Danielle and Kevin

Altamont, New York

 

 

Photographer and Cinematography | Garden House Films | @gardenhousefilms

Venue | Whiteface Club & Resort | @whitefaceclubresort

Location | Indian Ladder Films | @indianladderfilms

How He Asked

Kevin and I had known of each other from school, since we were about 9 years old, but little did we know we would end up together! I moved to Crystal Lake, IL when I was in 4th grade. Crystal Lake is one of my favorite places that I had ever lived. I lived there for 3 years and knew of Kevin through school and because my sister Justine did Special Olympics with Kevin’s brother, Scott. Kevin happened to be Justine’s basketball coach for her Special Olympics team at the time.

 

My family moved away from Illinois, to Massachusetts, when I was in 6th grade and I was heartbroken leaving my friends. Over the years (13 of them!), I kept in regular contact with my friends. When I decided it had been too long since I visited, I planned a trip to go catch up. I asked a ton of my old friends to meet up at “the Cottage” (their local bar) to catch up over drinks. Kevin and I shared a mutual friend, named Lucas, and he had brought Kevin to join the get together. I was immediately attracted to Kevin from the first moment I saw him, all these years later. I even remember exactly what he was wearing that day. Although we didn’t make much conversation, neither of us forgot about each other after that day.

 

The trip was coming to end so a few close friends including Lucas decided to meet up at another local bar called “Keef’s Reef”. Lucas mentioned that Kevin might stop by the bar on his way home. I was excited at the idea of seeing Kevin again and encouraged Lucas to get Kevin to come. An hour or so later, Kevin appeared. At this point it was 5 hours until my flight departed but I didn’t care. Kevin and I stayed until the very last hour before I had to leave. I cut it so close that I nearly missed my flight.

 

A few days passed back home, and Chicago (read: Kevin) was still on my mind. I was already planning my next trip back to visit everyone again. Kevin seemed to have me on his mind as well because he had reached out to me on Facebook Messenger and told me that if I came back to Illinois he would like to take me out on a date. That was all I needed to hear. I did go back and I did go on that date with Kevin. It was a date I’ll never forget. After I left to go back to New York, again, neither Kevin nor I could get enough of each other. We talked all day and night on the phone. Prior to being reunited, neither of us thought we wanted to be in a serious relationship. Everyone thought it was unrealistic to be a couple, seeing as how we lived miles apart, but we didn’t want to give up on each other because our feelings were so strong.

 

Kevin decided to visit New York to see me Valentine’s Day weekend. I wanted to show Kevin a great time so we spent the weekend the city. It was Friday the 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day and Kevin and I went on a boat cruise around New York City. We had dinner and danced for hours, having the most fun we had had in a long time with a significant other. As we were dancing, Kevin told me that he wanted to be with me and he asked me to be his girlfriend. I was ecstatic!!!! Time passed by, the important people in our lives were starting to get engaged, married and start families and both Kevin and I were starting to field questions about our future. Both of us knew that we wanted to be together and we were ready for that step. I was definitely ready and as it turns out, Kevin was waiting for just the right moment. It was a lot closer to happening than I thought!

 

All our friends and family know that for Halloween, Kevin and I love to go all out with our costumes. This past year, it was my turn to pick the costume so we decided to do Harry Potter and Luna Lovegood. I thought it would be funny if we played the Harry Potter song and danced to the music in a cheesy way and made a video of it for Instagram and Facebook. This is the kind of funny thing we make a habit of doing. Kevin had apparently planned on proposing to me a month or so before that, but because Halloween is our favorite holiday, he decided to wait and do it then.

 

Not knowing of Kevin’s plan, I was just running errands and taking my sweet time to get home. Kevin was getting very anxious texting me to hurry up and come home. I thought nothing of it. Once I got home, we got dressed up in our costumes, took fun pictures, and then Kevin started recording us dancing to Harry Potter. We were both dying laughing while dancing in the living room to the music. I told Kevin to dip me to be funny and then spin me around. While Kevin was spinning me he told me to continue to twirl a couple times. As I spun myself around the last time, Kevin was preparing to get down on one knee. The next thing I knew, Kevin was asking me to marry him!!!

 

The proposal was perfect and so unexpected. It was in our own element and exactly what Kevin wanted for our proposal story. That day is one we will never forget. Kevin and I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together and look forward to celebrating our wedding in June of 2020 in Lake Placid, NY!

Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?

Danielle and Kevin had known of each other since they were about 9 years old, but little did they know where they would end up! Danielle moved to Crystal Lake, IL when she was in 4th grade. Crystal Lake was one of her favorite places that she had ever lived. Danielle lived there for 3 years and knew of Kevin through school and because her sister Justine did special olympics with Kevins Brother Scott.

 

Kevin happened to be Justine’s basketball coach for her Special olympics team at the time. Danielle and her family moved away to Massachusetts when she was in 6th grade, she was heartbroken leaving her friends. Over the years, she decided to keep in touch with her friends for over 13 years time. Danielle decided it was too long since she had visited her friends in Crystal Lake since a couple of them had came to visit her over the years. When she came to visit, she had asked a ton of old friends to meet at their local bar called the Cottage to catch up over drinks. A mutual friend of Danielle and Kevin, his name Lucas, had brought Kevin to join the get together. Danielle was immediately attracted to Kevin from the first moment she had saw him. She even remembers exactly what he was wearing that day.

 

Although they didn’t make much conversation, neither of them forgot about each other after that day. The week was coming to end for Danielle’s visit so a few close friends including Lucas decided to meet up at another local bar called “Keefs Reef”. Lucas mentioned that Kevin was on his way back from visiting a friend with his sister and that he may stop by the bar on his way home. Danielle encouraged Lucas to get Kevin to come because she was attracted to him and had this feeling they would get a long very well. An hour or so later, Kevin decided to show. Danielle had to leave in 5 hours for her flight. In that little period of time that they spent together, they got to know more about one another. This made saying goodbye that much harder for Danielle. Danielle and Kevin stayed almost til the last hour before she had to leave and was very close to missing her flight. She cried pretty much the entire way back to New York from being homesick. A few days past by and Chicago was still on Danielle’s mind.

 

She was already planning her next trip back around Christmas time to visit everyone again. Kevin seemed to have Danielle on his mind as well because he had reached out to her on Facebook Messenger and told her that if she comes back he would like to take her out on a date. That was all Danielle needed to here because she did go back to Chicago and did go on that date with Kevin and was a date she’ll never forget. After Danielle had left back to New York, neither Kevin or Danielle couldn’t get enough of each other. They talked all day and night on the phone. Neither of them thought they wanted to be in a serious relationship until they both started to grow strong feelings for each other.

 

Although everyone thought it was silly and unrealistic that they were miles apart, they didn’t want to give up on each other because the feelings they had for each other were real. That being said, Kevin decided to visit New York to see Danielle Valentines Day weekend. Danielle wanted to show Kevin a great time so they spent the weekend in New York City. They were tourists of the city that weekend. It was Friday the 13th, the day before Valentines Day and Danielle and Kevin went on a boat cruise around New York City. They were drinking, had dinner, and danced the night away on the dance floor having the most fun they have had in a long time with a significant other. As they were dancing, Kevin told Danielle that he wanted to be with her and he asked Danielle to be his Girlfriend. Danielle was ecstatic. The two strangers that met at 9 years old had became lovers and true best friends. Kevin and Danielle have been together now for 4 years and reside in New Jersey for work.

 

What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. What makes your relationship unique?

We are truly best friends. We love to travel and go to new places. We are huge advocates of Disney World and make a point to go every year. We love to snowboard and take trips to places like Colorado. It’s one of our favorite places to visit. We love trying new things and taking risks. We love going on Harley rides to get fresh air and enjoy the breeze. Our life is one big adventure. There is no one I would rather go through life with than this man.

 

How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship?

At the time I was living in New York so I had to fly out and visit. Our first date was so sweet. We took the train to a town called Palatine, which is in a beautiful suburb area outside Chicago. On the ride he had packed orange juice and champagne in a bag so we could have mimosas together on the train. Then, he brought me on a date to the place where his parents first met. We had the BEST time. After I left Illinois to go home, he had told me he wanted to try and make things work even if we had to meet half way. He also used to leave me voicemails after few too many drinks and tell me how much he cared about me. I saved every message up until now. I am so fortunate.

 

Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?

Time past by, people were getting engaged, married and having kids and both Kevin and Danielle were starting to be questioned as to when they were next. Both of them knew that they wanted to be together and were ready for that step. Danielle was ready and Kevin was waiting for the right moment. Little did Danielle know it was a lot closer to happening than she had thought. Everyone knows for Halloween that Danielle and Kevin love to go all out with their costumes. This past year, it was Danielle’s turn to pick the costume so they decided to do Harry Potter and Luna Lovegood. Anyone who knows of these two, knows that they like to be creative and unique somehow with their costumes. Danielle thought it would be funny f they played the Harry Potter song and danced to the music in a cheesy way and video taped it for them to post on Instagram and Facebook. Kevin planned on Proposing to Danielle a month or so before that, but because Halloween is their favorite Holiday, he thought it would be a great idea to do it then. Danielle’s costume came in late so they told each other they would wait til the next day. Not knowing Kevins plan, Danielle was running errands and taking her sweet time to get home. Kevin was getting very anxious texting her to come home and Danielle thought nothing of it. Once Danielle got home, they got dressed up in their costumes, took fun pictures, and then Kevin turned on the recorder and they video taped themselves dancing to Harry Potter. They were both dying laughing while dancing in the living room to the music. Danielle told Kevin to dip her to be funny and then spin her around.

 

While Kevin was spinning, Danielle he told her to continue to twirl a couple times. As she spun herself around the last time, Kevin was preparing to get on one knee and low and behold, he asked her to marry him. The proposal was perfect and so unexpected. It was in their own element and that is exactly what Kevin wanted. That day is one they will never forget. Kevin and Danielle can’t wait to spend the rest of their lives with each other and look forward to celebrating their wedding in the near future in the upstate area of New York, Lake Placid.

 

We’re all about the bling… Tell us all about that ring!

Solitaire Channel Set Diamond ring. It’s exactly what I wanted!

 

Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Do you have any ideas in mind yet?

We are ahead of the game! Our wedding will be taking place at Whiteface Club and Resort in June of 2020. I’ve known what I have wanted for a very long time. The theme is “rustic chic”. All of our vendors are booked. Our wedding has a lot of beautiful rustic simple flowers (Lavender, Fresh white daisies, and feather reeds). Lights will be dimly lit for a more cozy warm atmosphere. It’s going to be beautiful.