Jess + Crystal #FridayImInLove Catalyst Coupleby Angela Craft
Avon Romance is thrilled to partner with Catalyst Wedding Co. to highlight true life love stories on our page in a new feature we’re calling #FridayImInLove. Every few weeks, we will post a personal vignette, each reflecting the many beautiful, diverse ways we can find our own HEA in the real world. This week’s #CatalystCouple is Jess and Crystal, who weathered some storms before marrying on their fifth anniversary in a beautiful desert locale.
Jess and I met at Arizona State University when we were 18 years old and freshly out of the closet to our very religious families. We started dating in 2011, without acceptance or support from our families. My sisters were the only supportive ones from my family. We lived at the dorms for a semester because we had no where to go. We moved into our first apartment when the semester ended and slept on the floor for months. We didn’t have anything but a few blankets, pillows, clothes, and towels. We saved the first nine months together to buy our first couch and continued saving for other basic things. Five years later, on our 5th year anniversary (10/26/16), we tied the knot! Our parents aren’t fully on board, but Jess’s are a little more supportive. I’m still struggling with my parents. We have been through very rough lows and some good highs, we have grown stronger together, and been there for each other when it’s most needed.