Johnny and I both come from huge families– we have twelve siblings combined (not including their spouses.) Another thing we have in common is that both our parents chose to keep us out of public school and homeschool us (which is what brought us together.) Though we grew up together and had mutual friends, the almost four-year age gap kept us from ever meeting.
Fast forward a few years years– I was in Bible College, and Johnny had just graduated from the University of North Texas. While in search of a job, he decided to reach out to me and conveniently “confuse me” with his sister’s friend who had an open job post.
Upon receiving his message, I read in between the lines and expressed that I didn’t talk to, or accept friend requests from guys on social media, whom I didn’t know in person. The moment I hit send, I recognized him. (I had a slight crush on him in middle school.) I promptly sent a new message and asked if he remembered me.
Awkwardly enough, he didn’t. But we set up a time for me to help him “work on his resume.” (I know, also so convenient.) Our coffee meet quickly turned into dinner and a movie. And before we knew it, we became good friends, and shortly thereafter we began dating.
After a few weeks of dating, it didn’t take us very long to realize that we were running in entirely different spheres. So we broke up. It wasn’t a fun breakup. But we were confident it was the best decision, so we went our separate ways.
During our time apart, Johnny’s life took a huge turn. After being burnt out, the Lord radically got a hold of his heart and proved His love and faithfulness. Johnny got plugged into a small group at church, began making new friends, and allowed the Lord to completely transform his life.
After almost a year without communication, I received a letter from Johnny. He expressed all that God had done, and asked me if I would be interested in meeting up for dinner.
We took a month to pray and seek the Lord, and one month to the day later, we went out again on our second-first-date. God showed up, and continued to lead and guide us. I quickly fell madly in love with this witty, extremely good-looking, compassionate, and kind-hearted man. Though our relationship hasn’t been, and will never be perfect– Johnny Cavanaugh is exceedingly, abundantly more than I could have ever asked, hoped or prayed for. He is my single greatest gift on this side of eternity.
After going through a premarital class, Johnny proposed on August 26th, 2012. He had me kidnapped by one of my girlfriends, and surprised me at my work along with our families, and over a thousand post-its. Since we’d begun dating, little notes here and there had been our thing– but I was shocked to see what he came up with. He got down on one knee and I said yes (through a boatload of tears.) lets be honest, I basically stopped breathing…
We got married six months later, on March 3rd, 2013. It was our dream wedding. God pulled so many strings and truly honored our every heart’s desires. It was the most magical, beautiful day ever. And we were so blessed to celebrate and party with two hundred of our favourite people in the world.
Though our story isn’t necessarily your typical one, it’s so incredible to look back and so clearly see how God was in our every step. He is so faithful. My heart is forever grateful.
(details at bottom of page.)
engagement photographer: elizabeth erickson. // venue: ashton gardens, corinth, tx // wedding photographer: taylor lord // wedding dress: pronovias barcelona, “duende” // flowers & decor: marry me maude // bridesmaids dresses: simply bridal // men’s suits: al’s formal wear //