I Do! Invitations and Announcements

I Do! Invitations and Announcements

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2019 - Third Annual Proposal Day Contest WINNERS are

Julie and Ian & Danielle and Matthew

They each won at $100 I Do! Gift Certificate!

Danielle & Matthew's Proposal Story - Our proposal story is definitely something different than most people. My fiancé and I are high school sweethearts, we met in 10th grade honors algebra II and since then we have been together. We bought our first house and rescued our first dog, life could not get any better. Then we got news that our best boy in the world (our dog, Handsome) did not have the best kidneys in the world. We got the news that he had kidney disease and he was rapidly reclining. We only had him for a year and a half (he was only 5 years old), I always dreamed of having our dog in out engagements photos and even at our wedding. Sadly, we knew what we had to do since his value of life was going down and we did not want him to suffer anymore. We decided on a date to put our sweet boy to rest and out of his pain. The weekend before we had both of our families over for a dinner for them to say bye to Handsome and then the moment happened. Here comes my fiancé (Matthew) and Handsome down the stairs, Handsome is in a tux suit and Matthew has a matching shirt on. He gets down on one knee and says “I know you dreamed of Handsome at our wedding and I know that will not be the case but at least he can be a part of the engagement”, I of course said YES! I was balling my eyes out being able to have our families there and also our first dog together. 

Picture to the left - Danielle, Matthew and Handsome

Picture below - Danielle & Matthew's new rescue puppy,  her 

name is Bettina, which means beautiful in Italian, but they 

just call her "B."

Julie & Ian's Proposal Story - December 23, 2018 | Glenside, Pennsylvania

It was a normal Sunday. Julie and Ian went to church together in the morning, did some last-minute Christmas shopping, ate some tacos, and came back to Julie's house to watch the Eagles game. 

Ian mentioned to Julie earlier in the week that he had bought tickets for them to see the Christmas light show at Longwood Gardens. Julie had been asking to "do all the Christmasy things" so she was glad to hear they had these plans for Sunday evening. Their timed ticket was for a 5:00pm entrance into the gardens.

Ian wanted to leave at 3:00pm. He didn't have the tickets on him. He was planning on getting them from his brother, Zach, on the way to Longwood Gardens. Now, there is nothing "on the way" about where Zach lives, so Julie casually advised, "Maybe next time you get these tickets the day before," and then dropped it. She's good like that.

At 2:50pm, Ian is trying to figure out what to wear. He picked out a blue dress shirt that was sitting in the back of the closet for months and says he's wearing that with khakis. He convinces Julie that he should look nice if they want to take a nice photo together. Julie now feels completely under-dressed in her jeans. Ian hurries her along in picking out a dress. "Put that on like the house is on fire. We leave in 10 minutes!"

In the car now, Ian is rushing them up the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Julie is talking and loses track of where they are, especially now that they have passed all reasonable exits to go to Zach's house.

They get off the Turnpike at the Route 1 exit, head south toward Northeast Philadelphia. Julie is completely baffled about where they are going. They turn onto a side street. "It's somewhere around here." Julie is not familiar with where they are at all. Then Ian pulled the car into the parking lot of the North Philadelphia Jet Center.

"Are we going on a PLANE?" Julie is starting to suspect something at this point.

Ian walks her in, sits her down, walks back outside to the car, and then returns with a GoPro camera in hand; he's taking a video. Behind him is his sister, Heidi, who also has her 3-week old baby, Bethany, with her. Heidi has a camera.

Now Julie is totally confused. She thinks he could be proposing. But where? HERE? She believes in herself too much to think that he could be pulling this off without her knowing. So she pauses on these thoughts to see what unfolds.

They are greeted by a man who says he is their pilot. Ian and Julie are escorted outside and taken to a helicopter!

Heidi (and Bethany) stay on the ground and wave goodbye as the helicopter takes off. The pilot says, "Now we are off to take our tour of the Philly area by helicopter." Julie is not exactly sure what direction the flight is headed, but it is still light out, the sun will be setting shortly, and it's all beautiful from above.

A few minutes into the tour, the pilot begins circling a certain location. He says, "Look out the left side. You might be familiar with this area." Julie is sitting on the left side. She glances out of her window. "I don't know where... wait... is that... my parents' house?" The circular driveway is what stood out most to her. And then focusing in, she notices that her mom, dad, and brother, Benjie, are standing out on the driveway, waving their arms. Julie turns to Ian. "How do my parents know we are up here?"

This is truly when the gig was up. Julie knew Ian had something more than just a "Christmas date" in mind for this helicopter ride. It was obvious that the pilot had a particular route he was taking them on. "We still have more to see," Ian said as they continued on to their next stop. 

Ian pulled out his phone with something typed out on it. He asked Julie to recall their third date, which was to Longwood Gardens, when he gave Julie a card with a list of adjectives in it, words that described things he liked about her. He began reading from his phone the exact same list of adjectives that he wrote in that card and ended it with, "Now you can add another word to that list.... engaged." Ian asked Julie to be his wife. 

The helicopter was now circling the grass field in Glenside. In 5500 lights hooked up to a generator was spelled out "Will You Marry Me" with a red heart in the middle. The sky was starting to get dark at this point, so the message was clear to read. It was unmistakable what it said and that it was for them. Ian's dad, mom, Granny, brother Erich, niece Mary, sister-in-law Becca, and nephew Rafael were down on the field below.

Ian reached into his shirt pocket and pulled out a beautiful engagement ring. He had picked it out himself and it was perfect! He asked Julie for her hand. He already began slipping the ring onto her finger when she said, "And... YES!"

The flight continued for another hour as they were taken to various locations of significance to them and their relationship, including their church, the restaurant where they had their first date, Longwood Gardens (right at 5:00pm, by the way, and with his brother Zach and nephew Luke watching us from there), and Center City Philadelphia. 

Here is a video of our proposal:

2018 - Second Annual Proposal Day Contest WINNERS are

             BRIDGET and VICTORIA

They each won at $100 I Do! Gift Certificate!

Victoria's Proposal Story -  Our proposal story comes straight out of a Hallmark Christmas movie. During the month of December I am always watching Hallmark Christmas, where my father claims the movies give me "a warped sense of reality" However this past December Frank made my Hallmark movie proposal a reality. In true movie form we had many obstacles come our way that day postponing our time to get home and decorate thetree. I was not as concerned as he was but I didn't think anything of it. After rushing around - I set up the ornaments and said it would be quicker for me to put on the hooks and hand to him to put on the tree. Assembly line style. We finished the first tree in record time but Frank was pushing me to hang some myself. Now we travel often and I collect an ornament for each trip/event we share together so when I picked up our first ornament from the city we met in, i got up and walked over to the tree to hang personally. As I turned around there he was down on one knee. I could not have been more surprised!! Of course I was shaking so badly after we finished the tree the next day :)
Bridget's Proposal Story - I have the best proposal--my own proposal on Saturday, February 12th 2000. What started out as a trip to the Franklin Institute with Chet, Emily Scanlon, my nephew, Tommy Andrews, and myself ended with a visit to the Fels Planetarium. Little did I know that during the "Starry Skies" program there would be a message on the ceiling for a special Gemini--"Bridget will you marry me?" I was shocked! There were even students from Chet's class there (right in front of us) handing me flowers! The lights went on--applause from everyone. Obviously, I couldn't sit through the rest of the show. I was glad that Emily was there to share in this proposal. I waited for the right guy (for both Emily and me)--we found him! I have the best husband ever:)

2017 - First Annual Proposal Day Contest WINNERS are JESS & WAYNE
They won a $100 I Do! Gift Certificate!

This is their Proposal Story:

Wayne and I have Penn State season football tickets and go up for almost every home game. Our love of Penn State was (and continues to be) one of our biggest passions and one of the first things that connected us to each other. We had planned to go up for the home opener of the 2016-2017 season against Kent State. I had off of school that Friday and he had off from work so we decided to make a wee...kend out of it, stay overnight on Friday and come home on Saturday. We woke up early Friday morning and got there a bit earlier than anticipated. I asked if we could stop at a store on our way into town, but when we got there we found out it had closed. At that point we decided to call the hotel to see if we could check in early, to which they let us know it would be another hour until the room was ready. On our way out of the parking lot, Wayne spotted a nail salon. 2 side notes: I had told him that he absolutely COULDN'T propose to me unless my nails were done ...and I would LOVE for them to be Navy/White when it happened! Knowing they were pink, Wayne asked if I wanted to get my nails done. I said no, and asked if my manicure was not good enough. Reassuring me that of course my nails looked great, and to prevent an all-out war, we decided to go to the hotel and hope the room was ready!
When we got to the hotel room, Wayne asked if I wanted to go take a quick picture with the Nittany Lion since students were in class and there probably wouldn't be a line (completely unheard of). I whined, saying that I wanted to get Cozy Thai (my favorite restaurant), however reluctantly gave in knowing we could quickly take a picture and head immediately there afterwards.
If you've never been to Penn State, there is a TINY little parking lot next to the lion with maybe 3-4 spaces that is ALWAYS full. Of course there were no spaces available when we got there so we drove around the vicinity for 5-10 minutes looking for a spot. I kept asking why he wouldn't just park illegally in the small lot since we were only going to be 2 minutes. Of course, he knew we were going to be there longer and didn't want to park illegally. After 10 minutes of driving around, he gave up and decided that parking illegally would have to happen. When we got there, we took a picture for the family in front of us who gladly returned the favor. THIS PICTURE WAS PROBABLY THE BEST PICTURE WE'VE EVER TAKEN! I showed it to Wayne excitedly and he said ... "I think we can take a better one!" So, even though I was confused (he never recommends taking another) we waited for another family to take a picture of and then we asked them to return the favor. This time, Wayne said to the guy, "Can you move back a little bit? I want it to be taken from further away." The guy backed up about 5 feet and Wayne continued to say "more!" The guy was probably a solid 25 feet away from us and was so far away that he had to raise his voice a bit to say... "I can't even see the two of you anymore! You look like ants" Wayne screams..."It's fine!" (Little did I know...there was a photographer hiding in the trees and he didn't want the guy to obstruct the photographers view). I kept whispering to Wayne "Why the HECK are you sending him so far away???"
The guy takes the picture, comes back, and in the midst of me looking at the pictures to see if they are good (of course), Wayne grabs my hand and gets down on one knee. All I remember is saying Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god! Of course the answer was yes (however, neither of us actually remember if I said it!) and we took a ton of pictures with the secret photographer. The pictures are absolutely PRICELESS because they are truly "in the moment" photos that I had NO idea were happening.
Overall, it was the MOST perfect proposal I could have ever imagined... not to mention my ring is BEYOND beautiful and the prettiest thing I've ever seen! Every Penn State girl dreams of getting engaged at the Nittany Lion and Wayne made this a reality for me! I feel super grateful and cannot wait to plan the wedding!
PS: Even though it wasn't pretty, the football team DID pull out a win which made it an even better weekend!
PPS: We did get Cozy Thai immediately after our photo-session!
PPPS: This picture is the actual proposal (and I had no idea it was being taken!!)
The first picture is of Moushegh & Joyce Paregian at their wedding, which was December 30, 1967.  YES!  And the second picture is when they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. 
My Dad, "Moush" started Accu-Comp Graphics Services in 1960 and he and my Mom helped thousands of Brides over the years finding their perfect wedding invitation as a part of their business.  In 2005, they put me in charge of the invitation division of the company and the division is now called I Do!

Moush and Joyce Paregian will read all the Proposal Contest Entry and pick their favorite story.
Valerie's Proposal Story - On May 16th, after work we were going to go to Marsh Creek and fish. After fishing for a little bit Mark asked if I wanted a picture of us on "the rock." I am a lover of pictures so it was not hard for me to agree to moor the boat and climb on the rock in the middle of Marsh Creek so that Matthew could take our picture. I am also a lover of greeting cards. When we got to the... rock Mark gave me a card, as I was reading it and tearing up, Mark got down on one knee and pulled out the ring box, I finished reading the card and looked at him. I was shocked! I had no clue! I actually kept saying "No" not because I did not want to marry Mark but because I couldn't believe it was happening! And I have pictures (which I love) because Mark had Matthew taking pictures of us! So I got my rock on the rock!