A few weeks ago, Jake and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary! We can't believe that we have been married for four years already. Time really does fly by! We thought it would be fun to go back to the beginning of our relationship and share our story with you, since we are always sharing other couples stories!
(Don't mind the semi crappy photos. We started dating before we both had nice cameras)
March 2012: The Beginning
In August of 2010, we both started our journey at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL. It was during the first semester when we met. I was putting together a scavenger hunt at Downtown Disney and Jake showed up with some friends. That's where our friendship began. I guess it was more of an acquaintance, but either way that was our first interaction.
After that night, it was an occasional "hey" in passing on the way to class, mutual friend hang outs, and college cafeteria shenanigans. Now let's fast forward a year and a half later to the end of our second year spring semester in 2012.
We ran into each other on campus like all the other passing by interactions, but this time talked about catching up since it had been a long while. A couple weeks after that we were on our way to Yogurt Mountain with some friends. The night consisted of harmless flirting, Jakes failed attempt at opening the car door for after I gave him a hard time about it, and lots of laughs. I guess that's where our relationship started unintentionally. It just kind of happened, hang out after hang out.
Our relationship truly grew over that summer via long distance, thankfully for only three months. Jake had his internship in Hawaii with an organization called Surfing the Nations and I went back to Maine for the summer. We talked every night and skyped when we could or when Jake had "ok" internet. This time allowed us to really get to know each other and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Our first Skype date! This was right after I got back from Costa Rica on a missions trip and Jake was still in Hawaii.
April 24th, 2013 - The Proposal
It was your typically Wednesday afternoon, where we had plans to go on a double date with some friends and have a picnic. It was around 6pm when I got a knock on my door and two of Jakes best friends, Dave and Joe, were at my door. They asked me to grab my purse and that they were going to put a pillow case on my head and I needed to trust them. When I got into the car, I heard a familiar hello. It was the girl who we were going on the double date with, Gemima. During this, what felt like forever car ride, listening to screamo music, Gemima talking about wanting sushi, and I wanting to listen to Taylor Swift.. neither of these happened. We finally made it to our destination. We were both led on a winding trail, tripping over roots, and getting dirt in our shoes (keep in mind we still have pillow cases over our heads). All of sudden it got really quite. I reached my arms out looking for something. The pillow case was slowly taken off and there was Jake! My first thought was "this is a super nice picnic". Then Jake started to lead me to "the spot" and I noticed two more of our friends with cameras and it all started to hit me. HOLY CRAP!!! This is actually happening, I couldn't believe it!! Jake had the most thoughtful and sweet words to say to me and then got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him!
Of course, I said yes! I couldn't wait to spend the rest of my life with this man!
Photo Credit: Sarah Tilghman
November 2nd, 2013 - The wedding
November in Florida is normally a dry month, but it decided to rain on our wedding day. They say that's good luck, but I think that's just said to keep tears away. Luckily, the rain stopped right before the ceremony and gave us a perfect backdrop for photos! This day was so special! We were surrounded by our closest friends and family. We felt so loved and will always cherish this day!
Photo Credit: Kevin Cooke Photography
Jake, cheers to the last 4 years of endless laughter and love with you. I love that I get to spend the rest of my life with someone who makes an adventure out of everything. Truly blessed by you! Here's to loving you for the rest of my life!