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The time I wore a tiara and got myself a husband

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It's our anniversary week and I wanted to share a fun story about how I met my future husband. I shared this last week over on The Grits Blog, but in case any of you missed it, it's a fun look back down memory lane for me and a fun story to share. 

It was the summer between my junior and senior year in high school and I decided to apply to be on the court for my town's festival. Each year, three girls are picked to represent the festival all summer long. If you are chosen, each of you becomes a princess for the court and you spend your summer traveling around to local events to promote the upcoming festival. And lucky for me, I was chosen as one of those three girls. (Confession, only three of us applied, so all summer we joked that none of us would have gotten picked if there had been any competition)

So we practiced our princess waves in parades, spoke at luncheons and meetings, and got to pretend we were royalty. It really was a fun experience, and great for getting over any fear of public speaking. At a minutes notice we could be asked to step on stage and speak in front of 20-500 people about the highlights of our event. Every weekend for three months we had a different event planned. And while it basically ate up my entire summer, I got to do a lot of things I would have never done otherwise!

But aside from all the traveling and fun we got to have, the title also came with $500 worth of free clothes! What teenager can say no to that? That was definitely a selling point, until we found out we all had to agree on those clothes! How long do you think it takes three 17 year olds to decide on $500 worth of identical outfits? About 2 days, 7 stores and 2 malls! Because not only did the three of us have to agree, it also had to be chaperone approved. I've never been so happy to be done shopping!

So I'm guessing you're wondering how the heck I convinced my husband to marry a 17 year old girl in a tiara who wants to be called Princess Libby. Well, one of our chaperones happened to be the secretary at the fire department. This meant we spent hours and hours at the fire station that summer. Cute high school girls + young fireman = we made friends. Unfortunately, one of the young fireman I made friends with wasn't my future husband. But he did end up being my future husband's roommate 2 years later. So after I stopped wearing a tiara 24/7 and was still hanging out with one of the friends I made, I got to meet my husband. Definitely a better perk than the $500 identical wardrobe!

Clearly having fun, spending too much time at the fire department 

So long story short, if you get the opportunity to spend an entire summer wearing a tiara and being called princess you should do it, because you never know when or how you're going to meet your husband! And hey, it worked for me!


  1. Wow, this is such a cool story! Thanks for sharing.

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  2. How fun, what a fun time! Wonderful memories to look back on for sure, minus the bad shopping haha!

  3. I love this! I'm such a fan of silly connections like that. My town is also fairly small so it's common to run into a friends, roommate's cousin at work... haha. Glad you finally agreed on those clothes.

  4. Awww... This is just the cutest story!

  5. Such a cute story.
    Tiara's have magical powers - I've seen enough Disney to know that :)

  6. How fun!! Dressing up and wearing a tiara is awesome!! And even better that you ended up meeting your husband because of it.