Whitney and Micah traveled around the world to meet each other! In February 2007 Whitney Hassett and Micah Norton met in the same study abroad program, American Institute for Foreign Studies, on their way to Sydney, Australia for a semester. Whitney was a junior studying at Providence College in Rhode Island where she is from. Micah was a junior at St. John Fisher in Rochester, NY (about 2 hours North of his hometown, Elmira, NY). While members in the same study abroad group, they also happened to be neighbors in their town house complex, Macquarie Village at Maquarie University.
After a few weeks of dodging feelings for one another (let’s be honest you go to Australia to meet an Australian!) Micah and Whitney finally admitted to having feelings for each other! Ask any friends of theirs from Macquarie and you’ll get the typical response from Whitney “I do not like him, we’re just friends!” That game could only be played for so long….
After leaving Fiji (a quick stop over from Sydney on the way back to the States)… they started their long distance relationship. Whitney back to Providence College and Micah off to St. John Fisher for the final year as college students! Micah was playing his final season of football, Whitney busy student teaching. Directly after graduating in 2008, Whitney took a job teaching 1st grade in NYC while Micah accepted a management position at Wells Fargo…. the distance continues. After about 2.5 years of 6 hours of distance, Whitney (amidst a tearful ride home from Toronto – the most perfect birthday weekend ever – Micah surprised her with a weekend in Toronto to see her favorite band, U2)… a light bulb switched on. “I’m moving to Rochester, NY” – Whitney told her family and friends. Sure enough…. January 2, 2010 Micah and Whitney packed up a big UHaul, towed her car up to snowy Rochester, NY.
About two months after Whitney moved to Rochester… Micah got transferred to Buffalo! Back to distance! Fortunately this time it was only an hour, and even more fortunately, it didn’t last. Micah quickly returned to Rochester and accepted a job as a Commercial Real Estate Leasing Manager. After finishing her Master’s in Literacy at SUNY Geneseo, Whitney accepted a 1st grade teaching position at Discovery Charter School.
Dating was fun in Rochester and not having to worry about traveling each weekend to see one another was even better! In February 2012 Micah told Whitney he had a “bowling tournament on Friday the 3rd with Steve” Whitney (thinking how lame that sounded) quickly texted Steve’s wife, Kelly to see what the girl’s had plans while their men bowled the Friday night away. Kelly had been dying to see The Artist and they made plans to grab a drink Friday after school and go to The Little Theatre downtown for the 8:00 show.
A goblet of red wine later, Kelly and Whitney headed to The Little for the movie. The first preview started with a shot of the Sydney Opera House! “Look!” Whitney excitedly poked at Kelly who was frozen in her seat. As the preview continued, Micah is all of a sudden on the screen… telling their story, starting in Australia. He’s telling his best friends about how he wants to marry her but doesn’t know how to propose! The preview continues with Micah catching a ride to The Little, buying a ticket for The Artist (grabbing popcorn behind the concession stand) and opening the doors to the movie theatre. The screen goes black….
Kelly at this point had left Whitney alone in her seat (obviously freaking out!). The doors behind Whitney open and Micah runs down the aisle, gets down on one knee and proposes!…. even had a light put in the ring box so Whitney could see the gorgeous thing! Yes Yes Yes! (of course!)…. soon the lights turn back on in the cinema and its revealed that their closest friends and family were hiding in the theater (among real strangers!)
Whitney and Micah got married September 7, 2012 at Warwick Country Club in Rhode Island. Whitney’s family has been members there her whole life and she has dreamed of one day getting married there! Their wedding day was a sunny day, packed with family and friends, and was the ideal celebration of their friendship and love!
Since February is the month of love, and us being a bridal company and all- we wanted to showcase all of our amazing couples and their love stories that will sweep just about anyone off their feet. If you have an incredible story behind how you and your loved one met, fell in love, or even how he proposed- we want to hear it!
We will be accepting stories (and photos, of course!) starting TODAY. Send all the love and romance you have to firstname.lastname@example.org along with which gown you wore (or designer you will wear!) and the store you purchased it from by February 8th. The top 5 stories (to be picked by us JLM staffers) will be showcased right here on the Aisle Style blog starting on Sunday, February 10th with the winner being put on display on Valentine’s Day! The extra special treat? That lucky Valentines Day couple will win a $100 American Express Gift Card!
Happy Hayley Paige Tuesday! Even though it’s cool and rainy in New York, the JLM Couture office is bright and cheery with beautiful gowns and gorgeous details. Has this Hayley Paige preview brightened up your afternoon? Just wait until you see it for yourselves!
Can a girl ever have too much lace and ruffles on her wedding day? Or ever for that matter? This dress will surely be a Lazaro classic!
In honor of Alvina Valenta Monday, we wanted to share these gorgeous photos compliments of Christine Arnold Photography! This beautiful wedding took place at the breathtakingly beautiful Viceroy in Palm Springs. The touches of yellow and navy blue mixed with a fair share of white created a fun and stylish new look to the classic look that is 9102!
You can imagine our excitement when we received these wedding photos in our inbox from some of our favorite people (those people being Bridal Expo Chicago!) We think Jilliane looks picture perfect in this Lazaro 3063 wedding gown. And we (as usual) love the all black bridesmaids in Lazaro 3089!
Venue: Renaissance Blackstone, Chicago
Purchased Gown and Bridesmaids dresses at:
Bella Bianca Bridal Couture in Oakbrook Terrace
Photographer: Braxton Black
As a part of our count down to our Spring 2013 Bridal Market, we are taking a look back at 2012 and all the gorgeousness that happened. Grab your iced latte, sit back, relax and enjoy!
And now for our darling Bridesmaids
Every last photo (and must see tear jerker video on the Inspired By This blog) speaks to our wedding souls, and we can say that we are so sincerely in love with every last inch of this wedding day!
If this little girl (and the bride of course!) doesn’t make your heart melt like an ice pop on a hot summers day, then we don’t know what will!
This gorgeous Florida bride wore an amazing Lazaro wedding gown (style 3063) and it is absolute perfection. From the second we spotted this wedding here at JLM Couture we knew it needed to make an appearance on this blog. There is nothing not to love about a beautiful beach wedding, a beautiful couple, and a beautiful Lazaro bridal gown.
Very big thank you to Audrey Snow Photography for allowing us to showcase these amazing photos!
We are completely smitten with this wedding! We never get tired of seeing beautiful brides that just radiate happiness. This bride has that wedding day glow, and she couldn’t look more beautiful her Jim Hjelm bridal gown!
Very big thank you to Jenny DeMarco Photography for allowing us to use her gorgeous images!