I am so thrilled to share Tierney and Corey’s engagement session in Bethlehem with you today! These two just can’t stop smiling around each other and I love it! I had such a great time with them exploring Downtown Bethlehem and they even took me on a secret path with an awesome view of the Steel Stacks from across the river. It was so fun getting to know these two lovebirds better and I can’t wait for their wedding at Lehigh University next fall!
We both noticed one another at a mutual friend’s high school graduation party in summer of 2009 and knew that we would both be heading to Lehigh in a few weeks. Once there, Corey kept me company when I was locked out of her residence hall for several hours and he lived in the residence hall next door. We started spending more and more time together and the rest is history.
We established a tradition of sorts after the first time Corey kept me company outside of our dorms at a picnic table that has since become known as “the bench”. The first time we hung out at the bench outside of Richards House where Corey lived Freshman year, we talked for several hours. We returned to talk at the bench many times, and we consider our first date more of a “spot” than a specific planned event. (We definitely would love to take a picture on our wedding day at the bench on Lehigh’s campus!)
Ah, where do I (Corey speaking now) begin? Well, something that was very important to me was that both my mom and Tierney’s mom were involved in the ring selection process (which was slightly selfish because I knew they’d have better taste than me). But, we all instantly agreed when we saw the one. I always describe Tierney as nostalgic for events that have yet to occur, so I knew there was some pressure. I thought of quite a few unrealistic (but awesome) plans. I ended up contacting Tierney’s boss at Lehigh (she works in Admissions) and we set up a phony meeting with an alumni and his kid that wanted an unofficial tour of Lehigh – she was to meet them at the Rotunda of Linderman Library. I left work early and surprised her there. I invited her family and mine. One of her bosses was giving us the play by play as to how close Tierney was to the library (our lookout). And her other boss was stationed in the stacks to get a good picture. I had a vague idea of what to say, but I forgot everything as soon as she came around the corner, so it turned into a lot of kissing before hand – she said yes anyway hah. The reason I chose the library was because, in college, I was never much of a library goer and she was. So I thought it would be nice to have a special moment there.
When I posed this question to Corey, he said isn’t our favorite thing to do as a couple just to talk to each other? He’s right. We are less of texters and more of phone call people, which despite living together still happens several times a day. On a quirky note, we have a habit of reciting our favorite lines from stand up comedians and movies to one another in the context of a regular conversation, (even when others are oblivious to our reference). We like to dance, sing in the car, go out to dinner and honestly… go to Wegmans, we love going to Wegmans. We have not, however, made the move to share a cart, we still have separate carts. TBD on if this will change with marriage.