Lauren, 24, and David, 25, met through mutual friends as N.C. State freshmen in 2006. Despite a slow start, their personalities, backgrounds and values “just clicked.” The couple married June 26, 2010. They live in Concord, and Lauren tells their story.
Nothing fancy: When David and I met, he was dating someone else so I didn’t think twice about him. A few months later, I was working in Raleigh and he was home in Charlotte for the summer, single again. As was the cool thing back in the day, we chatted on and off on AIM, an internet messenger.
Seriously?: When we got back to school in September, we decided to go on a date. Most awkward first date in history. We were both nervous we’d say the wrong thing; the waiter was oddly talkative and we both wondered ‘What are we doing here?’ David claims he had every intention of paying when the bill finally came, but there was a brief stare-off where I refused to touch the check and he eventually picked it up.
Smooth sailing: After dinner we watched the college football opener with friends. We were finally able to relax and I knew I wanted a “do-over.” One night in October 2009, I called David when he was at the lake where we liked to hang out and go running. He claimed he’d been in a fight with his roommate, was blowing off steam and asked me to join him. I got there and he admitted there was no fight, he just wanted his proposal to be a surprise.
Onward: We’ve been together nearly six years and overcome so much. We left our friends and church in Raleigh to move to the Charlotte area; we lost our daughter at 24 weeks. But we know God has placed us together for a reason and we have faith in his plan and purpose for us. Hilary Trenda
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