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March Real Bride | Heather Doerbecker

Hello March! We love bringing in each new month with a new Once Upon A Time Weddings Real Bride! This month we are featuring Heather and her now husband Jamie Doerbecker. These two are seriously radiant for each other, we absolutely love their love story and hope you do as much as us! Just wait until you read Jamie's proposal below...swoon.

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How did the two of you meet?

"Orientation week at the University of Waterloo we were both leaders."
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How'd you know your fiancé was the one?

"There wasn't a specific moment for me that I knew Jamie was the one, rather smaller ones added together. The smaller moments were always making me smile and making me laugh. He loves country music and so do I. He is very caring, thoughtful, and has a huge heart. He is always helping other people, putting others first which is similar to me. He always knows what to say in any situation. I have a big family and they are very important to me and when I saw him with them and feel comfortable around them and get along with my cousins I knew we would be together for a long time. I learned very quickly that Jamie's family is also important to him. Another thing that helped me see he was the one is when I see him playing with our little cousins and how natural that comes to him."
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How did your fiancé propose?

Heather: "We were going to my parents house for the weekend. We were coming from Waterloo and heading just outside of Strathroy. I had asked Jamie if we could go watch the sunset before going to my parents house because it is one of my favourite things to do. I find it so relaxing and calming and wanted to be able to spend the quality time with Jamie. It was June 10, 2016 so it was starting to be nice weather. We decided to go out for dinner and went to the Growling Gator and sat on the patio. We were able to see the start of the sunset and the few clouds rolling in. We eat supper then walked down to the beach, we found a spot to sit and I asked Jamie to take a picture of me with the sunset and I also said I wanted pictures of us in front of the sunset as well. We went over and asked a group of girls if someone would come and take our picture. One girl agreed and she came over and took off her sunglasses and said, "Hi Heather, how are you?" I responded, "Hi Emily, I am good thanks and you?" We had a quick chat and Jamie said to me, "You know her!" which I said, "Yes we grew up down the street from each other and went to public and high school together". We got a few pictures together then Jamie said, "The sunset is beautiful tonight, but not as beautiful as you Heather." He then pulled out the ring, got down on one knee and asked me "Heather will you spend the rest of your life with me?" My reaction was, "OH MY GOD THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW?" Which Jamie said yes it is. After I let it sink it for a few seconds I said, "Of course I will!!" Jamie put the ring on my finger and we hugged and kissed. I got a bit teary and I was so excited!! I was so surprised when it happened. It was the perfect timing from Jamie, after he proposed the sunset was hiding behind the clouds. It was the perfect night! We were so happy we couldn't wait to tell our family and friends."
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Jamie: "A while before I actually proposed we were driving along the 401, I decided to bring up interesting ways to propose or how she dreamed of being proposed to. We had a lengthy conservation of good, bad and that better never happen if we were to ever get engaged. This conservation really didn't sway my idea on, Heather always loved watching the sunset so I knew that is how it had to happen. Once I had asked her parents for their blessing, I went out and got a ring from Poaggs. Since I was not from the area I asked Heather's parents to pick up the ring from the store once it was resized and had to figure out a time to get it from them. It just happened to work out that after they picked it up we all ended going to a jays game and I was able to get the ring from her dad and put it in the glove box while she was with her mom. I had it for a little while when Heather said she wanted to go see a sunset on the way to her parents, so naturally i agreed because little did she know she just planned her own engagement. For that night I packed a bag and was able to get to get the ring in without Heather noticing, there were a few close calls when she put some stuff in the bag and took some stuff out but she never noticed the ring box in the next pocket. As we were driving to grand bend we were just singing along to the radio when a friend of ours texted Heather so since Heather was driving she asked to text her back. This was really helpful to calm my nerves. We went for dinner downtown and then went to the beach to catch the sunset. We walked the beach for a little bit and then Heather said where would you like to go, I remember saying it really doesn't matter to me. Once we found a spot I got some towels out so we had something to sit on and Heather said could you take some pictures of me with the sunset so I did. She then said I would like some of us so I said I will go ask someone, and there just happened to be a group of girls sitting close by so I went to ask them. Heather said here take my phone cause it takes better pictures but I walked over to them and asked if they could take some pictures for us and they said sure. I handed them my phone with a note saying I am about to propose could you take some pictures for me. As she walked over to take our picture she said hi Heather, cause they had grown up down the street from each other. I had put my glasses in my backpack because they tint with the sun so they were pretty dark, which also allowed me to grab the ring and put it in my pocket. A few seconds went by then I looked at Heather and then the sunset and said the sunset is beautiful but not as beautiful as you, then I got down one one knee and said will you marry me? it took a few seconds for her to even say anything which were the longest seconds of my life. Finally she said is this for real and then said of course I will. Pretty much after she said yes we lost the sunset behind some clouds. As we were walking back to the car we started calling our parents and close friends."
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Join us next week as we explore Heather's journey to saying yes to the dress!

Photography: Latte Productions

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I'm Engaged! What now?

Congrats on your recent engagement!! This is such a fun season of life! But it often can become a stressful one when it comes to planning and making decisions for your wedding. Whatever the reasons may be - let us help you come up with a rough timeline, list of things to do, and where to start!

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1. Go pin crazyPinterest can be an amazing resource when figuring out your vision for your wedding. Go pin crazy for a couple of weeks and then we suggest narrowing those pins down and even printing off the things you can't live without. Putting these pictures in front of you will help you weed things out and see what details are really important to you.

2. Start a wedding binder. This may seem old school but it is SO helpful having your ideas printed, in hand and infant of you. You can keep all your inspiration pictures here, your receipts, your checklist, your RSVP's...really everything wedding related in one spot; because let' be honest, you'll be a little scatter brained during this time!

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3. Talk about your budget. The not so fun topic of - money. This might be talked over with your parents or maybe you and the groom are paying for the wedding yourselves. Figure out a reasonable budget and figure out ways to stick to it. Write out a list of what's most important to you; a good photographer, the food, the venue, a videographer, florist, your dress, etc. Rank these aspects and start from the top when searching for these things.

4. Pick your wedding party. Have fun with this and once your girls are by your side, delegate things that they can help with because trust us - they want to help and be involved, so let them be!

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5. Find your photographer and take engagement pictures. When the stress hits a high level, this is such a fun way to remind yourselves what your day is really about: the love you two share! Get dolled up and make a day date out of it!

6. Go dress shopping. Get your girls, invite your mom, grab some lunch and have fun trying on all the wedding dresses! This will be SO much fun for you as a bride - getting into those wedding dresses for the first time is so magical and having your girlfriends with you will make it even more exciting! 

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