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Kristina and Josh Hardin

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We’re looking for young married couples to tell us how they fell in love. How did you meet? What were your first impressions? How was your first date? What attracted you to each other?

Kristina, 21, and Josh, 23, met through a mutual friend when she was 15. Kristina’s father didn’t like the idea of her dating at that age, but Josh was allowed to go to church with her and the family. The couple married July 28, 2012 and live in Huntersville. Kristina tells their story.

Young love: Our first time to go to church together was for Christmas service and when we brought Josh home, he gave me a gold bracelet in a glittery, red, heart-shaped jewelry case. He was always such a gentleman, I never felt like he was pressuring me. I remember what I liked most about Josh (and still do) is that he is very easy-going. Nothing seems to bother him and he can calm me down just by looking at me.

Breathless: Our engagement was actually really awesome because he saved my life. I was an Army brat and had been out of the country visiting family, and Josh planned for us to go to Olive Garden for my “homecoming” lunch. After our meals arrived, he asked me to be his wife and, of course, I said yes. I was so excited that the piece of steak I was chewing got stuck in my throat.

All clear: Josh noticed I wasn’t saying much and after I gestured what was wrong, he got up and performed the Heimlich maneuver on me. Everyone was watching and thank God he was successful, otherwise I would not be here today. The waitress saw the whole thing and gave us free dessert, but I was really just ready to leave. To this day, I’m so thankful for my kind and loving husband who continually protects me. Hilary Trenda


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