When Scott made an office key for his new employee, Jennifer, she had no idea it would one day be the key to his heart.
And while love might not always run swiftly or smoothly, it always runs true. Few people know this better than Jennifer, a dental hygienist, and Scott, an optometrist in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
“We met in 1991, when Scott was newly out of optometry school,” Jennifer said. In addition to being beautiful, Jennifer has a formidable work ethic. While she was attending dental hygiene school, she also took a job as Scott’s part-time assistant in his growing medical practice.
“Since his practice was new, there was some down-time occasionally,” Jennifer said. “There was the opportunity for the two of us to order pizza and listen to The Fox (99.7 classic rock radio,) and have conversations ranging from music to religion. We became friends as well as employer/employee.”
Jennifer enjoyed being friends with Scott, but she fell in love with someone else. After she completed dental hygiene school, she married the man she loved and moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
Jennifer and Scott then lost touch for twenty, long years. During that time, Jennifer gave birth to a lovely daughter, but unfortunately, her marriage did not work out. As the years passed, however, Jennifer never had any idea how deeply she had impressed Scott. While Scott and Jennifer were no longer a part of each other’s lives, Scott still cared for her as a friend. He kept Jennifer’s office key as a memento, even after the locks to the office were changed.
“We didn’t know that this would be a talisman of things to come two decades later,” Jennifer said.
When the two ended up working in the same city, Scott was determined not to let Jennifer slip away again. They began dating. It wasn’t too long before Scott was planning a dream wedding proposal, complete with an engagement ring he had custom-designed in Italy.
He told Jennifer he wanted to take her to New York City for Christmas, which was Jennifer’s first trip to the Big Apple.
“Our first night there, we walked to the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center,” Jennifer said. She was overwhelmed by the tree, the skating rink and all the sparkling lights. Scott tried twice to propose, but an unsuspecting Jennifer shushed him twice while she marveled at the Christmas glamor of New York City.
Finally, Scott grabbed Jennifer by the shoulders and forced her to look at him. He promised to love her and her daughter and take care of them. He pulled out the ring, but Jennifer didn’t even look at it. She cried “Yes, yes, yes!
“We then spent the rest of the weekend in New York City, seeing plays and having wonderful meals in Little Italy and Soho,” Jennifer said. “What a memorable and romantic proposal!”
When asked what made her wedding unique, Jennifer asked with a laugh “Besides the rain?” (Their wedding was held outdoors at a friend’s private farm.)
Scott and his friends built an arbor that was custom-designed to hold a stained glass mandala called The Portal. The couple had bought the stunning centerpiece at Selena Art and Glass, an art gallery in Burnsville, N.C.
“We then had pews brought in, so our ceremony looked as though it were being held in an outdoor chapel; very unique, very spiritual and very natural,” Jennifer said.
Since Scott had kept Jennifer’s key for 20 years, a key theme was interwoven throughout their wedding ceremony.
“We had a subtle key theme — on our invitations, on our signs about the property, the tags for seating assignments were on antique keys and our wedding favors were antique-looking keys that were bottle openers.”
The couple also added tasteful touches of Italy to their wedding. Since their first European trip was to Italy, all of the tables were named after Italian cities. For their honeymoon, Scott and Jennifer plan to spend a week in Florence, Italy, where Jennifer’s ring was custom-made.
What was the best thing about their wedding day?
“Having our friends from all over the country with us to share our joy while we held hands and said our vows that we had written ourselves!” Jennifer said.
Photography by: Chuck Eaton and Jason E. Miczek
Wedding consultants/planners: Ribald Farms and Nursery, Rock Hill, SC
Cake: Wow Factor Cakes,
Flowers: Ribald Farms and Nursery, Rock Hill, SC
Groom’s cake: The Secret Chocolatier
Gown, Shoes and Veil: Poffie Girls
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Poffie Girls
Tuxedos: J. Hillburn custom suit
Engagement and wedding ring: Designer: Gelin Abaci
Wedding rings: Diamonds Direct
Hairstylist and make-up for portrait and wedding: Kathy McNeish, Natural Brides
Invitations/Stationery: Olive Paper, Debra Hall
Music/Entertainment/Booking Agency: Split Second Sound
Portrait Location: The Venue Natural, Rock Hill, SC
Clergy: Miriam Mick
Ceremony location: The Venue Natural, Rock Hill, SC
Caterers: Carpe Diem Restaurant and Catering
Reception location: The Venue Natural, Rock Hill SC
Rehearsal dinner: Rock Hill City Club
Rental providers (tents, linens, tables, chairs, photo booth, etc.): Ribald Farms and Nursery, Rock Hill, SC
Bachelorette party location/activity: Howl At The Moon, Charlotte, NC and Whiskey River (mechanical bull riding) Charlotte NC
Specialty gifts/favors: The Secret Chocolatier
Transportation provider: Charlotte Limousine
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