Christopher and I met while I was working at Bella Luna in Harrisonburg. He was a back of the house employee while I was working in the front of the house. Our bond and friendship grew in our years of working together. I actively, but without realizing it at the time, was putting myself in places to be around him as much as I possibly could. Our friendship through our 5 years of working together continued to grow. He became one of my closest friends. Through time Christopher opened up to me about the strong feelings he had for me. At the time these feelings came of a shock and quite honestly terrified me. I had several of my closest girlfriends who had been silently cheer-leading for us to be a thing from the very beginning. They reassured my fears of "never knew a love could be this good". After he revealed his feelings Christopher did not let my timidness or fear stop him. He pursued me hard. Through time he worked on my heart and made me realize that I deserved the best. I realized that the best of the best was him. Long story short, I’m marrying my best friend and I CANNOT WAIT.
My version will undoubtedly be more verbose than Kaitlyn's, but she has always been better than me at getting to the point. Having walked off a job that I was miserable at I called my longtime friend, and one of my groomsmen, Colin Auckerman. I asked if he needed any help at Bella Luna, the restaurant where he was the executive chef. The next day I started working there as a dishwasher. It was in that dish pit that I began my friendship with Kaitlyn. There was a period of transition and I kept to myself the first few months at Bella. Our interactions would center around her bringing me dishes, I would seek to bring some levity to my job of washing dishes, and Kaitlyn was always game to join in. As silly as it sounds, the earliest examples of Kaitlyn endearing herself to me was by participating in my ritual of stirring the silverware soaking tub in an effort to gestate the water, as if it mattered. I guess she thought it was funny, and so it evolved into an ongoing jest. That was where things stood for quite a while, little interactions here and there. As I became more comfortable with the Bella family my relationships with my coworkers began to overlap into life outside of the restaurant. As I spent more time with Kaitlyn my feelings for her evolved. I found myself needing to be around her, her presence gave me a renewed sense of the goodness of life. My feelings grew to levels that left me with few options for going forward in life that didn't involve her being by my side. Mind you, this was all concealed from her. I have never been adept at hiding my feelings, and I now know that for months my feelings for Kaitlyn were obvious to those close to her and I. Finally, like only a fool could, I revealed to her the depth of my feelings. Of course, Kaitlyn was unprepared for this revelation, at least that was what she said at the time. She has since walked that back somewhat. Regardless, her heart was not where mine was, so I had to work to prove to Kaitlyn that my aim was true, and that we were meant for each other. And so began an ebb and flow where she would begin to see a future with me only for me to be overzealous in my pursuit, which would inevitably have her hit reset. Thankfully for me, there were more than a few of her friends that were on my side, and were vocal in their belief that we would be great for each other. This lasted until May of 2019 when I went to Washington D.C. for a 3 week seminar. As if I had lost all sense of control I sent Kaitlyn a letter which detailed why we were great for each other, and also informed her how I thought she would be nuts to not see this. I immediately regretted sending the letter, I knew it was too strongly worded, but, I also thought I made a reasonable and convincing argument in favor of us. I believe she was nothing if not annoyed by the letter, as she inferred that it was an attempt to rush her deciding our fate. Despite that being true, I think the letter still was a positive force in her ultimate decision to allow us to begin our relationship in earnest. Our progression was swift, I think we both knew that a love like ours was special and to be celebrated. In keeping with the seemingly illogical evolution of our relationship, we decided upon her return from Spain that new year, that we should be married. It sounds cliche, but I believe that even in that dirty dish pit I knew I had met my queen, my forever love, my saving grace, and my best friend.