Anniversaries
Amanda & Nick • 13 years

Apr 4, 2014
Amanda & Nick • 13 years

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We asked:

How did you meet?

We met in our church’s youth group during my (Amanda’s) senior year of High School. I played the piano and Nick lead the singing. I had a crush on him from the first time we met but it wasn’t until we started hanging out all the time for music that I was really in his “sights.” It wasn’t long after we were “official,” in March 2000, that we knew we were it for each other. He proposed on February 14, 2001 and we were married in August that year.

What do you love most about each other?

He says: “What I love most is that there is so much to love about Amanda, I couldn’t pick out one. It’s who she is that I love most.”

She says: “We have been through so much in our 14 years together and I still find (and remember) reasons to keep falling in love with him. It sounds so cliche but he really does make me a better, stronger person.”

What have you learned in your years together?

Good communication is essential and a chance to “miss” each other has kept things fresh. It doesn’t sound romantic but a good relationship comes down to a choices after “the honeymoon” stage. W e have been through long periods of physical separation due to deployments, military schools and Police Academy. The hardest thing we’ve ever faced though was loosing our newborn daughter three years ago. We have had marital odds and statistics stacked against us but we are both pretty strong willed. When it came down to a breaking point, and it would have been easy to quit, we realized the fight to reconnect was the only option we could live with. It has been a hard road but choosing to hear each other’s heart instead of defending our own wants led us to fall in love in new ways.

Anniversaries
Allison & Dwight • 5 years

Mar 31, 2014
Allison & Dwight • 5 years

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We asked:

How did you two meet? Tell us your story.

We probably met around the age of 8, playing on the soccer field.  We don’t remember that but our parents do, and they happily have the pictures to prove it.  We grew up in the same Missouri small town, with a lot of the same friends, including each other.  We got married at the ripe age of 20.  Many adventures and memories later, we have found ourselves about to count our anniversaries on two hands.

What do you love most about each other?

She said: I love that he is literally my “better half.” I admire the person he is.  In turn he inspires me to be the best version of myself.  We’ve known each other a long time, but I still learn so much from him.  I love that.

He said: Everything. (Man of few words)

What have you learned in your years of marriage?

Sharing life’s journey with your best friend makes all the difference.

Anniversaries, Favorites
Chelsea & Chase • 3 years

Mar 13, 2014
Chelsea & Chase • 3 years

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Go and check out Chelsea’s food blog This Grand Adventure.

We asked:

How did you two meet? Tell us your story.

It was the fall of my freshman year of college and Chase’s Junior year. Chase’s fraternity, was holding a function called ‘Champagne Breakfast.’ Chase and I didn’t know one another before this event. We both had different dates and had left them for some unknown reason, neither of us can remember now. Chase was in a small room with a magnum of champagne in his hand, and cordially I entered and he asked if I would like a drink. I accepted the offer. We started with the regular chitchat, discussing our majors and campus involvement. For whatever reason, we began using British accents and discussed moving to Great Britain where we would work internationally, me at the United Nations and he for Doctors Without Borders. This carried on for some time. The conversation eventually ended, neither of us remembers how, and we moved on to socialize with other people. Little did we know how much of the conversation would come true. . .

I was mortified after this event. We ran into one another off and on for months. He would say “hi” and try to make conversation and I would try to avoid him. Fate found us both single in the spring and so, Chase asked me over for a movie. I agreed, yet, sat on the opposite side of the couch and invited a chaperone. I wasn’t sure I was ready to date anyone seriously, and so, attempted to remain aloof. But try as I might, Chase remained determined to, as he told his mother, “get the girl”, leaving messages at my sorority front desk, finding excuses to stop by, and inviting me to study with him. After a short time his persistence paid off. After a few weeks we decided to become “exclusive”. Since then, we have been through ups and downs, but never left each other’s side.

What do you love most about eachother?

She said: His unwavering determination, his adventurous spirit and his ability to stay cool when everyone else is loosing their mind. He is my best friend and my constant cheerleader. Oh, and his laugh is so contagious that whether or not I think something is funny, if he cracks up about it I can’t help myself from joining in.

He said: I’m crazy about my wife for a lot of reasons. It’s the little things she does like dance moves in the kitchen or hopping up and down while she’s excited that makes me laugh. And you can never laugh enough, frankly. She’s an idealist. She gets upset when a trip or dinner or birthday gift isn’t what she expected it to be. I’m a realist so her optimism and expectations is a wonderful thing when all I read about is negative things that are happening in the world. Bea on the other hand does all the little things to make me feel happy, like save the last bite of ice cream. She’s a giver, a volunteer in more organizations than I can even name, and she will be a better mother to my children than I could ever imagine. I’m thankful for her every day.

What have you learned in your years of marriage?

We’ve learned a lot about love and marriage in the last three years but here’s what stands out the most – learn how to communicate. Learn how to talk when you’re happy, angry, sad or disappointed. Learn how to listen. Learn how to express your feelings and be honest with one another. Learn how to talk about the hard stuff like money, parents, babies and jobs. Share when you are happy and tell one another you love them. If you can communicate and really listen to one another, you can get through almost anything.

Anniversaries
Jen & Mike • 1 year

Mar 10, 2014
Jen & Mike • 1 year

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We asked:

How did you two meet?

We were introduced by my sister.  Mike and my sister were friends.

What do you love most about each other?

She said: I love that he is passionate, driven, and has a big heart.

He said: I loves that she’s beautiful inside and out, has a big heart, and she brighten up my day.

What have you learned over your years of marriage?

We’ve learned to be patient and to always communicate.

Anniversaries
Inessa & Robert • 2 years

Mar 4, 2014
Inessa & Robert • 2 years

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We asked:

How did you meet? Tell us your story.

We met 12 years ago through a mutual friend with whom Inessa went to college with. We instantly hit it off and spent 2 hours in conversation. From that point on we remained in contact via email, phone and Myspace (lol). After two failed attempts of dating we finally reconnected in person and began to date seriously in 2007. This time we both knew that this time it was for real!  In 2010 we began to plan our wedding and we’re happily married in Topanga Canyon in April of 2011.

What do you most love about each other?

What we love most about each other is the fact that we will always remain best friends through thick and thin. We both are consistently seeking original perspectives to life’s creative problems and we both love to eat and adventure together.

What have you learned in your years of marriage?

What we have learned about our years of marriage is that friendship, communication, mutual respect and spontaneity is very important in order to have a lasting relationship and marriage.