I asked Matt + Lauren a few questions about their relationship... and here's what they said
Annie: What were your first impressions of each other?
Matt: I remember thinking about how beautiful her eyes looked that night (and all the time, of course). I met her at a party after a difficult breakup, and my college roommate introduced us. I remember immediately being able to read her heart and see that she has such a wonderfully kind and loving soul, and I hoped that I would be able to see her again sometime soon.
Laura: My first impression of Matt was how easy he was to talk to, and how quickly and naturally our friendship started. When his roommate introduced us, I thought we would have a quick, "hi, nice to meet you, hope to see you around" conversation, but we ended up talking for a good thirty or forty-five minutes. Talking with him has always been so simple, and having him by my side has always felt comforting. And, obviously, I noticed his blue eyes from 10 feet away.
Annie: Do you have a favorite memory that sticks out from your relationship up to this point?
Matt: I have a lot of favorite memories of Laura and I's relationship. Obviously, the biggest one that I vividly picture in my mind is the moment we became engaged. However, a big memory that summarizes our relationship perfectly is from last Christmas. It was about a few weeks before Christmas and we were staying in (like we usually do). We decided to go buy a puzzle and put it together like the 65-year-old couple that we are. We played Christmas music and talked while we pieced together the puzzle. We had our dog, Ellie, for about a month or so at that point, and I could see the makings of a family that could last a lifetime. We sang, danced, and enjoyed each other's company without any television or phones and felt absolute, forever-long happiness and love.
Laura: Still one of my favorite memories with Matt was super early in our relationship. Actually, I don't even think we were officially dating at that point! It was the first time he brought me to his hometown. I can't really explain it, but there is just something so special about having someone share that part of their life with you. That night I got to meet his parents, sister, and nana, He drove me around his little town and showed me his school and baseball field, and we spent so much time just talking about how we grew up. That evening we spent hours at a local bar with his family and friends. I will never forget that feeling of how welcoming everyone was and how naturally I seemed to fit in. It just felt right. Seeing him interact with his family and these important people in his life made me feel so happy he wanted me to be a part of it.
Annie: What made you think he/she is the ONE?
Matt: I knew she was the one about 8 months into our relationship. A lot of relationships are different, and sometimes people know right away from their first moment or they know they have met their match at a random point in time during their relationship. I knew that I loved her about 2 months into the relationship, but I let myself enjoy our time together without thinking of a long future. At about 5 months, I started thinking that she might be the one. But around the 8-month mark, something in my heart felt warm and whole when I was looking at her one day and I knew, "Yep, this is what I want and need for the rest of my life, and I will fight for this no matter what."
Laura: I've known deep down for a long time that Matt was the one. I fell really hard and fast for him once we started dating, and I think I was itching to say, "I love you" before he was. But I feel like I REALLY knew he was "the one" about six months before our engagement. I was going through a really tough time, and the amount of support and unconditional love he showed me solidified that I couldn't imagine navigating life with anyone else. He was the one person I wanted to be around at my lowest and I knew I could talk to him about anything. I knew he was the person who would love me for better or for worse.
Annie: What are you most looking forward to at your wedding?
Matt: I am looking forward to dancing with her and holding her as my wife for the first time. I know they say that your wedding day will go by fast, but I hope it doesn't. I'm excited to look at my forever and knowing that I love her with my whole heart and how lucky I am to finally have her as my wife.
Laura: I'm looking forward to so many little parts of the wedding: saying "I do," putting on Matt's wedding band, having all of my favorite people celebrating us under the same roof, dancing with my dad and seeing Matt dance with his mom, our first dance and first kiss as husband and wife. But, most of all, being able to finally call Matt my husband!