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WEDDING DATE:

Mar 14, 2014

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My cousin and I would always chat online because we lived far away from each other. Studio pictures were the thing back then and my cousin showed him my embarrasing solo picture lol. She IM's me one day and goes "hey you know my friend thinks you're pretty he likes you." Flashback: I went to Cali to visit my cousin in 2003, she was having a party that I can't remember what for. I was still with my ex at the time and I saw him there with his girlfriend lol.I just laughed it off because I didn't take it seriously at all for a variety of reasons. One: I didn't know him and wasn't interested at the time Two:didn't believe in LDR(long distance relationships) Three: trust issues from a previous relationship. She decided to give him my username and he tried chatting with me but I barely replied. I guess he gave up eventually because he stopped messaging me after a while.Poor guy didn't get a fighting chance lol. Anyways on Valentines day 04' I was out with my best friend and her boyfriend (third wheel status). I felt like going online on my phone just to see who was online and whattayaknow he's on. For some reason I was feeling nice that day and I greeted him a friendly happy valentines day lol.Turns out his gf just broke up with him and I said "Welcome to Club." Our conversations were no longer "nonexistent" after that day. I realized not only was he nice and funny guy but also a good friend. August '04 I went to Cali again for an event and he was there with my cousin. For some reason all I could say to him was "Hi" and "I like your shoes" that whole entire afternoon. I didn't really think nothing of it that is until I got home and I couldn't figure out why I couldn't get him out of my head. I quickly shook those feelings off. The next day I was back home in Vegas. He messaged me and said that he really did like me and asked me out. I asked him why out of all the girls would he want someone 300+ miles away. He said he couldn't explain his feelings, but he just knew it felt right.

At the beginning of our relationship I was filled with so many doubts but he proved me wrong. Many people doubted our relatioship would last long and even placed bets. Others offered to set me up with someone in town and some people even tried to tear us apart. Pretty much everyone thought we were both madly insane. I guess that makes us a perfect match. So many times I wanted to give up but he wouldn't let me. He fought so hard to keep us together. I couldn't believe how dedicated, respectful, and considerate he was. It was a foreign feeling. Slowly my walls came down. We hardly saw each other during the first few years because we were still very young. We relied on phone cards,internet, and good old hand written letters. As we got older we were able to see each other more. He got a job and saved up to be there for my senior prom and highschool graduation. Shortly after my graduation in 2007, he had a terrible work injury that caused him to lose vision in one eye. It was the most devastating moment in our lives. However, being the strong person that he is he got back on his feet.He went back to school for nursing and graduated. In 2009 I made a huge decision to pack up everything and move back to Cali to pursue my career. I also finished nursing and got my license.We have been living together for a couple years now. There was no crazy big romantic proposal at a fancy place or anthing like that. Just a sweet and simple proposal while we were in pajamas at home lol. Afterall, I am a simple girl and its the little things that make me happy. As cheesy as it sounds I believe he is my soulmate and things happen for a reason. I didn't expect to find this kind of love at a young age and for that I am grateful to have him. We struggled so much during our long distance relationship but in the end it was all worth it. If I had to do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat. Its going to be our ninth year anniversary this August :)

 

thank you for taking time to read our journey <3 

 

(5) Comments

This is incredibly sweet and what an amazing story! It is not cheesy at all, I too believe in soulmates and I am so happy you found yours. Congratulations! Can't wait to see your wedding take shape!

This is so sweet!!!  Congrats again on your engagement and I truly can't wait to see the rest of your bio and vision for your wedding unfold!  :)

Congratulations on your engagement! and what a testament to love surviving long distance! We did too and I agree, it is soooo worth it in the end!! :)

Congratulations on your engagement and welcome to Project Wedding!