Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you with love: Tyler and Stevie, husband and wife!
It was so wonderful to connect with this amazing couple. Their love for each other is deep and true, and their joy and sincerity positively impact those around them. Tyler and Stevie united in marriage and celebrated fabulously at The Ridge Lake Geneva on a gorgeous June day. It was a lovely honor to officiate their wedding ceremony.
Enjoy a few excerpts from this special ceremony below.
What else besides fate, and the internet, could bring a California girl and an Iowa boy together for a first date in Wisconsin? On a summer of 2020 Friday night, Tyler met Stevie for a first date. They chatted ‘til midnight, toured the town on Saturday, and by Sunday they were off on a motorcycle ride. Their relationship was fast and fated!
From board games to snowboards, Tyler and Stevie have similar interests and enjoy adventuring through life together. This fun-loving couple even build Lego together and have custom mini-figs. So adorable! Keep that simple enthusiasm for play and togetherness a focal point of your marriage.
Fall of 2021, from a picturesque perch in Door County overlooking Lake Michigan, Tyler proposed. Stevie cried for several minutes, and Tyler needed to prompt her again before she responded with an exuberant, “YES!”
(Stevie) It might not surprise anyone that this is my 4th draft of my vows, but what may be surprising is that each one has been a complete rewrite, essentially starting from scratch.
I wrote my first vows to you on New Year’s Eve, 6 months after we met, and long before you proposed. You had just been serenading me with Eric Clapton and most of the words I wrote were about how you made me laugh and how life was just a little bit sweeter with you in it.
9 months later, right after you proposed, I wrote a new set of vows. This time I wrote about all the things you did to show me that you care and what I loved most about you. I wrote things like how you are always helping me to slow down and how I adored your persistent, almost obsessive, curiosity.
The 3rd rewrite came a few months ago as I had a realization that, in my mind, “Tyler” and the word “home” had come to mean the same thing. You are my respite, my strength, and we’ve created a life together that is like no other place.
This version I wrote just a few weeks ago even though it was clear that all of my previous versions still held true. Every new draft just showed how our love has grown and changed. At this point, I know the only vow I can say is this: I promise to have endless rewrites for the rest of our lives…. and I can’t wait to write the next draft. I love you.
(Tyler) After all this time, I can’t believe this day is actually here. The day I finally get to call you my wife.
From the moment I saw you walk through the door for our first date, everything about you just felt indescribably right. I didn’t understand it at first but over time it all began to make sense, and you’ve shown me a love and relationship that I thought was only talked about in clichés or meant for Rom-Coms. I mean hell, small town Iowa boy meets Southern California girl on a Friday, they spend the whole weekend together, then three weeks later he whisks her away to his hometown for a 4th of July party to meet his family and friends…that’s about as Hallmark as it gets. And then it only took another 4 months to know that I wanted to be with you for the rest of my life and I’ve never doubted it since. But as scripted as it sounds, that is just fundamentally us. Our love is just so natural, so seemingly effortless and wonderful, so…indescribable.
Not only are you the person I choose to spend the rest of my life with in marriage, but you’re the best friend I’ve ever had, and I will cherish that and you for the rest of my life.
Stevie, I promise to always stand by your side and face anything life throws at us with strength and determination but still be the dorkiest couple when it’s just us two. I promise to always be there for you; to be your biggest supporter on your good days and your best friend on your bad days. I promise to never become complacent, and always nurture our relationship every day we’re lucky enough to be together. Lastly, I promise to love you for you, with all your remarkable qualities and quirks for the rest of our days, always and forever.
To Tyler & Stevie and a lifetime of love! Cheers!