How we met

Amanda’s story

Aaron and I met in December 2006 when I went out with Melissa and her guy friends (Jarrett, Tam, Andrew, and Aaron). There was friendly banter and maybe some flirtation, but no real sparks. I thought he was cute (he reminded me of a big teddy bear) but not the guy I typically went for. At the end of the night, we went to TimeOut in chapel hill and he got me a cheeseburger (he knew the way to my heart). That’s when I realized he was the guy Melissa had mentioned trying to set me up with. Apparently she had told him about me but he wasn’t interested because I looked stuck up. He must have changed his mind because we had our first date 2 weeks later.

So our first date was not one for the books. We ate at this horrible Chinese buffet only because I couldn’t make a decision. The date was really awkward, made obvious by Aaron who kept saying “this is awkward”. Somehow I decided to give him a second chance.

We had our second date when I got back from winter break. The evening started well until we pulled out of the parking lot… flat tire. Aaron changed the tire by himself even saying no to the cop who offered assistance (the first glimpse of his stubbornness). We ended up missing the movie I wanted to see and saw Children of Men (Aaron’s choice), so not an advisable date movie. That night we had our first kiss. I guess I thought something was there because we ended up going out 2 more times that week which quickly turned into seeing each other everyday. At the time I wasn’t looking for anything serious since I was graduating soon and didn’t know where I would end up. I loved just hanging out with him. I could be myself and not worry what he thought about me. Well somehow we ended up falling for each other and the rest is history.

Aaron’s Story

The fall after I graduated from college, my friend Melissa messaged me on AOL instant messenger and showed me some pictures of one of her friends and asked what I thought. Not really thinking about it, I may have mentioned that I thought the girl might have looked a little stuck-up and not really my type. I wasn’t thinking clearly. Maybe I hadn’t had enough sleep or something, who knows.

I quickly had my opinion changed when I went out with my now-groomsmen and some of Melissa’s friends on Franklin St. She was really, really pretty. And nice. And shy, though still opinionated. We ended up at Time-Out, and being the gentleman I am, I bought her a cheeseburger. It was a great night, but nothing really came of it.

Melissa persevered, finding ways for us to magically end up in Chapel Hill at the same time- Top o’ the Hill, Four Corners. Eventually Amanda and I went out on a pretty awkward first date at this terrible Chinese buffet down the road from her dorm. One winter break, a couple instant messages, and a New Year’s Eve phone call later, and we went on a second date. Then a third, fourth, and fifth. And the rest is history.