We first met in Dover, while we were both stationed there. We lived in the same apartment complex and bumped into each other while walking our dogs. Shortly after meeting, Hilary moved to Florida and Christian moved to California. We remained friends and chatted occasionally. After almost two years of talking as friends, Christian asking Hilary out a couple of different times, we decided to see where our relationship could go. Our first "date" was Hilary's sister's wedding, where Christian was introduced to almost her entire family. She knew he was a keeper after he survived that.