Colleen and Gregg managed to fit in their Saratoga State Park engagement session in just before a huge storm blew in to town. They managed to get some amazing pictures and NO rain which is just sign that they were meant to be. They were introduced to each other through a friend of Colleen’s, also Gregg’s coworker, who thought they would be great together. Coincidentally, many years ago Colleen had introduced this friend to one of her coworkers and they were now married with two sons. Talk about meant to be!
Colleen and Gregg spoke on the phone and decided on a first date at the Victory Cafe. Once they met everything fell into place and there were many dinners, movies, golf and summer in Saratoga events that followed that first date. Gregg even met Colleen’s entire family one Thanksgiving and interestingly enough three years later they got engaged over the Thanksgiving weekend. For the proposal, Gregg had shopped for a ring, with plans to surprise her and propose at Christmas but he was too excited to wait. With the ring burning a hole in his pocket Gregg created a plan for a perfect proposal. Just before a family party that they were dressed up for he asked if she minded opening an early gift. Who doesn’t like presents? So of course she wanted to open the present. As she was unwrapping one of his shoe boxes after commenting that he was giving her shoes and instead she found a medium sized bracelet type box wrapped inside. After unwrapping the 2nd box there was another small earring/ring box wrapped. Colleen’s mind has been focused all day on the Notre Dame football game that evening and was thinking this that this was possibly a ND bauble commemorating the potential win and going to the National Championship game. As she opened the box her heart was pounding and when she saw a diamond ring she started to cry and could not speak, Gregg started to ask me to marry him and then did an “oops, I need to get down on one knee”. She cried tears of joy on his shoulder, said YES and placed the ring on her finger. They got to celebrate with their family at the party that night and even though they were a little late, given the circumstances everyone was very excited for them!
Notre Dame won their game that evening and earned a place for the National Championship game in January. Gregg was obviously Colleen’s lucky charm and they had so many reasons to celebrate! They will be be celebrating with a lovely holiday wedding this December at the Gideon Putnam!
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