1. Where/how did you meet: We met on CatholicMatch.com (then called StRaphael.net) in the Spring of 2002. We met in person for the first time in October of that same year.
2. How long have you known each other: 10 years…wow!
3. How long after you met did you start dating: Because our relationship started on the internet, we were friends for a few months. We made it official on New Years’ Eve 2002
4. How long did you date before you were engaged: about 2.5 years. I was definitely sweating those last 6 months, wondering if he would ever pop the question!
5. How long was your engagement: 11 months
6. How long have you been married: 6 years
7. What is your anniversary: July 29
8. How many people came to your wedding reception: 150
9. What kind of cake did you serve: Typical tiered wedding cake; every layer was chocolate or vanilla. We didn’t want any fruity filling!
10. Where was your wedding: We had a beautiful Nuptial Mass at St. Mary’s, Sacra.mento. Our reception was held at a nearby hotel.
11. What did you serve for your meal: It was a buffet. I barely got to eat anything, so any memories would be based on the taste-testing the previous December.
12. How many people were there in your bridal party: 5 bridesmaids, 4 groomsmen. My husband’s brother, a priest, concelebrated the Mass.
13. Are you still friends with them all: yes, although I keep in closer contact with the bridesmaids.
14. Did you or your spouse cry during the ceremony? He got a bit teary-eyed when he saw me walk down the aisle. I teared up here and there, especially when my dad and brother played “The Wedding Song.”
15. Most special moment of your wedding day: So many family and friends came from far away to attend the wedding. That touched me the most! Other than that, the entire Nuptial Mass was so moving. :)
16. Any funny moments: Before walking down the aisle, I discovered my veil wasn’t over my face yet. A bridesmaid had to hastily help me. Then my dad said, “Oh yeah, I was supposed to ask if you were really sure about this. I can tell you are!” I had to throw the bouquet twice at the reception. The first time it hit the ceiling.
17. Any big disasters: I forgot to leave directions to the reception, so a few out of town guests got lost en route. Also, my husband and I agreed to exchange cards instead of gifts. I was so busy catching up with friends who arrived the night before that I forgot to write a card. That caused an awkward moment on the way to the reception.
18. Where did you go on your honeymoon: Rome and Venice. Our priest got us “Sposa Novelli” tickets to the papal audience too!
19. How long where you gone: 14 days
20. If you were to do your wedding over, what would you change: I would have let my husband see me before the wedding and get our photos done more quickly. And somehow made sure we got to eat more food than we actually did! I also should have gotten a spray tan!
21. What side of the bed do you sleep on: the right (closest to the door and bathroom)
22. What size is your bed: King
23. Greatest strength as a couple: We’re best friends. Because the first part of our relationship was long distance, we talk easily to one another (assuming tiredness or a bad day are not involved!).
24. Greatest challenge as a couple: Surviving infertility and our recent miscarriage. Also, keeping open the lines of communication.
25. Who literally pays the bills: my husband. He likes math. He keeps me in the loop. Sometimes he has to help me with basic calculations.
26. What is your song: We like different types of music, so if there is one I could pick that describes us as a couple, it’s “I Will Be There” by Steven Curtis Chapman.
27. What did you dance your first dance to: “You Raise Me Up” by Jos.h Gr.oban. We even did a choreographed dance (ballroom dance lessons) and my husband forgot most of the moves when we started! We still had fun.
28. Describe your wedding dress: it was the third one I tried on at the store! White with spaghetti straps, a sweeping roching to the side, beautiful beading at the top.
29. What kind of flowers did you have at your wedding: a lot of roses in honor of St. Therese, the Little Flower. My cousin also added touches of blue flowers to compliment the white and pink roses.
30. Are your wedding bands engraved? Nope.