Monica is originally from Sarasota then moved down south to go to Florida Gulf Coast University then moved back to her hometown (who wouldn’t?). Jon is originally from Naples and joined the Marines after high school.
The couple met on Match.com in January of 2009, and knew immediately it was something special. I love a good internet dating story!! They began dating, and with his being in the military, it was obviously a lot harder to do. When I asked Monica what she wanted our blog followers to know about her and Jon, she replied “We are in a military relationship so generally it is a lot different than others. You never take your time spend together for granted and truly know the meaning of distance makes the heart grow fonder ”
Fair warning: when I asked the couple what they love most about each other, it brought tears to my eyes, so read on with that in mind:
Jon says he loves that Monica is so kind, and goes over the top for everyone.
Monica says that Jon taught her what true love is. He’s compassionate and a good listener and there for her whenever she needs him.
Jon’s also great at surprises! The morning he proposed it was bright and early, and Monica was leaving Jon’s house in Naples to go to work in Sarasota. She was in the bathroom getting ready, and heard someone moving around but didn’t think much of it. Then as she went to the bedroom to get her stuff, she noticed the light was on and thought Jon had simply woken up to say good bye. As she grabbed her purse, he got down on one knee, and asked her to be his bride
Now we’re planning a December 29th, country club wedding that will be gorgeous. The military’s schedule of events kept them from having the date (and amount of time to plan) they wanted, but Monica is doing a great job of keeping her cool and making this day perfect and Southern Elegance is thrilled to help this military couple have their dream day
Photos courtesy of Ashley Grimes