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 along 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 College in St. Louis, the place Dr. Haywood, 36, graduated in 2007 and Ms. Peak, 35, in 2008. They went separate methods after faculty and briefly reconnected in 2010 in Chicago. Dr. Haywood was attending Northwestern College Feinberg College of Medication and Ms. Peak was working in Chicago.
It wasn’t for one more 9 years, nonetheless, that they started to persistently speak once more. In the summertime of 2019, Ms. Peak reached out to Dr. Haywood on Instagram to suggest a restaurant in New York Metropolis, the place he was doing his fellowship. “I used to be operating in Central Park, I acquired to the highest of Harlem Hill and I checked out my telephone and I acquired this message, and I used to be like, ‘OK, wasn’t anticipating that,’” Dr. Haywood stated.
From there, their relationship grew. “We actually simply discovered ourselves drawn to one another,” Dr. Haywood stated.
Ms. Peak was then dwelling in St. Louis, and Dr. Haywood in Cleveland. Regardless of the gap, the pair managed to search out time to make recollections collectively, particularly with Ms. Peak’s two sons. “I feel he understood actually early on that, if he was going to be there, he was going to be of their life,” she stated. “And I needed us to be a crew and a partnership. So seeing him actually step into that position and simply be there for John and Ollie from the beginning is one thing I’ll eternally treasure.”
For Dr. Haywood, the boys are a welcome addition to his household. “I’m not simply selecting up a spouse, I’m selecting up two different members of the crew,” he stated. “And from the second that I met these two guys, I knew that this was a job I needed to be part of, I needed to be in. It’s only a actually cool addition to my life and one thing that I wouldn’t hand over in any respect.”
“Ollie, my youngest, is a tricky nut to crack, and he now simply adores Sam — they each do,” Ms. Peak added.
After delays due to Covid journey restrictions, Dr. Haywood proposed throughout a riverside picnic at Chagrin Falls, Ohio, final summer season when Ms. Peak and her sons had been visiting.
Ms. Peak and Dr. Haywood had been married in an out of doors and socially distant ceremony on April 17 on the Outdated Barn Inn in St. Albans, Mo., surrounded by round 100 of their household and mates. “We actually simply needed to have the ability to do it safely and embody our closest household and mates,” 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’ll be able to dance!”
The couple plan to maneuver to Cleveland and are trying ahead to lastly dwelling in the identical metropolis and celebrating their new household.
“Being married has been one thing I’ve appeared ahead to my total life,” Dr. Haywood stated, “and that is simply every little thing I’ve ever needed — to have a associate that helps me, is with me and understands me and is prepared to place up with me.”
“I can’t wait to have the thrilling days, the mundane days, and the quarantine days that we hopefully by no means must do once more,” Ms. Peak added. “However I simply can’t look ahead to all of that and to share that with Sam.”