Our Story
The Proposal (Brandon's Point of View)

Around summer 2015, I knew I was going to propose to Mary-Beth. We had many discussions about marriage and what we both wanted in the future. At the end of these conversations, we always saw eye-to-eye on everything. I knew since November 2013 that Mary-Beth was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with, but after these discussions, I knew we were ready to take those next steps.

I informed my parents in October and told my best friends, Nick and Preston, what I was thinking. In December, I asked Jeff and Nancy (Mary-Beth's parents) for their blessing. After receiving all the well-wishes I needed, it was time to start scheming.

With the help of Victoria (Mary-Beth's twin sister) and her fiancé, Luke, I started thinking of the ideal way to propose to Mary-Beth. I knew it had to be something meaningful but not over-the-top cheesy. So, I decided to propose the way Monica and Chandler from Friends got engaged: in my apartment with candles. Friends is Mary-Beth's absolute favorite show. She can quote every episode, and I'm not even exaggerating. Also, our relationship has often been compared to Monica and Chandler's. I was confident she would immediately get the Friends reference and love it.

The week of the proposal, I told Mary-Beth I wanted to have a Friday game night at my apartment with Luke and Victoria around 6:30pm. She agreed, and the plan was set (even though she'll brag that she already knew what was taking place.)

On January 15th, I left work early with a bottle of champagne given to me by my awesome co-workers and drove to my apartment, where I met Luke at my door. We proceeded to clean my apartment and place the candles around the living room. Luke and I finished early, so we spent the next hour talking about getting engaged. He was basically trying to calm me down. I also texted Victoria who was going to leave with Mary-Beth, and she provided her words of encouragement as well. Still, I couldn't resist pacing around the apartment nervously.

Luke received a text minutes later, saying the girls had arrived. It became very quiet in my apartment. With Luke getting the camera ready to take pictures, I put my head down and said a prayer, asking God to not let me burst into tears.

Mary-Beth knocked and opened the door. She knew right away what was going down and stated, "I don't want to come in." I laughed.

These are words you don't want to hear obviously, but I knew what she was feeling. All eyes were about to be on her, and she needed a moment to prepare.

As she walked in the door, smiling, she explained how she knew I was going to propose. This didn't surprise me because that girl is one smart cookie. I grabbed her hands and politely told her to "shut up!" She laughed. I then proceeded to tell her how these past two years have been the best two years of my life. I wouldn't change anything. I told her she is my best friend, the person I trust the most in this world. How I find her laugh intoxicating and I can talk to her about anything and everything. How I want to travel the world with her, grow old with her, raise a family with her, and just live each day side-by-side. I looked into her gorgeous brown eyes and said, "You are the most beautiful woman I've ever known, on the inside and out. I can't imagine what life looks like without you."

The, I lowered down on one knee and asked her the biggest question I'll ever ask anyone. I said "Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer...will you marry me?"

She squirmed with excitement and said, "yes!"

I'm so blessed and thank God every day that I get to spend the rest of my life with Mary-Beth, and I'm so excited to see what God has in store for us throughout 2016.

On October 22nd in New York City (a city that is special to both of us), we will be getting married, and I couldn't be happier! Life is guaranteed to throw us curve balls, but as long as I have Mary-Beth...my best friend, partner in crime, Netflix buddy, coffee and wine drinking partner, fellow adventurer, spiritual counterpart ....the woman I love.....I'll be just fine.

The Proposal (Mary-Beth's Point of View)

We had been dating for about two years when Brandon and I began discussing the prospect of forever. By this time, we both felt certain that our relationship was destined for marriage, and we were ready to make that lifelong commitment. But the nagging question on my mind remained: "When?! Why won't you just ask already? You know I'll say yes!"

I carried this impatience and restless anticipation around for a few months, constantly wondering when the man I loved might utter those words that could determine the course of our future together. The holiday season passed without a diamond ring, and my frayed nerves became evidence that waiting truly is the hardest part of any major life change.

Then, came the New Year which ushered in a hope of new beginnings, possibilities and positive transitions. Finally, all my anxious waiting paid off on January 15, 2016. During the previous week, Brandon and I had been planning a Friday game night with my sister Victoria and her fiance Luke. So, that evening, Victoria and I drove over to Brandon's apartment to meet up with our significant others.

However, as we parked and started walking to his door, my suspicious were aroused. Victoria seemed in an uncharacteristic hurry, and her nervous energy confirmed what I'd been daring to hope: "Could tonight be the moment? Am I about to get engaged?!" We knocked, and a voice from inside responded, "it's unlocked." So, with a crookedly knowing smirk, my sister pushed the door open.

I stood motionless on the welcome mat, trying to absorb the sight in front of me. Brandon had transformed his apartment into a scene from our favorite sit-com Friends. The dimly lit room glowed with several votive candles, and framed photos—from our first date to our recent New York City trip and every milestone in between—were on-display. Suddenly, at a loss for the appropriate reaction, I started insisting, "I don't want to come inside! I know what's happening!" For the record, Brandon's response—"Shut up, it's my turn to talk"—will no longer be considered acceptable once we're married!

But he did succeed in getting me off the doorstep, at which point, that question I'd been longing to hear for months hung suspended between us. "Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer, the Monica to my Chandler, will you marry me?" he asked, sinking down onto one knee. I breathlessly nodded "yes," then Brandon slid a unique, unconventional and absolutely perfect ring on my finger. So, I suppose that old adage is true: "good things come to those who wait."

The Wedding

Saturday, October 22, 2016
1:00 PM
Attire: Semi-Formal
Central Park Conservatory Garden
East 104th Street, New York, NY 10029, United States
IL Cortile Ristorante
125 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10013, United States
Wedding Party

Victoria Schurrer - Maid of Honor

the bride's twin sister

Millie Thorne - Bridesmaid

the bride's close friend from interning in NYC

Samantha Simone - Bridesmaid

the bride's close friend from interning in NYC

Corinne Booth - Bridesmaid

the bride's close friend from college

Nick Paxton - Best Man

the groom's childhood best friend

Preston Drake - Best Man

the groom's childhood best friend

Luke Hasselbring - Groomsman

the groom's close friend & maid-of-honor's fiance

James Malcolm - Groomsman

the groom's brother-in-law