Choose Love: Extraordinary Love Stories

Veronica + Louis | A Foundation of Faith

April 26, 2019 Choose Love Season 1
Choose Love: Extraordinary Love Stories
Veronica + Louis | A Foundation of Faith
Show Notes Transcript

Veronica and Louis Collins have a strong grasp on their faith and love for one another. Veronica is currently serving in the Air Force and is also an up and coming internet personality. Louis is a counselor who has a passion to lead people along the right path. The couple teach us the importance of having faith, love, and independence in a healthy marriage.

The story is narrated by Eddie.

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Speaker 1:

Welcome to the choose love podcast, the show that chronicles the extraordinary love of ordinary people. Our hope is that these stories will inspire us all to Hashtag choose love. The podcast is presented by l n a d euro , 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. I'm Eddie Weisfeld . Life is one of the trickiest mysteries that most likely will never be solved. There's no way to tell where you'll end up, what you'll be doing and who you'll end up meeting. That can be a scary reality if you think about it too much. But this week our couple taught me that having a good sense of faith and spirituality can lead you in the right direction and to your better half.

Speaker 2:

Hi everyone. My name is Veronica Colon .

Speaker 1:

That's Veronica. She serves in the air force as well as being an up and coming Internet personality. She has a passion for helping people who need it the most. Hi, my name is Louis Collins and that's Lewis . He too has the same passion for helping those in need. He loves helping lead those in the right direction. As a social worker and a counselor, Veronica and Lewis first met in Wichita, Kansas Lewis had come there from California on a basketball scholarship and Veronica had grown up there , both being of strong faith. It was only fitting that they first met where they did.

Speaker 2:

So we met at church. Um, it was a church that I had kind of grown up in and then Lewis had been attending from college. Um, so the church is located in which you're tall , Kansas. And the first time we met, I believe I had my nephew Jaden , and I was carrying him around and I had always attended church with him. And so Louis didn't know me at the time and he thought it was my baby. So the first time we actually like talked was actually on Facebook because he slid into my dms and well he asked , um ,

Speaker 3:

well, what's your ask? What happened was, well, I sorry , with a baby, but I thought she looked very cute . Even now she , she moves younger than what she knew. But at that time when she was maybe like 19 yeah, let me see, look when I see those like 1314 so I was like, I knew I had her on Facebook as a friend just because you know you see a a face and you kind of know the name and I know she went to the church so I just kind of request to be friends or whatever the case may be. So IDM there, I said I asked her is that you ? I mean is that your son? Because I asked him cause she just looked really young and then you know she kind of , you know, cause she has like a smart mouth so she kinda got a little snippy . It was like a no [inaudible]

Speaker 2:

sad that's money or [inaudible] my business cause it wasn't in your business. But yeah that's kind of how our first interaction with so yeah ,

Speaker 1:

Louis and Veronica became good friends quickly and soon enough feelings for each other started to arise.

Speaker 3:

We , we interacted with each other. Even I'd before we really started dating cause like there was this flirtation period where we kind of interacted with each other and she got upset that I started dating somebody else because she couldn't decide who she wanted to be with. Cause it was like why is that important? It's important to the story and support from my perspective of the story because I, because I approached her by, you know, should we try something, you know, try to figure this out and see we want to go with it. And Yeah, she used in to just kinda like

Speaker 2:

dating around your day. No Way . I did not want to be in a committed relationship. I had like a fear of commitment in the beginning, which rightfully so, I was, I feel like when you're young and you're early in your 20s you want to take some time.

Speaker 3:

Yeah . But then she got upset with me because I started dating somebody and then she blamed me for it. So then when I went and not during that time period she started dating somebody else and I broke up with that, that girl. And then while she , and then when I was broken up, she was with whoever she was with. Uh, so it was kind of like this back and forth thing until we actually just at the right timing was, you know, single at the same time. And then , uh , that's when we just kind of like, okay, we might as well, cause

Speaker 2:

basically like I'd feel like we weren't ready for God knew we weren't ready for each other during those certain moments. And then it kind of , everything kind of fell into place. And then it kind of was history.

Speaker 3:

Like I said before, no one knows where life is going to take you. So sometimes you just have to put your trust into your faith and know that everything happens for a reason and that is exactly what the two of them did.

Speaker 2:

So we dated for, I would say almost a year and then we broke up and then we broke up for like, I would say maybe four or five months. And in that process I was joining the military and doing all this other stuff. Um, and then right when I would say I was almost done with my first , um, training of the military is when we kind of realized how much we loved each other. So we got back together and then after a year and some change of long distance Lewis then proposed , um, on, what was the ship's name?

Speaker 3:

The cart carnival. They was the carnival magic

Speaker 2:

magic. So it was a cruise line. We went on a Caribbean cruise. I had no idea that he was going to propose. It was Kinda like shocking to me cause when he stood up to propose to me, I thought he was gonna say , um oh I'm taking you on a surprise trip somewhere. I don't know. But then he got down on one knee and I was like, oh whoa . So, and then he picked out a really beautiful ring, which I was really surprised as well cause he has good taste . She's high maintenance and I'm high l little high maintenance. I'm not afraid or ashamed to admit that. Ladies. Don't be afraid to say that. Um, and then , uh, let's see. So, and then we continued our engagement after, because you propose on August 20th of 2017 so we continued our engagement for a year and some change again. And we were long distance still that whole entire time. So I was , um, I'm stationed in great falls, Montana, and he was still living in Wichita, Kansas. So all that time we were still a long distance planning the wedding in Los Angeles where Louis is from. Uh , so we were engaged for a year and some change. And then October 20th, because Lewis has this thing about numbers, he believes that everything has what it , what was it like?

Speaker 3:

No, I just say, I thought it was coincidence that the day I talked to your Facebook, it looked like it was the 20th. It was like February 20th for something like that. And then the day that I proposed to you was on , uh , August the 20th. So I was like, you know what, let's just make our marriage on the , on a twin . So we have to find a day , uh , where the 20th landed like on a Saturday or something where we can make it fit. So that's what a number 22 number 20 comes in. It's significant. If my , also my favorite numbers, the number I wore in college and this is like, I didn't plan this at all. It's just a number I wore. I wore number 20 in college cause my brother who passed away, Jeremy, he passed away November 20th. He was born, he passed away as birth. Um, so he was born on November 20th and he also passed away on 20. So I wore 20 throughout my whole basketball career. Literally junior high school, high school, College. Um, and then it just happened to , I met her on the 20th. I got engaged on the 20th and got married on the 20th. So I feel that that's kind of unique. It's like it's October 20th. So that's something both people really can't say is, you know, it's one of those unique type of things that uh, it's pretty cool with us.

Speaker 1:

Coincidence or not, these two were meant for each other. I could very much tell based off of our conversation, Veronica and Louis are very much self-reliant people. They like to do things as individuals, even down to the planning of their wedding. Louis even told me that they didn't hire a wedding planner.

Speaker 2:

We had a wedding planner, ladies. Yes, we did .

Speaker 1:

Okay. So maybe they use the wedding planner. But either way, the two of them put on a wedding that really impressed their friends and family.

Speaker 3:

Yeah. Free of the fans who still talk about how that's one of the best ways they'd ever been to decorations and everything.

Speaker 1:

Every single detail of the day was well thought out and planned. So when they told me about their vows, I wasn't surprised to learn how special they were able to make them

Speaker 3:

our valves . We did our bowels in the form of a foot washing. Um, and that's, that's basically where, you know, in the Bible if you're, if you're Christian or, or spiritual , um , you know, that Jesus washed his disciples feet and that, and to watch somebody be a represent served because it represent , um, being at the, your, your lowest point of humility. Um, and saying that you're going to serve whoever you're so for Jesus do that, you know, for his disciples. And he was considered the high frieze and missed something. So us part of our , uh , our vows to each other in doing that was to be a servant to one another . So during that period , um , you know , we was able to, while we're watching each other's feet to speak the things that we were going to vow to and for Rock , I've got obviously , um, to love her and her her best and her worst days. Um, and to just appreciate who she is as a person and to love her even when , um, you know, you don't feel like you're , you know, you don't understand. We , we know now in marriage, you know, you know, you're young girls , the young boy [inaudible] aw man, this is going to be blessed. They look at the Disney fairy tales and all that until they get into it and realize there's some days I don't really like this person. Like, you know, at all, you know, and it's because not that you don't love them , not that you don't appreciate him , but it's just the thing that, you know, they have certain flaws about them that you, you don't really like that you tolerate because you , you love other things about them more. So my, my daughter to her was just so even in those bad days, in those, those, those times where I don't feel like I like you, I'm gonna still love you until that, that likeness comes back, you know, and it uses it , but it doesn't last the long . He's like, I made, I like some DC does, but , uh , I hold true to my values that I won't disrespect her and things like that. I'll be patient with her. Um, and the way we did a puzzle or sip , you'll do candle lies and things like that. We did a puzzle. We had a custom made puzzle where each piece of the puzzle represented something that would represent our marriage and family. And it was patience, forgiveness , um, love, respect. Um, and there was one more that I think it was like , it was like truth or something like that. Uh , and then we pieced that, pull the guns or represent us as a whole in a way our , it a Collins brand as a family we'll stand for that was, that was basically my valves to her was , uh , saying that those in particular things is what I , I choose to honor, respect and love. And the biggest thing is in your worst days , uh, love you past that, you know?

Speaker 2:

Um , I think for me the biggest thing that , uh, for our vows that we vowed to each other wasn't what I had said. It's what our pastor had written. Um, just because , uh, I wrote my vas the night before and I got so nervous when I was up there and I'm going to be honest, I, when Lewis was speaking his vows , they are so beautiful and they caught me very off guard to the point where I forgot everything I had written down and practice, even on the way to the wedding venue as practicing in the limo. All the girls. And they're like, that sounds great. And then I get up there, Lewis says his bows furs and they were breathtaking. I mean, everyone in the audience was like gasping and tearing up. And then it comes to me and I'm like, oh my gosh, I don't feel like I need to even say anything. So I don't really remember all my bowels . But the one thing that stuck out to me that our pastor had written and bows for us kind of, I forgot what the section he called it, but it said to maintain our individuality. So that's the biggest thing is when you get married or even when you're just boyfriend and girlfriend, sometimes you lose yourself and you become kind of like one unit or whatever that person is. But he always , um , even in our wedding vows, he said we have to maintain our own individualities and make sure that we support each other in our own individual endeavors. And that was huge for me because I, especially as a woman, I don't ever want to feel like I'm losing myself in a man, even though it will happen or portions of us have kind of morphed , which is good, but you don't ever want to lose who you are as an individual person. So for me , um, that's really significant in our vows because I want us to maintain that and even teach our future kids that so that way we can never, you know , um , I don't want to ever, I want us to maintain our individual alleys a lot because I don't want us to ever resent each other. And I think it's even more important when you're in a career path or marrying to someone like me, for instance, who's in the military. I don't want Louis to ever resent me because he's been following me this whole time and not chasing his dreams as well. And it's going to be challenging. But I think for our vows, that's the biggest thing. And another thing is just , um, that we talked about when we were getting married was just being open and honest. Like Lewis said, even when we don't always like each other. And I think when we push past that we can really get down to the root cause and avoid the d word, which is divorce . We don't use that in our household. So , um , that's one of the bigger things too. I mean , because I've copied it all from the movie the notebook. Okay.

Speaker 1:

Lewis and Veronica taught me a lot about love and how it's not always great, but that it's constant and that if you put your trust into faith that everything will be all right . Veronica and Lewis loved to help others as much as they can, but sometimes those who help others need someone to turn to themselves. I can tell that the two of them are each other support and because of that they'll live a happy and long life together. Thank you to Veronica and Louis Collins for sharing their wonderful story. I strongly recommend you check out Veronica's youtube channel called Veronica Luke. The shows presented by l n Ed euro , your digital maid of honor and bridal style consultant. The mission of Ena is to help elevate your squad and curate your bridal style so that you can focus on love. All the music for the show was provided by Purple planet.com like the podcast. Make sure to share it with your friends. The show is available on all major podcast providers. This is choose love the podcast. I'm Eddie Weisfeld. Thank you for listening.

Speaker 4:

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