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The Story of Us: Part 1 | Locking Eyes Across a Dorm Room

One of my goals for 2019 is to get more personal in my business. I’ve never wanted to be a faceless company where you don’t know who you’re working with. I want all of my couples to know the face behind the brand and to feel like old friends after we work together. I love the work that I do and I love each and every one of my #forbescouples, #forbesbrides, and #forbesgrooms.

So to kick off 2019, I’ve decided to share my own story of how my husband and I met. I’m breaking it up into several different posts, and I’m so excited to take you along for the journey of our story. I absolutely love our love story, and I love telling my couple’s love stories. Every couple has a special story that’s brought them to where they are today, and I believe these stories are worth remember and are worth celebrating. Celebrating love stories, all love stories (#loveislove), is what my business is all about! But anyways, without further ado…

 

One of our first couple’s pictures on Valentines Day 2012

 

The Story of How We First Met

It was the year 2011. During Freshman Orientation Week on the campus of Spring Arbor University in Jackson, Michigan. The only person that I knew on campus was my brother, Joshua. He also started at Spring Arbor University in 2011. For anyone that’s ever been through a Freshman Orientation Week at college, I’m sure you remember that it’s basically the school trying to force you to get to know all 600+ new freshman on campus during your first 120 hours at school. For someone like myself, who had just graduated from high school with a whopping class of 7 (you heard that right, 7) the whole idea of Freshman Orientation week was overwhelming.

At SAU all the incoming freshman are divided up in to Core Groups. My freshman floor was split between two Cores.  Zachary’s floor just happened to be the other half of my floor’s two Core groups. And Zachary and his roommate were in the the other Core.

A Movie Night I Wasn’t Supposed To Be At

It was either the 2nd or 3rd day of Freshman Orientation week, and Zach’s roommate invited Whitney (one of the girls in the dorm-room next to mine) over for a movie night. Whitney didn’t want to go by herself, so she invited her roommate, Sarah. Sarah didn’t want to be a third wheel, so she invited my roommate and I. I really didn’t want to go, but my roommate didn’t want to go alone. So off we all went, an awkward group of 4 to a movie night at Andrews Hall.

To be honest, I don’t remember a ton about that night. I remember getting to Zach’s dorm room and saying hello to his roommate. Zach was sitting up in his bunk with his Mac (an excuse to avoid talking to people as much as possible 😂), his roommate introduced him to everyone, and I remember thinking that he was really cute. And that I liked his curly black hair (I’m a sucker for dark curly hair).

But other than that, all I remember is that we watched Happy Gilmore. Which by the way, was the very first Adam Sandler movie that I had ever seen.  Zach told me later that he noticed me too that first night, but little did we know that, that was the start of our story. I’m not sure we even said “HI” to each other that first night that we met. I think we may have just nodded at each other when we were all introduced. But if I hadn’t seen him that night, our next meeting would have gone much differently.

 

To be continued…

 

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