It all Started in High School Show Choir...
CJ and I met in 2011 at the beginning of our senior year of high school. We wouldn’t categorize ourselves as “high school sweethearts” only because we didn’t date until the summer after we graduated! CJ went to college at Texas Tech University while I stayed behind to work on my music career and start community college.
Dating long-distance was hard, but we endured it and in the summer of 2015 CJ proposed at the same place we had our first unofficial date. For two years we embarked on the wedding planning adventure. It was utter chaos and too stressful for my taste! We took a break and during that time we realized what was really important; celebrating just the two of us, our love, and commitment.
Jokingly, I said we should elope… So, that’s almost exactly what we did! We discovered the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado and said that’s where we should get married. We planned our whole wedding in 2 months and had some of our family members come to witness our intimate ceremony. It was picturesque as we made our commitments to each other on top of a mountain in an unexpected blizzard!
A little about CJ (from Chelsea’s point of view):
The best way I can describe CJ is that he is just a big kid! He loves Pokémon, Marvel, board games, and video games. He never takes life too seriously and his joy illuminates the room! He is truly silly and easily makes any difficult situation seem easier because of his ability to see the positives in all circumstances.
A little about Chelsea (from CJ’s point of view):
A heart of gold and a smile that lights up the room, Chelsea is the type of friend everybody needs. Genuine connection and friendship are so natural to her; she so easily makes anyone feel welcome and loved. It’s all of these traits and how they’re so beautifully and authentically packaged that made me fall in love with her in the first place!
Living so close to our families makes spending time with each other so convenient! During the summer we are often swimming, cooking out, or having sleepovers with our nieces and nephews. We also go on vacations with CJ's family or take a trip to see our cousins in California! During the holidays we spend time serving at church and attending with our families and then usually enjoying a meal together! We love watching all of the kiddos get together and enjoy their excitement over the holidays!