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Real Couple: Payton & Andrew

Meet this Georgia couple, who waited to kiss and say “I love you” only after their engagement and plan to both have their Master’s degree within a couple of years.

Location: Newnan, GA

Their Digs: They rent a 1,300 sq. ft., 2 bedroom, 2-bath house.

Ages: She’s 22; he’s 24.

Together: Three years

Married: May 23, 2009

Careers: Payton is a programming coordinator and Andrew is a registered nurse.

How They Met: Through mutual friends at college, on “God’s perfect timing.” After getting to know each other over a year and a half courtship (following special rules they had agreed upon when they first began dating), in one week Andrew bought a ring, met Payton’s parents, and proposed on Kennesaw Mountain. “We said ‘I love you’ for the first time and we also kissed for the first time in our relationship. It was the most perfect day!”

Pets: A Schipperke-mix named Brodie.

Baby Clock: Three to four more years.

Pet Peeves: Andrew “tosses things in the air." Payton always leaves the dog’s leach at the wrong door.

Biggest Compromise: Moving into a smaller place to save money.

Interests & Hobbies: Reading, spending time together and with their dog, blogging, cooking, music, and traveling.

Guilty Pleasures: Shopping.

Secret Goal: “We both want to have our Master’s degree in the next few years.”

Fantasy Buy: Home theater system.

Nicknames You Have for Each Other: Payton calls Andrew “Simba.” Payton calls Andrew “Nala.”

In 10 Years: “We’ll be living in our dream home, hopefully with 2-3 kids!”

-- Colleen Canney

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