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Our Story


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Our Story


 
 

It all started at the gym... 

Go figure.

We'd met in 2009 when Chris was in high school at Athens, and Erin was a freshman at Ohio University, but a few years later, Erin was working in the Ping weight room when Chris showed up. 

"Hey, I know you," we both kind of said. 

We caught up, as much as two people who'd barely met before could. 

"What do you study?","Where do you go to school?", "Were you always so good looking?" — you know, normal questions. 

The next day, Erin jokingly told their mutual friend Ben to call Chris and tell him they should date. 

He did. 

Meanwhile Erin kicked and screamed in the background, embarrassed but also kind of thankful for super bold and obnoxious friends. 

Little did Erin know just a few days before they'd bumped into each other, Chris' best friend Stephen and him had just had a heart-to-heart about finding a girl Chris could adventure with. The first person who came to Stephen's mind: Erin McCarthy. 

 

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we Dated.


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we Dated.


JANUARY 6, 2012

Our first date at Casa Nueva in Athens, Ohio. 


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We moved.


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We moved.


August 1, 2014

Moved into our first apartment in Pittsburgh, PA. 


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Pete rescued us.


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Pete rescued us.


September 8, 2015

Brought home handsome Pete, our Great Pyrenees rescue.


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He proposed.


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He proposed.


Post-proposal bubbly. 

Post-proposal bubbly. 

March 10, 2016

In true Chris Holliday fashion, Chris proposed under the sea at our favorite dive site in Bonaire (Oil slick). After a surprised moment of 'is this really happening?', Erin said yes. 

 

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And Everything between


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And Everything between


The greatest of these is love.

The past five years have been filled with travel, laughter, and really good eats. We’ve made great friends, and found passions together. We’ve explored a new city to call home, and made a new house ours. We drank great beer as we ripped up old linoleum and painted every wall a brighter color than the last. We've logged thousands of miles by car, plane, train and foot. We've swam, we've biked, we've ran. And we're just getting started.
In between it all we've learned that love is a verb — a daily activity of patience, passion, kindness, compassion, selflessness, friendship, forgiveness, laughter, sarcasm, curiosity, humility, and joy. Love does its work during loss, and sickness, failure, frustration, and confusion. Love pushes each other toward the highest of dreams and pulls us from complacency or mediocrity. Love is a verb, and this life is its unequivocal work.
 
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