“I have found the one whom my soul loves.” – Song of Solomon 3:4

His mother married his father at 18 years old. I was only 15 at the time and thought nothing of it. I married at 19 and thought I knew all there was to know about love and relationships, thought I knew what “til death do us part” meant. I said to his father the day before his son was going to get married, “remember when we were his age and we thought we were so old and knew everything? Now that your son is getting married at 20, do you still feel the same way?” He laughed and said, “Absolutely not. But I trust Tie and Alanna and know they are solid.”

They met in elementary school and loved each other immediately. They weren’t allowed to date until they were older, of course, but have been together ever since. They are one of those rare couples who knew and loved and continue to love despite their paths separating for brief times through the course of the years, despite the turmoil high school can bring with, despite the odds that are forever against any couple, let alone elementary school sweet hearts. And here they are, on their wedding day, celebrating with all their families and friends, the next chapter they are turning in the already multiple chaptered, beautiful book they are writing together.

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