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Jenna Lee Fair

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Jonathan Allen Allaback

#TheAllabacks

October 26, 2023

Brentwood, TN

OUR LOVE STORY

First comes dating apps, then comes marriage :)

HOW WE MET: I’m not going to say God told me to download a dating app… but I will say I felt a strong pull towards one specific Christian app: Upward. I filled out my biography, set my distance preferences to no more than 30 miles, and started swiping. A few swipes in and I came across Jonathan. His bio read something like: “Born again. Musician. Traveler.” Seemed legit enough, so I swiped and we matched instantly! <3 He quickly sent me a message saying “Hey there fellow worship leader.” We connected quick over our love for Jesus & music! Our conversations were light hearted yet full of depth. I could tell he was silly, kind, and above all else, loved the Lord. I had hesitancies when I found out he lived over 300 miles away! I really didn’t want to do the whole long distance thing, and especially because this man seemed too good to be true! I was so afraid of our distance and how it could affect the call God has placed on both of our lives. After all, I knew God had me in Nashville for a reason and as wonderful as Jonathan seemed, I was nervous he'd expect me to move for him, and I knew it wouldn't be fair of me to expect him to move for me. Before I could fall any harder over this man, I decided to send him a message explaining why I thought we needed to end things. I regretted it the moment I hit "send" but at the time it seemed like our only option. To my surprise, Jonathan's response changed everything: “No that totally makes sense! I’ll tell you what, Jenna. Keep your mind open and your heart covered. If this is from the Lord, He will make it known. I’m praying a lot about where I should go. Nashville always caught my eye. I may come to Nashville in the next few weeks. Here’s my number.” Two weeks later, on February 3rd, 2023, Jonathan made a 6 hour, 315 mile trip to Nashville and took me on an entire date-weekend and praise the Lord we haven’t looked back since! THANK YOU GOD FOR A MAN THAT PURSUES! OUR ENGAGEMENT: We knew very early on that we wanted to get married. We talked about it from the first date, hypothetically of course, but there was a part of me that felt like I just KNEW he was it. Something about the familiarity of his voice, the calm I found in his embrace, and the way looking into his eyes felt like home. I couldn't explain it. Three days after that weekend, Jonathan flew into Nash for a 2 hour layover and 5 days after that he drove another 6 hours to come see me for Valentine’s Day. Though we were confident marriage was the direction we wanted to go, what solidified it was the month long trip he made to visit his family in the Netherlands. Being away from each other for such a long time made us both realize we never want to do that again. So of course, the week he flew back to the states he made another trip to Nash to see me and every two weeks since then :) May 21st, 2023 we made a trip to Georgia to visit my family for the first time where Jonathan would ask my Dad to marry me. We could only hope this wouldn’t give my dad a heart attack! LOL! A month later, on June 30th, Jonathan and I took a day trip to Kansas City, MO where he took me on a walk through The Plaza and treated me to the Cheesecake Factory. Though I thought this could be "THE DAY" (because he took me to the store to pick out a dress for dinner) I still wasn’t positive. I didn’t want to get my hopes up and be disappointed the entire car ride home. As we left dinner, he told me we had one last stop to make. When we turned the corner, I saw a sign by the river that read: “Gondola Rides” and I immediately knew! Though I’m not sure if Jonathan remembered, but I had told him a few months prior how sweet it would be to get engaged on a little boat one day. While walking onto the gondola, I was greeted with a bottle of sparkling juice, a box of chocolates, and a red rose. Thus came the tears, the “I love you’s,” and the question I had been waiting for my whole life: “Jenna, will you do me the honor of being my wife? Will you marry me?” <3