Grooms Name: Brian Yeates
Brides Name: Megan Dutcher
Date of Engagement: January 1, 2015 @ 12:00am
Wedding Date: June 25, 2016
How Did You Meet?
Megan and I met through some friends at a church group. Her sister was regularly involved, and I attended frequently as well. Megan was still going to school, so she only made it home for the summers. During her summers at home, her sister would encourage her to get involved with the church group. The first time I saw her was during the summer of 2012, but as she only came to a couple events, I didn’t talk much with her that summer. So, when I saw her early in the summer of 2013, she caught my attention as the “shy, new girl” that I recognized from the previous summer, and felt compelled to talk to her.
Over the course of the summer we continued to speak both via facebook messaging, as I spent a lot of the summer in Italy for work, as well as at church group events that I attended while home. As the summer was coming to a close, I knew she was going to be getting ready to go back to school, so I knew that if I wanted to continue to build our relationship, my best chance would be to ask her on a date. So, a week before she was going back to school, I walked her to her car after a church group event and asked her if she would like to go swing dancing.
On August 15th we had our first date, which started with dinner at TGI Friday’s, where we spent much more time talking rather than eating, such that the waitress came to check on us half a dozen times before we had even looked at our menu’s. After dinner, we went swing dancing, where I got to enjoy leading her in a dance step that I had learned in college. As I was a year or so out of practice, and her having only gone a few times before, the night was full of laughs and smiles.
Having enjoyed my evening, I was left wanting a second date. However, since she was going back to school in 3 days, I wasn’t sure when the chance for a second date would be. So I stopped her as we walked back to my car and fumbled over the words in order to ask her to deepen our relationship. Having decoded my words, she said yes, and we began what grew into a blossoming relationship. Over the next few days, as we told friends and family that we were officially dating, I began to hear stories of how all of our friends and family had spent the entire summer hoping and praying that we would get together. This gave me confidence that Megan was more than just another girl and that this relationship we had just started was one that was meant to last a lifetime.
For several months, Brian and I had been talking about wanting to visit Houghton, MI, where he had gone to college, and decided that my winter break would be the best time for a week long trip. As I began to prepare for the trip, I would ask Brian about the activities he had planned, so that I could pack appropriately. Brian would dodge my questions, so instead I asked what clothes to pack. He told me a few items, but said that he wanted the activities to be a surprise. When he picked me up the morning we were leaving, Brian asked how many coats I had packed. I had only packed one, why would I need more? However, my mother suggested that I would want two, in case one got wet, so I got a second winter coat out of the closet, at which, Brian commented that I should bring my dressy wool coat. I assumed it was for whatever he had planned for New Year’s Eve so I brought it.
Once in Houghton, Brian seemed concerned about the weather, which was blizzard like the morning of January 31st. At this time, Brian finally told me about our New Year’s Eve plans. He was hoping to watch for the northern lights, but due to the weather, he suggested that we might be able to see the city lights from the top of the ski hill, Mont Ripley, instead.
We spent the afternoon snowshoeing, with plans to go to dinner, spend some time in the hot tub, then go to Mont Ripley in the evening. While we were getting ready for dinner I said to Brian, “I assume I’m supposed to wear my nice coat” to which he replied with, “Eh, if you want to” indicating that the coat was not meant for that night. I was beginning to get irritated that I couldn’t figure out what it was for.
We were having an amazing dinner at the Library Restaurant in town, when I started to think that it would be nice to stay warm the rest of the night, and just watch the ball drop like normal. I hinted this notion to Brian, to which he stressed that I would really enjoy going to Mont Ripley. It is not typical for Brian to insist on activities so my curiosity was peaked.
After the hot tub I grudgingly put on my leggings, snow pants, and scarf. Brian drove to the back of the ski hill and we walked a short distance in very deep snow to the ski patrol shed. We sat at the shed and tried to see the town’s lights, but the snow was so thick, I couldn’t see much. At 11:45pm Brian’s phone rang; he had set alarms to keep track of the time. By this time I was completely frozen and getting impatient, but he asked me to dance.
The first song he played was a fairly common swing dancing song, and we laughed as we tried to dance in our snow clothes. The next song he played was another swing song, but this one was slow. As we danced, Brian began to serenade me, something he has never done before. After this, another song began to play, “Never Seen Anything Quite Like You” by The Script, which he said reminded him of me. He continued to sing to me as we slow danced on the top of the ski hill. When another alarm sounded, indicating it was midnight, Brian told me how much he has enjoyed our relationship, and for the first time he told me that he loved me. Then he knelt down on one knee and asked me to marry him, and I replied “Yes!” through teary eyes.
As we traveled back to the hotel, so that we could call our family and exclaim the news to them, he told me there was one more surprise he had planned for me. He told me the reason he wanted me to bring my nice winter coat was because he had arranged our engagement photo session with a photographer in Houghton a couple days later, so that we could capture the moment while it was still fresh in our hearts.
Grooms Name: Brian Yeates