Ashlei & Elias are getting married! We've placed all of the important details here for our family and friends to celebrate with us. #gethertothegreek
Elias and I met on a dating app (no, not Tinder!) in late January of 2016 when our companies moved us both to the middle of Georgia not knowing anyone. Elias was coming from Dallas, Texas while I was coming from Pullman, Washington.
We first began texting via the app for a month. During this time I had joined a Latin dance team and had begun traveling an hour and half to Atlanta each night to practice; most nights this meant driving back home close to midnight. Elias took this opportunity to call every night to help me stay awake on the drive back. After a month of this, Elias finally worked up the courage to ask me out on a date and meet for the first time.
I agreed but was nervous as all get out. Kinda wanted to throw up...
The night of the date I was late because, like have you driven in Atlanta's traffic? It be cray!
Beforehand we agreed that the date would be close to my dance studio so that I could get back to my practice on time at 9pm. Welp with me being 30 minutes late (due to traffic people!) and Elias getting lost a little bit himself, it left us with very little time together. In fact, the date lasted long enough for us to chat nervously about absolutely nothing, order food at this Italian restaurant and take literally two bites before I announced, "Umm, I gotta go to practice..."
Needless to say, it was an epic fail of a first date!
I knew that I had blown it and had already told myself, welp there goes that one! That night after practice I got in my car and prepared myself for a long drive back without help.
30 minutes into the drive and my phone began to ring. I picked up and it was Elias! What the heck!?! I answered, "Why are you calling me!?! I was horrible on that date!"
He laughed and said, "I like women who have things to do! So how was practice..."
And just like that, we picked up where we left off! Now, nearly two years later, I can confidently say that Elias is my best friend. The two years hasn't been easy but they have been worth it! We have laughed and cried together, traveled to two countries, attended countless ugly Christmas sweater parties and have learned so much about how to love each other in the best way possible.
I am beyond thankful to have found our kind of love with Elias.