Chad and Lauren have known each other for 15 years and were very close friends during that time. She moved to Boston, and then to California, while Chad stayed in his hometown. After Lauren moved back home, they had a date, but then just remained as close friends. They took separate paths from each other but always enjoyed each others company and had a very strong bond. Though they have a very large and close-knit friend group, every time at one of the parties, Chad and Lauren would seek each other out and spend the entire time hanging out with each other. Whenever one of them planned to see a horror movie, each made sure to invite the other because that was one of their common interests.
A few years ago when they were both going through divorces, Lauren and Chad started talking a lot to help each other deal with everything. They played softball on the same team, so they got to see each other more often, and would sometimes meet at a bar in Columbia after work once or twice a week. They started thinking maybe there was something there, and should maybe try dating again. Their first kiss was at the bar parking lot. Two years later they went back to the bar, and in the parking lot Chad asked if Lauren remembered their first kiss, and whether she remembered the proposal. Lauren looked confused, and Chad moved on to propose to her. It definitely took a minute for it all to sink in. She of course said yes, and they went ahead to planning the wedding.