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You can read all of the wedding planning articles in the world, and you can even hire the perfect wedding planner to make sure that your day goes perfectly, but there’s nothing that can prepare you for the actuality of the experience of getting married like hearing from another couples. Lovepop Weddings' “Couples’ Love Stories” series is here to share real intel from real couples about how they met, how they planned, and how they made their big day happen.
This week, we’ll hear from Jess and Paul Kruss, a couple who met on Valentine’s Day. Yes, that’s right, Valentine’s Day. Talk about a rom-com worthy meet-cute! Lovepop spoke to Jess about exactly how the couple met, and how she knew they were meant to be. So if you’re feeling some anxiety about planning your day, don’t fret. Hearing about the Kruss’ wedding day ‚ including their not-so-great weather and exactly how they dealt with it — will bring you peace of mind.
First, let’s start at the beginning. How did you and your spouse meet?
“We met at bar in Boston on Valentine's Day in 2014,” says Kruss. “We were both out with friends and happened to sit next to each other at the bar and started talking.”
Note to singles everywhere: go to a bar on V Day! When did you know he was the one?
“As we dated and time progressed I realized that Paul was the best match for me,” explains Kruss. “It was not one moment, but so many moments, big and small. [Like] when my uncle died suddenly in December and Paul went to get a Christmas tree and set it up to cheer me up, when we find compromises instead of arguing about things, [and] the fact that we both enjoy traveling, reading, and being outside.”
[Also,] the fact that our relationship feels equal and we have great communication; that we enjoy doing things together. From all these things and more I realized that he was the
person I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.”
So sweet! And how did the proposal go?
“We were in Iceland for vacation and had planned the trip ourselves,” says Kruss. “It was just the two of us.” She adds that the couple stopped at a large glacier together.
“It was dusk and the lake was filled with pieces of ice and it was the most beautiful sight we had seen so far on the trip. Paul got down on one knee on a hill next to the lake and I was totally surprised! We had talked a little about it a few months prior but I did not realize he had picked out a ring and was planning on proposing. I was so happy.”
An Icelandic proposal… very chill. Pun semi-intended. What was the ring like?
“The ring was beautiful and perfect for me! The whole trip up until this point we were so happy to be together and were having a great time traveling. It was such a beautiful spot and would be a fun place to travel to again.”
What were the most memorable moments of your wedding?
“The weather was overcast and cold, despite it being a Memorial Day wedding,” says Kruss. “The day before it was 80 degrees. The huge temperature drop made the day chilly but we were still able to do the ceremony outside as the rain held off.”
“During the ceremony our closing blessing said ‘Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.’ It was very fitting for the day and gave all our wedding guests a good laugh.”
It’s great to have a sense of humor about something uncontrollable, like the weather. What is the best piece of advice you have for engaged couples planning their weddings?
“Everyone says enjoy your wedding day as it goes by so fast and this could not be truer,” says Kruss. ”Try to stay present and soak up all the love and excitement of the day. All the small details really did not matter on the big day so don't make yourself stressed out to have the perfect wedding. Not everything will be perfect but you will have an amazing time anyways.”
Perhaps the best advice for anyone planning a wedding: don’t sweat the small stuff, because no matter how well you plan your big day, anything can happen. Congrats to the Krusses!
Written by: Kimmy Foskett
Photos by: Shane Godfrey Photography