It was great meeting both Josette and Patrick at one of the bridal shows we attended in this year…it was even more special for us to see that we were a small part of their love story without us knowing about it…GREAT Love story….Enjoy!
- Bride: Josette Hutton
- Groom: Patrick Evans
- Location: Forsyth Park in Savannah GA
- Wedding Date: October 20th, 2012
Their First Encounter:
Josette and Patrick met through Josette’s brother-in-law, David, who is married to her middle sister Addie. David and Addie have been friends with Patrick for years, since they all lived in Savannah and were neighbors. During the summer, my son Malcolm would visit, and they would all do cookouts together. Patrick and Josette met on a fluke encounter while I was visiting David and Addie, in Savannah during a vacation.
Their Background Story:
Being close with both Josette and Patrick individually, David tried getting us to meet for over a year pior telling us we had so much in common- our love of history, african world studies, politics, music, etc. We both had been in bad relationships and decided we weren’t interested, and kept brushing David off.
Finally during Josette’s visit back home, David called Patrick out of the blue moon; and asked him if he was on Facebook, and his email address. Josette put the info in on Josette’s computer, and handed her the phone, where she and Patrick had our first of what would be many conversations. They eventually became facebook friends, messaged alot, kept in contact, and at best- thought they had met a great friend.
Months later in March, Josette took a vacation and the week of the Kevin Hart comedy tour in Savannah at the Civic Center. David and Addie had purchased tickets but David couldn’t make the event due to a job conflict. Patrick gave Josette his ticket so her sister Addie wouldn’t have to go alone or lose out on the money. On the way down to Savannah, Josette called Patrick to see if we could meet in person for the first time….they decided to meet after the show. That night, after the show let out it was very late and they decided to meet the next day. So they met at the movies the next night, had dinner and they have been inseparable ever since.
Their First Date:
They met on Friday March 24, 2011 at the movies and hung out with Josette’s sister Addie. They later went out to dinner at Applebees, where Josette surprised Patrick with a gift (a candle and some scented soap) in celebration of passing his exam to get his Insurance Broker’s license.
They talked and laughed for two hours until they were the only patrons left at the restaurant. Josette left her car back at the movie theater, so they got in Patrick’s car….where Patrick kissed Josette. That kiss lasted for three hours. (Wowwww…..!!) Patrick drove Josette back to her car, and she went to her sister’s house and never stopped smiling.
The next day they went to the City Market downtown Savannah, and he never let her hand go. Over the course of the week, they saw each other every day and made plans on how they would keep seeing each other despite the distance. For a year, every other weekend they took turns driving to Atlanta or Savannah or meeting at a half way point in Macon. (So Sweet..!!)
They discussed getting married since October, through the holidays, and went ring shopping. For a surprise, Patrick took her to a bridal show in Atlanta and invited her best friend Allison, who bought me a wedding planning book. This is the show where we met IvannaFranz Photography. Patrick gave her a promise ring, and told Josette that he wanted her to have the best wedding she could imagine, and wanted her to start thinking of how she would want it to be. He promised she wouldn’t have to wait long, but that he wanted to do it right and although they were in our 30′s he still wanted to talk with her parents.
On our anniversary, Patrick bought her flowers and gave her a beautiful sentimental card. He told her they had reservations at our favorite restaurant- Spice Market at the W hotel at 8pm.. For the entire day they went to all of their favorite places in Atlanta- Little 5 Points to get music, he took her to the Fair, they laughed and talked about their future together, it was great.
They got to the restaurant and enjoyed their dinner and great conversation,had more laughs. Josette was full but Patrick kept encouraging her to make it through to dessert and that he really wanted to have something sweet. Josette gave in, but had to use the restroom. When she came back, the waitress asked if she was ready for dessert.. She then brought out a white platter and set it out on the table in front of Josette. It had a wedding cake, with brown chocolate ribbons and purple flowers. In chocolate syrup was the question “Will you Marry Me?” around the cake. It took her a second to process what was happening, and then she just bursted out crying saying “Yes, Yes!”Patrick then held her hand and told her it meant a lot to him that she was willing to work with him, have patience, and trust he meant what he said. He then told me her that he was able to work out a way to get out of his lease early, and was working on setting up a job here in Atlanta through some contacts so we could be together everyday. Although he had worked as a supervisor for a company in Atlanta and hated it, he had even applied for a position just in case, so they wouldn’t have to worry.
It was an amazing night Josette will never forget it. Patrick was beaming, and she was so proud that he’s going to be her husband. Patrick is such a gift, and she thank God that David knew better than to listen when the two of them said we weren’t interested in meeting anybody. (Awwwww…very sweet!)