Five years ago today I was getting ready to go on a date with a boy. Little did I know – this date would be with someone who would become my best friend, the love of my life, and, later, my husband. Little did I know I would be meeting my soulmate.
I was in college, spending the summer in Fredericksburg to take a couple of classes and see if I could strike out on my own. I was messing around, dating guys, enjoying the summer, working every free hour. It was the first time I had lived on my own in an apartment of my own.
I had just gotten my dog, Brooke, our little Shih Tzu. She and I were making it on our own. My roommate showed me Tinder, and he and I were hooked swiping through all the randos.
And then I saw you.
Okay, really, I saw your dog.
I can’t help it. I’m a dog person. Maybe that’s why we now have three? Who knows.
Anyways – you and I began chatting. You messaged me – with the sweetest message:
Hello Meg. So message me back if you wanna talk. A little something about me, I love food! And I’m pretty simple and down to earth. Hope to hear back from you 🙂
Okay – it’s totally a normal message! But it worked! And we start to talk. Eventually, you asked me out, and we decided to head to Foode for dinner on a Thursday night.
We were such crazy kids! And we hit it off right away. And it just clicked – it was perfect.
Little did we know that we would go out a second time the very next day, and then two days later, and then the day after that.
And then, the day I was going to go to my cousins in New Jersey – and I have no idea why, but I decided to ask you along.
And you said yes. (We really were crazy kids!)
So here we are, 1.5 weeks in, on vacation.
That is THE craziest thing. But it totally worked – we totally worked. And now we have crossed this milestone of 5 years. And yes, it isn’t super long – but for two kids in our twenties, it’s pretty darn long!
And thank you for tomorrow, too. I don’t know anyone else in the world that I could joyfully wake up next to every single morning.
You give me so, so SO much joy. And I absolutely adore our life – from our love for our doggies and for new recipes to our anti-horder personalities to our late nights talking to our real, raw anxiety about budgeting to our stress about family to our gratitude for our life together and our anti-kids lifestyle. You are my absolute perfect match, and the amount of happiness that I have from just spending time from you is so moving.
I love that you not only tolerate the crazy bits of my personality but you love me for me – and you truly care for me.
I love that you do the dishes, and I cook, you clean, and I shop for things and schedule all the household stuff, you walk the dogs, and I caravan them to the vet and to the dog park, you move the car so we don’t get tickets and I change the oil and plan for new tires.
I love your love for family and your deep generous, loving personality. I love that you stay in the moment while I am always thinking ahead.
I love that we have pushed each other to grow in our life, ourselves, our careers, and our capacity to create really great things.
Our vows for our wedding were WAY too long. Like, I am really sorry our family had to sit through them, but hopefully, the amazing food made up for it. But I love them so stinking much! I love that we planned them together and then added our own at the end, and those “pillar” vows are so true!
This is the best friendship I have ever had – no one knows me better, loves me for me, cares for me, enjoys life with me – better than you do
I LOVE that we respect each other – that we understand that what works for me doesn’t necessarily work for you. I love that we give each other room and the grace to pursue our own passions and careers.
We are ALWAYS laughing. There literally isn’t a day that goes by without you doing something hilarious that just cracks me up. You are one of the funniest, craziest people I know and I am so grateful I have you to make me laugh!
I love that the person I am today is crazy different than Meg 5 years ago – and you! Look at how you have grown! I love that change has been such a major factor in our relationship – and how we have embraced it so! I mean, look at us now! Tomorrow, my podcast launches – and you are excelling at your job!
The number of moments for us to support each other are endless – and we show up for it like champs. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to celebrate you and support you, and that I know when I accomplish things or go through hard things I will have you by my side.
Thank you for everything – for sharing yourself with me, for putting up with my doomsday mindset of concern for how long we have, for partaking on crazy road trips that start at 11 pm because, well, we’ll sleep when we’re dead, for loving me and showing me how to love myself.
Thank you, Jamey.
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