It was an epic Hunger Games style Easter egg hunt that sealed the deal. Tons of eggs with quarters and dimes, and eggs with each participant’s name and a $5 bill filled the yard. Then there’s was the Golden Egg, which had a $20 dollar bill inside. The family rule states anyone can continue to compete in this massive hunt until becoming engaged, at which point you’re considered too old.
Jon, aware of that rule and also aware that most of Caity’s family would be present Easter day, decided that was the perfect moment to pop the question. He conspired with her grandpa and uncle, who were in charge of hiding the eggs, to hide Caity’s ring in her name egg. She found the Golden Egg almost immediately after the hunt started and, satisfied with the $20, gave up looking for the other eggs. Prodded by other people to find her name egg, she half-heartedly looked. Jon told her he hid it inside. And as Caity walked into the house she saw him holding the name egg on one knee. He popped it open and the most beautiful ring was inside.
During our pre-wedding consultations, we (Caity, Jon, and myself) talked about the value of doing a “First Look” before walking down the aisle. I’ve never had a couple tell me it was a bad decision and I was hoping Caity and Jon would have the same experience. I was thrilled when I saw such emotion exchanged between them and it had been a good decision for them. Caity said, “I’d like to stress that doing a first look in no way took away from the emotion of the big moment as I walked down the aisle. Jon and I were both raised somewhat Vulcan in the way we express emotion, so tears are uncommon for us (I’ve never seen Jon cry after 9 years of knowing him!). However, the day was super emotional for the both of us. I started crying when I saw Jon during the “First Look”. And Jon admitted to a tear trying to escape his eye as I walked down the aisle. Doing the “First Look” added to the emotion of the event because it gave us two special opportunities to confirm the decision we were making, first to one another during the “First Look” and then to our loved ones during the ceremony.
Where do they go from here? They’re both busy building their careers. Caity works as a Gallery Facilitator at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Jon just started his first year of medical school at IUPUI. But truth be told, they are excited to do the daily mundane things as a team, like grocery shopping and running errands, and just settle into a routine. And if they can work in traveling the world together and, eventually starting a family–all the better!
Ceremony Site: Park Place Church of God, Anderson, IN
Officiant: Rev. William Imler (retired)
Ceremony Music: Jo Herche, Beverly Scott, Mary Kothman
Reception Site: Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, IN
Caterer: Grand’s Grilling to Go
Bar Service: Johnny Carino’s
Cake: A Slice of Heaven Cakery
Cake Balls: Becca Wright
Altar Flowers: The Posy Shop
DJ: Matt Hines and Ryan Bell
Hair: Cary Neeley (Mary and Friends salon)’
Makeup: Becca Wright
Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal from Splendid Bridal Salon, Cincinnati, OH
Veil: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Pretty Maids from Nancy’s Bridal Salon, Indianapolis, IN
Men’s Suits: Joseph A Banks
Ties and Suspenders: tieguys.com