Andrea and Thomas

How We Met

It all started 6 years ago when my fiancé and I met at our place of work, the juvenile courthouse in Columbus, Ohio. Working for the court system is hard work, and a lot of times it is depressing. I was a stenographer, and Thomas was a prosecuting attorney. He walked into my courtroom one day in the spring of 2013 and we laid eyes on each other for the first time. Fast forward 3 years to the summer of 2016. We ran into each other at happy hour and talked for hours.

We realized we were both single at the time and exchanged phone numbers. Our first official date was August 4, 2016, and I was so nervous and excited! We hit it off so well that the rest was history. Or was it? I won’t lie and say our relationship was always this perfect fairy tale. We actually broke up twice in the 2.5 years we dated. He was so terrified of my love and was so worried he was not worthy of it. He found excuses to push me away. I never gave up on him. I stood by him through those uncertain times because that is how unconditional my love is for him.

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All that time he was just so afraid to let himself fall completely, but I knew we were meant to be. I just needed to be patient enough to wait until he realized. And then one day, it was like a lightbulb went off for him. He asked to meet me at my apartment after work on January 2, 2019. He said he was ready to have a serious talk with me. Mind you, my heart was racing because I was so afraid of losing him forever.

He told me that he was so tired of being afraid and realized how much he loved me and how he couldn’t picture his future without me in it. These were words I had been dying to hear for so long and I was so happy he finally saw what I saw. It was like a huge weight had been lifted off his shoulders. There was such an obvious change in him that I knew this time, it was real.

How They Asked

On February 8, 2019, the love of my like got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. It was a very private and intimate moment with just the two of us. After crying and hugging and crying some more, we popped some champagne and began calling our loved ones. I’m so glad we never gave up on each other.

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