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Valerie & Lora Jane

Two souls that had given up on love, these Milwaukee high school teachers found they had one last “at bat”. They grew up on the south side of Chicago a few years, and a couple neighborhoods apart. Both of them are baseball fanatics that ran with the same circle of friends. They had no idea what was in store for them when a spirited friend called “Buffy” decided they had waited long enough to be introduced, they have been smitten ever since.

As they were getting to know each other, everything was clicking together. When Val said to L. J., “your my lobster”,L. J. knew the reference and exactly what she meant. It was then they both knew this was more than just a relationship, this was it.

Val set about finding the perfect ring, met with a jewelry designer and picked out a stone. She did her research to know the best way to propose and made L. J. the last to know when it was going to happen. After a long hard day at work, on a once meaningless Tuesday night, L. J. found a dozen roses and a little velvet box waiting on the bed. Val had a pretend band in the box and humerous note, only to do a “bait and switch” and put the real one on L.J.’s finger and pop the question.

After many years, and thinking their day would never come, Valerie and Lora Jane are planning their dream wedding for early spring in Milwaukee. It can’t come soon enough.

"I'm looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can't-live-without-each-other love." - Carrie Bradshaw

Fast Facts

First met: Briefly in January 2008 "Hi, Im a Sox fan too"
First date: Jazz in the Park, 9/08; We shared a Red Velvet Cupcake
Got engaged: May 5, 2009
Ceremony date: 03/26/2010
Ceremony location: 1451 Renaissance Place, Milwaukee, WI
Favorite planning resource: Martha Stweart Weddings, the internet; TheKnot.com, iPhone app.
Honeymoon destination: Caribbean Cruise

In Case You Were Wondering

We're calling our celebration: Our Wedding
Our wedding colors: Jonquils and Daffodils
We will be wearing: LJ will be in a stunning gown; Val in a custom designed tux.
Who proposed to who: Val proposed to L.J.
Our last name will be: Staying the same

Looking Back on the Big Day

Vendors we recommend to other couples: Ken's Digital Photograpphy Genesis Jewelers 1451 Renaissance Place

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