Ro is a Labor and Delivery Registered Nurse. She is finishing a Masters degree in Nursing dn Jamee is the Director of Accounting and IT at the family sheet metal manufacturing company. Together, they love game nights with friends, traveling, movies, and bowling.
We have known each other since the third grade and lived down the street from each other for most of our lives. We weren't fans of each other in High School and hung out with two totally different crowds. Ten years later we were all grown up and reconnected on FaceBook. It's been history since then! It's funny how things work out.
I was actually asleep and we had friends staying over, who were in on Jamee's surprise. Jamee walked in with a breakfast tray and woke me up. Half asleep, I thanked her for the fruit and mimosa. As I rubbed the sleep from my eyes, I soon noticed one photo, then another, then another placed in a glass on my breakfast tray.
They ranged from when we were dating up until the present. The last photo had stick figure ladies with rainbow dresses on and it said "Just married". It took another two minutes for the light bulb to come on!!! Jamee proceeded to get down on one knee and I think I went deaf for a little while, but I did hear, "I love you and want to grow old with you."I was in shock and just kept saying "SHUT UP" and slapped her arm (several times) in disbelief. I did say yes somewhere in the puddle of tears.
Our wedding was in Fort Worth, Texas. Texans love great food and everyone raved about the menu. Our guests enjoyed Pecan crusted chicken and Pork tenderloin with orange ginger glaze, smoked gouda macaroni and cheese, and green bean almandine.We were surrounded by friends and family that support us and our relationship. It was the best day ever!
Many of our favorite memories were made that day. The most memorable moment was Jamee dancing with her father during the father daughter dance. He has since passed away and those moments are irreplaceable and she will cherish them forever.
We had some traditional aspects of our wedding with the white dress, ceremony, and reception. Our marriage isn't traditional at all since we are a same sex couple, but it is as valid and real as any marriage. We had women and men in suits on Jamees side and all women on Ro's side. We had some women walking with women when the bridal party walked in.Being true to ourselves and our own traditions we wanted Jamee's cake to follow one of her passions. She is a huge horror movie fan, so we had to have a scary cake!
When inquiring about a service we asked if they were LGBTQ friendly. We encountered a few people that rejected us, but that is definitely okay because we don't want to be associated with any organization that doesn't support who we are and what we stand for.
We found great vendors that supported us, so everything worked out for the best. The planning process was stressful. I think finding vendors was time consuming but it wasn't hard. There will always be "bad stories" but in this life there will always be someone that cannot be pleased.
Ro shares, "I think I would chill a bit more if I had it to do all over again. It's so easy to get caught up in having the "perfect" wedding and at the end of the day it's about celebrating a union and two people that love each other, not whether or not you have mercury glass candle holders."