Love Story Part 4


This is the final installment of our love story! Read part ONE, part TWO and part THREE before this to get caught up!ย 

“I love you”, he said with my face cradled in his hands.

My heart was pounding and I had a million thoughts running through my head.

“This is a big deal! We haven’t known each other very long! I think I love him too, should I say it back?? What do I do!?!” were just a few of the millions of thoughts flooding my head as fast as my heart beat.

He quickly said, “I don’t want you to feel any pressure to reply, I just wanted to tell you how I feel.” I let the “love declaration” hang in the air and decided that I would wait until I was ready to say it back. Recalling this story may make it sound like it was awkward between us, but it truly felt more like he had just given me a gift and didn’t have any expectations in return. It was very sweet.

We continued dating, walking to class together, and spending as much time as possible together. It was as pure as young love and infatuation could possibly be. The excitement about spending time together was at level 10 and we enjoyed each other so much.

One day, while getting out of his car when we got back to my apartment, he said, “I love you!” and I replied, “I love you too!” as normal as it could ever possibly be. Then I gasped! I had been saving that phrase for a special moment but I just blurted it out like it was no big deal when I was getting out of his car.

I don’t think I was even looking at him when I said it.

I peeked my head back in the window, smiling and feeling a little sheepish, and said, “Well, there’s that. I love you too!”

He laughed and said, “I wouldn’t have wanted to hear that any other way, it sounded so natural.”

It was true, it was a very natural reaction based on how I felt and what I would have said anyway.

At this time it was about November, if my memory serves me, and we were just full on enjoying dating life. We loved each other, had so much fun together, and were beginning the process of introducing the other to our extended families.

We dated for over 2 years. He proposed in April of 2008, then we got married 13 months later in May of 2009. As anxious as we were about starting a life together when we were in the infatuation stage of dating, I think it was really valuable for us to have enough time to really get to know each other, see each other through a few different seasons of life, and have time to prepare for blending our lives in marriage.

I loved having a year to be engaged too! When else do you get to think about, talk about, and dream about your wedding day?! It was fun to relish in that excitement for a full year.

We opted to do a destination wedding at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina. We said our vows to each other in a quaint white chapel right on the river, with about 40 family members in the pews. It was simple, calm, and very much what we both wanted.

Our wedding was 10 years ago to this very day. In some ways it feels like I’ve been married to him for 1,000 years, and in other ways it feels like a minute. I’m so thankful to have him as my partner in life, parenting, business, and so much more.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading our love story! It was, possibly, the longest drawn-out story in history but I’m happy to say you are now completely caught up to speed ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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Comments (41)

  1. Kaitlyn B says
    Posted May 15, 2019

    So sweet! I love reading stories like this. Happy Anniversary Kate & Justin! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Lauren says
    Posted May 15, 2019

    my heart has exploded!

  3. Ellen says
    Posted May 15, 2019

    Happy Anniversary!! What a great story. How did Justin propose??

  4. Posted May 15, 2019

    You guys are the perfect couple. I really enjoyed reading your love story! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Melissa says
    Posted May 15, 2019

    Happy Anniversary!! My husband and I share the same one!

  6. Sarah says
    Posted May 15, 2019

    What a beautiful story!! Thanks for writing it out. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy anniversary!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Karen Ward says
    Posted May 15, 2019

    So, so sweet! Happy anniversary!

  8. Kate says
    Posted May 15, 2019

    That was the sweetest thing ever! I have been loving reading this sweet sweet story! You guys are so precious together and have made such a lovely family. Thanks for sharing!!


  9. Charlotte says
    Posted May 15, 2019

    Such a sweet love story! Happy Anniversary to you both!

  10. Pam says
    Posted May 15, 2019

    Would love to see some of your wedding pictures!

  11. Mandy says
    Posted May 15, 2019

    But…how did he propose?!

  12. Laci says
    Posted May 15, 2019

    What a beautiful love story!

  13. Sherry says
    Posted May 15, 2019

    I was just wondering recently when you would add this installment to the story, it was worth the wait. What a sweet story, thanks for sharing, this glimpse into the past was fun. Happy Anniversary to you and Justin, and wishes for many more happy years together !

  14. Charity says
    Posted May 15, 2019

    I have loved every installment of the “Kate and Justin” story! Happy Anniversary to you both! May God continue to bless your family!

  15. Michelle C. says
    Posted May 15, 2019

    Loved reading your story! Thank you for sharing. Now you have to share about how you told him you were pregnant for the first time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Francine says
    Posted May 15, 2019

    Thanks for sharing the rest of the story! Happy Anniversary!

  17. Posted May 15, 2019

    I loved reading this! It is so beautifully written and I would love to read more about your love story.

  18. Paula says
    Posted May 15, 2019

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story! You kept us in suspense! It brought back lovely memories and feelings of my own dating and engagement 25 years ago. All the best to you and Justin! God bless!

  19. Aleassa says
    Posted May 15, 2019

    This is so sweet, thank you for sharing. And happy anniversary! ๐Ÿ’•โ˜•๏ธ

  20. Posted May 15, 2019

    Loved this! I think it’s sweet he said his feelings for you and let you have that time to get to your own. My husband did the same thing and it meant so much to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Kim says
    Posted May 15, 2019

    This is SO. SWEET! I love stories like this <3

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  22. Cathy Beshore says
    Posted May 15, 2019

    I just had a chance to read this entire story, and I am in tears (joyful)! It is sooo sweet!! Thank you for sharing, and Happy Anniversary!!

  23. Evelyn Nunes says
    Posted May 15, 2019

    Loved reading it!
    I always said I wanted a short engagement, then due to life circumstances and also a destination wedding in our home country I was engaged for 2 years. I really loved to plan stress free (most of the time) and really soak it in. That’s also when I found your blog, while looking for hair ideas!

    In two months it’s our 7th anniversary!

  24. Ramona says
    Posted May 15, 2019

    Happy Anniversary! ๐Ÿฅ‚

  25. Carrie says
    Posted May 15, 2019

    Kate, I absolutely loved the story of you & Justin.
    Thank you so much for sharingโค๏ธ

  26. Posted May 15, 2019

    Well now we need a wedding recap with pics please!!!!

  27. Katie Wilson says
    Posted May 16, 2019

    You are such a natural story teller. Beautiful love story!

  28. Lynn says
    Posted May 17, 2019

    Oh my goodness! Such a sweet story, and thank you for sharing – Happy anniversary to you two!

  29. Krystena says
    Posted May 17, 2019

    I feel like Iโ€™m reading a book and need to know part 4 now!!

  30. Joy says
    Posted May 17, 2019

    Such a sweet love story! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Thank you for sharing! I pray that God will bless you with many happy years together!

  31. Geri Mitchell says
    Posted May 18, 2019


  32. Stephanie says
    Posted May 18, 2019

    Happy Anniversary! Very sweet story.

  33. Jenn McLain says
    Posted May 18, 2019

    So sweet!

  34. Susan Schnitzler says
    Posted May 18, 2019

    Happy 10th Anniversary!!! Such a sweet story and thank you for sharing it with us. My husband and I will be married 20 years on May 29th…time has gone by so quickly, but yet I feels as if it has been forever. โค๏ธ

  35. Tricia says
    Posted July 22, 2019

    Thank you for sharing your love story! It is a blessing to read and see the Lordโ€™s hand in it. May He continue to shine on the Bryan family.

  36. Dawn says
    Posted July 27, 2019

    I very much loved reading your love story!! So sweet!

    Did you ever do a post about your actual wedding day? I didnโ€™t see one. Iโ€™d love to see some pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kate says
      Posted July 29, 2019

      No I don’t believe I did post many details about it! Perhaps I will!

  37. Cassidy says
    Posted January 20, 2020

    I got married in that same perfect little chapel at Palmetto Bluff in October 2007. I donโ€™t think a more perfect chapel exists!

  38. Beth says
    Posted February 19, 2020

    Beautiful story! I would love to see some wedding photos!

  39. Cristin says
    Posted February 19, 2020

    I would love to see photos from your wedding! Any to share? ๐Ÿ’“

  40. Ranise says
    Posted March 31, 2020

    Pics, or it didn’t happen! ๐Ÿ™‚