Ethan and Laura met at a dorm pizza party in 2006 at Georgia Tech. A few days later he showed up at her room, and they became immediate friends. After graduation, Ethan moved to Minnesota for work and Laura went to DC for law school. They stayed friends, but always kept close tabs on each other. Ethan’s job transferred him to Colorado over the fourth of July weekend and she  came home from a break from school. Fireworks literally happened, and they started dating that weekend, got engaged six months later, and were married in August 2011. Now, they have two sons and are happily living in California!

We’re so excited to celebrate these two tomorrow night at The Big Fake Wedding Los Angeles!

What is the best gift you have ever given each other?
From her: The best gift we’ve ever given each other was a painting we bought in San Diego. After we had been married for three years, and had two kids in less than two years we went on our first ever (kid free) weekend getaway. We ended up in a gallery just to look, until we saw this gorgeous portrait of a Paris street scape and immediately fell in love with it. It reminded us of our trip to Paris, where we took our engagement photos, and had one of the best times of our lives. We bought it as third anniversary gift to each other, and it is such a special part of our house because it reminds us of our amazing time in Paris and our first getaway.

From him: Saying “I do” and our two boys….that’s two things – do those count as gifts?

What is the best date you have ever had?
From him: We love to travel and have had some amazing dates in amazing locales, from Maui to Chicago to Paris. But I think the best date was the whole day date leading up to my engagement surprise after dinner. We had such a great day together, and it was even sweeter (and a bit nerve-wracking) knowing I was going to top it off at the end of the day by asking Laura to marry me.

What inspires you about each other?
From him: My wife is an actual wonder woman. Aside from being an unbelievable mother and wife, she is an incredible human being that treats life how it’s supposed to be treated. She sees no limits to achieving our dreams, and sets a bar wherever she wants, as high as she wants. Frequently, I am dumbfounded how I got chosen to go on this surreal journey with her.

What was the absolute best memory from your wedding day?
From her: My absolute best memory from our wedding day was one of the dances at our wedding. Like most couples, our wedding felt like such a blur- except our last dance at the end of the night. I finally had the chance to take a deep breath and take everything in. I remember putting my head on Ethan’s shoulder, and feeling so relieved, so happy that we had such a beautiful day and we were starting our new life together. Our photographer took the best photo of it, and every time I see that picture all those feelings come rushing back to me.

What is the most awesome thing about your marriage?
From her: The most awesome thing about our marriage is seeing the awesome way God has things planned out. Ethan and I became friends when we were barely 20, and I don’t think either of us would have imagined we would be married with two kids a decade later. We say all the time that we’re just making things up as we go along, and its true..but as the years go by, its so cool to see how God’s hand has been in everything we’ve been through together. I really cant even describe how blessed I feel to know that before I even recognized it, God gave me someone so special to build a family and a life with.

From him: Life is tough. And stressful. And really sucks, sometimes. But knowing that we’re going through this life together, on the same team, always at bat for each other, tag teaming through all the ups and downs, knowing I have a “ride or die” partner that puts our best interests, and our kids’ best interests, first, above all else, gives me all the feels for marriage.

What advice would you give an engaged couple?
From him: “Keep your eyes on the prize.” What I mean is, don’t sweat the small stuff and let the little things derail your relationship. Wedding planning is stressful, along with the potential life changes and what it all means from that day forward, and there will be plenty of opportunities to let the small stuff put a wedge between you two. But don’t let it. Remember all the reasons why you’re getting married in the first place. Then let everything else fall away, if only for a few fleeting moments [amidst the planning].

Photo Credits:
Erin’s Candid Moments

We invite you to join us at The Big Fake Wedding Los Angeles, Thursday night at Seventh Place! There are still a few tickets available so grab yours here now!

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