With class

Now-mar­ried cou­ple man­aged to keep ro­mance alive through mid­dle school, high school and col­lege.

The Oklahoman - - FRONT PAGE - BY CARLA HIN­TON Staff Writer chin­ton@ok­la­homan.com

ED­MOND — When the time came to de­cide on life af­ter high school, Matthew Hart and Jor­dan Williams knew one thing for sure.

Wher­ever they went to col­lege, they would go to­gether.

No long dis­tance ro­mance for this stu­dious, all-in pair.

They had at­tended the same el­e­men­tary school, mid­dle school and high school, and their re­la­tion­ship blos­somed over the years.

On May 26, two weeks af­ter grad­u­at­ing with hon­ors from Oklahoma State Univer­sity to­gether, the cou­ple ex­changed wed­ding vows. Williams noted that the wed­ding venue, The Manor at Cof­fee Creek in Ed­mond, was fit­ting be­cause it wasn’t far from the schools where their love story started years ago.

“It’s like two miles way from where we grew up and went to school every day,” she said. “That’s where our re­la­tion­ship be­gan.”

School days

Hart and Williams, both 22, knew each other in el­e­men­tary school but ac­tu­ally be­came friends in a pre-al­ge­bra class in sev­enth grade at Deer Creek Mid­dle School. Their lock­ers were in the same area, and Williams re­mem­bers that Hart of­ten helped her open hers.

“I sat next to Jor­dan by pure chance. I didn’t know any­thing about her, but we slowly be­came friends over pa­per air­planes and me pre­tend­ing to be a foot­ball star. I spent the next year try­ing to show off any way I could,” Hart said in his ver­sion of the cou­ple’s love story on their “Steal­ing His Hart” wed­ding page.

By the time the two were fresh­men at Deer Creek High School, they knew their bond went be­yond friend­ship.

“He asked me to our fresh­man Fall For­mal. We were like 14 years old,” Hart said re­call­ing those school days.

The cou­ple got the OK from their par­ents to at­tend the fresh­man dance, but Williams wasn’t of­fi­cially al­lowed to date un­til she turned 16. Soon af­ter she reached that mile­stone birth­day, Hart asked her out, and they have been to­gether ever since.

Mike Donnelly, a Deer Creek High School teacher who was Williams’ bas­ket­ball coach, said he wasn’t sur­prised to learn that his for­mer stu­dents had tied the knot.

“I had both Matt and Jor­dan in my AP Euro­pean His­tory class when they were sopho­mores. I got a chance to watch them in­ter­act, and you could tell there was some­thing spe­cial be­tween them. They had a good way of jok­ing with one an­other, and you could tell they re­ally cared about each other,” Donnelly said. “They are both good peo­ple good stu­dents — high char­ac­ter.”

When the pair both chose to at­tend OSU, no one was re­ally sur­prised.

Williams said she lived in what she de­scribed as a “house di­vided,” with fam­ily mem­bers who are fans of both OSU and the Univer­sity of Oklahoma. How­ever, her mother, Lisa Forten­berry, is an OSU grad­u­ate who proudly watched as her daugh­ter be­came a fourth-gen­er­a­tion OSU grad­u­ate.

Hart said they mainly talked about go­ing to one of those col­leges, but he

[PHO­TOS BY MACI NICOLE]

Top: Matthew Hart and Jor­dan Williams are shown with mem­bers of their wed­ding party at The Manor at Cof­fee Creek, the Ed­mond venue where they wed on May 26. Above: Matthew Hart and Jor­dan Williams.

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