This is exciting! Our first "Before I Do!" features Holly Danielle Higdon and her heartfelt story of cultivating love based in faith first with Matthew Osborn McCay.
Their story begins unassumingly. Having known of one another in elementary and high school, Holly and Matthew never really spoke to one another. A brief gathering of friends in 2012, didn't immediately cause fireworks either. However, towards the end of 2015, Holly took the step to befriend Matthew on social media primarily because of his frequent posts on faith.
Feeling these posts were speaking to her and encouraged by a friend, Holly mustered up the courage to reach out to Matthew to ask him out for coffee, he agreed. This was followed up by a workout session at the local gym and wings at the local Applebee's. As Holly was driving home that night, excited about her date with Matthew, she began to pray that it be "reveal who this man would be in my life".
Through a great deal of reflection, conversations with Matthew and relying on her Higher Power, on January 15, 2016 while attending a prayer meeting at church, Holly and Matthew decided to start their journey of love and life together. That night Matthew revealed to Holly he "had a dream about me the night before and knew from that moment he wanted to be with me."
Holly admits that she and Matthew have been practically inseparable ever since that day. "He is my best friend and my love forever more", says Holly. Holly credits their strong love to their faith and feels "we may not be perfect, but there is no one else I would rather be imperfect with." Matthew proposed on December 26, 2016 at the Vulcan and although Holly was "surprised" she kind of expected it due to "others and my own little intuition." She admits, "Matt is a bad surprise person and I can be too."
There fun times together are spent going to movies, dancing and traveling, "two hour trips seem to be the greatest." Holly loves that what makes things work between her and Matthew is the ability for them to be "transparent with each other even if we say something that's hard to hear."
After being together for a year and four months, Holly and Matthew will be wed on July 8, 2017 at the Covenant Faith Church in Moody, Alabama surrounded by family members and friends in a casual summer themed wedding. She is "most looking forward to our many adventures together" and so are we.