I’ve known Lexie for a few years now, and I definitely would have called us friends, but last year while we were both on our own journeys for happiness (mine largely spurred by reading The Happiness Project), we spent a lot more time together and she’s become one of the most important girlfriends in my life. Lexie was home for a few months teaching voice lessons and performing Legally Blonde and a Christmas show in Birmingham and we bonded over Zumba after we joined the Y together. Lexie is who I think my five year old self really wanted to become, a vivacious, fiery (by choice haircolor wise, she’s a natural blonde like me!), crazy talented actress who is fearless and confident. I don’t think anyone who knows Lexie would doubt her inevitable success, and while I was very sad to say goodbye for her year and a half long tour with The Addams Family that began about a year ago, I am so happy for all of the things that year has brought to her life.
Enter Jesse, Gomez in said Addams Family production that Lexie is the understudy for Morticia and Alice in. A few months into the tour Lexie mentioned Jesse and not long after she told me that she was pretty sure he was the one. All the girls reading this are internally nodding their heads right now recalling similar talks with their best girlfriends on the phone, maybe even with internal dialogue like “Ooh girl, you think he’s the one?! Tell me everything!”. I was really excited about the possibility but also cursing the fact that our busy schedules and her life on tour meant we couldn’t hash it all out over a walk at the Botanical Gardens.
So, I was pleasantly surprised but also not all that surprised a few months ago when Jesse proposed with a gorgeous sapphire ring. I was so happy for the chance to finally meet Jesse for their engagement session while they had a few days off to spend in town. I’m happy to say that I approve! I loved getting a chance of being there while Lexie exposed Jesse to the joys of Irondale Cafe and all of her favorite Birmingham spots, and I love that they got to do another engagement session in California where Jesse is from with one of Jesse’s friends! Also, if you have the chance to see Lexie and Jesse live in The Addams Family you absolutely must!
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