In March of this year we received an inquiry from a woman named Linda that said, “This is a wedding for a bride and groom in their 70's. We would like to have a small intimate ceremony to include family and a few friends. Is this something you can do at your location?” I was immediately excited and called Linda, chatted with her to see what she was looking for in a venue, gave her a quote, and set up her tour.
Needless to say she fell in love with our venue and booked her wedding for July of this year. I started the process of planning their wedding and reception and I was eager to learn more about how they met and how their love came to be.
At our first planning meeting Linda told me they had met at a bonfire. Linda explained, “We were both members of a group that had been set up by our mutual friend, Maxine, but Bob had been in the group for several years. I had been involved in the group for only a couple of months. I actually had no idea the group had male members. I thought it was just a women’s group. Maxine invited me to the bonfire and at that time she said there might be some men attending because occasionally some men would attend some of the events. I admit I tried to make sure I dressed cute (just in case there were men attending). When I arrived Maxine introduced me to Bob and some other people I had not previously met. As the evening went along, Bob came over to say hello to me and we started chatting. He then sat down in a chair next to me and we talked for a long time and discovered we had a lot in common. I really liked him, but after we were done talking I didn’t see him again. I attempted to find him to tell him to give me a call some time if he would like to. When I could not find him I decided to go home. A few days later he actually contacted me and asked if I would like to have dinner with him. I said yes, but I would not let him pick me up at my house. I told him I would meet him at the restaurant. It all seems so funny now because he is the nicest man and I had nothing to worry about.”
Linda and Bob had their first date at Crossroads Bar and Grille in Flowery Branch. Linda’s first impression of Bob was that he was a super nice guy. She wasn’t sure at first if she was ready to start dating again and she was holding back her feelings in the beginning, but as time went on she was more and more interested in getting to know Bob better. Bob had a pretty similar opinion, but his first impression of Linda was how pretty she was, how approachable, and easy to talk to.
Bob and Linda have now been together for almost two years. Linda said they realized they were in love right around their one year anniversary. Bob explained, “some-time during the summer as I was leaving, I said ‘I Love you!’ It just slipped out. I think my heart had spoken instead of my brain. Afterward, I thought it through and concluded that I did. I then told Linda, ‘I think I’m in love with you.’
Linda knew he was the one for her when he said, “I think I am in love with you.” She started to realize how much he meant to her and came to the conclusion that she too was in love with him. A few days after Bob said, “I think I’m in love with you,” he told Linda he knows he is in love with her. She then responded, “I am in love with you too.”
They knew they wanted to get married, but Linda was unsure about when Bob would officially ask her. In March her daughter and family came to visit. They decided to have a get together with both families so that the children and grandchildren of Bob and Linda’s could meet. That is when Bob decided to propose to Linda, in front of both of their families. Linda said, “The proposal was amazing. It was beautiful and perfect being with our families.”
Being a part of Bob and Linda’s wedding was truly special. The love that surrounded them by both of their families was heartwarming. The fun, laughter, and dancing that night made for a wonderful event that will be remembered for years to come.