[In celebration of our 2 year anniversary today, I wanted to share our love story with you! I have had many requests to write our love story. So for all who are interested in how we met and fell in love... here you go!]
HOW WE MET
His side of the story:
I first saw Natasha during one of our church meetings. This was about six months before we ever officially met. I was immediately attracted to her, but never made any attempts to talk to her or to get her attention. I could tell by watching her that she was a little bit quiet, but I wasn't sure if it was a shy, sweet, quiet; or a bratty, stuck-up quiet ;P.
After first seeing her, life went on pretty normal for me. I was dating here and there, going to school at Utah Valley University, and working as a personal trainer for Gold's Gym. A bit before I met Natasha, I was dating a girl who ended up making out with one of my best buddies, so I ended it with her. I'm a spiritual guy and believe very deeply in prayer, so I decided at this point to start asking God what he thought I should do in regards to my future. I asked God to help me find a good girl who would love me, take care of me, and be good for me.
A few days later I was at church. During one of my classes I decided to go get a drink from the drinking fountain. As I was walking down the hallway, Natasha rounded the corner and was walking straight towards me. My heart was pounding and I tried to build some courage. "Say something smooth, say something smooth!" I told myself. Then as we got close, and were about to pass each other, our eyes met and I said "Hey." "Nailed it." I thought to myself. But I really knew I nailed it when she got a shy smile, looked down and said, "Hi..." back. "She wants me," I told myself. From that point on, I could not get her out of my mind. I was filled with this in-explainable feeling, I knew I was supposed to be with her.
I went on vacation with my family the next week and thought about her constantly. I Facebook stalked her till 2:00 in the morning. It took me forever to find her, because at that point I still didn't know her name. But finally I found her. I showed my sister-in-law and said, "Check out the girl I'm going to marry."
The following night, our ward had a get together that my buddy convinced me to give the spiritual thought at. He told me that Natasha would be there for sure and it was a good chance to get her to notice me. When I got there, I could not see her anywhere and was really bummed out. To my surprise, she was there. After I gave the spiritual thought, I saw her sitting with some friends... she looked like an angel. I, to that point, had never had any issues approaching girls, but boy was I nervous to approach her. I chickened out and had my buddy Ricky break the ice. We started talking and spent the rest of the evening getting to know each other. Before I went home I asked her out to a Jazz game. I had great seats and I'm still convinced that's why she said yes!
Our first date was a breath of fresh air. I felt so strongly that God told me to marry her even before I knew her name... She was perfect and since that date, except for one exception, we have been together every day since.
There couldn't be a happier guy. Sure we have our fair share of struggles, but Natasha has helped me to become a better man, and that is what it is all about: learning and growing together; figuring out the journey one step at a time. I am in love with the most beautiful girl in the world and I thank God for her and my sweet baby girl every day.
Her Side of the Story:
I first met the amazing Ashton Craig at our church's Sunday night activity. I got to the activity a few minutes late so I had to stand pretty far in the back. They had just announced the spiritual thought, I remember listening to it, and thinking it was really good. I did not recognize the guy who was giving the thought, other than the fact that I had seen him walk into the room from the bathroom a couple minutes earlier.
After the thought, everyone mingled and I went over and sat by one of my friends. A group of guys approached us, in the group was the mysterious spiritual thought guy I had seen coming from the bathroom. He showed lots of interest in me and I remember thinking it was cute how nervous he was (he talked to me for a good 5 minutes about Jeans!).
We talked until midnight and he asked me out to a Jazz game that was being held that following Tuesday. To this day he'll tell you that I only went because he ha second row seats, but that is not true! I went because I had so much fun with him and wanted to get to know him better.
Our first date was amazing. We instantly clicked and it felt like I had known him forever. I remember feeling like I could be 100% myself with him. Everything was so natural and right when I was with him. He asked me out again for a group date game night a couple days after. We watched a movie after playing games, and near the end of the movie he kissed me for the first time. It was during that kiss that I knew he was more than just another date or person in my life. I felt so strongly inside that he was going to be special. After our second date, we never spent a single day apart. We were with each other every single day from that day on!
I am so grateful for the amazing man Ashton is in my life. He has made me a better person. We have been through so many experiences that have reiterated that we are meant to be together.
Ash planned the most gorgeous and perfect proposal for me. He had been very sick the previous week and so we were unable to go on a date he had planned for us. On April 3rd, he called me at school and asked if I could go out that evening to make up for the previous week. I said that I would love too.
When I got home there was a dress, shoes, necklace, earrings, a rose, and a note laid out on my bed. The note said to be ready by 6 for a very special evening. We had talked about marriage a lot, so I thought maybe tonight was the night he would propose, but I was not sure because he planned really sweet dates for me a lot and I thought maybe this was just one of those!
He picked me up right on time. We drove to the most beautiful french restaurant, La Caille. I could not believe how nice the restaurant was... there were even peacocks on the lawn! We walked around the gardens for a while before going inside to eat.
Ash had reserved an entire room just for us. There were candles all around the room, and rose petals all over the floor. Our table was in the middle of the room decorated perfectly.
After we had finished eating the waiter walked over with a silver platter. On the silver platter there was a note and a rose. He handed me the note and I started to read. In the note Ash told me how he had known he was supposed to marry me before he even knew my name (he had never told me this previous). I looked up after reading to see Ash on one knee. He then asked me to marry him, and I said YES!!
We were married June 8th in the Mount Timpanogos Temple, it was an amazing moment for both of us. We had a luncheon after our temple ceremony, and a beautiful reception later that evening. Watch our wedding video here.