Today we are really excited to talk with Britt (25) and Will (27).
Please introduce yourselves and share your LDR story
We met almost two years ago, I extended my radius on Tinder to 50 miles. The next day, a photo of a bearded stud in a blue shirt popped up on my phone and my jaw dropped. My tummy flipped upside down when I saw this face and I screamed out loud to my mom, “OMG MOM I JUST FOUND MY HUSBAND ON TINDER.” She obviously thought I was either kidding or crazy because I kept talking about him calling him my hubs and she told me, again and again, to give up after I swiped right and we didn’t match right away. But I was convinced that God had whispered in my ear that this man was going to be really important to me.
My soul was being pulled like a magnet like nothing I’ve ever felt and I didn’t even know the guy. A week later I got a “It’s a Match!” notification and a message from the stud in the blue shirt I kept referring to as “my future husband.” My mom rolled her eyes and shook her head as I blabbed on about finding the one on an online dating site. After a few weeks of flirty messages, he asked me out to dinner and drove an hour and a half to take me out on our first date.
My mom was there to greet him obviously because she wanted to meet “my husband” for herself. It was the best date of my life and every day after that I have fallen more and more in love after learning that his heart is actually even more perfect than his face. He was actually training for the toughest school in the U.S. military – Army Ranger School.
After just two dates, he shaved his head and left for Fort Benning Georgia. Our connection was immediate, but we were both anxious about the looming long distance and communication barrier that we would face so soon after meeting. We couldn’t imagine going 3 months without hearing from each other, so we did things old school. We exchanged addresses and made a promise to keep in touch through handwritten letters. Starting off our relationship this way really set the tone for our commitment to making the best of any situation and emphasized how important communication would be to both of us.
The letters forced us to really think about what we wanted to share and what we wanted to hear from the other person. I’m so thankful for that escape from technology that we were blessed with. In the age of social media, I truly believe the letters helped us avoid distractions from the outside world and truly focus on each other.
We have been inseparable ever since and are now starting a new adventure as William moves to Italy with the U.S. army. After our wedding, I’ll join him overseas but until then we are conquering long distance one FaceTime at a time!!
Fantastic introduction! How long have you now been separted by distance? here are you curretly living?
What first attracted you to each other?
What are your favourite long distance activities?
Do you share a favorite movie/documentary and reason why?
What are your favourite LDR resources?
Name a memorable experience you’ve been through as a couple?
One of my favorite memories was waking up super early in the dark to drive to my neighborhood beach to watch the sunrise from the bed of Williams pickup truck. We have done it a few times and it is so peaceful to have quiet quality time to listen to the natural sounds of the beach.
William’s is our drive home after our first snowboarding trip with some friends. We fell so in love that trip and became connected on a whole new level. On our drive home we both cried because our love felt so powerful it almost felt like we were having an out of body experience.
Out of all the grand things we have done together, these simple moments mean the most to us.
Do you have a favourite relationship picture?
What do you value most about your partner?
What are the best gifts you have sent or received?
Do you have a favourite quote or motto?
What advice would you give to other LDR couples?
Describe your perfect weekend together?
What are your long-term plans?
What are you learning, now that you live long distance?
What is the most romantic thing you have experienced?
The romantic thing William has done for me is organizing the most perfect proposal I could ever dream up. Just when I thought he couldn’t outdo himself, he secretly invited my family and 30 of my closest friends from my childhood, competitive cheerleading days, college years and beyond to hide 10 feet away from us behind my back as he asked me the most important question of our lives.
I wish someone had a video of these goofballs sneaking across the street dodging my eyesight and snow slush while trying to be quiet. William orchestrated the best surprise and these incredible people gave this spot in my hometown an even more special place in my heart.