Jessi + Hampton

Jessi-HamptonEngagement Date: May 8, 2010
Wedding Date: October 8,2011

It was September 2007 and I was passing out fliers for a karaoke event at the University of North Florida when I came across a table of friends. As I approached, I saw a guy I did not know and was quickly introduced to Hampton Ray. It was hard to forget him – he’s 6’6" and Hampton made me think of Hampton Beach, NH! Roughly a month later, Hampton and I went on our first date. We went for burgers and mini-golfing and after he rescued my golf ball from the water, I was hooked.

Two and a half years later, we were packed and ready to vacation with his family. His parents scheduled a “scavenger hunt” for Hampton, me, his brothers and their girlfriends to excite us for the trip – or so I thought! We were handed “clues” which we tore open and off we went. Little did I know, I was the only one with clues! This adventure took me to the spot we met, our favorite restaurant, and the place of our first date. I didn’t connect the meaning of these places until the last clue which took me to our favorite park on Jacksonville’s intracoastal. There Hampton waited with my parent’s permission, roses and a ring! I could not have been more surprised or excited and after announcing it to friends and family, we hopped on a cruise ship and headed to the Caribbean.


We were married on October 8, 2011 in Jacksonville, FL, moved to Washington, DC the next day and honeymooned on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas shortly thereafter. We recently celebrated our one-year anniversary in NYC and we are determined to “never stop honeymooning!”


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