It was March of 2012: Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger" was at the top of the Billboard charts. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were duking it out in the primaries. Breaking Bad's Walter White was still at the top of his game. Justin Bieber had just gotten a tattoo of Jesus on his calf.
Of course all of that took a backseat to the love story that was slowly unfolding on the historic streets of Memphis, Tennessee. This story began as all old-fashioned love stories do, on Match.com, and told of the fortuitous meeting of a dashing tuba professor and a charming pediatric pulmonologist and the love that flourished between them.
The moment of truth occurred at an ordinary sushi restaurant on an ordinary Friday night (March 16, 2012, to be exact), when Catherine arrived (fashionably) 20 minutes late. She nervously scanned the room for the handsome face whose picture she had reviewed at least 20 times prior to her arrival. And then . . . the night became not so ordinary. Kevin stood up, and the fated pair locked eyes for the first time. (Cue romantic music.) The room paused. Fireworks flew. They ran across the restaurant and leapt into each others' arms. Well, they shared a smile and a cordial handshake, anyhow.
That first date's conversation covered topics as varied and inspiring as chamber music, writing, period dress, and breathing exercises. When the waitress declared Kevin and Catherine "such a cute couple" and inquired how long they had been together, Kevin winked at Catherine as he declared "Oh, we've been together forever!" Little did he know how true those words would become (or did he?!).
This first encounter quickly led to three more dates (in the same week!) and found them dining again, enjoying a night at the symphony, hula-hooping downtown during Trolley Night, and attending a dance class consisting of Kevin, Catherine, and approximately 16 elderly women (whom Catherine had to fend off for a chance to dance with Kevin, by far the handsomest and youngest [by 40 years] man in the class). A few months later Catherine casually entered them into an online contest, and they were voted from among 120 other couples to win an all expenses paid dream date in Memphis. Clearly, the entire city of Memphis was cheering on this love story.
Now 3.5 years later, the pair have shared many adventures and endured over 2 years of long-distance love. Each time they see each other harkens back to the sushi restaurant where they first met and the music plays and fireworks ignite all over again.
Kevin and Catherine are so excited to begin their life as a married couple on November 14, 2015. Here's to many more adventures and a never-ending love story!
Lucy is my big sister, and the mama extraordinaire who provided me with me 4 wonderful nieces. Getting her undergraduate degree (Catholic University) and masters degree (University of Virginia-- aka the Best Place) in Mechanical Engineering, then going on to become a cloth-diapering, babywearing, making-from-scratch, gardening, Faith-filled wife and mother, she has always been the perfect example for me to follow.
Caroline is a my brilliant, compassionate, and beautiful little sister. She has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Vermont, and now teaches math and sciences to kids who have fallen behind in school in Tallahassee. A former ballerina, Caroline now has mad yoga skills. She is also the mother of my favorite catniece, Darla.
Megan is my faithful and true Forever Friend, whom I have know since the day my parents brought me home from the hospital to the idyllic neighborhood where we both spent our early childhoods. Spending a lifetime together we have been though it all: births, deaths, love, pain, Hanson concerts. After studying at the University of Central Florida and working with Americorp, Megan settled in a much-too-cold place (Connecticut) .
Annie and I attended the University of Virginia (aka the Best Place) together; there we were sorority sisters, travel companions (which included adventures in oinking on the Chunnel), and members of the elite Hair-Color-Princess Girls. Annie has a degree in English from UVa and a MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson. She is the author of must-read novel The Chance You Won't Return (no really, you MUST read it!).
"Greta" is my eldest niece (age 7) and my goddaughter. She loves practical jokes (whoopee cushions and plastic snakes are faves), art, and--most of all--READING. In fact, Greta has probably read more books in her lifetime than I have. She wants to be an artist or art teacher when she grows up.
Eloise is my 5-year-old niece and mini-me/shadow. She loves cuddling and telling her family that she loves them. She enjoys ballet and dress-up, but don't let that fool you-- Ellie is a rough-and-tumble daredevil who doesn't mind getting a little dirty.
Sweet Bea Rose is my 3-year-old niece. She loves dress-up and Frozen and hasn't yet abandoned her love of all things princesses, as her older sisters have. Beatrice can be a fireball in all her toddler glory, but she will melt your heart when she says "We'll miss you, Gubble Gum" (Gubble Gum being Kevin).
Flick is my youngest niece (turns 1 May 31)and officially holds the title of "Happiest Baby in the World." Like her Aunt Kitty, she loves eating and trying new foods. She also loves to do whatever her sisters are doing and doesn't mind being tossed around a bit. And OMG THAT SMILE.
If I had a twin that walked the earth with (much) less hair and incredible trombone slide-technique then Henry would be it. We were dorm room neighbors and met the very first week of college at Indiana University. After six years of playing concerts, being role model students, setting the grading curve for the college english class we took, and moving to New York City for graduate school, we moved to separate parts of the country, but have still found good excuses to get together over the years. Since moving to Oregon he can be found building chicken coups, bike riding, and performing and teaching countless hours at the University of Oregon.
Richard White, my brother from a different mother! Every man needs a friend that can inspire him and help him see what potential the future holds. Richard is the Mr. Miyagi to my Karate Kid. We met my freshman year of college and have been a sounding board for each other ever since.
Middle school band can be a tumultuous time in a boy's life. Michael and I experienced the pressure of those final spring concerts and major scales tests, which forged a brotherhood that has stood the test of time. Over the last two decades I've drawn on his expertise, covering a variety of issues, from rock bands and motor cycles to natural gas futures and literary critiques. I'm honored that he can be my wing man one last time before I enter the bonds of marital bliss.
World traveler, consummate professional, Dunkin Donuts aficionado, and a great guy to have in the passenger seat of your car, Christian is a force to be reckoned with. When I meet someone I like or I can learn from I try to find excuses to work with them. Luckily, Christian fits into both of these categories and we've found lots of reasons to work together over the last several years. He's in such high demand, I had to book him for the wedding date 3 months before I asked Catherine to marry me.