Happy June 1st! I can't believe the month of my wedding is FINALLY here. Yay, yay, yay! Everyday on Facebook since we hit the one month mark, I've been updating my profile picture to a countdown with favorite photos from Joshua & my relationship.
A little history on us: we met at American Greetings corporate headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio while Joshua was home on leave after he first joined the fleet. It was my first job after college and a big move for me from my home in Upstate New York. Joshua's dad and stepmom also worked at American Greetings, and brought him into work to meet me. I never thought I'd date someone in the military, never thought I'd be able to handle a long distance relationship, and never thought I'd be with someone younger than me! (Joshua is only a year younger, but still.)
That was in January of 2008. We did the long distance from Ohio to North Carolina where he was stationed, until I relocated home to New York and he deployed to Iraq in July of 2008. We did that long distance until February of 2009, and in July of 2009, Joshua asked me to marry him. :-)
Joshua has since deployed to Afghanistan from April 2010 to October 2010; I've since left the north and started my own design business to be with him where the Marine Corps takes him; we lived together in North Carolina and now through our first PCS to Virginia.
This wedding has been a long time coming, through good times, hard times, happy times, and the best love I've ever been given in my entire life. I'm so excited for the big day! The countdown colors, fonts, and compass image all go with the wedding theme that's been carried through our save-the-dates, website, invitations, etc.
You can click any of the photos above to enlarge them. If you're interested in the where/when/why of it, here you go!