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Christina & Calvin

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From The Bride:

It was a cold, grey day in February 2013, according to Calvin, “there was some kind of precipitation” that day. He was on the phone cold calling (loudly) when Christina walked in for her first day of work at TQL. Calvin was immediately attracted to her “for obvious reasons.” One of their first interactions came a few days later. Christina was training under a broker Calvin had also trained under. Calvin tried to be smooth by offering his help to Christina if she had any questions. This comment may or may not have been made while Christina was wearing a pair of bright red pants. Calvin could not focus that entire day, because of these “damn pants.” Meanwhile, Christina was trying to focus on learning the new job and trying not to be distracted by the handsome guy sitting across from her with the booming, manly voice. Christina didn’t ask Calvin for help with the account; however, they did begin to message using the company’s instant messenger. What they soon discovered, was that they preferred greatly to message each other rather than work. They came up with many inside jokes, involving cats, memes, and one vent per day – aka the “VOD”. As their electronic friendship grew, there was a strange tension between Calvin and Christina. They communicated very well via the messenger, but when they would have to interact in person, it was very awkward. It’s like they didn’t know how to speak to each other without a keyboard.

As the months passed, they both found success in this very demanding and stressful role. Mostly while speaking to each other very little, but messaging every single day (all day). Their successes led to them each being promoted into the same leadership role where they were forced to be in physical meetings with each other. While verbal communication was still awkward for them, they enjoyed being in the same room together. This led them to organize “emergency prospecting captain meetings” where they did very little work or prospecting, and mostly just hung out in a conference room. Their friendship deepened and conversations that used to primarily revolve around work and jokes, began to become more personal. If you asked Christina and Calvin at this point what they thought of the other, they would say that they were just really good friends….but what they knew was that this was a different kind of friendship. A deeper one. After 2 years (and many late trucks), Christina decided to leave TQL. While she was ready to move on, she wondered whether she would ever get to talk to Calvin again. Calvin was shocked by her decision to leave but he understood her reasons for leaving. They didn’t speak much for the next 6 months except for an occasional text or email. After what felt like a long time of not communicating with a “good friend”, Calvin reached out to Christina and they began their electronic communication all over again. Text after text…Christina kept Calvin awake into the wee hours of the morning. Calvin’s previous schedule and rhythm was thrown out of whack by his night owl “friend”. They continued to text and text only for SIX WEEKS. Finally, they decided to go out. They were nervous and neither was sure if this was a date or two friends reconnecting. As Christina says, they were “taking each other’s temperature.” Magically, their previous awkwardness was gone. They talked, laughed hard, and even danced. This was the most fun either had had in a very long time and it was officially a date. They continued to date, going on all kinds of fun adventures together including Oktoberfests, Dayton breweries, football games, and ski trips. Because they already had a strong friendship, their relationship flourished and grew deeper.

Calvin knew after 6 months that Christina was who he wanted to marry. He began to reach out to her friends and family and started looking at rings. After meeting with Christina’s best friends and his twin sister, Calvin bought the ring and set the date, Calvin would propose to Christina on April 16th, 2016.

That morning Calvin made plans to go to breakfast with Christina at their favorite restaurant. She loves to be outdoors so breakfast was followed by a hike to a beautiful waterfall in Cedarville. Christina kept repeating that “this is the best day ever”….meanwhile Calvin was thinking/screaming to himself “SHE KNOWS!!” He maintained composure and kept a straight face as they hiked. They took a wrong turn and got lost in the woods for an hour, and Christina was intermittently sprinting away from and swatting at bees, despite Calvin reminding her (again) that they are more likely to sting her if she freaks out. This didn’t stop her from doing so (she still does it to this day), and fortunately for Calvin, probably served as a good distraction from any hints of a proposal. Christina didn’t mind getting lost with Calvin, anytime with him was time well spent, and it was still “the best day ever”. They finally found the waterfall and stopped to take in the scenery and take what would be their final pictures as “boyfriend and girlfriend.” On the way home, Calvin told Christina he made plans for dinner. He advised her to dress for a restaurant that is “fancy, but also in the grass”, and that we had to go at 4:30pm. She was very excited for the “best day ever” to continue…but extremely confused about the dress code, and the fact that he said we needed to leave so early, but she didn’t question it. Calvin was texting Christina as they were getting ready for their dinner date, asking her what he should wear. She thought it was really sweet that he was so concerned about dressing nice for their date, again thinking nothing of it. Calvin picked up Christina and was celebrating inside when he saw her in one of his favorite dresses on her – for Calvin this dress was on par with the infamous red pants. Somewhat confusingly, Calvin told Christina that they had some time to kill before dinner and that he wanted to make a pit stop at Carillon Park to look at the bells, where he had never been before – but knew it was one of Christina’s favorite places. They walked up the hill, looked at the plaque in front of the bells and laughed at the fact that the first thing they noted about the plaque was the weight of the bells and “how they would fit on a truck.” They then approached a door at the base of the bells with a beautiful poem. Calvin read the poem out loud, hugged Christina tightly, and the bells rang – Christina thought it couldn’t have been a more perfect moment. Calvin then grabbed Christina’s shoulders and “placed” her in the sunlight. Christina’s initial confusion by that quickly transitioned to her being stunned when Calvin got down on one knee. There is still conflict over what exactly Calvin said on his knee, but thankfully, she said yes… Calvin pointed to their left to the photographer who had taken photos of the entire thing from the moment they got out of the car at the park (suddenly the “placing” in the sunlight made sense). Christina also found out it wasn’t Calvin’s first time at the bells – he had been there scoping it out, between ring shopping with his sister and Christina’s best friends, asking for her father’s, mother’s, and grandmother’s blessing, and organizing the next surprise. Christina, still in shock, excitedly said she needed to tell everyone. Little did she know, Calvin and his family had organized a beautiful surprise dinner with their families there to celebrate their engagement. Christina loved that Calvin planned every detail, and included the people that mattered the most to them. She then realized she needed to tell their friends. Calvin was one step ahead and took her to the Dayton Beer Company, one of the places they went on their very first date where they celebrated with their friends and family together. It was the best day ever.

  • Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters
  • Cake: Love Cakes by Dorothy Lane Market
  • Ceremony Venue: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
  • Cinematographer: True Artists Studio
  • Dress: Marisa Bridals
  • Flowers: Sherwood Florist
  • Groom: Joseph Abboud
  • Hair: Pinned Up
  • Makeup: Jean Folchi
  • Music: DJs CnD
  • Officiant: Father Joseph Gingrich
  • Photographer: Ashley Mauro Photography
  • Reception Venue: Top of the Market
  • Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Wedding Team
Amazon
Registry
Badgley Mischka
Bride's Shoes Designer
DJs CnD
Wedding Bands & DJs
Jean Folchi
Makeup Artist
Joseph Abboud
Groom's Suit Designer
Love Cakes By DLM
Wedding Cake Designer
Macys
Registry
Marisa Bridals
Wedding Dress Designer
Pinned Up
Hairstylist
True Artists Studio
Wedding Videographer
Watters
Wedding Dress Designer
Wedding Vibe
July
8
2017
Christina & Calvin

NEXT
VIDEO
NEXT VIDEO  

From The Bride:

It was a cold, grey day in February 2013, according to Calvin, “there was some kind of precipitation” that day. He was on the phone cold calling (loudly) when Christina walked in for her first day of work at TQL. Calvin was immediately attracted to her “for obvious reasons.” One of their first interactions came a few days later. Christina was training under a broker Calvin had also trained under. Calvin tried to be smooth by offering his help to Christina if she had any questions. This comment may or may not have been made while Christina was wearing a pair of bright red pants. Calvin could not focus that entire day, because of these “damn pants.” Meanwhile, Christina was trying to focus on learning the new job and trying not to be distracted by the handsome guy sitting across from her with the booming, manly voice. Christina didn’t ask Calvin for help with the account; however, they did begin to message using the company’s instant messenger. What they soon discovered, was that they preferred greatly to message each other rather than work. They came up with many inside jokes, involving cats, memes, and one vent per day – aka the “VOD”. As their electronic friendship grew, there was a strange tension between Calvin and Christina. They communicated very well via the messenger, but when they would have to interact in person, it was very awkward. It’s like they didn’t know how to speak to each other without a keyboard.

As the months passed, they both found success in this very demanding and stressful role. Mostly while speaking to each other very little, but messaging every single day (all day). Their successes led to them each being promoted into the same leadership role where they were forced to be in physical meetings with each other. While verbal communication was still awkward for them, they enjoyed being in the same room together. This led them to organize “emergency prospecting captain meetings” where they did very little work or prospecting, and mostly just hung out in a conference room. Their friendship deepened and conversations that used to primarily revolve around work and jokes, began to become more personal. If you asked Christina and Calvin at this point what they thought of the other, they would say that they were just really good friends….but what they knew was that this was a different kind of friendship. A deeper one. After 2 years (and many late trucks), Christina decided to leave TQL. While she was ready to move on, she wondered whether she would ever get to talk to Calvin again. Calvin was shocked by her decision to leave but he understood her reasons for leaving. They didn’t speak much for the next 6 months except for an occasional text or email. After what felt like a long time of not communicating with a “good friend”, Calvin reached out to Christina and they began their electronic communication all over again. Text after text…Christina kept Calvin awake into the wee hours of the morning. Calvin’s previous schedule and rhythm was thrown out of whack by his night owl “friend”. They continued to text and text only for SIX WEEKS. Finally, they decided to go out. They were nervous and neither was sure if this was a date or two friends reconnecting. As Christina says, they were “taking each other’s temperature.” Magically, their previous awkwardness was gone. They talked, laughed hard, and even danced. This was the most fun either had had in a very long time and it was officially a date. They continued to date, going on all kinds of fun adventures together including Oktoberfests, Dayton breweries, football games, and ski trips. Because they already had a strong friendship, their relationship flourished and grew deeper.

Calvin knew after 6 months that Christina was who he wanted to marry. He began to reach out to her friends and family and started looking at rings. After meeting with Christina’s best friends and his twin sister, Calvin bought the ring and set the date, Calvin would propose to Christina on April 16th, 2016.

That morning Calvin made plans to go to breakfast with Christina at their favorite restaurant. She loves to be outdoors so breakfast was followed by a hike to a beautiful waterfall in Cedarville. Christina kept repeating that “this is the best day ever”….meanwhile Calvin was thinking/screaming to himself “SHE KNOWS!!” He maintained composure and kept a straight face as they hiked. They took a wrong turn and got lost in the woods for an hour, and Christina was intermittently sprinting away from and swatting at bees, despite Calvin reminding her (again) that they are more likely to sting her if she freaks out. This didn’t stop her from doing so (she still does it to this day), and fortunately for Calvin, probably served as a good distraction from any hints of a proposal. Christina didn’t mind getting lost with Calvin, anytime with him was time well spent, and it was still “the best day ever”. They finally found the waterfall and stopped to take in the scenery and take what would be their final pictures as “boyfriend and girlfriend.” On the way home, Calvin told Christina he made plans for dinner. He advised her to dress for a restaurant that is “fancy, but also in the grass”, and that we had to go at 4:30pm. She was very excited for the “best day ever” to continue…but extremely confused about the dress code, and the fact that he said we needed to leave so early, but she didn’t question it. Calvin was texting Christina as they were getting ready for their dinner date, asking her what he should wear. She thought it was really sweet that he was so concerned about dressing nice for their date, again thinking nothing of it. Calvin picked up Christina and was celebrating inside when he saw her in one of his favorite dresses on her – for Calvin this dress was on par with the infamous red pants. Somewhat confusingly, Calvin told Christina that they had some time to kill before dinner and that he wanted to make a pit stop at Carillon Park to look at the bells, where he had never been before – but knew it was one of Christina’s favorite places. They walked up the hill, looked at the plaque in front of the bells and laughed at the fact that the first thing they noted about the plaque was the weight of the bells and “how they would fit on a truck.” They then approached a door at the base of the bells with a beautiful poem. Calvin read the poem out loud, hugged Christina tightly, and the bells rang – Christina thought it couldn’t have been a more perfect moment. Calvin then grabbed Christina’s shoulders and “placed” her in the sunlight. Christina’s initial confusion by that quickly transitioned to her being stunned when Calvin got down on one knee. There is still conflict over what exactly Calvin said on his knee, but thankfully, she said yes… Calvin pointed to their left to the photographer who had taken photos of the entire thing from the moment they got out of the car at the park (suddenly the “placing” in the sunlight made sense). Christina also found out it wasn’t Calvin’s first time at the bells – he had been there scoping it out, between ring shopping with his sister and Christina’s best friends, asking for her father’s, mother’s, and grandmother’s blessing, and organizing the next surprise. Christina, still in shock, excitedly said she needed to tell everyone. Little did she know, Calvin and his family had organized a beautiful surprise dinner with their families there to celebrate their engagement. Christina loved that Calvin planned every detail, and included the people that mattered the most to them. She then realized she needed to tell their friends. Calvin was one step ahead and took her to the Dayton Beer Company, one of the places they went on their very first date where they celebrated with their friends and family together. It was the best day ever.

  • Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters
  • Cake: Love Cakes by Dorothy Lane Market
  • Ceremony Venue: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
  • Cinematographer: True Artists Studio
  • Dress: Marisa Bridals
  • Flowers: Sherwood Florist
  • Groom: Joseph Abboud
  • Hair: Pinned Up
  • Makeup: Jean Folchi
  • Music: DJs CnD
  • Officiant: Father Joseph Gingrich
  • Photographer: Ashley Mauro Photography
  • Reception Venue: Top of the Market
  • Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Wedding Team
Amazon
Registry
Badgley Mischka
Bride's Shoes Designer
DJs CnD
Wedding Bands & DJs
Jean Folchi
Makeup Artist
Joseph Abboud
Groom's Suit Designer
Love Cakes By DLM
Wedding Cake Designer
Macys
Registry
Marisa Bridals
Wedding Dress Designer
Pinned Up
Hairstylist
True Artists Studio
Wedding Videographer
Watters
Wedding Dress Designer
Wedding Vibe