Kate and I met for the first time between my Junior and Senior year at IU, at a mutual friend’s house in Broad Ripple. I thought she was so beautiful, and I wanted to say something to her, but the only thing that came out was, “I like your shoes,” She said, “thanks,” (I guess it seemed like a strange comment from a guy) and I did not see her again for nearly a year, when she and some sorority sisters were visiting IU for the IU verses Purdue game-Kate went to Purdue, and was unaware how serious IU takes the rivalry-needless to say, they were not having fun, but I took them under my wing for the night and showed them the areas of Bloomington less hostile towards Purdue fans-I think this is when we started liking each other. It was nearly a year after that when Kate and I went on our first date, to drive eight hours to pick up our puppy, Zoe. Time that close to one another in a car taught us how easy things would seem when we were together. That first date was almost four years to the date of our wedding.
I proposed to Kate on March 16th 2013 in the apartment we lived in at the time on Mass Ave. called Real Silk. She went to participate in a 5k benefit run, while I ran to G. Thrapp jewelers to pick up the ring they had custom made for her, using the diamond my grandfather proposed to my grandmother with. I got down on one knee in about ten different places, and ultimately decided just inside the door made sense. She opened the door with a bag of groceries in her hand (which she dropped immediately), to find me down on one knee, with our dog in one arm, and wearing her least favorite shirt (unintentionally), and I said, “Will you marry us?”
Our vision for our big day was to have something medium sized, with the people who have touched our lives along the way, in a setting that was classic-like something out of the 1920’s. We wanted it to appear formal, but to be what you imagine a speak-easy party would be. It was just that. Everything was amazing, but the best part was when the father of the groom (who officiated the ceremony) was so nervous that he started before the bride walked down the aisle!