Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Story Of Us: Link Up with Blue Eyed Bride

In the spirit of our unwillingness to celebrate Valentine's Day, I'm linking up with Blue Eyed Bride for this fun little survey. 

1. How long have you and your significant other been dating? 
We started dating in January 2008, so we've been together for four years.
{And yes, I used to have scary short hair, tanned in a tanning bed...ick...and was 10 pounds lighter.}

2. How did you meet? {What's your "love" story?"}
I met Brandon in a communications class that I was taking for my minor; his major. He says that he "liked to always sit behind the prettiest girl in every class," so he came to sit behind me. (I still find it hilarious that he thought I was the "prettiest girl in the class," because I most definitely was not.) I was somewhat dating someone at the time, and Brandon and I began talking before and after class {and sometimes during}. After the guy I was somewhat dating I broke it off, I was upset so I went home that weekend to get away. Brandon called me the night we broke it off {not knowing that I had been dating anyone at the time nor that we had just called it off} and we talked for hours...and he asked me out to dinner. We agreed that we'd go to dinner Sunday evening when I got back to Waco. As I was driving back to Waco that Sunday afternoon, I get a text from Brandon saying that he had to cancel our date because "he had three tests the next day." {Liar!} I believed him, shrugged it off and said something to him in class the next day...where we did not have a test. He said he'd been nervous, so I told him he needed to make up for it and take me to dinner. Cheesy as it is, our "love" story began at On the Border in Waco, Texas in January 2008.

3. If married, how long have you been married?
We've been married for 1 year and 4 months today. We got married on Oct. 9, 2010.

4. If you are married, where did you get married? Big or small wedding?
We were married in a rather large ceremony at Central Baptist Church in Livingston, Texas {my hometown}. When your family has lived in that small town for years, you pretty much have to invite the entire town because everyone knows everyone! We had a large rehearsal dinner with our bridal party, extended families and close friends at my grandparent's house:

And our reception was in our church fellowship hall across the street from the church.

5. Do you have any nicknames that you call one another? Do share!
His friends call him B-Whit, therefore I earned the nickname Britt Whit {thanks, Angelica!}. But between us, we do the typical "babe" or "baby" if we're calling for each other. He jokingly calls me "boo" or "boo boo."

6. Name 3 things you love most about your honey.
I love his ambition and drive, especially at work. I love that he is funny and my absolute best friend on earth. And I love that he's the spiritual leader of our household and loves me unconditionally...even when I don't deserve it at times!

7. Tell us how he proposed.
He proposed at White Rock Lake in Dallas on March 27, 2010. It was a gorgeous day and we decided to go to the Dallas Farmers Market for lunch and to do some shopping for herbs, flowers and veggies. He was acting so normal and I definitely wasn't expecting anything.

Later that afternoon, he told me he wanted to go to White Rock Lake, but needed to go "get Jamba Juice" before we left. I started to get suspicious because it was getting increasingly cloudy and windy...and he went to take a shower before we left. I even said, "Are you going to propose to me or something?" On our drive there, we chatted and he was so normal; I thought he might propose but didn't want to get my hopes up. He parked and said he wanted to get something out of the back of his Jeep. I saw it was a box of cupcakes, so I said, "I'll carry them!" and he said, "No! Let me! Let's just walk to the pier." I saw how far the pier was from where he parked and told him it was too windy to walk there. He got frustrated and got back in the car to park closer to the pier.

We got out and got to the dock. He sat down on a post and I stayed standing. He opened the box of cupcakes toward him and asked me what flavor I wanted. I said, "Yellow cake with chocolate icing or red velvet, if you have it." He said, "What about a red box? Will that do?" And proceeds to pull out a red ring box and got down on one knee. I have no clue what he said except, "Will you be my wife?" I started crying and nodding and said, "YES!" A guy at the end of the pier honked his horn, gave us a thumbs-up and yelled, "Congratulations!"

We then called our families and friends and went home to celebrate with the cupcakes.

8. Is he a flowers and teddy bear kind of guy for Valentine's Day, or strawberries, champagne and rose petals?
None of the above. Brandon knows I'd kill him if he scattered rose petals all over the floor that I'd have to clean up {ha!} and I don't like tchotchkes around my house, so the teddy bear is out. He'll typically bring my favorite mix of flowers home and we'll exhange $.99 cards and eat a yummy home cooked meal with lots of wine.

9. Are you a sunset dinner on the beach kind of girl or pop in a movie and relax on the couch?
Both, actually. I love the beach and dinners on the beach are romantic, but since we live in the smack-dab of North Texas and a beach is hours away, we love just coming home, curling up on the couch with a movie or DVR'd TV and a bottle of wine. Have I mentioned we love wine?

10. Tell us one thing you'd like to do with your significant other one day. If you could do anything? Go anywhere?
I've been to Europe before, but I'd love to spend six weeks traveling all of Europe with Brandon. We both love history {and I had a love affair with London in summer 2007}. I'd love to go with him and experience it with him and through his eyes.

11. Tell us what you plan on doing this Valentine's Day.
Nada. Absolutamente nada. I'll cook, he'll bring home flowers, we'll exchange cards and enjoy a nice bottle {or two} of wine the weekend after.

12. Are you asking for anything this Valentine's Day?
Nope. We don't exchange gifts for Valentine's Day. We both agree that it's a waste of money.

13. Give us one piece of advice of keeping a relationship strong and full of love.
I'm no expert, but if you keep Christ in the center of your marriage and make sure that divorce isn't an option, then you'll have a strong relationship. {Not saying there won't be hard times!} Another piece of advice is to laugh and have fun. And no matter how old you are, still court your spouse and remember what it felt like when you were dating...bring that liveliness into your marriage.

14. Show us a picture of what love means to you.
A father about to give his first daughter {and first child} away. 

{Select photos via DHP Studio and Feather + Twine Photography}

1 comment

  1. I love this! You guys are too sweet! And... Too funny that as I was writing this you tweeted me.


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