Mallory, 26, and Adam, 28, attended the same church throughout childhood. Despite their parents’ attempts at matchmaking, the two had no interest in one another until Adam was about to leave for college. After almost seven years of a long-distance relationship, the two married Aug. 8, 2009. The couple live in Charlotte and Adam tells their story.
Sunday mornings: We grew up with both our families attending Eastern Hills Baptist Church. For years, our parents sat together in the same pew each week, secretly discussing how they could get us to date. But it wasn’t till I was starting my freshman year at Wake Forest that we started dating.
Long-distance: Mallory was still a junior at Butler High so I came home every weekend I could. We talked on the phone so much everyone at school started calling me “phone boy.” Four years later, I graduated from Wake Forest only to return for another three years of law school.
Eye exam: Prior to my final year of school, I wanted to ask Mallory’s dad before I proposed. He’s an eye doctor, so I called his office and said my eye was bothering me. After he examined my eyes –and found nothing wrong– I pulled the ring out and asked whether I could marry Mallory. Before he could respond, his receptionist, who had overheard, jumped up from her chair and yelled “Yes!”
Magic Kingdom: A few weeks later, I proposed to Mallory during the fireworks at Disney World during her family’s vacation. We got married the next summer, just 10 days after I took (and passed) the state bar exam. We were married at the church we grew up in and still attend. Hilary Trenda
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