We met in 2005 at Bowling Green State University in our sophomore architecture studio and were simply classmates that spent a lot of days, nights, and weekends in the studio together. Even though studio was tough, it was a perfect opportunity to get to know each other while spending time in the same major for the next two years. In the summer of 2007, we became closer friends during a study abroad trip to London. Steph remembers being secretly excited that her train ticket on an excursion to Paris happened to be next to Brandon’s.
Following that great summer, our senior year was when it all began, and really, it began with Brandon’s attempts at flirting with Steph by starting a bit of a prank war: hiding cell phones in ceiling tiles, switching keys on the keyboard and even covering Steph’s car in over 2000 post-it notes. The jokes and the camaraderie made the long nights in studio so much more fun. When Steph’s computer died late one night, Brandon came to the rescue by letting her use his beloved super computer (the computer that no one in the studio ever dared to touch) – his nerd-way of saying “I like you.” He even stayed late the night before our final review just to help Steph with her model after a week of barely any sleep. She knew this guy was something special.
A week before graduation we went on our first date, putt putt and Mr. Freeze, but Steph was hesitant to start any sort of relationship because we were both heading to different graduate schools in the fall.
But Brandon was persistent and after a short summer of being in the same town, Brandon moved to Ann Arbor and Steph moved to Columbus and so started two years of a long distance relationship while we each worked on our Master of Architecture degrees. We made it a point to see each other about twice a month while getting the opportunity to memorize Route 23–quite possibly the most boring road in the country.
The two years flew by and Brandon moved down to Columbus shortly after graduating from the University of Michigan because Stephanie still had one more year of school. Brandon did freelance web work until landing a job at an architecture firm in the city. When Steph graduated the following spring from Ohio State, we both had come to love Columbus and decided to stay.
Now Brandon works full-time at his own web design and development studio and Stephanie works at an architecture firm in the city. We live downtown just outside German Village with our spunky little dog, Lucy.