February is a month full of love. So many will fall in love, get engaged and get married. I love chatting with my couples and hearing the stories of how they met, how they fell in love and of course, the moment they "knew". It's one of the best parts of the job. But I can't remember the last time I told someone how my husband and I met and fell in love. It all happened very fast, but we knew ;)
It was 2006 and I had just come back from a semester in Germany. I was out of money and quickly returned to my job at a theater in downtown Boston. Matt was a new performer in the show that I worked for but we quickly became friends. It was totally innocent since we were both in relationships at the time. We would see each other after performances, we hung out in the bar downstairs and occasionally we hung out outside of the theater. Like the time we got together to bake an apple crisp (which was fun, but not that yummy!). We started spending more time together in the cold winter months and through the holiday season. Isn't it funny how Christmas music and winter blankets can bring two people together? I remember one weekend where I asked him for a ride so I could go buy a Christmas tree at Target. He offered to pay for the tree and I laughed at him. It was my tree and I was going to pay for it. But looking back on the moment, I suppose it was pretty obvious he knew that the tree would also be his. Then one very cold winter night, we went for a walk down Commonwealth Avenue. It was picture perfect with the Christmas lights wrapped around the trees, our hands held tight and distinctly remember being incredibly full from dinner haha! As our romance began I had frequently mentioned how right our relationship felt, but how it made me nervous. I was pretty sure I had met my future husband and while exciting, it was also a bit scary. I was too nervous to even tell him I loved him. So on this walk Matt handed me an envelope. I could not even have guessed what was inside of it, although I tried and failed miserably. So I sat down on bench and quickly opened it. Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE presents? Inside was a card, you know, like a greeting card you send to a friend on their birthday. But this card was different... it was red, white and pink and it had a square in the middle. Inside the square the phrase "I Love You" was written in all capital letters. You might wonder how I could possibly remember these details 6 years later, but the truth is, I still have that card, framed, and sitting on my dresser. When I saw that card I was speechless. Yes, speechless. But, I quickly looked up and responded with, "I love you too." We both knew, we always knew, that we would be together. We were engaged just 4 months later with a wedding the following year. It was perfect...for us.
I hope everyone can still tear up at their love stories years later and be so thrilled that they are on this journey with the right person. This year, Matt and I will celebrate our 5 year anniversary. It's not that hard to believe, as we both knew that it would come.
Happy month of love to everyone!