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Feb 13 / Amy

Our Love Story

So I can’t take credit for finding this little survey, I’ll give that to Jessica.  I just thought it was a good idea, and totally fitting since it’s Valentine’s Day.  So here’s the link for the link up, if you want to see how it all started (there are a lot of responses!)

1. How long have you and your significant other been together?
Josh and I went on our first date in December of 2007

2. How did you meet? {What’s your “love” story?}
Josh and I met at work, and at the time, we didn’t really talk much since we didn’t interact on a work level.  He was dating someone, and I had something going on elsewhere that I was going to explore a little later in the year.  My situation didn’t work out, but Josh was still seeing this girl.  We were both working pretty late on projects at work in the fall, each from our own residences (oh how I love working from home).  I’d learned that Josh was a fan of Nip/Tuck, which was one of my favorite shows.  On nights that it came on TV, we’d be online working and chatting about the episodes.  This later turned into more chatting online and some during the day at work.  And then it got flirtatious.  He thought I had a boyfriend, but I was definitely single.  Once he realized that, and after seeing me looking totally hot at our company holiday party, he asked me to go to the Falcons vs. Saints game with him that weekend.  I told him that since he was dating someone, I wouldn’t feel right going with him.  The next day he ended things with her, and asked me to the game again.  I said yes, it was our first date, and things progressed from there.

Our first date: December 2007 – Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints

3. If married, how long have you been married? {do tell}
Josh and I will celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary this April.  I can’t believe it’s been that long, time really seems to fly lately!

4. If you are married, where did you get married at? Big or small wedding?
We got married at The Grande in Kennesaw, GA.  We had approximately 130 guests, so it wasn’t large, but it wasn’t small either.  Average sized, I guess you could say. 🙂  Everything went off without a hitch, except for the fact that I was getting over bronchitis and coughed through the entire ceremony and our getaway car died one exit after we left the reception, so we had to take a taxi to the hotel by the airport.  I didn’t stress though – we were married and our flight was the next morning, so we didn’t have anything to worry about!

Taken by 35 Atlanta

More pics here by 35 Atlanta.

5. Do you have any nick-names that you call one another? Do share!
Hrm…nicknames.  Babe, baby, A-hole (Amy), J-hole (Josh), and other playful names that randomly pop up.

6. Name 3 things you love most about your honey.
a. He’s driven and is a hard worker
b. He’s funny 95.7% of the time
c. He loves me and will do just about anything for me 🙂

7. Tell us how he proposed?
Josh and I planned our first vacation away together, a week on Seabrook Island, SC.  We’d rented a condo for the trip, had plans to spend time in Charleston here and there, and really just enjoy a week away from work.  Since we’d talked about getting married in the month of April, had even looked at rings, I figured he’d propose on this trip – but I was trying not to get my hopes up.

On day 1, I got stung by jellyfish, which worried Josh about how the rest of the week would go.  Luckily, I managed to get past the pain of the evil jellyfish lashing I’d received (he even offered to pee on me to make the sting go away – I did not agree to this, but appreciated the gesture).

Josh had told me he made reservations at a nice restaurant in Charleston our second to last night in SC – and I *knew* that would be the night he’d propose.  I brought a fabulous dress that I bought in Vegas a few months prior that was stunning, so that I would be ready for pictures afterwards.  We made it through dinner, nothing.  We walked down to the pier and spent some time on the swings listening to the waves and watching the stars, nothing.  Then we decided to go back to the condo, nothing there either.

I kept a positive attitude, knowing that there was a chance this was not going to be the trip that he proposed.On our last day in SC, we went back to Charleston to do a horse-drawn carriage tour of the city.  We spent the day enjoying ourselves and just goofing around.  On our way back to the condo on Seabrook Island, Josh wanted to stop at the store on the island before heading to the beach to watch the sunset.  He was acting really weird, and wouldn’t let me come in with him – which of course made me suspicious.  When we got back to the condo, he told me to relax and watch TV – that he was going to be busy for a little while, and went into the kitchen.  At this point, I’m even more suspicious. He packs up his backpack and said he was going to head down to the beach, and that he’d call me to have me join him.  Um, very suspicious now. I get the phone call for me to come meet him, and he stays on the phone with me.  When I walk out to the car, there’s a rose sitting in the driver’s seat.  Apparently, he took a bike down to the beach instead of the car.  He has me verbally describe where I am as I’m driving down to meet him.  When I arrive, he tells me to walk down to the beach, and meets me at the bottom of the stairs. He’s setup a towel with a bottle of champagne and a tub of strawberries.  I sit down and I notice a little silver box inside his book bag – the zipper was open.  He begins telling me how much he loves me and how happy he is that we’re together and that he’s had a great time on our trip.  Then he points over at a boat in the water, and as I look (only to find that there was not a boat), I look back to find that the silver box is now in front of me.  Super suspicious at this point.

What I found when I got down to the beach

I open the box only to find a small piece of paper that reads, “What were you expecting to find in here? Haha! Sometimes messages are carried in bottles by the sea, maybe there’s one for you?”  I look at him (slightly annoyed because he tricked me) and he points out that there’s a bottle down by the water, and that I should go get it.  After retrieving the bottle, I open it to find a poem, and Josh tells me to read it out loud.  My voice quivers a bit, and I slowly unrolled the scroll, in the event “Will You Marry Me?” is at the bottom of the page.It wasn’t.  Talk about an emotional roller coaster! He then asks me to do him a favor, to stand up with him for a second.  He then takes my hand, gets down on one knee, and starts a string of beautiful words that I was too emotional to fully remember.  He then asks me to make him the happiest man alive and to marry him.  What do I do?  I laugh.  Not laughing at him, but nervously laughing.  I say yes, he placed the ring on my finger, and we took pictures as the sun set on our perfect day.

Self-photo since no one else was on the beach

8. Is he a flowers and teddy bear kind of guy for v-day, or strawberries, champagne, and rose petals?
Hrm…tough one.  He knows I’m not a teddy bear kind of girl, but I don’t really see him with rose petals either.  He’s a “I get my wife a card because that’s what she wants and then plan a dinner out on the town for the two of us” kind of guy, which is pretty much perfect.

9. Are you a sunset dinner on the beach kind of girl, or pop a movie in and relax on the couch?
I could do either, to tell you the truth.  On our honeymoon, aside from a couples massage, the only other thing I wanted to do was have a private dinner during sunset on the beach.  Most nights, I’m a movie on the sofa kind of gal – but I wouldn’t pass up dinner on the beach, ever.

10. Tell us one thing you’d like to do with your significant one day. If you could do anything? Go anywhere?
Quit our jobs and travel for a year.  Thing is, that’s not something Josh wants to do. 😉  I’d even settle for 2-3 months, maybe trekking around Europe.  Or if money were no object, maybe a round-the-world cruise.  Something travel related for sure, and if it can include golf (for him), then even better!

11. Tell us what you plan on doing on this Valentine’s Day.
On the actual day, I have a training session at the gym after work, so probably nothing much.  I plan on giving him his V-day card tomorrow though.  We were supposed to go to dinner this past Saturday, he made reservations in advance and everything!  We woke up on Saturday and I was feeling pretty bad.  After we painted the master bathroom, I felt worse.  We decided to postpone our dinner until this weekend.  Now I think Josh has what I had this weekend.

12. Are you asking for anything this Valentine’s day?
All I ever ask for is a card.  Reading words of love in something that I can keep forever, definitely is worth more to me than flowers, chocolate, or something else. 🙂

13. Give us one piece of advice of keeping a relationship strong and full of love.
We haven’t been married all that long, so I can’t say that I have a lot of advice.  The thing that comes to the top of my mind is: Don’t take yourself too seriously; be sure to laugh.

14. Show us a picture of what love means to you.
I’m breaking the rules and going with three. 🙂  Cause it’s my blog, and I can. 🙂

Love is not wanting to take your eyes off each other.

Love is being able to act silly.

Love is never wanting to let go of each other.

So there you have it, our love story.

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Care to share your love story? I’d love to hear it! 🙂

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  1. Melanie / Feb 13 2012

    You two are super cute!! Great story!! You sound like such a fun couple!
    Hope your hubby gets to feeling better soon!

    • Amy / Feb 14 2012

      Aww, thank you so much! 🙂

  2. What a gorgeous couple you 2 make! Happy Valentines Day!!!

    • Amy / Feb 14 2012

      Andi, that’s so sweet of you to say! I remember reading about your wedding and thinking the same thing looking at your photos (in BA and recently in Chicago!). Hope you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day too!

  3. Cristin Kirbo / Feb 15 2012

    I love this! So sweet to remember it all and have it written down!!

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