In 2012, Francie and her friend Alison teamed up for the Beatrice Daily Sun's Fitness Challenge. The two knew the contest would be difficult, but they looked forward to the exciting prospects of losing weight, getting healthy and possibly even winning a prize. They had no idea what was in store. The 13 weeks of fitness were grueling, but when it was over, the partners had done everything they had set out to accomplish. Together, they had a combined weight loss of 100 lbs -- more than any other team. They walked away with several fun prizes and gift certificates, but Francie also gained something more, although she didn’t immediately realize it. Isaiah was there to videotape the contestants working out, which made him unpopular. “He was the guy we all hated,” laughed Francie. But that attitude would soon change!
A few weeks later, Francie and Isaiah ran into each other while out with mutual friends. Isaiah’s interest was piqued by the bubbly Francie. He asked around for her number and started texting her. A few weeks later, he asked her out on a date.
Within time, Francie and Isaiah realized they had found something extraordinary, a love they never wanted to let go. Isaiah admired Francie kind personality, and Francie loved how Isaiah made her laugh. They began treasuring their time together so eventually, Francie moved from Beatrice to Norfolk to be closer to Isaiah. After dating for 3 1/2 years, one Christmas morning, Francie discovered a ring tucked in her stocking. She answered with an immediate and excited "yes."
Francie knew exactly where she wanted to be married. She was a graduate of Doane College in Crete and always thought the campus was unique and beautiful. And from the first time she visited there, it had seemed like home. So on June 3, 2017, Francie and Isaiah exchanged rings and vows in a grassy meadow. Their wedding day was sunny and beautiful, and their sweet ceremony was enriched with selected readings and songs that fit the bride and groom perfectly. An elegant reception was held at The Gala in Lincoln, ending the once-in-a-lifetime evening on just the right note. When the night was over, the pair walked away with the greatest prize of all from the fitness challenge - the joy of finding the love of their lives.