Ashley, 41 and John, 42, met at Covenant Presbyterian Church youth group when she was 13 and he was 14. Little did they know that years later they would fall in love. The couple married Jan. 20, 1996 at the same church where they met and still currently attend. They live in Charlotte and Ashley tells their story.
Not yet: For an entire year, John would ask me out every Sunday at our youth group meetings. I thought he was loud, intimidating and just goofy, so for a year he got shot down repeatedly. Through junior high, high school and college, we dated other people but still remained friends.
Scheduling availability: John and I had both graduated from college and found ourselves single at the same time. We would see each other at church and other parties, so one day I asked him to a Billy Joel concert. He told me he’d have to check his calendar and it was a few days before he called to say he would go. We had a really great time and started dating from there, eight years after he had originally asked me out.
Right answer: Almost two years later, John proposed one night while we were out to dinner. He’d given the ring to the chef and when dessert came out, they sent us a plate with a brownie, ice cream and whipped cream on top. On top of the whipped cream was a mint leaf and on it sat a beautiful diamond ring. On the rim of the plate in chocolate sauce was written “Will you marry me?” I said yes.
Young love: After 17 years of marriage, John and I have three wonderful children. I guess you can meet your soul mate even at 13, even if you don’t know it at the time.. Hilary Trenda
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