How We Met
The story of Jess and I is truly a fairy tale. I was co-captain of my high school’s color guard team and we had just won our competition at regionals; I was ecstatic. I boarded the bus home completely unaware that my life was about to change forever.
My team and I met at a local hot spot–Hardee’s Red Burrito–to celebrate our triumph when I made eyes with the homely girl working the cash register: Jess. I bashfully ordered my usual the 1/3 lb. steakhouse thickburger and I could tell that she felt something too. There was something about her Hardee’s polo uniform that simultaneously excited me and made me feel the comfort of slipping into a coma. As I sat with my friends and we laughed about the other color guards that lost, Jess brought me my shake and my friend, Turns, invited her to sit with us.
Hours passed and the rest of my team left, but Jess and I remained. We spoke of our mutual love of pH levels and shark attacks. We laughed. We cried. I think I speak for both of us when I say, we fell in love.
how they asked
The fateful moment happened at B Lunch in the Carterville High School cafeteria, right in front of the Rock N Roar Café. We were sitting down for lunch, Mike Stephens was singing some god awful Maroon 5 song in the distance, and we were about to embark in the next chapter of our lives. I had half of a corn dog in my esophagus when I knew something was up. All of the lights in the cafeteria dimmed and my color guard team was filing in in full uniform. The team stood in formation when Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love” began playing over the speakers. Their routine was poignant and brilliant. From behind the flags, I noticed Jess was standing in a full length evening gown. As Sierra Ridgeway tossed her flag sky high to the lyric “I know you haven’t made your mind up yet, but I would never do you wrong,” Jess emerged before me and got down on one knee. I immediately began sobbing. The song faded and the entire cafeteria was gathered around us–minus, of course, Preston Barden. I don’t remember much else, because I was completely overwhelmed with emotion and passed out, but I said yes! Jess had completely arranged everything and our dear friend, Emma Walker, was there to wed us immediately. Emma recited a beautiful rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” (Jess and I’s song) and married us right there in the cafeteria. We’ve been married for about two years now and we’re loving every second of it! :-)