Wedding centered around family, fun and fond memories .
The story behind Johanna and Josh Denning’s engagement is fit for the big screen. The grand proposal was thoroughly planned and played out.
The couple had been dating for more than two years and live in Fort Madison, Iowa. Johanna (who occasionally takes photos for family and friends) was getting ready for a couples night out when Josh asked her for a favor. Their local airport had just installed some new lights and he wanted to take her up in a plane to photograph them for the airport. Josh and Johanna climbed into the back of his six-seater airplane and the pilot took off.
They circled around the airport, while Josh directed Johanna where to take photos, pointing in one direction, telling her to aim that way. Johanna, who was beginning to get frustrated at this point, put the camera up to her face, trying to focus on what he wanted her to shoot.
“I couldn’t see anything spectacular until suddenly I read ‘Will You Marry Me?’ lit up on the neighboring field by the airport,” she said. Her initial reaction was “who’s getting married?” but she looked over to see Josh with a ring in hand.
“He originally told me that he had a rule that he wanted to date me for five years before we even talked about marriage, so it was a huge surprise,” she said.
The couple landed where Josh’s three sons, Johanna’s best friend, her sister-in-law, grandfather and Josh’s parents were waiting. They all got in the car and headed out to celebrate where even more family and friends were gathered.
Later on, Johanna found out that Josh had the ring for months, his staff had helped throw the engagement party and his sons mapped out the words in the field. He even had her sister-in-law insist on a girls day earlier in the day so that her nails would be done.
“He couldn’t have done a more perfect job,” Johanna said. “I’m so unbelievably lucky to have him.”
Johanna and Josh were married on June 8, 2019 at the Lodge of Four Seasons. They spend a majority of their summer at the Lake, and the Lodge was the perfect location since it is big enough to host a large guest list and still felt like home.
They haven’t gone on a honeymoon yet, but did take the kids to Atlantis in the Bahamas for a familymoon last July.