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Though both were a bit leery of being set up, their mutual friend ensured they meet. “I thought my friend was crazy, I don’t need to be set up on a date,” says Jen. “But when I met her, I knew I couldn’t stop looking.”
Christy also felt the instant attraction, and gave her friend a lot of credit for introducing her to Jen. “I could tell that our mutual friend was a genuinely caring and good-hearted person,” says Christy. “She wouldn’t have hooked up two people she didn’t care about. We hit it off—we enjoy a lot of the same things, we have the same likes and dislikes, and it’s been easy since the beginning.”
When it came to making their relationship legal, they had talked about marriage jokingly, until they got engaged on Thanksgiving of 2012 while on vacation in Mexico. “There was this joke that I made this pseudo-deal,” says Christy, “that if I got a Tiffany ring, then I would get a tattoo of her name on my side. Neither end of the bet held up.”
They did, however, seal the deal this year, legally marrying in July. They chose Washington, DC because Jen has family there, and Christy had never visited before. Jen’s cousin and her husband hosted them in their home and took video and pictures of them being married by their officiant, Tiffany Newman. Back home several weeks later, Jen and Christy hosted a laid-back and fun reception for family and friends at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center.
Now newlyweds, Christy and Jen find success in their relationship through spending time together doing things they love, but always finding time for themselves. “We go out with friends and party, but we know when it’s time to deck out,” says Christy. “We have a good balance of spending time for us and things we enjoy, and going out with friends and having a good time.”