Seems you can find just about anything at Walmart — even a bride.
Brad Sumter learned that.
In summer 1999, Brad was stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Mont.
One day he was picking up a few things at the Walmart in Great Falls and went through the check-out line of cashier Angie Richards.
Brad noticed her long red hair and friendly personality.
Angie thought he was handsome and seemed easygoing.
A few days later he came through her line again, and they chatted. Then just five minutes later, he went through again, buying only a pack of gum, and they talked more. He had planned to ask her out, but Angie’s boss was talking with her.
A couple days later, he returned to Angie’s line for a fourth time in less than a week.
Brad asked if she’d like to go out to eat sometime. Angie, even though she figured an invite was coming, got flustered and blurted out, “Yes, I like to eat.”
They both laughed, and Angie gave Brad her phone number.
Brad and Angie, who now live in Papillion, started dating. They went to the Montana State Fair, ate steaks at a favorite restaurant and went to a party where she met his Air Force buddies.
Angie and Brad liked each other, but she thought they weren’t really clicking.
Angie began to think their relationship had stalled.
But then Brad invited her to drive to Seattle with him to visit friends. During the 10-hour trip, Brad and Angie connected.
They shared more about their lives and talked about how they were different and the same.
Both grew up in small towns, Angie in Alberta, Canada, and Brad in Missouri.
Angie was the youngest of two children, and Brad the oldest of two.
They talked about the differences between Canadians and Americans, even in how they spell words like “check.” Canadians spell it “cheque.”
They talked about the mountains, forests and other scenery as they drove to Seattle.
When they got back from the trip, they started shopping for wedding rings.
On a hot August day in 2000, they married in the base chapel at Malmstrom.
For the next 12 years they moved around as Brad was transferred to bases in Ohio, Virginia, Colorado and England.
Last summer he was transferred to Offutt Air Force Base where he is a lieutenant colonel.
Brad and Angie, who have a 10-year-old son named Owen, still joke about how they met at Wal-Mart.
Angie teases Brad, saying that because the store wants to satisfy customers, she had to say yes when he asked her out.
She jokes that someday he’ll probably want to return her.
Brad just smiles and knows she’s one thing he found at Wal-Mart he’ll always hang on to.
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