You’ll need only a small chance to meet your soulmate. Blink of an eye can change your life forever. This is how it went with Eva and Harrison. Their destination wedding took place in a small little town called Kenosha, not too far north from Chicago. I immediately fell in love with the town, the nature around, little chilly autumn weather and the people around me. The time of the year was just about before Halloween. I spent a week hanging around with these beautiful people and it was the quality time in the best sense possible.
I like the story from Harrison about how he met Eva.
Eva and I first met on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 at my hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Looking back on it we both realized how close we were to never have that encounter. I was coming back home for the weekend from South Dakota and had barely escaped a bad snowstorm which could have canceled my plans to arrive on Wednesday. Eva, who was in university in Florida, had just been able to trick a professor to reschedule an assignment so she could accept a spontaneous invitation to her teammate’s home for Thanksgiving break… in Kenosha. Her teammate just happened to be my best friend and future best man’s sister. I’ll never know how lucky I am to have a best friend like that because pretty much as soon as he saw Eva he was texting me non stop to meet a “girl from Estonia.. Dude.. get over here NOW” The rest is pretty simple: he was right, Eva and I fell in love and I proposed to her on November 8th, 2017.
What wasn’t that simple was coordinating everything for our wedding. The most important thing for us was to make sure as many of Eva’s relatives from Estonia could make it. Although we had to wait till Fall, we had no idea how beautiful of a day October 19th, 2018 would be.
Every moment of the day, from waking up, to getting ready with my guys, having our ceremony, to the last song of the reception I was thinking about how grateful we were to have everyone make it to our wedding. Reflecting back on that day, I can remember Eva being so happy to have all of her family and friends that she had not seen in over a year or more. One of my favorite moments was during the middle of the reception, dancefloor erupting when we both snuck back to a table in the back and just took the whole scene in. It was a great mental snapshot.
All in all, we couldn’t have asked for a better time with everyone, only that it would have lasted longer. As we created a new family of our own in marriage, we have learned to love each other in new ways every day, which makes me even more thankful to have been at the right place at the right time, November 23rd, 2016.