It is the last day of February, which means we have time for just one more bluegrass lovebirds feature! All of these sweet stories have been a joy to share with you. Our final 2014 lovebird feature is a designing duo. Introducing…
Martin and Regina Summers
Years Together: 19 years
Years Married: 17 years
Tell us a bit about yourselves…
We’re both Kentucky natives, Marty is from Henderson in Western Kentucky and Regina is from Hindman in Eastern Kentucky. We both have Bachelors of Architecture degrees from the University of Kentucky. We moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to get our Masters of Architecture Degrees from UCLA and continued to live there for 13 years. We moved back to Lexington 3 ½ years ago to teach at the University of Kentucky College of Design, where Marty is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Regina (who taught first year Architecture studio) is now the Director of Recruitment for the College of Design and all of its Programs; Architecture, Historic Preservation and Interiors. We have added to our family a tiny puppy named “Eames”. He’s a perfect designer mutt named after a design couple for a design couple.
How did you first meet? We met while attending the University of Kentucky College of Architecture.
We had our first real conversation while correcting Regina’s spelling error on the back of 50 posters (for an upcoming architecture student convention). Ironically the misspelled word was “proposed.”
Was it “love at first sight” or were you “just friends”?
We knew of each other and thought the other was cute but had no idea the feeling was mutual.
Where did you go on your first date?
We were in Phoenix Arizona at the Architecture Student Convention where the misspelled posters were going. We consider our first date to be at the Rodeo that took place during the student convention. We were there with all our UK Architecture friends. We both want to give a shout out to our good friend and classmate Lillian Vega Hall for dropping a few obvious hints to Marty about Regina’s interest and for encouraging this first date.
Where did you share your first kiss?
After the Rodeo!
When did you know that he/she was “the one”?
It wasn’t too long. We both knew we were perfect for each other and everything just felt right.
Tell us about your engagement proposal…
Marty was studying abroad with the Architecture program in Venice Italy. Regina traveled over to visit for an extended stay with a friend and Marty’s sister. His sister secretly carried the ring with her to Italy. Regina had no idea that Marty was about to propose. He planned a nice dinner and a stroll around Venice. Marty was heading towards his “preferred spot”….however on the way he saw all the other UK Architecture students at the window of their local Venice hangout. Regina wanted to go in as she had turned her ankle on the slippery stone steps earlier in the evening. He insisted they keep moving and then he turned away from the restaurant. We eventually stopped on a dead end canal street where he explained why he didn’t want to go by the restaurant, and proposed there. The next morning we found our way back and took a photo in the exact spot to where he had proposed, only to have a man looking out his balcony window clapping for us. He must have seen the whole thing the night before.
When and where were you married?
We were married October 5, 1996 at Christ the King Cathedral, Lexington, Kentucky….a halfway point for both families.
He Said/She Said…
My partner’s best quality is…
Marty: She is sensitive, empathetic and caring towards everyone. I also admire her ability to talk to anyone, which is one of the many reasons people remember her everywhere we go.
Regina: His positive energy…he keeps me going, kind of spoils me and is my best friend. Everyone says I’m lucky to have a husband who is so loving and caring.
The thing about my partner that drives me crazy is…
Marty: She needs to clean/organize before she can focus on the important things that she really needs to do.
Regina: His messy desk full of his “organized clutter.” (notice the quotes)
My number one piece of advice about love is…
Marty: There will be ups and downs but if it is true, it is always true.
Regina: Don’t be afraid to take chances in finding your one true love. Always make time for each other. And always remember that love is constantly transforming and grows stronger with time.
Thank you, Marty and Regina! Such a sweet story! These photos have me tearing up!
Thank you to all who submitted for sharing with our dear readers. it was a delight to read each submission. Be sure to check out all of the other 2014 features: Christie + Jacob, Emily + David, Elizabeth + Matthew and Kelly + Neil.
Hope your February was as love-ly as ours!
To true love,
***All images were provided by the participating couple***