XOXO by The Knot


Liz Howell

Season 1, Ep. 13

Liz and Steve Howell married on April 19, 2014 in Savannah, Georgia. Liz was working as a journalist in Columbus, Georgia when a friend from college introduced her to Steve, who was also living in Columbus, over Facebook. At the time, Steve was in training for the United States Army at Fort Benning. Steve was quick to reach out to Liz, inviting her to a barbecue. She was quick to say yes, which then led to Steve scrambling to throw together a barbecue he never really had planned. Despite the heavy rain that moved the party indoors, the downpour couldn’t wash out the spark between Liz and Steve. In their early days of dating, Steve was sent away to field trainings for weeks at a time, introducing Liz right away to some of the hardships of military life. His month-long trip to Army Ranger School was the true test of their love, as they could only communicate through hand written letters. The distance only made their connection grow stronger. One year later, when Steve was relocated to Savanah, Georgia, Liz transferred to a sister television station in Savannah and moved in with Steve. Although they were living together, they worked completely opposite schedules: Steve worked all day, while Liz took over the overnight shift at the station, leaving dinner time as their sacred couple-time together. It wasn't long before Steve asked Liz to marry him. Their wedding was a southern fairytale. As a married couple, Liz and Steve have lived all over the globe, from Italy to Germany, navigating military life together along with their two young daughters. This episode of XOXO by The Knot talks exclusively with Liz, as Steve is currently deployed in the Middle East. Liz opens up about the hardships and sacrifices that come with life and motherhood as a military spouse. This is their story.

(Photo courtesy of Lotus Creative Studios)

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