Rebecca & Blake Engagement
Rebecca and Blake are both from Michigan. Rebecca is from Big Rapids and Blake from Lake Odessa. Rebecca was managing a store in the mall where she worked with Blake’s sister Liz. Rebecca and Liz became very close friends and as we all do with good friends, Rebecca shared her “bad date” stories with Liz.
One day Liz informed Rebecca that she and her mom had been talking about her, and they decided that Rebecca should date Liz’s brother, a brother Rebecca wasn’t aware Liz even had!
Liz started telling Rebecca about Blake’s values and that he is a teacher at a school for at risk youth. Rebecca comes from a family of teachers and she originally started going to school to become a teacher herself. Liz told her Blake has a strong faith and hadn’t really dated a lot, but he had started talking about buying a house and settling down. Both of them were driven in their careers and she felt the two of them would really get along, not to mention if things really worked out it would keep these two good friends in each other’s life forever.
Then came the rub….Blake lives in Kansas!
So the plan was set in motion, even though Blake wasn’t fond of being set up on blind dates. When Blake came home for Christmas break 2010, he was to meet Rebecca at a bar in the mall where Rebecca and Liz worked. Even though Liz “crashed” their first date because she wanted to see her brother, things seem to have worked out pretty good! They spent the next two weeks of Blake’s Christmas break together as much as they possibly could.
For the next 6 months they dated long distance, traveling to see each other as often as they could. Rebecca knew Blake wouldn’t be moving to Michigan to get a teaching job due to the economy and very high unemployment rate there, so she applied for a management position with Maurice’s in Dodge City, and got the job! She moved in June 2011. They both knew it was a big leap of faith, but they also knew they just wanted to be together and start a family.
Blake still hadn’t “popped the question” and leading into Christmas 2011, Rebecca started throwing out hints and getting excited (her words were “very impatient). When it was time for them to open presents Christmas day, it came down to the last gift, which was her RING!. (Rebecca had about given up hope that Blake would propose at Christmas since he hadn’t already) Rebecca kept asking him if he was joking. (I think she said YES!)
These two both are grounded strongly in their faith. Rebecca says she loves Blake’s ability to help her not take life quite so seriously, because of his fun, positive attitude about life.
Rebecca and Blake, we had so much fun working with the two of you! We feel honored and blessed that you chose us to help capture the memories of your day. We are counting the days!