DAYS TILL WEDDING
How We Met
I (Mari) was the first one to see Ben during a church youth trip to Disneyland in 2009. I was so infatuated by him I decided to befriend a friend of his. This mutual friend eventually set up a swimming date that allowed us to talk and get to know each other. After that day, we saw each other regularly. We would spend hours and hours talking and building a unique friendship. I would meet him under the stars at our favorite park and talk endlessly. Every time I saw him I would hug him for the first 20 minutes and would release the weight of the world. We always talked about the comfort we would feel being around each other. We created such a strong bond during this time that for 9 years we never lost touch. We would see each other when we could and make the effort to stay up-to-date even when distance separated us. In late 2017, we started seeing each other regularly again, but this time it was different. The way we talked we knew that there was strange feeling that our friendship was beginning to blossom into a partnership. Soon after we started dating. He met Sophia after a year and for the first time, my family felt complete.
MARCH 25TH, 2019
Ben's family came from Arizona to visit with him, he was super excited to see them and I felt terrible because although they came and traveled I had to leave. I was apologizing to his family because I could not miss the birthday party of my best friend's first son. Ben was texting me the whole time asking what time I was coming home, when I was going to be on my way and if I was on my way home yet. I jumped to conclusions, I thought that he was having trouble hosting his family with out me. Rushing into the door with Sophie in my arms I was received with rose petals on the floor and a walkway of candles that led to our backyard.
There he stood holding a sign saying "You Belong With Me". He spoke softly and nervously about our first meeting 9 years ago and were we stood today. He got on one knee and started our official happily ever after. Again, I hugged him with such joy to know I would feel his comfort for the rest of my life.