Leslie and Conner met in undergraduate school at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign in 2007. They were both standing on a campus bus stop when Conner approached Leslie and attempted to start a conversation (which Leslie wasn’t interested in). The pair parted ways on that night but continued to “run into” one another on campus several times after that. Conner was relentless on getting Leslie’s attention to the point that he eventually asked Leslie’s best friend for her phone number. Thankfully, that friend obliged, and after a few more encounters and several phone conversations later, Leslie and Conner finally decided to go on a date. Their first date was to the movies to see the Great Debaters. Leslie happened to save those tickets not knowing Conner would be her husband nine years later. She included those tickets in their wedding shadowbox to show how their love was meant to be even when she really didn’t’ realize it. Check out their romantic Los Cabos wedding, captured by Chris + Lynn Photography.
Bride: Leslie M. Thomas, 29, Healthcare Professional
Groom: Conner Hoskins, 28, Rental Car Manager
Place of residence: Chicago, Illinois
Wedding date: May 14, 2016
Wedding location: Los Cabos, Mexico
We were in Montego Bay, Jamaica to celebrate Conner’s birthday and on the second day of our vacation, we were sitting poolside discussing how great the location we were in was, and how much fun we were having. Conner stood up and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. The entire pool began to clap and celebrate and even some were crying right along with me!
Your most memorable moment:
Walking down the aisle to Conner while Chrisette Michelle sang surprised all our guests, Having my father step in as the officiant after our paid officiant left unexpectedly ended up making the ceremony and our bond even more special. Listening to the Best Man’s speech and thinking of how far Leslie and I have come to reach this point.
What makes your love special?
We have a true partnership and best friend relationship. We’ve literally been growing up together learning everything we can about each other.
Wedding song, explain choice for song:
Our first dance was a combination of Chrisette Michelle’s “Golden” and “Unbreakable.” We chose “Golden” because it reflects the early joys and perfections of our relationship. It’s spot on where we saw one another in the future growing together. We also chose “Unbreakable” because throughout the eight years of being together, with various trials and tribulations we came out even stronger than before, thus proving our love in unbreakable.
Favorite wedding detail:
Our location! We got married at Sunset Da Mona Lisa, which had panoramic views overlooking the point at where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet. We both loved it of course. It was also nice to have Chrisette Michelle sing at our wedding!
What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?
We look forward to our continued growth and love for one another. We want to have numerous adventures and start our own family.
Advice for a bride and groom on their wedding day:
Embrace the moment! Focus on the love that brought you two together and laugh at the BS, it’ll all work out in the end. Your love will be more beautiful than you ever expected.
Congratulations to the happy couple! We wish you many more years of wedded bliss.
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