Talk about a proposal to end all proposals! Janelle had no idea what was coming when she went with her family to this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Denver, one of the largest in the country.
For the past two years, she and Adam had attended the parade to celebrate their shared Irish heritage, but this was the first year that Adam was going to get to walk in the parade as a Denver firefighter.
Little did Janelle know that when she invited all of her friends and family to see Adam, she was actually inviting them to her own surprise marriage proposal! Janelle and her family arrived early to scout out what she thought was going to be the perfect vantage point for taking photos of Adam.
What she didn’t know was that her family was carefully choosing a location that would be easy for Adam to identify, so he’d know exactly where to find Janelle in the midst of all the crowds when he went by — the blue door on Blake Street. Janelle’s family and friends kept her completely in the dark — she had no idea what was about to take place.
Even with all the stop-and-go of marching bands and dancing leprechauns and Irish-themed floats that is typical of any parade, Janelle didn’t even think it was strange that Adam’s firetruck stopped right in front of her on the street!One of Janelle’s friends diverted her attention away from the truck for a moment, so Adam could bypass the barrier separating the crowd from the parade.
When she turned around, he was down on one knee, proposing to his future bride in front of their families and closest friends … along with hundreds of fellow parade-goers and, of course, the Denver Fire Department.
After Janelle said yes, they boarded the antique fire truck and rode through the rest of the parade together. Janelle finally realized her friends and family had been in on the whole thing … and she was in such a state of surprise that at the end of the parade she had to stop and ask Adam if she had indeed actually said yes.
What do they most enjoy doing together? “It is probably a tie between camping/hiking and going for ice cream.”
They also bring along a third camper, Boomer, their sweet Corgi who loves to go everywhere his owners do. Their favorite place to camp has been the Olympic Forest in Washington, which was part of a road trip — with Boomer, of course — to Yellowstone, Coeur d’Alene, Seattle, the Olympic Forest, and Portland.
What is something she respects and admires about him?
“Adam has one of the strongest senses of passion and devotion for the things he loves that I’ve ever seen. He has the ability to bring a sense of calm to stressful situations. Above all else, he supports me in every aspect of life and has always taken me exactly as I am.”
What is something he loves and treasures about her?
“Janelle supports me in what I do and understands my passions, as well as stays steadfast in my corner, even if it’s to tell me that I’m in the wrong. She never turns against me.”What are they most excited about on their wedding day? “We are most looking forward to committing ourselves to each other in front of our friends an family, and beginning our lives together as husband and wife! Oh … and Red Velvet cake!”
Ice cream and red velvet cake?? These two are truly a couple after my own heart, and so perfectly suited for each other! Cannot wait to share photos of their wedding day.