For some, the usual fare of candy and flowers on Valentine’s Day is just the right expression of sentiment of romance. But for young filmmaker Kamren Kennedy, he wanted to do something special for his girlfriend, Tiera Leftwich, without resorting to what everyone else did.
What Kennedy came up with was truly imaginative. The 22-year-old decided to make Tiera a bouquet himself and construct it of something she truly loved: Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets.
It was well established in their relationship that Tiera loved Chick-fil-A, sometimes going four times in a week. That is when Kennedy and his mom decided that maybe a bouquet of nuggets from Chick-fil-A was just the ticket.
Kennedy and his mom went to Chick-fil-A on the Friday before Valentine's Day to buy supplies so that he could practice. He put candy in a jar and used skewers to build the bouquet and to make it more stable. On the big day, he simply needed to get more nuggets to make it all work. Kennedy also made Tiera some chocolate-covered strawberries for a gift that featured both tradition and creativity aimed right at the recipient.
On Sunday, Kennedy ordered 30 nuggets at his local Chick-fil-A along with two large orders of fries. He assembled the food bouquet at the restaurant before delivering it to Leftwich.
Kamren had told Tiera that he was planning to bring his gift at 3 but didn’t get there till an hour later. The assembly process took a little bit longer than expected. “I was thinking he was late because he forgot about me," Leftwich said.
However once Kennedy arrived, her doubts dissipated. "When she first saw the vase, I think she was thinking it was maybe flowers - but when she looked closely, her mouth just dropped," Kennedy said. "She wasn't expecting anything like that. She was just in awe about it. I like seeing her happy like that."
For Tiera’s part, she too did a little bit of exotic bouquet arranging on her own. Kennedy’s favorite snack, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups is relished by him in the same way that Tiera likes Chick-fil-A.