Erin and Ben met in college when she was assigned to write a feature on him for the college yearbook. Erin was excited to do this, as Ben was her biggest crush at the time. In an Instagram post, Erin recalled the week they met, writing, "December 8, we took the photos for the yearbook. December 9, we went on our first date and he met my mama. December 10, we looked at the Christmas lights in Mason Park. December 13, we decided we would get married someday. It sounds crazy to you, maybe. But it makes perfect sense to me."