Caitlin, 25, and Preston, 26, both moved to Huntersville with their families in 1992. Caitlin’s dad was Preston’s youth soccer coach. The two didn’t become a couple until 2010, after being re-introduced by friends. Caitlin and Preston were married Sept. 22, 2012. They live in Charlotte and Preston tells their story.
Reacquainting: I had just moved back from Chattanooga and gotten out of a long relationship. I wasn’t looking to meet anyone when my friends re-introduced Caitlin. She was in the midst of ending a long-distance relationship and neither of us gave the other much thought. But the more time we spent together, the more my interest grew.
Team effort: Our first date was Sept. 4, 2010. I picked her up and met her dad (again.) We went to the Amazing Maize Maze at Rural Hill. We weren’t trying to navigate the corn maze, we just walked through talking. It was a good sign we worked well together, because we made it out in 30 minutes, one of the fastest times that day.
Surprise reaction: Over the next year, Caitlin and I took several trips together. We were at the beach in Wilmington when I proposed on Sept. 4, 2011. I had a photographer set up in the sand dunes to capture the moment and she had no idea it was coming. The reaction was priceless.
Officially hooked: I love that Caitlin is a kind, caring and patient person. She brings me back down to Earth when I need a reality check. She can watch football and drink beer at a bar or put on a cocktail dress and head to a social gala. I love her devotion to God and family, her love of big dogs and being outside. Hilary Trenda
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