Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Has a nice ring to it, don't cha think? :-p Justin and Aprile had one heck of a Valentine's Day weekend. For starters, Aprile was a beautiful bridesmaid in her cousin Kelly's wedding. Two days later Justin and Aprile closed on their first home together! On top of that, Justin proposed a few hours after! We absolutely love this couple. Anyone who's ever met Justin will tell you he is one of the funniest guys around, and anyone who's ever met Aprile will tell you she is one of the sweetest people you'll come across. These two have held each other down for a few years now, and are making big moves in 2016. Read about how they met, what challenges they've faced, and what their expectations are for marriage. Enjoy!
So, how and where did you two meet?
[Aprile]: Justin and I were introduced by a college friend, who is actually Justin’s god brother. It all started one weekend when we met at his god brother’s hotel party. My best friend and I had nothing else to do so we said, “What the heck, let's go.” I walk into this hotel party and there was Justin standing in the corner cracking jokes with his handsome grin. He was being (what I know now as) his normal self, humorous and witty.
[Justin]: Aprile and I met at a hotel party many moons ago. It was a beautiful occasion in which I saw her and knew she would be The One. About a year later, we went on a dinner and a movie date.
What sustains your attraction to one another? How do you keep the relationship interesting?
[Justin]: We've been able to cultivate a relationship by spending many days and nights on Skype and just conversing with one another to learn more about our personalities. After I graduated, we had the chance to be together & at that point I knew that she was for me and I was for her.
In the early days, I sustained my attraction to Aprile by gazing into her eyes and seeing nothing but her beauty and caring soul. Today, we keep our relationship interesting by trying new things and visiting new places. We also still converse a lot over dinner and drinks.
[Aprile]: In our case, time and space allowed us to wonder about what exactly attracted us to one another. As time passed, and we were able to be in the same state, we spent more spend time together and get to know one another.
I can say Justin and I keep our relationship interesting by not only trying new things and going to new places but also going to some of the first places we ever went together. We've had the pleasure the past few years of traveling and seeing some of the most beautiful places in the world together.
What has been the greatest challenge in your relationship and how are you working towards overcoming it?
[Aprile]: The greatest challenge in our relationship has been compromise. As an only child, I have had to learn that things are not always going to go MY way and I am not always going to get MY way. It’s not just about ME anymore, it’s about US. l am still working to overcome selfishness, learning to share my space. All I can say is compromise, compromise, compromise!
[Justin]: One of the greatest challenges that we have had is making sure that we are both being attentive to one another’s feelings. I want to make sure that I am very upfront and blunt about the way I feel and I encourage Aprile to do the same. I would love for us to be in a place where the barriers have been torn down & the gates to communication are open.
What do you imagine your roles will be as husband and wife?
[Justin]: I imagine Aprile's role as a wife to be caring, supportive, beautiful, lovely, intelligent, and smart. She is the love of my life and I can't expect anything less than that. Every morning she makes the new day better than yesterday. We continuously grow together, live together, learn together and love together ;-). I imagine my role as a husband will not be the sole provider because we are an equal household, but to be the masculine man that's going to be there to help out in any situation. I will also be the one to contribute to household duties and to comfort the feelings of my soon to be WIFE.
[Aprile]: I imagine my future husband, Justin, to be supportive, encouraging, comforting, faithful and most of all, a source of happiness in all of my days. I imagine myself to be the wife Justin has dreamed of that will support, love, and comfort him in his times of need.
I look forward to being his partner in all of life’s obstacles and to be his first listening ear when he needs someone to talk to.
I hope that we will be all that we imagine as husband and wife. Signing out for now...the future Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Until next time...