On our first date I brought one of my best friends along. He sounded great through email but I wanted someone there to run and call the police if necessary. Well it wasn't necessary. He was a perfect gentleman and at my request he didn't even touch me the whole day. We walked around, took a boat ride, had a romantic dinner, and the next day went to church. OMG, church! On the way back home (a 4 hour drive) I discussed with my friend how this would be the man I married. That was June 5th.
He didn't know so quickly but by Thanksgiving he was shooing me out of the room to ask for my parents permission to marry me. We decided to elope. Well sort of. On Christmas Eve, December 24, 2011 (a date I had picked out 2 years earlier as my wedding day because it was on a Saturday and my grandparents were married Christmas Day) I said "I do". It was a small little ceremony that lasted no more than a minute surrounded by our immediate families.
With the sentimental bit over I began work on a big gala for all of our friends and family who could not attend our official wedding. For me it turned out just the way I wanted in December I was able to focus on marrying the man I love. And in May I was able to be a princess, show off my party planning skills, and really have a great time with my guests. Everyone said I was the calmest bride they had ever seen. But really that day was all about memories and I couldn't waste a single thought on being stressed out. Plus this wasn't my first time planning a wedding (I plan events on occasion you know).
A year after we married, and almost two years after we met, I am still just as sure as I was on that first day that God had planned us to be together. "So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up that place with flesh. The the Lord God made woman from the rib he had taken out of man, and he brought her to the man." (Genesis 2:21-22)
Here's wishing you the happiest of Valentine's Days. Fill with the love that is only written about in fairy tales.