Love Will Find a Way
“Love will find a way” might sound like a cliche, but there’s truth in those words. Here are just a few stories from Merrimack Valley couples who defied the odds and found true love. While the images tell the tale, below you’ll learn more about these newlyweds — their stories may renew your faith in that timeless adage.
Colleen + Myke
Myke and Colleen met for the first time at Saint Anselm College in 2009. Ten years later, Myke, who grew up in Andover, and Colleen, who grew up in Wakefield, tied the knot at Middleton Place in Charleston, S.C., an area of the country that held a lot of significance for Colleen, who had family in the region. The venue boasted moss-draped, centuries-old oak trees and meticulously manicured gardens bursting with color. The couple now lives in Ipswich, Mass. with their one-year-old dog, Gus. Myke works for his family’s business, Air Filter Sales in Haverhill, and Colleen works as a nurse at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.
Photo by Emily Meeks Photography
Aubrey + Alfred
When Aubrey graduated from Cairn University in 2017, she returned home to Londonderry, N.H., with a longing for connection. It wasn’t until she attended a church-oriented young adult group event in Lowell that she met Alfred. The two bonded immediately, sharing their love of religion, karaoke and playful competition, especially billiards. They dated for a year and were married four months after Alfred proposed, at the Alvirne Chapel in Hudson, N.H. The wedding incorporated Alfred’s Nigerian and Aubrey’s American wedding customs, blending cultures in a way that represented the backgrounds of both families in food, wardrobe and music. The two now live happily in Nashua, N.H.
Photo by The RH Photo
Lindsay + Marc
Despite both growing up in Peabody and attending the same college (UMass Amherst), Marc and Lindsay didn’t meet until the school held an alumni weekend event shortly after the two of them had graduated. Their relationship flourished soon after, and Marc’s love of cooking rubbed off on Lindsay. The passing of Linday’s brother was a pivotal point in their relationship. Marc’s support for Lindsay during this tough time drew them closer, and made them realize they could get through anything together. A little over a year later, they were engaged. The wedding took place at the Cruiseport Gloucester, which features a grand ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, gorgeous chandeliers, and a romantic, oceanside atmosphere.
Photo by Audrey Cutler Photography
Michaela + Christopher
For Michaela and Christopher, their relationship began when she boldly asked for his phone number while he was working as a bartender at Lowell’s historic Old Court after an evening of “awkwardly attempting” to flirt with him. Christopher nervously fumbled for a piece of paper and things blossomed from there. Christopher, who grew up in Lowell, and Michaela, who grew up in Windham, N.H., were married at Waterville Valley Resort in the White Mountains. Michaela and Christopher now live in Londonderry, N.H., where Christopher founded Horne Family Farms and grows produce for nearby communities. Michaela teaches at the Stoklosa Middle School in Lowell, and is also a field hockey and basketball coach. In the summer, they work together on the farm.
Photo by Arielle Unger Photography