Amanda and Megan Markham have known each other for most of their lives, meeting in high school and being together through college and adulthood.
The two share a passion for theater, with the two meeting through the Dr. Phillips Theater Magnet. Nowadays, Megan serves as the artistic director and Amanda is the technical director for Phoenix Tears Productions, a theater company that does fandom-based shows.
“Basically everyone in our college programs, at Orlando Fringe and in our community theater circles know we’ve been a couple forever and a bunch of them were surprised when they got married because they thought we already were,” Megan says.
Even at their wedding, Amanda helped change some settings on their sound systems, prompting Megan to call her “my audio technician for life.”
“We have accidentally started a tradition of her in tech rig out kissing me in costume and they are some of my favorite pictures of us,” Megan says.
The couple had different ideas of when they wanted to be engaged, with Megan wanting to be engaged when she knew the relationship would last forever and Amanda wanting to get engaged when they were ready to plan a wedding. Because of this, they got engaged twice.
The first time was in March 2017, when Megan popped the question while Amanda was having a bad day.
“I just thought ‘even when she’s crying and upset, I still want to be with her,’” Megan says.
Amanda proposed back in 2020 on New Year’s Day with a ring that had Megan’s favorite gemstone and while the couple was “surrounded by the friends we love most in the world,” Amanda says.
They got married just over two years later, on March 24, 2022, the ninth anniversary of when they first started dating.
One of the most special moments of the day for Amanda was when they did a first look, as they had not seen each other’s outfits yet. They said their photographer planned everything perfectly, from the timing to the music that was playing when they first saw each other.
Though in usual Florida fashion the rain had been on and off that day, it had stopped for long enough so that they could do the first look at the spot they had planned rather than at their backup location.
“While I was waiting for her to come tap me on the shoulder, I couldn’t stop bouncing because I was so excited to see her and for her to see me in our full wedding looks,” Amanda says. “She looked absolutely stunning. I never wanted to stop looking at her.”
One of Megan’s favorite moments was when Amanda ended her vows with the line “I’ll give you the best greens in my garden,” which is from a song by singer-songwriter Be Steadwell that they both enjoy.
“There is a picture of the exact moment where I’m laughing so genuinely in surprise at her saying it and it is my favorite picture from the ceremony,” Megan says.
At the reception, they let their guests choose their drinks for toasts instead of doing a receiving line, which Amanda said was “such a fun way to spend a fun and personalized moment with all of our guests.”
It was an unforgettable night for the both of them.
“[During] the second to last song I just started crying because it was almost over,” Megan says. “I didn’t want the night to end, and Amanda told me it wasn’t over yet and danced with me.
It was the first time since our first look hours before that where it felt like it was just me and her and I loved it.”
Engagement Date: March 2017 and New Year’s 2020
Wedding Date: March 24, 2022
Officiant: A friend named Madeleine who flew in from D.C.
Venue: Rockledge Gardens
Colors: Purple and Green with Silver
Wedding Song/Artist: “Manta Rays” by Ludo
Florist: Self-arranged with Sola Wood Flowers
Caterer: Pucker Old School Lemonade
Photographer/ Videographer: Crystal Photography LLC
Entertainment: Guitar by Brian Ross during the ceremony