Wednesday, January 25, 2012

30 before 30: I got married

When I was 18 and not totally sure of myself, I met a boy when we were both cast in a high school musical. He had a girlfriend and I wasn't interested in him, but we were friendly and enjoyed each other's company. We went on to graduate high school and saw each other a few more times before I went off to college in the fall.

In October of that year I received one of those chain emails from him, asking me all sorts of "get to know you" questions. I played along. Soon enough we were chatting on AIM. Then there were phone calls. I came home on fall break and he asked to meet me and my friends at a restaurant. My friend said if he was wearing cologne, a collared shirt and sat next to me it meant he liked me. I am not exaggerating when I say that he climbed over a table to sit by my side. He looked adorable and smelled of cologne. A month later we went on our first date.

He told me after only months that he knew he wanted to marry me.

It took some time and a lot of growing before we finally got around to it. Sometimes meeting the person you love when you are young is difficult. We had some rough patches while we both figured out who we were and what we wanted from life.

But after six years he stood on a mountain and proposed to me. On July 7, 2007 I married Brandon Christopher. The Catholic mass was everything we wanted it to be as we selected the readings that represented what we believed about marriage and music that meant so much to us (sung by a dear friend that we love).

Brandon kissing the bride =)

In front of our surprise wedding transportation-- a classic car owned by Betty Grable.

Photos at sunset.

Yes, I know everyone has a photobooth at their wedding these days. But we invented that shit!
And the party? Let's just say that I am sorry if you weren't there. It was that good. 

I was 25 years old on the day I got married. I am proud that this year we will celebrate five years of marriage. I look forward to all the days and years ahead with the great man I married!


  1. Ohhhhh, I love this story so much. I'm a sucker for a good love story.

    I am loving these 30 before 30 posts!

  2. So sweet and so precious. I agree that sometimes finding your partner when you are young can be very, very difficult. We got married young ... and that also has posed some challenges. You have to discover who you are at the same time as discovering who he is at the same time as discovering who you are as a couple. A lot of growth, a lot of change...

  3. I love this story! You were a beautiful bride, my dear :)

  4. So great! And DID invent the photo booth! SWEETNESS! :)

  5. You're still a beautiful bride. I knew I was going to marry you on our first date. I'm thankful for every day we've spent together. I look forward to the years ahead. I can't imagine spending it with another person, and I'm glad that I don't have to.