*** EMBARGOED UNTIL 7:00 PM EDT JULY 9, 2019 [12 MIDNIGHT BST] *** SWNYschool - by Patricia Murphy - New York office - +1 646 873 7565A pair of playground pals tied the knot 19 years after they first met in KINDERGARTEN.Maggie and Aaron Mimms, both 24, first became friends in 2000 after they were enrolled in Alpharetta Elementary School in Georgia, USA.Maggie, a labor and delivery nurse, said her earliest memories involved her "chatterbox" pal, while Aaron, a marine, says the first day of school marked the beginning of his life-long crush.The pals even became engaged in the playground of their elementary school in 2016 after two years of dating.The schoolyard sweethearts said 'I do' in a touching ceremony in front of 165 guests at Greystone Estate in Ball Ground, Georgia, on May 25.The day was made even more special with the inclusion of the couple's kindergarten pals, maid of honor Cassi Lobaugh, 24, and best man Michael Schweinbeck, 24.Maggie said: "I remember Aaron being super loud.
He was such a chatterbox.
He was always getting in trouble with the teacher for that.
"We have been friends for most of our lives."I never, ever thought I would end up marrying someone I met in kindergarten."Our wedding day was awesome.
"It was unlike any other.
It was super emotional.
Aaron is definitely not a crier but he was teary eyed when I got to the altar."Aaron said: "I have had a crush on Maggie ever since our first day of school when she asked me what my name was."As I stood there waiting for her on our wedding day I had to slow my breathing.
I got butterflies.
I couldn't believe that after four years together I was finally getting to marry her.
"When I saw her walking down the aisle she looked so beautiful and at that moment all the butterflies went away."Aaron and Maggie briefly dated during their junior year at Milton High School, but said their four month courtship ended because they were immature.The couple reconnected in college after Maggie transferred from the University of Alabama to the University of North Georgia in her sophomore year in 2014.Aaron said: "When we dated in high school it was like eating a banana before it was the perfect shade of yellow.
"It was amazing and I still liked it, but it wasn't mature enough yet.
"I like to think that in order to make a life long relationship people need to grow first and find out what they truly want in life.
"When we met in college everything was different.
I believe I changed and matured and that she had changed too."Maggie said: "Even after we broke up in high school, we stayed friends.
He is an impossible person not to be friends with."When I transferred to the University of North Georgia, I was walking home from my chemistry lab and I just heard someone screaming my name.
It was Aaron.
"We agreed to get coffee the next day.
I was in a serious relationship at that point.
"I don't know what it was but I came away from that coffee and I knew I had to end my relationship.
"A couple of days later I ran into Aaron at Walmart and he told me he had broken up with his girlfriend too, just hours after our coffee date."Ever since then we have been together."The couple say their relationship does have its difficulties, particularly when Aaron is stationed away from home for months at a time with the Marine Corps.Aaron juggles his military career with his role as a lobbyist with the Boy Scouts of America.Maggie said: "When he told me he wanted to join the Marines it was the worst and best feeling because I was super proud, but also it was very hard to be away from him.
"Military relationships aren't easy.""At the beginning he was training and we basically had seven months with zero communication.
"We've been through a couple of stints like that throughout our relationship."It's always a possibility that he could be deployed which is very scary."Aaron's career meant that we were seriously thinking about our relationship and marriage very early on.""Aaron proposed to me on the grounds of our old school in November 2016.
"It was so thoughtful and special.
"Aaron is so romantic, he such a social person.
"He has such a big heart and he is so selfless and I love that about him.For Aaron, ending up with his kindergarten pal seemed inevitable.
Aaron said: "It's hard to define what I love about Maggie because yes, I do like her eyes, her smile, her laugh, and how she makes me feel inside."But I love it when Maggie and I argue, I love having to clean her purple shampoo off our shower walls and I love the fact that she freaks out over the pillows not matching the color of the walls and caring about what is the most hip thing out there.
"Even though those things drive me up the wall, I still get to do those things with her and for that I feel so lucky.
"It turns out the thing that I desired most in life was that girl in my elementary school class." ENDS