The tragedy of the March 1, 2007 tornado is something that will live with Enterprise residents forever, but for Isaac Yaronczyk and Victoria Borneman at least one happy ending came from it: an engagement.
The two met just over 10 years ago at Enterprise State Community College during Enterprise High School’s time using the facilities. Yaronczyk, who experienced the tornado two years earlier first hand, met Borneman during the break between classes. Students enjoyed hanging out by the trees in the ESCC courtyard and the couple was no different, though one specific tree holds their first memory.
“There’s a specific tree out there that for us, when we think of when we first met, we think of the tree; there’s the nostalgia of a tree, and it’s so simple,” Yaronczyk said. “Being in the old high school, I had walked the halls of the old high school, but being here and meeting here—there’s so much sentimental value to the campus because of the memories that she and I shared just being here. It’s absolutely wonderful for us.”
Although they are now engaged, it was certainly a long road for the couple. Yaronczyk first asked out Borneman in high school, but Borneman said no.
“My plans were always to graduate high school with all A’s and B’s, graduate college with A’s and B’s, get a stable job and then start dating,” Borneman said. “And that’s exactly what I did.”
Yaronczyk would try again before leaving the area to attend basic training.
“In high school, it was one of those things, young love—I asked her out, she said no, so I was a little hurt, but I moved on. Before I left for basic, I showed up at her house and asked her, ‘Hey, could I write to you while I’m in the military?’ and she said no,” Yaronczyk said laughing.
Borneman said it’s because she didn’t want to risk falling in love with him sooner.
Yaronczyk would come back to Enterprise in 2014 after leaving the military and the two would rekindle a long friendship, which led to something to more.
He would end up proposing at a friend’s New Year’s party on Jan. 1, 2018 while playing the “Two Truths and a Lie” game, and—by his own admission—was a nervous wreck.
“When it came my turn from the game, I said, ‘I’m going to learn to love my job,’ and people just laughed, and I said ‘I’m going to lose 50 pounds,’ and I looked at her, and I said ‘There’s nothing about her I’d like to change other than her last name,’” Yaronczyk said. “So I pulled out the box, got down on one knee, and pretty much everyone in the room knew and was applauding. As I was trying to put the ring on her finger, I was shaking, I was so nervous and excited at the same time.”
Borneman said the proposal actually turned her turn in the game into “two lies and a truth,” but that she was happy it finally happened.
“Honestly, it was something that I had hoped for for awhile but he made it come true in just a simple question,” Borneman said. “And (it happened) in front of family, my best friends so I couldn’t have asked for a better proposal.”
The two will officially tie the knot on March 2, 12 years and a day after the tragic tornado and it will be held at ESCC, the place that brought them together through that tragedy. It will be the first wedding ever held at the college, and the couple says that they couldn’t think of a better place to have it.
“When we started looking for venues, we weren’t really satisfied with what we were finding—it didn’t seem to suit us,” Yaronczyk said. “At one point she was just kind of half-joking and said, ‘Well, why don’t we get married at the community college?’ I was like ‘Why don’t we?’ So I went to (ESCC President) Mr. (Matt) Rodgers—he was an assistant principal at the high school my senior year, so he knows me very well, he knows us—and his first response was, ‘I don’t know, I’ll have to ask around, I don’t think anyone’s ever asked that.’ After about a week he was like, ‘Yeah, everybody said it’s okay, there’s not a problem.’ For us, it was kind of a no-brainer—our relationship started here, so we figured the rest of our lives should start here as well.”
Rodgers said that while it’s an honor for the school to hold its first wedding, the fact that the wedding is between two former students that he’s watched grow makes it extra special.
“I am extremely excited for Isaac and Victoria,” Rodgers said. “I had the privilege of being their principal at Enterprise High School and watched them grow up. I am proud of both of them and excited they chose to have this special day on the Enterprise State campus. I can’t think of a better compliment to an institution. Our staff will do our part to make this day a special experience.”
The couple already has post-wedding plans for their future as well. Yaronczyk is currently studying business administration at ESCC with the plan to transfer to Troy University to finish the degree.
After Yaronczyk graduates, they will move to Clarksville, Tenn. Yaronczyk said he fell in love with the area when he was stationed at Fort Campbell.
Borneman said she’s a little apprehensive about leaving her family in Enterprise and her job, but that she’s prepared for anything as long as Yaronczyk is with her.
“That’s kind of the miracle that brings everything together—traveling, meeting new people, joining new family—I can’t complain,” Borneman said. “Life’s going to be perfect no matter how hard or how easy it is. I’m ready for the adventure.”