Since I'm the sappiest person I know and love telling other people's love stories, I figured I would share my very own love story! This is the story about how I met the love of my life, the beautiful, the stunning, now my fiancé, Erika Lynn Falkenberg.
While I may be a little borderline Nicholas Sparks with my love for Erika, the start of our relationship wasn't exactly out of one of his films/books. (or maybe it is, I really have only watched a few) Being completely transparent with y'all, we met on twitter, and oh yes I "slid into her DM's". (I'll make sure not to say it in those words during our ceremony vows, she might kill me) She followed me because she saw my twitter profile pic was of me kissing my DSLR and she thought I was another local photographer. Me, being a high school boy immediately followed her back, liked all of her tweets and messaged her. "Hey, you're cute, you should text me sometime." I came on a bit strong. We began chatting over text and I could start to feel that something was different. I had only met her over twitter and talked over text but the conversations I was having with her felt more real and emotionally raw than I had every experience with any other girls. Within a couple days we set up our first date together. Again, me being a totally clueless high school boy I invited her to Virginia BBQ across from her high school. Not until later did I find out she told her dad she was sick so that she could sign out of school early to make the lunch. When I pulled up I saw her in her car but I was WAY too nervous to get out and say hi so I pretended not to see her and walk into the restaurant. She finally came in and I still remember the feeling I felt when I saw her. She walked in on the front entrance and had quite a long walk towards me, I couldn't help but stop and stare the whole time. We hugged, got our food, then began to talk and that's when I knew something was wildly different about this girl.
4 hours later
We were still talking! Up until this point I always had felt like I needed to constantly think of things to keep the conversation alive, but not with Erika. I felt so comfortable, I remember staring at her as we talking feeling like I had been reunited with a long lost friend. She some how endured the first hour or so of me ranting about filmmaking and my favorite directors, and we kept talking. We talked about life, about family, our passions. It was all so new to me. My relationships before her weren't awful, I have no horror story relationship, but this already felt drastically different from all the other ones and it was only our first date. At first it made me a little uneasy, I fell completely head over heels for this girl in about 3 days flat. I didn't know what to make of it and began to push back a little. I thought I wanted to go to school in North Carolina, or Florida for filmmaking, and I knew it would hurt if I let feelings grow more. Thankfully something deep down in me told me to trust where all of it was going. I'm so glad I did.
A week later
I showed up to her house before her SAT and made her come see me at the car. I gave her a vase of surprisingly great looking roses from Giant, and asked her to be my girlfriend, and the rest is history. Well, not really, that's over simplifying it a bit. We have been together for over 3 years now and we have enough amazing memories to write an entire book. For the sake of the length of this post I'll give an abridged version.
In that time together
We helped each other launch and grow our businesses. We adopted a puppy, and learned how to be there for each other after unimaginable loss of that puppy. We have rented 2 different apartments. Got engaged. Adopted Lilo (our new fur baby). Started planning our wedding. :)
Typing that doesn't even begin to do justice to what living life every day with your soul mate is like. Some days we wake up early and make each other breakfast, and somedays we want to pull each others hair out. But that's love, and it's a beautiful thing. Every amazing memory we make, every fight we have, only brings us closer together. We learn from our mistakes and try harder next time to be better and help our relationship grow. Not everyone is lucky enough to have met the woman/man of their dreams as such an early age, but I'll never stop thanking God that I did. Whether you're single, in a relationship, recently engaged, or in a rough patch, hold out hope. If someone as nerdy as me can land a gal this perfect, there is hope for every single one of you.
Cheers to love!
Joshua Bryan Medlin
Here are some pics throughout the years of Erika and I's relationship :)
OUR ENGAGEMENT POST: http://erikalynnphoto.com/im-engaged/
MY LAST BLOG POST: http://www.joshuabryancinema.com/blog/canvaforbusiness
HOPE TAYLOR'S PHOTOS ABOVE: http://hopetaylor.com
NATALIE JAYNE'S PHOTOS ABOVE: http://nataliejaynephotography.com