Groom’s Parents: Kirk and Marilyn Delzer
Bride’s Parents: Bob and Maureen Goodrich
Date of Engagement: December 20, 2013
Wedding Date: October 18, 2014
Shower Date: September 2014
Registered at: Crate & Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond
How did you meet? Match.com
It was a rainy December evening, the Friday before Christmas. (December 20th to be exact.) Amanda thought she and Derek were meeting her sister Allie and her boyfriend Greg for dinner downtown Rochester Hills, MI. They were going to enjoy a nice dinner before the Christmas madness and check out the lights decorating downtown. But Derek had different plans…
Derek had conspired with Amanda’s family and friends to plan the perfect engagement evening. Once they got downtown, they “stumbled” upon a horse and carriage. Derek suggested they take a ride while they waited on their table reservation. Amanda thought nothing of it – it was raining (and the carriage was covered so would keep her hair dry!), they had time to kill, and figured there were carriages downtown anyways to see the lights. Derek had actually pre-arranged for the carriage to be ready and waiting for them. They took a ride around downtown, taking in the lights. On their second loop (the right moment just didn’t come up on the first time around!), Derek proposed in the carriage in front of Penny Black, the restaurant they went to on their first date. For once in her life, Amanda was speechless… and after a long, tearful, speechless pause, Amanda said yes! She was the happiest girl in the world. The ring is gorgeous!
To celebrate their engagement, they went into Penny Black to toast a glass of champagne. Derek then suggested they head to The Hills, another nearby restaurant, where “his parents were dining” to show them the ring. Once they got there, Amanda was shocked to see all of her and Derek’s closest friends and family there for a surprise engagement party – yet another amazing surprise Derek had planned. (Isn’t he the best?!) It was the perfect engagement night and weekend. Derek and Amanda said they were going to wait a while and enjoy their engagement before making any plans… but less than 1 week later they were in the thick of wedding planning for a fall 2014 wedding.