Julie Peak and Dr. Samuel Haywood have by no means lived in the identical metropolis.
Ms. Peak, a principal of the consulting agency SullivanCotter, presently works and lives in St. Louis together with her two younger sons from a earlier marriage, John and Oliver. Dr. Haywood, a urologic oncologist at Cleveland Clinic, lives and works in Cleveland.
The couple met as college students at Washington University in St. Louis, the place Dr. Haywood, 36, graduated in 2007 and Ms. Peak, 35, in 2008. They went separate methods after school and briefly reconnected in 2010 in Chicago. Dr. Haywood was attending Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Ms. Peak was working in Chicago.
It wasn’t for an additional 9 years, nevertheless, that they started to constantly speak once more. In the summer season of 2019, Ms. Peak reached out to Dr. Haywood on Instagram to suggest a restaurant in New York City, the place he was doing his fellowship. “I was running in Central Park, I got to the top of Harlem Hill and I looked at my phone and I got this message, and I was like, ‘OK, wasn’t expecting that,’” Dr. Haywood stated.
From there, their relationship grew. “We really just found ourselves drawn to each other,” Dr. Haywood stated.
Ms. Peak was then residing in St. Louis, and Dr. Haywood in Cleveland. Despite the gap, the pair managed to seek out time to make reminiscences collectively, particularly with Ms. Peak’s two sons. “I think he understood really early on that, if he was going to be there, he was going to be in their life,” she stated. “And I wanted us to be a team and a partnership. So seeing him really step into that role and just be there for John and Ollie from the start is something I will forever treasure.”
For Dr. Haywood, the boys are a welcome addition to his household. “I am not just picking up a wife, I’m picking up two other members of the team,” he stated. “And from the moment that I met those two guys, I knew that this was a role I wanted to be a part of, I wanted to be in. It’s just a really cool addition to my life and something that I wouldn’t give up at all.”
“Ollie, my youngest, is a tough nut to crack, and he now just adores Sam — they both do,” Ms. Peak added.
After delays because of Covid journey restrictions, Dr. Haywood proposed throughout a riverside picnic at Chagrin Falls, Ohio, final summer season when Ms. Peak and her sons have been visiting.
Ms. Peak and Dr. Haywood have been married in an outside and socially distant ceremony on April 17 on the Old Barn Inn in St. Albans, Mo., surrounded by round 100 of their household and mates. “We really just wanted to be able to do it safely and include our closest family and friends,” Ms. Peak stated.
The Rev. Melanie Smith, a Presbyterian minister, officiated. She and Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh led the ceremony, which had each Jewish and Christian components. Ms. Peak was escorted down the aisle by her two sons. Oliver even shocked the couple and requested for the microphone on the reception, concluding with “OK! Now you can dance!”
The couple plan to maneuver to Cleveland and are wanting ahead to lastly residing in the identical metropolis and celebrating their new household.
“Being married has been something I’ve looked forward to my entire life,” Dr. Haywood stated, “and this is just everything I’ve ever wanted — to have a partner that supports me, is with me and understands me and is willing to put up with me.”
“I can’t wait to have the exciting days, the mundane days, and the quarantine days that we hopefully never have to do again,” Ms. Peak added. “But I just can’t wait for all of that and to share that with Sam.”