Kristin's and Rhushabh's first encounter was brief and took place at a college party. Kristin remembers Rushabh was dressed up like a spanish flamenco dancer.
Their first meaningful connection didn't happen until December of 2009. Kristin was out at Cosmo with another guy. Somehow, Rushabh and Kristin started talking and making jokes. After that night, they stayed in touch via mutual friends.
Their first date was in March of 2010 at an Italian restaurant. About that date, Kristin told me, “Rushabh was so nervous. He didn’t let me say one word. He talked the entire time. It was literally the worst date I’ve ever been on. …But I knew everything about him by the end of the date.”
It was a friend who convinced Kristin to go on one more date. This time to the zoo, where they had a great time.
In the ensuing months, they played tennis, walked at Piedmont park, cooked dinners, and Kristin discovered Rushabh’s obsession with football. And in the ensuing years, they explored important questions, shared goals and dreams, and eventually they began to be able to see one another as a partner. And then in May of 2013, while Kristin was shopping at TJ Maxx, Rushabh broke into her place, dressed up her dog Monty in a tie, and put on nice music. When Kristin arrived, she thought there was an intruder, grabbed her dog, and ran out the door. When she came in the second time, she saw Rushabh was on one knee.
And that’s when he asked for her hand in marriage.
photo by Lamar Gee