Three weeks after Jennifer Camilla Berger and Jesse Prestwood-Taylor started relationship in summer time 2014 they got here down with a bout of meals poisoning collectively. (They blame an avocado).
“My parents are both doctors,” she mentioned. “I know what to do when I feel sick. Rest, hydrate, ibuprofen.”
Her unflappable, type nature, with the assistance of Gatorade, got here via so clearly throughout the ordeal that Mr. Prestwood-Taylor fell in love.
In February 2014, a mutual buddy launched them, perfunctorily, in a bunch of a couple of half-dozen different native University of Chicago alumni at a Hawaiian restaurant in Chicago. She graduated in 2013, he in 2009.
Ms. Berger, 29, is now a judicial regulation clerk to Chad F. Kenney, a United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She acquired a regulation diploma cum laude from Temple University.
In April 2014, after they performed Cards Against Humanity at a buddy’s house, they had been the one ones to chuckle at one another’s nameless fill-in-the-blank feedback. He was additionally the one one to chip in for the beer she introduced.
“For me it’s standard, you chip in,” mentioned Mr. Prestwood-Taylor, 34, now a knowledge supervisor at Instagram in New York.
They chatted briefly, however his thoughtfulness didn’t escape her, and he or she filed it away.
“We were always at the same events,” she mentioned. “I found Jesse really easy to talk to. It’s hard not to like him.”
In June, they started exchanging texts.
“I started to drop hints I wanted to go out,” mentioned Ms. Berger, however he held again, involved about what would occur to their friendship and circle of associates if issues didn’t work out.
Undeterred she requested him out. “Hey, we should play tennis,” she mentioned at a celebration.
On a weekday night in July, after about an hour-and-a-half of equally-competitive and evenly-matched rallies at an outside court docket, they went for sushi.
“The vibe,” he mentioned, “neither of us wanted the date to end.”
They walked two miles to his house, after which frolicked on his balcony the place they’d wine, and he kissed her.
“I felt comfortable saying I wasn’t looking for anything casual,” she mentioned, and he agreed. “It was instantly serious.”
Three weeks later, after going to a bar with associates, they went again to her place and shared an avocado within the fridge. In the midnight they wakened violently ailing. By midday, they nonetheless weren’t feeling nicely.
“I mustered the strength to go to a gas station across the street, and picked up six bottles of Gatorade,” she mentioned.
They skipped a Drake and Lil Wayne live performance that afternoon, after which work the following day.
“I felt trust and vulnerability,” he mentioned, and recalled considering, “I’m in love with this person.”
In June 2015 they obtained an house collectively in Chicago, however a few months later she determined to use to regulation colleges, and selected Temple in Philadelphia. He agreed to go together with her if marriage was down the street.
“We were going to get married at some point,” she mentioned. She was lastly prepared after she handed the bar examination.
“He’d been ready for years,” she mentioned. “I kept kicking the can down the road.”
In January 2020, he proposed at their home in Philadelphia after he picked up the ring from a neighborhood jeweler. As she organized books together with her again to him, he introduced he had a query. When she rotated, he was on one knee. They deliberate to marry at Philadelphia City Hall in July 2021, however with the continuing coronavirus pandemic their plans modified.
“I felt the world was an uncertain place,” she mentioned. “Why wait?”
On Feb. 27, they’d a self-uniting ceremony with quick household at an house owned by the bride’s mom in Philadelphia. They celebrated with champagne, 15 small pizza pies, Korean fried rooster, an orange olive oil cake and a chocolate one with ganache filling.