In Tandem: Aaron & Megan Silliman

Staff Writer
The Voice-Tribune 

On New Year’s Eve 2011, Aaron Silliman had an epiphany while sitting miserably in a bar off Lyndon Lane.

Wondering how much fun his ex-girlfriend was having that same evening, he realized, then and there, she was the woman with whom he wanted to spend the rest of his life. Now, all he had to do was win her back.

“To make a long story short, we had split up for a good six months before I just finally realized that I can’t live without her,” Aaron said.  Though she didn’t run back to him immediately, Megan knew, too, she was meant to be with Aaron, and together the two have proven love sometimes does deserve a second chance.

The couple met nearly three years ago, while both waited tables at Captain’s Quarters during the summer. “He thought I was a brat, at first, but I actually thought he was cute, so I was really shy,” Megan explained.

“She completely ignored me. She thought she was hot stuff,” Aaron assured, as the two shared a laugh.

Although nothing came of it while they worked together, Aaron returned to the restaurant around the Fourth of July after he’d quit and approached Megan for a pen while she was serving. Her response to his request: “No, I gave them all out” – in actuality, her apron was filled with them.

“He came up to me and put his number in my apron, and I was like, ‘What is this? … I don’t call boys.’” Megan did, however, give Aaron her phone number should he like to call her first, and they began dating shortly thereafter.

Like every relationship, Megan and Aaron’s wasn’t perfect. Experiencing a few rocky episodes over the course of two-and-a-half years, the pair split up for six months – that is, until Aaron’s light bulb moment on New Year’s Eve.

In July of last year, Aaron ensured he’d never again lose Megan while the two vacationed with a group in Destin – a trip that almost didn’t happen as Megan attempted to back out last-minute. “Two or three weeks beforehand she was being a complete jerk, upset that I hadn’t proposed to her yet,” Aaron smiled. “So, the night before, she gets kind of emotional, starts crying and stuff, and says she can’t go on the trip.”

Prior to packing, Megan’s dad had made a comment that caused Megan to fear she would never marry Aaron since he had yet to pop the question. Little did Megan know, Aaron had already asked her father for her hand in marriage. After Megan agreed to go to Destin, Aaron took her on a walk along the beach, where he stopped to write their names in the sand and get down on one knee.

“The coolest thing was there was this family … that saw the whole thing, and the lady ran down and she was like, ‘Do you want me to take your picture, do you want some beers?’ ” Megan reminisced of the proposal.

“Her and her kids are up on a deck screaming and cheering and stuff, and it was pretty cool,” Aaron said.

Following Megan’s “yes” to the proposal, the couple decided on a quick engagement, since Aaron’s sister was simultaneously planning a wedding, set for the next summer. “His sister got engaged a month before we did and she’s getting married in June,” Megan said. “And so I didn’t want to do two summer weddings on his parents’ side, that would be too much, and we were building a house (at the time).”

On Dec. 28, 2012, the couple said their “I Do’s” inside the Cathedral of the Assumption, before heading to the Starks Building for “drinking and dancing – a party,” as Megan described. The wedding reception also included a flash mob featuring the bride and bridesmaids dancing to Chris Brown’s “Yeah 3x” and a dinner menu from Megan and Aaron’s favorite place to eat, Wick’s Pizza.

In their free time, aside from chowing down on pizza pies, the couple can be found spending time in St. Matthews at Gerstle’s and other popular bars. “We’re very social, which I think is a good thing,” Megan said. Outside of hanging out together or with friends, Megan teaches a kindergarten class at Clear Creek Elementary, while Aaron serves as a fire fighter with the Louisville Fire Department, Engine 21.

Though they’ve only been married less than a month, the two feel marriage has been a fairly smooth transition, and attribute communication and compromise to the success of their newfound relationship and marriage. “People think that you get engaged it’s better, you get married it’s better. You still are the same people throughout, it’s just that he’s got a ring on it now,” Megan laughed.

He’s the same person who still makes Megan experience a feeling she’s never felt with anyone else. And, if you ask Aaron, it’s quite certain he’d say the same. “You still get excited,” Megan said. “You still get butterflies. … It’s just that spark I’ve always had with him that will never go away.”