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Love Story: In 2015, Patrick and Carly met during their freshman year of college through mutual friends and started hanging out with the same group. At first Carly wasn't interested in Patrick but after awhile started finding jokes and tricks less obnoxious and more entertaining.


They started dating that semester. Patrick grew his business of making non-traditional men’s wedding rings out of car rims and Carly finished school and pursued an MBA out of state. Having been together 3 years and not wanting to do long-distance, Patrick popped the question in a perfectly executed proposal at the top of Ensign Peak.

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He even called in a favor and set up an appointment for Carly to get her nails done at 9:30 pm that night! Since Patrick hand makes non-traditional wedding rings, they designed and made Patrick's ring together. 


Fast forward to 2020...

they had planned to get married in April. Everything was booked, invitations sent out, flowers ordered… but COVID hit and they had to postpone their ceremony indefinitely. Then, Carly’s job offered her to relocate to Chicago.


It had been a dream of hers to live in a big city, she accepted the offer with a move date of January 2021. In August 2020, Patrick and Carly had a small, intimate elopement their backyard with 3 other people: 2 witnesses (siblings) and an officiant (college friend). Ironically, work ended up postponing Carly’s move to Chicago.

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One year later...

On their one year anniversary, they held their official wedding ceremony and reception in Draper, UT. They finally got to celebrate their marriage with family and friends! Before they left for their honeymoon in Greece, they met up with their photographer, Niki, at the Bonneville Salt Flats to get epic shots in their wedding attire.


Patrick is a collector and has a love of cars, so naturally Niki highly encouraged them to bring one his favorites; so he brought his number one, The Ford GT. They took a honeymoon in Greece, after which they immediately moved to Chicago and have been loving it in the Windy City since.



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