September 18th, 2008
Chris says... “ welcome to Jeanne says! ”
I'm Chris. This is me with Jeanne (she's the pretty one). We're getting married. This website is the story of how I surprised her for all the web to see and what surprises are yet to come. You may remember this site a little differently. Well, it has changed. So many people wrote to us asking us to keep the story going that, well, that's what we're going to do! I work full time as a "Senior Web Design Ninja" and am working on this site in my free time. As a result, Jeanne says... is under constant development and you may notice things get a little wonky when she gets some work done. All Jeanne wanted was a "real proposal" (read: a story to tell her friends). So, after 4 years of racking my brain and being 'gently nudged' by my family to marry her, I finally had it. I made a treasure hunt leading from our home in Nashua, NH, to the Portland Head Light, the most photographed lighthouse in the US. I planned every last detail, from running out of coffee to what time we would arrive. And things couldn't have worked out better - not to say there weren't problems! As a web professional, I exercised my marketing chops to tell the world what I was doing... everyone but Jeanne. Having blocked her computer from the site and disabling her StumbleUpon button (ok, I broke it), I secretly photographed her for two weeks leading up to the big day and posted the photos with a quote to this website - and promoted it as best I could. I was absolutely blown away by the feedback we got. Mashable did a piece on us, we appeared in The Guardian (someone even mailed us a copy!), and we busted 30,000 pages by the time I popped the question. This isn't like normal blogs. This is a story, that I'm going to share with you as it unfolds. You start at the beginning and work your way to the end. Follow along as I surprise her with the coolest proposal I could conceive and then, someday, you could be watching when Jeanne says... "I do!"