Tiffany and Stephen are both living in Atlanta now, though they are from Tampa and both attended Sickles. What’s even better is that they didn’t know one another back then even though they likely brushed past each other in the halls. They ended up officially meeting three years later and I will let Tiffany tell that story. “Steve and I met on a boat (well, technically we met in a hotel room on St. Pete beach)! It was New Years and there was a big group of friends who got together to rent a boat that cruised around the St. Pete bay. I was invited by my friend Alyssa and Steve had helped plan the night. We found out we actually went to high school together and both ended up there that night because of all the mutual friends we had, though Steve and I had never met before!”
I met them at Steve’s parents’ home in Odessa, which turned out to be a 5 minute drive from me. I met them there because that is where they ended up having their wedding, on Steve’s parents’ gorgeous Lake Hiawatha property. You may swoon over it in the photos below. It was so neat being able to meet Steve’s parents and Tiffany’s mom the same day! Needless to say, it was by far one of the most memorable weddings.
Steve had planned to propose to me on July 4th but a hurricane delayed out plans! We LEFT the South but a hurricane followed us up the coast to Cape Cod and the city was basically shut down for 7/4; I was super bummed because I was pretty sure Steve had planned to propose that day too! It all ended up working out because Steve was able to re-schedule our sailing trip that he had originally booked for that night & the city re-scheduled fireworks so the next night on 7/5 we were able to go sailing and once the fireworks started Steve popped the question! I was also FREEZING on the boat that night because I was trying to look cute so wore a dress and jean jacket but it was pretty chilly that night. Once we were engaged the captain of the boat & her first mate served us champagne, strawberries, chocolate, and some assorted cheeses & meats. I’m never one to turn down champagne or snacks so I was in heaven.
PS- There are cute pups all over this blog post. The first thing that stood out to me on the day that we met was Tiffany’s eyes. They are so big, green, and beautiful; they immediately caught my attention.
I first noticed that Steve looked totally different than any other guy I had previously dated; he had a cool confidence about him. I think he was wearing cutoff shorts (that I later learned he made himself), a short sleeve flower button-up and a hat that became a traveling hat of sorts that Steve and his friends shared for a while (for whatever unknown reason). He was so goofy and I loved it instantly. Recount one of the times you were most proud of your partner.
When Tiffany’s step father passed away last year she dropped everything that she was doing and went down to Tampa to help her mom get all of Brian’s affairs in order. Even though she was really sad and it was a terrible situation she was able to be there for her mom and sister and I think it helped everyone.
For our first Valentines Day after moving into our new place in Atlanta we were still getting used to the city, Tiffany was looking for a job and my new job was very stressful. Because of everything that was going on we decided that we wouldn’t do anything for Valentines Day; instead we would stay in and watch a movie. I ended up having to stay late at work and I got home later much than usual. I walked in to a candle lit dinner with my favorite home made meal, Chicken Parmesan. I was worried that she was going to be disappointed by the lame Valentines Day and me working late but she made it our best Valentines Day ever!Does your partner have any secret/hidden talents? If so, tell me about your favorite one.
Other than her awesome dance moves Tiffany’s best hidden talent is her ability to make an awesome marinara sauce from scratch.
Steve does a really good Stephan impression from SNL (Weekend Update). When Steve was born his mom filled out his birth certificate and spelled his name StephAn though the intention was StephEn. He actually had to get his name legally changed at some point. When I met him he still had credit cards and other legal documents with the spelling Stephan. I was always worried we weren’t going to be allowed through security at airports because the spelling never matched what he put on his ticket. Anyways, his Stephan impression is on point and it just makes it funnier that his name also used to be spelled that way!
Trust, first and foremost. You’re making a commitment to spend the rest of your life with someone and you have to trust that you’ll choose to handle disagreements together, make decisions together, and always be there for one another. I also think a partner who communicates well is key. Issues are bound to arise but if a couple has the communication skills needed to sort out issues and discuss feelings, I think that alone will help overcome hurdles.
Tiffany can always make me laugh when she bust out her dance moves. It doesn’t matter if we are out at a bar or club or just listening to music at home it always makes me smile and laugh; sometimes I can’t help but join in and I am a terrible dancer.
Those that made Tiffany & Stephen’s day possible:
Venue: Stephen’s Parents’ Home | Coordinator: Ashley Packett | Officiant: John Townsend | Flowers: Arrangements are DIY and flowers from Janie’s Flower Farm | Catering: Rocco Antonella | Music & Entertainment: Joe Farren | Hair: Lauren at Priel Salon | Dress: Malindy Elene – Nicole Miller | Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas | Lighting: Tampa Lights | Rentals: West Coast Rental