Last March we sent a note to a then-Ms. Jennifer Johns letting her know that her love story took the cake (literally). As Jen explains it, the engagement to her boyfriend of four years, Ben, was something that had been on both of their minds for some time and was feeling more and more right. The cutest bits? Both Jen and Ben, unbeknownst to each other, had been speaking to a seller by phone about the same antique fireplace for their home. When Ben called up, the man asked if his wife had called earlier. Ben, processing the question, answered a collected: yes. Later when Ben told Jen about the call, she asked how he responded. When he said ‘yes’ she replied: well, should we?
Taken by the warmth and simplicity of Jen’s story, we chose her as the winner of our New York Times contest, where we asked brides to submit a snapshot of their engagement for a chance to let us help them realize their dream wedding. Though our little romance with Jen (and Ben) technically began when we read her entry, it wasn’t until we met her at our Chicago store that it was officially in bloom. Her bridal consultation kicked off two and a half months of furious-yet-joyous prep for their wedding on August 4, 2012. Their wedding day, in all its Colorado mountain top loveliness, will follow, but first: gowns, flowers, sweets, and champagne with our bride-to-be and her family.