From The Bride:
My husband, Chad, and I met online on Christian Mingle four years ago. Despite the 1,000 mile distance between us – he in Houston, TX and me in Lakeland, FL, I couldn’t resist the southern, cowboy charm of “Chad from Texas.” We hit it off right away, canceled our online dating accounts, and spent the next few months getting to know each other before he finally flew to Florida to take me on a date!
I knew the moment we first met in person that my heart was his for the taking; after dropping him off at the airport after that first meeting, I cried the whole way home—tears of joy for this amazing man that had come into my life and maybe a few tears of fear for the new challenge I knew we had ahead of us as a long distance couple. Despite my fears, I went home and told my girlfriends, “I’m going to marry him some day.”
And marry we did. After two years and several dozen flights, Chad flew to Florida and proposed to me in the place where we walked hand in hand on our first date and the place he first told me he loved me.
When an Ohio girl turned Floridian falls in love with a cowboy from Houston who spent the last five years in Charlotte, choosing a place to get married initially seemed difficult. But, we quickly decided to choose a place we loved and where our many out of town guests would enjoy themselves. So, we decided to get married at Camp Lucy in the beautiful hill country outside of Austin, Texas. Though the stunning views and beautiful history behind the venue were enough to seal the deal, I was over the moon that the events hall where the reception would be held was created from a re-purposed Amish barn originally built from hand-hewn white oak timbers in Ohio.
Chad and I wed at Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs, Texas on June 5, 2015. Surrounded by friends and family from more than ten states and married by Chad’s best friend, we could not have imagined a more perfect day.