FRONT ROYAL – Coleton and Audrey Smith met in middle school and have been together ever since.
“We met in seventh grade English class, where he sat in front of me,” Audrey Smith said.
They officially started dating in eighth grade. And never looked back.
“We just knew,” Coleton Smith said. “You just know these things.”
They became engaged in February 2013.
“Part of the deal when Cole asked my dad for his permission to marry me was I had to finish college first,” she said.
The wedding was put on hold for four years while she finished her degree in fashion merchandising at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.
They married last June in a small, intimate family affair.
Distance was one the biggest struggles the couple said they have had to face over the years.
“We weren’t always in the same school,” she said. “But I think that separation allowed us to grow into the adults we are today.”
It gave them the separation they both agreed they needed.
“When I called her at the end of the day, that meant more than seeing her every day, all day,” he said. “Because I had the chance to be myself. And likewise for her.”
When she moved to Norfolk, her future husband packed his bags and went with her. Not because he had to, but because he wanted to support her. He also worked to put her though college, which allowed her to focus more on her studies.
Audrey Smith added they have always been able to lean on each other when times are tough.
“We’ve spent so much time building our relationship, that we know when we need each other probably before the other one does,” she said.
The biggest milestone thus far for them has been the purchase of their first home.
When asked where they hope to be in 75 years, they both said they want children and a home full of happiness and laughter.
“Maybe in 75 years we won’t argue about watching football on Sundays,” she said, and her husband added laughingly, “We’ll see about that.”