Happy Valentines day!!!!
We are excited to share be able to share our love story for CNN report’s valentines day!!! We hope it is selected as the best love story, there were lots to choose from! They were focus tin on couples and how they met! We thought we had a unique love story to tell and thought you might enjoy it too! Be sure to check it out and leave your comments!!!
Our Love Story – Steven Wayne & Sherry Ann
Our story began back in 1989, when a girlfriend had noticed this great resort pre-selling tickets for a year in advance for a new hotel in Reno, Nevada.
A week before we were set to go, my friend received the tickets in the mail….oh no, we were booked into the WRONG HOTEL…how could that be? After many telephone conversations and not much luck, there we were, booked into the wrong hotel.
Thankfully once we arrived at our ‘new’ location, we quickly discovered this ‘wrong hotel’ had just built a $20 million pool addition and a state-of-the-art gym – how fabulous!
Our first day was set; my friend and I would check out the gym, get the lay of the hotel, then head to breakfast. As we arrived at the gym, it didn’t take long to realize this new-fangled machinery was way over our heads. My friend suggested that I ask for the help of the pool attendant.
The pool attendant happened to be Steven, who worked at the wrong hotel and had injured himself that same week and was transferred to light duty, “the pool”.
I will never forget the moment that he came around the corner to help us. He smiled at me, the most radiant smile, and I remember God speaking to my heart at the same time “This man is going to love you like you have never been loved before, this man is going to be kind to you, this man is going to be gentle….” I remember this knowing feeling in my heart that he was going to be my husband. I had a gentle, knowing feeling.
As my friend and I left for breakfast, I remember telling her, “He is going to be my husband.” I remember asking her what he looked like, as I couldn’t recall. I could only recall the words spoken to my heart and that smile.
After we got our day sorted out, I returned to the pool area. I brought my book and headed out to the furthest patio deck from where “he” worked, thinking I should at least play a little hard to get.
Meanwhile, my girlfriend devised a plan, “If she was going to marry him, he best he at least know her name”, she thought, so she called the pool attendant’s desk asking to speak to me. “Good, now he at least knows your name!” she thought.
The next morning I realized that since we were only there for four nights and five days, if Steve and I were to get married, I best speed things up; no more playing hard to get. I moved to the sunning deck closest to his desk. He spent the day coming out to “check on the guests” in what seemed like every half hour; it was adorable.
After finishing his shift, he came to announce that he was off now….after which I experienced a Whoopie Goldberg experience much like in Ghost: someone took over and I said “I am not sure what we are doing later but it would be nice if you joined us”, and he accepted and took my room number. After he departed, I was dumbfounded I couldn’t believe I had just said that! What was I thinking? If he calls I will just blow him off. Besides who wants a long distance relationship? Yes, that was my plan.
To my surprise, there he was waiting in the lobby for me. My heart skipped a beat. What was he doing here? We agreed to meet up in an hour so I could refresh.
We spent the rest of our time together enjoying the moments and the attraction. Well, it was quite clear in a few days he was stealing my heart and I was falling for him. He knew my love language and I was tumbling fast.
Thankfully, my friend misread our plane flight times and we missed our flight. We were struggling to say good-bye, really struggling. It was inevitable, I had to go home. Of course the hit song “Nothing Compares 2 You” kept coming on the radio.
It didn’t take long for the phone to start ringing. Soon we were on daily calls. As the calls got longer our conversation became more serious right from the start.
Two weeks later he had arranged for me to fly back down. I knew the question was coming. “Will you marry me?” I was crazy about him; he made me feel like I had never felt before. Secure, safe, loved. And of course, I said “YES”!
That was 25 years ago and today we work together as a husband and wife photography team, photographing amazing weddings and sharing in other’s “love stories”!
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