Heather and Dustin's wedding this weekend takes place at The Potawatomi Inn at Pokagon State Park, a fitting location for this outdoorsey couple.
Together for six years, engaged for 1 1/2, Dustin says they met as Freshman at Indiana University, where they lived in neighboring dorms. He says: 'There was a food hall in her dorm, and on occasion I would see this gorgeous girl I always wanted to meet. A year later, I passed her on my way to my dorm from the bus stop. I told my brother that I always see this gorgeous girl and if I have the opportunity to meet her, I am going to talk to her.' After Christmas that year, I threw a party.' To Dustin's surprise, a good friend of his was friends with Heather and she came to that party. Dustin introduced himself to Heather and 'from then on, there wasn't a day that went by that we didn't talk,' Dustin recalls.
Heather remembers how Dustin proposed: 'I was working at the jewelry store that Dustin bought my ring from. I had it picked out and and, right before we moved from Bloomington, he bought my ring under a fake name. We went to Lake Monroe a lot, so I did not think anything of it when he wanted to go fishing one night. I was reading on the boat while he fished, when we found our way into a small bay. Dustin told me he was going to throw one more cast, then find a place to grill dinner. He caught a nice bass, then we pulled up on a bank. At this point, Dustin suggested we hike for a bit. I was all for it, so we climbed a small cliff. When we reached the top, I saw a piece of paper taped to a tree. On it, Dustin had written highlights of our relationship. The sun was setting as I read the last entry and, when I turned around, Dustin was on one knee, proposing.'
When asked when they fell in love, Dustin says: 'The night she told me she loved my fishing...I love that she loves the outdoors and the country. And, of course, I love her stunning good looks.' Heather shares: 'I fell in love with him because he is always happy. He makes me feel like I am the only girl he sees. I knew I loved him when our perfect date is either hiking or being together on the lake all day. We do not need to spend a ton of money. We are both extremely happy just being with each other.'
Their song, 'Who I Am With You' by Chris Young sums up Heather's sentiments exactly.
Two young adults with old souls joined together this weekend? It doesn't get much better than that! Unless, of course, Dustin manages to reel in that prize-winning catfish at Pokagon. Somehow, I think that pales in comparison to his anticipation of marrying his soul mate. He's already caught his prize!