Timothy and I met our freshman year at Carroll College in 2013. We both came from out of state, me from California and him from Idaho. Tim and I first started talking on Facebook and talked non-stop during spring break. When spring break was coming to an end, we were both back a day early. No one else was in the dorms or on campus. Being my boldest self, I asked Tim if he wanted to hangout. Of course he agreed, and this was our first time meeting in person. I went to his dorm room and we spent the evening watching scary movies, talking, and eat peanut butter captain crunch.
Shortly after our first hang out, we started dating officially. We always found something fun to do, even with our broke college wallets. Summer vacations and school breaks were tough, usually where we parted ways to stay with our families in different states. A vacation here and there to visit each other's home towns made it bearable.
Throughout the years, we became more in love every day. We met each other's family and spent many holidays together. We adopted a kitten while still in college and shared him between our two dorm rooms. Our junior year, we moved in together and incorporated more fur babies into our lives. Tim and I graduated Carroll College together in 2016. Following this, we both started working for the non-profit Intermountain in Helena. We enjoyed living in the Helena community and the small town feel.
Tim and I have always had such an open and honest relationship. Tim is my best friend and I tell him everything. We have talked from early on in our relationship about marriage. Tim is everything I have ever wanted in a man and he exceeds all my expectations. One thing Tim always made clear was that he did not want some cliché proposal when he did pop the question, like on a birthday or holiday.
To my surprise, he proposed on my birthday after all. Throughout the whole day, I had no inclination that it was going to happen, since he always said it wouldn't be on my birthday. However, on our way to dinner we took a stroll up Reeder's Alley where he seemed to get nervous, which is weird for him. Right then and there, he proposed to me. Part of me wanted to cry from excitement and the other part of me felt like it was about time! Tim even had my best friend hiding in the bushes at that moment to capture the memory!
The following December in 2017, we had all our family and close friends visit Helena to celebrate our engagement. During this visit, we made major decisions like the church, the venue, and saying yes to the dress! Thinking back of all the years of watching wedding shows and Pinteresting, and it was finally my turn! It was surreal.
We planned our wedding for over a year and it was beyond perfect. Tim and I got married on July 21, 2018 in the St. Helena Cathedral. Our reception was at the Great Northern Hotel ballroom. We had the most beautiful flowers, best tasting cake, rocking DJ, fantastic photography and videography, and of course, an outstanding wardrobe. I felt like a princess the entire night who was finally able to marry her prince.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped us pull off the wedding of our dreams, especially my sister and maid of honor Paige Marie Reynolds. Paige was on top of everything that needed to be done from the start of our engagement and could not be more supportive of making me happy. Shortly after the engagement, we found out Paige had stage 4 lung cancer, only to get worse throughout the year. She was a fighter and wanted nothing more to be at our wedding. Despite every rock we hit, Paige was at our wedding and beautiful as ever. Two days after our wedding, Paige passed away. It has been a rough start to our marriage, but Paige will always be part of our lives as a positive, strong, and radiant soul.