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Thank you LaShanda and Tim for your idea on a movie theater themed custom wedding cake topper.

Since the day that Tim and I got engaged, May 29, 2012, I have thought about what our wedding day would look like. As we get closer to our chosen date, June 29, 2013, the vision for that day becomes clearer. Tim and I will marry at the Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville, MD. As a child, I dreamt of getting married in a castle and this historic mansion is the next best thing.

The ceremony will be a formal affair with 9 bridesmaids and 9 groomsmen. I plan to wear a white gown with a sweetheart neckline, a dropped waist and a full skirt. My fiancé will wear a tuxedo with a tie and vest showcasing our wedding colors, light yellow and platinum.

A string quartet will serenade our guests as they arrive and “Here Comes the Bride” will play as my father walks me down the aisle. In time, Tim and I will recite our vows to one another and my pastor will pronounce us “man and wife.”

While the wedding party takes pictures, our guests will enjoy a cocktail hour, complete with a full bar and a live jazz band. After which, they will be escorted to the reception, where they will be treated to a sit-down dinner, more live music and plenty of line dancing. When it is time to cut the cake, our guests will behold the most wonderful and younique cake topper depicting Tim and me engaged in one of our favorite pastimes, going to the movies.

I began attending advance movie screenings the year before I met Tim. At that time, I did not have a regular movie buddy and I often found myself going alone. While being a “single rider” has its advantages when finding good seats in a crowded theater, I longed for a companion who shared my love of movies. Then, through a friend of a friend, I met Tim and, for the past two years, he has been that companion and much much more. He is truly my best friend and the love of my life. When I am with him, I feel like I am in a movie, not just watching one.

Last year, we committed to having a weekly date night. When a week is particularly hectic or stressful, we know that our “Tuesday night movie night” is right around the corner. The time we spend together is so much more than just watching a movie– it is holding hands or cuddling in the theater, it is sharing a laugh (or a cry), it is knowing that the person you love most in the world is only an armrest away. Tim and I have promised to keep this tradition going even after we get married and start a family; the cake topper will serve as constant reminder of that promise.

The cake topper would depict what “Tuesday night movie night” would look like if we were to go to the movies after the reception. Tim and I would be sitting in theater movie seats. Tim would be on my right-hand side and his left arm would be draped over my shoulder. Tim’s right hand would be holding a bag of popcorn. Tim would be wearing his tuxedo with the dress shirt open to show a Washington Redskins t-shirt. He would also be wearing a Washington Redskins hat. I would be wearing my wedding gown and my head would be resting on his shoulder. I would have a box of goobers, my favorite candy, on my lap. My wedding bouquet would be in the cup holder on the armrest.

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Thank you to Lizelle and Nihar for their entry to win custom wedding cake topper figurines. Good luck!

Wedding Cake Topper with Trees

Lizelle and Nihar with their Pup


Nihar and I met by chance on May 20, 2009. We were then just living our single lives in Philadelphia, each of us a little burned from our previous relationships. My friend took me to a party in the lobby of The Packard Building on Broad Street. Nihar’s friend and he decided to take a break from studying for their medical exams and went down to the lobby for a drink. Nihar spotted me and tried to start a conversation, but I wasn’t intending on meeting anyone. He was very persistent! (And now I can admit- charming:) I finally gave him my number and agreed to go out to one dinner with him, if only to get him to leave me alone. During our first date, I realized he was very special and we did end up kissing. Someone once said you should get to know a person before you kiss him/her. Yet you can know so much from one kiss. I realized that he was my guy. It really was just a wonderful, happy feeling that I knew he was the one for me. Just meeting Nihar was a surprise.

Nihar and I dated for a year. Then, we went out with a bunch of friends for New Year’s 2010. It was our usual fun night of dancing, but then, right after the midnight countdown, he got down on one knee. I had no idea he was even going to propose! What an even more wonderful surprise! We’ve since been engaged, waiting for the right time to have the wedding.

I am Filipino Catholic and Nihar, is Indian Hindu, so we will be having two wedding ceremonies on July 27, 2013. The Catholic ceremony will take place at Holy Cross Church in Dover, DE in the morning. Then the Hindu ceremony, as well as the reception, will take place at Dover Downs Casino.The attached (and uploaded to Facebook) picture is of Nihar, our Chinese Shar Pei, Mia and me. I would love a cake topper to mimic this scene because it represents us. We are very casual, fun, and light-hearted, and my sister just happened to take a picture of us being our silly selves hiding behind the trees. I would like more of our bodies shown, and both of us in our wedding attire, but definitely peeking out from the trees. The playfulness in nature plays tribute to Bollywood films, which are prominent in Nihar’s Indian culture.

If this were our wedding cake topper, it would not only be a big hit with our families, but it would also be a little portrait that we could cherish forever.

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Thank you to Theresa and Robbie for this custom fairytale wedding cake topper essay submission.  Theresa and Robbie have a pretty awesome love story and we are so happy they chose to share it with us.  Good luck, you two!
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Christmas lights are twinkling all around us as we snap pictures under the tropical trees at Disney’s Polynesian. Then, all of the sudden he is down on one knee and the world stopped.  It was like a million butterflies were released into my stomach and I guess into his too since he did not say a word.  He just stared up at me with those brown puppy dog eyes holding out the most gorgeous ring I have ever seen.  I waited only a moment before exclaiming, “Well aren’t you gonna put it on me?!” In that moment, I forgot my mom and brother were there, capturing the whole thing.  I could not stop shaking and when he hugged me, I never wanted him to let go of me.  November 28, 2011 will forever be one of the best days of my life.

My fiancé, Robbie, and I met when I moved next door to him in May 2004 in order to go to Ocean City High School.  We instantly had a connection and hung out with our little brothers each and every day during the summer.

Robbie and I started going out on February 14, 2005 when we were freshman at Ocean City High School.  Just like our engagement, Robbie was so nervous to ask me to be his girlfriend that he chickened out all day and waited until after school.  The two of us were on AIM and he asked me if I wanted to be his girlfriend.  As soon as I said yes, he abruptly said, “Okay, I have to go to the gym. I love you!”  I was shocked when he had said I love you right away, within seconds if him being my boyfriend.

Soon after we started going out Robbie’s parents were separated and divorced a year later.  Then, during my senior year, my parents were separated.  Soon after, Robbie and I went to two different colleges.  Through it all we managed to get stronger and closer with each hardship.  Freshman year of college was rough, but I managed to go home most weekends just to see Robbie.  He always had the ability to make my day and allow me to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Now, we are finally finishing up with college, we have our own puppy, and we live with my mom.  Robbie and I are excited to start this new chapter in our lives.  Robbie is more excited about after the wedding, however, being a lifelong planner, I have dreamed about this wedding my entire life.  I hope to be a princess on my wedding day.  Robbie has always been so strong for me and I want to give back to him by making our wedding as memorable as possible.

On June 28, 2014 (twenty-eight is my lucky number and fourteen is Robbie’s) we will be getting married at our local church with a reception to follow at Abbie Holme’s Estate, an old farmhouse near our home.  This venue is perfect for us because we are not the traditional banquet hall ballroom type.  The farmhouse has a plain but beautiful atrium where dinner and dancing will be held.  Our theme is elegant country chic with hints of princess, Disney, and Harry Potter.  I hope to have my guests feel like they are outside when they walk into the atrium.  There will be flower, lanterns, candles, and Manzanita branches everywhere!! The ceiling will hopefully look like a beautiful, star-lit sky.

The princess aspect of the theme comes in especially with my dress.  I bought my dress about two months ago from David’s Bridal with my mother and family friend.  We went in just to have fun, not to buy dresses.  However, I fell in love with the dress and could not imagine seeing myself in anything else.  I even bought a matching flower to go in my hair, also from David’s Bridal.

I believe food is a huge part of having a memorable wedding.  The food should be flavorful and unique.  I will be incorporating my creative touch into the dessert table since my venue is primarily catering, not desserts.  I hope to have different live stations, like a nitrogen ice cream bar and fresh donuts.  However, the cake is extremely important to Robbie.  Therefore, I need to make it perfect and it will be the showcase piece on the dessert table.

My dream wedding cake would have a BobbleGr.am fully customized cake topper. I want it to have everything from my exact dress that is pictured above, his suit/tux color, and my hairstyle.  The probable hairstyle is pictured below from the blog, Style Me Pretty.  However, since the wedding is two years away this may change.  The position is the easiest thing to decide.  Since, my favorite place to be is embraced in Robbie’s arms, the figurines would be positioned like picture on the right found on the blog, Style Me Pretty.  I believe this pose is so romantic and full of love.  I love how the bride and groom are staring into each other’s eyes. The cake will be based on the cake below from The Knot website.  However, there will be one more layer on top.  On the top layer, it will read, “Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite.”  To go along with this quote, there would be Jim Shore, Disney Prince and Princess figures on the table all around the cake.  The theme of this cake would not be perfect without a customized cake topper of Robbie and I from The Younique Boutique. Not only will it make a great wedding cake topper, but also I look forward to showcasing it in Robbie and my future home.

Groom's Dress Unform with Beret.jpgThank you to Katie and her fiance for submitting their love story essay entrant in our Win a Custom Wedding Cake Topper contest.  Katie’s fiance is an enrolled Army soldier and will be wearing his Army dress uniform at their wedding.  Katie would have the bride wearing a Philadelphia Phillies jersey and waving an American flag.  BobbleGr.am specializes in custom military wedding cake toppers so this is just perfect.

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My fiancé and I have been together for six years and he still gives me butterflies after all this time.  We started dating when I was a freshmen and he was a junior in high school, so he is definitely my high school sweetheart.  He joined the Army National Guard when he was 17 and he had to leave for Basic Combat Training and his Advanced Individual Training on his birthday after he graduated.  That was the hardest thing I ever had to do- saying goodbye.  It was a very long nine weeks communicating just through letters then graduation came.  He vowed to never get me roses but on our two year anniversary while he was in boot camp, a dozen roses showed up at my door and a love letter from him.  I never knew you could fall even more in love being over 900 miles away from each other.  His Advanced Individual Training was four months.  It was rough.  I was at our high school district track meet the day he came home, and when we pulled into the parking lot, I saw his dad’s car and I starting crying.  The coaches let me off the bus first to finally be able to hug him after all that time.  It was one of the happiest days of my life.

Christmas Eve 2010 came along and his sister-in-law made him and his brother wear their Army dress uniforms for Christmas mass.  He was not happy about that but he did anyway.  I had to go last for secret Santa after mass and his cousin gave me this wrapped box.  It was taped closed and I couldn’t get it open.  When I opened it, it was a ring.  My fiancé got down on one knee in his Class A’s and said, “Katie Rose will you marry me?”
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He was always a Phillies fan and I never got into watching them but once he was gone, I had to watch the games for him.  I am now a huge Phillies fan.  We go to a few games a year and have such a fun time.  We are planning our wedding for July 4th, 2014.  We are having a red, white and blue theme. We picked that date since its Independence Day with him being in the army and can also throw in the Phillies since their colors are the same. Plus it’s an easy date for my fiancé to remember. Our ceremony will be at his catholic church in Easton, PA then our reception is at the Masonic Temple in Bethlehem, PA and the Sands casino is right across the street.  Every 4th of July the casino shoots off fireworks so we get free fireworks to end off the night and to go out with a bang!

For the cake topper, I would the groom to be in his dress greens uniform with his beret and the bride to have a wedding dress with a Phillies jersey, with “HUNSICKER” on the back with number 18, on top like in the sports theme cake toppers on the website with her holding an American flag flying in her other hand.  The bride and groom will be holding hands.  That is why I chose this idea for the wedding topper.

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Thank you to Luke and Brittany for their adorable love story and entry into our contest to win a fully custom wedding cake topper.  Brittany wants to incorporate Luke’s love of the guitar with her nursing career and their mutual love of Christ.  Their dream wedding cake topper will have the groom playing a guitar with the bride holding a nursing book and a cross behind them.  Read their story here.

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So our story begins my freshman year at WCU. Luke and I met thorough mutual friends and it was just fate! I was going through a really rough time and Luke was my best friend throughout the entire ordeal. It was then that I realized I loved him and was going to marry him someday. So of course eventually we started dating and we just grew closer and closer.

He is the best friend I have ever had and I could not imagine life without him. Our engagement story was a pretty awesome one too, he really did put a lot of thought into it and it was amazing!

So the place that I first accepted Christ was beneath the cross at Lake Junaluska in Waynesville, NC. I told Luke this a long time ago. So the day started that my girls(Brittany and Taylor) and I were having a girls day in Asheville, NC and our significant others were going to have a guys day and go to Jack In the Box and get the new bacon milkshakes.

Well Brittany had also asked Taylor and I if we could stop and see her family from Canada that were visiting near Lake Junaluska. We of course said yes and she then told us we had to dress up because it was a country club and we would not be let in if we were not dressed up. Well on our way back from Asheville we stopped and she told me that she thought their house was near the cross at Lake Junaluska so I told her how to get there since I had been there before.

As we pulled up to the cross I saw Luke Jeff and Josh and was SUPER confused. Everyone was so dressed up and I did not know what was going on. I went up to Luke and he said that we were going to take some pictures since we were all dressed up, then he said we were going to dance. At that time Brittany and Jeff started playing Luke’s arrangement (he is a music major and he arranged the song for trumpet) of “our song” which is Lucky.

Then he told me to turn around after we were done dancing. He came back and tapped me on the shoulder and had roses in his hand. Inside the roses was the ring 🙂 He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him in the same spot I accepted Christ. I of course said yes and then Jeff and Brittany started playing Luke’s arrangement of Can You Feel the Love Tonight! It meant the world to me and him that all of our friends were involved in the proposal.

Luke and I want to have the wedding outdoors at this venue that has like a 3 floored gazebo and pavilion! It is in the shape of a cross and it is AMAZING. We plan on having the cake table in the middle of the reception. We are going to have the colors purple and blue and the date is May 25, 2013.

We are so excited and are really looking forward to sharing this great time with all of our friends and family. We plan on having a huge cake because there will be a lot of people there! It is really important to us to have a wedding cake topper that is unique to us because we plan on having it put into a memory box to have as a keepsake.

For our topper we want to have a guy that has long blonde hair playing a guitar and a girl that has dark brown hair watching him in awe with a nursing book beside her. I am in nursing school and he is always playing his guitar while I’m studying to keep me calm. We would also like to have a cross and WCU incorporated into the topper as well. If it is possible we would also like to have “Lucky I’m In Love With My Best Friend” written around the bottom!

Thank you to Christina and Stelios for their essay submission to win a fully custom wedding cake topper.  Stelios is a die-hard soccer fan so Christina thinks it would be awesome to have the groom figure wearing an AEK soccer jersey and the bride figure looking slightly annoyed but mostly loving.

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The last thing we ever thought possible, is finding eachother at an international hospitality school in Luzern, Switzerland.  It was only the second day at the school, when the ‘Americans’ were huddled around in the lobby waiting to eat at the dining hall.  It was almost like the crowd opened up just for us, only to reveal one another.  There was this dark handsome Greek guy who approached me and said ‘Hello! How are you. I am Stelios!’.  I was taken aback a bit, because he was so forward, but definitely intriguing.  I think I started smiling right there and then and I haven’t stopped since.  He asked me out to dinner that night, a few times actually… before I said ok.

I would often find myself wandering the halls in-between classes hoping we would meet around a corner, or I could catch a glimpse of him inside a classroom. By week two, we were inseparable.  Not only did we see a lot of Europe during our educational programs, but we did it together!  We drove to Paris, Monaco and Nice on different weekends.  Another time we took a train to Luxembourg, and met in Greece for the Easter holiday.  These three months were like a dream, but we knew it wasn’t going to last forever.

At the end of May, Stelios had to return back to Greece and I back to America.  He wouldn’t even be able to come see me because he had to apply for an entry visa, which would take months.  Leaving him at the airport was awful; not knowing when we would see eachother again.  If only I knew then what I know now.  Thankfully though, I was able to meet him in Mykonos that summer and twice again in the fall by flying to London and Belgium.  An expensive courtship for sure, but well worth it!  Flying to Europe for our romantic weekends was the only way we could be together.  After meeting him, all my days alone were never the same unless I had him next to me.

One faithful day in January though, we got the good news that he would be able to fly to Boston and work for some time, and since that day we’ve never had to be apart.  He proposed to me the next summer during a trip to Santorini.  Being an excited bride, I made wedding plans and bought my dress, not knowing I was pregnant with our first child Nadia!  So afterwards I thought ‘Ok, we’ll wait awhile and set another date’.  Then I became pregnant with our second child Niko!  Now we plan to finally get married September 16th 2012 in Saronida Greece… not just to celebrate our love, but the family and life we’ve now made together as well.

When I met my Greek husband-to-be Stelios, he was and always will be a die-hard AEK soccer fanatic!  Born and raised in Athens, Greece by parents who were from Constantinople, he would always go on and on about how AEK is not just a game, but an idea and way of life!  Okay, not being a sports fan what-so-ever, I didn’t care.  BUT if he cared, then I wanted to care.  I continue to listen to his stories for years about his trips to Sweden, Denmark and Russia to see certain AEK games and travel with the team to many Greek cities.  I spent hours looking through albums of his stadium pictures, and even reluctantly let him put a giant AEK flag on our bedroom wall.  When he proposed to me, he said that I will always come first in his life, and AEK second… therefore I think it would be quite befitting to surprise Stelios with a custom AEK-themed wedding cake topper of us on our wedding day!  I know it will be something he wouldn’t expect, love, and cherish behind a closed glass cabinet with the rest of his memorabilia forever.  My idea is to have his model dressed in a black and yellow AEK soccer uniform jersey, complete with black shorts and knee-length socks and yellow athletic shoes.  The back of the jersey would be all black, and written in yellow letters “CHRISTIDIS 21”.  His arms and hands would be up ready to cheer a traditional AEK song (sort of as if he was creating the Y in the Y-M-C-A song) and me next to him dressed in my wedding gown giving him an annoyed but loving look with my hands on my hips.  This surprise would take-the-cake (no pun intended!) during the reception hands-down.  All of my American friends and family would love it, as well as his Greek friends and family.

kevin_kerry_mo.jpgThank you to Kevin and Kerry for your submission in our Win a Fully Custom Wedding Cake Topper essay contest.

Kevin and I have been together for 6 years since this past Valentine’s Day. It was on this Valentine’s Day that we became engaged and excited to share the rest of our lives together.

We have known each other all of our lives. We grew up on Long Island and attended elementary school and high school as friends. We then entered Iona College together, which is where we became best friends and fell in love. We now plan on marrying each other.

Kevin and I know that we are soul mates. We would love the opportunity to win one of your beautiful cake toppers though this contest. We are a fun loving couple who work together because of our relaxed and quirky personalities. Please help us to display
our love for one another through this cake topper.

We are attaching a photo of ourselves to see what we look like. We have a wedding date set for 11/27/13, so we have not selected attire yet. We can update this closer to June when the contest ends and we have a better idea.

Our wedding will be on Long Island at Jericho Terrace. It was important for us to go “back home” for our wedding. We would like our topper to be fun… yet relaxed.Kevin could be holding his tux jacket slung over his shoulder displaying a NY Giants jersey on his chest,
(Preferably with a number 10 on the Jersey and the back reading “Manning” for his favorite player). I would like to be in a wedding dress holding his other hand.

We would also love to have our pug Mo on the topper. He could be sitting up on all fours holding a sign in his mouth. I would love it if the sign could say Hope on it, as this will be our last name. To put a little twist on Hope I would like it to look like the Love
sculpture found in New York City. (Only instead of saying “love” saying “hope”.) This Hope logo will be seen throughout the wedding and having it on the topper would “take the cake.” (Sorry there’s Kerry with her quirky jokes ha-ha.) Please pick us for the cake topper contest.

janet_tony.jpgThank you to Janet and Tony for their essay submission “Magic Ride.”  Janet and Tony hope to win a fully custom wedding cake topper.

Our dream cake topper would combine two very different
worlds: Harry Potter and Harley Davidson.

I,the Harry Potter
geek that I am, would love to be dressed in Gryffindor attire (our wedding
colors are red and yellow).

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for the groom, well he loves his Harley. So, I thought the most fitting pose
for him would be decked out in jeans, boots, his leather jacket, sunglasses on,
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Our Story:

Tony and I met early in the fall of 2009. We had both been
through some rough times with relationships, which left us rather guarded.
Honestly, I think we had both given up on finding anything lasting by the time
our paths crossed. My son and his daughter had known each other since
Kindergarten. However, Tony and I didn’t meet until they were in first grade,
and his son was in Kindergarten. Our kids were in the before and after school
care program available in our school district. That is how Tony and I met.

 I felt like I was a
kid again when I was near him. I got butterflies in my stomach and got all
flustered and embarrassed when he was around. It was a wonderful feeling. I
started getting dressed up for work, so I would be dressed up when I went to
the school to pick up my son (just in case I’d get to run into Tony). Of
course, it wasn’t until much later that Tony admitted he would rush through his
workout in the afternoons to try and make it to the school at the same time I
would be there.

We hung out a few times in small groups, letting the kids
play and just generally trying to feel each other out to see if we wanted to
date. One afternoon, in the middle of October 2009, Tony asked if I wanted to
come hang out for a bit before we needed to go to the school to pick the kids
up. I agreed. We sat and talked about anything and everything, not wanting the
time to end. Then, when we felt we had pushed the clock long enough, we got up
to leave. Tony stopped me before I got to the door, gently took my face in his
hands and kissed me for the first time. It was the most warm, gentle, and
perfect kiss I had ever experienced. I knew I was going to fall for him that
day.

It was that same fall Tony admitted to me the dream of
owning a Harley one day. He had wanted one since he can remember. His dad had
always had one. I encouraged him to get one, and live his dream. Tony and I
have loved going on rides with just the two of us, and also sometimes with his
parents. He was more than thrilled with my support. He had never experienced
that level of support from a significant other before.

I am equally blessed, because Tony supports my dreams too.
My love of Harry Potter started with boredom and has grown to a slight
obsession through the years. I have gone to every midnight showing of the movies
(with the exception of the first movie). I have Harry Potter memorabilia that
decorates my office at work. Tony has graciously stayed home with the kids so I
could attend the midnight showings, and only slightly made fun of me for
getting dressed up for the final movie. I have read all of the books (some more
than once).

In August of 2010 my son and I moved in with Tony and his
two kids. We were well on our way to making a life together with our new
family. On July 3, 2011 Tony proposed. He had had a wonderful idea planned out
with us going for a ride together with his parents, then he was going to give a
whole speech on how you have to take risks in life (like we do when we go
riding together). Unfortunately for him I was complaining about going riding with
his parents, because my family was in town and we always get to see his
parents. Then it rained, so the ride got cancelled. He had to change his speech
to say how life throws you curve balls (like it raining on a day when we were
supposed to go riding), but that things always end up working out for the best.
Then he explained why he was so adamant on getting together with his parents
(because they were in on the plan). I felt so bad for complaining, but was so
excited to be engaged to the best man I have ever known. We have been happily
building our lives together since. We look forward to enjoying the rest of our
lives together with magic in every ride.

amy.jpg Thank you to Amy and her fiance Sean for this entry into our Win a Custom Wedding Cake Topper Essay Contest!  Amy’s idea is to create a custom wedding cake topper with a tall bride (Amy is 6 feet tall) and a short groom blushing as she licks his head.  Read more to find out why!

THE STORY
It all started on April 4, 2009. I had just got out of a five year, abusive and not going anywhere, relationship and my roommate invited me to one of her friends weddings to get me out of my funk. I really didn’t want to go, I was feeling wamp wamp, but once she said “open bar” –  I was game. Who wouldn’t be?

The wedding was at the Fontenot Grand Mansion in Spring, TX. Prior to the wedding, I did not know what to wear. I had only gone to one wedding before, so I just starting searching through my closet since it was last minute. I really didn’t have time to find a dress, nor did I want to, but shoes…that was a must. I had purchased a pair of zebra heals accented with red for the occasion and wore your basic black dress.

We get there and the place was amazing. Red, black and white themed. Very original. The wedding starts outside on the stairs of the mansion. Music plays, the vows, and the “I do’s” are made, and then we walk into the venue. The party gets started thanks to the DJ. My friend and I find our names on the table, and then I make way to the bar walking away double fisted.

Second round, heading to the bar, I see this bald guy looking like Justin Timberlake (suit on the Futuresex/lovesounds album) in my right peripheral and he gives me “the eyebrow”. Apparently I ran into the bar by giving him the up down, but that is a later argument to discuss. I get back to the table and tell my friend about the guy. How attractive he is and that he IS getting my number.

A few (many) drinks later my friend and I go to the bathroom. Funny how that happens. I notice that the guy I am interested in works for the venue and is running back and forth crazy like a chicken with his head cut off. Bummer. The DJ is asking for people to request songs. I HAD to request “Single Ladies” for my friend because that was her song. He sends down the guy that I am interested in. That was a surprise! I told him that I wanted to request that song for her. I then I asked him if I could ask him a question. I proceeded to tell him how I enjoyed bald heads and that I wanted to lick his. He got all red and told me that he couldn’t because his boss may see. I was like come on, I can do it right here, no one would see. So, I grabbed his head and licked it!

After that, he ran up the stairs and didn’t say a word. I constantly kept looking for him. But I figured that I made him feel uncomfortable. I ran into him right before we were going to leave. He gives me his business card and tells me, ” Here, I think you want this”. It had two numbers numbers on the back. One with the last four scratched out and the other four was there. I called both numbers after the party and left voicemails. I was bummed. I was hoping to hang out with him that night.

A few days went by and he found me on Myspace. My default image was of me licking a stuffed bobcat and apparently it is rare to find females 6 ft tall in Houston. He explained to me why I did not hear back from him because he had put the wrong phone number on the back of his card – twice. He was so in shock that apparently he gave me the wrong numbers. I still have that business card in my purse, and have had him at “lick” ever since.

 WEDDING AND TOPPER IDEA

Our wedding theme is modern. I want to focus on the day we met. The topper would be a bald guy with brown eyes in a black tie and black suit (blushing), and I would be with my brown curly hair down, blue eyes, in my black dress with the zebra shoes. I would be position over his head, licking it. I am 6’0 and he is 5’6 tall. Our date is April 4, 2014. We would love to have it at the Fontenot Grand Mansion, but I do not think they are open anymore after researching. So Vegas, here we come! 🙂

Essay submissions for our custom wedding cake topper contest are rolling in.  We’re having a blast reading all these romantic stories but this one is really cute from Jade in Saskatchewan, Canada:

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I’ve been putting off writing this essay for a few days now, but today is Valentines Day & I’m in a romantic mood, so I think I’ll finally go for it.

I met my fiancee Scott purely by chance on New Year’s Eve in 2007. The concert my friend and I had intended to go to that night had sold out (which is a rarity in our tiny city), so I sent out an SOS to my friend Brian & asked him what else was happening that night. I’d known Brian for a few months online & we’d talked back and forth but hadn’t met up before then — it was really lucky that not only did he reply, but he told my girlfriend & I to meet him & his friends for another show downtown. We hadn’t been at the new show for 10 minutes before Scott showed up — he was a friend of Brian’s and was introduced to me like this “See the drunk guy coming in the door with the tiger hat on?  That’s my drummer, Scott.”

Loud, boisterous and already a few drinks in — Scott really made an impression that night. Long after I lost Brian in the crowd, Scott hung out with me near the stage to listen to local band, The Sheepdogs play a 3 hour long set. (You may have heard of them — they were on the cover of Rolling Stone last year!) He played interference when some creep tried to dance too close to me, but disappeared after he nearly tipped over a stage speaker onto my toes — it was a really strange, odd night. Looking back at it now, I’m still not sure exactly -when- Scott ended up leaving for good that night. The bar was incredibly full & stuffy and it was impossible to keep track of him as he darted around. It was probably a good thing though because it lead me to track Scott down on facebook the next morning to make sure he’d gotten home safely the night before.

… He had — and that small reach out turned into chatting, which turned into late night phone calls, which turned into being nearly inseparable just two weeks later. Soon enough, we were spending most of our time off work together & alternating between staying at each other’s places (Since this started, we’ve only spent 1 night apart). I’d never met anyone before that I had clicked so perfectly with; We were completely comfortable with each other almost instantly and could talk about anything & everything.

Officially, Scott moved in with me in October of 2008 — but to be honest, we’ve probably been living together since mid-January 2008.

Being this close to someone naturally makes keeping secrets impossible — I don’t think we’ve had a single birthday or Christmas that we haven’t spoiled completely. As soon as either of us buys a gift we start to squirm, which leads to spilling the secret a few hours later. That said,  imagine just how surprised I was when Scott proposed & managed to keep it a secret from me. He’d thought of everything: the perfect date, the perfect place & the perfect ring and had managed to keep me in the dark.

Since Scott’s parents spend their winters in Palm Springs, we’d planned to visit them and make a trip to Disneyland during our trip. His parents had chosen to drive down to Palm Springs so for his engagement plan to work, Scott had to purchase the ring months in advance & send it with them so it would be there and waiting for him.

His mother later told me that the ring had traveled with her into every hotel & rest stop & never once left her side! But of course nothing ever goes off without a hitch and since everything had gone smoothly so far, something had to go wrong, right? Sure enough, on the morning of our Disneyland trip (which coincidentally was the 3rd anniversary of us becoming an ‘official’ couple), Scott realized he had a slight problem. The messenger bag he’d ordered online to carry his coat & my ring in all day hadn’t arrived and he was left without a way to hide the ring’s box all day. Still clueless to the fact that Scott was planning on proposing that evening, I offered to carry his coat inside my own bag. Without any other option, Scott buried the ring box in his coat’s pocket & crossed his fingers that I wouldn’t discover it before it was time.

Our day together at Disneyland was probably one of the best we’ve ever spent together — from Scott’s first time on a roller coaster (The Matterhorn, if you’re curious), to meeting Mickey Mouse & eating lunch while listening to a barbershop quartet, every single moment was magical. In retrospective though, the most ‘magical’ part was probably the fact that I never once realized I was carrying around my own engagement ring in my purse. (I didn’t even notice it when I unpacked Scott’s coat for him!) Imagine my surprise when that evening during the “Remember…Dreams come true” fireworks show Scott got down on one knee and proposed. After I said yes  we wandered through the park and continued to watch the end of the fireworks, Scott’s arm wrapped firmly around my waist. It felt like the perfect ending to a perfect day & more importantly, it felt like the perfect beginning to our future married life together.

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As soon as we returned home from Palm Springs, we began to plan our dream wedding. Since we’ve been together so long & a wedding won’t change much in our day to day lives, we decided to pick a date far enough off so we could have the wedding of our dreams. We’ve been lucky (once again) & gotten our first choices for our planner, venue, caterer & desserts. Our wedding will have a vintage theme, complete with clotheslines of photos of our life together & pictures of past marriages in our families — we’re a fun couple with a taste for finer things and we want that to be reflected in the decor. (I’ve included a picture of the rough draft of our invitations for an example — please excuse the pen notes on it!) We’re getting married September 15th this year in an outdoor wedding garden & our reception will be (a huge party) in a hotel ballroom (kegs, dancing music & possibly Scott himself playing some live polka music for his mother!). Our honeymoon will be in Disneyworld (which seems entirely fitting after our engagement)!

For our custom cake topper, we’d love to be have a sculpture of the two of us in our wedding clothing standing together with Scott’s arm wrapped around my waist. It would be really great if there could be a ‘hidden mickey’ somewhere on my dress (it’s a lace bodice) as a nod to our Disneyland engagement. In a further nod to our engagement, we’d love if you could add our two pet cats next to our feet (possibly wearing Mickey ears?). They’re a huge part of our lives & we’d love to have them included.

Thanks so much for the opportunity & for reading.  Happy Valentines Day!

-Jade