Location: Charlotte, NC
Married: August 9th, 2008
Elisha and I met through eHarmony. We both were dissatisfied with the typical dating scene and wanted to try something different and really liked how eHarmony matched people based on personalities and values. Elisha and I went through eHarmony’s process of guided communication for a few days, finally culminating in my asking Elisha for her phone number to call and set up a date.
I called Elisha to set up our first date. As it turns out, just before I called, Elisha was talking with her brother Jonathan about the anticipated call. Jonathan asked if Elisha was going to suggest a restaurant, and Elisha said she would like to go to Bonefish Grill. I called her and we made small talk for a few minutes, and I asked her to Bonefish Grill (I had coincidentally already decided on this beforehand). Elisha got off the phone and said to Jonathan, “Guess where we’re going? A good sign for our relationship.”
I got there right at 7:30 and walked in to see Elisha waiting. She stood up and we shook hands and we were seated in a booth near the kitchen. The conversation flowed well and stayed lively, with a good balance of each of us sharing about ourselves. We asked each other questions about recent travels, family and hobbies. The time flew by and I didn’t even notice that I hadn’t eaten all that much, completely uncharacteristic of me. We had coffee after dinner and then headed out. I walked her to her car and hugged her goodbye, telling her I would definitely give her a call.
We both felt by our third date that this was a very promising relationship. About two months after our first date Elisha told me she loved me, and I immediately responded that I loved her as well. From this point on I knew it was only a matter of time until I asked her to marry me.
I decided in late October that I was going to ask Elisha to marry me before Christmas. I received an education through my dad’s friend who is a goldsmith in what to look for in a ring, and then my mom and I went out and tried different places around town and looked online. After looking at countless diamonds and rings, I ultimately ended up buying the first ring I seriously looked at for Elisha. I decided I would pick up the ring Saturday, December 8th, as we were planning to go to Asheville the next weekend for a romantic getaway where I was expecting to propose. I picked up the ring the morning of the 8th, and we had a busy day ahead of us. We went to our friends Becky and Dustin’s for dinner and then went to a comedy show with our friend Jennifer and her date and enjoyed that as well.
We arrived home around 10 o’clock and had a great conversation about how much we cared for one another, and I decided I couldn’t wait anymore, I wanted to propose right then. So I went and got the ring, came back and told her how much I cared for her and how much I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her, and got down on one knee and proposed. She immediately said yes, and was very surprised, she had no idea the proposal was coming, at least not yet. She was so excited she didn’t even look at the ring I had spent countless hours researching and looking for over the past month. I told her she was supposed to at least look at the ring, and she was very pleased with the style and selection. We called a couple family and friends that night, and many more over the next couple days. Eight months later, on August 9, 2008 we were married in Charlotte, NC.
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