Kristen & Joe

Our Story

Would you like to know a little more about us? Well here you go! Let us introduce ourselves, Nietzsche our "child", the journey we have taken together, and how the proposal happened.

Kristen

The "Off-Beat" Bride
Kristen

Kristen is originally from Orange County California, but eventually ended up in the Bay Area. Unless Kristen writes things down she usually won't remember exact details, so don't be surprised if she doesn't know some important details. The normal response she will give is "Hmmm, not to sure. Ask Joe!" Because honestly she swears she has more pressing things to worry about such as work and keeping things in order. She is quite the proud little work-o-holic and knows that her drive always pays off. Kristen will never deny that she is stubborn and enjoys thinking a little outside the box. Her passions include Halloween, Disney movies, reading, painting, going on walks, yoga, concerts, sleeping, and being a devoted dog mom.

Joey

The baseball obsessed groom
Joey

Joey is born and raised in Tracy, California. He lives life for baseball 24/7 365 days a year. Not just any baseball but Atlanta Braves baseball. There is no such thing as the off season for Mr. Carson. He has a very sarcastic personality and is the family smart-ass hands down. Anyone who knows Joe, recommends that you not try to get into an argument with him because he will try to instantly shut you down with his plethora of random facts and statistics.

Nietzsche

the only child
Nietzsche

Nietzsche (Knee-chay) came into Kristen's life in March of 2005. Little did she know how much this little black Labrador Retriever would change her life. Due to certain circumstances Kristen was in need of a service dog and Nietzsche naturally took to specific tasks without being asked to do so. After a little bit of training she was certified and is now by Kristen's side 24/7. Stating that these two are inseparable is an understatement. There are no boundaries to where Nietzsche will go, Sea world, Disneyland, planes, trains, malls, hotels, concerts, movies...etc. When Nietzsche is not in her work uniform she enjoys "normal" dog activities such as cuddling, long walks, hanging her head out the car window, running on the beach, swimming in the lake, bird watching, dock diving, and especially hogging the bed (only from Joey).

She also wanted to let everyone know that she is a huge fan of apples, peanut butter, and water friendly toys. She is adamant on having some of her own items on the wedding registry.

Our journey

We haven't always been a "couple"
Our journey

Joey and Kristen met for the first time in November of 2004 on a short weekend trip that Kristen took back to California from New York. Once Kristen returned back to Hofstra University they kept in touch via "AIM". The next month the semester was over and Kristen returned back to California for good. Joey and Kristen became close very quickly. Concerts, road trips, movie marathons, Disneyland trips, eating out, eating in, and even writing papers for school. They did everything that BFFs would do together and the Carson family even took Kristen and Nietzsche into their home, not once but twice. Over the next 5 years they became each others support system. FINALLY in August of 2009 "Kristen came to her senses." (As Joe would like to say) It was only a matter of time...

The Proposal

He slammed the door in Kristen's face, TWICE!
The Proposal

October 1st 2011

Kristen had been gone on a business trip the week prior to and Joe decided to be nice and take an un-suspecting Kristen out to dinner. She chose Mimi's Cafe in Dublin just for something a little different as well as low key. Dinner went off without a hitch and they made their way back to Tracy. Little did she know that Joey had something up his sleeve.

On the way home Joe recommended going to Petco to get Nietzsche something. Except they never shopped at Petco. Second he drove like a normal person even in the slow lane; which is very odd. Third once they got into Tracy he stopped to get gas and he wasn't even on empty; very very odd. As the sun finally began to set (the reason for all the stalls) Joey asked Kristen if she wanted to go see Moneyball that evening. She said what the heck, sure. They headed home to drop off Kristen's left overs prior to heading to the movies. Joe said he would take the left overs in and use the restroom and that she could stay in the truck just so he could run in....

This is where it gets interesting.

It was Nietzsche's dinner time so Kristen decided to get out of the truck and follow Joe up to the house so that she could feed her before the movie. (Pretty sure Joe was thinking "Oh Shit" at this point). She was right behind him when he opened the door and before she could step inside he SLAMMED HER OWN HOUSE DOOR IN HER FACE, and quickly locked the dead bolt. Kristen never, repeat never has her house keys on her when they go somewhere together but this time she did. As she yelled some profanities to him through the front door she reached in her purse pulled out her keys and began to unlock the deadbolt. She opened the door and before she could come inside Joey SLAMMED THE DOOR IN HER FACE AGAIN! He yelled "wait" and locked the door. At this point Kristen knew something was up. After some minutes of her tapping her toe on her front porch Joey finally slowly opened the door to allow her inside. The house was dark and as she looked around the corner she saw four pumpkins lit up with "Will you marry me?". As Joe got down on a knee the anger she was feeling melted away and she couldn't help but say "Yes".

They never went to see Moneyball.