This is the story of a beautiful friendship that I really, really cherish.
Teresa is one of those friends with whom I hit it off from the start, even though we weren’t in any environment that would make it easy. We did not go to school together, only briefly and tangentially had an organization in common (ASPIRE), we shared (at the time) very few mutual friends though we both grew up in Boston, and we were both busy working. And yet after having a great conversation at a friend’s gathering or dinner sometime in fall of 2007, Teresa and I began meeting regularly for lunches. Maybe it’s our mutual love for comfort food, or the fact that she lets me blab on and on and on about my life and never judges me for my craziness, or that not only is she drop-dread gorgeous, she is one of the most down-to-earth and caring souls I know. Then she broke my heart by moving out with Chris to Palo Alto as Chris completed his post-doc at Stanford, though she came back to Boston and we’d always manage to meet up. And just after I got one visit out there in Norcal, they get engaged and up and again move to Pittsburgh where Chris is now a professor at Carnegie Mellon University.
So of course I had to visit them during the only real break I conceivably have for the next 12 months – they were the first stop on my whirlwind 20-day trip. I’m apparently their first Pittsburgh visitor. I hold that title with extreme pride.
We really really lucked out with the warm (40 degrees) weather and sun. We went all over town to hit up some pretty cool spots as this was also a chance for me to see and explore Pittsburgh
First stop: Phipps Conservatory
Teresa works for shoebuy So of course she’s gotta have some killah sparkly heels!
When we were thinking of what props to bring this is what they came up with: A giant pencil. Wooden clogs from the Netherlands. And a basket of socks. Chris’s socks to be exact.
I’d say this is all quite so Chris because even I don’t really get it
LOVED how much color Teresa’s bright red jacket brought to the shoot
I like it when they get cute
We’re blue and have very white teeth!!!
I’m so psyched to see the two of them engaged, and can’t wait until they tie the knot!
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