We are Under Lucky Stars, we make beautiful star maps showing the alignment of the stars in a place and time chosen by you.
Everyone has that special moment in their life that is worth making into a star map.
We asked you to tell us about yours.
Here are some of our favorites stories.
By Andrea H
Our favorite in January
I bought this star map for my baby sister, Jessica. But she’s much more than my sister.
May 8, 2017 was the day I legally adopted her. I wanted her to have something special to commemorate a day that was going to be so important for both of us. I searched for months for the right gift and couldn’t find it. I thought about jewelry but I wanted it to be something that couldn’t be lost.
Jessica and I have been through so much together. I’m 36 and she’s 23, and I’ve been her ‘mom’ for so long. I woke up in the middle of the nights to feed her when she was just a baby. I took her to school. I quit college to move home and help raise her. Yes, we have parents. We have a mom and a dad. They had 9 kids together and I mothered most of them since I was one of the oldest. But Jessica, being the youngest, needed my attention more and I gave it without thinking. Our parents had kids just to have them. Most of us didn’t feel wanted. Jessica and I have had a special bond and connection.
She asked me in 2016 to finally adopt her and be legally what I’ve always been to her, her mom. She was serious and we started the process. An adult adoption isn’t so rare, but it is unorthodox. Regardless, being Jessica’s legal mother is something I’m so thankful to be. She’s my world.
When I saw Under Lucky Stars, I knew immediately that this what the gift to help show how lucky I feel to be able to be this person to Jessica. Now she has graduated with her Bachelor's degree as well as her MBA. She told me on the day of her MBA graduation that I was the only person who deserved to be there celebrating her because I’ve gerned with her every step of the way.
There’s no greater compliment I could’ve been given.
Published on February 8, 2018, 7:47 pm
By Larry S
This was the night and the location of the birth of my only son, who has now passed on to the next phase of wherever souls go after they leave our human flesh and bone shell.
Stevie was a bright shining star in our lives, and the shine began on a warm night in Chandler, AZ. On a day which punched a hole in our hearts forever, we lost him on June 4, 2017, when he made a choice to end his life. We had him for just over 21 years, 7,690 days, and the first day was the day we used to create our star chart.
Rest in Peace, my sweet, loving, wonderful son. The imprint you made on everyone who knew you will never be forgotten, as long as there are stars in the sky.
Published on February 8, 2018, 11:59 pm
By Samantha S
Well after living my life in a really hurtful marriage, to divorcing and then entering the obscene dating world as a single mother, I had kind of given up on love. I wasn’t sure there was anyone in this world that I could find who would love me and love my kids in the capacity we deserved. To stop believing in love is crazy for me because I’m your hopeless romantic all day long.
My best friend said, “you can’t give up on love because if YOU do, love won’t ever exist!”. In an effort to fill my time and loneliness, I did end up going on a date with the guy that would become my truest love. I had no expectations on that day, but the world wanted to show me that love still existed. It will be 2 years on May 18 and I can honestly say it has been the happiest and fullest 2 years of my life. He truly is my soul mate. He loves my kids as much as he loves me and I can’t even measure that’s in words. I made the star chart for the day because it was the beginning of my everything.
Published on February 8, 2018, 11:59 pm
By Paige L
On October 21, 2017 Under Lucky Stars captured the moment my husband and I said "I do" in a surprise wedding ceremony in front of 40 of our closest friends and family at the University Club of Chicago.
Our guests thought they were coming to a surprise 40th birthday for my husband but as they entered the venue space they saw the Under Lucky Stars star map announcing the day as our "happily ever after." We coupled the print with a wooden sign welcoming them to our wedding and a program explaining the surprise. Now our Under Lucky Stars hangs in our bedroom to remind us of the joy and surprise that defined the happiest day of our lives. When asked why we chose a surprise wedding, we always answer that we wanted the day to be about the raw emotion - the love, the joy, and the utter surprise. Weddings are often stressful and expensive for family and guests. We didn't need gifts or a color scheme we only needed the love and support of our family. We will always remember October 21 as a day blanketed in love and blessings.
The Under Lucky Stars print will always hold a special place in my heart as it was my wedding gift to my husband to show him he was the fairy tale I never knew I wanted and never knew I deserved - and with that, he cried that it was the most thoughtful gift he'd ever received. So, the print is more than a piece of art for us, it holds the surprise, the secret, the excitement, the commitment, the love, and most importantly the gratitude that we found our happily ever after in each other.
Published on February 8, 2018, 11:58 pm
By Rebecca M
On February 20th, 2016, I met the girl of my dreams.
She was there, sitting in the corner of her local coffee shop, just waiting for someone to come sweep her off her feet... and I was just down the street, several miles away and looking for her in all the wrong places. So close, yet so far — It’s a theme, you see, for we didn’t know it yet, but we’d been leading up to this for years. On that very same street, we shared weeks worth of jazz classes as kids, not like we ever spoke to each other — far too shy for that. But she was the best friend of my first girlfriend, knew the man who tattooed my chest, was there again that night, that one time, and I missed her, over and over. We passed by each other like ships in the night more times than I could count, but had we met any earlier, we would have never worked together.
The truth is, it took us time to learn the shapes of our own selves.
Then one day, we met online, in a moment, just like that. And I finally found her there, a few miles down the street from where we almost met as kids, exactly where she promised she would wait for me that night. She smiled when I walked in, nearly twenty minutes late, and all those years of searching were so suddenly made worth it.
Published on February 8, 2018, 11:58 pm
By Debbie A
Here’s my story;
Last year, in May, I moved to New York City for a few months for work. I am Belgian, have always lived in Belgium too. The company I worked for is an international diamond certification company. 2 weeks after arriving in NYC, I had to go to Las Vegas for a big conference. On the 4th of June, I met up with someone that made me feel loved, pretty, confident for the very first time in my life. We spent 2 beautiful days together before we both had to go back. Me to NYC, he to the US Virgin Islands, that’s where he lived.
Us meeting each other felt so good, that 2 weeks later he came to NYC to visit me and spend 5 days together in the Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park. We made plans to see each other again, and 1 month later, he came to visit me again, spending more beautiful days together. He was my boyfriend at that time, we made plans for Christmas with my family in Belgium.
Unfortunately, a few weeks after his last visit to NYC, hurricanes struck the USVI, we could not reach each other. Before, we spoke on the phone daily, sometimes multiple times a day. I did not sleep for 2 weeks, trying to find or contact him. I wasn’t even sure he was still alive. Eventually, I found out he was OK. We called, made plans to see each other again. Unfortunately, the hurricanes destroyed the company he built. He just did not have time for a relationship anymore. He had to rebuild his company, his island, help his friends or people that had it worse than him due to this disaster.
I made this chart, hoping to give it to him. Now, having returned to Belgium, I will keep this chart for myself. I’ll hang it up in the apartment I recently signed for, reminding me of the summer I had in NYC, with one of the sweetest guys I have ever met.
Looking back, it was a self-fulfilling prophecy; What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
Published on February 8, 2018, 11:58 pm
By Gabriel D
“Once in a lifetime” only comes but once.
Before this moment I believed that it would never arrive. That I was destined to not have my defining moment of happiness. The joy of experiencing a love that I was told could move mountains and define my character. Basically a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a father. You see my wife and I tried for years to have children, but on the 11th of June at 5pm, after many in-vitro fertilization attempts, we saw our beautiful daughter born. This was the once in a lifetime experience that many spoke. That one love of all loves that would define my character and move mountains.
I believe a whole universe was born that day and was able to capture some of it with the help of “Under Lucky Stars”.
Published on February 8, 2018, 11:57 pm
By Ivelis Carrillo
My star map is of the morning my baby girl was born, the moment I became a mom. This will forever be so special to me. ❤️
Published on February 8, 2018, 10:50 pm
By Diana B
May 27 of 2017 I met my best friend Giovani. When I met him, he had just finished chemotherapy so he had no hair and he was very shy. We met at a retreat so from what I know, he didn't want to go. I was very interested in him and the reason why I choose for the frame to say "dancing under the stars" was because that is how we first held a conversation, we met dancing.
He is highly fascinated with anything that has to do with the sky and the stars. He had mentioned how he wanted a telescope and because I wasn't able to get him one, I brought the stars to him. He is the sweetest and most humble human being despite the fact that he is still fighting cancer, he has never let that stop him from exploring the world. May 27 will forever be a date I will remember, especially being lucky enough to dance with him under the stars.
That same week, we went on a date to a coffee shop and little did he know I cut all my hair off to donate in respect to those battling cancer. He only once saw me with long hair, that was the day we met.
Published on February 8, 2018, 10:43 pm
By Allison M
Under my lucky stars, though they weren't visible through the clear blue sky, I found you. You had invited me to Dreamscape festival; ironically, at the time, I thought the name was cliché. I had never heard of such a place, and ordinarily, I would never have gone. However, your invitation was worth it. I set forth to Darlington, Maryland early in the morning from Newark, Delaware on a journey to meet you. I was nervous, to say the least. I traveled alone with the blind hope that meeting you there would be worth the while. As a pessimistic person, this was a huge risk from my perspective. It could have ruined everything. If it didn't work out, I would be alone there. I would say butterflies fluttered in the pit of my stomach, but in reality, they felt more like bees.
I arrived, and as I had feared, you did not answer my calls. "I knew it," I thought to myself. "I came here for nothing." However, I refused to waste the beautiful day and the money I had spent on my ticket and gas getting there. I wandered the campgrounds alone, and I encountered so many interesting people along the way. I made new friends, and they were very hospitable. Eventually, something told me to venture further. I drifted from the friends I had made and walked aimlessly through the muddy grass, and then, I saw you.
It felt like a perfect twist of fate. I felt like that morning had stretched on forever trying to find you, but to my pleasant surprise, it had only struck noon.
If I had seen the stars above us at that moment, I would have marveled at how beautiful they looked in the sky. No matter how they were arranged, I swear I would have seen them perfectly aligned. By some miracle, amongst the thousands of people who meandered the grounds at Camp Ramblewood that day, our paths crossed. Our Lucky Stars brought us together, and we have been together ever since.
To most, this story would seem proverbial; a tale of star-crossed lovers, classically overused and overdone. However, the true wonder to this tale is not of how lucky we were to meet that day. It is about how each and every day after that, we chose each other. Every day, it is a decision. It is an acknowledgment that there is no one I would rather spend my life with than you, nor you with I.
The true beauty of love is its undying nature. It's the fact that every morning waking up to you is just as magical as that day, on the 7th of May of 2016, when my eyes met yours. It's the fact that even through our most trying times, that feeling is more than enough for me to fight for you, and to never give up. No matter what. It's the fact that Our Lucky Stars are always above us, every day, whether we can see them or not.
Published on February 8, 2018, 10:41 pm
By Sam L
My father, at the time, was in a historical detachment in the National Guard, who just got back from his first-ever deployment. For those not in the know, a historical detachment doesn't go around shooting guns, but rather cameras. He was on some post-deployment R&R at a civilian campground in Fort McCoy with his Sergeant, my godfather. A kid comes through the camp, knowing my godfather, Norm, tangentially through some family friends, the Hallorans.
The kid asked Norm if he had any mustard for hot dogs. He didn't, but my dad did, and he gave it to the kid. After the kid left, my dad became worried. "Lone kid at a camp? Better make sure he's not a runaway." So he and Norm followed the kid to their camp and found the kid was fine, he really was asking for mustard for a hot dog with his family and friends. My father introduced himself, saying he was just worried about the lone kid at a camp, and that kids mother came by and thanked him for being so kind as to worry about a strangers kid. They got to talking, and my father mentioned he just got back from Iraq, having taken many pictures of destroyed tanks. The mother, being a military intelligence officer, offered to look at the pictures and let him know what the blackened hulks of steel were.
My father said: that'd be cool, can I have some hot dogs too? Got any relish to go with them?
The mother, to this day, maintains my father tells the story as she "pranced off like a gazelle or a doe in the woods, all for my relish" though my father always just laughs at the assertion. They talked some more, and then some more, and then, after a short years courtship, marriage at the small chapel at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds, and a brief ten month waiting period, I was born.
My parents met over hot dogs, an open fire, pictures, and relish. But, most importantly, my brother forgetting to pack the mustard.
Published on February 8, 2018, 10:28 pm
By Michele D
Brandon and I graduated high school together in 2013. We never actually talked but we always knew each other from a distance. Around the beginning of September of last year we both had been at a local show and somehow ended up hanging out later in the night over the idea that we both tweeted that we loved tacos and thought we should get them together that upcoming Monday.
The night before that show I had lost a very close friend of mine to a drug overdose. My current fling stopped talking to me the same day and I was in a very strange place at the time, the lowest I have ever been. Brandon and I had gotten tacos that Monday and hung out in the park. I had told him about what happened to my friend, and how the next day was his funeral. I was dreading it because my brother was on tour at the time so I had to go alone.
The following day, after the funeral, Brandon texted me and asked if I was okay. I told him I'll be fine. I didn't want to be a burden, and I mean we only actually hung out one time. But he ended up asking me to meet him for a drink downtown anyways because he didn't want me to be alone. After that night we started to hang out more frequently and eventually grew to us being inseparable. On October 5th we went to a jam night that was downtown at the same bar that we connected the first night and got drinks at after the funeral. We eventually wandered into the parking lot and the sky was clear and the air was crisp, everything was dark except the one street light we were under. We sat there for almost two hours just telling each other all of our darkest secrets. It was one of the rawest moments I have ever experienced with someone before. At 12:40 (I know the exact time because I got a text message at the exact minute) we both stood up and gave each other a hug and then he asked me to be his girlfriend.
Losing someone who was so close to me so sudden was one of the worst experiences of my life, and Brandon somehow made all of that go away for a moment when he opened up just as raw right back to me. He became my best friend in that moment and I will always cherish him for it even if we end up parting ways in the future. I will always be thankful for him making me see the stars when all I saw was darkness.
Published on February 8, 2018, 10:24 pm
By Angelica S
On May 6, 2017 my friends and I (a married couple) attended a gala that their company was hosting. Toward the end of the event, we were invited to go to a lounge upstairs for a few drinks. We ended up in a lounge that has an outside view of the city. My friend Dianne and I decided to check out the view and ended up exchanging some words with two gentlemen standing near us, the exchange was perhaps less than 10 minutes.
The view was so beautiful that my friend Dianne wanted a picture, so I told her I would take one of her and her husband, she insisted that I be in the picture too, but I didn’t want to be the third wheel, like I had been for the past 2 years. While we were going back and forth on whether or not I should be in the picture, I turn over and I see Tony — one of the two gentlemen my friend and I were talking to, and who is now my boyfriend. Something came over me to ask him to be my “picture date” — who says that?!
Anyway, he said OK and agreed to take a picture with me and my friends. That picture was taken at exactly 12:34 on May, 2017. Soon after, the gentleman that invited us to the lounge came over and asked me directly to go inside for our drinks. Afraid that Tony would get the wrong impression that this guy was my boyfriend, I immediately told him that this guy was my consultant and he told me what to do. Tony then asked for my number and we have been together ever since. I gave him the star map for Christmas because I want us to always remember the night we both took a chance.
That night when we met we were literally under the lucky starts.
Published on February 8, 2018, 9:39 pm
By Manisha B
The night I knew he was the one...
I had recently come out of an abusive relationship, and the very thought of reconnecting with anyone in a romantic way scared me to death. He was the one who helped me leave the man who had drained me physically and emotionally, and I had always looked at him as my savior. As time went on, he protected me from anything that may have caused me distress. One day he hugged me and told me I was his world. I grew to trust him and eventually love him. We took things slowly, to the point where it almost tortured me.
October 7th, 2016 is a date I will never forget.
He pulled me aside from all of our friends and looked deep into my eyes. His usually brown eyes shone green in the light of my garage and I found myself lost in the eyes that would soon be my heart and soul. He took me outside because he wanted to ask me out under the stars, and little did I know, that would later play in my favor. As I looked up at him, the stars shone behind him and I couldn't help but feel my heart swell up. He asked me to be his and the pure happiness that filled me was indescribable.
Almost a year later I stumbled across Under Lucky Stars and almost instantly I knew what I was going to get him for our one year anniversary. The look on his face when I presented it to him was a look I will never forget. We are fairly young, but when you know, you know. We're both pretty far into our college careers and are considering moving in together. These star maps are going to be a continued gift for him and he told me he has each one hanging from his ceiling. We plan on getting engaged once we're out of college. October 7th, and I can guarantee there will be a star map for that very occasion. I have never found a more meaningful gift and it was easy to obtain. I love him more than anything and can not wait to fill our apartment with them as we build our lives together.
Published on February 8, 2018, 9:34 pm
By Kayleigh S
My husband and I fell in love by accident.
We didn’t plan on falling for one another at all but by that night, we were so close to saying it. It rarely snows here in western PNW, so when it started to fall in the middle of the night, we ran out to slow dance in the snow. We turned on the car radio and danced in the snow under a street lamp. The best part? Because of Under Lucky Stars, I know that above us were two constellations that looked exactly like that night. Two lovers dancing (Gemini) while their beloved dog (Dog Star) chased the snow (the Milky Way) as we kissed and knew in our hearts our love was here and forever.
Here we are, 4 years later, happy home, beautiful child, and the reminder of the night we fell for one another above our bed as we sleep.
Published on February 8, 2018, 9:32 pm
By Jordan S
My boyfriend and I both believe that we are made of star stuff. That is, that molecules that were close together in the cosmos at the beginning of time will eventually find their way together again.
That’s exactly how we felt when we first started dating, almost three years ago now. We felt like our souls were old friends, like the little immortal parts of us had known each other forever. Ours was a story that, at the beginning, was one of right place, wrong time. We went to the same high school but always managed to be dating someone else the minute that the other one was single. We had a lot of the same friends but were in just different enough clubs and sports that we never really overlapped.
Little did I know he had harbored a secret crush on me for years. Time went by, and when we graduated high school he thought he’d lost his only chance. But star stuff always finds its way back to other star stuff, and by sheer coincidence, we ended up at the same college, in the same chemistry class, our first spring semester. It didn’t take long for us to reconnect and before long, we were dating like we should have all those years ago.
On April 18th, 2015, at about 4:00 PM, we went on our first official date. He asked me to be his girlfriend at the very beginning because he just couldn’t wait any longer than that. We spent 15 hours together that day, and have been basically inseparable since. A year exactly after, on our first anniversary, he gave me a promise ring. Now, almost three years later, we celebrate monthly anniversaries and appreciate each other every day. We have our Star Map hanging in the living room to remind us every day of what started it all.
Published on February 8, 2018, 9:27 pm
By Antonina M
My "Under Lucky Stars" moment hasn't happened yet, but I'm ecstatic for the moment to come.
My fiance and I met 5/11/15 in a summer class at Oakland University. Once I got into class I had this strange feeling. I knew either I was going to meet my love or stay single forever. It made sense in the moment and I felt oddly calm about my internal and perhaps melodramatic premonition. Sure enough, class began and there was no one in sight that sparked my interest, but then the classroom door opened and in came a man who was just my type. My first thought was "Wow. There he is." I felt elated and couldn't stop smirking at him.
Of course from his perspective, he was hesitant to even take the class and once he was late he was even more hesitant to enter the classroom but the professor saw him and beckoned him into the room. Then once he came in he saw me, this "cute, smirking girl" and wondered what the heck my problem was.
We were put into a group together which started us talking and the ritual of him walking me partway to my next class. One day he asked me out and the rest is history. We decided 5/11/15 was our anniversary because we felt like we became a couple the day we met. One year from the day we met he proposed, getting down on one knee on a candlelit bridge. It was the same bridge we stopped on on our first date where he almost kissed me for the first time, but didn't, because he didn't want the date to end. Later on I teased him that that bridge was a missed opportunity so he fixed that when he proposed!
Now, after another (almost) two years of school, job changes, house hunting, wedding planning, acclimating to one another's families and friends, and an assortment of other challenges and fun, we are less than four months away from saying "I do!"
In short, 5/25/18 at 7 pm is when I and my fiance will officially be husband and wife. Our ceremony will end and our first married kiss will be the affection that takes us into our married life. He is my soul mate and best friend. I love him more with every up and down of life and I chose a future date because he is my future.
Published on February 8, 2018, 9:20 pm
By Julianna A
On June 8th, 2012, I met my soul mate.
It might sound silly because at the time we were only 13, and knew each other for only 3 days, but that day changed my life forever. My now boyfriend of 6 years came up to me at our neighborhood pool, and the rest is history. We met at the pool June 6th, 7th, and 8th, and on the 3rd day, he asked me to be his girlfriend. Mind you, I was only in the 8th grade, it was the summer going into my freshman year of high school, and I said yes only because my best friend at the time Caroline was also securing her summer fling.
Now, my boyfriend and I joke that this is the longest summer fling of our lives, and the best accident to ever happen. We only knew each other for 3 days, and in another 3 days, we told each other we loved each other. We were each others' first "everythings", we have grown up together, and it is all because of that day, 6 years ago at the pool, when the skaterboy asked me to be his girlfriend. The picture below is us at our Senior Prom.
Published on February 8, 2018, 3:00 pm
By Maria A
I found myself at a pride parade with other students from my school that I hardly knew, including a girl with bright, crazy purple hair. She was from my chemistry class and the only thing I knew about her was that she knew just enough sign language to sign back and forth with me and that she was beautiful.
Luck was on my side and we ended up marching together through the streets. The droves of people surrounding us made me so happy but overloaded my senses at the same time. I asked the beautiful girl to hold my hand because I was overwhelmed. The stars smiled down at me as she took my hand in hers. I vividly remember realizing that many people would likely assume we were a couple, as we were two people holding hands in a parade dedicated to celebrating love. For a brief moment, I even felt strangely connected to her, not as a couple but just as two people brought together in a beautiful universe of accidents and chances.
Fast forward to almost two years later, and the beautiful girl with purple hair is my girlfriend, and every time I hold her hand I am reminded of the first day I gained such a privilege. We have since gone back to the same parade a year later and held hands, not as almost-strangers, but as definite lovers. Her purple hair is like the final paint strokes of a sunset, making way to a sky full of our lucky stars.
Published on February 8, 2018, 2:56 pm
By Bryan L
A friend of mine and some of his friends had a "movie night" every Monday and they could each invite one person. The only way the person could return was if everyone agreed. I got the invitation. Charles was a friend of my friend who was in the group. When we were making introductions, Charles commented:
"You have nice hands, can I hold it during the movie?"
The date and location for the map I chose are where the AMC Studio 30 movie theater is located. Fast forward to 2015, we were married the day same-sex marriage became legal in Texas. Several years ago, Charles got me a piece of art with the coordinates of the theater so this was the perfect match: what the stars were like that night. Unfortunately, we can't remember what the movie was! We saw many many more movies at the theater. It's in a very suburban area so there was no chance to see the real stars that night so this gift was an extra special opportunity to remember that date in that place.
What an awesomely unique gift that will be cherished for years to come!
Published on February 8, 2018, 2:46 pm
By Carly H
My husband and I met on a plane that departed the Cincinnati airport at 6:00 am on December 24, 2009! We had grown up and lived most of our lives a short 10 minutes from each other but it took that random early morning flight for our paths to cross. Under lucky stars for sure. We titled the picture “Out of the Blue” for the song we danced to at our wedding by The Band.
The stars, the serendipity, the luck are all wrapped up in the Under Lucky Stars poster. We love it and enjoy looking at it in our bedroom every day.
Published on February 8, 2018, 2:38 pm
By Kenna K
My cousin got married to the love of her life.
I had been looking for a unique present for her and her husband as a Christmas and wedding present and came across Under Lucky Stars on Tumblr. I saw how beautiful the charts looked and knew immediately that it would be something she would love.
My cousin is such a beautiful person with a huge heart. For her to have found a person that cherishes her and is deserving of her was a lovely thing. They had been friends for a long time (even hated each other when they first met) and slowly fell in love. Their story is unique and wonderful, just as they are. She is a very artistic person and comes from an artistic family. As soon as I saw this I knew that she would see it as a piece of art and love how completely original it was. I was an absolute hit at Christmas and everyone was completely in awe of the star chart. They (like me) had never seen a product or company like Under Lucky Stars.
This was the perfect Wedding and Christmas present and will forever encapsulate such a special day.
Published on February 8, 2018, 2:35 pm