"Kristin, my heart loves so many things about you." - Tomasz
"Tomasz, you are my favorite. The best person I have ever met." - Kristin
I wish I could have been in the same room of the Ph.D. party at Northwestern University in Chicago when Kristin met Tomasz whose energy and carriage she described as "a cross between Tigger from Winne the Pooh and a knight from King Arthur's Round Table."
They talked about why they chose Northwestern, where they were from, chatted about his upcoming salsa class. (Kristin was a former dancer.) She was determined to get a date with him; however, Tomasz, who's from Poland, did not comprehend her "cheesy" American pick-up line.
"It was something like, 'it'd be nice to see you again,'" Kristin said. But in Poland, you never ask someone out upon first meeting them; there was no "proper" response from Tomasz. Then, Kristin wrote her email on a piece of paper and marched back over to him and stuffed the paper in his hand saying, “Here! take this; write to me!”
Thankfully he did! That was 11 years ago.
Now they both live in Boston as Tomasz is an Economics professor at Harvard University while Kristin is finishing up her graduate program and teaching at Boston University. And their intimate and beautiful wedding took a place at a beach house in Cambria, a seaside village in California, owned by Kristin's grandparents, where she spent many childhood vacations and where all her siblings got married. The celebration was filled with laughter, tears of joy, and euphoria. I am SO blessed to have been there to witness it all.