How We Met
Katie and Jesse met in July 2012 when they were both invited to a mutual friend’s apartment to watch the Olympic US Women’s Gymnastics qualifiers. Jesse had recently come to the University of Pittsburgh to join the Bioengineering graduate program where Katie had been a student for two years. Through friends and classmates, they began to run into each other frequently and became good friends, bonding over such shared interests as a love of good food, long walks through the neighborhoods of Shadyside, and Miniature Schnauzers. Still, it was only after two
and a half years of friendship that Katie finally agreed (after some persistence from Jesse!) to begin dating. Things went well, and after Katie’s graduation from Pitt and move back to the west coast followed by a year of long-distance dating, Jesse moved out to Northern California in May 2017 after his graduation.
On Sunday, April 15, 2018, Jesse was uncharacteristically adamant about going to the beach in Halfmoon Bay, CA, despite a rainy forecast and chilly weather. Katie was a bit suspicious but went along with his plan to pack a lunch and take their puppy, Ellie, to have a picnic on the beach. Fortunately the rain held off, and after they had finished their lunch, Jesse asked Katie to stand up. He got down on one knee and the rest is history!
And here are a few favorite moments from the wedding day:
Seeing all of my family and friends together in one place
Dancing the night away on the dance floor
When Jesse teared up when he saw he walk down the aisle!
Seeing how happy all of my family and friends were for us
Hearing Katie recite her beautiful vows
Seeing Katie for the first time when she walked down the aisle!