On the day Kevin James LaBuz married Molly Elizabeth Corbett, the groom’s mom made a toast that flowed like a river — the Susquehanna River, to be precise.
“Kevin grew up as a boy near the head of the Susquehanna River in upstate New York, and he married a girl from Baltimore, where the Susquehanna led into the Chesapeake Bay,” Erica LaBuz informed visitors throughout the wedding ceremony reception. The couple married June 20 at the dwelling of the bride’s household in Baltimore. John Philip Miller, a retired decide on the Maryland Circuit Court for Baltimore, officiated.
Ms. Corbett, 34, and Mr. LaBuz, 35, met by way of mutual mates in October 2014.
At the time, each have been residing in Manhattan and determined to fulfill for a primary date at a restaurant there.
“It was supposed to be a get-together for just a quick drink,” mentioned Mr. LaBuz, the head of investor relations of 1stDibs, an internet market for luxurious design in Manhattan. “It ended up being three hours, and I had a job interview the next day at 8 or 9 a.m.”
He didn’t get the job, however he did get a second date.
Ms. Corbett, who works in Manhattan as a communications director at Everytown for Gun Safety, an advocacy group, mentioned she arrived 5 minutes late, “because I didn’t want to be the first one there.”
Her plan fell aside when she walked into the restaurant and realized that Mr. LaBuz appeared to have the similar plan.
“I’m usually pretty punctual,” Mr. LaBuz mentioned, laughing.
When Mr. LaBuz lastly appeared, Ms. Corbett couldn’t assist however discover him. “I felt that he was a person who was really easy to talk to,” mentioned Ms. Corbett, who graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. “He was really very personable, and he did a good job asking questions about myself, and he seemed to have a great deal of interest in showing me around New York.”
Mr. LaBuz, who graduated from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh and had lived in New York for a number of years, loved being a tour information for Ms. Corbett, who was nonetheless comparatively new to New York. He took her to many locations she had by no means been, akin to the Cloisters, Coney Island, and Sunset Park in Brooklyn.
“Although he wasn’t from New York, he carried himself like a New York native,” Ms. Corbett mentioned. “That was my first impression of him.”
While Mr. LaBuz took Ms. Corbett on sightseeing adventures all through 4 boroughs — “We never got around to Staten Island,” Ms. Corbett mentioned — he was forming a couple of impressions of his personal.
“She had a really dry, subtle sense of humor that I liked,” Mr. LaBuz mentioned. “Sometimes you go on a date, and you have three or four cocktails, and there’s really nothing to say. But this was not one of those dates, because she was very easy to talk to.”
Six weeks after their first date, every of them have been boarding a aircraft for journeys that have been deliberate earlier than they met. Ms. Corbett was on her option to India with a good friend, whereas Mr. LaBuz and a buddy have been on their option to Vietnam and the Philippines.
“Before I left, he gave me a neck pillow and a few wall adapters for the plane ride,” mentioned Ms. Corbett, laughing. “I remember calling my mom and asking, ‘What do you think about this gift?’ and she pointed out how practical it was.
“In the seven years since, I received a lot of practical, nonromantic gifts, like hiking boots, a personal finance book, stuff like that, but the neck pillow topped them all.”
They knew they preferred one another, they each mentioned, as a result of all they did was take into consideration one another whereas aside.
“I kept thinking about the next time I would see her again,” Mr. LaBuz mentioned. “I thought about that more than anything else on that trip.”