Our Love Story: 8 Year Anniversary


8 years ago today Brett and I went on our first date. Our mutual friend had introduced us through text one night when I was hanging out with her. We hit it off right away and talked everyday for a couple of weeks. Brett finally asked me out on a date while I was at my friend’s cottage on the lake. I was 17 and getting ready for my senior year of high school. Brett was 19 and was starting his junior year of college.


Our first date was on August 19, 2011 at a mini golf and arcade place in our hometown. I remember seeing him for the first time as he got out of his car and walked towards mine. He was wearing a football jersey for our local university. The same university he was currently attending and I was hoping to attend in a year. I thought he was super cute and sweet.


After our first date we were pretty much inseparable. We spent the rest of summer 2011 falling in love with each other. He took me to an early hot air balloon launch and we followed the balloons with his car. I navigated while he drove. After that we had breakfast at a cute little diner and then spent the day at the zoo. It was the perfect date day.


Brett was so supportive during my senior year. He came to marching band competitions, football games, flute concerts, and every graduation occasion.  He took me to prom and we danced the night away together. He helped setup my graduation party and stayed with me the whole day.



My favorite part of our story is our years in college. Brett was already attending my dream university so we ended up at college together! We both lived on campus my freshman year so we were able to eat meals together, study in the library, and hang out with friends. He helped me get acclimated to college and made the transition so much easier.

My junior year of college was when I decided to study abroad in London. It was a hard decision to make to be gone for 5 months but Brett was very supportive. I had been talking about studying abroad in London the whole time we were dating so he knew it was going to happen. He attended study abroad fairs with me and helped me choose the perfect program in London.


Studying abroad was hard. This was the most difficult thing we had ever had to go through in our relationship but it made us a lot stronger. We were in different time zones and it was hard to make time to Skype. We planned on Brett coming to visit at the end of the semester with my mom and sister. It felt surreal when they finally bought their tickets!

Brett came a few days early so we could spend time with my new friends and I could show him around. I think he fell in love with London as much as I did during this trip. Once my mom and sister joined us we traveled around London, and to Denmark and Ireland. It was the trip of a lifetime!

The day I had to say goodbye to my friends in London was very memorable. Brett was planning on proposing to me and had been carrying around my engagement ring. He should have told my family his plan though! He left the ring in the safe while we went to dinner with my friends. My mom and sister found the ring box and opened it. While Dani was trying my ring on, my mom was texting her friend. Instead of texting her friend though she texted me on accident! She told me not to tell Brett but he had already seen the text.


I spent the rest of the trip wondering when Brett would propose. He didn’t propose in Denmark even though my exchange sister had set up the perfect scene. He didn’t propose in Ireland or on our last day in London. On our last night we stayed in a hotel by Heathrow. We went down to the hotel lobby to print our boarding passes and Brett asked me to take a walk with him. It was on that night, on some random road near Heathrow Airport, where Brett asked me to spend my life with him.


We decided not to do any wedding planning until after graduation. We got engaged in 2015 and planned for a 2017 wedding. Our engagement was also hard. I was only 21 so I felt pretty isolated. Brett and I had been together for 4 years and I expected people to be thrilled for us. Instead I just felt really lonely.


We graduated in the spring of 2016 and both of us had to figure out what to do next. We started applying for jobs and having interviews on top of planning our wedding. We picked a date, August 19th, 2017, a venue, and I picked a dress. Finally we both landed jobs and everything figured itself out.

In December 2016 we moved into a cute little apartment together and made it into our first semi-permanent home. We both moved around so much in college so it was nice to finally be settled. We had so many great times in that apartment!


Two years ago, on August 19th, 2017, I finally go to say “I do” and marry my best friend! You can read about my favorite wedding moments here if you are interested! Our wedding was English Garden themed with lots of flowers, music, friends, and family. We collected hundreds of antique teacups for the centerpieces and decor.


Our honeymoon was in London and we were able to spend two weeks visiting all of our favorite places. It was the best! The last two years of marriage has been filled with ups and downs including buying a house, adopting a dog, changing jobs, etc.

Two years of marriage and six years of dating has flown by. We’ve had so many amazing memories together and I can’t wait for many more to come. Marriage isn’t always easy but it is always worth it.

Thanks for reading!




15 thoughts on “Our Love Story: 8 Year Anniversary

  1. 50shad3s0fjay says:

    Aw this post almost brought a tear to my eye, it’s so sweet and beautiful how you reminisced on your gorgeous relationship! What a journey, and it’s amazing that you visited London together and he came to visit you whilst you were studying! Your marriage is clearly one of strength and so much love, you two are made for each other. Cheers to many more years of happiness for you both ❤️ thank you for sharing! This was a delightful post to read, it makes me super excited to meet my future hubby… you never know what’s around the corner 😍


    • Life of Hayley says:

      Awww thank you so much! ❤ We've had quite the adventure together so far and I can't wait to see what is ahead for us. London is by far our favorite place to visit so hopefully we will be back again soon!!

      I'm sure your future hubby is just as excited to meet you! I can't wait to hear your future love story too! ❤

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  2. Stephanie Hawthorne says:

    Happy dating anniversary! I love hearing love stories, they’re so sweet and it’s crazy how some of them form. The hot air balloon date seemed so sweet and lovely! I can’t believe that your mom and sister found the ring and accidentally sent the message to you, I would go crazy! Lots of love to you all and thank you for sharing!!


    • Life of Hayley says:

      Thank you! ❤ I love to hear love stories too! My mom and sister are crazy and at the time I was really disappointed but it's pretty funny to look back on now! My sister actually told the story of finding the ring and texting me as part of her Maid of Honor speech haha. ❤

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      • Stephanie says:

        Sorry for the late reply. I must need to turn on my notifications or something because your response never showed up for me! But I love that, and it’s definitely something funny to look back on now!

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  3. Hunida says:

    Wow, you two have been through so much. ♡ What a beautiful love story!! It sucks that people weren’t that thrilled for you, but you two knew that it was meant to be & I bet those people who made you feel lonely see it now, too.

    Happy Anniversary! Thank you so much for sharing! ♡


  4. Courtney says:

    Oh my goodness, what a sweet post!! I loved reading about your story together and what you two have experienced together! I’m sure that the time in London abroad and waiting to plan your wedding until after college just made your relationship stronger in the end even though it was stressful. Thank you for sharing! ❤


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