THEY HAVE TO SAY they met online – but the truth is, Lindsay and Crystal had noticed each other in the halls at work long before they exchanged the first message. It was only after non-stop chatting and texting that they realized that they were colleagues! Crystal admits she had eyed Lindsay in the halls quite a few times: “How many butches are there in the office?” she jokes while Lindsay shrugs. And Lindsay explains that she first noticed Crystal because of her tattoos.
Despite Crystal’s initial fear of taking the next step and formally meeting, they had their first date at a place that would become one of their favorites: the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. It was November, during their annual Zoolights. It was meant to be romantic – until Lindsay’s friend called with a crisis and they had to end the date early. Luckily, that didn’t deter Lindsay and Crystal’s relationship. They love to spend time fishing and camping (“We don’t rough it up!” admits Lindsay), and they like attending auctions and yard sales and hunting for antiques together. Separately, Lindsay loves to refinish wood and repurpose old furniture, while Crystal is an avid baker. (At this point in the interview, Crystal asks, “We don’t sound boring, do we?”)
They also both share a love for tattoos. Lindsay says, “I feel mine are a roadmap to my life; each one has a story.” Though Lindsay has been all over, she now has a “Ohio” tattoo because Ohio is now her home. She also got the word “liberty” tattooed the day DOMA was overturned.
After 10 months and much anticipation, Lindsay finally decided to pop the question. For the location, she chose to relive their first date at the Columbus Zoo. She repurposed an old piece of wood with the question: “BE MY FOREVER?” And thoughtfully, she decided to enlist the help of a professional photographer (me!) to capture the moment – and leave the sign in a place where Crystal would find it while casually exploring the Asia exhibit. Admittedly, Lindsay was nervous as it all went down, but played it off as being fidgety over low blood sugar. It almost backfired when Crystal insisted on getting Lindsay something to eat! But luckily, she stumbled upon the proposal sign first. Both Lindsay and Crystal later recall that neither of them said a word; Crystal read the sign and took the ring! And I greeted them after they had a moment to take it all in.
Crystal and Lindsay are now hard at work on two upcoming major life events – buying their first home and planning their wedding next fall. They hope to settle in a farm-style home with lots of land, and lots of space for refinishing wood and baking cakes!
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