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OUR DATING STORY

Bryan and I met through the online dating website Christian Mingle. After messaging for couple of weeks getting to know a little about each other, we decided to finally meet face to face. We both wanted it to be very casual and brief (we both had our kids with us).

On Dec. 6, 2014 we met up at the Christmas Train at Victory Camp in Alvin (Living Stones Church). We chatted for just a few minutes and went our separate ways (it was our time to ride the train). After that meeting we started spending more time together when we could, between my call schedule and him working shift work it was pretty difficult. We were both still reluctant to bring our kids around each other and wanted to protect them from the possible what-ifs, so that too limited our time together. A few days later, we had our first date. We met up at The Cheesecake Factory and enjoyed dinner and great conversation.

One weekend, I was on-call and I asked Bryan if he wanted to ride with me to Willowbrook, I told him I had one echo to do and that I should have the rest of the day free. To my surprise, he agreed! After performing the echo, we decided to head to Katy Mills and walk around for a little while. Once, we left the outlet mall we decided to try to grab a bite to eat. No sooner than we had sat down, the call pager went off… Sadly I was being called into to work. We didn’t even get to eat. Bryan offered to tag along but I didn’t want him getting stuck at the hospital with me again so I took him back to his truck.

We started meeting at Starbucks in the evenings and we would just sit and talk for hours, he didn’t want to leave and neither did I (even though I knew he would need to be at work at 4:30 in the morning).

Bryan invited me to go on a trip to New Braunfels with his family and I was really reluctant to go away with him, but in the end I decided to go. Unfortunately, his family wasn’t able to go, so instead we went with a group of his friends and spent the weekend on the Guadelupe River. The water was so cold!! That weekend for me was what really pushed me over the edge and I decided to stop fighting falling for him (He tells me, he had already fallen for me). Soon after that weekend, he met my children and I spent the day with him and his children. From that point on, we were pretty much inseparable.

Some of our favorite trips we have taken is that first weekend we spent together in New Braunfels and to Las Vegas, were we got to experience a hot air balloon ride for the first time.

OUR PROPOSAL STORY

We had been talking about getting engaged and had looked at some rings but I really had no clue when he was going to actually “pop” the question. We had converstations about him trying to surprise me with the proposal and I told him it was going to be very difficult. Christmas came and went and me and my kids finally got to go on our long awaited Disney trip and I thought maybe he would try to surprise me somehow there. We came home and still no proposal, my birthday was fastly approaching and he planned a wonderful night out to celebrate my birthday. We went to our favorite restaurant, Killen’s Steakhouse and he had arranged to have flowers delivered and card place on the table to signify that we were celebrating my birthday. We had finished our meals and he asked if I was going to order dessert, I almost said no (I was completely clueless at this point). I decided to go ahead and get my favorite, which was the key lime pie. When the waiter brought the plates out with our desserts, he immediately placed Bryan’s plate in front of him then proceeded to walk behind me and I was confused, I was waiting for the guy to give me my dessert and he was holding it back. The gentleman finally reached around me and sat the plate in front of me and around the rim of the plate in chocolate were the words “Will you marry me?” I looked up to Bryan and then back at the plate, not believing what was happening. I started to cry and he got up walked around the table and got down on one knee and asked me, and of course I said yes!! We still laugh about the fact that I told him he wouldn’t be able to surprise me and he completely nailed it!!

Christina Harlow

Christina Harlow

Matron of Honor

We have been friends since 2001, I met her soon-to-be husband while working at the mall and he introduced us. I was fairly new to Houston and didn’t have many friends. They took me out for my birthday with a group of their friends and that was the start of a wonderful friendship. I now consider them family and don’t know what I would do without them!!

Jennifer Foster

Jennifer Foster

Bridesmaid (groom's sister)

I look forward to having Jennifer as a sister and I couldn’t imagine not having her by my side on our big day.

Rylee Hardy

Rylee Hardy

Junior Bridesmaid (daughter of bride)

We are so excited to share this day with my little girl and have her standing by my side.

Christopher Reyes

Christopher Reyes

Best Man

Chris has been my friend since high school.

Leslie Harlow

Leslie Harlow

Groomsman

Les is the husband of the matron of honor and he has become a really good friend and look forward to a lifelong friendship.

Stephen Anderson

Stephen Anderson

Groomsman

Stephen is a coworker that has turned into a really great friend.

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1 Comment

  1. Felicha

    Congratulations Christina! Your story is absolutely beautiful.