Jessica’s Wedding Dress Cleaning in North Carolina: Part I
Today’s post is totally unique and features recent bride Jessica, who not only works for Association Member Shore’s Fine Dry Cleaning down in North Carolina, but also has an incredible engagement story that we just HAD to share. Hint: it involved scuba diving, going viral on YouTube and being featured on Good Morning America!
Read on for more details in Part 1 of Jessica’s journey to “I Do”!
Tell us about your surprise underwater engagement!
My fiance had been planning this engagement for 6 months and took me totally by surprise! Our one year dating anniversary was coming up as was my birthday, so Joey decided to plan a cruise to the Cayman Islands for us to celebrate. He also invited along his best friend Wes and Wes’ girlfriend Lauren. It turns out that they were all in on the fact that Joey was going to propose to me on this trip, but he wanted to do it in a spectacular, unique and unforgettable way.
None of us had ever been scuba diving before, so this was something we were planning on doing while on Grand Cayman island. Unbeknownst to me, Joey had been in touch with the diving company for 5 months (yup, 5 MONTHS!) to plan for the underwater engagement. So the morning of our dive, Joey and Wes went to “workout”, but really headed to the dive shop to give our instructor a custom treasure map and treasure chest to place underwater. He then placed the ring in his pocket, which he securely tied with dental floss to ensure it wouldn’t float away. Luckily, we were able to get our dive on camera, which consisted of checking out a staged shipwreck, a welded statue of a diver and other underwater sights.
Before the end of our dive we came upon the treasure chest, which I figured was just part of the entertainment factor of the dive. But suddenly, Joey and our dive instructor kept pointing at the chest. Since we were underwater, I had no idea that they wanted me to open it!
So even though Joey dove down to open it and got down on one knee (or the best he could while underwater), I still didn’t know what was going on. It wasn’t until he pulled out the treasure map and I saw the word “marry” that it finally sunk in! I screamed (obviously it was muffled) in excitement , he pulled out the ring and placed it on my finger. It was the most exhilarating and romantic moment of my entire life and to this day I am still in awe of this thoughtful, creative, dedicated and loving man that I was lucky enough to meet and marry.
Jessica and Joey got married on August 9th in Bedford, Virginia. We will have Part 2 of this blog up soon, which will featured details and photos from her wedding and of course her experience with getting her wedding gown cleaned at Shore’s Fine Dry Cleaning 🙂
Photography credit: Mark East Photography