I first met Laura at orientation for the Masters in Landscape Architecture program at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry four years ago. We were two of the only students in the program who were fresh out of undergrad, both excited and a little bit nervous about what we were getting ourselves into. Laura and I teamed up for our end of semester project that first semester – we came up with a really kickbutt plan for using the very prevalent invasive species phragmites to clean up contaminated soil along a derelict portion of the Syracuse Inner Harbor. That was our very first big presentation in the program, and we managed to only get partially torn apart. But it showed me how sweet, hard-working, and creative Laura is. She went on to become a Landscape Architect, while I had a minor mid-twenties crisis and switched to a different program our last year, but I was so excited to find out that we had both moved to New Jersey after.
Now, Andrew tells me that we met once before another presentation, but since chances are pretty good that I was rushing to finish my project twenty minutes before presenting and was running around like a chicken with her head cut off, I unfortunately have no recollection of this. But after spending an hour with them for their engagement session, I can totally see why Laura and Andrew are so perfect for each other. When describing their relationship to me, they said, “we are probably pretty weird but very together in our type of strangeness.” Now, after spending that hour or so with them together, I can attest that they are definitely only weird in the best of ways. They are fun, unafraid, and genuinely love being together. They said that last time they tried to take pictures, the photographer had to crack jokes to get Andrew to smile. But I quickly found that getting Andrew to smile was really easy – you just have to ask him to look at Laura :)
We met up at the gorgeous Watchung Reservation in Union, New Jersey, not too far from New York City. They love exploring and hiking, so it just seemed like the perfect location for them. The two of them met during recruitment for a LARP Club that Laura started at Binghamton University where they both attended undergrad. They bonded over a mutual love for scifi novels, and the rest is history. For Laura’s birthday last year, they visited Ireland. Andrew waited until they were on a romantic sunrise walk along the Arm of Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland to finally pop the question and ask her to marry him. Seriously, how GORGEOUS is this ring?!? You did good, Andrew, you did good. It is unique and yet stunning, just like Laura!