Couple: Kellie Carter and Nathaniel Jackson
Date of Wedding: May 28, 2005
Place: First Metropolitan Church (Houston, TX)
Officiant: Rev. John D. Olgetree
The couple's wedding reception was in the backyard of the bride's parents' home. The groom had proposed in that yard on July 4.
The couple met as children. The future bride was 8 years old and the future groom was 10 years old. They met in church and their families have always been close.
The couple had a long-distance relationship for their entire 3-year courtship: Colorado and Washington, D.C. and then Texas and New York. They were also long-distance for the first four years of their marriage (North Dakota and New York City).
The couple endured their long-distance relationship BEFORE Skype, video chat, etc. became popular. The groom was deployed six weeks after his wedding so he handwrote his bride letters every day for months. The bride has kept those letters.
The groom deployed again when the couple was expecting their first child, so he wrote a letter to his wife and a letter to his unborn child every day of his deployment. The letters are in their son’s baby book.