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Regina & Stephen Swirsky October 22, 2017 Story By RACHEL KNIGHT Photos by EDOO PHOTOGRAPHY D oes love inspire art, or does art inspire love? For Regina and Stephen Swirsky, the answer is a resounding “yes,” to both questions. Art was the arrow Cupid sent to start the Swirsky’s love story, and it continues to play a role in their lives as a married couple today. Regina and Stephen met at Texas A&M University in a studio class. Both were visualization majors. According to Regina, Stephen had the reputation of having a good eye for detail. They first spoke when she asked for his advice on a project; however, it wasn’t until after Stephen graduated that he asked Regina to go out with him. By February of 2017 the couple’s romance was in full bloom. It had become a Valentine’s Day tradition for the two to visit an art museum; so, to belatedly celebrate the day, they took a trip to downtown Houston to visit the Cullen Sculpture Garden. “It was at the end of the day, and we had stopped in a little sculpture garden,” Regina says. “He pulled out a little scrapbook he had made of our memories 12 INSITE February 2018 ‘My main hope for the day was just to reflect the joy of the Lord and celebrate the covenant we made to one another’ – Regina Swirsky together. In the back was a cutout section where he had put the ring, and it was really sweet.” Without hesitation, Regina said, “Yes!” and the next chapter in the Swirsky love story began to unfold. “I kind of had a feeling that it was coming that weekend,” Regina says. “I don’t know why, but for whatever reason it just felt like it was going to happen. Still, I was really surprised to see the ring in the back of the book. Suddenly it all became real.” Before heading down the aisle, the couple decided to partake in an engagement-counseling program through their church, Antioch Community Church. Regina says this is something she highly recommends all couples do before their big day. “It was so helpful to discuss topics like communication, finance, and expectations for our marriage before we said ‘I do,’” Regina says. “I know those are lessons we’ll come back to again and again in the years to come. Our mentor couple ended up becoming our great friends, which we will forever be grateful for.”