Once Upon A Time…
(aka The Toast)
Once upon a time there lived a lovely princess named Jennifer. Only
everyone called her Jen. Except for friends in high school who called
her "Fu" and her adorable sister who called her "Fufy".
Jen was a fun-loving, silly, hungry, cute, adventurous young princess
who loved life. She was often seen hiking in the woods, exercising at
the local Gold's Gym, eating burritos with her numerous girlfriends,
laughing uncontrollably at America's Funniest Home Videos, or
dancing wildly at the Wildcat. Yet, there was something missing.
Jen had a hole in her heart. She knew as a princess that there was
supposed to be a dashing young prince in the picture, but they were
hard to come by. Most were too tall, too young, and just down-right
silly. She ached to find her prince, the one that would one day
sweep her off her feet and into the sunset of love. How to find the
man – ahem – I mean, prince of her dreams?
She knew she needed to ask the help of one special person –
the one who loved her like a sister…
In fact, it was her sister! Princess Jen decided to seek the
company and counsel of her beautiful sister, Princess Andrea.
(Princess Andrea was also looking for her own prince at the time, but
that's another story!) Princess Andrea readily accepted Princess Jen's
company and knew of the perfect place for them to both find their
"Dream Prince". As they approached the young princes performing
skate tricks on the handrails at San Marcos High School, Princess Jen
wondered, "Can this truly be the place my dear, sweet sister intended
for us to find my true love? I can only trust in the stars above…
And the stars did answer; for off in the distance, behind the lush, green
trees, in front of the cold stone walls, there she saw him.
He was tough to notice as he moved gracefully behind the video camera
taping every jump of his team. And yet, Princess Jen saw the one she
knew to be hers forever. With a smile, a laugh, and a Slurpee, both
Prince Isaac and Princess Jen walked into the sunset, hand in hand.
Times weren't always easy, though. Prince Isaac and Princess Jen
had their hard times, their times of strife, no doubt. Separation and
contemplation were their true solace for many months. With time, though,
their broken hearts mended and all was made right again. Left-handed
golf games resumed and yummy dinners of lobster-stuffed steak and
garlic bread were made. They were never to part again, only to live and
love forever. Just like a fairy tale. Just like a dream come true. Just like
Dedicated to Isaac Oltmans and Jen Oltmans neé Fuson
By Andrea Lauderdale neé Fuson
Shared here with their permissions
A touching wedding ceremony at Alice Keck Park Park followed
immediately by a reception at Tucker's Grove saw the above read aloud
to the glowing bride and her new husband by her loving sister.