From The Bride:
We met the summer of 2014 at Brown City Camp. A camp that both our families raised us in growing up. My grandparents had a trailer that stayed there all year and decided to give it to my sister and her husband after many decades of having it. It needed a lot of work so they invited Alan “the handyman” to come help out. Alan grew up with my sister and her husband, and even went to the same 4 year college together. We were both in their wedding, but we never noticed each other. Back to summer of 2014 I was introduced to my future husband. It wasn’t all butterflies and giddiness for me, In fact it was the exact opposite. I didn’t want anything to do with men, and was over dating. I could tell he was into me, and he even tried to be sly and get my phone number. Well I gave it to him anyway. We bonded over playing soccer, and catch. After camp, he texted me everyday. But I wasn’t interested. Eventually, after him being very consistent about hanging out, I agreed to go on a date with him to Detroit’s Monday night Slow Roll. It was a great time but I still wasn’t interested. Yet I did enjoy the bike riding downtown, and the atmosphere was amazing with all the lit up bikes and music so we agreed to keep going. Hey, it was free food every week, so why not? Long story short, I realized what a gentlemen he actually was, and how big his heart is. I didn’t want to fall for “a nice guy” but it’s actually the way to go. They are obsessed with your whole being, and want to make sure you are happy at all times. If I needed anything, he had no problem getting it for me. He waited his whole life for me, dreamed and prayed for me, and he knew immediately that I was that girl, and waited patiently for me to realize that. After two months of dating, he left for basic training. It was the hardest thing to go through for me since I’ve never had to deal with this kind of separation. I have mad respect for those that go through this daily, and have in the past. When I got the first phone call from him after about a month or so, I knew immediately knew that I couldn’t live without him. His voice felt like home and I didn’t want to let go of that.