We were set up on a blind date in 2017. Aaron wasn't aware it was a date. Ali left for a 15-week trip to Europe shortly after. Needless to say, the timing wasn’t right! Fast forwarding to 2019, we reconnected through friends and a well-timed party bus. Our first "real date" was a walk around Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis. From there, we spent much of 2019 trying new restaurants and meeting each other's friends and families. We felt lucky to be able to keep each other company during the pandemic. Aaron took Ali on her first ever camping trip (bold to start with the Boundary Waters) and Ali made dozens of new recipes - which Aaron greatly enjoyed. In late 2020, we moved in together, making movie nights and cribbage games much easier to schedule. In early 2021, we adopted our nervous but sweet dog, Rooney. She immediately captivated us and matched our love for cheese. Now we've won Rooney over, in part by buying her a house in April 2022 - we get to live there too! After what reportedly felt like much too long of a wait for some family and friends that will remain anonymous, we got engaged in May 2022 at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. Since then, we have been splitting our time between house projects and wedding planning. We can't wait to celebrate with you!