The wedding of Brian Lunsford and Leigh Tyson - Brian's explanation of how we ended up getting all married and stuff.



How we Met, by Brian:

It all started at our friend Isaac’s birthday party.  He was turning 30, and the event had all the makings of a great party:  good friends, excellent food, a keg, and even a Moonwalk.  My buddy Jason (Best Man) and I arrived early to make sure that we could log enough time in the Moonwalk before the crowd showed up (yes, we are selfish children). 

Leigh was already there, helping with décor and such.  I could tell right away that she was amazingly  beautiful; what I didn't know was that before the party, Jena (Isaac’s wife, and one of Leigh’s co-workers and best friends) had been talking me up, and telling Leigh what a great couple we would make.  Apparently, Jena had mentioned my name so much that Leigh was already sick of me, and we hadn't even met.

Fortunately, when Leigh and I did speak, I didn't tell her my name, so she didn't realize that I was THE BRIAN.  We laughed and talked for a while, before I was called back to the Moonwalk by the guys.  Leigh watched me go, and saw my socked feet skyrocket into the Moonwalk.  (I was wearing my best pirate socks with black and red stripes.)  And little did I know, but those socks turned out to be the great eye-catcher that grabbed Leigh's attention.  Later, when Jena asked Leigh if she had met THE BRIAN, Leigh rolled her eyes and said, "No, but I DID like that cute guy with the pirate socks."  To which Jena replied, "That was BRIAN, you idiot."  I was in!

About three days later, I received a call from Isaac, saying he knew someone who "liked" me.  This conversation brought back memories from high school.  I got butterflies in my tummy because, even though Isaac wouldn't tell me who it was, I thought (and hoped) that it might be Leigh.  Another day or so went by, and then Jena called and asked if I wanted to meet her and Leigh for drinks after work.  I was out of town, but told Jena that I would love to just as soon as I got back to Atlanta.  And that's literally what I did -- the day I flew back to town, I went from the airport, to my house to get cleaned up, and then straight to meet them at a bar in their office building.

The three of us sat around talking, having a really good time.  Attorneys and paralegals continued to flood down from their offices to see who I was, look me over, and make sure that I was of good merit.  I guess that I passed the test, because Leigh and I eventually ditched the crowd and went to dinner at Hsu’s. 

We had such a great dinner that I immediately knew this was going to turn out to be more than just a “date”.  We talked for hours, getting to know each other, laughing, and just really enjoying each other's company.  I didn't want it to end, but eventually, Leigh needed to go home.  I wasn’t sure if I should go in for a kiss, a hug, or what I should do.  I wanted to be respectable and a gentleman, so I opted for the hug.  I told her I wanted to see her again.  She said she wanted to see me, too, and we made plans to get together again that weekend.  I was siked!

I picked her up that Saturday night, and we headed to a Martini Bar (which is now out of business) near the Chattahoochee River.  We struggled to continue our conversation over the music as the DJ cranked up the volume, which was quite odd because we were the only people in the entire place.  9 pm on a Saturday and no one was there, except for the two of us.  (I think we can all understand why the place isn’t around anymore.)  But we had a great time anyway, laughing at how ridiculous the situation was, just having a great evening, and getting to know each other.  I quickly began to realize that this was the woman I had been looking for all my life. 

So, as Leigh and I like to say, we are still on our first date.  It never really ended after that, and we've never been apart (except when one of us is travelling for work).  We are always together, and I am the happiest I have ever been in my life.  Leigh is my love, my life, my all.  I could not have asked for more.  I love Leigh with all of my heart and I cannot wait to spend the rest of our lives together.