What started as a joke with a coworker in the office about her hot brother, led to a whirlwind romance. Two children and many years later, the best part about their love is that Britt and Anthony choose each other. Not just on the day they said their vows, but everyday after that. Even when the going got tough. There will be hills to climb and obstacles to overcome, but love and finding a true partner is the greatest gift.
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Hello and welcome to the choose love podcast. I shared the chronicles, the extraordinary love of ordinary people. Our hope is that these stories will help inspire, so hashtag choose love. The podcast is presented by Ellen a dear your digital bridesmaid. We're here to take your squad moments to the next level and help curate your bridal style so that you can focus on love. My name is Steve Hayden and I will be your host Britain . Antony's. Story began many years ago in 2005 when breakfast fresh out of college and living in Boston. She was working as an executive assistant at an asset management firm and I've become friends with another executive assistant at the office named Alexa. They became fast friends after discovering commonality with music and various hobbies. It wasn't long into their friendship that she and her boyfriend who later became her husband, wanted to separate up with a cast . Britain had recently had a run of bad luck with men in college and was wary of jumping into anything new, so she didn't immediately say yes to her request for a setup . She asked her to bring a photo in of him and when she saw him she said, oh , is this him to wish her friends said no, actually that's my brother Antony . And Brit asked, what about him? Is he single? And she said, no, he's casually dating someone I think, but honestly he ships out as a merchant marine and works three months at a time out in Hawaii. So he's not really around as handsome as the cousin was. Britt told her that she would wait until the proverb came available, half joking, but also half wondering about this cute gravis she had not really heard about until now. It wasn't long after that that she jokingly side our emails. Brit Ricardo , instead of actual name Britt Emmons , using his and Alexis last name instead of her own today. Her husband will never let her live this down. In his words, it's just hard evidence that she was sweating. Alexa had a homemade calendar on her desk or different family photos each month and Britt remembers walking by at various times stopping short and saying, wait, wait, is that your brother? And sure enough, it always was. She wasn't shy about joking about having a crush on her brother . Fast forward a couple of months to Christmas, Alexa got a gorgeous limited edition Hawaiian coach purse from Auntie for Christmas and she brought it into work to show Britt knowing full well she would go for it and thus have to have one of her own perfect asta. If she fought, he would be willing to get one for her if she paid him for it and Alexa said, sure. Why don't you just email him. Oh, by the way, he's single at this point, Alexa and Brett had spent months of get togethers with Alexis family concerts, countless parties and dinners, so Britain, you , her whole family, very well including Alexa and Anthony's parents. Unbeknownst to Brit , Alexis father had apparently called [inaudible] and told him he should come home and meet your sister's friend, Brit. Anyway, Brett reached out about the purse and Antony wrote back a flirty kind email offering to get her the bag. He said he'd heard about Brit and I asked if she'd want to get together when he got back so he could bring Britt the bag. He was flirty, but a typical mail . The emails were short on emotional and even had the nerve to ask Greg to send a photo of herself in response, googled most unattractive woman on earth and in the search results, a Photoshop image of half monkey, half woman popped up more funny looking men disturbing and she went ahead and sent that. He thought that was pretty funny. They made plans to meet up at a bar where his other cousin's band were performing. Britt would be going with his sister, Alexa and he would be coming with his other sister, Leah . He mentioned you'd be meeting some friends there too. The day of the first meat bread. Remember specifically not wanting to go feeling tired after a long week at work as well as feeling insecure and nervous and calling her mom . She too remembers talking to Brit and saying, you should go. What if this ends up being the man you're supposed to meet the man for you? She wasn't really one to say these types of things, so she got up out of bed and rally. Despite her anxiety. Britt was very nervous walking into the bar that she fought . Anthony was really, really handsome, but felt fragile from past relationships and for , I just don't know if I can put myself out there right now. When Britt arrived, she saw him from across the room and captured what would be a lasting image. He was so tan. He had the brightest smile, the best twinkle in his eye, and when he locked eyes with Brit , she felt weak. She was giggly and goofy and even a little shaky because she was so nervous. When Anthony got to the bar, he was also pretty nervous. His Dad told him that she was a very nice girl and mean she was very pretty. He was right. He felt very uncomfortable talking to her first to the point where he remember saying to himself, [inaudible] , she doesn't know you are freaking out. Fico , he made his way across the room, shook her hand, and did that super hot thing . Guys Do. When they put their hand gently on your back and they lean into , he allowed venue, not in a creepy way, just such an attractive gentleman. Lightweight. He mentioned he brought the bag, he had it in a box and handed it to Britt . She opened it and instantly panicked. Instead of the beautiful beaded and embroided calorie facts she was expecting. It was a black, old ripped fanny pack. Brit was confused, completely awkward and massively uncomfortable. She looked up at him to see the biggest goofiest grin on his face and breathed a sigh of relief when she realized he was totally pranking her. He loved so hard. He pulled out of his shirt, the real bag and gave it to Britt . Brett was bright red, surely in a wash , nervous sweat, but she was grateful to have the bag. She gave him a check , which he refused and never did cash. He always has been very thoughtful and generous. They Chit chatted a bit at night, small talk here and there. When it was time to go, she had the biggest feeling of dread and sadness to be leaving . Okay, so how long do I have to wait to talk to him? Will he call? Do I call him? Should I text him? It was the very early days of text messaging where it really wasn't the mode of communication it is today, so on the drive home [inaudible] road , it was nice meeting you and he replied, you're stunning. Anthony and grit texted all through the night back and forth. They didn't go to sleep until early next morning when they finally decided to stop talking. He had already planned to take her to dinner that next night. I was so excited I could barely breathe. I had slept at Alexis House that night when she woke up and told her about the date. She couldn't even believe it. Britt couldn't either. The romance was a whirlwind after that. They were inseparable from that point on, spending every day of the next two weeks together, he drove her to work and picked her up even though it was an hour commute each way , just so I could have extra time in the car together. Since Antony shipped out for work when he was at home, that meant he was on vacation. He was living with his parents at the time and his old car was a wreck, so getting around was tricky. Anthony would stay with Britt in her apartment in some of it and drive her to work in the morning. She would then let him borrow a car during the day and pick her up after work. He had a preplanned trip to Australia with her sister and her boyfriend. That helped them plan because she had just been there a couple of months and he graciously offered to buy her a ticket so she could join them for the next free weeks if only she could, but she had to work. That didn't stop him from checking in once or twice a day by email, which is not as easy as it is today. He had to find an Internet cafe and even sent her flowers for Valentine's Day from Australia. He was smitten and she was head over heels. When they got back, they were confessing that they loved each other and he had only been a matter of weeks. He was due to go back to the ship for three months and she had plans to move to California that was already in the works, so they didn't know what to do, but they took a leap of faith and took a leap of love. They wrote each other letters and which daily was using Hawaii on the ship. They send packages, postcards, emails, and talked on the phone for hours. When he came back after three months , they loaded up Brits car and moved together to California. They had only been together for four months. One of those four months actually together in person. They spent a month traveling. The U s is the national parks driving the open road, talking for hours, and then laughing, having their first argument, figuring out the best way to resolve an argument and learning more and more about each other. When Brie is asked what her favorite thing about being in love is around series. I love knowing that we choose each other, not just on the day we said our vows, but we continue to choose each other every day because relationships are hard, but love and finding a true partner is a greatest gift. She thinks that in their partnership they have grown, but they've also grown as individuals. They've grown as a family and had two beautiful children for all . They have chosen each other and continue to choose each other. Love reminds of the ocean times of peaks and times of valleys, times of calm times of storms, but for it all it's the same water. You just changed the shape.Speaker 1:
that's been like the adult love story. Their initial gloves story was filled with sweetness, romance, adventure and hope. Their adult love story has been filled with compromise, laughter, frustration, consistency, comfort. The Trudeau love. They might not fall asleep wrapped up in each other's arms like I did when they first met and fell in love, but Britain ever sleeps well when he's away for work and not laying next to her in bed and no matter what's going on in life, their feet always find each other at the end of the bed. They may fight, argue or disagree, but they also challenge each other, push each other to be better and to be their best selves rather than focus on the times are hard. They'd like to focus on the things they love about each other, and that's why they choose each other. Britt loves that he finds her calm when she spun up in a panic. She keeps her life organized and controlled and you can never find his wallet or keys when one of them needs to break down in sadness or stress. We have a always finds the strength to hold strong even if they too may be feeling the ache of tragedy.Speaker 3:
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In the darkest of times when they struggled with miscarriage and getting pregnant. He was a pillar of strength and held the flame of hope, so which great , we'll be forever grateful they chose each other years ago when they were inexperienced young kids who didn't know what they wanted or needed in life, but as they've grown as individuals and together as a couple, they have found new ways to love each other and more meaningful ways to profess their love and devotion to each other. The way they love and support each other is deeper and stronger than the day they chose to stand in front. The Deere is family, friends and take the vows . There are still days that Antony will glimpse at Britt . Thank gosh she's so gorgeous. How is she my wife? That's when he tells himself, don't worry. Agco she doesn't know. You're freaking out. A whirlwind romance and a whirlwind of a story. I like to find Britt and Anthony for sharing their story and I'd also like to thank you for listening. Until next time, see you soon . If you enjoyed the podcast and please, please, please, please share it with your friends and family.