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Nina and Eric's journey, also affectionately known as "Petunia and Valentine", is a beautiful tale that began on a scorching July 3rd day, with Nina behind the wheel, heading to Palm Springs in sweltering 108-degree weather. Little did they know, this phone call would be the starting point of their incredible love story.

Their first official date was set for July 10th, 2013, a memorable milestone that now stands as a testament to a decade of love and togetherness. The chosen venue was the Bottle Inn in Hermosa, a charming setting for their first encounter. What Nina immediately noticed was Eric's height, which exceeded her expectations, and his infectious smile.
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Within a mere week, they embarked on their second date, this time at the Palmilla, another popular spot near the pier in Hermosa Beach. It was a night that neither of them would ever forget, as they enjoyed each other's company until the establishment had to close, making them the last patrons to leave. The chemistry was undeniable, and it was becoming clear that there would be a third date.

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On this pivotal third date, Eric made a move that would ultimately solidify their connection. He invited Nina to join him at a concert featuring the Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty. Despite Eric's slight tardiness, Nina's flexibility and understanding made a lasting impression. He realized that "She was a Keeper."

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Their connection was further solidified that night when they listened to the song "Come to Me," which beautifully speaks about marriage and growing old together. Little did they know that this song would become their anthem, a symbol of their love and commitment to one another, even ten-plus years later.

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I'll be kind, if you'll be faithful
You be sweet and I'll be grateful
Cover me with kisses dear
Lighten up the atmosphere
Keep me warm inside our bed
I got dreams of you all through my head
Fortune teller said I'd be free
And that's the day you came to me
Came to me
Come to me my sweetest friend
Can you feel my heart again
I'll take you back where you belong
And this will be our favorite song
Come to me with secrets bare
I'll love you more so don't be scared
And when we're old and near the end
We'll go home and start again
I caught you burnin' photographs
Like that could save you from your past
History is like gravity
It holds you down away from me
You and me, we've both got sins
And I don't care about where you've been
Don't be sad and don't explain
This is where we start again
Start again
Come to me my sweetest friend
Can you feel my heart again
I'll take you back where you belong
And this will be our favorite song
Come to me with secrets bare
I'll love you more so don't be scared
And when we're old and near the end
We'll go home and start again
Start again
Today's the day I'll make you mine
So get me to the church on time
Take my hand in this empty room
You're my girl, and I'm your groom
Come to me my sweetest friend
This is where we start again,
Again
Come to me my sweetest friend
Can you feel my heart again
I'll take you back where you belong
And this will be our favorite song
Come to me with secrets bare
I'll love you more so don't be scared
When we're old and near the end
We'll go home and start again
Start again
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In 2016, Eric and Nina began their life together in Hermosa Beach and became engaged. However, it wasn't until they navigated through numerous life events — a child going off to college, loss of parents, friends, and furry animals, and a move to Idaho — that they truly committed to making it official. After several changes in both the date and location, from Palm Springs to Boise, they finally settled on July 13, 2024, as their wedding date, coinciding with the anniversary of when they first met.

Let's all welcome them on this journey... Coming this Summer! ♡