I Do! Invitations and Announcements

I Do! Invitations and Announcements

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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!