Carl helen 2“We met on the internet” was the last thing I ever thought I’d be saying when describing how my fiance Carl and I started our relationship, but that’s exactly how it happened.  And to be honest, I was incredibly skeptical of the whole experience and only granted him a date because he knew how to grammatically structure a conversation and used proper spelling (not the typical, “Sup baby” that is often received as communication for online dating).  

Our first date was the Thursday of “Snowpocalypse” in 2011.  I had spent an entire day shoveling the sidewalk from the street to my front door so he didn’t have to walk through waist deep snow.  This was quite a gesture from me since I never shovel my sidewalk.  Thank goodness he had a truck, though the roads had been reopened, there was still a considerable amount of snow that made the roads impassible for most small vehicles.  We went to dinner at D’Arcy’s Pint and then spent the rest of the evening talking and enjoying a few beverages at the Brewhaus while watching the snow plows busy at work.  

We went on a couple more dates, but it wasn’t until our “sappy” date during the Maple Syrup demonstration at Lincoln Memorial Gardens when I actually started to see our relationship going somewhere.  It was a rather simple date but we both finally started to let our guard down and just be ourselves.  We found that just doing “everyday” things were more fun when we were doing it together.  

We had the typical ups and downs that all relationships had but we knew where this was heading.  We started talking about getting married about a year and a half in and I was hoping for a spring engagement.  I had already provided him with pictures of my likes and pointed him to Denny Jewelers having worked with them throughout my college career.  But then we hit a pretty significant speed bump.  The house I was renting went into foreclosure this past January so our new goal was finding our forever house.  Our casual house hunting turned into serious looking and it didn’t take long for us to find our perfect home.  

Our offer was accepted on Valentine’s  Day!  Other girls get flowers, jewelry, or chocolate but I got a house!  Somehow I think he’ll have a hard time topping that for future Valentine’s Day gifts.  We closed on the home on April Fools Day (what were we thinking agreeing to that date for closing??) and I moved in shortly after.  Carl is still waiting until after we are married to move in.

Which brings me to the proposal.  We had gone ring shopping in early May so I was anxiously waiting for the proposal.  We had planned to go to Chesapeake on August 7th and I was sure this was it.  Fancy restaurant, advanced planning, it was finally going to happen!  So I did what every female does…went shopping.  I made sure that I looked nice, without looking like I was expecting something.  We ate dinner, had a couple of drinks, and left.  No proposal!  I was dumbfounded.

carl helen (1)The entire ride home I was thinking how I could have misjudged the signs.  We got back to our house and I helped him carry in a few items that he had brought over to the house.  The last load of items went to the vacant master bedroom.  While going up the stairs, Carl charged ahead like he usually did while I lagged behind blabbing about our smoke alarms.  I reached the top of the stairs and froze.  There he was, down on 1 knee in the master bedroom with my gorgeous ring and a candle lit table, roses (which I was super excited about since he had never gotten me flowers before), and champagne.  He prompted me to come in to the room and warned me that I was being video recorded.  He asked me to be his wife, and I of course squealed, cried, and said yes.  He told me he had had the entire day off of work and had taken my Dad out to lunch and received his and my mom’s blessing before setting everything up at home.  

After making all of our required calls to family and friends we started discussing when the exciting day would happen.  I was dead set on having a fall wedding and neither of us wanted to wait a whole year so we decided to get married in just a few short months,11/2/13.  It has been a whirlwind of an adventure this past year, but the wedding is now only a month away and I wouldn’t change a bit of this experience.  This is just the beginning of our “Happily Ever After”.


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Last updated February 5, 2017