They were college sweethearts who met at a St. Patrick’s Day party. There they stood, ‘90s boy band music playing in the background, everyone dressed in green. Hannah, a freshman, couldn’t believe this cute junior had singled her out as the girl whose number he wanted.
As they worked towards their degrees together at Miami University, both could detect early signs that this was a relationship neither wanted to let go of.
For Garrett, it was the way she helped him match his shirts and ties, how she’d constantly one up him with kindness. “She’s the kind of girl you’d try to surprise out of nowhere, but she’d already have done something for you—10 times better—without you knowing,” he said.
And for Hannah, she can never forget how he cared for her when she came down with mono a few months into their relationship. “He’d bring food to my dorm, give me movies to watch and even give me medicine every few hours when I literally couldn’t breathe,” she recalled. “Clearly I’d found a keeper.”
When Garrett accepted a job at L’Oreal in New York City, Hannah knew she wanted to follow him. She still remembers flying out to see him in the Big Apple for the first time, seeing him in front of his building with hair bleached blonde (a dare for L’Oreal’s interns). “It was so nice to see each other after two months apart.”
Once Hannah graduated, she, too, found herself living in the city with her best friend. It’s where they cemented their love when Garrett decided to propose.
“I told her we need to go on a ‘run’ together,” he said. “I was so nervous to ask her but even more nervous I was going to drop the ring.”
Running through Central Park, Garrett clutching his jacket pocket, Hannah had a hunch what was coming next. As they entered the conservatory garden, its Korean mums in full bloom, Garrett got down on his knee and asked the question Hannah had been longing to hear.
Her “Yes” carried them to their wedding day, March 24, 2012, where, under the guiding hand of a priest at St. Bernard Catholic Church, these two became husband and wife before family and friends.
Returning to New York City after a Spanish honeymoon, Garrett says he’s grateful for the life they’ve built for themselves there. “I’m glad we’re able to share this experience together,” he said. “And now I can look forward to spending the rest of my life with my best friend.”