Dustin Wilson and Tristen Kroukoupf were freshmen at rival High Schools when they first began their relationship.
“I remember telling him I was falling in love with him,” said Tristen. “Which is really funny because he didn’t really say anything back, I didn’t know, and then on the fourth of July he told me he loved me.”
Valentines Day, 2015, as young adults, they met at a snowy white chapel in Nashport, Ohio, and in front of friends and family they pledged their eternal love for one another.
“I’m really happy that we’re getting married today,” said Wilson. “I’ve always liked Valentines Day and it makes it really special.”
The bride looked breathtaking in a gown as white as the snow that fell outside the chapel windows. For the groom, it was his commitment to the U.S. Navy that dictated his wedding attire. In fact, between family and friends all four branches of the U.S. Armed Services were represented at the Wilson’s wedding.
Dustin’s brave commitment to the U.S. Navy has lead to an unconventional relationship with Tristen. One that requires long periods of separation, and mustn’t rely on technology as a main form of communication, but instead a more old fashioned technique. Hand written letters.
“I remember the first time he wrote,” Tristen recalled. “I got four letters at a time. I was crying reading them, and he was like Tristen I just want to let you know, the first thing he said in one of his letters was I love you. That’s the first words I read in the first letter he wrote was I love you.”
“The moment I knew I was going to marry her was the moment she decided that she was going to be in my life,” boasted Dustin.
To the Wilson’s February 14th will not only be the most romantic day of the year, it’ll be the most important. Every year they’ll celebrate the day they both said, “I do”.
“She’s beautiful, and I don’t know why this didn’t happen sooner,” Dustin said beaming after the ceremony.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilson will only have a short while to celebrate their marriage together. Dustin is being deployed March 9th and will be away serving his country for at least 9 months.
“He’s always like it’s going to be fine, everything is going to be completely fine. That’s why we have each other.”
Tristen is sure that their relationship is one that can stand the test of distance, and according to her love is unpredictable.
“It can come fast, love doesn’t have to be years and years and years, it literally smacks you in the face when it happens.”