Elizabeth & Daniel, Married 5/2014

"This is my fish."
I was convinced he wasn't old enough, that I'd been on enough horrible dates that week, that if I was vague but polite he would get the hint and I might be able to brush him off eventually. But he was sweet and he was persistent. So I eventually agreed to meet. I am not a subscriber to "love at first sight" but the instant I laid eyes on him I knew he would play a meaningful role in my life. It somewhat floored me. We dated weekly after that, always planning the next date shortly after the last. I can't speak to wat it was for him, but in the beginning, I admired his chivalry, his honesty and his humor; and we always enjoyed our time together. One evening, in an instant I realized I was in love with him. He was telling me the story of the time he saved his best friend's life during their tour in Afghanistan, and It happened just the way Scott Figerald describes, "Her heart sank into her shoes as she realized at last how much she wanted him. No matter what his past was, no matter what he had done. Which was not to say that she would ever let him know, but only that he moved her chemically more than anyone she had ever met, that all other men seemed pale beside him." I knew in that moment my heart was totally lost to him. For me it truly was an "oh, s***" moment. Almost three years later he proposed to me in the fall, in chocolate sauce:) Last May we eloped to Napa Valley. And as newlyweds we enjoyed our romantic getaway wine tasting, hot air ballooning, touring castles, and enjoying scenic drives and romantic dining.