Jessica and Zack

How We Met

Zack and I met through his sister, Addi. Addi and I became best friends 10 years ago. We met through our church, First Baptist Church of Gilbert, and soon our families became the best of friends. Zack and I were dating other people then, so it wasn’t until I got out of High School that I had any interest in him. He was always “Addi’s older brother” to me haha! We started liking each other in 2013. We went on a family vacation together in Aruba and flirted the whole time. He actually had a horrible allergic reaction to fish one night and ended up telling me that he liked me while he was under the influence of a high dose of Benadryl.

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A few months later we went to St. Thomas on a mission trip with our church. There, our feelings grew stronger for each other, even though we didn’t share those feelings with each other or anyone else. By the next mission trip we went on that summer to India, I was pretty sure of my feelings for Zack. He never openly said he had those same feelings, but it was evident in the way he treated me and looked at me that he really liked me. Now Zack has never been, and still is not the best communicator of his feelings, but what man is? Our families started to catch on and for the most part, they encouraged and like the idea of us dating. In October 2013 Zack told me that he loved me and it was so real and sincere that it was easy to immediately say it back. About a year later we hit a rough patch in our church and somewhat in our spiritual lives, but we made it through and are living testimonies to the Lord’s unconditional love and relentless pursuit for his children. Through our years of dating I would continue to pray for Zack that he would be the man God and my family would want me to marry. Here we are 4, almost 5, years later engaged and more ready than ever to commit our lives to one another and display the love of Jesus Christ through our marriage.

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How He Asked

Zack’s parents just recently invested in a farm with the purpose of turning it into a wedding venue (how fitting). It’s one of our favorite places to spend time at. He got sick the week of Valentine’s Day, so I had been all bummed out about that. He promised that he would take me to dinner in Augusta the following Saturday to celebrate late Valentine’s Day. I couldn’t think of anything cool or fun to do in Augusta so I was sort of confused as to why he wanted to go there, but I just went along with it. When Saturday came, he told me to be ready at 4:30 because we were going to stop by the farm and look at the renovations his dad had done on the farmhouse that day. We pulled up to the farm and he drove up to an old shed, which was super weird, and soon I saw some twinkling lights hidden behind it. Immediately, I knew what was happening and I got butterflies in my stomach.

Zack grabbed my hand and we just stopped and looked at the most beautiful set up he had put together for me. We got out and walked to the set up and with each step I was in disbelief that this was really happening. He set up a board with all of our pictures from 2013 to now display across it. We laughed and reminisced on all of our memories together. I started looking around at everything he had made to make this so special and perfect for me. He had a chair and lanterns and sunflowers set up to make that moment memorable. I awkwardly sat down in the chair, but quickly got back up because I realized what he was about to do. He took my hands again and said that he knew I was the one God had made for him and that he was so thankful to have me in his life. He got down on his knee and asked me if I would marry him. So of course I said yes!!

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I had been waiting and waiting and waiting for this moment for such a long time that I just couldn’t believe it was actually happening. My dreams felt so far off, but he made them come true that day. He set up the proposal in the most perfect place where we could see our future house in the distance and where we were standing next to the two trees we wanted to be married under. To say that it was magical is an understatement.

Special Thanks

Mary-Hayden Smith
Photographer
Alan, Melanie, and Addi Giddens (Zack’s family) | 
Planning
Hannah Harvell | 
Planning