Keith and Irina’s Love Story
This Love Story begins on two different sides of the world. Keith and Irina were born 9 months apart in 1984. Irina was born in Russia on January 6th and Keith in Md. on October 4th. Irina had a happy childhood and loved spending time reading, painting, picking mushrooms and herbs from the garden and generally just liked being outside. She had quite a collection of dogs, cats, birds, fish and even a turtle.
Keith loved playing in the woods, rolling around in the mud, collecting insects and playing baseball. He was also a huge sci-fi fan. He always wanted to learn guitar but did not start until he was 16. It must have had a major impact because he chose to major in Music. He received a Bachelor’s in Sound Recording Tech from The University of Massachusetts. Irina received a Bachelor’s in IT and Business Administration.
How they met
This part is near and dear to my heart. Keith and Irina’s love story begins with Plenty O’ Fish. (That is where I met my wife too.) Keith created a profile pic where he photoshopped the abs from Robocop on himself. Somehow, Irina found his profile and really liked his creativity, so she messaged him. Now, there are some wild facts in this part of the story. Irina was out of his dating range and they would not have met otherwise. Irina says that Keith’s awesome ability with photo-shop brought them together. And Keith was about to delete his account because he was disappointed with the results. Keith is amazed by the fact that they always have a great time together even when they have nothing planned.
They began talking and decided to meet in Reston, Va. at McCormick and Schmick’s Steak House. Dinner started out slow where they exchanged awkward jokes with each other. Afterward, they had coffee together and things started to lighten up as the conversation turned to movies. Keith saw Irina smile and that is when the night became hopeful. They ended the evening at a small dance club where Keith impressed Irina with his amazing dance moves. Keith and Irina really hit it off as they said this was the longest date that either had been on.
Three weeks later, Keith knew that Irina was the girl for him. Keith asked Irina to be his exclusive girlfriend and she happily agreed. About a month and a half later, Keith and Irina were dancing at a Brazilian nightclub when the love bug bit Keith. As he stated ‘It just hit me’. Keith took a trip to England and when he returned, they met to watch a movie together. Irina had been waiting for Keith to say what he had been feeling. She finally turned around and stated matter-of-factually ‘I love you’. Keith was shocked at the suddenness and chuckled his reply ‘I love you too’.
In 2016, vacation was planned to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Keith knew he was going to propose during that vacation. On August 11th, Keith took Irina by the hand and led her down to the beach for a moonlit stroll. When they arrived, there was a path made of candles that led to a small altar. Keith professed his love for Irina, pulled out her engagement ring, got on one knee and proposed. Irina accepted his proposal and to top it off, they both witnessed a magnificent meteor shower, sort of nature’s fireworks!
During the engagement photo shoot, the photographer asked them both to shout out a number and they both enthusiastically said ‘7’. Irina has always liked the number 7 and that is why we are here on the seventh day of the seventh month in the year 2017 where we witnessed these two best friends vow their love to one another. I am honored to be a part of this special day and to help celebrate their union. Ladies and gentleman, I present to you Keith and Irina Cross!