Rustic Florida Ranch Wedding: AmiJo & Alaina
January 17, 2015
When searching for a venue, AmiJo and Alaina chose the one that took their breath away. They knew they wanted a vintage-style barn, and what they found was perfection.
How They Met
AmiJo: Alaina was hired on at my family’s restaurant. For a year, we only discussed work – and ironically, our exes – until the day that Alaina worked up the nerve to ask me to sing karaoke with her. It turns out Alaina has the voice of an angel. It didn’t bother me that she was showing me up because I was so caught up in the talent she’d been hiding for so long. She still sings to me.
AmiJo: I proposed. It was terrifying even though I knew the answer. We were on vacation in New York City and had a dinner cruise reservation that evening. We got dressed up and spent the time before strolling around wintery Central Park. The weather was chilled to perfection and the sun was shining and I was shaking for (apparently) no good reason. I had secretly flown my mom in for the night because it wouldn’t have been real without her. She was waiting on a bench near the duck pond at the end of our route. When we stumbled upon my mom, I got down on one knee, pulled out a gorgeous diamond ring and…none of us can recall what was said after that. We did get a great picture of it, and I assume, a “Yes!!”
Advice for Other Same-Sex Couples
AmiJo: I think it was important that we mixed in just enough traditional rituals to our, thus-far, untraditional wedding to make us feel like we had a comparable experience to what heterosexual couples have. I think that was important for all of our guests, too, as the best way to get people on board with this unknown territory is to show them that there are no negative consequences, but in fact, only good things to come from equality for all.