We're Michael and Ian. A couple from Texas living in Charleston, SC, we’re like all the other couples - trying to figure it out together. We have a passion for exploring this city and home decor, but in our free time you’ll find us eating pizza while drinking wine and watching Netflix. We are so happy y’all are here to figure it out with us.

We started our Instagram account (@ilovethatforyou) in early 2018 because we had no idea what we’re doing … we still don’t in many ways. We always talked about starting an Instagram account together but when we scrolled through our we did not love that for us.

We realized one night while scrolling through a favorite home decor account for inspiration, we saw the inspiration was unrealistic for us to achieve. What we really needed was someone who doesn’t have it all figured out, but they’re trying. Someone genuine and inspiring. Someone with as much passion for their dreams as we do, but still figuring out how to get there.

We can say with certainty we have no idea what each day will bring … and we love it! We are passionate about our family, friends, dogs, wine, home decor, cocktails, professional growth, and most of all, each other.

We are far from perfect but couldn’t be happier to have y’all join us on this journey and see how much I love that for you.


During another hot Houston, Texas summer in 2014, we stood front row for Flosstradamus at the Free Press Summer Fest Saturn Stage, only 13 people separated us. We met seven days later on an app (yes, an app) and Ian’s sarcastic digs at Michael’s height gave him the butterflies. We learned there was too much in common to ignore.

Michael moved to Houston for law school, only a few minutes away from Ian's hometown, Sugar Land, and had to see if Ian was as witty in person. Our first date consisted of a glass or two, or three, of our favorite drink, Jack and Sprite. We talked until dawn.

We were both in the fraternity Delta Tau Delta - Ian at Texas State University and Michael at The University of Texas at Austin. Michael learned Ian’s father recently passed, while his father left when he was young. And neither of us had been in a relationship with another guy. For us, it felt like a perfect match. 

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Two weeks after meeting, Ian said, “Michael, I’m in love with you.” As someone who has never been in love or know what it feels like, Michael said, “Thanks.” To this day, it is still one of Michael’s biggest regrets - not saying it back when he knew he felt the same way, but had no idea the butterflies and sweaty palms were only a few of the symptoms of true love.

Moving forward two years, our lives changed in the span of two weeks in August of 2016. Ian accepted a Marketing Director position for a start-up apparel company and moved to Charleston sight unseen, leaving Michael in Houston.

Michael’s previous job as a Marketing Manager for a start-up real estate app laid-off the team. The rental home’s owner Michael just moved into did not take a liking to his dog, Baker. But most importantly, they were 1,086 miles away from each other. Michael knew exactly what to do. He packed up, grabbed Ian’s dog Jackson, and the four of them were in Charleston together again 28 hours later.

We have called Charleston home for three years in August and are going through the rollercoaster of figuring it all out. Unemployed, a server, valet attendant, public relations professional and manager of a store on King Street, we are not skipping a single step. We have no idea what the future will look like, but we know it will be fabulous, filled with laughter and together.

If y’all have any questions for us, please drop us an email at yall@ilovethatforyou.com.