Won't You Be My Valentine? Our Love Story.

Happy Valentines Day from your resident hopeless romantic!

My poor husband, he ended up with the cheesiest girl ever who loves all holidays, but especially Valentines Day since it is filled with red, pink, hearts, candy, flowers, and declarations of love.

Honestly - the man is a saint.  I know I have high expectations, and he does so well to keep me happy!

I decided to put up some fun pictures along with the "Our Love Story" questionnaire that has been floating around some of my favorite blogs recently.

1. How long have you and your significant other been together?
We met in December of 2008, so we have been together for more than 3 years.

2. How did you meet?
I was recently out of a long-term relationship.  Like, four years long.  A girlfriend was in town visiting me and we were going out to get in a little {harmless} mischief.  I received a text from my friend Megan saying she really wanted me to stop by the bar they were going to be at that evening with a large group of people.  Ian was there and Megan's husband had already told him that he needed to meet me.  So, we met that night -- no sparks from my end.  I saw him out the following Saturday night, though, and we completely clicked.  He asked for my number that very night and called me Monday afternoon to ask me out.

The night we got engaged -- dinner in Blowing Rock, NC

The day Ian helped me move out of my apartment.  Last meal!

3. If married, how long have you been married?
See the below picture - of course I married that handsome man.
We've been married since May 28th of last year.  Coming up on 9 months!

4. If you are married, where did you get married at? Big or small wedding?
We were married in Columbia, South Carolina at the historic 701 Whaley building.  We were married upstairs and then everyone took the elevator downstairs to our reception.  We had about 150 people who shared our special day with us.

That boy, he loves him some zombies.

And he loves Skee-ball too.

Driving from Columbia to Charlotte to go househunting last January.

5. Do you have any nicknames that you call one another? Do share!
The nicknames are out of control, and mainly due to Ian.  He is a HUGE nicknamer.  He'll start with one nickname and then let it gradually change and adapt into some other name.  For example, follow this logic of a few of my nicknames:

Baby - Baybis - Baybeez - Brrrbzzzz - A.B.'s - Flaybeez - Fooflaybeez - Oodies - Oods - Poods.

That's only a few of my nicknames.

Oh, and the beloved Sweet Flea.  Which came from Sweet Pea, obvi.

6. Name 3 things you love most about your honey.
Ian has the most interesting and hilarious sense of humor of anyone I know.
He is a complete animal lover.
He absolutely hates to see me cry and is a great hugger when that happens.

7. Tell us how he proposed?
Extra, extra, read all about it.

8. Is he a flowers and teddy bear kind of guy for v-day, or strawberries, champagne, and rose petals?
There is no way in the world he'd ever buy me a teddy bear ... and I am okay with that.  He is great with getting me flowers and he'll often have a glass of wine poured for me when I walk into the kitchen on a special night.  I'm usually the one to sprinkle rose petals -- he leaves the creativity up to me!

9. Are you a sunset dinner on the beach kind of girl, or pop a movie in and relax on the couch?
I've always been a sunset dinner on the beach sort of girl, but I'm starting to realize the amazingness that is a night in on the sofa with a great movie from Redbox.

10. Tell us one thing you'd like to do with your significant one day. If you could do anything? Go anywhere?
I've already shared this on the blog, but I'd really love to have my first European adventure ever with him!  This will take some major saving up and planning, but we're thinking maybe next year.

11. Tell us what you plan on doing on this Valentine's Day.
We will be cooking at home for Valentine's Day with a really yummy menu -- balsamic glazed filet mignon, sauteed kale, salad, and a cherry cheesecake for dessert. 

12. Are you asking for anything this Valentine's day?
Oh silly, I'd never ASK for anything, but yes, I did drop a little hint  :)
I have something for him too!

13. Give us one piece of advice for keeping a relationship strong and full of love.
As newlyweds, we are definitely still learning!  But I've picked up on the fact that you can never say "I love you" enough, and it doesn't make you weak if you say "I'm sorry" first.  Also, the power of a big bear hug is amazing.

14. Show us a picture of what love means to you.
Me + him, in a pedicab in Charleston, SC on the night I turned 30. 
Looking forward to a great 3rd decade together.


  1. Seriously precious! Happy Valentines you two love birds!

  2. Awww, love this! You two are so perfect together, and his nicknames for you are outrageous and awesome and funny all tied up in a bow! (Nice work, Ian! I'm a fan!)

    Happy Valentine's Day! I can't wait to hear how that dinner turns out. I'm drooling over it already!

  3. Aww - this post makes me so happy! Happy Valentine's Day to you and Ian! :)

  4. super cute! Love the picture in the car with Drake in the back.
    We're cooking at home tonight too!

  5. This is a great, sweet love story!

  6. That was just too sweet! Happy Valentine’s that burger picture! xx

  7. Love that last picture! What a lovely story. :) Happy Valentine's day!

  8. I love this! I made me tear up. You two are such an amazing couple together. I hope you have a great Valentine's Day!

  9. Oh my, such a cute post! And.... you MUST tell me how he reacts to the present you got him! I can't wait to hear, haha!!! :)

  10. oh super sweet! and your husky is adorable!

  11. it could be my nutso hormones these days, but i totally almost cried reading this...happy v-day to you and ian sweetie!!

  12. I love love love that you did this! I loved reading how you guys met and you have the best wardrobe because in every picture I was like, "Oh, I like that outfit." or "Wonder where she got that dress?" haha Have a great Vday girl!

  13. I love this post! It's too sweet, haha. Have a great Valentine's Day with your man!

  14. so sweet! You guys are adorable -Thanks for sharing! Happy Valentine's Day!

  15. This is so sweet, thanks for sharing! I hope you had a wonderful Valentines day!

  16. You two are so sweet! Any man who plays skeeball with you is a keeper. Happy Valentine's Day!

  17. you guys are too cute! and seriously, what is it with guys and crazy seems like Nick is calling me something different every day!

    have a wonderful V-Day!

  18. oh that is so so sweet, and perfect to share on valentine's day :)

  19. So cute!!! Very sweet post :)

    ps. I tagged you today!

  20. The two of you are such a fabulous couple! I was really inspired by yoour love story. :') God bless the both of you.

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