1. Wedding date? Friday, May 11, 2012
2. How did you Meet? We met through mutual friends on what was supposed to be a triple date. Our friends that we met through, were dating at the time. They showed up, as well as myself with my ex. However, my wife’s ex did not make it out that night. Nothing happened between us that night, nothing. Not a stare, or a hint of interest from either side. I mean, I did of course notice her beauty… but what man wouldn’t. All I knew was that I was out in a group with 3 women and that was it. Both of us were in failing relationships that pretty much flat lined around the time we met. It was the second and third times that we met up along with our two friends, that I really noticed her and wanted to see her again and again. The fourth time we went out was also a double date with our friends that introduced us. That night, a connection was made, I felt as if they weren’t even there and we were alone. We opened up so much to each other that night it was unbelievable…things were shared that normally would be saved for later. But I was so intrigued by how mature she was, her natural beauty, her “I don’t have time for games” attitude, and her sense of fashion that I had to have her…plain and simple.
3. How long did you all date? We met in June of 2007, and we started talking and getting to know one another in the beginning of 2008. We were together for about 3 ½ years before getting married in 2012.
4. Can you give me a summary of your special day? (food, drinks, tux anything that really jumped out at you) So many things jump out! I LOVED, my tux. I had a two tone theme with the cream/ivory jacket, same color tie, black vest, black pants, black shoes with white stitching, and a white & black sports watch to match. My Groomsmen were looking very sharp, but of course, I had them beat. I still feel mixed emotions about that day when I think back on it. Sometimes I feel as if I was overwhelmed with the tasks I had left to accomplish (pick up the SUV, pick up someone from the airport, get a haircut, pickup our passports from the passport agency, head to the hotel to get ready, etc.), and other times I feel as if the day flew by and it was a breeze. Either way, it felt like a week since I hadn’t seen her and all I wanted to do was see her face, and how beautiful she was going to look, and she didn’t disappoint. It turned out perfect, it was an outdoor wedding, the weather was excellent, the energy was great, I wish we could do it all over again…craziness and all.
5. Favorite part or parts of the wedding? I truly did love my wedding from beginning to end, but moments like watching her walk down the aisle were huge, that was something I wish I could go back to and watch. The Pastor was the first to walk out and I was next after him. The wedding party followed me, and watching them walk down was special…especially with the music was had picked out. My brother was my best man, and I almost lost myself after he walked down the aisle to stand next to me. Those few minutes were epic. Seeing everyone there for us was also great, I felt like everyone was genuinely happy to see us get married. All the excitement from the moment I showed up with the Groomsmen, to the end of the actual ceremony was my favorite part, I just wanted to see her because it had been such a crazy 24 hours. Oh and how can I forget, getting that garter!!!
6. What was one surprising thing you found out about your spouse after you got married? I really can’t say that I’ve found out anything surprising about her since we were already living together for quite some time. Not sure if it’s because I‘ve always felt that once we were married, nothing would change…but I really haven’t noticed anything drastic. I can say, that I do feel loved by her more and more each day. I actually think I’ve noticed more about myself than her. I can’t be away from her for too long, I hate when she’s out of town…I get grumpy.
7. If you could change/add/subtract one thing about your wedding day what would it be? I wish I got a bit on the tipsy side, I really didn’t eat or drink much. It was so strange because we both were looking forward to the food after our tasting a few weeks prior. By all accounts from everyone that showed up, the food was fantastic, which really made me wish I enjoyed it more. I also wish I could have taken part in the cocktail hour, we had a saxophonist performing and it would’ve been great to be there for it. But while that was going on, we were taking pictures, and that was as fun.
8. What is the best piece marriage of advice you have received? To keep doing what you have been doing to get you to this point…to not change what got you here. Just because you’re married now, does not mean things have to change.
9. What advice would you give other couples? Keep God first and communicate effectively. You can hear what others have to say, but you as a couple, should eventually make up your own mind on things that concern you two…this is YOUR relationship. Do things on your own terms because you’re with that person, you are not with your friend or family member.