Matt's Version: Our story begins December 21, 2012 in downtown San Jose, California. Courtney was graduating from Nursing School at San Jose Sate University. I was sitting in the audience with a friend of mine Pierre supporting his then girlfriend (now wife), Jessica. After the ceremony Pierre, Jessica and I went out to celebrate at San Pedro Square. This is where I was introduced to Courtney for the first time. Fast forward a few months, Courtney and I had our first date in February at a wine bar. It was a rainy day, but that didn't stop me from showing up wearing shorts and flip flops. Courtney never stopped laughing, and went out for coffee again later that week... The rest is history!!! Courtney's Version: Our story begins December 21, 2012 in downtown San Jose, California. I was graduating from Nursing School at San Jose Sate University. After the ceremony, Matt went out with our mutual friends Jessica and Pierre to celebrate at San Pedro Square. It was there that Matt was introduced to me for the first time. A few weeks later Matt showed up at my workplace for drinks with our mutual friends. He drank whiskey and had a charismatic smile. Matt asked me for my number that night, (thankfully) I gave it to him, but didn't think much of it. I certainly wasn't looking for love, as I was planning to start my career and possibly move out of the area. Matt text a few times, and I didn't initially respond, but he was persistent. February 14th, 2013 Matt called me from a vacation in Hawaii and asked me out. We had our first date on February 19th at a wine bar in that same San Pedro Square where we first met. It was pouring rain that day! Matt showed up in shorts, flip flops, and carrying a box of chocolates from Hawaii. It was his smile, his dark sense of humor, and unapologetic sense of self that I fell in love with. We met again for coffee that week, and by then I knew he was going to be someone important to me. Matt proposed on January 1st, 2018 as we sat by the fire pit in the backyard. Matt's been my rock since February of 2013 and I am so grateful to marry such an incredible man and be a part of his amazing family.