Los Angeles is definitely a challenging city to date. Especially if your in your 30's, still live at home, and have a young daughter. So one crisp night in 2009 when my best friend Sky and her niece Ashley walked into "Jones" (pizza pub) in Hollywood, I never imagined I would meet "The One."
It was early in LA standards (around 8pm) and I ordered a beer as I listened to an old man read tarot cards and attempt to use his skills to impress us. Then I saw Jeff and his friend walk through the door and I whispered to Sky and Ashely, "he's cute!" They approached the bar but didn't even look at us. Bummer!
They ordered their drinks and proceeded to turn their backs to us. "I guess he's not interested," I told Sky.
Low and behold, Ashley played cupid, but instead of using a traditional bow and arrow, she used her fingers to pinch Jeff in the butt. He turned around, and Ashley pointed at me, "she did it." I turned beet red as I was extremely embarrassed. Jeff and I started talking and the rest is history. Im glad Ashley made the first move so to speak, as both Jeff and I are shy around new people and neither of us would have been brave enough to approach each other. Good work Cupid!
As we approached the restaurant where he made reservations he suddenly stopped the car on the side of the road. He has always loved the beach so, although I was itching for a proposal, I didn't want to jinx anything by making assumptions. As we walked towards the water on this dark, pleasant night, he went down on one knee and asked me to become his wife. I said yes.
|The Sunset Restaurant in Malibu|
So now, the wedding. Who, what, where, when????
I love him. He loves me. We want to do this as soon as possible so I can move in, lay down roots, and see if our DNA can combine to create another human being with a little bit of both of our genetic makeup (I don't like to play house if you want me, marry me.)
The L.A. court house it is. I brought a witness, he brought a witness. I pulled a dress from my closet that I had bought at Ross a few years ago (never imagining it would become my wedding dress!), and exchanged vows in front of a snappy Judge.
There, Im a wife! Im married to my best friend and the man I love... We do plan on doing a one-year-anniversary "re-newing" of our vows ceremony next year where we can invite friends and family, and hopefully celebrate other blessings to come....
That is my wedding story. It may not have been lavish, but it was the most romantic moment of my life, and in that day, it was only us that mattered.