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My Fairytale

9.18.2013
When I was trying to decide on what to blog about today I had a few ideas rambling around in my brain, but then I got distracted at looking at photos on my computer. (Distractions are a normal occurrence in my life). I came across some of my engagements and bridals and that's when it hit me! I have never shared my love story. You know, how it all happened. So I know it's not all glitter and fireworks for you, but for me, it's happiness. It's pure happiness. Most every girl I know dreams up that moment. The ring, the man, the expressions... and then when it happens all that goes out the window and you find yourself in the moment, swept off your feet and simply happy.

Or at least that's how it was for me.

I used to live in North Carolina where I worked as a marketing director for Chick-fil-A. That job paid my bills all through high school and my first year of college, up until I went to the Police Academy. Jon's sister also worked at CFA as the lead marketing director. We worked closely together for 2 years. Kimberly was rooted in Christ, married, had 3 children and became just an incredible confidant and friend. We began having meetings out to lunch together, shopping together, I would babysit her children. We became like sisters! Well Kimberly saw me go through a really crappy relationship. You know that one where you think you have found the one. When you think you know what love is. The one that has to break your heart completely before you really find true love. Yeah she was there for all of that. Until finally I put an end to that relationship and decided to learn to love myself. Kim would constantly mention her brother or tell me how great he was and I how we would hit it off if we met. At that time I just wasn't interested in a boyfriend, much less a set-up.
One year passed after my breakup. That was a year of healing for me because I learned to love myself again. I learned what I wanted and what I was content waiting for. Throughout that year Kim mentioned Jon's name a few more times. I stalked him a little on Facebook to see what he looked like. But I still turned the set-up down. Until one day Kim asked me if I would come to her kids baseball game. And she just happened to mention Jon would probably be coming too. I have no idea what changed, but I was ready to meet him. I found myself giddy like a high school girl. So with butterflies swarming my stomach I headed to the game that evening. Kim lived less than a half mile from the baseball field so we ended up walking. That walk felt like it took years. I didn't know if I had to pee or throw up or giggle hysterically. Oh I was a hot mess! Until we started heading down the hill and I saw him. My whole world fell silent. No exaggeration.

I couldn't take my eyes off him.

He was extremely hot, dressed casually in jeans, a viper T-shirt with a backwards baseball cap and black sporty sunglasses. As soon as he smiled in my direction I'm pretty sure I blacked out for a minute. When he spoke to me I tried to remember to remain calm, look cute, be yourself, but goodness he seriously had me mesmerized. It was a feeling I had never felt before.

That night at the baseball game we chatted it up. The conversation was easy and we had so much in common. We went to dinner afterwards with the entire family and then even spent some time at Kimberly's house after dinner hanging out with her kids. I found myself even more smitten seeing the way he was with his niece and nephews. I finally left (not wanting the night to end) and prayed pleaded to God he would be interested in me. Not even 10 minutes after I left Kim called and said he asked for my number. I almost had to pull over the excitement was so thrilling! And the man didn't wait either. Moments later I had my first message from him! That night we talked for quite some time. Not even a month later he sent flowers to my office asking me to check yes or no to being his girlfriend!
The rest is history. That night at the baseball game I knew I loved him. You can call me crazy all you want, but a girl knows. In my heart I knew.

Six months later he got down on one knee in the privacy of our own home, 5,000 rose pedals scattered throughout the house and Marry Me by Train playing in the background. Six months after that we met at the alter. And here we are, a little over a year married. Living our happy every after.
I didn't think I could love that man more than I did in the beginning. But he is an even better husband than he was boyfriend. He is my best friend. My confidant. My voice of reason. My sounding board. My cheerleader. He is my daily commitment. And my love for him continues to grow stronger.
Everyone says the first year of marriage is the hardest. I have to disagree. The first year is the best! And it's everything you put into it. And the best part is, it isn't over. There are more pages to turn.
The end.

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17 comments on "My Fairytale"
  1. Those pictures are sooo good, I love the car and the vintage theme! Your story is just like mine. When I met my husband I fell in love and 6 years of marriage, we are still so in love.

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  2. AWW!! Your story is so sweet! I love the pictures, you are gorgeous!

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  3. oh.my.gosh. Yalls story is adorable!! Beautiful pictures! Absolutely gorgeous!!

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  4. This is precious! What a great story! And your pictures are amazing!! Love the vintage-ness =)

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  5. I smiled all the way through this. So glad to finally hear the whole story. Love you, dear!

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  6. ...Seriously?! This is so super adorable! I'm actually tearing up!
    Amazing story, and amazing photos too! :)

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  7. These pictures are too cute! And your story is adorable, I'm glad you found such a true love, it seems rare these days.

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  8. You both are so adorable and make such a great couple..Thank you for sharing your story and pictures.

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  9. Such a cute story! I think the first year is the best, too!

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  10. Your pictures together are perfectly gorgeous!! And what a sweet love story, too!

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  11. I love the honesty and authenticity of this story. It's a beautiful one and I love to hear how such cool and inspirational couples got their starts. As a side note, your engagement pictures are fantastic! I'm always so skeptical of engagement shoots and go back and forth about having our own done, I feel like they can look so forced and contrite, but yours put an awesome spin on it and look so real! The happiness is contagious and I love it!

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  12. What an adorable story :)
    So sweet!
    Also, your pictures! Oh my goodness you are a gorgeous couple!

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  13. What a sweet and awesome story! I love this and your pictures are gorgeous!!

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  14. I'm totally blog stalking you (haha) but I seriously LOVE this!!!! So adorable, girl!

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  15. Somehow I missed this post when I was stalking your blog way back in the beginning... LOVE these pictures and even more love your story! I can't imagine being engaged in 6 short months, but when you know - you know!!

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  16. This is just plain adorable!! I love a good love story, and these pics are gorgeous!

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  17. AH MAH GAHAAHHHHHH I just looked at these (link from a link from today's post) ... SO SMITTEN WITH YOUR LOVE STORY!!!!!! You ROCK!!!! OMG I love it, I felt like I was there and felt exactly how you felt!!! Been there with the devastation break-up before finding my best love in my husband. I just love it. I'm gushing. Oh well.

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