— HER SIDE —
I knew immediately that this guy was different.
I was on my friend’s (hi Gardner’s!) couch just hanging out on a Saturday afternoon when a message bubble popped up from Hinge. The typical dread that anyone who has ventured into dating via apps has felt at one time or another, started to creep over me. Ok, here we go. Another lame texting conversation that is going to go on for wayyyyyyy too long and results in absolutely nothing. But this one was different. From his “opener”, which I later found out was one of many in his arsenal, to setting up a date for drinks the next night, I was completely intrigued. We had a hilarious banter over text that had Mark, Francoise and I dying laughing! Of course I shared all of my dating app conversations with my friends, as any girl dating in 2017 and beyond does. But this conversation was different. The three of us were excited, and the three of us couldn’t wait for me to meet this guy 🙂
When I walked into Social that next night, already impressed with his restaurant selection and the fact that he made a reservation, I was smitten. He was so handsome. He was kind. He was smart. He was funny. He was a gentleman. He had an adorable smile. He was pretty perfect. I feel like I knew that night that this might just be my last first date.
The following day, I went on a walk with Jamie, my best friend since the age of 5, and when I told her how amazing the date had been and that this guy was different, she said “you would be a Niki Parker” We had a good laugh. It is funny how best friends just know these things sometimes…
From that first date on, we have been inseparable. I fall deeper and deeper in love with Matt every day, and when he asked me to be his wife it was the easiest decision I have ever made. I can not wait to spend the rest of my life with this amazing man by my side. He has the biggest heart, an open and beautiful mind, the best laugh, and his hugs just melt me. He makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world EVERY SINGLE DAY and is just perfect for me.
So cheers to us- Let’s do this babe!!
— HIS SIDE—
When I first matched up with Niki on Hinge I had no idea that I was about to meet the love of my life.
By this time in my life I had been through the internet dating ringer for a number of years, and my expectations for finding a meaningful relationship had all but washed away. But I trudged on. A relentless warrior soldering through dark and uninspiring times that were punctuated only by acute disappointment.
Upon matching with Niki I set about our first conversation with battle honed texting skills and a fire in my heart. My emotions, which have always been worn snuggly on the very end of my sleeves, were poised to either be lifted to the skies, or broken against the unforgiving shores of the Island of Solitude.
With rapid pulse, sweaty palms and eyes fixed in concentration I sent my most witty and charming opening text. To my most delighted surprise, our first text conversation started off with the best banter I had ever had, and it made me more than excited to meet this cute and clever girl.
It was time.
I called upon my mastery of Yelp to pick a swanky spot, as I was still new to the area, and set up a date to enjoy delectable libations for the very next night. After our first date I didn’t know where things were going. I just remember thinking, “This girl is really cool, and I definitely want to see her again.”
And so I did. And the more I got to know Niki, the more amazing she became. She was incredibly sweet, endlessly curious, thoughtful, funny, light hearted and so much fun to be around. And I just kept thinking, “I definitely want to see this girl again.”
I’d never met anyone that made me feel so comfortable being myself, and loved me for all of my stupid jokes and bad dance moves. And I’d never met a girl that I so thoroughly enjoyed spending my time with. She was the first girl I was ever truly excited for my friends to meet, because I knew they would love her.
I felt like I was finally falling in love for all of the right reasons.
As time went on our relationship continued to grow stronger and closer, and I’ve never been so happy. Niki is absolutely the perfect girl for me, and she inspires me to grow and be a better person every day.
I am so lucky to get to spend my life with her, and I can’t wait to marry her.
I liked it… and I put a ring on it.
Venue: Black Bear Inn, South Lake Tahoe
Film Scans: PhotoVisionPrints
Fur: Saks 5th Avenue
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Boots: Moon Boot
Jewels: Etsy @crystalavenues
Invites: The Bride
Flowers: Mantell’s Floral Designs
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