Amber & John: A Formal Wedding in Nashville, TN
I met the man of my dreams in a parking lot -- yes, I know that sounds odd! Amber says. Actually, the circumstances were even more unusual than that. Amber had just sworn off men following a bad breakup, so she and a couple of close girlfriends decided to have a good old-fashioned boyfriend bonfire. The Bride Amber Norton, 25, data mining analyst The Groom John Vongsamphanh, 30, business systems analyst The Date July 29 Armed with a bucket, lighters, and plenty of fuel -- old love letters, photos, and other mementos -- the girls headed for the parking lot of one friend’s apartment complex. Just as things were heating up, Amber looked up and spotted the most handsome man I’d ever seen coming their way. John and his friends wound up helping out with the bonfire, and asked Amber and her friends if they wanted to come out with them that night. Being covered with soot, we politely declined, Amber says. Still, she couldn't stop thinking about John, and decided to leave him her number. Two years later, they were planning their wedding.