Since the 1980s, dating and marriage has drastically changed over the years. Interracial relationships and marriage have increased approximately 3.2 percent according to Pew Research Center’s analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). And most recently gay marriage was legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court. Mixed Relationships are becoming more common and for us at World Bride Magazine, we love it!
Ever since I was a little girl, I always knew that love comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. Between being adopted from South Korea and raised by White American parents and being romantically involved with White American boys over the years, I grew up feeling that the duality between Whites and other races didn’t exist. Now I am in a serious relationship with a man and for nearly two years, we have ignored the fact that he is White-Italian and I am Korean. Most of the time we don’t even identify as an interracial couple because it doesn’t occur to us, unless a few same-race couples look at us with disapproval, which has happened a few times.
There’s always going to be people out there who are still living in the past, but World Bride Magazine wants our brides to remember that love transcends time. As cliché as that sounds, it is important to remember. If you have found the love of your life, certain things should not matter. The only thing that should matter is planning your vision of a perfect wedding and preparing for your new life together. You are marrying each other, so your happiness with each other means so much more than the negative opinions of others.
My beloved and I are not ready for marriage yet, but we plan to get there someday soon when it is within our budget. Until then, we are just enjoying our relationship and the love we have for each other. Because at the end of the day, love is all that should matter when it comes to you and your soul mate. As the Beatles famously sang, “All you need is love.”
Megan Jander is a graduate from Penn State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and an English minor. She is an Editorial Assistant and writer for WBM and Keep It Moving With Marsha Jews and a Junior Account Representative for MLM Represents. She is also a volunteer writer and editor for P.A.L.M. Magazine. She has strong interests in a variety of fields, especially environmental sciences, and hopes to gain as much experience as possible for a bright future.