Alexandra and Curtis

How We Met

“It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.” – Vladimir Nabokov

Curtis: You always hear about love at first sight, but you never really believe in it until it happens to you. The world as you know it changes in a single heartbeat. In that one moment, your purpose becomes apparent. You were born to love that person. As a 14-year-old, love is a foreign concept. Life is about sports, pulling pranks, and finding a way to order pizza AND wings when Dad leaves you $20. Nobody told me to budget in the time to court the girl who I’ll spend the rest of my life with! Let me set a scene for you… To the surprise of no one, Alexandra was an over-achiever. I was, well, an adequate achiever. Thank God, because that’s what led to our paths crossing on the first day of school in 2007. Alexandra skipped 9th-grade science and went straight to Biology. Anyone who knows her understands the energy, aura, and beauty that follows her into every room. It was no different back then.

So when she walked in on that first day, I turned to my good friend in shock, advising him that I thought I’d found my future girlfriend. Classmates turned into friends, friends turned into “well I like you too”, and eventually “well I like you too” was made Facebook official. September 19th, 2008. Life got better each and every day. I had never met anyone so selfless, thoughtful, and just absolutely perfect inside and out. Our love grew naturally. Each day that went by provided even more love, and reciprocated love. Every. Single. Day. No exceptions. That’s true love, and it’s why I’m the luckiest man alive. Even during the seven odd years long distance; our love grew every day. It made seeing her brown eyes in person all that much more special. It made her energy and aura multiply infinitely. It’s what will make the rest of our lives together so special, and there aren’t words for how excited I truly am to marry the woman of my dreams. It’s love. At first sight, at every sight. Forever.

How He Asked

It was March 31st – a rainy spring morning in Pittsburgh, PA. The U-Haul was packed, and I buckled up for the long drive to Georgia where I would be starting my last rotation in pediatric rehab with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Curtis and I had been long distance for 7 years! We wouldn’t trade our college experiences for anything – Curtis loved his time at Penn State, and I couldn’t have asked for a better four years at THE Ohio State University. After even more time apart (with Curtis working in Harrisburg and then Atlanta while I was in graduate school in Pittsburgh), we were more than ready to finally be together.

My mom and I were driving through my hometown of Murrysville, PA on the way to Atlanta when she pulled off of the road and into Duff Park. “What are you doing?” I asked her. She had tears in her eyes, and she handed me a card. My heart was racing as I opened it up. It was Curtis’ handwriting with directions for how to get to the tree we carved our initials into in high school. That’s when I knew it was happening! But how could it be? Curtis is here?! He’s supposed to be waiting for us in Atlanta! I ran the entire way to our tree where Curtis was standing in the pouring rain. He said the kindest and most wonderful things to me.

When he got down on one knee, I got down onto my knees too (I don’t know why I did that), but we were both kneeling there in the rain and mud and my heart had never been more full. He invited our close family and friends to meet us for drinks later that evening to celebrate. The proposal was so meaningful and thoughtful, and he still found a way to surprise me. I am forever grateful for his unwavering strength over the years, never doubting God’s plan for us. Curtis makes me laugh so many times EVERY day. He supports me in all I do, and always encourages me to be the best version of myself. I am SO in love with his faith in God, his infectious spirit, the way he can make the simplest things in life hilarious, and of course, his beard. I’m the luckiest girl in the world, and I am so honored that I am going to be his wife!

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