"What's your favorite Malcolm Gladwell book?" he asked. Her response: "Outliers." ... a bit more small talk later and our first date was set up! Wednesday 12/12/12 would be the day. The place? Coach House in Old Town, Scottsdale.
"I'll see you there at 7:00 sharp," he said. Little did he know that she is routinely 15 minutes late to everything (... that's being generous). Fortunately, she called to let him know. Otherwise, we wouldn't be here today writing this copy for our wedding website :) This was also the time he unknowingly said goodbye to the days he was ten minutes early to everything...
All photography provided by Patrick Madigan.
Russell was born to Keith & Gail Reese in Fremont, CA. Shortly thereafter there were a lot of family moves (due to his father's career success) from CA to OR to NM and ultimately to Arizona. Russell mostly grew up in Albuquerque, NM and grew to love the people and food there. Yum! Russell played tennis (amongst other sports) in high school and went on to win State his Senior year. Sadly, that same year, Gail passed away suddenly with a brain hemorrhage. She continues to watch over us all and is missed greatly every day. Russell attended Arizona State University to stay closer to home and majored in Supply Chain Management graduating in 2011. Afterwards, Russell served as a Financial Analyst at Mollen Immunization Clinics. Russell has since found great success at Western Refining, oil refinery, where he serves today as a Product Distribution Coordinator dispatching trucks throughout the Southwest... Now it gets to the fun part.
Erin was born to Ryan & Dianne Harbaugh in Cincinnati, OH. Erin had a boring (haha yea right) childhood in the heart of the midwest and tried to get involved in every extracurricular activity humanely possible. You name it - soccer, basketball (I always wanted to be good!), lacrosse, track, horseback riding, yearbook, chorus, you get it... Wanting to get out of the cold, Erin applied Early Decision to Elon University (North Carolina) and couldn't wait to live that Southern life she saw in the movies. She had a great four years (hehe :) and graduated in 2010 with a Double Major in Psychology and Strategic Communications. Erin couldn't yet picture leaving the best state just quite yet, so she packed a uhaul and her college cat, Todd, and headed due west to Charlotte. Thanks to her parents support, she was able to get on her feet and see what this 'real world' thing was all about -- one dull job after another. Erin's official first job was at Lowe's Corporate HQ as a Social Media Specialist and then went to work at Belk (Department Store) HQ as a eCommerce Analyst. Still freezing mid- July, she yearned for the land of the sun and temps dipping into the 90's. What was she thinking?! She drove cross country with her mom in April of 2012 and got started at a young Financial Services start-up in the hip downtown Scottsdale. Now, we're finally at the fun part.
The BEST day ... so far :)
The BEST day ... so far :)
For those of you who've heard this story, you're in luck -- here it is again! (single boys, take notes.)
After a long (fun!) day, Erin amazingly was right on time just before the sunset. Without wasting time, partially due to nerves, Russell quickly got down on one knee and asked Erin who quickly said "YES!" and then blubbered on about how special of a day it was. We're so thankful that our close friend, Jason, could be there to catch the special moment on film! Thanks Dirty Bit!
We couldn't wait to share the good news with all our friends and family. It's crazy to think that in a few months, we will be getting married in the exact same spot!