We are excited to announce the engagment of Sarah Weygand and Aaron Kriege. We caught up with them to find out how the happy couple met. Sarah was happy to share their story.
“Aaron and I met almost three years ago while stationed at Training Center Cape May in New Jersey. Aaron was a firefighter with the Coast Guard and I worked with the recruits that are in training at boot camp.
It was the worst snow storm Cape May had seen in a very long time. On a January day last year almost 3 ft of snow blanketed the peninsula. Heavy ice and dangerous winds knocked out power in the surrounding areas for three days to two weeks! With my heat out and no way of moving my car, I asked my friend Aaron (and his roommate) if I could PLEASE take shelter at their house (luckily they had power the whole time!). The next day people were digging out, but my car was so covered with snow and ice I had to ask for help. Aaron, always being the kind and hardworking, gentleman that he is, graciously offered to help me when no one else would. It took us 5 hours to free my car from the ice and snow and in payment I bought him breakfast (I guess what they say is true…the way to a man’s heart IS through his stomach!). We talked all morning and had a great time. When we think back about that day we both agree that we definitely felt the beginning of something truly special.
After that cold, icy January day Aaron and I more or less became inseparable. We began a close friendship that turned into love 3 months later. We took each day as they came and cherished them, due to the fact that Aaron was moving to Virginia and my enlistment still having 8 months remaining. We decided that a long distance was worth the try and I am happy to say we have only become stronger because of it! In April of this year, my Coast Guard enlistment ended and I moved to Roanoke, VA to be with Aaron. Both he and I have learned so much about ourselves, each other and what we desire and deserve from this life. In the end, which is only just a beginning, we have found that love can be found in the coldest of places, a little change of weather can be a blessing, and that spending your life with your best friend is the best warmth of all.”
Asked about how they Aaron popped the question, Sarah was excited to share the special day.
“This past winter Aaron and I decided to take a trip to Kansas so that I could meet some of his family. While there I met his Mom and Step Dad for the first time and also the rest of his family: Aunt, Grandparents, cousins…even his dog! We spent some time with his best friends and I was able to see Kansas City for the first time. On New Years Eve we celebrated quietly together, not wanting to be out in the frigid Kansas winter! The next day was clear and warmer than the previous ones. Being from Massachusetts, I had never experienced living on a farm, though I always had an interest in it. Aaron and I bundled up and went to the barn to collect some eggs and see the horses. I was ecstatic to be part of a lifestyle I always envied, and that was a big part of Aaron’s upbringing. On the far side of the barn there was stacks upon stacks of hay bales. Walking over to them, Aaron cajoled me to climb up to the highest level. Once there I could see out on all the fields that surrounded his Mothers home and beyond. I was so excited and the view was so picturesque I immediately reached into his pocket to get the camera I turned my back to him and fired some shots of the view. Turning back around Aaron hugged me close and said: “One day, I would love to have something like this with you”. I agreed with him, not thinking anything unusual, as this was a conversation we often had. Aaron continued:” But to do that it has to start with something.” With that he knelt to one knee, reached into his pocket (the same one I took the camera from!) and brought out a beautiful black box. Opening it he said:” I love you so much, will you marry me?” I don’t believe he finished what he was saying before I started to cry and said yes! Off of his one knew, we hugged and kissed and clumsily made our way off the hay to go inside and tell his Mom that her only son….was gettin’ hitched!”
So what are their plans for their wedding?
Aaron and I will be getting married on June 2, 2012 at the Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast in Middleburg, VA. The ceremony will be outside on the property and the reception will be at the Fox Den, also on the property. We are planning for 84 guests, coming from Kansas, Massachusetts, St. Thomas USVI, Ireland, even Germany! Aaron will be wearing a linen suit, his Groomsmen wearing khakis and button up shirts,.I will be wearing an Oleg Cassini gown and my Bridesmaids will be wearing Lapiz (dark purple) dresses in any style. Colors of the wedding are dark purple and an assortment of blues. Our catering will be Barn Door Catering Co. and we will be having a BBQ feast with southern sweet tea and lemonade (this is a dry wedding)! We will have a small cake for us to cut for tradition, a small grooms cake of German Chocolate cake (Aaron’s favorite) and our guest will have apple pie, pastries, and wedding cookies made by Sweets N’ Such located in Bonner Springs, KS. The cookies will be decorated with Coast Guard emblems, flags, our names, our wedding colors etc. Our first dance song will be:” Make You Feel My Love” cover by Adele. My Father and I will be dancing to “Love and Happiness” by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris. Aaron and his Mom will dance to “Simple Kind of Man” cover by Shinedown. Our honeymoon is TBD!”