How We Met: A Love Story for Our Wedding Day

Saturday, November 11, 2017

This is a pre-scheduled post because today I am very busy getting married. That's right, today is our wedding day! You can probably find photos soon on Instagram. I hope they're flattering.

This seemed like an appropriate time to share the full story of how Mike & I met. If you're a long-time reader, you may recall that he just sort of appeared on this blog, quietly, around the same time I shared a post about my uncommonly honest online dating profile.

Indeed, I like to say that Mike & I were introduced by our close mutual friend, the Internet. Though online dating has long been associated with weirdos & creepsters, we somehow managed to find one another through all the mess.

Mike messaged me after reading my profile on OKCupid, the free online dating site for people who want to find love but aren't willing to pay for it. After six months on the site, Mike was the first nice, normal guy to message me... so naturally, I didn't respond to him.

When a friend asked me, a week later, whether I'd responded to the cute guy with the glasses, I admitted I hadn't & said it was probably too late.

"You don't even know him!" my friend insisted, "What do you have to lose if you message him & he thinks you were too late?!"

Good point. I responded, spending more than an hour crafting a one-paragraph response.

Our first date was in April 2015 at The Treehouse, which Mike chose because he thought I would like the Tremont neighborhood, having recently moved back to Northeast Ohio from the East Coast. We shared a meal of loaded tots & had our first kiss outside the Tremont Lofts building, where my car was parked.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

I moved to Tremont three months later, & Mike soon moved in with me - just three blocks from The Treehouse! Mike was right: I do, in fact, love Tremont... but not nearly as much as I love him.

Ani l'dodi, v'dodi li, I am my beloved's, & my beloved is mine. I cannot wait to be this guy's wife, starting... now. 

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