PHILADELPHIA, PA | JULY 27, 2019
PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR WEDDING ON
Headhouse Square | 2nd Street and Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Ceremony Begins at Four O’ Clock
Michael and I have known each other since the beginning of my freshman year of college, but we were only “hi-bye” friends who ran into each other here and there in the small town of Scranton, PA. During the start of my Speech-Language Pathology graduate program in the summer, we started running into each other more frequently (usually at the bars, where I would be with a cocktail in one hand and study guides in the other- no joke), and on one of these occasions, Michael suggested we go running together sometime (since he knew I was an avid runner). While I gained a new running buddy and we were purely friends to start, our morning runs started to evolve into running and then getting coffee, our afternoon runs turned into hitting the gym so he could teach me how to lift and then grabbing sushi afterward, and our late night runs often ended at the ice cream shop. He was a chef at the time, so he would surprise me with lunches during the week to bring to my internship- which by the time I had left, I would go to class and make my way to the restaurant he worked at, just to sit at the bar and study until he got off. By the end of the summer we were essentially inseparable, but not in the cheesy, clingy, head-over-heels in love kind of way- we were best friends, and we genuinely loved spending all of our time together. It was easy, effortless, fun, and comfortable. It felt just like home. By the time I was heading back to Philadelphia that winter to finish my last internship at home before graduating, Michael asked me out- and while all of the parts of me wanted to say yes, I just didn’t think he would leave his Scranton hometown, and I knew I needed to go back to my city of brotherly love that I missed terribly. We parted ways, but still keeping in touch and visiting each other, feeling and knowing it wasn’t the end, because it all felt too good to be true. After a few visits, Michael decided to take a leap of faith and followed me to Philly, where we moved in together that summer. If you ask Michael, technically speaking, we never *actually* started dating and are mere roommates (his favorite joke that he always holds over my head). As we started this new chapter together in my favorite city, we also got to fall truly, madly, deeply in love- and for the past 5 and a half (ish) years I have been the luckiest girl to be in love with my best friend- and to think it’s only the beginning is the best part.