Tom Sawyer Park Louisville KY
Shawna and Thom are one of the kindest, sweetest couples we have met. Luckily we are also going to get to spend a weekend with them in October celebrating their wedding.
When we met at Tom Sawyer Park, they had driven in from Lexington in order to have a snowy backdrop for Shawna’s amazing Lane Bryant pants.
Much of the snow you see is made by a snow machine. We wanted to make sure to get snowy, elegant engagement photos.
One of our favorite things lately is to find out more about our couples love stories in their own words. While Shawna and Thom met on Tinder, and had their first date at West Sixth Brewing Company in Lexington, there is so much more to their love story.
Enjoy and we can’t wait to be there when they get hitched in October 🙂
Tell me a bit about how you fell in love?
Shawna: We talked on Tinder for a few days before setting up drinks at West Sixth. Drinks turned into dinner, and we ended the night on a good note.
I thought I would never hear from him again, though, because I thought he had a terrible time since he didn’t try to kiss me, but, to my surprise, he texted a few minutes after I left to say he had a great time (with an emoji! It was a big deal).
We set up another date for breakfast for dinner and beers, after which Thom walked me to my car and asked to kiss me. I didn’t hesitate of course. We had another date where he cooked for me and another date the next week and the day after that and he asked me to date officially. Tom Sawyer Park engagement
Again, no hesitation.
Three days after we made it official, Thom, who I’ve since learned is not a big fan of talking about his feelings, took a big risk and told me he loved me. I, afraid it was too soon and too much too fast told him I wasn’t ready to say it back yet. I should have known I did though, because I spent every moment of every day that week checking my phone to see if he had texted me and trying to come up with ways to ask him to spend time together.
We hung out the next day and work on things for our classes. We went out to dinner at Corto Lima and ate delicious food, and drank a flight of mezcal, and laughed and talked. I felt like I had known him my entire life and it hadn’t even been a month.
So, just a day later, I put him out of his misery and told him I loved him back. And I’m just thankful everyday that he still chooses me and loves me. Because I’ll always do the same. Tom Sawyer Park engagement
Thom : When I realized I didn’t want to be with anybody else.
How did Thom propose?
I had just finished a marathon writing session for my dissertation and Thom, being endlessly thoughtful and sweet, suggested that he pick up something for dinner and surprise me.
We had drinks. I cut his hair (because pandemic), and then I took some photos of him as the sun went down in our backyard. After that, he left to pick up dinner and brought back Corto Lima–one of our favorites and the restaurant we went to the day I told him I loved him back.
He also picked up three bottles of our favorite tequila brand to do a flight, just like we did on that date. Tom Sawyer Park engagement
I, ever clueless, was so excited for a celebratory meal. Little did I know, that while I had gone to the restroom, he had hidden a ring box down in the cushions on his side of the couch.
We watched Schitt’s Creek , ate our dinner, and tried some tequilas.
Soon after we finished, Thom put his head on my shoulder and started asking me questions. During our whole relationship, we have asked each other “do you remember when…” as a cute joke.
“Do you remember when we met?” Tom Sawyer Park engagement
“Do you remember that time I said I love you?”
“Do you remember that time I made you an amazing dinner?”
This time, I could hearhim getting emotional as he asked me, “ Do you remember that time I said I love you? Do you remember that time you said you loved me back? Do you remember when I knew I wouldn’t be alone ever again?”
We held each other when he said “Do you remember that time I proposed to you?” and I still clueless answered, “No, but when you do I will be so happy” and hugged him tightly. So, he said it again, “Do you remember when I proposed to you?” reached into the couch, pulled out a ring box, and got down on one knee.
After some very happy laughter and tears, I said, “of course!”
It wasn’t until after that he told me that the day before he had driven 2 and half hours both ways to ask my parents to be part of our family and to show them the ring.
Everyone thought he was proposing the next day but he was too excited to wait!
What are you most excited about for your wedding?
To celebrate our love with our friends and families with an amazing party!
If your love story was a movie what would you title it?
Tinder Hearts, Tinder Minds
(Thom opened with a dad-joke, so this truly is on-brand for us.)
Describe your relationship in 5 words?
passionate, laughter, strong, equal, respectful
What is something that means the most to both of you?
Being able to wake up everyday with the one person who really gets me, sees me, and loves me unconditionally and with their whole heart.