The Most Important Week of My Life Celebrating 19 Years After Passing the Bar Exam and Getting Married www.MonteforteLaw.com (978) 653-4092 Practical wisdom, trusted advice.
It was pretty much love at first sight when I met Jill. At the time, she had a boyfriend, though. We were friends, but before I had the guts to tell her how I felt, it was summer vacation and I left with friends. When I returned, Jill was single andmade a move that surprisedme. She was a shier version of herself in college, but one day, she calledme up and asked if I wanted to get together.
the wedding for two years with the intention of gettingmarried as soon as I graduated from law school. But when we were just a fewmonths from the wedding, I realized I was set to take the bar examon theWednesday andThursday prior. It was impossible to reschedule either event. We’d had our wedding planned for nearly two years at that point, and the bar exam is only offered a handful of times each year. I was working at a firm that was waiting for me to pass the bar, and we needed to begin building our life together.
when Jill first walked down that aisle, I gasped. I couldn’t believe it was really happening. I still get teary-eyed watching that part on our wedding video. (The kids can’t resist the urge to tease me when that happens.) I never could have guessed that we would be where we are today — that I would own my own firm and that we would reach so many milestones in just a handful of years. We were married in 2001, bought our house in Wilmington in 2003, welcomed Gabby into the world in 2004, had Mikey in 2005, and I left my job to start my own firm in 2006. I was nervous and unsure if I could do it, but Jill never faltered. She’s always been the one who believes in me.
I couldn’t believe it, so I asked if she wanted me to invite other people. Jill said she thought it could just be us, but I still wasn’t convinced. Did she really want to go out on a date with me? I asked my cousin to confirm, and he said that I was indeed an idiot. Of course it was a date! (He didn’t drop this. He brought it up in his best man’s speech at our wedding!) Years later, when Jill and I were just days away from our wedding, I couldn’t have been more ready to start my life with her. I wasn’t nervous about getting married — I was just nervous about passing the bar exam! Nineteen years ago this July, I was studying hard for the bar examwhile Jill handled all the final details for our wedding. We had been planning
I had to take the exam that week, and I had to pass. Talk about pressure. If planning a wedding and managing the final details on her own were stressful, I never heard about it from Jill. She was so supportive leading up to the bar exam and our wedding. She understood that I had to study hard, and she was determined to take care of all the details so I could study. I remember walking out of the building that Thursday with a huge sense of relief. I had put so much of myself into that test, and I could finally take a deep breath. All I had left to do that week was attend our rehearsal the next day and get married on Sunday. I couldn’t wait. On the day of our wedding, my cousin and the other groomsmen showed up at my parents’ house early in the morning, just in case I had plans of running away. I laughed. There was no way I was leaving. This was the easy part of the week. Committing my life to Jill meant creating a partnership with the woman I loved, and
Nineteen years later, a lot has changed, but her support continues. For that reason, I’ll always know that I made the right choice by saying yes to our first date.
Happy anniversary, Jill!
-Michael Monteforte Jr.
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