Relationships start when a couple like each other. Then they fall in love. Then they marry when they decide to start a family. Love and relationships have many twists and turns, and many people have fallen in and out of love many times before they find the happiness they long for.
32-year-old Desiree White from Illinois, USA, has shared a story about her current husband and how he won her over while giving an awkward speech at both his best friends’ wedding reception. He confessed his love for the bride, much to the shock of the wedding guests.
“He said, ‘I remember the first moment I saw Desiree, I loved her. I fell in love with her. I knew she had to be mine. I thought she was the most beautiful person I’ve ever seen in my life,’” Desiree told Kennedy News and Media of Bryant’s best man’s speech during her 2010 matrimony. “He continued saying, ‘She’s the best person I’ve ever met. I’ve never met anyone like her. Then I found out she already had a boyfriend and I thought I needed to find out a way to get her, but then I met White’s ex-husband, and we became friends,’ Bryant then just said, ‘Love you both — congratulations.’ It ended there,” she recalled, remembering that her ears turned red with embarrassment. “Everyone was kind of laughing — and then it got quiet.”
Bryant and Desiree have been close friends since their high school days, with Bryant secretly having a crush on Desiree. He did not dare to tell her how he felt.
“Bryant and I met each other in class at high school,” Desiree told Kennedy News. “I had a boyfriend at the time, and because of that, I really wasn’t going to talk to other people. Bryant and my ex-husband became best friends, and because they were guys, they did a lot together. They did everything together,” she said, insisting that she did not have any romantic feelings for Bryant during their days in high school.
“I set Bryant up on dates with other women so many times,” she recalled. “I’ve been on double dates with him, and I always tell people I wouldn’t have ever dated the person he was then. He had a lot of growing up to do. I didn’t really look at him in that way.”
A few years later, Desiree announced her marriage to her now ex-husband, Bryant was still a mutual friend of the couple. Although it was uncomfortable for him, Bryant did not want to destroy the happiness of his two closest friends, and could only hide the love in his heart. He felt uncomfortable during the wedding, though he accepted the role of a groomsman.
The identity of Desiree’s ex-husband remains unknown.
“On the wedding day, I walked into the living room, right when I was done getting ready with my wedding dress on and my hair done. Bryant came into my parents’ house and froze and stared at me,” she recounted. “I said, ‘Hey, what’s up?’ He said I looked beautiful. I’d never had a moment of him looking at me like that.”
At the wedding reception, Desiree and Bryant had the chance to dance together, while her ex-husband danced with one of the bridesmaids. Bryant said to Desiree: “Why didn’t you ever give me a chance? I would have always taken care of you.”
“I asked him what he meant and he said, ‘Nothing. I love you, I love [Desiree’s ex-husband],’ ” she recounted. “Then he got quiet.” She recalled thinking to herself at the time that they were dancing. “I’m sure it was because he was really drunk and lonely. I knew, up to this point, that he had girlfriends that weren’t working out and he was kind of the third wheel.”
In less than a year, Desiree started learning of her then-husband’s “totally different lifestyle,” and her marriage began to collapse. “When [my ex} and I broke up and divorced, I went through a depression and was really secluded myself. I just didn’t want to make an effort for anything,” she said, noting that Bryant did everything to offer her support during her “darkest” days. “He’d ask me to eat with him or hang out and watch a show. He was trying to be there for me.” Unexpectedly, Desiree’s friendship with Bryant suddenly turned romantic.
Then, to her surprise: “Bryant and I just kissed one day when we were hanging out,” said Desiree. “It was out of nowhere. When he kissed me, I didn’t stop it, then I kissed him back. I was shocked that it was a good kiss. It felt good and natural.”
Apparently, the two became lovers. The couple got married in 2012, and within a year, she became pregnant with her first-born son, Sawyer, now 9-years-old.
“Bryant said, ‘I always wanted to marry you. Let’s start this family right,’” Desiree said enthusiastically. “We were always friends, but when we were together romantically, it was like nothing was hard to do anymore knowing we had each other.”
Desiree, now a mother of 4 children, said that she is having the happiest life and living the dream.
“We love being parents. Twenty-year-old Desiree wouldn’t think she could be a mom of four kids,” she proclaimed. “She couldn’t imagine this is what my life would be like now.”