Susan and Joe

How we met

It was the last week of fall semester of organic chemistry lab, and our professor finally decided it was a good time to go around the classroom and have everyone introduce themselves. Our first encounter was at the elevator after lab had ended. Joseph had let the ladies board the elevator first before he did. I thought this was a nice gesture and noticed he was very well dressed and very handsome. Fast forward to a month into spring semester, I worked up the courage to send Joseph a Facebook friend request. His initial reaction: “Who the heck is this?” And the rest is history… Or chemistry rather :)

How he asked

After graduation, I went off to grad school and every winter break, the two of us would go away as a mini celebration for the end of the semester. We had planned to go to Disney World for a family vacation and I had a feeling that Joe might pop the question. The morning of January 2, 2017, we made reservations at Cinderella’s Castle for breakfast. We arrived to the area where everyone usually gets their picture taken, so the two of us decided to stop by the Disney photographer for a photo opp. The photographer was taking an awful lot of pictures, telling us how to pose but it was when he told us to hug each that I realized Joey’s heart was basically beating out of his chest! Joe backed away and said, “I have one more pose…” I actually don’t remember what Joe said exactly but he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.