Welcome Ken and Kimmie. This gorgeous duo had a successful online dating story (hurrah!) They met on eharmony and got engaged in December 2017. They are also living proof that long distances relationships can work!
Find out more about their love story with beautiful images from their engagement shoot from the wonderful Images by Amber Robinson – a debut on Nu Bride and I am delighted to share her stunning work with you.
How did you meet?
We were matched on eHarmony in July 2016. Ken is in Wilmington and Kimmie is in Raleigh, USA (about 120 miles apart). As we messaged every day, we realised we had a lot of chemistry and decided to meet in person two weeks later at a Barnes and Noble in Raleigh for a Star Wars event. The event was mainly for kids so we sat and talked. We then had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and Ken came back to Raleigh two days later to see me again.
We got engaged on December 17, 2017, Ken and I had dinner at Jerry’s, a delicious restaurant in Wilmington, followed by a walk around Airlie Gardens to see the beautiful Christmas lights and botanical art, while listening to Christmas music. Airlie Gardens set the stage for an enchanting and magical moment I had no idea was coming. Kenny and I had just about walked the entire grounds when I noticed it was starting to rain. Having just gotten my hair done for the special day, I mentioned it to him and was met with the response of “don’t worry about it; it’s not in the forecast”.
Now I laugh every time I think about that moment and the curious look of determination on his face, but then I was ducking under trees like I was in a video game. (Nu Bride: LOL!)
The sprinkle eventually ended around the time we made our way back to the beautiful swan lights just beyond the lake, and everyone else had cleared out. As I was turning to leave, Kenny said he had something very important to ask me. He got down on one knee, called me by my full name and told me he loved me, and asked me to marry him with the exact ring I had fallen in love with months before while we were ring shopping.
At this point I was in tears but made sure to get my “yes” out before, to his amusement, reassuring him several times that they were “happy tears”.
We sat down on the small bench overlooking the lighted swans and he recounted to me how he had met with my father for his permission. He had driven up from Wilmington to Raleigh on the first Monday night of December to have dinner with my father, to then come right back. We were about to take a selfie to document the special spot when a young woman offered to take our photo. I held up my ring and it was at that moment people entering the area started to catch on and began applauding and congratulating us; little kids were giving me high-fives. It was one of the most amazing moments of my life.
Ken says: Keeping that ring in my pocket all day was one of the more nervous days of my life. Kimmie had no idea what was about to happen, but of course I had everything planned out as perfectly as possible! When it began to sprinkle, I got to thinking the plan might not work out as perfectly as I thought it would! Saying “It’s not in the forecast” was more of me talking to myself than anything, I suppose! Luckily, the rain held off and Kimmie made me the happiest man on Earth! It will be a wonderful story for the grandchildren, for sure! (Nu Bride: It’s a wonderful story for us!)
What do you love most about each other?
Ken: First and foremost I love how kind and affectionate Kimmie is. She is always giving me words of encouragement and love. She loves holding hands and being close to me. I love how passionate she is about everything she does and, in particular, passionate about social issues, modeling, and tutoring others. Kimmie strives to help others who are going through difficult times in their lives or have suffered a tragedy. She also has a strong love for animals which I find very special.
Kimmie: I love Ken’s kind heart and ability to strike up a conversation with, literally, anyone. He doesn’t do this just to pass the time, but out of a genuine desire to get to know people, even in the short window of time he may have with them. Ken’s knowledge of sports is beyond impressive and it’s hard to know where he stores all of this information. His love for his family and friends is so genuine and selfless, and I couldn’t ask to be with someone with a bigger heart. His sense of humor and impressions are definitely some of the first things that attracted me to him and I smile thinking of all the years to come where he will keep me giggling and laughing.
What are you most looking forward to about getting married?
Ken: I love the idea of coming home to each other and waking up together every morning. I look forward to being able to share so many experiences that come with married life, considering we’re not living under one roof right now and travel to see one another. I look forward to one day having furbabies and then starting a family with our own babies a few years down the line.
Kimmie: I too look forward to finally being under one roof and being able to experience the joys of each day together, every day. I look forward to the small things like cooking meals together and winding down while watching Jeopardy after we’ve had long days. I know that we will face challenges, as all couples do, but I also know that this will only help us to grow together; we’ve already proven that we are willing to put in the work to make this relationship flourish despite the distance, so I can’t wait to see what’s in store for our love story as we embark on this journey together
Fashion: Charlotte Russe
Make up artist: Front Row Cosmetics
Location: JC Raulston Arboretum