Who could resist this amazing surprise proposal at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee?
I’m completely in love with every single part. From the irresistible way Adam proposed to the amazing and unique engagement ring, I’m hooked! You will be too once you see all the other enviable details about this dynamic duo’s chic engagement and love story. Scroll on for more pictures and details!
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About the bride-to-be…
I go by Lola. I adore animals, but most of all, I love my beloved pet kitty—Peter, who occasionally wears his fancy bowtie. I am a biology major at the University of Memphis, where Adam and I met for the second time. I am also a Spanish minor. I traveled to Spain two summers ago with Study Abroad Memphis; and I had the time of my life. I love traveling more than anything. Outdoors are my vice. Camping, frisbee, swimming, hiking – you can tell I’m a summer girl! I love sweets; Skittles are my favorite. I have been working for Bath and Body Works for three years now, and I love being a manager at such a fun store. I enjoy painting in my free time as well as singing my heart out to Peter when no one’s looking (I’m a huge fan of musicals!). You could say I’m silly, friendly, and cuddly. Nothing I love more than hot tea, video games or a movie, and a big ol’ blankie! Adam and I both practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and love to work out and dance together. My FAVORITE musical of all time is The Phantom of the Opera, and this will become important information later. 😉 I have two siblings, Liz and Lance. Liz is my talented, beautiful, big sissy. Liz and her husband Vincent have been together forever. So, I guess I should say I have three siblings; he’s always been a big brother to me. My baby brother Lance, who I always call Bubba, is not so little – he’s 6’5” and so handsome! I’m so proud of the sweet guy my Bubba has become. I love stuffed animals and to this day, I have several pillow pets (all with names of course) and one TY beanie baby I have had since I was about 8. Recently, Adam gave me a huge giraffe to add to my collection. I love anything Pooh Bear. I’m really a child at heart. I very much love to cook for people, I love being in good company, and I am definitely an extrovert! Both of our favorite colors are purple. One interesting thing about me that not many people notice is that I have what my Grandmother always called an angel-kiss in my eye. A brown streak across my entire eye, and it’s hard to stop looking at it once you notice it.
About the groom-to-be…
I go by Adam. I’m a pretty eccentric guy, and I have a very diverse range of hobbies and interests. I love all kinds of music, from heavy metal to jazz and opera. I love video games, soccer, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and I am extremely competitive and decent at all three. I love fast cars, but unfortunately don’t actually have a fast car. So I make do with my trusty ol’ ’95 Honda civic. I am a computer science major at the University of Memphis, and I absolutely love it here. It is where I met my darling and where I met many of my best friends. Lauren and I do pretty much everything together, and I really wouldn’t have it any other way. I used to ask my mom how I would know who “The One” was. She always told me I’d just know. Well as soon as I met Lauren, I knew. I can honestly say I’ve never met someone who makes me feel so fulfilled and just encourages and respects me the way she does. I have many bromances, all of which Lauren does not approve of. Unfortunately, I can’t just “break things off” with my bros. *joking tone intended* I have three siblings: Dusty, Lauren, and Zach. (Yes there are two Laurens, not including my fiancé’s brother’s girlfriend who is ALSO Lauren—Family reunions get cray.) Dusty is a United States Marine, Lauren is on a full ride to UT Knox, and Zach is my dread-headed little brother whose dedication to his music and laid-back life inspire me to chill out and not stress so much. Nerd-Alert: Lauren and I have an addiction that we can’t stop—Diablo 3. We love to kick back on the couch and get our demon hunter and witch doctor and slay the hordes of hell for hours on end. It’s great. All-in-all, I think the reason she and I click so well is because we have all these eclectic and different interests, and though we don’t have all the same interests, we indulge the other and accept that we have 1—maybe 2 things—that aren’t the same, and we celebrate those differences. (Though I must say we are scary-alike. So much for “opposites attract.”)
How they met:
We first met at a Chili’s in Jackson, TN. He was still in high school, and his brother and my brother were on the same church league basketball team. My parents invited them out for dinner after a game one evening. I was getting off work at Bath and Body Works and met my family for dinner. Right then and there, I thought he was super cute, but I was quite a bit older than him, and also dating someone else, so I didn’t think twice but to just label him as my brother’s friend. A year later, I was on campus when a group of uniform navy men were walking by and I heard, “Hey Lauren!” I didn’t even recognize him. He looked so cute in his khaki’s and aviator sunglasses. Then again, we met in the tiger den (school cafeteria) where he asked me to sit and eat with him. We ended up talking for hours, though it felt like the world was still and no one else was there but us. Finding out we were neighbors, I casually gave him my number so that we could hang out. At the end of that week, Adam had a navy ball coming up. He had already asked another girl to the ball, and at that point we were not really talking, so of course it was not a big deal, but honestly I wanted him to dump that girl and take me. This girl ended up bailing out the day of the ball, saying it was not her thing. He calls me only a few hours before the ball wanting to know if I would be his date. I was ecstatic. Luckily, I had brought some dresses with me from home and I wore a beautiful long blue dress and quickly curled my hair and, like a gentleman, he picked me up and escorted me to the car. He opened my car door (which he still does every single time to this day), and we had an amazing time. We were the first and the last on the dance floor. Being with Adam was so natural although we were practically strangers, but it was like we had known each other all our lives. It was such a romantic first date. Who gets to wear a ball gown on a first date? (or on your proposal?!) He was so full of compliments and so smooth with his gestures and great dance moves, I was smitten. He showed me off to all his friends, and I had never felt so appreciated, so special. That is until the night of our engagement, which in itself is a whole other AMAZING story. 🙂
Man, I love telling this story most of all. It was not long that we knew we wanted to marry one another. In only a short few months, Adam asked my Daddy for my hand in marriage, but my parents made him promise to wait until we had been dating for at least a year. Reasonable request of course, and Adam did just that. Our one-year anniversary was coming up in October, the 27th to be exact. Adam was planning something very special for us to do. He told me in the summer what his plans were (we’re horrible at keeping secrets from each other). He surprised me with tickets to The Phantom of the Opera at the Orpheum in Memphis. I about passed out. I wanted to see that play more than anything! For months, I waited with anticipation! Once the day started getting closer Adam took me shopping for the dress for the night and we bought Adam a suit and bowtie. I picked out this stunning long red dress that made me feel amazing, I felt like the most beautiful girl in the world next to my handsome man that night. When that night finally came, October 4, 2014, I was feeling confident in my red dress with my pretty curls, borrowed jewelry, and perfect nails. I was so excited to “celebrate our year anniversary.” He picked me up, and we got an amazing parking spot. There was no way I could walk far in those heels. I was overwhelmed with excitement when I saw the glowing sign and people piling in! We got to our seats, and a lady comes up to us, she hands me an envelope and says, “Congratulations, you’ve won the random lottery for back stage passes, see you after the show.” I couldn’t even speak…I couldn’t help but cry a little! I never win anything! What?! How could this even happen? My favorite show of all time and now I get to go backstage, see the sets, and meet the cast… I started texting everyone I knew. They all played along so well, all excited for me, little did I know everyone already knew!! It was part of a scheme Adam had been planning since the day he bought the tickets back before the summer. Clueless, I watched the show, trying not to sing along. It was absolutely amazing. I was shaking, nervous and excited for the next event: my backstage tour! We made our way to the front of the orchestra pit, the only ones left in the gorgeous Orpheum. The same lady met us there, and we followed her backstage. I was so excited, touching the props, listening to this “tour” with such enthusiasm. The lady asked if she could get the “winner’s” picture in front of the famous chandelier. Well, YEAH! They lowered the chandelier, and I just stood there, on stage, in awe. Looking out over the empty seats, amazed to even be there in that moment. Adam turns to me and says, “You know, we didn’t win any backstage passes. This was not by chance. And neither was me meeting you.” I thought to myself, “Oh you slick, amazing man you!” (still thinking this was only a part of a surprise for our anniversary) But then, he reached into his jacket pocket. I could see the tears forming in his beautiful green eyes as he began to get on one knee and opened up a little box with a gorgeous ring inside. “Lauren Alinee McGee, I love you. Will you marry me?” Beginning to cry, I said, “YES!” I removed my promise ring that he had given me months ago, and he put on the most beautiful oval cut engagement ring I had ever seen. I was shaking, crying, laughing, overwhelmed with happiness. I kissed my wonderful fiancé, and he said to me, “Turn and smile for a picture, you might know the photographer.” Wondering who it could be, my sister lowers the camera from her face. Crying even harder now I said, “Aw, LIZ.” You see, my sister, who is also a professional photographer, had recently moved to Chicago. I would have never expected her to be there. It was even that more special that she was the one taking the pictures and could be there to share the moment. All these people started coming out from curtains clapping and yelling “Congratulations!” I wiped away my happy tears, and we took more pictures, met some members of the cast, and then ventured outside to take pictures. That’s not where it ended. He then tells me that my family is waiting for us at a little cheesecake shop around the corner. My parents and my brother and his girlfriend were waiting to congratulate us with yummy cheesecake, hugs, and kisses. Adam’s family was on the way to Memphis as well and coming to stay the night. Hearing this made me even more excited, which I did not think was even possible at this point! We stayed up all night talking about the night, the show, and how clueless I was. I couldn’t stop staring at my ring all night. The next day, our families all went to a famous breakfast place in Memphis called Brother Junipers. I was delighted to have our families together to celebrate our love. It was perfect.
We plan to marry October 3, 2015. October seems to be our month; it’s when we started dating and when we got engaged! My parents have beautiful land out on our farm in Gadsden, TN. We have a large pond with a dock. We will have lights along the dock leading to a handmade arch by my wonderful daddy. Cute little hay bells for people to sit on. A sunset ceremony with a night full of fun and dancing! As much as we love the outdoors, it’s only appropriate to have an outdoor wedding. 🙂
Planning thus far…
The Pink Bride website is full of inspiration. It helped me to think outside of the box and open my eyes to new ideas. I never really thought about a unity ceremony at my wedding, but now I love the idea. Also, finding wedding dress shops near me in Memphis, I am not originally from here and had no idea where to look. I will be definitely looking to this site for vendors in the near future as I further my planning! Pretty sure I’ve already got tons of stuff pinned on my Pinterest from The Pink Bride!
Congratulations, Lauren and Adam! We couldn’t be happier for you.
Happy Pink Planning!
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