Jessica + Shawn are a truly unique couple. I don’t think I’ve ever known a couple that has been together for 14 years straight out of high school! I thought how they met was a really interesting little story. This is from Jessica’s perspective:
I started high school excited for a new chapter in my life (and by new chapter I mean the chance to have more freedom and meet older, high school guys…let’s be honest). My first Biology class was just about to start when all of a sudden this boisterous guy with the most presence I’d ever seen busts into the room and takes the empty seat next to me. He introduces himself as Sirtaj Singh and quickly became one of my best friends. As Shawn had been close to Sirtaj since middle school, we started hanging out in a lot of the same circles and were in the same limo for my first Homecoming dance. Although I went with Sirtaj and Shawn went with another girl, I had the hugest crush on him! I remember constantly glancing over at him throughout the night and when the limo got to my house first at the end of the night, Shawn made a point of getting out to say goodbye. We hugged and he whispered that I looked beautiful. I was hooked!
After that night Shawn and I continued to see each other on occasion but it wasn’t until the next dance that anything happened. I had wanted to ask Shawn to the “Vice Versa” dance (where the girl asks the guy) and had heard through friends that another girl had her eyes set on him as well. After hearing that my Type A personality kicked into high gear and I raced to find Shawn before the other girl did. As fate/luck would have it I found him first and asked him to the dance.
A couple weeks later Shawn asked me out on our first date–to see Titanic at the theater! Midway through he held my hand and then as the ship was going down he asked me to be “his girlfriend” . 14 years later, through all the ups and downs of life, we are still going strong!
When I asked them why they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, this is what they told me:
Shawn: (In reference to a baby picture of Jessica) It’s crazy seeing the one you love at such an early age. Thinking that at that moment in life neither of you could have imagined the special love you would one day share with someone. This picture tells so much about Jessica. She has such a positive outlook on life, cares deeply for all her friends and family and is so playful, fun and adventurous. I am beyond lucky to have such a special woman in my life but if she ever puts on pink overalls that’s a deal breaker. Love you babies. I can’t wait to spend my life with you.
Jessica: Look how cute Shawn is! Even as a kid, he had the most amazing blue eyes. Not sure about that bowl haircut though Shawn’s parents, Kande and Beau, certainly did something right when raising him! I’m constantly amazed by Shawn’s generosity, concern for the underdog, thoughtfulness and of course, amazing cooking skills! He is always making me laugh, especially with his impromptu dance performances! Let’s hope he busts out some famous moves during the wedding (Katy Perry anyone!)
I felt very fortunate to meet these two and to create a song and wedding movie for them to keep forever! Congrats Jessica + Shawn!