LARA & CHARLES
We meet at a restaurant/bar in Texas, exactly 12 years before the wedding. It was a random encounter. That weekend I (Lara) was supposed to be in New York and Charles flew into town unexpectedly that same day to celebrate his birthday.
Charles approached me and asked if I’d like to grab coffee sometime. I told him I normally did not give out my phone number, however when he left he gave me his number instead.
A few days passed and I thought what the heck, I’ll text him to see what he was doing. He happened to be heading out to Nashville, TN, where he was on assignment. We continued to talk on the phone for the next few weeks and then he went out on a limb and invited me to go visit him in Nashville.
At the time he was working there remotely, and did not intend to return back to Texas until December of that year. He paid for me to fly out there over the weekend, as he was staying in two bedroom corporate apartment. For whatever reason I took the risk of going and visiting him. From that moment on, we were inseparable.
In August of 2009, Charles moved in with me and my two daughters who were 6 and 7 years old at the time. We lived together for 7 years while Charles traveled and commuted to different countries on assignment for his job.
In December of 2015, we ended our relationship. The travel and challenges of life made it difficult for us to be together. Right after the breakup, Charles moved to Phoenix, AZ. In 2016, we spent the majority of the year with little to no contact.
In November of 2016, Charles reached out to me via text, and I was open to communicating and seeing him again. It took a few months before we announced to our kids/families that we were dating again, but we knew we were fortunate to have another opportunity to be together. Although the dynamics of Charles’ job didn’t change, we were committed to working hard to keep the relationship going.
We love trying new restaurants, cooking, exercising, laying at the pool, watching comedies and listening to new music.
We have a very comfortable relaxed relationship that we’ve built on over the years.
“What can i say… her pet name is SEXY. She completes me. She takes care of me, spoils me. I’m her chicklette. She is the mother to our furry child (our cancer baby dog). She is a great partner to face life with… This is my bride.”
“Charles is a positive person. He’s fun to be around and I love to see and hear him laugh. I also love the handsome man he has become over the years as we’ve grown together. Charles is a very loyal partner. I can always count on him. He is dedicated and very driven when it comes to our relationship, his job and his daughters. He accomplishes whatever he sets his mind to doing. He is a person who is always thinking about not only the now, but the future. I also find him just as attractive as I did 12 years ago. I love him deeply!”
Charles proposed to me in Iceland. He invited me to visit him while he was on assignment. We had a wonderful time, and I was completely taken by surprise. We did some excursions during the day, and pulled over to see the beautiful miles of snow. There were two girls there at the same spot, who were taking selfies. I asked the girls if they wanted for us to take a picture of them, if they could take a picture of us. As soon as they were ready to take our picture, Charles got down on one knee and proposed to me. We immediately looked at the calendar and solidified the wedding date for October 17, 2020, which is exactly 12 years from the day we met.
There was so much emotion for both of us. It was unexpected, but perfect!
Our dream wedding consisted of us exchanging vows and celebrating the love for one another in the presence of family and friends. A celebration of our love and commitment to each other.
The most important thing for us in a wedding is to have fun is and celebrating with loved ones.
Our wedding was absolutely PERFECT!
It was everything we expected and more. Every detail came together so nicely. We had the most important people present to be a part of this day.
It was beautiful!
We had 21 months to plan the wedding. The planning was not difficult. The challenging part was navigating around COVID-19.
We were worried we weren’t going to be able to have the ceremony due to the pandemic but we were fortunate our plans came to fruition.
An advice we would give to a bride planning a wedding?
Plan what you want as a couple. Instead of worrying about what is expected or what others recommend, do what you want to do in order to make the day about the bride and groom.
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