Would you believe that the two of us attended the same college and had the same circle of friends, but never knew each other? It’s the truth! It wasn’t until after we had both graduated from said college that we had even met each other. Colin and I were introduced by our very dear friends Shanna and Melissa over Christmas in 2009. My sister, Erika, still swears to this day that I told everyone that I met Colin at “da club” (which I still don’t believe I said) because we actually met at the Cornerstone. If you’re familiar with the Cornerstone, you know that it is actually the furthest thing from a club. Unfortunately, Colin was living in Clearwater, Florida at the time and would soon be flying back.
Colin and I made plans to hang out when he came back into town in the spring of 2010, but wouldn’t you know, he chose to blow me off instead! I hadn’t heard much from Colin in the next few months, until he and some friends traveled to Las Vegas for Bob’s bachelor party. Melissa was living in Las Vegas at this time, and Colin and some of the guys met up with her one night for some drinks on the strip. I’ve been told that Colin kept asking Melissa, “What’s up with that Teesha girl?,” but yet again, no moves were made.
Flash forward a few months to August, August 8, 2010 to be exact, when Colin and I both attended Bob and Lori’s Stag and Drag. Colin was in the bridal party and busy selling bottles and tips to help Bob and Lori raise money for their wedding. I kept making comments to my friends about how cute he looked and how I loved his curly hair. By the end of the Stag, Colin came up to my friends and I and dumped a laundry basket of pudding shots onto the table we were sitting at, which my friends and I gladly devoured. Later that night, all of our friends met up at the ever sketchy Coconut Joe’s. I remember Colin drunkenly walking up to me towards the end of the night and asking me to dance. It was then that he asked me to go to Bob and Lori’s wedding with him (which was just a few short months away).
Since that day, Colin and I have been inseparable. It turns out not even 1,000+ miles could keep us apart. We spent the next 10 months traveling back and forth to see one another. In July of 2011, Colin made the selfless decision to move back home to Erie so we could be close to each other, and I’m so glad he did! It’s safe to say that Stag and Drags hold a very special place in our hearts! 🙂
May 9, 2015 has been one of the happiest days of my life thus far, and for more than one reason. Colin and I were both graduating from Edinboro University, Colin for the second time with his Master’s in School Counseling, and I was for the third time with my Master’s in Early Childhood Education.
After the ceremony, we met up with our family and friends to take some pictures. Colin and I began taking pictures together, and the next thing I knew, a local photographer came up to take our picture. He walked up to me and said, “You won’t need these or this,” referring to the flowers I’d received and my diploma. The next thing I knew, Colin was getting down on one knee and opening a ring box to the most gorgeous ring I’d ever seen. He’d asked me, “Will you marry me?” and instead I grabbed the ring box and couldn’t stop looking at the ring as I was bawling my eyes out. Of course, I said yes!
Later that day, we had plans to meet up with our families at the Public House for a little celebratory get together. Little did I know how much Colin truly had done. He called all of our closest friends, along with our families, and had everyone meet at the Public House to surprise me when we arrived. I spent a majority of the day happy crying. #bestdayever
Ceremony- Our Lady Of Peace
Reception- Port Farms
Videographer- Corey Graham