Jake and I actually met on match.com - yes, we are one of those sappy couples in the commercials - their little success story! Our first date was at a Chili's in Lexington, after a last minute venue change, a phone that died and someone running late. Ask us about that dinner sometime, it's a pretty funny story!
Our 2nd date was better than the 1st - we met at O'Charley's and stayed so long that they were shutting the place down around us! Our first kiss was in the parking lot after that date.
Our 3rd date, Jake made me dinner. I went to his house, and he made me dinner and we watched a movie. At some point, we just knew - and to this day I don't think we ever said "hey, we should date", we just knew. We also like to joke that we started talking on January 15th, 2016 and haven't stopped since.
We got engaged on November 26th, 2016 in Swansboro, NC - at a park overlooking the marshes of the White Oak River. So perfect, and so perfectly us!
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I met Laura when she was an adjunct professor in our department. We lovingly call her "Dr. Laura" (as to differentiate between the 2 Laura's in our department). She has my rock through a lot of things! She teaches at that "other school" upstate now, but I don't hold that against her at all (except 1 Saturday in the fall when we play each other in football). Photo is one of my favorite photos of her, taken at our favorite beach by her husband David!
My daughter Katie serves as my maid of honor, a position she claimed pretty quickly upon Jake and I getting engaged. She currently is looking forward to throwing me a party before the wedding, as any teenager would love to do.
Allison and I work together at UofSC, and she is my adventure partner through so many things! Trips to Charleston, "walk-abouts" on campus & other DIY-crafty shenanigans. I am so blessed to have her in my life, and have been since the day I started in our department! Photo is Allison & her handsome hubby Andy!
Natalee is my sassy little one. I have no idea where she gets her sass from, but she likes to claim its because she is "Southern Style" (a Darius Rucker song). She is very much looking forward to her duties as flower girl. One of the things she loves to tell us is that she is "so lucky" to have 2 sets of parents. Photo taken at Disney in July 2016 shows her little personality!
Peter works with Jake at DHL. Photo is Peter with his daughter Evelyn.
Mikey is the boyfriend of Jake's good friend Nicole. He loves Carolina football and beer. Pictured here with their adorable daughter Riley Haze!
Aaron is Jake's cousin. Aaron lives in Atlanta with his wife Jeanie, and their daughter Francis Ann!
Lori's 10 year old son Jonathan will serve as ring security for the wedding. He may not be excited about dressing up as any 10 year old would be, but we think he's pretty excited about dancing at the reception. His job is to protect his mama's ring! He will be thrilled to pieces if he gets to wear his cowboy boots!