We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19
Kelly and I would like to thank our parents, family, and friends for all of the love and support throughout the years. We are so excited for the big day and look forward to celebrating with all of you! --Steve
It was December 2010. I was living in AZ at the time and Becca was living in Milwaukee. We were both single and had absolutely nothing to do for NYE (Sigh!). So, we decided it would be a great idea for me to fly to Milwaukee to do one of those all-inclusive things --live music, DJ, food, drinks. We ended up purchasing tickets to the Rock Bottom Brewery party and little did I know that this is where I would meet my future husband! When we arrived at the event, it was quite cold and the lines were astronomically long. We stood and just waited and waited, but in the meantime I spotted a tall man in a stylish black suit :) I thought to myself, "I am going to find a way to meet this man tonight." After waiting in the cold for about 5 minutes, a bouncer came over and escorted us to the front of the line so we didn't have to wait in the cold any longer--yay! We were in! The night continued and I kept seeing this tall drink of water everywhere I went. Finally, around midnight he mustered up the courage to talk to me. We ended up talking THROUGH the countdown to Midnight and realized it after the fact! We ended up hanging out the rest of the night and the rest of the time that I was in Milwaukee (which was about 3 days).
About a month later, Steve took a trip out to AZ to visit me. I was still living with my parents at the time so it was nice to have that extra layer of security in case things didn't go as I had planned. All my worries were wiped away when he arrived and it was just as fun and wonderful as I'd imagined! From then on, we flew back and forth to see each other almost every month for the next 10 months until I decided to take the plunge and move to Arlington Heights where Steve had recently relocated for his job. We spent about a year and a half in this Chicago Suburb where I worked at lululemon and finished my MBA and Steve worked for Franklin Energy. We were loving life and really starting to get settled in living in the same part of the US, when I got the opportunity to come back to AZ for a job opportunity. The company, Athletes' Performance (now EXOS), was going through a re-brand process (a Brand Manager's dream) and I could not pass it up -- and I accepted the job --with Steve's support all the way.
In June 2013, Steve drove me back to AZ and 2 months later Steve joined me in AZ accepting a job offer with American Solar. Fast forward just a bit to March 2014, Steve was acting quite funny on a Saturday afternoon and we decided to go to a Spring Training game at Salt River Fields. The day continued and I got tired but Steve encouraged me to go to my favorite country bar -- Handle Bar J's. This was quite odd since it was usually me convincing Steve two-stepping was fun! We were dancing the night away and the band calls Steve up on stage. The lead singer asks some questions and before I knew it I was on stage with him. Steve started expressing his love to me and before I knew it, he was on his knee asking me to MARRY HIM! I was overjoyed and said YES!!!! That night, we were joined by lots of AZ friends and family to celebrate. Which brings us to where we are today. I can't imagine a day in my life without Steve. He is my everything and I am so thrilled to be able to call him my husband so soon. We want to thank all of you for the support you've given us over the years as our cherished family and friends. We look forward to celebrating with you at the wedding very soon!
And the story continues...
Between totaling my car in an accident and losing my job, December 2010 was definitely a month in my life that I would like to forget. As down in the dumps as I was, I wasn’t going to let it ruin my New Year’s! So me and my two closest college buddies, Dave and Travis (who are both groomsmen), along with Dave’s now wife Kerry, purchased tickets to an all-inclusive night of fun at Rock Bottom Brewery in downtown Milwaukee. As we were standing in the long line to get in, we noticed two brunettes in dresses bypass the entire line and just walk right in. Once us ‘commoners’ were finally let inside, my goal for the night was to meet the girl in the purple dress that I had seen earlier. Over the next couple hours I kept crossing paths with her, mostly on purpose, but her sheer beauty was making me nervous to talk to her. Fast forward to 11:55 pm and everyone was passing out glasses and champagne to get ready for the New Year’s toast. Once my glass was filled I turned around and purple-dress girl was standing right in front of me. We started chatting, her name was Kelly, and before we knew it we had missed the entire New Year’s toast because we were oblivious to what was going on around us. We continued to hang out a lot that night and the rest of the weekend, but Kelly had to fly back home to Arizona a couple days later. It was definitely love at first sight and I remember light-heartedly telling my friends and family that I met my future wife. Deep down I knew that there was something different about Kelly, and I was excited to see what the future would hold.
The next couple years would be a whirlwind. We spent 2011 in opposite parts of the county, Kelly in AZ and I was in Chicago. I instantly became a frequent flyer as I visited Scottsdale 4-5 times in a 10 month period. Kelly lived with her parents that year, so each time I visited I was given the guest suite at the Vance household. Kelly’s parents welcomed me with open arms, which made things easier and I got to know them very well too. Kelly also flew out to visit me 4 times that year, twice to be my wedding date for a couple weddings that we attended. She was able to spend a decent amount of time with my parents and brothers too, which allowed them to give their stamp of approval. But something had to give because long distance relationships can be pretty difficult. Kelly decided to pack up her things and drive cross-country back to the Midwest, arriving late-December of 2011. For the next year and a half we would both call Chicago (Arlington Heights) our home, and our relationship really started to grow and get more serious.
In May 2013, after Kelly finished her MBA in 2012, she got a job offer for a company back in Phoenix. It sounded like a great opportunity, and she could be closer to her family and friends, so I told her to take it and that I would find a way to get to Arizona soon. I drove Kelly’s car with her back to AZ, not knowing how long we would be apart. Thanks to a couple connections, I finally got a job in Scottsdale and arrived in AZ on August 1st, 2013. I was a little worried about the transition at first, but Kelly, her family & friends, and the amazing weather made it a breeze.
Once I settled into my new surroundings, I knew that it was time for us to take the next step in our relationship; asking Kelly to marry me, something that I had thought about since day one. Not only did I have to wait 6 weeks to get the ring, but I had to force Kelly to go out the night I wanted to propose because she was pretty tired. On March 1st, 2014, I took her to her favorite country bar, where there’s live music and Two-steppin’, and I had the band call us up on stage. From there I professed my love for her in front of everyone, pulled the ring box out of my sock, and got down on one knee. She said YES and her parents and friends joined in with the celebration later that night. Kelly is the most beautiful, caring, funny, and passionate person I have ever met. I could not imagine my life without her and she makes me a much better person every day. I knew from the night I met her that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her, and I am looking forward to our fairy tale ending!