While some of us long for the fairy tale, others have found it. They have a story so beautiful it has to be shared with the world. Love comes when you are least expecting it and often from where you never thought of looking to find it.
Brian and Jordan met on the school yard and fell in love. In this fairy tale, the school is Penn State and the yard is a local night club back in 2008. It was the beginning of their senior years in college. After a fun night out, they were introduced by a mutual friend and the sparks flew like fireworks. By the end of the night, they had exchanged numbers and by Christmas they were deeply in love.
Within the next year things escalated quickly and they moved in together. This presented a whole new set of challenges and obstacles to overcome as learning to live with someone is never an easy adjustment, but their love was strong enough to get them through as a dynamic team and grow into something mature and lasting.
The following year, Brian’s father became deathly ill so he moved home to take care of him. Ironically Jordan’s grandmother also fell gravely sick. They both became caretakers of people they loved dearly. The stress and distance put a lot of strain on their relationship. Between working full time jobs, caring for ailing family members and no longer residing together, it felt like things were falling apart until the dark day that Brian’s father passed away. Jordan was by his side and that really solidified their relationship. Jordan spent nights awake at Brian’s bedside to comfort and love him as he emotionally dealt with the loss of his father.
It was really at the darkest time that they knew there was no one else for each other. Brian took comfort in knowing he had found his life match and that Jordan would always be there for him. Shortly after his father’s passing, Brian had an opportunity to move to the Wyoming Valley for work and now that Jordan’s grandmother was feeling better and able to live independently again, they decided to pick up their lives and move together.
Once they became established and stable in the new area, they decided to get engaged. It was a romantic summer evening and they were sitting in the back yard enjoying some wine and listening to the world around them when Brian knew it was time. He got down on one knee and asked Jordan to marry him. He knew in his heart there was no one else for him and there never would be.
They held a beautiful intimate ceremony in April they exchanged vows among their loved ones and took the next steps into their happily ever after.
Brian and Jordan are both men, two of the greatest men I have the pleasure of knowing. This story is to show that not all love stories are about a prince and princess sharing their fairy tale romance. The legalization of same sex marriages was a beautiful step forward. Let us embrace the love and diversity around us and keep the forward momentum going because the world needs more great loves like Brian and Jordan.
Melissa Hughes is a 30-year-old single mother of one. Girl Talk started as a telltale horror story of the city’s most epic dating disasters and evolved into a column about love, life experiences and growing up. Melissa has a weekly TV segment on PA Live, WBRE, discussing activities in Weekender and a Girl Talk radio segment every Wednesday on 98.5 KRZ.