We all know that no one can resist a good love story, so it’s my pleasure to introduce Dallas to Cherie and Cory. This is the story of a lovely couple, who has been together for nine years, and has lasted through all of those crazy little things that life threw at them. Their story is touching and inspiring, and it will renew our faith in love.
Examiner: Describe how and when you met each other. How long have you been together?
Cherie and Cory: We meet while attending MacArthur high school in Irving, Texas and starting dating in the summer of 2002 before Cherie’s senior year. We continued dating while Cherie attended the University of Texas at Austin and Cory attended Texas State University.
We grew up together without knowing it, as we attended the same elementary school (TJ Lee elementary), the same middle school (Travis Jr High), and MacArthur High School. We meet through student council as we both worked on a skit for the TASC state convention in 2002. After some flirtation encounters we decided to go on our first date as a double date with our younger siblings Shane and Andie who were also flirting with each other at the time. After that first date we knew it was going to be a great summer. We spent that summer and the following year falling more in love than ever imagined. During our college years we learned a lot about each other and ourselves. After graduating from UT in 2007, Cherie moved to San Marcos to attend grad school at Texas State and go to school with Cory once again. Coming from different religious backgrounds, it was not always easy being so much in love. Due to family, social and personal issues, there came a time (spring 2009 after Cherie graduated from Texas State and moved back to Irving) in our relationship where we felt it was in our best interest to go our separate ways. But after a year of separation, we put our issues aside and realized that we could not live without each other. Once we were back together we were inseparable and our love was and is stronger than ever. Cory proposed on Dec 8, 2010 at our favorite rock in the Irving Arts Center sculpture gardens down the street his childhood home in front of their entire family.
Examiner: What circumstances led to you two reuniting, and when did you decide to get married?
Cherie and Cory: While separated, we learned a lot about ourselves and each other. One thing we both learned was that we couldn’t help but find a way to be a part of each others’ life in some way, whether it be a phone call on a bad day or a quick lunch while visiting Austin or Irving. In 2010, fate brought Cory back to Irving as he was offered a position as a Detention Officer at the Irving Police Dept. Cory was only home for a short month before he realized that Cherie had to be his wife. Between fate and the 8 years we were together, proposing was an easy decision. We knew we wanted to marry since the day we said “I love you” for the first time in November of 2002. But because of religious issues and our young age it took 9 years for our dream to become a reality.
Examiner: Now, for the wedding details! When and where will the wedding take place?
Cherie and Cory: Our wedding will take place on November 11, 2011 (11-11-11) at eM The Venue in the design district of Dallas, TX. Because of our religious difference we decided to have a neutral ceremony at the same site as the reception. We choose 11-11-11 because 11 has been a significant number in our lives since we could count! Both of our childhood sports jerseys were always number 11, making it our favorite number. Cherie chose this date when she was 16 and found out that the day existed and that it would be on a Friday.
Examiner: How many guests will be invited?
Cherie and Cory: A total of 350 guests are invited to our special day. Due to our large families and numerous mutual friends we have acquired over the 9yrs, it has to be a big wedding.
Examiner: Is there any particular style direction you are headed in regards to your wedding décor and colors?
Cherie and Cory: Cherie has always been a fan of the color pink, so we knew that pink was a must in her wedding colors. The theme is a black and white damask pattern with fuchsia pink accents. Cherie’s eleven bridesmaids will be wearing fuchsia pink dresses with black and white damask ribbons on their bouquets. Black and white damask linens from Taylor’s Rental will fill the reception hall with fuchsia pink napkins and floral centerpieces. Our venue, eM the Venue has Damask patterned curtains in its modern/ traditional style décor.
Examiner: Brides and grooms go through so many emotions throughout the wedding planning process. What advice can you give to Dallas couples in regards to love, wedding planning, or family matters?
Cherie and Cory: Remember that no matter what anyone says, the wedding is about the two of you and your love for each other. There will always be strong opinions as to what’s best and how it’s “supposed” to be but take their suggestions as simply that, suggestions. When stress levels get high, just stop and imagine how happy you are going to be on your wedding day when you finally marry the love of your life!
Cherie is currently teaching AP US History at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in downtown Dallas. Cory is employed as a Detention Officer for the Irving Police Department. They both reside separately at their parents’ houses in Irving, Texas while saving up in anticipation of purchasing their first home together.
Photographer: Jennifer Vail of Joie de Vivre Photography
Videographer: Ian McKenyon
Caterer: Marc DePetris of Marc Events www.MarcEvents.com
Cake: Colleen’s Cakes www.ColleensCakes.com
Wedding Band: Inside Out Band www.InsideOutDfw.com
Examiner sends a huge “thank you” to Cherie and Cory for sharing their story, and wishes them many years of love and happiness together!