Brianna + Jordan


“I found myself when I found you.”

Jordan and I were born and raised in a small town outside of Los Angeles called La Crescenta. The two of us went to the same high school, and lived two minutes apart, but had never met.
In 2012, I left home to study abroad in Madrid. About a month into my trip, Jordan added me on Facebook and we started talking back and forth. I told him I was studying in Madrid, and he told me he was currently on tour in Europe and would be coming to Madrid in a few weeks. He was also on tour with one of my old friends from high school! So he told me that we should meet up and get dinner, and that he could also get me some tickets to the concert. I said “maybe,” not wanting to sound too eager … haha! From that day on we started talking all day every day, and I soon agreed to meet up with him.
So March finally came and it was time for him to come to Madrid. I was so nervous/excited that I was sick to my stomach. My roommate had to make me a cocktail and literally push me out of our apartment. I even thought about cancelling—thank God I didn’t! After an excruciating subway ride and a 10-minute walk, we were finally at our meeting place. (My roommate also had to push me inside that door, haha!) There he was … we met eyes and it really was love at first sight (granted I had seen him once in my life before when I was in seventh grade, but it was just a quick glance. He was much older than me so I just drooled at him from a distance with my braces and pimple-covered face). He was the most handsome guy I had ever seen. Right then and there I was sold—we hit it off immediately! The four of us got drinks, ate Spanish tapas, explored the city and then Jordan and I separated and stayed up until 6am talking. It felt so right … we just didn’t want it to end.
The next day came and it was time for the show. My roommate and I got to stand on the stage the whole time! It was so fun and I was completely infatuated with my dream drummer boy. We ended up having the best night, but he had to leave for the next city and next show. I didn’t know when the next time would be that I would see him. We said our goodbyes and had our first kiss! It was pure magic.
From that night on we couldn’t stop telling each other how much we missed one another—it was crazy how much I missed him! Finally, after three days or so he told me he couldn’t take it anymore and asked if he could fly me to Portugal to take me on our first official date and to see another one of his concerts. I was pretty much in shock and had no idea what to do. A part of me wanted so badly to go because I missed him like crazy and was just dying to see him again. But another part of me (the more practical part) was completely against flying to a country to meet a boy I had only met once in my life. My five roommates ended up convincing me, and the next thing I knew I was landing in Porto Portugal.
We had our first date in a magical cobblestone Portuguese restaurant on the water. It was one of those dates you dream about or see in a romantic film. I had never-ending butterflies and the biggest smile I had ever worn. I kept thinking how crazy it was that this guy and I grew up in the same small town literally living two minutes from each other, but had never met and now met in Madrid and were having our first date in Portugal!? I literally couldn’t dream up a better fairytale for myself. It was meant to be. We are meant to be, and we have been together ever since.

We were in Punta Cana for our annual vacation, and on this particular day it was my birthday. After spending the day on a booze cruise/snorkel excursion, we headed to dinner. Jordan was carrying a small gift bag, and acting really strange. He kept looking at me and telling me how beautiful I was, but was also being so off and strange at the same time. At one point I was scared that he might not want to be together anymore. My gift bag sat on our table the whole time and he never let me open it!
Once dinner was over he was insisting on going up to the rooftop, but I didn’t want to go. After some begging on his part, I finally agreed. We got to the roof lounge area and were the only people there. It was so beautiful and secluded, overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Jordan then asked if I wanted to open my gift. By this time, he was acting so strange I thought he was having a bad reaction to our post-dinner coffee rum drink. I somehow still suspected nothing. I started opening the gift bag only to find it was empty. I panicked because I thought I accidently threw the gift on the floor with the tissue paper. He grabbed my hand and told me there was no gift in the bag. I was now really confused. Really? An empty bag as a gift? NOT FUNNY. From then, he frantically dropped to his knee, said a little speech, and asked me to marry him. I thought I was dreaming, so I didn’t answer. I had no idea what was happening. It was such a surreal moment!
I pretty much blacked out for a while before realising what was actually going on. I eventually said, “YES!” We were so excited. It was my absolute dream to get engaged there! We had half of a week left there to celebrate, which was the best! Emotionally for Jordan he was obviously so nervous, excited, relieved, etc. I on the other hand was a wreck. I was in such shock. I repeatedly told myself I was dreaming. It took a while for the reality of it all to sink in, and then came the happy dance, screaming and celebratory shots.

Together we make such a good team—the best team. We are so different in so many ways, but also the same in so many ways too, which makes us such a perfect match. We are the best of friends, and just want to do everything together. For the most part, we fell in love immediately. It really is a bizarre thing to meet the person you know you are meant for. Your life changes in so many ways. There are certain things we wouldn’t ever do on our own, but together we are open to anything. We travel together, cook together, explore together, and try new things together. He brings out the best in me, and I in him. We just always, always want to have fun.


I knew I wanted to marry you right after meeting you. I’ll never forget coming home after the night we first met. I immediately called Maddie and said, “I love him. I’m going to marry him.” I was so excited. I remember feeling complete for the first time. My soul had found its match. From that moment I never wanted to imagine a world where you weren’t in it. We grew up two minutes away from each other, and somehow never met. It took a whole 6,000 miles for us to meet. You’re my real life fairytale. We became best friends instantly. You’re truly my best friend. You’re the one I laugh with, cry with, dance in the kitchen with, and dream with. You’re my person, and I’m yours. I’ve never gotten sick of being with you. No amount of time ever feels like enough. Everything I do, and everywhere I go, I want you with me. Everything’s better when we’re together. I get to travel the world and see so many beautiful places, but my favourite place to be is home with you. You make me feel like I can do anything. You truly believe I can do all things. You make me feel beautiful and funny. You even think I am a good singer, which is how I know you really do love me. I found myself when I found you. You’ve changed my life in so many ways, and I am forever grateful for the person I’ve become with you. I promise to let you talk about fall until my ears bleed. I promise to not only forever love you, but forever like you as well. I promise to never go to bed angry. I promise to always be your biggest fan. I promise to watch football with you because I know you love it. I promise to learn how to communicate better. Even though I don’t like it, I promise to wear my hair pulled back tight because I know how much you love it. I promise to keep you young, and continue to push you outside of your comfort zone. I promise to never give up on our love, or us because I know we have that special kind of love. I promise to love you for the rest of my days. “Across the years I will walk with you, in deep green forests, on shores of sand, and when our time on earth is through, in heaven too you will have my hand.”

My love, there’s not much I can say about you, your heart, and your spirit that everyone doesn’t already know. Everyone that has ever been graced by your presence knows how honestly caring and kind you are. Everyone knows of the love that you have for each and every person you meet. People know how you would drive around with lunch bags while out on castings for work to give to the homeless people you came across, or your huge heart for people with special needs. People see and recognise the way you interact with others, your infectious laugh, and your extremely humble spirit. People obviously know how extremely gorgeous you are. But Brianna, there are things only I know about you, things in our relationship that have brought us where we are now. All of those other things are part of what makes you special and are why everyone loves you, but I love you for so much more than that. I love you for who you are to ME.
You are my support and best friend. I want to thank you for being that. I want to thank you for being a true light in my life and an example of God’s love. You shine so bright Brianna. God has created you to do amazing things, and now you and I are partners through life. And just as iron sharpens iron, it’s your and my responsibility to lift each other up. I believe in us. I believe wholeheartedly that God made you for me, and me for you. I believe in the sanctity of marriage. I believe that marriage is good. I believe that marriage is special, and I believe that marriage lasts. I’m confident that the same amazing God that brought us together will keep us together. The same love that we share at this very moment will be the same love that we share forever. I promise to do my part in that. I stand here today promising to grow old with you. But more than that, I promise to remain young with you. I promise to always play Wii with you, or one-on-one beer pong in the backyard with you. I promise to always stand up for you and to protect you with all that I am. I promise to always keep copying whatever you do, because not only do I love you, but also I look up to you. I trust you, and admire everything about you. I simply ask that you continue to love me as much as you love everyone on this earth. But above that, I ask that you continue loving the Lord the way you do. I genuinely thank God for you and always will. I love you, and at this very moment there is nowhere else I’d rather be than promising my forever to you.

I hope that we always stay young together, and never lose our sense of wonder. I hope that we always, always like each other, and never lose that special crush we both have for each other. I look forward to the day we become parents together. I am pretty much excited to do all things together. I am excited to see how marriage changes us and grows us as individuals, and also as one family. I hope that we prove all the marriage sceptics wrong … so very, very wrong. I know we will though! I hope we never give up on each other or our love. I hope we can be a good example for other young couples. I hope we can both achieve all the things we dream of achieving, together. I have so many dreams for us, and know that together all things are possible. I hope we never get complacent, and that our hopes and goals for each other and ourselves are constant. I cannot wait to see all the amazing things the future holds for us. I feel like the luckiest to be forever yours. You are my one and only, and I am so excited to do life with you, as your wife! My biggest hope is that we always stay us, because together we really are the best. I never want to forget the way I feel about you now. I plan to remind myself of that every day, and to relive our special wedding often to ensure I never ever forget, because it was magic. And it has been magic since the moment we met that day in Madrid, and I intend for it to stay that way. You will always be my fairytale dream guy. I know this will all take a lot of work, but you’re worth it. I love you so much, my love.

The hopes and dreams that I have for my wife and I are special; they are part of what keeps me falling in love with her every day. So many of my hopes are for her, and for her future. I hope that she finds all of the happiness that she deserves and that she seeks, and I know that I will be by her side along the way, to share in it all. My dream for us is that we not only continue to fall for each other more as time goes on, but that we can become one of those couples that her and I would always look at and admire.
In my vows I wrote that “I believe in the sanctity of marriage, and that marriage is good”. I hope to be proof to those around me that marriage is still something to look forward to and to hold on to tightly. I hope to prove to people that although a marriage may take some work, and a little give and take, it is completely worth it. It is good, despite what people say and how people joke, and marriage is something to look forward to. I hope to not only be living proof of that to others, but to also be daily proof of that to my wife.

Jordan & Brianna from Will Fryar on Vimeo.

Carly Tia


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