Friday

engagement story contest entry #6!!

We're down to the wire with the Bunny with a Toolbelt engagement contest! Here's the latest tale from Jenny and Allen, who chose my bride and groom squirrels to illustrate their story. Take it away, kids!

Allen and I met, got to know each other, and fell in love while working together at Urban Outfitters in Evanston, Illinois. When Allen proposed, we were together for nearly 4 years. The Friday evening of the week President Obama was elected (which felt like a magical time in Chicago), I went over to Allen's house. He had a flower for me, a pink rose with a green ribbon tied into a bow around it. We had plans to go to one of our favorite Japanese restaurants that night, and we were rushing a bit to get there on time. While not a restaurant we go to a lot, it wasn't too strange that we were going out to eat. We finished dinner, and then Allen wanted to go get his favorite dessert – chocolate chip paradise pie at Chili's. The Chili's we went to just happens to be down the street from the Urban Outfitters where we met. After we were done eating dessert, Allen stood up really quick and said we had to go. I didn't realize at the time that he was so nervous at this point, but looking back, he was a wreck. Our next stop was to window shop at the store we used to work at. Again, that's not something really out of the ordinary because we do that a lot. So Allen took me to a part of the windows at Urban that was actually difficult to see into because of the display. He started telling me about what he loved about me, and we talked about our relationship for a little while until he got down on one knee and proposed – right where it all began! So, of course I said yes, and we'll be getting married on October 9 in Chicago.

I later learned that Allen went to my mom and dad's places to tell them he was planning to propose. My mom lives near Sybaris, which is one of those cheesy hotels that has waterslides from the beds into the in-room pools and mirrors on the ceilings. There are a couple of those in the area, and Allen initially set his GPS to the wrong one, taking an hour-long detour. By the time he got to my mom's, it was pretty late, and when he showed up alone, my mom thought something really bad happened to me . . . oops!

We want to give our wedding a fun and unique handmade and vintage flair. The reception is at a great antique warehouse, and we're trying to either make or collect a lot of the things that go into weddings. We're thrifting vintage plates, having 1" buttons made from old children's books, and shooting some of our engagement pictures with my collection of old Polaroid cameras, among many other details. It's coming together in large part because of the great vintage and handmade things we're finding on Etsy, and these cake toppers are just another one of those perfect little touches.

As of this posting, there's only a few more hours in the contest....click here for the rules and get me your story before it's too late to win my fabulous prize!!

197 comments:

  1. That is such a cute story! It sounds like those cute little squirrels will fit right into their wedding plans.

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  2. Super cute! i vote this one. <3

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  3. Hands down, this story takes the cake & the cake topper!!!!

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  4. I vote for this one - what a cute couple!

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  5. I love this! this one this one this one!

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  6. The nicest couple this side of the atlantic!! These critters def deserve the squirrels!

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  7. Definitely vote for this one!!!

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  8. Love it!!! I vote for this one too! such a wonderfully cute story and love the toppers:):)

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  9. I choose YOU pikachu!! er...allen and jenny!!!

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  10. Aw, great story! I can already picture these cute little squirrels in their wedding photos. Here's my vote!

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  11. you got my vote! also my word verification was rub men...is this a practical joke you're playing on me jenny?

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  12. Their cake needs the squirrels! +1 vote.

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  13. Jenny and Allen = A match made in heaven.

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  14. you two are awesome... im still waiting to try on my bridesMAN dress

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  15. Sold! So cute. They have my vote!

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  16. these two put the icing on the cake of love.

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  17. I vote for this story. Hope they win.

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  18. Very cute! Have my vote : ) Love the squirrels.

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  19. cute story! congrats! i vote for you guys!

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  20. Great story!! I vote for them :)

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  21. Best. Story. Ever. They win everything, my vote included.

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  22. You can't spell "Love" without squir-... er, ok you can. But either way, Jenny and Allan DEFINITELY win this contest in my book! Best couple ever deserve the best wedding cake topper ever.

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  23. Really cute! I vote for this one!

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  24. these nuts need those squirrels!

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  25. Lovely story - I don't know how he made it through the evening he must have been so nervous!! I definitely vote for you best of luck with your wedding it sounds beautiful.

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  26. Go Allen & Jenny! First marriage, then world domination!! Woot!

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  27. YAY love this couple! You've got my vote :)

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  28. That was totally romantic and awesome! Best of luck!

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  29. This couple has my vote! What a perfect topper for them.

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  30. i vote for this great couple!

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  31. Great story for a great couple! I vote for this one!!

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  32. I vote for this lovely couple!

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  33. Awww!!! So adorable and I love squirrels! I vote for this one!

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  34. Great story... it has love and the first black president. I vote for this.

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  35. My vote definitely goes with Jenny and Allen :-)

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  36. Jenny and Allen have my vote!

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  37. I vote for this couple. Although their adorable story just reminds me of how alone I really am.

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  38. loved planning our wedding!! hope you win!! those squirrels are too cute!!!

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  39. I vote for Jenny and Allen. Have a great wedding and enjoy each other.

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  40. "I could see the squirrels, and they were merry..."

    :)

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  41. I vote for this one !! :-)

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  42. what a lovely story, and what a lovely couple! they get my vote!

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  43. I vote cause that guy kinda looks like me!

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  44. Love it so much!!! I'm so happy for you two.

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  45. qute story!


    this couple has my VOTE :)
    & my moms too <3

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  46. aw, how adorable. i vote this story.

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  47. Such a cute story! I definitely vote for Jenny and Allen! =)

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  48. You've got my vote! Good luck Jenny!

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  49. okay, JenAl is a great couple, but some of these comments are so nutty that they take the cake. But Co and I are still voting for you two!

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  50. adorable! vote for allen and jenny =)

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  51. aww! i vote for jenny and allen!

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  52. Adorable! :D I vote for your story, and that picture of you guys too. Good luck!

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  53. Great story! I vote for Jenny and Allen!

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  54. Awesome! Love the squirrels!

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  55. Matthew votes for Ate Jen and Ninong Allen!!

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  56. so adorable! i vote for this story.

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  58. I vote for this one, so cute!

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  59. I vote for Jenny and Allen!

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  60. I vote for this one! Congrats and cute story!

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  61. yea jenny and allen! I vote for them!

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  62. I vote for Jenny and allen!

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  63. Awwwww, how cute! I vote for Allen and Jenny!

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  64. awh CUTE! i vote for Jenny and Allen!!!

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  65. I vote for Jenny and Allen!!!!!

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  66. I'm voting for Jenny and Allen.
    I do remember the night Allen came over.............

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  67. Allen makes us all look bad...He's quite a romantic fellow.

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  68. Jenny and Allen get my vote!

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  70. That's so cute! I vote Jenny and Allen! :) Hope you guys win!

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  71. vote for jenny and allen :)

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  72. This is soooooooooooo sweet, I vote for these kids

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  73. What an awesome story. I'm voting for this one. :)

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  74. Great story. I vote for ya.

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  75. squirrels are too cute, so are Jenny and Allen. ever since I saw them crouching in the corner at her first PILA auction, i knew these two were going to get hitched.

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  76. Lucky in love...Jenny and Allen have my vote!

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  77. Aweee-dorable! Congratulations! Love the vintage theme! ~Noemy

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  78. Vote for this amazing couple!!!

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  79. And who says romance is dead? It is very much alive. Jenny and Allen have my vote

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  80. Jenny, Allen and the squirrels have my vote!

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  81. I love the animal theme. Very creative! You get my vote.

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  82. I vote for Jenny and Allen!

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  83. Congrats Jenny and Allen! I vote for you!

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  84. I vote for these two

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  85. These guys get my vote! I hope you have a great wedding and an even better marriage.

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  86. Good job on the proposal! I vote for this one.

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  87. They have my vote!

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  88. Yay for finding love at UO Evanston! Congrats Jenny and Allen! I'm thrilled for you both!
    xoxoLex

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  89. i really love the idea of doing everything vintage....its nice to see people doing something unique. weddings can be so "traditional" and boring. good luck, guys!!!

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  90. Jenny is such a unique person and is giving her wedding so many great touches; I know she and Allen really deserve this. I vote Jenny and Allen!

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  91. What a beautiful story! How romantic! Hope you guys win

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  92. True love! It IS possible! I vote for these beautiful people!

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  93. what a lovely story - after reading them all i defo think this couple deserves the cake toppers they would fit in with their theme.....

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  94. The cutest couple needs the cutest topping for the cutest wedding cake!! ~Tita Jake

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  95. I vote for this story, if only because their name blends perfectly into that of a celebrity couple: Allennifer will soon be sweeping the nation.

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  96. Hey guys, you have my vote!!! You guys definitely deserve the squirrel toppers!!!

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  97. What a cute story!! Jenny and Allen definitely get my vote! Congratulations.

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  98. check! i vote for this one!!

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  99. i vote for these guys! =)

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  100. vote vote vote!

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  101. I VOTE FOR THEM!

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  102. i vote for them!

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  103. i vote these two!

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  104. I vote for them!

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  105. I vote for Allen and Jenny!

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  106. I vote for jenny and allen :)

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  107. Choose Jenny and Allen! They are too frikin sweet, and have style to boot!

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  109. I vote for you guys! I hope you win!

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  110. Greatest love story ever!!! Well, mine, at least...

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  111. Adorable!! Congrats to you both :)
    I vote this story!

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  112. I vote for Allen and Jenny.

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  113. I vote for this one! Very cute!

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  114. Jenny and Allen!! My vote is for you!

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  115. I vote for Allen and Jenny and hope the two of you win! You totally Deserve this!!!

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  116. allen and jenny for the win!

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  117. allen and jenny! allen and jenny! yay!

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  118. oh jenny, you are going to have the best wedding ever! my vote is most definitely for you.

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  119. really cute!! and also check my wedding cakes toppers collection via http://www.weddingcakestoppers.net

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  120. Vintage wedding...AND chocolate squirrels...CHOCOLATE?!?!?! OMG <3
    I DEFINITELY vote for this couple; I can't wait to attend their wedding! Love you guys~

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  121. Love love love guys! OOH! Love it already. A cute love story and such yummy surprises! I Cannot Wait! <3 <3 <3

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