I first saw Nathan at a Christmas party in December 2013. I remember seeing him across the room and thinking, "He has the most beautiful curly hair I've ever seen in my life. Why can't my hair curl like that?!?" We were introduced at said party, but it was a quick "Hi, nice to meet you" and moving on. I was actually dating someone else at the time.
Fast forward to 6 months later, we were both cast (along with the individual I was still dating) in a local community theatre production of Dolly Parton's 9 to 5: The Musical. Throughout the show process, we became great friends. Truthfully - just friends. I was trying to figure out how to end the relationship I had been in for some time and Nathan became a confidant as I shared the turmoil I was going through about not wanting to hurt this individual, but knowing we weren't right for each other. I enjoyed talking to him and we bonded over our love of theatre, arts, music and our shared faith.
After the end of the show and the end of relationship I was in, I asked Nathan if he would be interested in going to see the Nashville Symphony play the score of West Side Story in tandem with the movie. Little did I know, he had been interested in getting to know me - beyond friends - for months, but because of the show, and my relationship status, had remained completely professional. He told me he would only go to hear/see West Side Story with me if it was a date. I was so impressed with his straight forward attitude.
A week before seeing West Side Story, we decided to have an official first date. On August 30, 2014, we had dinner at Josephine in 12 South. I was instantly comfortable with Nathan because we already shared such a great friendship. It wasn't like a blind date - I knew the person I was sitting across from having dinner. Throughout the rehearsal/show process, we had seen each other in a varying range of moods - which if you've ever done theatre, you know what I'm talking about. We had such a wonderful time at dinner that we decided to continue the evening by having drinks and dessert at City House in Germantown. Afterwards, we ended up sitting in my car for almost an hour listening to music and talking about our favorite artists. It was a perfect first date.
I never believed in the whole "you just know" theory, but within a matter of weeks, I found myself saying, "He's the one, I just know." He is the kindest, most compassionate, caring human being I have ever known and I can truly say that his heart is even more beautiful than that curly hair.