Esther & Jesse in St. Petersburg, FL

Esther and Jesse are a blind date success story! Their proposal wasn't quite as smooth, though. Jesse planned to propose over dinner on his birthday. Little did he know that Esther had planned a surprise party for the same night! Esther won the battle of where to eat dinner, and surprise party went off without a hitch. Jesse decided that he couldn't wait any longer to pop the question, so he asked Esther to take a walk. Suddenly, it started pouring. "He grabbed my hand and pulled me under the closest overhang to keep dry," said Esther. "There, he dropped down on one knee in the rain, right in front of a swanky home for the elderly. We still chuckle about it now." The wedding took place exactly three years after their first date.
 

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Esther and Jesse are a blind date success story! Their proposal wasn't quite as smooth, though. Jesse planned to propose over dinner on his birthday. Little did he know that Esther had planned a surprise party for the same night! Esther won the battle of where to eat dinner, and surprise party went off without a hitch. Jesse decided that he couldn't wait any longer to pop the question, so he asked Esther to take a walk. Suddenly, it started pouring. "He grabbed my hand and pulled me under the closest overhang to keep dry," said Esther. "There, he dropped down on one knee in the rain, right in front of a swanky home for the elderly. We still chuckle about it now." The wedding took place exactly three years after their first date.
 

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For the bouquets, Esther visited her local fresh market. "I grabbed whatever was in season in the colors that I liked and threw them together that weekend," said Esther. Her favorite flowers (peonies) weren't in season, so she decided to save money by going for an "organic, thrown-together fresh feel." The total bill: $80 for all florals.  
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Both of their gorgeous rings were custom-designed. 
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Esther added a vintage gray velvet belt to her gown and hand-sewed gorgeous buttons that had belonged to her grandmother.
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