Tenney Park Ice Rink | Madison, WI | Engagement Photographer | Stacey + Matt Engaged

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From me, the photographer:

Many times I ask my couples tell or give me their stories on how they met, when they know the other person was the one for them and how they got engaged. Stacy provided me with the perfect story.  It's a little longer than usual but I truly urge you to read it to the end. This is Stacy and Matt to a T. 

I've truly have had the pleasure of meeting some of the most amazing couples since moving to Wisconsin and Stacy and Matt is right there at the top. It will be hard to meet such a cute, adorable down to earth couple like these two. Thank you Stacy and Matt for introducing me to Karben 4 and Ice Skating.  Even though I didn't skate, it still was impressive to see a southern guy like myself standing on a frozen pond.  We just don't do that in da south! Also I thank you for allowing me to find new friends like yourselves.  Congrats!!

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From the Bride to be:

My friend Kayla knew Matt from Michigan Tech College.  I was having a 30th birthday party here in Madison, and she asked if she could invite her friend Matt. He was new to Madison area.  So of course I said yes. Matt met us out that night, however we didn't talk much.  The next day Kayla said I should add him on Facebook and be his friend here since he didn't know anyone yet.  All while playing matchmaker, she was telling him that he should date her 30 year old friend in Madison. 

So soon Matt messaged me on Facebook and we swapped phone numbers.  We had decided to go grab a beer one Sunday afternoon, however when Sunday came I didn't feel like going out; so I invited him to my apartment.  I didn't think much of the situation so I didn't dress up, put on makeup and decided to stay in my comfy sweats.  Like I said, I didn't think it would turn into anything, so I didn't put in any effort into my appearance LOL.  He came over and was the perfect guy. Matt stayed until 10pm that night.  We had great conversation, he was so easy to talk to, and I felt super comfortable with him.

Matt asked to hang out a few more times, and I kept turning him down, making up excuses.  (I had recently sworn off men, and decided to become an old cat lady.)  I had just gotten out of a relationship a few months back, and I wasn't looking for anything.  I was scared to open up to anyone again.  I did however felt bad, because he was persistent and kept trying. He truly hung in there and I was trying to find excuse after excuse not to like him...I was telling myself that maybe  he was ugly, he was mean, this and that.  But I simply couldn't come up with a reason NOT to like him!!  

Finally I decided to give him a chance.  Our mutual friend Kayla, was graduating from Michigan Tech and invited us both up to come to her graduation party.  I was sooooo trying to drive up alone, but Matt insisted we drive together.  It was a 5 hour drive, and our first one at that.  He picked me up, and I hadn't had coffee yet and everyone who knows me, know that I am not pleasant without my coffee.  Matt stopped at a Starbucks for me and I became very pleasant and chatty after that!  However, I did have to make him stop to pee at least 6 times on the way up LOL!

The night of the graduation party we drank together, played music for everyone and just enjoying ourselves and having a hoot.  At the end of the night Matt said he was going to jump in the lake. Needless to say this was in the winter.  So I called him to make sure he wasn't going to actually do that, and we ended up talking for 4 hours long that night.  After that trip there was something special there and we started spending more and more time together. So Matt and I made it official in July 2015. 

I am still amazed to this day of how this happened and why did he put up with me making up all those excuses and kind of blowing him off? There were so many times that he could have easily given up, so I asked him one day and he said... "there were always just something about me, and that's why he simply could not up." I don't remember when he finally told me he loved me, but he did say it first.  I had to go on a work trip to Atlanta, and when we were apart for that week, that's when I knew I loved him, but didn't tell him.  I had to wait for him to tell me first!! 

My Grandma saved a ring for me, to use for our engagement.  We had talked about getting married already, and I said we could save money by using this beautiful family heirloom.  I gave it to him in November of 2016.  

Our proposal is special, because... it's us in a nutshell.  So on the Monday afternoon April 24th 2017 we had decided to go for a run down by the Terrace. And weeellll I was a little HANGRY that afternoon!  The Terrace is one of our favorite places in Madison.  I found out later that Matt wanted to propose at Picnic Point in Madison. He tried to get me to run all the way to Picnic Point, but I just couldn't make it. It's something like 5 miles! So we had to turn back, and he said let's just get a beer at the Terrace then.  He didn't say let's walk out to Picnic Point, or try really hard to get me out there.  We got a beer, and sat out on an empty pier by the Hoofer's Club.  I called my Dad to chat about the upcoming Crazylegs race.  At this point Matt was scared and getting a bit antsy, because my Dad is a bit of a chatty Kathy, and he was wondering if he was going to get his chance to propose.  I finally got off the phone with my Dad and I was asking where we were going to go to eat, because it was getting late.  (By this time it's was almost 6pm and we still had to walk back to our apartment and I must say, I am sort of a Grandma, and like to be in bed by 8pm on work nights.)  So then I started to get antsy.  He was telling me "just sit here and enjoy the sunset with your boyfriend."  Another 10 minutes passed, and well yea, HANGER was kicking in full force.  I stood up and said "we need to eat, we need to figure out where we are going."  He told me to sit back down, and wait 5 more minutes.  He started saying "do you want to get married at the Terrace?" I said, "sure, we can get married here, we can figure that out later, let's go"  He then said, "do you want to get engaged at the Terrace?" I said, "yea sure if that's what you want to do in the near future" as I am starting to stand once more, he said "no, I mean right now" and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

I felt SO TERRIBLE after that.  I felt I had ruined the entire proposal with being hungry, and not running all the way to Picnic Point.  Although it wasn't the perfect proposal that you see in the movies and on tv, it was perfect proposal for us because of how funny it turned out to be in the end.  He picked one of our favorite places, and I was just being me, and he loved me enough to still proposed ha!!

...and the rest is history.  Now I get to marry my best friend and soulmate in May. 

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