Rebecca Murray and CJ Simons
It was a mutual, profound love of music that brought Rebecca Murray and CJ Simons together. Both began studying at Florida State University's College of Music in 2004, but they didn't immediately meet, despite the countless missed opportunities.
"They unknowingly lived in the same dorm, attended the same concerts, and even went to the statewide music educator's conferences without ever acknowledging each other," Rebecca and CJ wrote on their wedding website. "In their junior year of college, they shared a few classes together and began talking. Quickly becoming close friends, CJ and Rebecca discovered that they had much more in common than their major!"
While Rebecca completed a 14-week internship in Tallahassee, CJ did the same in West Palm Beach—and drove seven hours nearly every weekend to see her. Their relationship became long-distance again when they graduated in April 2008: CJ took a job in Ormond Beach and Rebecca taught in Clearwater. For two years, they drove every weekend for three hours to see each other.
"During the summer of 2010, the two long years of separation finally paid off," the couple says. "CJ accepted a music position in Pinellas County and moved to Clearwater. Now they are happily married!"
Rebecca and CJ married July 10, 2011, in St. Petersburg and honeymooned in Siesta Key. They held their ceremony and reception at the same venue, turning their romantic wedding into a glowing celebration with eggplant and lime decor and candles everywhere.
Photography by: Limelight Photography