Got Nerd?

July 28, 2009 at 9:53 am 23 comments

I can vividly remember a day in high school when I was hanging out at a neighborhood pool with two of my guy friends. We were just sitting around and talking, occasionally jumping into the pool to cool off. We’d been there about 30 minutes and their dad showed up. He said he heard we were here and wanted to come hang out. So he did. He told goofy dad jokes and felt comfortable sitting around with us. At one point I was sitting at the edge of the pool with my feet hanging in the water and one of my friends was tossing the nerf football with his dad in the pool. I could hear them having some ridiculous conversation about physics or chemistry or some other science related thing that I don’t understand. And that’s when I made my decision – I wanted to marry a nerd.

There is something endearing about a man who is comfortable with himself and doesn’t take himself too seriously. There is something valuable about a dad who can joke around with his kids and take time to play around. And I decided that wasn’t something I could negotiate on. I wanted a man who was goofy. A man who was friendly and smart. A man that I knew I could have fun with for the rest of my live. There’s no time for boring when you’re going to be married for the rest of your life.

Two years ago, I accomplished that goal. I married a nerd. He’s handsome and smart and honest and sensitive. He loves me and Jesus and playing games. He’s a goof. He tells jokes that I don’t always understand. He loves my cooking and our dog. He watches the History Channel and listens to talk radio. But he is a nerd. And more importantly, he’s my nerd.

See my nerd:

Wedding 1

Oh goodness. How embarassing. We aren’t even looking at the camera. Hold on, we’ll turn around.

Wedding 2

Isn’t he cute? Yeah, I know. That’s why I married him. Or was it because of his dimples? Or his foot rubs? Or his passion for Jesus? Oh wait, I remember. I married him because he’s a nerd… that’s right. Hmm, there are so many reasons, I lose count of the most important ones.

Every now and then he’ll do something to remind me. Like a couple weeks ago when he was eating a hamburger and ended up with two globs of mustard on his shoulder. Or like a week ago when I asked him to kill a bug and he carefully caught it in a Sonic cup and smashed it with the straw.

Even though I roll my eyes and check his birth certificate to see if he’s really as old as he says he is, I love it. I love him.

A few weeks ago our friend James was in town. He said to Stephen, “Sometimes I don’t understand what you’re saying. Not until later when the truth is revealed… then I can look back and it all made sense. It’s just hard to understand at the time. You’re like God.” Don’t worry, I think God appreciated the joke.

So, happy TWO YEAR anniversary to my love. Stephen Bridges. Thank you for making my life interesting!

I’ll leave you with a few pictures from the big day… Enjoy.

Wedding 3

My thoughts exactly, girls. There is nothing sexier than a man in a penguin suit! (Except maybe a man in a baseball uniform… but my dad told me he wouldn’t pay for the wedding if I put Stephen in an Astros uniform…) Oh, and it may look like my cousin Natalie is bored. She’s not. She’s just sad. Maybe because the love of her life is about to get married. Or maybe because her stupid cousin (cough…me…cough) gave her the wrong last name on the program.

Wedding 4

It could be worse, Natalie. It could be your wedding day and the DJ could have gotten your name wrong. Chew on that for a second…

Yeah, moving on. Check out my cake!!

Wedding 5


Wedding 6


Wedding 7

Wow!! Love that cake!!!

See ya later…

Wedding 8

I love you, Estaban!

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23 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lindsay  |  July 28, 2009 at 10:30 am

    WOOHOOO!!!! That was a fun night. We should go back and do it again, minus the blisters on my feet!


  • 2. Caroline  |  July 28, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Beautiful wedding. I married a nerd too. He loves Harry Potter and vampire things. I don’t get it, but he loves it and I love him. Thanks for sharing.

  • 3. Marie  |  July 28, 2009 at 11:26 am

    This is so sweet! Nerds are the best 😀

    Your cake is amazing! Congratulations on 2 years!!

  • 4. John  |  July 28, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I know I already told you via email, but Happy Anniversary!

    *holds up can of Dr. Pepper*

    A toast to Chelsea and Stephen… Congrats on two years and here’s to many, many more.

    *chugs rest of DP*

  • 5. mom  |  July 28, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Happy Anniversary again, my dear daughter – we love him too – nerd and all – because he loves Jesus and he makes our daughter happy! Enjoy your evening together.

  • 6. Jimbo  |  July 28, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Happy Anniversary Hursts! May God bless you with many more years of love, happiness, and laughter at Hurst Castle!

    James’ statement is spot-on BTW. Stephen is a trip and, as you have so amply illustrated here on R&R, someone who will keep life interesting (and funny) forever! I miss you Stephen!

    Oh, and in the good-bye picture, there is a random head which towers above all others (center top, pillar on the left). It kind of reminds me of Where’s Waldo…

  • 7. kelly  |  July 28, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    2 years already…..oh my goodness! congratulations! i also forgot how pretty your cake was!!

  • 8. LESLIE  |  July 28, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Your wedding looks beautiful! Thanks for visiting my blog, by the way!

  • 9. DebbieQ  |  July 28, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Beautiful wedding! And I can totally relate. I am married to a math nerd who wears a baseball uniform at least once a week. WHAT could be better than that.

  • 10. Sarah  |  July 28, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Congrats again! 🙂

    1 – I loved your cake. Loved. I stood and admired it for a good few minutes at the reception.

    2 – Your dress was gorgeous. I love lace overlays.

    3 – I remember the DJ goof. I didn’t even “get” it until a few seconds later since hearing your maiden name was so common at the time.

  • 11. Maureen  |  July 28, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I married Nerd Senior, you got Nerd Jr. I want wedding cake.

  • 12. Christine  |  July 28, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Happy 2 year anniversary! Your wedding was amazing!!! I hope you and Stephen have a blessed day!

    P.S. Your cake rocked!

  • 13. timlinzrowland  |  July 28, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    love your cake!!!! It is gorgeous!

  • 14. d.a.r.  |  July 28, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    happy anniversary!!!

  • 15. White Rabbit Advertising  |  July 28, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Your pictures are beautiful. What a lovely, delicate cake – that sage color is fantastic. I love nerds. I married one as well and they’re the best. Nerds are great because they don’t know they’re nerds – they have more fun and love life way more than the “popular” (AKA conceited) guys I dated. I have also just been thinking how I’d like my son to be a nerd. I’m thinking of introducing the cello or trombone to him soon….and then a chess set.

  • 16. The Husband  |  July 28, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    AWWWW!!! I miss you too, Jim!

    Chelsea! You are my most favorite wife I’ve ever had and will ever have (or that anyone else ever had or will have).

    I love you with all my heart and am yours for the rest of our lives.

    God bless you, Wife and keep up with the good cooking!

  • 17. Mandy  |  July 28, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    How incredibly sweet. Man…I never realised…but I think I am going to start praying for Nerd myself. Happy Anniversary Chelsea! (and Stephen, whom I don’t know, but thanks to this blog I feel like I do!)

  • 18. James "The Best of Men" Carter  |  July 29, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Such a great insight into your inner workings. So much DOES make sense now about the Hurstenhagen phenomenon.

    And it all goes to further the truth I spoke at your wedding. You two are infinitely proud of each other (I see it poured out in everything you write) and that’s awesome to be around.

    so here’s a big fat congratulations from your best man! I count it one of my greatest honors/achievements to have been a part of it.

    ps. don’t be mad at me for being in Houston and not seeing you. there’s just never enough time for all the folks in HTOWN. but i can’t wait for september! Hurrah!

    double ps. Hurrah for awesome women who make a concerted effort to marry nerds! you will in fact be rewarded.

  • 19. HoustonGurly  |  July 29, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Cute post. Looks like you had a beautiful wedding. Happy 2-year anniversary!

    I married a man that was just as dorky as me. And I have never regretted it for one second! 🙂

  • 20. Debbie  |  July 29, 2009 at 10:13 am

    beautiful dress, beautiful wedding, beautiful bride!

    and holy crap…that cake! love it! 🙂

    happy anniversary!!

  • 21. Rachel  |  July 29, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Happy Anniversary!!! Your pictures are gorgeous… as are you. Has it really been 2 years!?!

  • 22. Sara  |  July 31, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Happy Anniversary! My husband is also a nerd. He loves the Incredible Hulk, Friday the 13th, and really obscure movies. But he does the laundry and pretty much every other chore in the house, so I can let it go. haha! Oh, and he also lets me strew my craft stuff about the house and rarely complains. He’s perfect!

  • 23. Growth «  |  July 28, 2010 at 8:58 am

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