In honor of Valentine’s Day (one of my favorite holidays!), I thought I’d republish the story of how Tommy, my husband, and I met over 5 years ago. Loving him is so easy. I am so grateful I get to love him every day and especially on this LOVEly day. Oh, and speaking of Valentine’s Day…enjoy this story of our first Valentine’s Day when we were dating. It still makes me laugh.
In short, Tommy and I were set up by mutual friends. The longer story is that it took me a while to agree to go out with him. Oops.
In the fall of 2014, I had fairly recently gotten out of a long-term relationship and was enjoying my time alone. I also knew that I was planning to move to Charlotte in the relatively near future. So when my friends, Matt and Meg, mentioned Tommy repeatedly, I said I didn’t want to go out with him. I didn’t want to go out with anyone. Matt knew Tommy from golf and CrossFit and was convinced that we would instantly hit it off, so he was persistent while Meg starting telling Matt to leave me alone since I had told her I didn’t want to date. (Yes, she’s a good friend. :))
After hearing how great he was, I, ironically, didn’t want to go out with him even more because I hadn’t been in the dating scene for a while. I was nervous about dating for many reasons. And given how much they raved about him, I wanted to make sure I put my best foot forward when/if we did go out. That, and the whole moving to Charlotte thing.
Matt, Meg, another couple, and I had purchased tickets to see Garth Brooks. I had an extra ticket that, for the life of me, I couldn’t give away. (And NOT because Garth isn’t awesome.) I was a wee bit protective of the ticket because seeing Garth has been on my bucket list since I was a teenager so I was very particular about who I asked to come with me… I invited friends and family who are equally huge Garth Brooks fans, including a brother from Utah, a friend from Philadelphia, a friend from DC and a few local friends. No one could go.
It was getting close to the concert and Matt finally convinced me to take Tommy. He promised that Tommy is the least awkward person I could go out with and that I’d have excellent moral support with good friends at the concert with us. Pictures of Tommy may have helped his case too. 😉
I was a little bit awkward when we all drove to dinner and then to the concert. But I eventually loosened up (cough, after a few beers) and had so.much.fun. I loved Tommy’s personality, his humor and then he totally impressed me when he knew all the lyrics at the concert. I’m so happy our friend Zac took a picture of us at the concert.
After the concert, I knew I was definitely interested, but I got the sense he didn’t feel the same way. Luckily I was wrong. He got my number from one of our friends the day after the concert and reached out that day to ask me out. I was traveling to Utah and San Francisco the next week. So we ended up going out the following Monday, just a few days later. Our first “real” date was awesome…we talked non-stop and I was blown away by how much we had in common and how much I laughed with him. It was the least awkward first date I could imagine.
We started going out regularly after that, but I was still planning to move to Charlotte so that was bad news to deliver to him after dating for a few weeks. He totally took it in stride and we both wanted to keep seeing each other after I moved. We would meet halfway between us in Salisbury, NC, for Wednesday dinner dates and take turns driving to Winston-Salem or Charlotte to spend time together on the weekends. And then eventually, I moved back to WS.
Flash forward three years, and we got married in front of our family and closest friends. (You can see more photos from our wedding here and here. And here’s our wedding video.) And it’s been an amazing two years of marriage, despite some serious challenges thrown at us. I can’t imagine anyone better to do life with.
Now my turn to ask you guys! How did you meet your significant other? 🙂 Tell me in the comments!
And oh my gosh, this photo from the original time I published this post. we both look like little babies! (Well, let’s be honest, Tommy still has a baby face.)