Courtney and Kyle

How We Met

A mutual friend at work was sitting between Kyle and I at a lunch event and said, “We need to find someone for Kyle to date.” So I looked at Kyle and asked “Do you even WANT to date someone?” and he said “I mean.. yeah, sure…” I had no interest at the time so I told him I would keep a look out for a good catch for him.

Weeks later we got chatting and started texting. After a few weeks I said “So are you going to ever take me on a date because if you aren’t, I don’t want to keep texting.” he wasn’t sure yet and said “I don’t know yet!”

I finally convinced (forced) him to take me out and the rest is history! He hasn’t run, yet ;)

How He Asked

After dating a little under a year and a half, I already knew Kyle was a rare unicorn of a man. He goes out of his way daily to make me feel so important and special. So, when he asked for an all day date, I didn’t think anything of it… until, he pulled out this board game! Kyle’s dad makes custom wood furniture and such and he had helped Kyle build a board game that he created and thought up on his own. (We love games and game nights so this is extremely special and thoughtful)

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The game was simple: Roll the dice, land on a destination spot, pull a destination card, go on a fun date at the destination, take a Polaroid selfie. Little did I know, this game would lead us to the rest of our lives together!

The dice were rigged and no matter what, you could only roll 7 or 11. 7 took you to a shortcut which took you to 11, and 11 took you directly to a destination. He had custom made playing cards made for several of our favorite date spots and lots that we have never done together. He had the cards in the order that he wanted but I didn’t know that at the time! We did a geocache first which is a modern day treasure hunt, then we had lunch at our first date spot. 3rd, we went to the top of the tallest building in Cincinnati, followed by a trip to the aquarium. The day ended at our favorite date spot, Atwood Hill Winery. We each got a glass of wine and then he said he wanted to walk. When we got out to the field, Kyle proposed a toast. He said, “here’s to us!” and dropped to his knee!

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He explained that we had been on many adventures that day, some high (Top of Carew Tower) and some low (bottom of the ocean, at the aquarium) and that the day was a lot like life, many ups and downs but he wanted me to be the one he did them with. I sobbed like a baby and screamed “YES!” This was a fairy tale proposal and I know that our beach wedding will be just as special!

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Special Thanks

Kyle Klingenberg