I love to hear love stories. How did you meet? How did he propose? What did she say/do? How wonderful to be married for over 30 years! I have said it before: I love LOVE.
As Courtney and I sat in an inconspicuous spot eating dinner and giving our feet and cameras a small break during Lesley and Brad’s wedding reception, Brad’s mother came over to join us. She said, “Did you hear how Brad and Lesley met??” Obviously a loved story and one that will be told by generations to come… this is the story told to me later by Lesley…
“My love for older adults started my career as the activity director for an adult day care center in Orlando. One of my members would tell me everyday how perfect her grandson is and how I should meet him. I tried to discourage her but she was persistent. Every day she came to the center she would spend all day telling me stories of her grandson and their family. To give a nudge she next told her grandson about me and how we should meet. Then one day she told me her grandson was going to pick her up and how I could meet him. So not to hurt her feelings I meet her grandson. One of my co-workers recently reminded me of that day and how she had never seen me blush that much. She also reminded me for a solid month I would hide when Brad would pick up his grand mother. One day in December 2000 Brad came at a different time then normal and caught me outside decorating the entrance and asked me out. I turned bright red and said YES! The rest is history…
In 2003 we got engaged but shortly after broke up. My career moved me to other opportunities. We would stay in touch through the years; I would have coffee with his father, and visit Brad’s Grandmother in the Nursing Home. A year had gone by since I had talked to anyone and Brad called to tell me Grandma was not doing well and was not expected to be with us for much longer. I left my work and went straight to the Nursing Home. She was in her room by herself non-verbal. I held her hand and talked, after a few minutes her entire family entered the room. They welcomed me like no time had passed. After her funeral service Brad asked me to come back to his family’s house. Several months after her service I invited Brad to dinner, told him I was interested in giving us another chance and was he interested. On St. Patrick’s Day 2010 Brad proposed again and I said YES! St. Patrick’s Day 2001 he told me he loved me for the first time.
I know on Nov 7th our Grandmother was smiling down at us and her handy work as a matchmaker.”
What is your Love Story?
Dress, Vail, Jewelry: Lilly’s Bridal
Hair & Make up: On Site Beauty
Wedding Planner: Simply Divine Events
Venue: Brother In-Laws House
Officiant: Brother In-Law
Flowers: Mother of the Bride & Simply Divine Events
Food: Mother of the Bride
Decor: Mother of the Bride & Simply Divine Events
Photography: Kelly Canova
Cake: Brides Brother