Abby and Jack - Grandmother's Ring!
How We Met: I met Jack through my cousin Rachel when I was 18. Rachel was having a get together and I went over to her friend’s house where Jack lived next door. That night Jack took me for a ride on his motorcycle. We stopped to get gas and I will never forget his first compliment to me – there I was standing with my helmet on, only a small portion of my face peering through, and Jack told me what a beautiful smile I had!
From that point on we couldn’t get enough of each other. We had an amazing summer together, though I was unfortunately going away to college for nursing school that same summer. Jack and I stayed together, however, and during the four years that I was away at Plattsburgh, I would come home on weekends to see Jack. During that time we had found a beautiful old farm house that we fell in love with. So the motorcycle and other toys got sold and we bought an old money pit that we love! It was a lot of work over the past few years during the restoration process, but it is where we call home. It was hard being away at school, and doing so much work on the house, but it only made us stronger as a couple.
How He Asked: I had graduated nursing school and we decided to take a much needed vacation, so we went to Ft. Lauderdale and then took a cruise to the Bahamas. The day before we went on our cruise we took a trip down to the Keys. Of course we got up at the crack of dawn to get started on our journey. We stopped at a small diner in Key Largo called Doc’s Diner and enjoyed a delicious breakfast, but mainly we wanted to stop and ask the locals were the best beaches were. They had recommended Anne’s Beach; so off we went.
We pulled up to a small parking area were the crystal clear ocean water took your breath away. There was a wooded path that led you to the actual beach, and of course I was so taken aback by the natural beauty around me that I didn’t notice Jack trailing behind. There I am taking photos non-stop, yelling to Jack, “get in front of me, I want to take a picture of you,” as I continued to walk forward not even thinking about him lagging behind.
Again I say, “Jack get in front of me so I can take a picture of you!” At this point I am starting to get frustrated, as I think to myself, “why the heck is he ignoring me!?” Finally I turn around, just about ready to yell to him and there he was on one knee, asking me to marry him. Of course I said yes!
He began to put the ring on my finger as he told me that his Grandfather had bought this ring for his Grandmother when he got out of World War II. The tears just would not stop rolling down my face! It was like a fairy tale. I had always dreamed of having a family ring; it meant the world to me.
I believe that it is exceptionally sentimental, and something that I would love to pass along to our family some day. Of course I had to immediately call all of my friends and family to tell them the great news! The rest of our vacation was amazing, but we were both so excited to get home and celebrate with loved ones.
Ever since we bought our home, we said we would get married there some day. So on September 10th, 2011 after being together for 6 years and creating the most wonderful friendship, we got married. It was a perfect Fall evening; our view overlooking the Green Mountains from our country home which created a picturesque setting for our perfect day! We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful wedding.
Photos by Scott Kretschmann