An Instant Match
We met on a very cold winter’s evening in the middle of finals week at the iconic Old Fashioned in Madison. I was there with my friend and future bridesmaid Caitlin. The three of us chatted for awhile and when Caitlin saw us hitting it off (and felt confident Blaine was not a creep) she tactfully departed. We chatted and laughed long into the night, instantly hitting it off, and then Blaine courteously walked me back to Caitlin’s apartment. Unfortunately, that took him in the wrong direction, a few miles from his house, on a VERY cold night in December, with no bus running, and no taxi number at hand. Fortunately, it was also right by his friend John’s apartment. Little did we know John would later be laughing about Blaine crashing at his apartment in the wee hours of the night while officiating our wedding! The next date that we had, unbeknownst to Blaine, was on my birthday - something I casually mentioned halfway through that date. That was also the night of the huge snowstorm Draco, and I think we both realized how hard we were falling for each other in the middle of some very dramatic thunder-snow, while his roommates were building an 8-foot snowman outside the window.
A Surprise Engagement
A year later, we had survived our first 6 months of a long-distance relationship while I worked in MN and Blaine finished his last year at grad school. I was driving down to Madison for my birthday and was feeling pretty smug that I had figured out Blaine was throwing me a surprise birthday party. I hadn’t yet realized how hard it was to outwit a lawyer on a mission - the surprise birthday party turned out to be a surprise engagement party when Blaine bent a knee (with my parent’s blessing given several days before) in front of all our friends at the Old Fashioned. It was the best night of my life.
A Marriage and a Wedding
Six months later to the day, Blaine was graduating law school, we were moving into our first apartment together in Milwaukee, and we were both starting new jobs. We were ready to be married but not ready to throw a wedding. Seeing no reason to wait on the former, we got hitched courthouse-style, with Blaine’s mentor, the Honorable Judge Phil Koss, officiating.
Then, on June 19, 2015, we celebrated our one year anniversary by getting married - again! - this time with all of our nearest and dearest to share in our celebrations. The ceremony and reception were made extra special because of all the help we got from our whole family. We truly felt our marriage was blessed by all the love and support around us, as we read each other new vows that this time we had written after getting a taste of what married life was all about. After that, we threw the best party of our lives! I think that the night can be best summed up by our niece, Grace, the adorable flower girl that had everyone laughing at her non-linear path down the aisle. As her dad loaded her up into the car at the end of a very long night for a nearly 3-year-old, Gracie, who never likes a party to end, cried the whole way home, “I just want to dance!”
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