It’s no secret that we love weddings, but even more than that, we LOVE marriage! It’s why we chose to specialize in weddings & engagements. There are few things we love more than watching our couples begin their own marriage journeys, and getting to share in those special moments with them. A beautiful bride in white, a dashing groom who can’t stop smiling, promises of endless adventures together; we just can’t get enough of those moments! But as the old saying goes: “Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite.” So, we thought it was about time to finally share OUR STORY with all of you!
If you missed a previous part of our story, check it out first below!
For their first Valentine’s Day together Sara wanted to surprise Brandon with something special. She loved giving gifts, and spent weeks dreaming and planning the perfect one for him. Brandon loved music (he was a guitar player in a band back in high school, and Sara LOVED watching him play. And being the one he kissed as soon as he got off stage!), and he and Sara had quite a few of the same favorite bands. As fate would have it, two of those bands were playing together, within driving distance, in just a few weeks. So Sara bought tickets, and started planning a weekend getaway to Salt Lake City for the two of them.
On Valentine’s Day she gifted Brandon a homemade card/book, and when he reached the last page of the card, he finally learned the gift: they had tickets to see Mayday Parade & We The Kings in SLC! Brandon was beyond ecstatic, and quickly researched what else was going on that weekend in SLC and found yet another concert he wanted to see the night after; that one was a little bit outside of Sara’s music scene, but she happily agreed to go see that one too.
The next few weeks flew by, and at the beginning of March they packed their bags, loaded up the car with snacks and energy drinks, and hit the road for their 9 hour drive to Utah. They had made the best mixed cds for the drive, and Sara spent far too long making Brandon join her in karaoke style renditions of Tik-Tok by Kesha. He’ll deny it now, but he was jamming just as hard as she was back then. About half way there they stopped to see a friend who happened to live along their route. It was at that stop that they switched drivers; Brandon took his place in the passenger seat, and Sara got behind the wheel. They continued on their journey into Idaho, having the best time, when all of the sudden the car started sputtering a bit…. Sara looked down to see the gas gauge buried somewhere past E. “Ummm…. we forgot to get gas when we stopped…” Queue the frantic search for the nearest city! Somehow Sara’s little 1989 Buick Century chugged along for another few miles, but no city was in sight. And before long, the car began sputtering to a complete stop. They pulled onto the shoulder of the interstate and drove until the car wouldn’t go any further. They pulled out their cell phones to start searching for the nearest town, but instead all they found was a no signal notice on their phones. They waited on the side of the road hoping somebody would stop to help, but nobody did. So after a few tears were shed by Sara, they began the hunt for cell service. They got out of the car and found a small patch of service nearby, and Googled the Idaho non-emergency phone number. Sara called the number and informed the dispatch lady that they were out of gas, somewhere on the interstate, in Idaho. Where at exactly? Not. A. Clue. They had been so engulfed in their conversation and karaoke sing-alongs that they hadn’t the slightest clue where they were, or what town they’d passed last. By figuring out how long they’d been driving since their last stop they gave them an approximate distance from that town, and were informed that a highway patrolman would try to locate them.
So they sat and waited. They ate snacks, sang more karaoke, and eventually began to laugh at their situation. And about an hour later they saw flashing lights pull up behind them: “WE’RE SAVED” Sara squealed! The officer came up to their window and informed them that the nearest town was about 30 miles away, and that if they wanted to hop in his car he would take them to get some gas. So they did the only thing they could; they both hopped into the backseat of his patrol car and joined him on an adventure to the nearest town! Sara and Brandon held hands and laughed at themselves as they sat on the hard plastic backseat of the cop car. Neither one of them had ever been in the back of a cop car before, and they quickly decided that if they had to be, this was definitely the very best circumstance to find themselves sitting there!
As they approached the little town ahead the officer informed them that they could go directly to the gas station and see if they had gas cans to fill, or he could drive them to his buddy’s farm and they could borrow a gas can before they went to the gas station. After silently weighing the possibility of getting murdered on a farm in the middle-of-nowhere-Idaho against their limited amount of spending money for that trip, they agreed to go out to the officer’s friends farm to borrow a gas can to use. As you probably expected, the farmer was not secretly a murderer, but instead a super friendly guy who happily let them borrow a gas can. They found a gas station, filled up the borrowed can, got a ride back to their car (still in the backseat of the patrol car), and after making sure their car started, the officer wished them a safe and fun trip, and they continued onwards to SLC!
The rest of the weekend went smoothly; they both loved every second of the concerts, had a blast exploring Salt Lake City and hanging out with their friends who also made it to the show, and they made it back home without any issues.
While neither one of them would have ever expected it, they both look back on that story and laugh: it was the time the fell even deeper in love, in the backseat of a cop car.
This first group of pictures was the progression of our drive: excited to hit the road, sad that we were stranded, laughing at ourselves (after Sara was done crying!), and the cop lights in our review. The second group is some of our favorites from our time in SLC!
Check back next week for Part 6: Prom Night!