How We Met
In September of 2013 I was living in California after graduating college. I came out to Michigan for a visit with one of my best friends, Ashley. She is a wedding photographer and I’m an interior designer and stylist, so while I was visiting we decided to put together a styled photo shoot. The theme for the shoot was a sunrise, brunch in the local apple orchard. I told Ashley I would style the whole shoot and put together the details, as long as she found the models. All the details came together great and as we drove up to the photo shoot that morning, Ashley casually mentioned, “One of the groomsmen models is really cute, you might like him! Maybe my ploy to get you to move to Michigan will finally work!”
I was immediately nervous to meet this “cute model” but proceeded to set up the shoot. When McCann first walked up to the location, I got the good ole fashioned butterflies. I thought he was very handsome, he tells me he thought I was beautiful, but that he also thought I was married due to the ring I was wearing on my left hand. (It was just a silver ring my mom gave me!) Still, that night after the photo shoot wrapped, McCann got my number from Ashley and gave me a call. He asked if he could take me to lunch before my flight left for California the next day. Though I was nervous and didn’t understand how this would ever work long distance, I agreed. We had a wonderful lunch and have talked every day since!
A few months later, I went back to Michigan for a visit, then he came to visit my family in California. We did 6 months of long distance, until we decided we needed to be together on a daily basis to know if this was moving towards marriage. I moved to Michigan in May of 2014. Though hard to move away from my family, I know it was the best decision. I’m so thankful for the crazy, wonderful way we met!
how they asked
I’m so excited to share our engagement story with you! This was the best day ever, thanks for my handsome and thoughtful fiancé (crazy to type that word!) I asked McCann to help me tell the story, so here it is:
Michaela: For the week prior to our engagement, I felt like it could be coming shortly. A few clues came together in my head and I thought, this weekend could be it! (McCann got his hair cut, my best friend had me get my nails done…) But then the morning of our engagement came and I woke up feeling like it wasn’t going to happen. I was nervous that I was going to be sad if he didn’t propose, so I tried to talk myself out of it. I texted Ashley, my best friend, and told her I didn’t think it was going to happen, and she proceeded to convince me it wasn’t happening either (even though she was in on the entire plan!)
A week before, we had planned to go on a walk at a local trail together, so I met McCann at our church and we drove together to the trails. Oddly enough, it was only 50 degrees and foggy that day (not bad, when this time of year in Michigan is usually 30 degrees and snowing!) We enjoyed a mile or two walk around the trails together, just talking, laughing and enjoying God’s beautiful creation. I thought if he was going to propose, this would be where, but again, I had pretty much talked myself out of it at this time. The only thing that was a little strange was that McCann kept checking his phone for the time. This was odd, because he is never on his phone. I remember asking him about why he kept checking it and he said it was because his roommates kept texting him… ;)
After we got back from our walk and McCann said “that’s it, let’s get in the car…maybe we can go to dinner somewhere…” I thought that was it. There was no chance it was happening now. We got in the car and started driving away when I said “Isn’t this by the apple orchard where we met?” McCann agreed saying, “Oh yes, it is! We should stop in and see if they’re open.” He said it so nonchalantly that I had no idea of anything. After all, I was the one who brought up the orchard while we were driving by. I’ll let McCann share the next part…
McCann: I chose the Robinette’s Orchard because it was where we first met (read about that here and here) and I knew it would be special there. When we arrived, I brought Michaela to the exact place we met, right in between the corn maze and the apple tree rows. Once we stopped walking, she quickly spotted the photographer hiding in the corn maze snapping pictures and put the pieces together. She asked, “What is going on here?!” I told her I brought her here for a reason and that I had a question to ask her. Then I popped the question! She said yes ;)
Michaela: I was SO shocked and excited that this was really happening, I could barely get words out. I know I said “OH MY WORD!” about a million times. McCann said some really sweet words to me before he proposed and I really made sure to listen and remember them. I wrote as much as I could remember down the after we got engaged. After he proposed, I kept looking down at my ring, looking up at McCann and smiling so big. We are getting married!
McCann: After the proposal, we walked across the street to a loft/barn area that I rented out from Robinette’s. Earlier in day, I was able to sneak off and decorate it with twinkle lights, a small table with flowers, candles, and two glasses of champagne so that everything would be ready when we got there. Once there, we celebrated with a glass of champagne and a slow dance, then were excited to FaceTime with Michaela’s parents to share the news.
Michaela: This was the best day of my life (so far) and I’m SO thankful we had Melissa there to capture the proposal. With family far away in California, they were so excited to see the pictures and feel a little more a part of the entire thing. It’s been two weeks since we got engaged and I still can’t believe it’s real. I’m excited to share wedding plans and inspiration with you in the coming months. Our date is set for September! More than anything though, we want to create a marriage more beautiful than our wedding, with God always at the center.