Gladys Wedding Story

My name is Gladys Ortiz. I am 29 years old. I recently married my soul mate, Marcos A. Ortiz, on April 13, 2012. We met for the first time at Olive Garden on March 2, 2011. I was there with my mom to catch up on things. Marcos was our waiter. He was super kind and handsome. I ordered some wine and he said it would be on the house. I thought that was very kind. My mom began talking to me about how I am still single and how he seems like a good guy to get to know. So at the end of the night, I went up to him and gave him my number. He was very pleased.

Two days later I got a call from him. We talked and what I thought was going to last 20 minutes lasted for two hours. We finally came to the conclusion that we should arrange a date. He said he would love to take me to lunch. I didn?t hesitate to say yes. I really did like him. We got along really well and I liked his personality. He seemed to like me too. But I still needed to tell him that I had two kids. So when we went to grab lunch, I told him a little about myself and so did he. I told him I was a single mother with two kids and looking for a serious relationship. He took it surprisingly well. He was actually excited to meet them for the first time after we had been dating for a while.

I was filled with joy that my life seemed to be coming back together after a hard struggle through my family problems. I just wanted something to smile about and make me happy and he seemed to complete me. He told me that he is widowed and has never had kids before except for a step son, who is now no longer in his life. He told me he loves kids and wants to make this relationship work. But he told me one thing that really stood out. He was in the army. I was really impressed by that. He had served for five years.

I really felt comfortable with him. After a month of dating, I decided to introduce him to my kids. I have two girls. They are 8 and 10. They seemed not to like him very much and gave him the cold shoulder. They were really harsh on him. They have never been nice to any of my past boyfriends because their father left them and it has taken a great toll. But after two months him being around, they seemed to like him very much. He was being the father they never had and they really did care for him.

On July 8, 2011, we went to get ice-cream at Cold Stone with my kids. After we grabbed our ice-cream, we ended up walking to a nearby park. We were on the benches looking at the kids playing. Then he whispered in my ear, "I love you." I pretty much froze and stared at him until I could say I love you too. I really did too. I knew he would be the one since the second I laid eyes on him. After eight months of dating, on November 13, 2011, he took me to Olive Garden where we first met. While I was eating my salad, the staff came out with a cake and a ring on top of a rose on the cake. He took the ring and said these exact words, "Gladys Rodriguez, would you be my wife and spend the rest of our lives together?" I came out in tears. I was shocked and surprised. I told him "Of course I do."

So on April 13, 2012, we got married in a Catholic church. I got dropped off at the church in a limo. The theme colors of our wedding were white and maroon. The church was so beautiful. The reception went great also. My cake was so beautiful. I was filled with so many emotions. I just looked back at my life, thinking that when I was a little girl, I knew I was going to marry the love of my dreams one day. This was my first thought when I was walking down the aisle. After the reception was over, Marcos and I were happily married. We had our honeymoon in Hawaii on a cruise ship. We now live in North Carolina with my two little girls. We are a very happy family and I thank God for that. I?m for sure that our marriage will last till the end.