The handsome man pictured above is my husband, Alexander (or as I like to call him, Salamander). We met on a fall evening in 2005 when we were just 17 year old seniors in high school. He was playing in a band with a few of my friends and they needed help getting equipment to the venue. I had a Jeep Grand Cherokee at the time and volunteered my services.
I remember seeing him for the first time… dark hair, scruffy beard, playing bouzouki. As soon as I saw him I whispered to my friend “I am going to marry him”. I figured anyone in high school who could grow a beard had to be awesome. He thought I was in another band that was playing that night, and since this was the first band Alexander was ever in, he was afraid to play in front of me.
I don’t remember too much from the night – He spent most of the time outside of the venue playing the flute, so I thought he was so cool and indie, but he was actually just shy. After I got home I saw that Alexander had added me on myspace – I was super excited and so started our AIM chatting.
For several months we talked online, randomly ran into each other at the mall and hung out with a group of friends every now and then. I was in and out of relationships and every time things got rough, I’d find myself saying, “I should just date Alexander, he’s such a good guy”. Finally, I decided to take my own advice and sent him this on myspace:
He agreed and we hung out for the first time alone. We went to Starbucks and talked about our post-graduation plans: mine being cosmetology school & him having none (typical Alexander). Afterwards, we went to a bible study with the rest of his family (which I immediately fell in love with) and I mentioned that I no longer had a date for prom (remember that part). Since I had a lot of guy friends, I didn’t think too much about us hanging out (except that I had a crush on him). Alexander didn’t hang out with very many girls though (definitely not alone), so he thought we had gone on a date of some sort.
We started to hangout out more and talked on AIM for hours every night. I definitely had a huge crush on him and I thought he might feel the same way. So at this point, I did what most 17 year old girls do – I decided to reveal my feelings via AIM chat. After telling Alexander that I “thought I really liked him” he answered “That’s sweet” – heart officially broken and face turning red. He then went on to tell me about a dream about us going to prom together. When I mentioned that I still didin’t have a date, Alexander responded “Want to make my dreams come true?”. Heart officially mended, face even redder.
There we are at prom, actually at Steak-n-Shake (we only stayed at prom for about a half an hour then left because it was pretty lame). A week or so after that we officially started dating by me asking “Are you my boyfriend or not?” – I was pretty classy and definitely subtle. Here’s a sweet little comment he left me (via myspace) shortly after we started dating.
Since we dated for quite a while I’ll give you some pictures instead of a play-by-play of our whole relationship.
There was a short stint in which I sang with Alexander’s band, Alexander and the Grapes . No, I don’t sing very well. I just wanted to be in a band and Alexander loves me that much. We sang lots of love songs that I wish he would let me post, but I’m sure he wouldn’t be happy if I did.
Now that brings us to 2009, The year in which we got engaged. Make sure to check back tomorrow for part 2 of Charos’ wedding week.