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 Travis D
Our favorite in April
On the 13th of September, 2013 I finally married the girl of my dreams.
I had a crush on her from the moment I met here at the grade school but never got up the courage to go for it. We were best friends in High School and went separate ways after that. Then I heard she was getting married and I was happy for her, of course, but secretly devastated. I thought I had lost my chance forever. I regretted every missed opportunity and every time I should have told her how I felt. However, the universe works in mysterious ways, and not too long after that, I heard they had separated. I didn't hesitate. I got in touch with her immediately and it was as nothing had changed. She was the same girl I was crazy about most of my life, but this time I let her know. I wasn't going to miss my shot again. We went walking in our town during the days, and spent our nights out under the stars. I had finally found someone to share in my more nerdy hobbies. I taught her about the stars and constellations. And she taught me again what it was like to be truly happy.
I knew from our first official date I was going to marry her, and it didn't take me long to ask. I had done enough waiting for this to happen. We always had fun together in our own little world and liked things to be our way. So Friday the 13th seemed like the perfect choice. It was the happiest day of my life and it has been amazing ever since then.
About a year later we got a telescope and continued our little adventures under the stars with meteor showers and lunar eclipses and so on. I thought this star chart would be a perfect birthday gift for her and she loves it. We were married outside so it is even more fitting to have a star chart for that date and time.
Published on May 1, 2018, 9:41 am
By Brian S
Our favorite in February
I was in the third grade when the love of my life walked into the classroom. Who would have thought that 10 years later, on August 17th, 2015, I would have the opportunity to rekindle my warm relationship with her.
She and I had the cliché on-and-off-again elementary school relationship of "dating", but never actually spending time with each other outside of school. Being born in the age of technology, the majority of our communication consisted of online chatting and texting on our parents' phones. Sneaking a few kisses by the water fountain after school; sitting by each other at every school assembly so she could subtly lean on me; holding hands while no one was looking, then shying away when attention came our way; these are just a few of the fondest memories we share together - and I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world.
"The best things in life are worth waiting for" - this is a phrase that now makes so much sense to me, because in the past, I wasn't ready to call the girl of my dreams mine. I wanted her more than anything in the world. But because we were young and inexperienced, we did not understand how to preserve the love we had for each other.
On to high school we went. During this time, we travelled our separate paths for three whole years. Three years of no communication outside of the friendly "hey how's it going". Looking back, those three miserable years were the best thing for us. We matured, underwent experiences that changed us, and figured out who we are.
She fell in love with someone else. They dated for over two years and I was heartbroken. It was a bittersweet feeling - knowing she was happy was the joy in me, but knowing she was happy with someone else was the bitterness I held inside. I always thought they would get married and live happily ever after so I tried to move on, as well. I was unsuccessful. Through all of the girls I talked to, or went out on a date with - I never kissed any of them. I had many opportunities to do so, but I truly didn't want to. I wanted to wait for the girl who left her mark on my lips. So that's exactly what I did.
Going into senior year, I was totally and completely unaware that her and her longtime boyfriend broke up that summer. Sitting in my friend's basement at 10:45p.m., I get a text out of the blue from her asking me to hangout at the local park. With no thought, I hopped up like a spring and ran to my car to drive over to meet with her. With three years of absence in each other's lives, we picked up a heartfelt conversation with no awkwardness like we never skipped a beat. She told me that she was heartbroken and for some reason that she couldn't understand, she just wanted to be with me. Not romantically, but just as a loving friend to comfort her. But it was at that moment, on that picnic bench in the park on August 17, 2015, at 11:00p.m., that our stars had finally aligned.
Published on March 13, 2018, 4:02 pm
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 Stefan C
The date and time i chose for my constellation has a pretty funny little love story behind it.
At the time i had been working at a hotel as a valet. A typical busy music night it the lobby meant a full dance floor poppin' with locals and travelers. Being valet, I would see almost every face that walked in or out of the hotel. Many cute girls and young men mingling around and myself, a young single guy on the job. At one point in the middle of the evening, a girl came in and caught my eye.
Whether I was nervous or just plain self-conscious, I don’t know, but I didn’t shoot my shot. I just continued organizing keys and parking cars.
As my shift came to an end and people started to either head to their rooms for the night, or back on the streets to the next spot to drink, I noticed the pretty girl from earlier standing with some friends about to leave. I was chatting with a friend who had been drinking and hanging out inside when I felt someone standing beside me.
Surprised at first, I expected maybe she needed directions, but when she calmly asked, “ummm.. yea' I was just wondering if you were wearing socks.. “. Without thinking I reached down and pulled some of my no-show socks from my slip on vans and said, “Yea' uhh.. ha ha.. that’s pretty random. Is that really what you wanted to ask?” She turned and confirmed the information about my socks to her group and they applauded and naturally I assumed maybe she was on a scavenger hunt. With a big nervous smile on her face and she looked back and batted her pretty long lashes and said, “No uhh I actually just thought you were really cute and wanted to talk to you”.
Being newly single and also so shocked that SHE was hitting on ME, I replied quickly, “OH S**T REALLY?! uh damn thanks.” After the usual ‘are you single’, exchanging names and numbers, and fast nervous small talk while I neglect my walkie-talkie chatter from my PBX receptionist, that would be the moment I met my person.
My town, shortly after, was struck with a wildfire disaster and most communications were down, but we happened to be together when it happened so it brought us closer than ever. It brought us to Italy on our sixth month and it the reason I'm getting her these lucky stars for our ONE YEAR anniversary.
I’ve never met someone so perfect for me. She gets me on more levels than anyone and we connect so organically.
If our story taught me anything it’s these three things:
- When you know, you know.
- When you aren’t searching you find the best treasures.
- And that the most important and gratifying feeling is feeling appreciated and showing someone how much you appreciate them.
If you find someone and they make you feel like that, thank your lucky stars and go with it. It doesn’t happen every day so keep your eyes open and WEAR SOCKS!! And for any girls out there or any guys who don’t know how to initiate conversation, JUST SAY SOMETHING, because it could be the start of EVERYTHING.
I Love You, Amelia!
Published on October 12, 2018, 1:52 pm
By Matthew S
6108 Chester Street is a special location to both my wife and myself.
It is the location of the church which we were married in, and we happened to be married there on June 4th, 2010 at 6 PM. But, our fondness of this location does not stop there. I grew up in that church. I met and still have great friends from that church, 16 years later. I learned to play guitar and bass which I continue to do today, while at that church. I experienced a great loss of a building which held some treasured memories when that building caught fire and burnt down. I experienced great joy when we rebuilt in that same location. I then was able to experience some of the greatest joys I ever had at that time, when my wife, who I was newly dating, was baptized in that church. After this, we began to begin something we enjoy still to this day, singing and praising together in the church. My future wife began a job at that church, which she worked at until we moved out of state as I began my career.
Fast forward a few years and my sister and brother-in-law were married in this church. After that, my wife and I were married in that church. The pastor and his wife, who had since moved away, made a special trip down from Nebraska to marry us. Our dog, Tim, who is now fifteen years old, got to be Man's Best Friend, and ring bearer, for the wedding. But, perhaps, he became bored, because he fell asleep at the altar. My groomsmen, all but one in the military, were able to come back and join us for this special occasion. This church holds so many memories for us, both good and bad, but the greatest of which occurred on June 4th, 2010 at 6 PM. We were married. We became one before God and our family and friends. We began the special journey of life together. We began the foundation for our faith and lives that we carry on today and will pass on to our two children.
Without this church, and this date, we would not be where we are today.
Published on October 12, 2018, 1:46 pm
By Lillian D
I walked up to this tiny cabin in the middle of the Arcata forest, bright light was flowing out of the windows and music was floating out of the small crack in the kitchen window.
I knocked on the old wooden door and I heard scrambling and the door unlock. She opens; her smile is wide and hits right at my heart. Our third date, and I can tell she is nervous by the way she is scampering around the kitchen trying to cook for me. We eat on the floor, not a single chair in the whole place, which is romantically perfect. Conversation is easy, with silences filled with giggles of anticipation.
We have no idea what the evening was going to have in store for us, but we were comforted by the fact that it was with each other. Never have I been so intrigued, inspired, and flustered by a woman like this before. My normal confidence was left outside when she opened that door. While she washes the dishes, I am overwhelmed by how she makes my chest ache and my skin tingle. I had to feel her in my arms. I get the courage to kiss her, and we melt into our own world. We breathed our whole bodies in. For a moment we are just looking at the others face, me memorizing how her eyes are shining and wide with wonder. She took a deep preparing breath, and asked me if I would lay with her under the stars.
She wanted to lay in my arms, under her skylight before she moved out of the cabin. I could not imagine a more spectacular way to end the evening. We climbed up onto her loft, and simply laid together. We were silent in the stillness of the October darkness. The branches above the skylight danced with the wind against the lighted night sky. We stared at the constellations as she moved closer to me, intertwining our legs and fingers. I felt her inhale against my ear and I turned into her kiss.
Whenever we talk of this night and she tells me it the night she fell in love. That night, in her cabin, under the skylight, looking at the stars, is the night we started falling in love with one another.
Published on October 12, 2018, 1:43 pm
By Ana P
I met my future wife in Kalamazoo, Mi on Feb 20th 2010 somewhere between 10pm and 11pm. I was single and in my early 20s and although I was getting tired of playing the field but my friends had convinced me to go out on a whim. I am lesbian and at the time the Metro Bar was the only gay friendly bar in the immediate area so naturally that is where we usually ended up.
I will admit that when I saw my wife that I was a wee bit intoxicated but I found out that she was as well. I sauntered up to the bar that she was sitting at, alone, and ordered a drink but kept her in my side view as I ordered. As I was waiting I turned to her and I told her that I thought she was pretty. This was kind of a bold move for me but I had some liquid courage so I was feeling (overly)confident. She looked at me and her response was "You're straight". So for the next hour or so we went back and forth like that. I found out about her job and where she was from and that we had some mutual friends (which is not uncommon in the LGBT community). I went home that night a little dazed and not just because of the alcohol.
The next morning when I woke up I tried to recount my evening and could not for the life of me remember my her name. I knew that I had talked to someone who I thought was attractive and she knew one of my friends and that she was really funny. So I did some light "facebook stalking" and managed to figure out who she was (thankfully!). Knowing my wife she would not have gone through these lengths because she is much shyer than I am so luckily I remembered enough to find her!
I added her on facebook and we started chatting and picked up right where we left off. She charmed me with her wit and humor and I knew pretty quickly that we were right for each other. We agreed to meet the following weekend at the same bar and spot and the rest is herstory.
The bar is now defunct but it holds such a special memory for us. As a young LGBTQ person you need to have safe spaces to meet and just be yourself and the Metro provided that for us. I may have never met my wife if we didn't have the Metro.
The photo was taken in June 2014 on our wedding day. :} We couldn't legally get married in our home state so we went to Niagara Falls, NY. In June of 2015 our marriage was made legal federally, which includes our home state of Michigan.
Published on October 12, 2018, 1:41 pm
By Amanda G
During the last month of my second year of college, I started dating with my best friend.
We never put a label on it because he wasn't planning on returning to school the following year. We said goodbye for what we thought would be forever since he was going home to San Fransisco and I was living in New York. A few months prior, I had decided to go on a solo trip to Europe at the end of the spring semester, which I thought would go smoothly. I was wrong. The moment I stepped foot on the plane to London I was miserable. I missed my best friend/no-label-boyfriend and cried every single day I was in London. On the third day of my Europe trip, it was time to go to Paris where, again, I was sad. This time it was worse because I was in the City of Love all by myself!
Around 10:30pm that evening there was a knock on the door, I moped myself to the door, and it was him! He flew all the way from San Francisco to Paris to surprise me since he knew I was so down. We went for a walk that night to the Eiffel Tower and at 11:06pm standing in front of the tower we hugged and cried and made it official - we were boyfriend and girlfriend.
Published on May 1, 2018, 10:48 am
By Connor S
One month before I was meant to move to Ireland on a year-long work visa, I went to a concert in Philadelphia by myself. The band is called Little Green Cars. After the show, I happened to hear a group of people with Irish accents. I started talking with them about how I was moving to Ireland but didn’t know where I was going to live. They suggested Galway, Ireland (where they went to school). I took their advice, and moved there in May of 2016, not knowing a soul.
A few months later in August, I told a new friend of mine this story and sure enough, he knew the people I had met back home in Philadelphia! He told me they would be at his house party. I ended up having a great conversation with one of the Irish girls I met Philadelphia. The next party she was at, we ended up gazing at the stars together in the backyard. I pointed out some of the constellations I knew. Two months later we were dating, and a year after our star gazing, we eloped.
April 20th, 2016, around 11pm is when I met the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with. The caption “It’s Easy To Fall In Love With You” is from a song by the Little Green Cars.
Published on May 1, 2018, 10:29 am
By Jared M
My girlfriend is half-Peruvian, on her father's side.
She didn’t grow up knowing him so she wasn’t able to really learn about her Spanish heritage. After we met, she began to have a father-daughter relationship with him and have grown quite close. I knew she always wanted to learn more of her Peruvian side so we spoke of visiting Machu Picchu in Peru one day.
After two years of dating, I decided I wanted to be with her forever. My mother had passed away when I was young and my sister had her old engagement ring but she lives in Chile. I wanted to create a new ring with my mother's diamonds and ask my girlfriend to marry me. The only way to do this was to have the ring made in Chile and have my sister meet me somewhere halfway, we live in Miami Florida. I had the ring made and decided this was the time to plan the trip to Peru and Machu Picchu. And what more magical place to propose I thought! So I did everything I could to organize her dream trip to her unknown homeland possible.
On March 28th atop one of the seven wonders of the world, I made her mine forever.
Published on May 1, 2018, 10:23 am
By Boats M
My boyfriend and I began dating on April 15, 2017 at 5:49am. We had met in my hometown of Charlottesville, VA, and became very close friends about a month beforehand.
We had discovered at that time that we both love stars, and decided to go out stargazing together that night. The stars have a way of making people talk deeply to one another, and during our deep discussion, a shooting star made its way across the night sky. I made my wish and he made his. And while I don't know what he wished for that night, my wish came true.
Not long after our shooting star, we kissed under the light of the night sky. We are both Irish, and I wear a claddagh ring, which symbolizes one's relationship status based on how you wear it. After talking for hours, pacing around the room, and discussing what our future together would be like, at 5:49am he turned my claddagh ring around, and we were officially together.
I got him this star chart for our one year anniversary, so we can always remember the stars of the night our journey together began.
Published on May 1, 2018, 9:10 am
By Derrek Q
My wife and I had been trying to have children for almost six years. We tried everything.
Then in 2015, we found out she was expecting. We were overjoyed. We planned, renovated, and got everything ready for our little bundle of joy. Two months into the pregnancy, the doctor told us the surprising news. Twins. Not one, but two. We couldn't be happier, scared, and nervous. We went through everything again getting ready for two more family members. Two cribs, two car seats, two high chairs. Everything was coming together.
Then the unthinkable happened. One had died in the womb. We were devastated. The next day, we lost the second twin. We were heartbroken. Then my wife developed a hemorrhage. Surgery right away. I almost lost her too. She barely survived. We were told it was highly unlikely she would ever conceive again. Our hopes and dreams were taken from us in less than a week.
After a year-long recovery, we started getting back to normal. One morning, my wife was very ill. I took her to the DR. After a few tests, the doctor informed us she was pregnant. We were stunned. So after nine months of bed rest, on January 3rd, 2017 at 2:30pm, our daughter was born. Happy and healthy. Mom did just great, happy and healthy as well. Our family was finally whole. After the devastation we went through to the miracle we were blessed with, I had to commemorate our little miracle and the day our family became whole.
Published on March 19, 2018, 4:05 pm
By Madalyn A
The Fall of 2016 was my first semester at college, which means it was also my first time living so far away from home.
I was hopeful at the beginning, but by October, I was incredibly homesick. To top it off, my high school relationship was falling apart and becoming very unhealthy. And then, on my birthday, I started talking to Him. We instantly became the best of friends. He helped me with schoolwork, got me going to church again, and helped me realize how terrible of a relationship I was in. We would stay up way too late talking almost every night. Little by little, I was falling in love with him, but I wouldn’t admit it.
Then came December 16th - the day we were all leaving to go home for Christmas break. I had slept the entire night in his lap, where I fell asleep talking. He stopped by my room the next morning to get my vacuum cleaner, or so I thought. The look on his face said otherwise. A friend of his from school had passed away that morning. We hugged for a long time and then sat in silence, soaking up each other’s company. When it was time to leave, he helped me pack my car full of too many suitcases that I can never seem to get down. My plan for the day was to go by my current boyfriend’s apartment on the way home and break up. It had come to that point, but I was still so nervous.
Right before I left, he gave me a hug. While holding me ever-so tight, he said, “If I’ve learned anything today, it’s that life is too short. We don’t know when it’s going to end. So do what makes You happy today. It’s worth it". I cried the entire way home. I knew right then that I was madly in love with him.
A few months later, he became my boyfriend, and now I can’t imagine life any other way.
Published on March 15, 2018, 3:45 pm
By Savannah C L
My parents were married at the Holiday Marina on Lake Lanier in Buford, Georgia on April 16, 1988.
Though I'm sure that the entire night was memorable for them, 6:30pm was when the actual ceremony began. This year, my parents will have been married for thirty years, having been together for a total of thirty-three years, and I wanted to make it a really special anniversary for them. Almost thirty years ago, another chapter of their lives began.
Together, they made it through years of unsuccessful attempts to have children. They made it through actually having a child and raising that child. They made it through all thirty-two years that it took my father to earn his bachelor's degree and they're currently braving it out his master's degree. They've been through countless new jobs, new promotions, new cars. They've struggled to make ends meet so that they could send their child to a better school. They've buried their parents. They have been through a lifetime of memories and they're still together.
In the next thirty years, they'll see their only child graduate high school and go off to college. They'll see her earn degrees and make a life for herself. They'll see her wedding and welcome her children.
And I have no doubt that they will still be together and very much in love. Thirty years is just the beginning, but it's a beginning that I wanted to celebrate.
Published on March 15, 2018, 3:37 pm
By Jessica C
On March 5th, 2017 at 5:49 pm in Orlando, FL, a beautiful little prince was born into the stars.
My son Mickaël was called back home before he ever had the chance to greet me with a glance of his beautiful eyes or before I had a chance to hear his first cry outside of my womb. Not a single day goes by where I don’t wonder where my baby boy resides. My faith leads me to believe he is in a place, much more pleasant then we can ever imagine, but I still feel his angelic presence all around me. I feel him in every gust of wind and I see him in every shining star in the night sky. Although it is difficult for anyone to comprehend why the stars aligned that night as they did, as fate should have it, our lives forever changed.
This map from Under Lucky Stars was the perfect gift to celebrate my son’s precious life on his first birthday. It hangs in his nursery, over his crib, and serves as the perfect keepsake of the most important day of my life - the day I became a mother to an angel, but a mother nonetheless.
Published on March 15, 2018, 2:57 pm
By Kale F
I was in the Marine Corps for 8 years and did two combat deployments and another visiting the world. I did not have the best experiences over in Afghanistan, and experienced ups and downs since joining and leaving the Marine Corps. I got lost along my way but Kortnie changed all of that.
I married my wife Kortnie July 29th, 2017 in Ripley, NY at a beautiful winery. It was an amazing day, the weather was perfect, the family actually got along well and behaved. Everything came together; from our song, James Arthur "Say you won't let go", to the anniversary song by Aaron Lewis "Tangled up in you", to our daughter getting to sing "Roar" by Katy Perry as the last song. While we were finishing up the evening and loading up the cars I was caught off guard by someone setting off a huge firework that shook the windows of the car. My instincts kicked in and I had a terrible flashback to one of the nights we got attacked in Afghanistan. I broke down and Kortnie ran to comfort me. She held me until I calmed down.
A line in my vows said "With you by my side I will never be alone". I was not alone battling my darkness on July 29th, 2017 at 9:42pm.
Published on March 13, 2018, 6:19 pm
By Heather F
Once upon a time, there lived a young man. Correction: there live a young, brave, and handsome man. At the age of 18, he ventured out into the world to find his place. His place at that time, just so happened to be in the United States Marine Corps. Lucky for him (or perhaps lucky for him and her), there was also a young, cheerful, and also brave lady who struck out on this same path.
The two enlisted from different states and ended up on similar paths. Having graduated recruit training together, but not knowing it. They went through schooling together for nearly a year before they actually "met". After a yearlong friendship, the two became young lovers. Stationed overseas in Iwakuni, Japan under mixed pretenses.
Both found in the other something they never even knew they were looking for. A partner, a confidant, a friend that never falters. Eventually, something even greater than they even knew was possible. A spouse, and a parent to raise their children with.
On January 4th, 2007 in Iwakuni, under Lucky Stars; the two were married and thus began the best story of their lifetime. Forever and always.
Published on March 13, 2018, 4:21 pm
By Lexi R
This was the day my brother Carson was born into the world.
When I was 17 my brother tragically passed away. He was a loving brother, friend & son. We made so many amazing memories together throughout his short life. I will always remember him for his big heart & sensitive side towards others, especially those in need. He was hilarious and could make anybody laugh.
I got the Under Lucky Stars frame for my mom and dad's 28th year anniversary they would have shared together. Unfortunately, my father passed away last year and now it is my mom and I. I wanted to remind her of this precious day because Carson was their firstborn. What an amazing, heartfelt gift I was able to give her. Thank you so much!
Published on March 13, 2018, 4:12 pm
By Scott F
On the 28th of November 2011, in a basement ecology laboratory, my now-fiancé Scott kissed me for the first time after a praying mantis from his project jumped from his hands to my head.
5 years later, the animal trend continued as he proposed to me with a live penguin, Kevin, who was wearing a bow tie saying ‘Marry Me?’ at Long Island Aquarium in New York.
Now, I’m moving to New York where he lives. I sent him the star map as a reminder that we’ve been through so much, but it all started with a kiss in the most ridiculous of situations.
Published on March 13, 2018, 4:06 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 C
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