“I left the veil to the last minute,” says Blake Ramsey, laughing. With a month to go before her wedding, she learned that “it takes two months to order one!” Such a setback might send most brides-to-be into a tizzy. Not Blake, a crafts stylist: “I thought, ‘I’ll just make one!’” In fact, her entire wedding to economic consultant Chris Murray was filled with details she fashioned herself, including invitations and décor that she designed and printed. “She’s a very creative person,” Chris says. “I adore what she does.”
Then again, there’s plenty that Chris, a native of Melbourne, Australia, adores about Blake. The two met in 2008 at a party hosted by his Australian football team, which is made up of Aussie expats living in New York City, one of whom was Blake’s friend’s roommate. She remembers thinking that Chris “was so friendly and charismatic, but he had a girlfriend.” By the winter of 2009, Blake says, “we were both single, and Chris expressed that he was interested in me.” There was just one problem: He was moving to Dubai for work.
True to form, Blake got creative. She had a trip to France with a friend planned for the following April, so she asked Chris if he wanted to fly in from Dubai and meet up for the weekend. “Our encounter in Paris changed everything,” he says. After that, the couple “got to know each other through e-mails and long phone calls,” Chris recalls, along with rendezvous in Barcelona and London. In May 2010, they moved to a Manhattan apartment together, and two years later, on another trip to Paris, he proposed under the Eiffel Tower.