Odell and I met in 2011 when I was in my junior year of High School (his senior year) in an art class that we had together. I remember the first time that I truly noticed him like it was yesterday. I was talking to my friend Katie about how Moulin Rouge was one of our favorite movies and Odell (who sat behind us at the time) chimed in that it was one of his favorite movies too. For those of you who do not know, Moulin Rouge is a movie/musical about a dramatic love story between a penniless writer/poet named Christian and a gorgeous actress/courtesan named Satine. Katie and I quickly turned around with an "are you serious?" look on our faces, and Odell reassured us that yes, he knew exactly what movie we were talking about. After that Odell and I spoke to each other all of the time and eventually he asked me to be his girlfriend in front of the entire class. I played it off like I was real cool, but I was actually mortified that he asked me in front of everyone. Fast forward through the worst and the best memories, the break-ups & and make-ups, living apart to living together, saying "see you soon" when you decided to join the Marines, to saying "hello" every time we have been lucky enough that you have gotten to come home to me, fast forward 7 years later and here we are... Here we are writing our "How We Met" Stories on this wedding website. Life is so messy, but forgiving. So brutal, yet beautiful. Odell and I have been through so much, started and finished so many chapters already. I can't wait to start this chapter that will never have an ending... I can't wait to start our forever. I'll kiwi you forever and ever and after!
When you turn into the St. Clarence Church parking lot, the pavilion is all the way in the back to the left.
Steph and I met in the 7th grade through mutual friends, and have been best friends ever since. A lot of our beginning bonding experiences took place on the Grant Elementary play ground where our friend group would meet literally every day to play MULCH MAN. Not quite sure how we ever made it out of mulch man alive...but fast forward to countless summers and weekends spent together, school dances, college parties, college party/ raychele's birthday party horror stories and here I am ten years later still with the greatest guy I could ever ask for as a best friend. He has always been the most outspoken person I have ever met. He has always told me the truth no matter how funny, heartfelt, or brutal it is which is something I have come to greatly admire. Thank you for being my shoulder to cry on, the one to make me laugh during or directly after I am done crying, for almost always being right and saying the right things, for being my music therapist and always sending me the most perfect songs exactly when I need them...thank you for being my rock through it all. I couldn't imagine where I would be in life without you. I couldn't do this without you. I love you more than you know! -Stacey Quinn