Heather and I both attended a small woman's college in Central Virginia. We played softball together and Heather was the manager for my volleyball team. While we knew of each other, we didn't really get to know each other right away. At our college we have a lot of traditions and during a student's senior year we have Pumpkin Parade. A sister class sophomore chooses a senior and spends the week leaving anonymous gifts outside of their door, then carves them a pumpkin to be carried during the parade. Heather chose me as their senior (and carved me a Harry Potter pumpkin too!) and at the end of the week, when I finally knew who my sophomore was, we sat down and had the most amazing conversation I'd ever had with someone I had basically just met. There was no awkwardness and it was so natural and easy.
Over the next few weeks we found excuses to hang out and talk as much as possible. When Heather came home with me for Fall Break, I think we both knew there was something happening. We stayed up till 3am chatting one morning and when we attended a soccer game together all I wanted to do was cuddle in close to stay warm! Just one week later we finally admitted that we had feelings for each other and there was no looking back after that. I proposed to Heather on our 3 year anniversary after an intimate dinner at the Melting Pot. Though we had picked out engagement rings together, Heather had no idea when it was coming and the look of shock on their face was awesome.
We had a two year engagement while we planned our wedding (we were both still in graduate school) and married in 2010. We had a legal ceremony on July 23 at the Washington DC courthouse (just a couple months after marriage equality passed in DC), then had a full wedding ceremony in Berkeley, CA on September 16th. Our CA wedding was small and intimate, attended by about 30 of our closest family and friends. We celebrated in the Berkeley Hills, surrounded by trees and open space, which was so perfect for us. We drank our favorite wine, danced the night away with our friends, and celebrated.
We celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary last year with a trip to the mountains and can't wait to celebrate many more years together!