Sarah & Louis – A Love Story From Nebraska
Sarah and I met when we were 17. She punched my brother in the face at prom and I thought to myself, “hmm, I really like this girl.” A couple weeks later, Sarah pretended to like soccer and we went to a game together. And not long after that, she tricked me into going on a date with her. She had invited me to play sand volleyball with her and her friends. When I got to her house, she was sitting on the swing in her backyard. She informed me that her friends (coincidentally) couldn’t go anymore, but that we could still hang out and go see a movie. While she was waiting for me to pick her up, she had found and picked me a four leaf clover “for good luck.” (I had a big state soccer tournament coming up.) How could I say no to a date with her? People always talk about their first date and how special it is to them. By the time that ours ended, I knew it would be my last one. I had met the girl I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. To me, she seemed like a figure from a Renaissance painting who had come to life to bless me. We continued seeing each other, and things only got better from there. One of my favorite days was the day that I took her fishing and told her I loved her. She said it back and we were so happy, we didn’t even care that the fish weren’t biting.
Sarah is kind and compassionate, sweet and thoughtful. She is trustworthy and generous. She puts others before herself. Sarah is unique; she is like no one I have ever met before. Sarah is just a beautiful person on the inside and the outside. As we grew in our friendship and love, we set plans for our future and family far earlier than most would. But it was worth it. People will say you shouldn’t marry young but I’m so glad we did, because now we will have even more time to spend together as husband and wife. I am proud of the person that she has become over the time that I have known her. THE PROPOSAL
I proposed to Sarah on a Friday at the Joslyn Art Museum. I was incredibly nervous the whole time, and even though I was 99% sure she would say yes, it was the thought of that 1% chance that made my stomach churn. We spent the whole afternoon looking around at their collection. At 4:00, right before the museum was about to close, we had reached our absolute favorite exhibit, European Art of the 19th Century. That’s when I got down on my knee and asked her if she would marry me in front of our absolute favorite painting, The Storm on the Matterhorn. She said yes, and we went and got Chinese food at Jade Garden, our absolute favorite restaurant.
I’ve been fantasizing about my wedding ever since I was a little girl. I didn’t have all of the details figured out, but I knew I would have cowgirl boots on under my dress. I mentioned it to Louis in conversation a couple years ago, and it was quickly vetoed. I didn’t really know what I wanted when it came to my future wedding, but I knew that I wouldn’t have to worry about going shopping for new boots.
When the time came to plan for our wedding, we weren’t really concerned with all of the details. Since having Eli, we’ve learned to just focus on what’s truly important in any given situation. To us, that was the marriage itself. Our wedding exceeded every expectation that I ever had. It was better than anything I could have ever dreamed up. You could just feel the love everywhere. If I had any advice for a bride planning a wedding, it would be to greet as many people as you can at the reception. One of my favorite parts of our wedding night was visiting with everyone. It was amazing being able to celebrate one of the most special days of our lives with the most special people in our lives. Being surrounded by everyone that has been cheering us on throughout the years was overwhelmingly beautiful. Louis and I have been together for about three and a half years. He is my best friend, and all of my favorite memories are with him. When he left for college, I was devastated. It was clear to me that he was loyal and that I didn’t have to worry about him… I just couldn’t imagine a life without him in it. I knew in my heart that I could never love another man the way that I loved him. Four years of being in a long distance relationship made more sense to me than spending a day with someone new. So we decided to carry on, both of us looking forward to the day that we could finally be together. The distance only made us closer. It defined not only who we are as a couple, but who we are as individuals. It made me a stronger person, and I believe that it set me up to be a strong wife. It definitely wasn’t easy… it’s never been easy for us. A few months into our sophomore year of college, I found out that I was pregnant. I remember calling him from my friend’s driveway and crying. I at least had the support of a few friends; I was worried about how he would take the news, being so far away from home. In a situation where most guys would just go to the bar, he walked to the church to pray. That’s when I truly realized what kind of a man he was. We’ve cried together almost as much as we’ve laughed together. But being together has always been the only thing that’s ever mattered. Being away from him was hard, but loving him is so easy. Even when he was 175 miles away, he was always on my mind (Willie Nelson style). What I love about Louis is the fact that he never gives up. He always wants to work things out. Louis is so real, and he always stays true to himself. I feel like I can tell him anything. He is patient and understanding… I can see how much he cares about our family in everything that he does. He is the most amazing father to our son. He always has the answer for everything; he always knows what to do. But the thing that I love most about Louis? I feel safe when I am with him. I still can’t believe that he chose me. Lou deserves the world, but everything that I have is his. I feel blessed that I got to marry my high school sweetheart. We’ve gone on a lot of walks together, but being applauded by all of our friends and family as we walked down the aisle of my childhood church to Ode to Joy… that was my favorite.
ROCK STAR VENDORS
Invitations/printing: Cornhusker Beverage & Bridal www.cornhuskerbeverage.com
Ceremony venue: Mary Our Queen Catholic church www.maryourqueenchurch.com
Reception venue: Joslyn Art Museum www.joslyn.org
Caterer: Abraham Catering www.abrahamcatering.com
Videographer: Carie Krieser, CK Impressions Photography www.ckimpressions.com
Stationary design: Carlson Craft Invitations www.carlsoncraft.com
Florist: Deneen Badami, A Flower Basket https://www.facebook.com/AFlowerBasket/
Hair stylist: Amy Dawn Cirian, Formal Flare https://www.facebook.com/formalflare/
Makeup artist: Celene Kuhlmann, CK Artistry, LLC https://www.facebook.com/celenekuhlmannmakeup/
Officiant: Rev. Robert English
Bakery: The Cake Gallery www.omahacakegallery.com
Wedding dress: Melissa Sweet, David’s Bridal
Tuxedo: Vera Wang, Men’s Warehouse
– bride- Borsheims
– groom- It was a family heirloom