Kristin and Ian

How We Met

Ian and I matched on Tinder in late February 2016. I had actually deleted the app previously but decided one day to re-download it out of boredom. I had no idea at the time that doing so was the best decision I’ve ever made. After a few messages were exchanged, he asked for my number. We spent the week texting, and one night while I was at work, he asked what I was up to. I was a little confused because we’d been chatting throughout the day and he knew I was stuck waitressing on a Friday night as usual. Come to find out, he’d been sitting at a table near the front of the restaurant with his friends, and I’d walked past them numerous times without even seeing him. The next day, March 5th, we went out to brunch and to see one of his friends play a show at a local bar. 10 days later, he asked me to be his girlfriend and I said that we should wait, then about 15 minutes later said, “On second thought, let’s just make it official.” We’ve been inseparable ever since, and now are the proud parents to a cat named Fred and two pups, Ellie and Frankie.

Kristin and Ian's Engagement in Lexington, South Carolina

Marriage Proposal Ideas in Lexington, South Carolina

how they asked

When Ian and I first started dating, I told him that my family likes to run 5K road races together. He told me that he would never run a race, but he’d be happy to wait by the finish line while I did. Since that time, he’s run 15 races with me. In early May, he mentioned that he really wanted to run the Jailbreak 5K in Lexington. I told him that I didn’t want to run that race because it was in a particularly hilly part of town, and because I hadn’t been training like I should be. He pushed for it, though, and when I asked why, he told me that it was because his father is a retired New York City police officer. That answer was sufficient for me, so I agreed. The course was just as tough as (if not worse than) I expected it to be. When I turned the corner in the very last leg of the race, I noticed quite a few people were crowding the finish line. As I got closer, I zeroed in on my childhood best friend holding a sign.

As my vision panned out, I saw more of my friends, my family, and his family holding signs that said “Kristin will you marry me?” That’s when I started crying. Once I crossed the finish line, he got down on one knee and asked me officially. Because I’d forgotten to take my headphones off, I didn’t actually hear him say it, so it’s a good thing he had the signs there for me to confirm ;)

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