Jackie & Cory’s Love & Engagement Story
Photography by Stanley Tongai
Wedding Date: July 8th, 2016
Jackie, a college Freshman and Cory, a college Junior, met through mutual friends. They admit (now) that there was a mutual chemistry between them, but at the time, Jackie was in a relationship with someone else. In the Summer of 2014, Jackie and Cory reconnected on Snapchat.
Their first date was later that Fall. Well, it wasn’t just a date… it was actually a 5 hour conversation at a restaurant that continued into the parking lot. Just like in the commercials and the connection was automatic! Shortly after their first date, Cory went on a ministry trip to Venezuela for a few weeks. He returned for one week though – long enough for a first kiss – then he traveled to Africa for another ministry trip.
The emotional connection between Jackie and Cory grew organically and they continued to spend time together and talk. Jackie fondly remembers her calls to Cory, and Cory was very grateful for them day after day. Their connection was getting stronger and it wasn’t long before their first “I love you.”
Christmas weekend a year later, under moonlight in a gazebo near a pond, and with Jackie’s close friends nearby, Cory literally gave Jackie the key to his heart. Cory eagerly waited, ring in his hand and a smile lighting up his face. Jackie, blindfolded and curious, was lead down a path of red rose petals and candles, towards Cory. “It was like a dream,” Jackie recounts. Down on one knee, and with a sky full of stars, Cory asks for Jackie to be his wife. Jackie said “YES!”