It’s crazy, really, if you think about it. As human beings, we’re capable of meeting a stranger, allowing them into the deepest parts of who we are, and learning to love them — having seen them at their best AS WELL AS their worst — to the point of not being able to imagine life without the other.
Love looks different on every couple, but for these two incredible people, love looks like high fives at your first chance to be alone as a married couple. It looks like getting ready for your wedding day in the space where you’ve made a home with her. It looks like choosing a wedding dress you know he’ll love because it reminds you of being in nature, and wearing the same veil your mother in law wore at her own vows. It looks like tears after reading the letter he wrote for you to read minutes before you become his wife, and making faces at her during your wedding ceremony, and pulling him back in for a second kiss because one first kiss just isn’t enough.
It looks like meeting as awkward high school teenagers, growing up together, choosing to take the risk to live the adventure of life together, and finding your soul mate along the way. On the Monday before their wedding day in June, we asked Mark how he felt at that exact moment, and he said this. “She is what I’ve known I wanted for a long time and I can’t wait to make her my wife. I’m so ready for it.”
This is the story of Caitlin and Mark, who have loved each other for an entire decade.