“Flapping my wings all the way from Virginia, I moved to Athens to attend UGA for grad school in 2013 … little did I know that my future husband was about to finish his last year at UGA in the Classic City. Apparently, Zach wasn’t ready to leave Athens after graduation, because in June 2014, I started to spot a handsome, bearded man around town. I started to see Zach outside of the gym, while I was studying at Jittery Joe’s, while driving, while running on Milledge, etc. I was happily surprised to keep seeing Zach’s familiar face, considering the number of students in town.
Fast forward to July 2016 and Zach and I had yet to officially meet each other. Little did I know, that would all change on July 22, 2016. I headed to Taziki’s to pick up lunch that day—I remember walking in, seeing Zach, and thinking “It’s him!” while I nervously tried to play it cool. Zach introduced himself, mentioned that meeting me was long overdue, and then I chatted about my workplace, Mercy Health Center. And that was it.
That afternoon, I left for a weeklong vacation in Virginia, replaying my conversation with Zach and wondering if I’d get the chance to talk to him again. After I returned to work the following Monday, I checked my work phone and shrieked as I listened to a week-old voicemail with Zach’s voice on the other end of the line. He explained that he enjoyed meeting me, and that he would like to take me on a date that Friday.
Zach waited for a response from me, as “that Friday” had come and gone. Zach says that he thought I had a boyfriend, was not interested, or was on vacation. His last theory was right! I reached out to Zach and was happy to hear that the offer still stood. We headed to South Kitchen + Bar for our first date that Friday. On our third date, I stared at Zach as we sat at a table in Barnes & Noble; I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him by my side. A few dates later, Zach treated me to pizza at our favorite spot, Your Pie (of course!), and later that night he asked me to be his girlfriend. Three-and-a-half months after that, Zach asked me to be his wife on the top of a mountain in Virginia. And, now, in approximately 100 days, I get to marry my fellow Bulldog and best friend!”