THE LOVE STORY
So, I would say our love story had a small spark in high school but didn’t amount to anything until much later. We were in the same geometry class; I was a freshman and Tanner was a junior. I remember him and his friends sitting in the back corner everyday not paying any attention and frankly being a distraction, a turnoff because I was more the “good girl” in school.
Don’t get me wrong, I thought Tanner was the cutest guy I had ever met and definitely had a crush on him.
So, one day I get a random text saying “Hey, what’s up?” and I had no idea who it was so I said, “Who is this?” and of course he said “Guess?”. That game went back and forth for a little bit until he finally told me who he was. Then, I thought “Oh great, here I am on the other end of a prank”, so I told him I wasn’t interested. HAHAHA. So dumb right? But I was a young high school girl that had her insecurities. After we started dating, I asked him about this and he said “YES of course I remember! I was on my way to a rodeo and finally got the nerve to text you”. He then claims that I told him to “leave me alone”, but I don’t remember it that way. He said ever since that day I thought you hated me, but still always had a crush on you. We still laugh at this memory!
Fast forward 6 years later, I am a junior in college and Tanner just graduated. I was out with one of my girl friends and her boyfriend at a concert. I had seen Tanner here and there over the years and still had the biggest crush on him, and he says he felt the same but still thought I hated him after SIX YEARS!!
Anyways, my girl friend knew how I felt about Tanner and come to find out her new boyfriend worked for some of his family and they were friends. At the concert, my girl friend asked her boyfriend if Tanner was going to be there and he said no but I’ll text him. I look at my friend like, “why would you say that, crazy” and she just smirks and tells him to tell Tanner that he needs to text me. So of course I get all embarrassed and try not to make it a big deal. LOL. Tanner says that when his friend texted him
that night saying to talk to me, he thought “No way. The same Gentry from high school?” and then said “What the heck, what’s the worst that could happen, she already told me to leave her alone before”. Hahaha this makes me laugh so much.
Tanner texted me that night and I told myself to play it cool and to not get into anything serious, but then we basically talked all night. The next 2 days I don’t hear a word from him. Dead silence. And then I was mad at myself for getting my hopes up thinking it was going to actually turn into something. Finally, he texted me back apologizing because he “dropped his phone in a stock tank and had to get a new one”. I still don’t know if this is the full truth or not, but oh well. He says that when this happened he thought “oh crap! I just messed everything up. She’s never going to talk to me again”. I had no intentions of ever texting him back, but I couldn’t stop thinking about him and he kept texting me not giving up. I finally texted him back and basically the rest is history as they say.
He says after our first date, he knew he wanted to marry me. 9 months later we got engaged and are officially tying the knot in November. – Bride, Gentry
Photographer | Hope Mulanax Photo
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