Lollie May Martin and Taylor Brittany Maanao got married after five years together. But they say that they actually fell in love so much and so quickly that they wanted to get married after just six months.
Ms. Maanao’s mother had strongly suggested that they wait. “She told us that we still had so much to learn from each other. So we waited, ”says Ms. Martin.
Ms. Martin, 31, is studying law at Austin Community College and began an internship with Stewart’s Austin, Texas law firm on January 18. Taylor Brittany Maanao, 29, works as the personal assistant and property manager at Tiger Lily Ranch in Sheridan, Texas. They live in Round Rock, Texas.
They met on August 11, 2012 while Ms. Martin was beard in Austin. “I saw Taylor from across the room and I remember thinking, ‘Wow, this girl is amazingly beautiful,'” Ms. Martin said.
Ms. Maanao was clearly enthusiastic about Ms. Martin too. When she closed her tab, she wrote her phone number on the back of her receipt before giving it to Ms. Martin. But Mrs. Martin never saw it. “After that night nothing came of ‘us’, but it was as if the universe kept bringing us together,” said Ms. Martin.
About a year later, Mrs. Martin brought her dachshund, Marley, to an event in Barton Springs. “It was a small dog meeting. To my surprise, Taylor was in charge of the whole thing and was also the judge. I was dating my girlfriend at the time, so we didn’t have much conversation, but we were both very happy to see each other. Marley actually won that day! “
Another year passed before they met at a Pride event in Austin. “Taylor confronted me that night and asked why we had never been on a date. The truth was simply that I was in a relationship, but I had never forgotten it in all these years and I couldn’t either, ”said Ms. Martin.
And then another year passed before they met again. In 2015 Ms. Martin was working on the doorstep of another club and Ms. Maanao walked in. “I knew at that moment that I would not let her slip out of my life again. When she left, I sent her a message and told her exactly that. She replied and said that she felt the same way. “
They had been together for three years when Ms. Martin went to Europe to study. After a month, Ms. Maanao visited her and surprised her with a proposal on July 10, 2018 in Santorini, Greece.
When a white barn owl flew past them that night, Ms. Maanao knew that this was the moment she should suggest. Ms. Maanao’s grandfather had recently passed away; Ms. Taylor said she knew the performance was about Ms. Maanao’s “Pops” who said he agreed.
Three months later, the couple celebrated Ms. Martin’s birthday at their family’s lake house on Lake Lyndon B. Johnson. There it was Mrs. Martin’s turn to get on one knee and ask for Mrs. Maanao’s hand.
The couple planned to get married in October 2021 in hopes the pandemic would be a distant memory by then. “Lo and behold, the universe had a different plan for us,” said Ms. Martin.
On September 16, 2020, the couple attended the grand opening of Antebellum Oaks, an Austin venue. The venue gave away a wedding or event package worth $ 20,000. They have won. There was a catch: the prize had to be redeemed before February 28, 2021.
On January 8, 42 guests attended the outdoor ceremony hosted by Ms. Maanao’s mother, Patia Lynn Strickland, a Universal Life Secretary.
Although the cocktail hour was outside, the reception itself was inside. It easily fell well below the Texas Department of Health’s guidelines that wedding venues must be 75 percent or less busy.
“Most people wore masks and Covid bracelets,” said Ms. Martin. “We felt safe because most of the people were tested for Covid before the event.”