Atlanta Engagement Session: Brian & Grant
The two hit it off immediately and, later the same day, Grant asked Brian on a date. They went out for sushi a couple of days later and have been together ever since. It did help that both are physician assistants, so they had a lot to talk about.
It was only their second date when Grant told Brian a story about how his mother and father met, and how on their first date, his father told his mother that he was going to marry her. He used it as a lead in to tell Brian, “I know I’m going to marry you,” and it turns out he was right. They decided to have their engagement on their anniversary at the same restaurant as their first date.
Brian is very private, so he only agreed to the restaurant as long as Grant promised he wouldn’t put on any kind of show. When they sat down for dinner and ordered wine, Brian thought the waitress looked awfully familiar and he took a second look – it was his sister, one of Brian’s best friends. Grant arranged to fly her in from Kansas City to photograph the engagement and celebrate with them. He also arranged with Brian’s boss so he could have the next day off to spend with her. It was an intimate, heartfelt engagement with the most important people in their lives.
Brian shared his recommendations for other couples planning their weddings: “My advice would be to start early, and set a strict but realistic budget for the kind of wedding you want. We had most of our vendors lined up seven to eight months before the wedding, and then our caterer unexpectedly dropped out. Luckily with that much lead time we were able to find a replacement pretty quickly. Also, with the budget, keep in mind that this is only one day. It’s easy to keep racking up cost with add-ons and upgrades, but in the end it’s the people you’re with that make the party fun and memorable”.