At the Century House, we have the privilege of meeting, learning about and working with some truly awesome couples. Their love stories inspire us and motivate us through long days and even longer winters! Recently, we were lucky enough to meet Jenna and Dan and we wanted to share their 10-year love story with you.
Let’s start from the beginning, how did you both meet?
Jenna: “We actually met in high school. We had the same group of friends and frequented gatherings together. It was common knowledge, to most, that Dan had a crush on me throughout our high school years, although he wouldn't admit it until our wedding day, when he finally came clean! He wrote in a letter, "The truth is, I have loved you since the day I met you."
Dan: “We were lucky enough to have met under casual circumstances, as we hung out with the same group of friends in high school. I can't pinpoint the first time we actually met, but it was somewhere around our sophomore year. We quickly became friends and as Jenna has said, it is in fact true that I had a crush on her (it wasn't much of a secret). Having been friends for ten plus years made things pretty easy for us once we started dating. We already knew everything about each other so we were able to bypass the "getting to know you" phase of most relationships.”
With a 10-year build-up, how did he finally propose?
Dan: “We planned a romantic weekend getaway to Mount Snow, Vermont for the Valentine's Day weekend last year and I knew this would be the perfect time to propose. We both love to ski, so I knew popping the question on the slopes would definitely go over well with Jenna. Unfortunately, it was a far from perfect day, as the temperature was below zero and winds blew up to 40mph throughout the day. We only ended up skiing for a few hours; so, I had limited time to find the perfect moment. On our last run down the mountain, I finally had the opportunity, so I asked if she would take a picture with me. She refused, stating that, “it was too cold” and that she just wanted to get back to the lodge to warm up. She, then, skied away down the mountain and I had no choice but to follow her down in shame. All was lost, when suddenly, she stopped to take a break about 3/4 of the way down. This time I knew I had to spring into action, without saying anything, I started taking off my helmet, jacket, and another couple of layers to reveal the shirt and tie I had been wearing all day. I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me, SHE SAID, “YES!””
Jenna: “I had no idea that he had this all planned. I never thought that he would propose on V-Day, so it was never on my radar!”
That sounds so sweet, Dan, I hope you were able to get that picture! So after 10 years, you were finally engaged, what made you decide on tying the knot in the winter?
Dan: “Winter is special to both of us because not only is it our favorite season, but we also got engaged in the winter so we definitely wanted to keep that going.”
Jenna: “I agree. There is something so romantic and cozy about winter. I didn't even consider anything else!”
I love the winter tradition! What made you choose the Century House as your venue?
Jenna: “I really wanted to find a place that was romantic, warm and cozy. We had looked at a few other venues, but Marge really sold us on the Century House and the date, offering us a deal we couldn't pass up. The convenience factor really sold us as well, as we didn't want people traveling during the usually treacherous season (little did we know that it would be 52 degrees and sunny on our big day!). It had everything we were looking for and the decorations during the holiday season were exactly what we wanted! They worked with us to achieve our dream look, even removing all of the Christmas ornaments from the trees— we wanted a winter wedding, not a Christmas wedding.”
Dan: “For me it was the convenience that the Century House offered. I loved that everything was all under one roof. We were able to have our rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, and after party all at the Century House. All of this, with the hotel on site, made the experience for our guests very easy. Once they arrived, they didn't have to worry about anything. It was an easy choice for us, especially because we were having a winter wedding and didn't know what the weather would be like on that day.”
Your wedding theme paired up quite nicely with the season; did having a wedding during the holiday season impact you in any way?
Dan and Jenna: “Having a wedding during the holiday season definitely had its pros and cons. Our Christmas was very small because we had so much going on with the wedding just two days after. My (Dan’s) mother was doing the flowers for the wedding, so our house was full of flowers and decorations. A positive thing about having a wedding during the holiday season was that we were able to see out of town family members that we normally don't get to see.”
Do you have any advice for newly engaged couples?
Jenna: “Try to enjoy this time and try not to stress too much! Have faith in your wedding coordinators and other professionals you are working with. They know what they're doing! Leslie Meyer was amazing and kept us at ease the ENTIRE length of our engagement. She truly knew exactly what to do to make all of our dreams come true!”
Dan: “My advice is definitely more practical! Try to take things one-step at a time. Create a wedding timeline or checklist; there are a lot of good templates to follow online. Stick to your timeline and don't stress about things that are further down the list!”
For more information about planning your upcoming wedding, please visit us online or call Leslie Meyer, the Director of Weddings at 518-785-1857 ext. 405.