Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Love Story #4 - Matt + Abbey Tillman

I'm excited to introduce y'all to this next couple! Just look at this photo - how adorable!!! Abbey + I met during her freshman year at UGA. She shared the sweetest memory from their wedding on Facebook recently + my roommate said "you HAVE to see if Abbey will share on your blog!" So here is the first part of Matt + Abbey's story! 

1} How did you + Matt meet?

As crazy as it sounds, Matt and I met through his mom through a program she and I were both involved with called Distinguished Young Women. Right before we both left for college in 2009, I was over at her house for a pool party with a group of girls, and she and I sat and talked, she said, "You have got to meet my son!" A few days later, I met Matt for the first time. As he'll tell you, he thought I was pretty, but also a weird theater girl that he probably didn't have much in common with. We maintained a friendship for the next two years, where we would see each other here and there at Distinguished Young Women or when I would come for a visit at Georgia Tech to see my best friend. It wasn't until two years later, at the same pool party, that I stayed late to hang out and talk with him and his mom that he finally saw the light :) I think it was because I mentioned that I loved David Platt!

2} Tell us about y'all's first date.

As I was driving home from the pool party in 2011, I got a phone call from Matt. I assumed he was calling to say, "Mom wants you to let me know when you get home!" Turns out, he was calling to ask me to go to a Christian movie screening with him and his pastor and his pastor's wife (Kevin & Charity) the next day. He made it sound like his mom was planning to go and couldn't go anymore, so he asked if I would fill in. I easily said yes, assuming it would just be a fun evening with a friend, definitely not thinking it would be anything else. Little did I know he told his pastor that afternoon before the movie, "I think I am going to marry this girl!" After the movie that night (which wasn't so great), we all went to Chili's for dinner, where Kevin & Charity asked me lots and lots of questions! At this point, I still didn't realize it was a real date. However, after dinner as Matt & I got back in the car, he started asking me some really intense questions, like "What's your biggest passion" and "What's your biggest spiritual insecurity", to name a few! The longer we talked, the more I realized that this was not just hanging out with a friend. As we talked about life, I realized that I had just experienced my last first date. And the rest is history!

3}  What is your funniest memory together?

For our first Christmas together, I made him a book of dates for us to go on. One of them was to visit a bookstore and sit and read children's books! It turned out to be one of the funniest and best dates we ever had! We fell in love with Mo Willems books and had an absolute ball reading Elephant and Piggie books out loud in the children's section. I'm pretty sure there were groups of kids gathering around to listen. We've enjoyed starting our children's book collection with Elephant and Piggie books...and we really enjoy sitting and reading them at home, now!

4} What has been your favorite date?

One of the memories that is closest to my heart is the day that Matt asked me to "officially" be in a relationship with him. He picked me up from my best friend's apartment at Georgia Tech, and presented me with a single rose. We enjoyed a delicious southern dinner at Pitty Pat's Porch (Gone with the Wind is one of my favorites!), then followed it up with a walk to Piedmont Park. We found a really pretty spot on a pier to sit down, and Matt began to talk about the rose he'd given me earlier in the evening. He used the rose as a symbol of our relationship, starting out new, fresh and beautiful. For most, when the newness wears off, the rose is discarded and forgotten, just as often relationships are often discarded once the newness wears off. "But your'e different," he said, "because you treasure the dead rose." And, indeed, I have always loved to keep my old flowers. He asked me to keep the rose and treasure it always, appreciating the antique of it more and more as the days go by. That sweet old dead rose will always be held close to my heart as I remember the beauty of the beginning and the joy of the days since.

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