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BunchesDirect is currently running a contest for the best engagement story we can find. The winner will receive a $1000 Shopping Spree for Wedding Flowers from BunchesDirect!

We’ll be unveiling the entries over the next little while as we receive them. Here’s cheryl’s story, and while it’s not exactly an engagement story, we’re allowing it because it’s heartwarming nonetheless.

 

I am actually not newly engaged but in the process planning of our 25th Anniversary. We are planning a vow renewal because although its been 25 years of mostly happy years, there have been some unhappy times as well but we have reached a point where we know without a doubt it is forever.
We were married in 1988 while I was a first year nursing student and we couldn’t afford the big wedding. To further complicate it we lived a few thousand miles away from my family. We knew if we planned a big wedding where we were living in New Brunswick my family, who all lived in Saskatchewan, would not attend. We also knew if we planned the wedding in Saskatchewan my husbands family would not attend. So we decided the only fair thing to do was elope and invite none of them. So…with our 25th Anniversary approaching we decided to do it again! This time with family and friends there to celebrate with us!
We live in a small village in Saskatchewan and have rented the community hall for our vow renewal and reception. We are doing everything ourselves right down to the meal to keep cost at a minimum. When we started talking about this I never realized how much work was involved. It is still a task we are happy to take on to celebrate the years we have spent together and to celebrate the years yet to come!
It is very hard to know what kind of story you are looking for or even if the story will determine the winner. Our life together is so much more a few paragraphs in an email. We are so proud we are healthy and happy and able to celebrate this amazing milestone with those we love.

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BunchesDirect is currently running a contest for the best engagement story we can find. The winner will receive a $1000 Shopping Spree for Wedding Flowers from BunchesDirect!

We’ll be unveiling the entries over the next little while as we receive them. Here’s Rebecca’s entry, a happy surprise at “the happiest place on earth.”

 

My Fiance and I have been together 6 years, and from the very moment I saw him I wanted to marry him! It was a very long 6 years as he was not “the marrying type” and despite my relentless attempts and even asking him myself, I had given up! He is so loving and kind I could not imagine why this man did not want to get married. The time came that I became comfortable with the fact it will never happen and just having  him in my life was amazing!
Around this time that I had this realization, we had planned a trip for my birthday. A really nice 2 week roadtrip down to California. On my birthday, we went to my favorite place in the whole world. Disneyland! We spent the whole day there, and had such a great time, he even took me for dinner in the most expensive restaurant there, the Blue Bayou. Such a romantic atmosphere, which was not a surprise as he is so good to me. After dinner we were just in time to watch the fireworks, laughing and talking about my birthday and how great it had been I turned around and he was suddenly on his knees!! Confused, I started laughing asking what was wrong. He said he had been so tired of waiting for me to give up asking to get married so he could surprise me!! He didn’t want me to see it coming! I was so stunned I burst into tears, and had to wait until he stopped laughing and I stopped crying to ask me! It was such a beautiful proposal! Everyone around us starting cheering and clapping. Afterwards he took me into my favorite store and bought me a tiara I wanted to buy earlier but thought it might be silly to wear anywhere else but in Disneyland! He said he wanted to ask me when I was looking at it so he could say “well you can wear it on your wedding day!”  It was the best day of my life! (so far!!)

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BunchesDirect is currently running a contest for the best engagement story we can find. The winner will receive a $1000 Shopping Spree for Wedding Flowers from BunchesDirect!

We’ll be unveiling the entries over the next little while as we receive them. HERE’S KEVIN’S ENTRY, WHICH RATHER THAN THE STORIES WE’VE BEEN RECEIVING, IS ACTUALLY A VIDEO. HAVE A WATCH BELOW!

 

 

 

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BunchesDirect is currently running a contest for the best engagement story we can find. The winner will receive a $1000 Shopping Spree for Wedding Flowers from BunchesDirect!

We’ll be unveiling the entries over the next little while as we receive them. Here’s Aubrey’s entry, a story of long  distance love, several different universities and a happy ending.

 

Hello.  My name is Aubrey Stover and I am marrying my best friend on November 23, 2013 in Syracuse, New York.  Matthew and I attended Shamokin Area Jr./ Sr. High School together and we both graduated in 2001. While in high school, we did not talk to one another. After high school, Matthew joined the United States Navy as a Corpsman and I attended The Pennsylvania State University. I began dating Matthew after a mutual high school friend invited us to hang out for a weekend when I was home from college. This was in the fall of 2003 after I returned from Baghdad, Iraq where I served as an Intelligence Analyst. Later that week, Matthew called me from the Mojave Desert to ask me out. Matthew and I decided to do something for my 21st birthday in January 2004. Matt took me out on my birthday and we decided to date.

While dating on and off, Matthew was deployed to Iraq for a second time. As I waited for Matthew to return, he began to have his mother, Mary, send me roses for about six months symbolizing how long I would have to wait until he returned. Thankfully, Matthew returned safely though he almost died from a mortar attack while serving in the Middle East. Matthew was then stationed in North Carolina when he returned from overseas. Matthew drove 9 hours one way every weekend from North Carolina to State College, Pennsylvania to visit me at Penn State. Matthew enjoyed Penn State’s Dance Marathon (THON) with me where he held me as I cried during the “family hour” where we watched footage of young children who died of Cancer. As “Better Days” by the Goo Goo Dolls played in the background and he held me, I knew that he would be the man I would marry.

After college, Matthew and I moved in with his brother Keith. Matthew completed his A.A. in Letters, Arts, and Sciences from Penn State while we lived in Shamokin, PA. When Penn State tried to deny Matthew financial aid as a Biology major because they tried to count his military experience as part of his degree plan, he and I discussed moving. Matthew was accepted to both The University of Florida and Syracuse University for a degree in Biology. Because I was completing my M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum at Penn State and finishing my thesis, Matthew and I decided it would be easier to drive back and forth from New York to Pennsylvania than from Florida to Pennsylvania. Matthew then transferred to Syracuse University and I moved with him where I began working as a chemical dependency therapist.

After finishing my M.Ed., I was accepted to law school in Ohio. Though Matthew could not follow me to Ohio, he supported my choice to attend school. In my first semester of law school, one of my sorority sisters suddenly passed away. In my second semester of law school, my (maternal) grandmother passed away. While in Ohio, I was lonely as my family lived in Pennsylvania and Matthew lived in New York. Matthew saw how unhappy I was in law school and he supported me when I told him I wanted to return to working as a therapist.

Matthew then decided he would help me move my stuff out of my apartment in Ohio. Prior to leaving for Ohio, Matthew took me to Syracuse University to walk around the campus, sit on the steps of Hendricks Chapel to talk, and then kiss on the “Kissing Bench.” The legend of the “Kissing Bench” at Syracuse University is that the person you kiss on the bench is the person you will marry. Matt and I then left for Ohio. On our way back from cleaning out my apartment in Columbus (OH), Matthew said he wanted to make a stop at Penn State University. Though I thought it was an odd request, I agreed.  Maybe Matthew realized how I just needed to feel like I was “home” and our alma mater always did that for me.   Matthew was adamant about seeing the Nittany Lion Shrine. As I walked around it to humor him, I found Matthew on bended knee. Matthew began to tear up as he told me how much he loved me and how he never wanted to live without me.  Matthew then proposed to me (7/13/10). Matthew acknowledged why he chose to kiss me at Syracuse University and then propose at Penn State as he said education was incredibly important to both of us, though we are both first-generation college graduates who put ourselves through school.  I should mention that he proposed to me after about 6 years of dating because he told me he wanted to make sure he did everything perfectly.  I said “YES” and I couldn’t be happier! We have now been engaged for three years.

Matthew and I have stood behind one another through the years and we serve as one another’s biggest cheerleaders. I finished my second master’s degree at Syracuse University in the spring of 2012 and he finished his master’s degree from The University of Southern California in the winter of 2012. Once again, Matthew has proven to be my cheerleader as he proudly told me he would follow me anywhere when I was accepted to a doctoral program at The University of South Carolina. Matthew is also contemplating returning for his doctorate in the future. Regardless of what happens in the future, I know that I will always have my best friend by my side.

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BunchesDirect is currently running a contest for the best engagement story we can find. The winner will receive a $1000 Shopping Spree for Wedding Flowers from BunchesDirect!

We’ll be unveiling the entries over the next little while as we receive them. Here’s Amanda’s entry, showing that big surprises can come in little packages.

My fiancé was so patient with me as he got closer to proposing! He searched for the perfect ring and was forced to order it through a tacori dealer in another state. He was in a business trip when the package arrived and I was none the wiser. I signed for the box, addressed may I add to my fiancé from some random person (my fiancé explicitly told them not to have the brand anywhere in the packaging) and took it back to our apartment which was in varying states of packing as I would be moving into our new home that weekend while he was away. Well he retuned home and discovered that the package had been delivered to the apartment. He asked me very casually if he had received any boxes and I said….nope. I was completely convinced he had not received anything!!! In the excitement and chaos of moving I completely forgot. Well he spend the next day in a downright panic since the fed ex company had said it was delivered and the apartment said I had signed for it. Which I denied completely!!! It wasn’t until later the next day that I vaguely remembered a package! I told him where I thought it might be and I was correct. His fear vanished but he was left with the fact that I probably had a good idea what and why he was panicking so much, to the point of thinking about filing a police report! And he was right I did have an inkling! But all that went away when a month and a half went by! Thanksgiving day rolled around and my dad was visiting us for the holidays. My fiancé surprised us all by asking me to marry him right before thanksgiving dinner which is not something he would normally do since he is not a fan of being the center of attention. Poor guy hung in there even thought I almost lost my own ring for him!!! Gotta love him and I of course said YES!

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BunchesDirect is currently running a contest for the best engagement story we can find. The winner will receive a $1000 Shopping Spree for Wedding Flowers from BunchesDirect!

We’ll be unveiling the entries over the next little while as we receive them. Here’s GENEVIEVE’S ENTRY. What do Tommy John surgery, a lap dance, karaoke and cancer all have in common? For an unsuspecting couple, it meant the difference between fulfilling fate and never having met.


A NCAA division 1 baseball pitcher on scholarship to Siena College in upstate NY, Craig Chaput, born and raised in Ottawa, was on top of the world. Topping the list for MLB drafting, his impressive stats and passion for his sport was leading him to the big leagues.  That was until fate intervened and set him on a new course – one that would no longer involve pitching.

 On the mound, crowd roaring, scouts glaring, Craig made a signature fastball which ended up being his last. With a quick “pop”, he tore the ligaments in his elbow. His agent called him that day, asking simply “Tommy Johns?”, and he reluctantly replied “yes”. With that, the agent said “It was nice working with you” and hung up the phone.

With his baseball dream abolished, he moved back to Ottawa and back to reality. His relationship with his out of country fiancé ended shortly thereafter and he fell into a depression. His friends urged him to move on and start living again and one summer night after spending the day in the sun at HOPE Beach Volleyball tournament, the course of his life changed forever.

I had just ended a 3 year relationship a few months prior, but had mustered up the courage to forge ahead and start anew by buying a house in Pembroke, Ontario and start over. That night, my friend Lexx invited me out to Ottawa for her bachelorette party. Having not been out clubbing since the break-up, we went to town, got tattoos and went out for the night.

As fate would have it, Craig and myself wound up being at the same bar. He and his brothers participated that evening in all the “dare cards” we had circulating and it just so happened that I pulled the “Get a lap dance from a guy” card. Without hesitation, Craig gave me his best Magic Mike impersonation and went full out. His sense of humour and lack of inhibition led me to give him my number.

Just over a year later, and we now live together in Ottawa and are planning our future. If it were not for the circumstances that led transpired in both our lives, we would have never connected and found one another.

In early May, I found out that I have thyroid cancer. At 26 years old, and with a mother who passed away at 39 years old, it has been a tough pill to swallow. Without the unconditional love and unwavering support that Craig has provided me since day one of finding out, I would not have been able to be this strong.

Prior to my thyroidectomy surgery on August 12th, 2013, we decided to plan a final party for our close friends and family in my honor. Little did I know, the night would be one that I would not soon forget. With a passion for singing and a favourite karaoke joint we shared, we set up a karaoke party on August 2nd. When we reached the pub, Craig took the microphone and played our song – Crash into me, Dave Matthews – over the speakers. He began to share my story to the crowd and our friends and family about my upcoming surgery and how it may be the last time that I sang for quite some time. He expressed how much I meant to him and that he was not going anywhere…forever. On bended knee, he asked me to be his wife to which I replied with a resounding “OBVIOUSLY!”

I had my thyroidectomy on August 12th and it went well. After a week in the hospital, I have returned home to heal and to plan our wedding. The best news of all is that my vocal chords were intact, and I will get to sing again.