Our Love Story
Koran and Audrey connected in November 2018 on a dating app called Coffee Meets Bagel. After messaging on the app for a few days, Koran and Audrey spoke on the phone. The conversation flowed easily enough that the pair planned to meet in person.
On November 9, 2018, they met for the first time at a lunch date at BJ's Restaurant in Tyson's Corner. Audrey was pleasantly surprised that Koran was more attractive in person than in his profile pictures. Koran did a double-take and straightened up when he saw Audrey. They shared laughter and discussion about their cultural backgrounds over the mid-workday meal. More laughter and getting to know each other ensued at their second date at Ambar in Clarendon.
Koran kept in touch during his two-week trip to Thailand, and when he returned, he had a mission: make their budding attachment official! Audrey accepted, and the pair continued to build their relationship over a few more months before they had their next mission: introducing Audrey to Koran's son, Gabriel. They took young Gabriel for dinner and games at an arcade complex, and thankfully, everything went smoothly. They traveled to Boston to meet Audrey's family and Michigan to meet Koran's father's side of the family over the summer of 2019. Through many outings and other local trips, the pair enjoyed meeting each other's friends, relatives, and colleagues. Joining a small group through Grace Covenant Church was one decision that helped facilitate more profound spiritual growth, which is an ongoing and crucial pursuit for the couple.
In March 2020, Covid-19 hit the US. Lockdowns were put in place, and the threat of being infected by the virus was real. In this unprecedented season, Koran planned a romantic evening for Audrey at her condo in Alexandria. On April 17, 2020, he brought over a bouquet of roses, a new dress and pair of heels, and the most delicious bottle of sparkling Rose that Audrey had ever tasted! He got down on one knee and proposed. She, of course, said yes! Now came the difficult task of planning a wedding in the time of Covid. Initially, the couple were optimistic that things would be back to normal by November. As the infection and death tolls rose, they delayed planning until late May/early June. By that time, it was apparent that a traditional wedding would not be safe or even allowed, as gatherings of more than 50 people were banned. They agreed to continue to get married that year and planned what we now know as a micro-wedding, complete with a Zoom room for guests that could not be present in person. On September 26, 2020, Koran and Audrey became Mr. and Mrs. Saines at Heritage Fellowship Church in Reston.
They are incredibly excited to celebrate their one-year anniversary
with all their family and friends this September in Mexico!!!!!