THE HAPPY COUPLE

HER

Hi I’m Lori.  I grew up in North Carolina but also count Charlottesville, VA and Taipei, Taiwan as my homes.  School counselor by trade, I love traveling, wine tasting and sushi.  Making mix tapes is my hidden talent and I have an insatiable love of scarves and foot massages.

HIM

Howdy folks. The name’s Raul, but people usually call me…. Raaaal. I was born in Fort Worth TX, lived in Mexico and NC. I now live in Taipei. I work as a freelance web designer, substitute teacher, and English tutor during the day, and fight crime at night. I love craft beer, grilling, learning stuff and I’m afraid of foot massages.

GETTING MARRIED SOON

July 11, 2015. Mount Airy, NC

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THE MATCH

September 12, 2010

Both unsure how to meet people in the Triad, we simultaneously turned to eHarmony for help.  Within days, we were matched up and began communicating.  She liked his smile and he liked her eyes.

THE FIRST DATE

October 23, 2010

We met at Village Tavern and enjoyed a delicious dinner followed by drinks at Finnegan’s Wake.  Neither of us remembers much about the date except that we liked each other and wanted a second one!

THE FIRST KISS

October 27, 2010

On our second date, we went to dinner again and ended up at Finnegan’s Wake one more time (she loved the pumpkin beer!).  He told her he liked her a lot and thought they should continue dating.  She responded that he should probably kiss her before they made that decision.  So he did.  <3

THE SEPARATION

July 19, 2011

A lover of travel, Lori had always wanted to work abroad and in December of 2010, she landed a job in Taiwan for the following school year.  After much deliberation, we decided that we liked each other too much to stop dating before we had to and spent as much time together as possible until Lori left for the airport.  That was an incredibly difficult day for both of us, and we had no idea what the future would bring.

THE VISIT

March 29, 2012

We continued to keep in touch, and in the spring of 2012, Raul made the trip across the world to visit Lori in her new environment.  We traveled to Boracay, Philippines and had a magical vacation sipping mango shakes on the beach and watching the sunset over the water.  We also spent some time in Taipei and Lori got to show Raul what an amazing place it can be.

THE MIDDLE YEARS

December 12, 2012

Though we decided not to put labels on our relationship, we spent the next few years chatting and spending the summers and Christmas vacations together.  When we were together, things were great and when we were apart, we were never far from each others’ minds.

THE DECISION

January 2, 2014

Near the end of the summer of 2013, Raul decided enough was enough.  He wanted to be with Lori and knew she wanted the same, but needed to be in Taiwan.  We went to dinner at Fishbones, one of our favorite go-to places in Greensboro, and he told Lori he was ready to look for jobs in Taiwan.  We spent the next 6 months getting things ready, and in January of 2014, he made the big move!

THE PROPOSAL

December 23, 2014

Two days before Christmas, we went back to Fishbones for dinner.  We planned to walk through the Christmas lights display in the neighborhood, but when we left the restaurant, it was pouring!  So we drove through the lights and then went back to Raul’s house and hung out in front of the Christmas tree where he got down on one knee and popped the question!

THE VENUE

Round Peak Vineyard

765 Round Peak Church Road, Mount Airy, NC 27030, United States.

Hotels Nearby

Hampton Inn, Mt. Airy NC
2029 Rockford Street, Mount Airy, North Carolina, 27030
Please use the code “RGW” when booking

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Dress Code

Smart Casual.  Weather permitting, the ceremony and reception will be outdoors where there will be gravel and grass.  Please choose your footwear accordingly.

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Information

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