Caitlin + Joe: LOVE STORY

Our story begins about 5 years ago when Joe had recently moved to sunny Florida and I had just moved home from Morgantown, WV.  I went to our mutual friend's house, Scott and Brittany, and all I heard about that evening over dinner was how perfect some guy named Joe would be for me to date!  I thought Brittany was crazy for thinking dating someone who lived in Florida was a good idea, but she was adamant that this was the best idea she had ever had.  I remember she showed me a picture on their fridge of her and Joe and all I could think was how TALL and handsome he was... my interest was sparked, but reality told me it would never happen from over 800 miles away! (Little did I know Brittany was so confident in her match making skills, that she was telling Joe about me during this time as well!)  Life went on and the one week Joe was in town I was in Massachusetts visiting my grandmother and extended family... it just wasn't meant for us to meet yet!

Fast forward to a wedding in Peaks Island, Maine in the early summer of 2013.... There was one bed and breakfast on the island that we were all staying at, and I was lucky enough to share a room with the match making power couple! I finally met Joe and he was even taller in person and of course very sweet!  The wedding went off without a hitch (lobster everywhere!) and I found myself at the Peaks Island American Legion after the wedding (it's their only bar.. small island).  I was sitting at the bar waiting for a drink when Joe started chatting with me while he ordered.  The details are a tad blurry of our conversation since it had been a long day of dancing (and drinking), but I remember leaving our conversation thinking, "Brittany was right, he's so great, what a catch!"  We all said our goodbyes from the island's ferry the next morning and again went on with life...

Another year passed and Joe and I hadn't seen or spoken to each other since.  I was talking to Brittany (do you notice a pattern here? She really did know before we did!) and I asked how Joe was doing... she responded with, "OMG! He just asked Scott about you!" and there it was, the seed had been planted!  I made the first move and just sent a message to Joe to say hi.  My message turned into texting, which turned into hours long phone calls, which turned into me flying to Florida to see if there was more there than just the voice on the phone.  My first weekend in Tampa, Joe took me to Disney World and I just knew he was the one.  I remember we were sitting on the fountain in Morocco at Epcot and we threw a penny in the fountain to make a wish.... let's just say, my wish certainly did come true!  Every two weeks after our Disney adventure one of us was flying to see the other and we have been by each other's sides every since...