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Wedding Date on Apr 14, 2019

Our story is a series of events that continues to be made up of people, places, experiences, thoughts and feelings. So rather than telling that story as an outsider looking in, we wanted to tell our story through our eyes as we went along the journey that brought us to where we are today. We wanted to highlight important dates along our path and share the thoughts and feelings we experienced, and how they came together to make us who we are today. They also serve as a chance to show what is important to us and our relationship. Neither of us actually keep a diary but if we did, it would probably go something like this. September 6th 2015 All my friends decided we should get a big group to go camping up on beauty spot to enjoy our 3 day weekend. I had never been camping before and was pretty nervous about having to pee in the woods, because I knew it was inevitable. Thankfully Mikayla gave me a tutorial on how to squat/pee in the woods. But eventually the time came and afterwards a cute guy named Joshua asked how it went! Oh my gosh it was so embarrassing. September 16th 2015 Tonight Eden, the girl who asked me to TWIRP, and I watched Jurassic park on the lawn. She seems pretty cool and she likes all the jurassic park movies so that’s a plus… I’m thinking she might be a cool person to get to know. Plus she’s pretty good looking. October 29th 2015 I was so close to not going to the Ben Rector concert with everyone since it is only a few weeks post-op from my knee surgery and I’m still on crutches. But Joshua talked me into it - he said he would carry me into the concert on his shoulders if he had to. Thankfully it didn’t come to that and instead I got the whole group some of the only seats in the venue. I guess there are a few perks to being temporarily crippled. November 21st 2015 Joshua - Tonight I went to the christmas lights thing at Bristol Motor Speedway and my super sneaky yet brilliant plan to sit beside Eden on the way there totally worked. We talked the whole way there and back and apparently her dad and mom grew up at school together and she grew up going to Veterans Park and Towerview Farms too! What the heck?! P.S. Make sure we’re not related before dating. Eden - Continuing to find the perks of being on crutches - I couldn’t fit in the back of the van for Speedway in Lights with my crutches and knee precautions so I conveniently ended up beside Joshua. We talked non-stop on the way to Bristol and through the lights and back. We found out we both grew up taking trips to Towerview Farms with our grandpa in Louisville as a special treat. How small of a world do we live in?! February 29th 2016 Tonight I asked Mr. Greene if I could date Eden, and he said yes so that’s cool. Now I just need to figure out how to do it. March 2nd 2016 Joshua - Tonight I gave Eden the dinosaur and asked her if she would be my girlfriend. She didn’t get the dinosaur reference but she said yes so I guess that’s a win. Eden - Tonight Joshua and I went out to eat at White Duck Taco and afterwards when we were in the car and about to leave, Joshua told me he had something for me. I was thinking it was going to be a pretty bouquet of flowers or something! He reached behind me in the car and handed me a dinosaur. I was like ummm, thanks? He told me to check it’s mouth. I did and there was a note in it asking me to be his girlfriend! It was cute - but I didn’t get the dinosaur thing until he explained our first date was watching Jurassic Park together. April 2nd 2016 Joshua - Tonight Eden and I had our first kiss, it was weird, and quick; I’m not sure how I feel about kissing yet, I assume it will get better. I’ll keep you posted. Eden - So Joshua had an event tonight as an RA with his residents and took them caving. So we didn’t end up hanging out until midnight and we decided to go sit on top of the faculty office building and hangout, until it started raining! So we ended up sitting in his car talking and then he kissed me. It was quick and short - and then he asked to try it again and I said yes. May 6th 2016 Praise Jesus I graduated! Now only one more graduation to go… Thankfully Joshua and I have another year together before he graduates and I’m still at Milligan for another year. June 13th 2016 Today Eden and I toured as much of DC as we could, we learned that we are not cut out for the subway system, and we didn’t fight or complain once! Man relationships are easy I don’t know why anyone would get in fights. June 19th 2016 Joshua - Remember how I’ve been debating on telling Eden that I love her? Well she freaking beat me to it tonight. Eden - Tonight I finally worked up the nerve to tell Joshua I love him, turns out he loves me too. September 16th 2016 I TWIRP-ed Joshua for round 2. This time with a lot of chocolate, tape, balloons and time as I covered his car in homemade snitches and Harry Potter owls. Thank the Lord for Praise for distracting him so I could decorate his car! October 29th 2016 Today Eden and I went to the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was so beautiful and the hiking was amazing. But she did almost push me off the edge of a cliff and then started laughing at me. Note to self, don’t stand near Eden on the edge of a cliff again. April 8th 2017 Tonight was the final That Big Party at Milligan for Joshua and I. We went, we danced, and then he rubbed my feet. May 6th 2017 Today I graduated! I hope Eden still loves me now that I have to get a job and be an adult. June 21st 2017 Today I finally got to take Joshua to Hilton Head and introduce him to one of my favorite places to go! September 3rd 2017 Tonight we went and saw Ed Sheeran in concert for Eden’s birthday! It was awesome and definitely the best concert we’ve been to yet. Also Chapel Hill is a really cool town, they have coffee shops, antique shops, and ice cream shops; basically everything you could ever need. May 29th-November 16th 2018 Joshua - Today is yet another day that I am sick of long distance. First Eden was in Knoxville, which was a cool city to be fair, with the quarries and downtown life. But now she is in Memphis which is a terrible city, and even further away. The Memphis zoo is about the only thing that city has going for it...and the IKEA. I can’t decide which I have spent more money on in the past 6 months, gas or rent for my apartment. But she’s been worth it and weekends with her are great. Eden - So long distance really really sucks. Spending our summer together exploring Knoxville together was fun. We both REALLY loved the city and were surprised by how much it had to offer. Memphis is a little harder - it’s farther away from him and not either of our favorite cities. But thankfully Memphis is the last fieldwork rotation I have and that means we’re only that much closer to being back together. October 26th 2018 Joshua - Today I asked Eden if she wanted to hang out with me till we died and she said yes! We then tried to eat lunch and I could only eat half of it. We then spent the rest of the day telling everyone in fun ways. I asked her if a month was too soon… apparently it is, so I guess I’ll have to wait a few more. Eden - Joshua was acting so weird today. We had plans to go to our favorite coffee shop and spend the morning playing cards since it was so cold and rainy outside. But he kept asking about going outside and “finding a dry spot” to hammock or hang out. Finally after running errands he convinced me and we went to the park behind Milligan where we used to hang out all the time. We did find a dry spot and after I lost at Gin Rummy he asked me to “bear with him” and he started saying all this stuff about doing life together and then asked me to marry him! I said yes of course.



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Eden and Josh

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Videographer: Michael Lemley Films
Venue: Bristol Train Station

Apr 14 2019

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Our story is a series of events that continues to be made up of people, places, experiences, thoughts and feelings. So rather than telling that story as an outsider looking in, we wanted to tell our story through our eyes as we went along the journey that brought us to where we are today. We wanted to highlight important dates along our path and share the thoughts and feelings we experienced, and how they came together to make us who we are today. They also serve as a chance to show what is important to us and our relationship. Neither of us actually keep a diary but if we did, it would probably go something like this. September 6th 2015 All my friends decided we should get a big group to go camping up on beauty spot to enjoy our 3 day weekend. I had never been camping before and was pretty nervous about having to pee in the woods, because I knew it was inevitable. Thankfully Mikayla gave me a tutorial on how to squat/pee in the woods. But eventually the time came and afterwards a cute guy named Joshua asked how it went! Oh my gosh it was so embarrassing. September 16th 2015 Tonight Eden, the girl who asked me to TWIRP, and I watched Jurassic park on the lawn. She seems pretty cool and she likes all the jurassic park movies so that’s a plus… I’m thinking she might be a cool person to get to know. Plus she’s pretty good looking. October 29th 2015 I was so close to not going to the Ben Rector concert with everyone since it is only a few weeks post-op from my knee surgery and I’m still on crutches. But Joshua talked me into it - he said he would carry me into the concert on his shoulders if he had to. Thankfully it didn’t come to that and instead I got the whole group some of the only seats in the venue. I guess there are a few perks to being temporarily crippled. November 21st 2015 Joshua - Tonight I went to the christmas lights thing at Bristol Motor Speedway and my super sneaky yet brilliant plan to sit beside Eden on the way there totally worked. We talked the whole way there and back and apparently her dad and mom grew up at school together and she grew up going to Veterans Park and Towerview Farms too! What the heck?! P.S. Make sure we’re not related before dating. Eden - Continuing to find the perks of being on crutches - I couldn’t fit in the back of the van for Speedway in Lights with my crutches and knee precautions so I conveniently ended up beside Joshua. We talked non-stop on the way to Bristol and through the lights and back. We found out we both grew up taking trips to Towerview Farms with our grandpa in Louisville as a special treat. How small of a world do we live in?! February 29th 2016 Tonight I asked Mr. Greene if I could date Eden, and he said yes so that’s cool. Now I just need to figure out how to do it. March 2nd 2016 Joshua - Tonight I gave Eden the dinosaur and asked her if she would be my girlfriend. She didn’t get the dinosaur reference but she said yes so I guess that’s a win. Eden - Tonight Joshua and I went out to eat at White Duck Taco and afterwards when we were in the car and about to leave, Joshua told me he had something for me. I was thinking it was going to be a pretty bouquet of flowers or something! He reached behind me in the car and handed me a dinosaur. I was like ummm, thanks? He told me to check it’s mouth. I did and there was a note in it asking me to be his girlfriend! It was cute - but I didn’t get the dinosaur thing until he explained our first date was watching Jurassic Park together. April 2nd 2016 Joshua - Tonight Eden and I had our first kiss, it was weird, and quick; I’m not sure how I feel about kissing yet, I assume it will get better. I’ll keep you posted. Eden - So Joshua had an event tonight as an RA with his residents and took them caving. So we didn’t end up hanging out until midnight and we decided to go sit on top of the faculty office building and hangout, until it started raining! So we ended up sitting in his car talking and then he kissed me. It was quick and short - and then he asked to try it again and I said yes. May 6th 2016 Praise Jesus I graduated! Now only one more graduation to go… Thankfully Joshua and I have another year together before he graduates and I’m still at Milligan for another year. June 13th 2016 Today Eden and I toured as much of DC as we could, we learned that we are not cut out for the subway system, and we didn’t fight or complain once! Man relationships are easy I don’t know why anyone would get in fights. June 19th 2016 Joshua - Remember how I’ve been debating on telling Eden that I love her? Well she freaking beat me to it tonight. Eden - Tonight I finally worked up the nerve to tell Joshua I love him, turns out he loves me too. September 16th 2016 I TWIRP-ed Joshua for round 2. This time with a lot of chocolate, tape, balloons and time as I covered his car in homemade snitches and Harry Potter owls. Thank the Lord for Praise for distracting him so I could decorate his car! October 29th 2016 Today Eden and I went to the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was so beautiful and the hiking was amazing. But she did almost push me off the edge of a cliff and then started laughing at me. Note to self, don’t stand near Eden on the edge of a cliff again. April 8th 2017 Tonight was the final That Big Party at Milligan for Joshua and I. We went, we danced, and then he rubbed my feet. May 6th 2017 Today I graduated! I hope Eden still loves me now that I have to get a job and be an adult. June 21st 2017 Today I finally got to take Joshua to Hilton Head and introduce him to one of my favorite places to go! September 3rd 2017 Tonight we went and saw Ed Sheeran in concert for Eden’s birthday! It was awesome and definitely the best concert we’ve been to yet. Also Chapel Hill is a really cool town, they have coffee shops, antique shops, and ice cream shops; basically everything you could ever need. May 29th-November 16th 2018 Joshua - Today is yet another day that I am sick of long distance. First Eden was in Knoxville, which was a cool city to be fair, with the quarries and downtown life. But now she is in Memphis which is a terrible city, and even further away. The Memphis zoo is about the only thing that city has going for it...and the IKEA. I can’t decide which I have spent more money on in the past 6 months, gas or rent for my apartment. But she’s been worth it and weekends with her are great. Eden - So long distance really really sucks. Spending our summer together exploring Knoxville together was fun. We both REALLY loved the city and were surprised by how much it had to offer. Memphis is a little harder - it’s farther away from him and not either of our favorite cities. But thankfully Memphis is the last fieldwork rotation I have and that means we’re only that much closer to being back together. October 26th 2018 Joshua - Today I asked Eden if she wanted to hang out with me till we died and she said yes! We then tried to eat lunch and I could only eat half of it. We then spent the rest of the day telling everyone in fun ways. I asked her if a month was too soon… apparently it is, so I guess I’ll have to wait a few more. Eden - Joshua was acting so weird today. We had plans to go to our favorite coffee shop and spend the morning playing cards since it was so cold and rainy outside. But he kept asking about going outside and “finding a dry spot” to hammock or hang out. Finally after running errands he convinced me and we went to the park behind Milligan where we used to hang out all the time. We did find a dry spot and after I lost at Gin Rummy he asked me to “bear with him” and he started saying all this stuff about doing life together and then asked me to marry him! I said yes of course.


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