When Whitney went to visit her brother in San Diego, who knew that she would fall in love with his roommate?! The only problem was that she lived across the country in Orlando. Garrett asked if he could come out to visit her, and she said no, but he booked a flight anyway. He came out, spent a week with Whitney and her family, and then what happened next is a direct quote from Garrett (because it’s just too sweet not to share verbatim). “After the best week of my life, I was all in and knew I would marry her someday.” Aw, shucks. By the end of the trip, Garrett asked Whitney’s dad if he could move to Orlando to date her, and a year later he proposed on the dock where they sat that first week and fell in love.
What is the best date you have ever had?
From her: My favorite date we’ve ever had was our first one. I was in San Diego for the weekend and he told me he was picking me up to watch the sunrise. He got me at 4:30 am, we got some coffee, and went to Torrey Pines and climbed a lifeguard stand while we waited for it. The conversation was great so the sun was pretty much up by the time we realized – the sun doesn’t rise on the west coast. It was definitely behind us. He still gets made fun of for that.
What is the best gift you have ever given each other?
From him: The best gift my wife has ever given me has been our daughters. Watching her with them brings such joy and admiration to my heart.
What was the absolute best memory from your wedding day?
From him: The best part of our wedding day for me was the ceremony. It was the perfect combination of family and friends in a beautiful place that meant so much to us. Standing there saying our vows and committing to a lifetime of oneness was just unforgettable.
What advice would you give an engaged couple?
From her: Making standards for your marriage before you are in it are the standards that stick. The barriers you put up to keep your love safe and pure are best put in place before the wedding day, or changing a habit is too hard. And when you’re in the thick of it in marriage, pulling yourselves above the hard place and reminding yourselves what you’ve decided your marriage will look like is such a sweet way to get to a place of humility and understanding.
What is the most awesome thing about your marriage?
From her: I’ve never laughed so much in my life. He is hilarious and I can’t imagine how bored I must have been before him. Also, the togetherness of marriage is our favorite. We still can’t get enough of each other. I still get sad when he has to work – which is pretty pathetic because he works from home.
From him: The most awesome thing about our marriage has been the constant growing of “in loveness” that we have felt for one another. It feels like through each season of life we have come to we become better friends and more united.
Jill Devries (1 + 3)
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