RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: She was becoming a lawyer but he raised the bar

Posted: November 5, 2017 at 4:28 a.m.

Staci Croom-Raley and Brian Raley were married on May 26, 2007, at Christ the King Catholic Church. “Everything is either on the 13th or the 26th,” says Staci. “We got engaged on Oct. 13, we got married on May 26, his birthday is the 13th, mine is the 26th.”

Staci Croom-Raley and Brian Raley were married on May 26, 2007, at Christ the King Catholic Church. “Everything is either on the 13th or the 26th,” says Staci. “We got engaged on Oct. 13, we got married on May 26, his birthday is the 13th, mine is the 26th.”

Staci Croom's plans involved passing the bar exam and moving to the East Coast. On the day she found out she passed the bar, she also found the love of her life -- in Little Rock.

The first time I saw my future spouse:

She says: “I thought, ‘Oh, he’s so cute.’ He had these wire rimmed glasses and he just looked really innocent and kind of adorable, actually.”

He says: “I remember thinking, ‘Wow, she’s really beautiful, and I hope I get the opportunity to get to know her better.’”

On our wedding day:

She says: “A co-worker’s son was 6 years old and his big thing was he wanted to dance with the bride, so at the reception he poked me and I turned around and there’s this little fellow and he said, ‘Will you dance with me?’ We danced together and that little kid did break dancing and all kinds of moves on the floor.”

He says: “After the ceremony was finally over … we got in the limousine and closed the doors and I remember we just looked at each other and we both did a great big sigh and just thought, ‘It’s over.’”

My advice for a long happy marriage is:

She says: “Laugh as much as you can, as often as you can.”

He says: “You have to learn how to compromise on things and accept the fact that you’re not always going to agree about stuff. And if you have an argument, one of you go in one room and the other go in the other room, spend a little time apart, take some time to calm down, everything will be just fine.”

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