A three-year engagement, long distance planning, and a long distance relationship…for Jessie and James, good things came in threes. Including their wedding day.
“James and I grew up near each other in the Washington, DC area, but we didn’t meet until we were both living in Colorado, where I went for undergrad. We dated for about three and a half years while living in Colorado, James worked for a litigation firm at the time and I worked as a bartender and as a snowboarding instructor at Arapahoe Basin.
In 2010, I was accepted to NYU for graduate school for Speech Language Pathology, and James accepted a position with the Appellate division of the Public Defenders office. James and I decided to maintain a long distance relationship for the length of the graduate school program – James staying in Denver, Colorado where we had made a home, and me in New York City.
One week before I left for the three-year program, James proposed, on August 25, 2010 (exactly three years before we eventually get married. This fact is actually a coincidence and not planned. I realized about 6 months into planning that we had set the wedding date to exactly 3 years from the date of engagement!). At about that same time, my parents bought a vineyard in Sonoma, California, a place we thought would be a perfect setting for a wedding. The following three years were a whirlwind of new beginnings for both me and James, maintaining a long-distance engagement, planning a long-distance wedding!”