Once upon a time, it was just us being regular student-athletes at the University of Nebraska; following our athletic and academic aspirations. But it all changed…
This is our story about our very own real-life fairy tale… On June 2nd of 2018, we said “Yes” and celebrated our wedding day with our families and friends. Before we share our story, here are a few details about us individually.
Who we are
C.J. Schaaf was a gymnast for the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 2010-2014. Originally from Houston, TX, C.J. competed in all six events for the Huskers but mostly made appearances in the pommel horse and vault lineups. Remylee Molyneux is from Westlake Village, CA, and joined the Huskers on a golf scholarship in 2010. After her sophomore year, Remylee moved back to California to finish her fashion degree.
The first move
As student-athletes, we both worked incredibly hard for where we were and are at in our lives. In order for us to get what we wanted, we needed to not only sacrifice a lot, we also had to believe in ourselves and learn to be patient. Despite not knowing each other when our paths crossed for the first time, we knew that as student-athletes, we had a lot in common. We were aware of the dedication and hard work it took each athlete to excel in and outside the playing field. Such a simple piece of commonality already helped us feel some sort of basic connection.
It was on the very first day at the student-athlete orientation in Memorial Stadium that “I noticed her personality as she laughed with her teammates, her smile when she looked at me passing, and just the fact that she was on the golf team and another student-athlete.” At that point, we were both new to college and in separate relationships each. During freshmen year, both of these relationships had ended. However, “it took C.J. until his sophomore year of college to work up the courage to pursue me.”
Ironically, it was at a Communications class when CJ made a first move. “To this day, CJ claims that he took the class to learn how to approach me”. We were assigned to the same group in the class and inevitably had to work and interact with each other to get the assignments done. The moment we first realized that there might be more between the two of us was not some fairy tale-like moment. No, it was a simple gesture where CJ had held the door open after class. A smile, a “thank you”, and that was it. But that particular moment engrained itself in our hearts.
Overcoming the challenges of a long-distance relationship
Once we felt this initial special connection, we began to hang out outside of the classroom as well. We occasionally went on a couple of dates and spend some quality time with each other. However, odds were not necessarily in our favor early on. “I had decided to move back to California after my sophomore year as a golfer to pursue my fashion degree.” We played with open cards and just continued to get to know each other better, spend a lovely last summer in Lincoln together, and were trying to not think too far ahead.
Little did we know that this relationship turned into the most serious one we both ever had. Our bond was strong enough that we decided to try a long-distance relationship. If it didn’t work out, at least we didn’t have to blame ourselves for not having tried hard enough. For the next two and a half years, we frequently visited each other and tried to move our relationship forward. Despite the odds and challenges of a long-distance relationship, we fell more and more in love with each other. After these two and a half years, CJ moved to California and we finally were able to begin our journey together.
After we had been together for over three years, CJ proposed in beautiful Cancun, Mexico. We can’t thank the University of Nebraska enough for bringing us together and giving us an opportunity to meet our soulmates.
If you have made it this far, thank you very much for your attention. This means the absolute world to us. We hope that you enjoyed this story from Remylee Molyneux and C.J. Schaaf and if you did, please share it with someone that could also enjoy it.
Also, thank you to the Nebraska Cornhuskers (NU Communications) for allowing us to use their pictures.