In August 2019, Jim and Cameron visited Disney World. As Jim was sitting there showing Ariel the tattoo he has of her on his calf, Cameron walked over and said “I was hoping Ariel would help me ask to be ‘Part of Your World’.” Jim and Cameron are now married and continuing with their Happily Ever After!
Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?
We met at Detroit pride in 2017 after matching on Tinder during Ferndale pride. Cameron was working at a booth for a local LGBTQ+ non-profit, Affirmations, and after he was done with his shift we spent the day together with my friends. We watched local artists and saw BenDeLaCreme perform.
What makes your relationship special?
Our relationship is special in that we have many shared interests. We are two nerds that love video games. We have spent lots of quality time together playing various Pokemon games as well as Animal Crossing New Horizon. Cameron has also helped me get more into comic books and loves to support our local shop – Vault of Midnight.
How did you know your partner was the one?
I knew that Cameron was the one after spending an evening in downtown Ann Arbor. The streets were crowded, but we had a beautiful evening and when we got back to my apartment we were listening to music and dancing and I could feel in that moment how much I loved him.
Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?
I have loved the Little Mermaid since I was a kid, and I even have a tattoo of her on my calf. We had a trip scheduled to visit his aunts and uncles in Florida in February of 2019. While visiting his family in Tampa, he suggested we go to Disney. While we were on the Little Mermaid ride I thought he might ask me, but that didn’t happen. We ended up going on a few more rides while we were there, and our last stop of the night was a Meet & Greet with Ariel. I had mentioned that I wanted to get a picture with her alone before we did one together because she was my favorite princess. While I was talking to Ariel, Cameron walked over and said “I was hoping that Ariel might help me ask to be a part of your world” as he got down on one knee to ask me to marry him. It was absolutely the most perfect way someone could propose and we got it all in pictures and a family behind us actually started recording when they realized what was happening.
Venue: Private Residence
Photographer: AK Photography