By: Caitlin Pierce
Anna and Roby were married in the backyard of Anna’s childhood home on June 2nd. There’s was a love story like all the rest, yet unique to them. They met in Freshman year of college down in Florida, which was Roby’s home state. Anna noticed Roby right away, but thought he was way too cool for her. Little did she know that he had already noticed her! He watched her throughout the semester and noticed that she always seemed to be having the time of her life. The whole semester went by without a word passing between them. Once Spring semester started, Roby decided it was time to make his move. The college they attended had a yearly Spring Banquet, and Roby found out that Anna was suddenly without a banquet date. He grabbed the opportunity and the first time he spoke to Anna was to ask her to be his banquet date. She said yes, he got her number, and their friendship was born. Their second date was to the Florida aquarium and Roby made his move. As they crossed the street back to their car, he said, “Better hold my hand, we gotta cross the street!” Smart move, Roby. Before the year was up, they knew they wanted to do forever together. Roby moved to Arkansas and in the next couple months he had proposed and they were wedding planning. They wanted to keep things intimate and simple, and there was no better way to do that than to invite their closest friends and family to Anna’s childhood home and hold the ceremony and reception in their spacious backyard lined with towering trees. Anna and Roby chose not to do a first look, so when Roby saw Anna for the first time coming down the aisle, tears came rushing out. Anna had happy tears streaming down her face as well as she walked to meet the man of her dreams. They walked back up the aisle just minutes later as Mr. and Mrs. Roby Paris. They listened to friends play their instruments in live entertainment and then made their exit amid sparklers for their Jamaican honeymoon. The bride and groom couldn’t have enjoyed their intimate and personalized ceremony more. They will have a signed canvas from their engagement session with well wishes and signatures from their wedding guests, and each child that attended their wedding signed a Jenga block for the happy couple. Now they have a personalized Jenga set that will be a reminder of their special day.