Kristen and Matthew at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Kristen and Matthew got a great wedding gift on May 21st: The world didn’t end.

That’s right. No Apocalypse. No Four Horsemen. No Judgment Day.

For those who have been living under a rock and didn’t know, a small-town radio preacher launched a nationwide publicity campaign months ago. He assured everyone the End Times would begin on May 21st, at 6pm… ummm…that was exactly when Kristen and Matt had decided to be married.

Well, we’re all still here, and Kristen and Matthew were united in a lovely ceremony at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

But their trip to the altar took a few twists and turns. Kristen and Matthew met at band camp in college, where the sparks didn’t exactly fly. It was a different story, however, when the two bumped into each other at a frat party a while later.

Shortly afterward, they began a friendship that grew into a full-fledged romance.

“We reconnected, and started to show interest in each other,” the couple said.

After graduation, Kristen became a deputy clerk at the courthouse and Matthew became an accountant. When Matt realized that Kristen was the woman for him, he planned to propose in a beautiful park.

Mother Nature had other plans.

Kristen’s car was in the shop, and Matt had the week off. Obviously, he offered to pick her up from work so she could get her car. He parked far from the courthouse so the couple could stroll in the park. That’s where he planned to drop to one knee and propose.

Unfortunately, that’s when the heavens decided to propose a tornado warning.

Rain began pouring down in sheets. Sprinting for the car, now poor Kristen and Matt were soaked to the skin. After Matt took her to the repair shop, she picked up her car and drove home, sopping wet.

I guess I don’t need to point out that the fairytale proposal Matt planned just wasn’t working out too well.

Needless to say, Kristen was bewildered by Matt’s parking decision, chilled to the bone and none too happy.

Matt regrouped and made a new plan.

He made margaritas. The couple watched the storm from the porch, waiting for the tornado warning to end, and for Kristen to cool down.

Matt said that God had thwarted his plans the first time, and dropped to one knee on the porch. He asked Kristen to marry him.
“Stop being a jackass,” said Kristen, unamused.

“Then Matt pulled out the ring to let me know that he was being serious, for once in his life,” Kristen said, laughing.  “After the shock of the situation and not being able to speak for the first time in my life, I said ‘yes!’”

I guess that just goes to show that true love overcomes all things, even an extremely ticked-off bride-to-be.

Their wedding and reception were held at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, amid lush blooms with blossoms scenting the spring air. After a lovely wedding and joyful reception with family friends, the couple departed for a Bahamas honeymoon.

Cake: Cheesecakes Etc
Flowers: Carolina Roses
Gown: David’s Bridal
Shoes: Victorias secret
Bridemaids’ dress: David’s Bridal
Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse
Rings: Blue Nile
Hair and makeup: Re Salon and Spa
Ceremony Location: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

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