I spend a lot of time telling you other people’s love stories, it’s only fitting that I finally tell you my own. The truth isn’t as sugar coated is it is on Instagram. We’ve been through a lot in the 6 years that we’ve known each other. There have been times that I wasn’t sure we’d be able to get through. We were 18 when we met old. I was still in college, he was straight out of high school working for ten bucks an hour at a tree service. When I first saw him, I thought he looked like Ezra from Pretty Little Liars. I can now tell you that is not the case and I may or may not have had beer googles (yes, we met at a college party… I’m not sorry hah!). I realized instantly that he was so easy to talk to.
For our first date he drove me around. He didn’t have the fanciest car in the world, but I happily sat there and listened to him tell stories about growing up. We drove past his house, where he grew up, and he showed me his high school. He was so unapologetically honest and upfront about who he was and where he came from. It wasn’t the perfect story, but his truth in the situation is what immediately attracted me to him (although to this day I still find him undeniably attractive). We then went to see Monster’s Inc. in 3D which I’m 99% sure was his idea. To this day he still picks cartoon movies to watch at night.
He told me he loved me on New Year’s Eve 2012. We had been dating 20 days. It just kind of slipped out and then he immediately apologized. A few days later I told him I loved him to. After Christmas break was over he would bus 3 hours to come see me at school. It’s hard to remember those child-free days because they were so long ago. We simply loved spending time together.
We were 20 years old when I found out I was pregnant. I sat on his bed and cried, while he stared blankly and laughed because he didn’t know what else to do. Richard, in all his innocence, was excited to have a baby and I just wanted to punch him in the face. I became obsessed with baby aps, Richard said he’ll figure it out as it goes. I’ll never forget sitting next to him on the couch the day we brought Leo home and watching him cry because he was tired and his expectations of how easy it would be were false.
Leo, without a doubt, has been the best thing that has ever happened to the two of us. I couldn’t imagine life without him. If you ask, me and Richard would both say that we wouldn’t still be together without that little nugget. Having a baby so young, not being married and never living together could have easily split us up. Instead it brought us together. I’ve never seen Richard be as compassionate as he is with Leo. He’s an incredible father and I know he’d do anything for his son.
It’s easy to get lost and break down. We’ve shared many of those moments together. I can confidently and proudly say that I’ve married my best friend. That alone is why I think we’ve lasted through everything.
Thank you to all the amazing vendors who worked on this shoot!
Venue: American Legion Oak Creek Post 434
Photography: Figment Photography
Hair: blush and braids beauty bar
Flowers: Blooming Events by Ana Vicol
Bridal Shawl: Weddings by Laremi
Stationary:The Invitation Loft
Desserts: Sugar & Spice Bakery
Rentals: Cover it with Class
February 10, 2019