BY KATE LEHNHOF, utahvalley360.com
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVE BLACKHURST
Happy couples know the real work begins after boy meets girl. But all work and no play would make for a dull duo. These three reader-nominated twosomes have successfully mixed work and play with a whole lotta love. Get ready for an informative game of she says, he says.
Because there is such a thing as happily ever after …
Danny & Julie Damron
Years Married 20
Boy Meets Girl
Danny and Julie Damron knew of each other when they were both serving LDS missions in Pasan, Korea, but it wasn’t until they met up at BYU a few years later that they fell in love. Their marriage has been full of many other international adventures, as the couple has traveled to China, Turkey, Mexico, Guatemala and Korea together.
To say that the Damrons have mastered the art of multi-tasking is to put it lightly. The couple simultaneously earned doctorate degrees and raised three children. Now the couple tackles balancing their careers and family life — Julie is a professor of Asian and Near Eastern Studies at BYU and Danny is the director of UVU’s International Center. Their advice? “Life is always going to be full of different challenges and you just have to work together to find your ‘new normal.’”
Rich & Angela Cope
Hometown Spanish Fork
Married 7 years
Boy Meets Girl
Angela was divorced, raising two children and working when she noticed Rich on LDSSingles.com. She sent him a message, and he decided to take her out after some encouragement from his sisters. Rich was a single 29-year-old homeowner, and his family joked he would never get married. But after falling in love with Angela, Rich became a husband and a dad within a matter of months. The Copes now have three children and one on the way.
It’s all about the date night for Rich and Angela. With similar adventurous interests, the couple has something fun to do each week from Jazz games to travel. “You have to continue to date after you’re married,” Rich says. “I think people forget that it’s possible to fall out of love, and you really have to make an effort to stay connected to your spouse.”
Gailen & Stella Vick
Hometown Saratoga Springs
Years Married 42
Boy Meets Girl
Gailen comes from a family with many divorces, and he grew up rather skeptical of love. When he met Stella, he was 20 and said he wouldn’t marry anyone until he was at least 29. Oh how Stella changed those plans! Gailen proposed to Stella one month after meeting her, and six months later they were husband and wife. “I didn’t even know if I believed in love, but I knew I wanted to be with Stella and that I didn’t want to lose her,” Gailen says.
The Vick’s raised seven children together, and their parenting styles couldn’t have been more different. As Stella describes it, she’s mercy and he’s judgment. While they might have had different ideas on handling situations, they knew it was important to be united as a parenting team and support one another. “You can’t correct your spouse on how they are handling something with a child in front of that child,” Stella says. “It will make them lose respect for your partner.”