Back in the early 90’s two little cajun girls became best buddies in Mrs. Allain’s Third Grade Class at Our Lady of Fatima Elementary School in Lafayette, Louisiana. These two buddies remained very close friends throughout different cities, countries, high schools and colleges…they can always pick up right where they left off. To this day they have early morning phone calls on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
That’s me! Mary LeSueur. That’s my buddy, Courtney! When Tim and I went traveling around the world, we stopped in the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia. We met a very cute, funny, outgoing Australian boy named Justin. This particular wild, hilarious Aussie told us his dream in life was to move to Texas, marry a southern belle and vote republican for the rest of his life! (You can read about our trip here
, we met Justin in the jungle bar watching the game!) We became immediate friends with this chap and let him in on a little secret, that we happened to know his future wife.
Fast forward exactly one year later. Justin came to the US for a holiday and made a stop to visit us in Houston. After a lot of pressure from her friend, Courtney took a leap of faith and flew into Houston on a Wednesday night from Nola to meet this boy on a blind date. This photo was taken about 2 hours after they met, we knew they had hit it off. When Justin first went to the bathroom at dinner we got to ask Courtney what she thought, she said she couldn’t understand a word Justin was saying, but she thought he was really cute. When Courtney ran off to the ladies (we drank a lot of bubbles and wine that night) we asked Justin what he was thinking. He said that she was gorgeous but he hadn’t a clue on earth what she was talking about. Those accents have had us laughing ever since.
Fast forward about 15 months after that first date. Justin flew in to New Orleans (he made it after a few obstacles…one being he was in Japan during the earthquake) surprised Courtney and proposed!! Justin had organized for her family and close friends to all be at Galatoires when they walked in for a celebratory drink! Surprise!! We celebrated all night, it was such a fun, special occasion.
Justin, in that deep Aussie accent, toasted the entire restaurant to his beautiful fiance!
Tim calls this match we made, our greatest achievement! We love them so much and could not be happier for them! Congrats Courtney & Justin! I hope we remain best buddies with y’all until we’re all in nursing homes together 🙂 Who would have thought as two 8 year old little girls playing on the play ground that we would both marry boys from down under….