If you missed the news, I'm married. On October 19th, Karena and I were married overlooking the beautiful Red River Gorge area of Kentucky. Pictures from that beautiful day are still on there way so in the mean time I thought I would share another part of this wedding celebration. Instead of table numbers and assigned seating, Karena and I wrote short stories of our relationship over the past year. We encouraged our friends and family to go to each table and read the stories that have become part of our story.
How We Met
Ashley and Stephen were getting married. Their chosen ‘maid-of-honor’ and ‘best man’ were both single (and quite content) at the time. However, Stephen and Ashley saw an opportunity, one that every engaged couple wants: a chance to play matchmaker. So they started dropping hints and putting devious schemes into action. Drew and Karena found this slightly annoying but decided to be nice to their friends and go with it. After a week of running errands, escaping to the gym together, and cleaning up the Speer’s wedding, sparks started to fly, much to Ashley and Stephen's delight.
On a whim Drew had invited Karena to come rock climbing with his brother Ryan the week after Stephen and Ashley's wedding. She had impressed him with her natural skill during a visit to a gym in Louisville to de-stress during the chaos of the wedding prep. But nothing prepared him for seeing her climb routes with determination, courage, and a little bit of stubbornness. After a long day of climbing, they sat down to Miguel’s Pizza and Ale81. Instead of paying for flowers on this first date, Drew paid for Karena’s shower after two days of camping. When he had invited Karena to come, he thought she would be there for only a day. Four days later they were saying goodbye and remembering all the adventures climbing, hiking, dancing under the stars, and the occasional drive through the tranquil beauty that is the Red River Gorge. As Karena drove away, Drew's brother Ryan said, “Cool girl, but next time you want to go on a date with her don't invite me.”
Drew offhandedly mentioned that Karena should fulfill her dreams of travel and visit him in Europe. Karena dismissed this idea but it came up in conversations with her good friend, Kersten. Kersten’s reply of ‘you need to be spontaneous and do this. Here is some money to start your travel fund’ shocked her. As did the response of the Marra family. Pete Marra offered airline points which covered the cost of the flight. As a result, Karena landed in Madrid, Spain one month later. The following days were Drew and Karena’s second date exploring the ancient coastal city of Malaga, Spain, the third date in Montreux, Switzerland, and a week spent together in the Swiss Alps. After that there was no looking back.