets. It is such a minor and unimportant detail, but it added such a cute feel to it all, and seeing all the guests walking around with their mason jars and sipping with their straws made them all look so cute and I loved seeing that.
I wanted my tattoos to show. I was not interesting in hiding who I was. This was my wedding day, and I knew I could do whatever I wanted to do and to the utmost. At work I always cover my tattoos, as well as our formal events and so forth, and I decided I was not going to hide them. At the same time, I knew that if I found the perfect dress, and it had sleeves, I would be okay with that. But I found a dress that had let me bare all.
We don’t have any matching tattoos yet! I do have a cute story in that regard though. We always make sure that we got to talk about everything that we wanted to talk about before going to bed, and that the slightest upsets are resolved, so we never go to sleep on them. It became a thing for us to say “Are we square?” and then one night, I said “Yes, I am a triangle.” And he was like “What?” and I said “I am a triangle. You are a triangle. Together we are square.” And it happened to be one of the cutest things I ever said, and so we both decided we were going to get a plain triangle on our arms or a matching spot, so that when we put them together, it was a square!
Seriously, there wasn’t a single bit I could miss out about Kelly & Kevin’s story.. It was just too amazing! Thank you to them both and to Marianne Chua Photography for sharing their awesome wedding with Marry Me Ink. Be sure to leave them some love!
Photography: Marianne Chua
Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Manor Hotel, Church of Scientology
Kelly’s Dress: La Soie Bridal, Pasadena
Kelly’s Hair: Emily Bergeron
Wedding Cake: Lark Bakery, Silver Lake, LA
Cupcakes: Sheila Mae Bakery, Pasadena, California
Photobooth: Treasured Photobooths