Her foot was bleeding profusely after she snagged it on a rusty nail. She was on a fishing boat off the coast of a Honduran island in 2010, and the man she’d been dating for just six months took off his white linen pants, wrapped her foot in them and calmly carried her to shore. That was the moment Heather Grabowski, now 29, knew this was the man she wanted to marry.
Almost every Friday night for three years, Brianne McElhiney, 26, and Patrick Noonan, 28, greeted each other with a curbside kiss at the airport. By Sunday night, they were back at the curb, saying goodbye. Because they lived nearly 500 miles apart, this was their routine from the time they had their first date in June 2010 until the time they said “I do” in August 2013.
Jordan Troester popped the question to his girlfriend of two years, Jessica Howard, in Lake Tahoe. After a surprised and joyful “yes,” Howard had a question for him. “When do you want to get married?” His reply: “Soon.” Her response: “Me too.”
Beer and baseball – American pastimes, and for one Santa Clara couple, the beginning of a love story. Drew Ehrlich, 31, is a former pitcher for the Stanford baseball team who now co-owns San Jose’s Strike Brewing Co. Katie McGlennon, 29, is a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan and a self-proclaimed “Bud Light girl.”
The thousands of people who attend the Burning Man festival each summer know that spontaneous “weddings” are common there. Sometimes couples pledge their love, other times vows affirm friendship or single-dom. Burners can even borrow from an array of wedding gowns available from at least one Burning Man camp.