This couple is beyond cute with their very adventurous life - they went from the East Coast to the West Coast together which definitely takes a proper mixture of guts and love!
Five years ago John + Stephanie's energies became connected at a bar called Public House (now City Tap House) There was definitely an instant clicking that happened with these two. They began talking through some mutual friends and John will never forget those heart eyes that Stephanie kept darting at him all night! The evening progressed and it was super late... leaving just Stephanie + John at the bar. John offered to take Stephanie home and Stephanie tried with all she had to play it cool. She just couldn't imagine this night ending so she invited John to a "crazy party" at another one of her fave spots: McDuffs.
As these little star crossed lovers were getting closer to McDuffs - Stephanie slowly started leaking the truth. She said that McDuffs had a bumping DJ and it was just a smaller group of friends actually -- not a bumping, huge party. They keep driving. They then PARK at McDuffs and that is where all the beans are spilled: there are just three of Stephanie's friends at the bar. Who are these three friends? The bartender, the DJ and one of Stephanie's life long pals.
John shrugged this off as he too was just antsy to spend more time with Stephanie! They indulged in bar games for the rest of the evening. How couldn't these two stay in touch after all of that?!
A ton has happened for this couple since that first interaction. John accepted a job opportunity in California and Stephanie went with him! She ended up attending school while he was working so they are still out on the West Coast until she graduates. John rented a beach house in Philly for Stephanie's birthday two years ago in May and that's where the proposal comes into play!
Games stay tied into Stephanie and John's life not only between them but with their relatives too. Stephanie's family is all about games! Especially Catchphrase. John rented a beach house in Philly for Stephanie and both of their families to celebrate Stephanie's birthday back in May of 2016. The whole family was involved in this proposal and it happened during an intense round of Catchphrase! John started describing what is the phrase, "Will You Marry Me?" So - ironically - Stephanie technically asked John first for his hand in marriage! As soon as she guessed the phrase - John went to his knee and popped the question.
And now let's fast forward to their wedding day at The Columbia Station on the 29th of December! John, "loved seeing Steph smiling ear to ear as she walked down the aisle, especially knowing how stressed we both were leading up to it & seeing our closest friends/family walk down the aisle, including the flower girls and ring bearers who were the cutest! And during the ceremony, Steph mentioned she was sweating, and when our first kiss happened she said to me, "sorry I had a lot of sweat on my upper lip" He also loved seeing all of their family and friends from different parts of the USA. They EVEN had someone fly in from Japan for this magical day. What was Steph's favorite part? "The ceremony itself, walking up the aisle feeling so happy and seeing John waiting for me. I was just so happy. I like that we choose the readings and hand fastening reading, so there were parts in the reading where I was like, 'this is so us' or 'oh I love this line' and I felt like just standing there looking at John, listening to the readings and the vows was our time to be with each other and looking back it was kind of the calm before the storm....and by the storm I mean the craziness of the dance party!" Both Stephanie and John had a favorite memory that is in sync with each other, "That moment when John was able to get the wrist bands to work after some technical difficulties and in that moment everyone was like, "OOHHHHHH"...and the dance party got STARTED!
There's nothing more romantic than simply being adventurous dorks together - in my opinion! That's exactly the kind of love John + Stephanie share: playing games, traveling the world and loving each other immensely, most importantly.