Jennie Garth and Dave Abrams' Whirlwind Love Story: 'It Just Felt Right'
From a blind date to the altar in eight months, the newlyweds share how they fell hard – and fast
When Jennie Garth‘s mommy-friend asked if she’d go on a blind double date with her, her boyfriend and his buddy Dave Abrams, the actress thought, ‘Sure, why not?’ I thought, ‘I’ll just go for dating practice,’ ” Garth tells PEOPLE exclusively.
“I looked him up online, and he shared a name with a real beefcake-y male stripper, and I was like, ‘Oh no!’ But luckily it wasn’t him.”
Meanwhile, Abrams assumed he didn’t really stand a chance. “I didn’t think I had a shot,” says Abrams, 34. “But I went.”
It’s a good thing, too. The couple hit it off that first night – and neither ever looked back.
“After we left the restaurant and were at the valet, I gave her a hug and said, ‘Well, can I call you?’ and she’s like, ‘Nope, but you can follow me,’ ” says Abrams. “I thought, ‘On Instagram?!’ She goes, ‘No, just follow me.’ ”
Abrams hopped in his car and the two landed at a local café where they talked into the night over drinks. Recalls Garth, 43, “He made me laugh so much!”
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Since that first date on Dec. 2, 2014, the couple hasn’t spent more than three consecutive days apart.
“We fast-tracked,” says Garth, who introduced Abrams to her three girls – Luca, 18, Lola, 12, and Fiona, 8 – almost immediately. “It was a big decision on my part, but I said I really like this guy and he really likes me and if we think we have a future together, I need to introduce him to my life as soon as possible.”
“I threw him in 100 percent,” she says.
Abrams didn’t balk: “I’m sure people are like, ‘You guys are insane,’ but when it hits you like that, you know,” says the Virginia-raised actor, who proposed on March 30.
From the beginning, says Garth: “It just felt right.”
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For Jennie and Dave’s exclusive wedding album and even more details from their big day, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday