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    Posted April 11, 2012 by
    Orcutt, California
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    Did you marry your prom date?

    Prom night was my wedding day

    It’s May 18th 2002, my prom night and what turned out to also be my wedding day. Yes, my husband Ryan and I married on prom night, eloped actually. With only a handful of people knowing, we married at the court house at 1140 at night in Las Vegas, NV with my best friend, Tess, and his brother, Derek, present. Our honeymoon was Air Force boot camp, but more on that in a moment. It took me a few days to gather the courage to tell my Dad. Why? Well, I guess it’s because I was such a wonderful kid. Yes, I said it: wonderful. Great grades, Varsity runner, no drugs, did my chores, and just an overall happy girl. Now I have to tell my Dad that I’m married…at 18! I was still in shock and that’s not all. We, to include his brother, decided to join the military (Air Force). This was not in my Dad’s, or my plans. I had a scholarship so it’s not that I needed the education benefits. For this, I need to go back a couple of months.

    Ryan decided to join the military. He sat me down and explained to me that he understood if I didn’t want to be a military wife and follow him around. So when I told him I would join too the look on his face was priceless. I don’t think he even thought that was an option. My grandfather retired from the Air Force and I grew up around military people. I always thought it would be an honor to serve my country. It was an easy decision. We enlisted.

    We knew we needed to marry prior to boot camp and prom night was the most romantic and synergistic option. Fast forward through ten crazy years with great friends and family, Ryan deploying to Afghanistan, both separating from the military, we are now in California. Both of us full time students; Ryan is working on a Computer Science degree and I’m working on my Business Administration degree (last semester!). I’m working full time as a Budget Analyst at Vandenberg AFB. We are looking forward to our 10-year anniversary party, but this time, there’s no secret. We’re in love and we want everyone to celebrate with us!
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