Kate, on Matt:
I still remember the first time I met Matt. It was a cold Thursday evening and I was hanging out at Pilam, a co-ed fraternity/DIY venue at the University of Pennsylvania’s campus. I was a sophomore studying English; he was an engineering student at nearby Drexel University. I thought he was cute, but mysterious, and I remember in a panic texting my roommate, Rachel, to come down and save me, just in case he turned out to be a creeper (because one can never be too sure). Suffice to say, he was NOT a creeper and as soon as Rachel showed up, I remember shooing her away because I felt immediately comfortable spending time with him. (Luckily she was a good sport about it). The next evening, we reconnected at a party, and spent the whole night talking. Afterwards, he asked for my screen name, and actually IM’ed me, even though my screen name at the time was KateTheEmoKid. We had our first date February 5, 2005, and have been together since.
There are so many reasons I love Matt, but I think the most important reason is he is the best person I’ve ever met. Matt is smart; he’s funny when he wants to be; he’s unfailingly loyal, and driven; and he is one of the kindest people I’ve known. With Matt by my side, I feel like I can do anything—partially because I’m inspired by everything he’s done, from inventing the world’s first wireless web cam to building every piece of Ikea furniture I’ve ever purchased. He also has excellent taste in music and has a knack for naming kittens. I’m excited to marry Matt because every day with him is the best day, and I can’t wait for what’s to come.
Matt, on Kate:
One rather boring party a short lady named Katie started chatting with me. For most of the discussion I could not help but stare at the outrageously loud, sparkly, blue tights she was wearing… they were ridiculous. The discussion, and smile she wore, on the other hand, were very enjoyable, and I immediately knew I wanted to spend more time with this little lady Katie. She has been an ever-growing light in my life since that moment, and continues to entice me with her we-can-do-anything smile. The only thing we couldn’t do, it turned out, was get married before this little lady Katie turned 30, even though for many years prior I knew she was the one. And so a beautiful ring sat awaiting that magical 30th birthday that inevitably would arrive. While I patiently waited for the day I could ask this little lady Katie to be my wife, we adopted two kitties, Isabelle and Ebert, and managed to buy a house in amazing South Philadelphia together. As long as little Katie is by my side there isn’t much that can hold us back. I can’t wait to see what fun and mischief we can get into as we grow older together.