| AMY TANNENBAUM
THEY SAY THE THIRD time’s the charm. The first time Krista saw Casey, it was in a cafeteria at Bowling Green State University, where they were both students. “I told my friend: that is the most gorgeous girl,” says Krista. Her friend urged her to approach Casey, but Krista was not that bold.
A year later, Krista was running home from the gym when it started to rain, so she took refuge in the school’s rugby house. By chance, Casey was there too – Krista recognized her right away and found the courage to approach her. “I can’t begin to describe how surreal a feeling it was,” says Krista. “I decided I wasn’t letting her get away.” They tried to date but decided they were better off as friends. “It was a maturity thing,” Krista explains. “We saw something, but it wasn’t the right timing.”
After college, the two went their separate ways – Krista attended school in Florida, and Casey returned to her hometown of New Bremen, Ohio - but they continued to stay in touch. Even as they dated other people, they continued to think of each other. “Our significant others always hated us talking. Can’t imagine why!” Casey says. “There were a couple of months when we were cut off from communication!”
Finally one afternoon in 2010 while Krista was studying, she got a call from an unknown number out of the blue – it was Casey. They had gone a year without speaking, and they talked all night. “I didn’t study at all that night.” Krista recalls. A long distance relationship soon began.
After a brief stint living together in Krista’s hometown of Hudson, Ohio, Krista got her first job offer in South Carolina, so they decided to jump on the opportunity to move there together. Casey attributes their decision to their love of adventure: “We thought, ‘Let’s try a new thing and make new friends. We don’t have kids or baggage. It’s easy for us to pack up and go. Why not?’”
It’s a true reflection of their relationship that they would just pick up and move across the country to a new place. “We love trying new things and putting ourselves out there and trying new experiences,” says Krista. But it was also a testament to their strong relationships with their families back in Ohio that they decided that after three years in South Carolina, the time was right to return to their home state. They still wanted to make it an experience that was new, so they chose Columbus as their new home.
“Neither of us had ever lived in Columbus,” says Krista. “We had heard a lot great things about it, but we moved here for another great experience. It’s a younger and very accepting city.”
Before the move actually happened, Krista began plans to pop the question. She saved up a long time to purchase the ring and had to keep the secret all the while, which was a huge challenge because Casey is a big planner and handles the finances. Before she even bought the ring, Krista asked Casey’s parents for permission; they were ecstatic. Finally, she popped the question during a trip to Chicago in June of 2013. It took some serious coercing to get Casey to agree to an early morning jog to the Bean sculpture in Millennium Park before it would fill up with tourists, but when they got there, Krista presented a sign that could only be read in the Bean’s reflection, reading: “Casey, will you marry me?” Casey responded, “Are you for real?” Krista was already down on one knee.
They wasted no time in planning a wedding celebration that took place in February of 2014. They again chose Columbus as the location. They were aligned on just about all the decisions and everything fell into place. As Casey says, “The biggest decision was, who would walk down the aisle first?”
As Casey and Krista prepare to celebrate their one year wedding anniversary next month, as well as their recent move to German Village, they look back on their wedding day with no regrets. “We knew the laws, that our marriage wouldn’t be recognized,” says Krista. “It is a bit disheartening, but we don’t let it get us down. We know that one day in our lifetime it will happen. We don’t let politics and society dictate how we live our lives, we’re not going to sit around and wait for the laws to catch up with the love we have for each other and how we want to express it.”
Therefore, they haven’t left the state to get legally married elsewhere. “Regardless if the government recognizes us or not, our friends and family do – that’s most important. They are the only people we need to recognize us in this moment in time for us to be happy.”
Their relationship works because they are a true balance, and they look at every experience as something to be shared together. “We push each other to be better people every day,” says Krista. “We’re both so comfortable and confident with one another. We share a lot of similar interests. We are each other’s best friends. We could laugh about anything. We have so much fun, every day is a new adventure!”
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