LENGTH OF TIME TOGETHER: Dating 6 years (on NYE), Married 2 years
WHERE DID YOU MEET: At a bar in Toledo. B was out with a friend, who happened to know my friend that I was also out with. We started chatting and soon found out that he lived in Columbus, where ironically I was planning to move in just a few short months.
HIS PICK UP LINE: "Do you wear colored contacts?" (Smooth, right?)
THE BEGINNING: Because we did the long distance things for a few months before I moved to Columbus, we racked up CRAZY cell phone bills by literally texting all day long. In our first month, B had a $600 phone bill. I'm still amazed by that. A few months after we started dating I finally moved to Columbus where I had been wanting to live for a couple years. We lived about a half hour apart there and spent most nights together.
BRANDON'S FIRST IMPRESSION OF SARAH: "I found you attractive, but I was also very intrigued by you."
SARAH'S FIRST IMPRESSION OF BRANDON: I thought he had beautiful eyes and was really funny.
FIRST DATE: Our first date was on New Years Eve 2008/2009. We went to a bar to see a friend's band perform and then to a house party of one of my co-workers. The way he interacted with all of my friends that he'd never met made me realize that this was a guy that I should really hold on to.
THE MIDDLE: A few months after we moved in together in Columbus, B was offered a promotion at his company that would take him out to the Pittsburgh area. Because we had just moved in together, because we weren't even engaged, and because I was looking to move into a fashion position in Columbus, I was a little hesitant. But after a long talk with my sister who encouraged me to think about if I'd be able to be without him, I said that I'd go with him. It was really hard at first (and still is on occasion), but I'm so glad we did it. We love it out here. A little while after we moved here, Brandon proposed at my favorite spot in Pittsburgh overlooking the entire city.
BRANDON'S FAVORITE TRAITS OF SARAH: Honest to a fault, exceptionally caring, wicked smart (said with a Boston accent). Physically it's her touch.
SARAH'S FAVORITE TRAITS OF BRANDON: His humor, his mind, his supportive and protective nature. Physically it's his voice.
BRANDON'S FAVORITE MOMENT: "The first time I hugged you. I had never hugged someone before and it just felt right like that."
SARAH'S FAVORITE MOMENT: Right before we walked down the aisle at our wedding, we met in the courtyard on opposite sides of the wall so we couldn't see each other. We held hands and laughed and joked. The way I felt when I grabbed his hand (instantly calm and relaxed) reconfirmed that I was marrying exactly the person I was meant to.
THE NOW: We've been married for two years, and have our first child and I swear there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about how lucky I am. Yes, the transition to parenthood and having to become unselfish ourselves has been hard. And we definitely have our fights because we're both very strong-willed, stubborn people. But he still kisses me on the forehead every single morning before work and tells me he loves me. And we still randomly text or email each other every single day. And we still laugh and joke and I still think he's the smartest, funniest, most handsome man in the world. And to watch him as a parent blows my mind, and to hear him tell me how amazing of a Mom he thinks I am gives me butterflies all over again. I don't know if we'll ever move again, but if we do, it'll be back to Columbus, the place where it feels like it all started for us.