Real Bride Mallory: How It All StartedDecember 20th, 2010
Mallory, one of the brides in the audience of our nationally televised talk show debut of the White by Vera Wang® collection, joins us today to tell us how she and her fiancé met.
As a college student, I worked as an aide at a physical therapy clinic. Many of my colleagues wanted to fix me up with their sons, who were close to my age.
One woman in particular introduced me to her very good looking son, Matthew, and we developed a friendship. A few weeks later, we went to his friend Jeff Grau’s farmhouse. That was the start of our summer weekends at The Grau Farm.
Although Matt and I never hit it off romantically, he was fun, and his friends got along with my friends fabulously. Toward the end of the summer, it became clear to everyone that Matt’s friend Jeff and I were interested in each other.
As the summer ended, Jeff and I became inseparable; it was the first time I had been in such an easy relationship. We decided to keep things casual when Jeff left for Ohio University, two and a half hours away from my school. Three weeks into our “open relationship”, Jeff came home for a weekend, and we decided that we wanted to be exclusive. So, I began making regular weekend trips to Athens, Ohio. (I should have received an honorary degree, I was there so often!)
We traveled back and forth every weekend for two years while we finished our degrees, and I started my first job. Fast-forward three years and we are now engaged! We are planning our wedding and were lucky enough to have been chosen to be in the audience of The Oprah Winfrey Show, where I was gifted a wedding gown from Vera Wang’s newest collection, exclusively for David’s Bridal, White by Vera Wang®. Now, I have seven months to plan a beautiful outdoor wedding at the pond where it all started – on The Grau Farm.