Justin & Julia

About the happy couple

Justin and Julia met and began dating while studying at the University of Missouri.

The sign on the circle drive outside the Missouri School of Journalism

The first time they met was in 2006, their first year of college, when they lived in the same dorm complex.

Us with others from our dorm complex during Tiger Walk at Mizzou

They became friends while working as reporters for the Columbia Missourian during the summer of 2008, and went on a trip to a conference in Las Vegas that fall, where they were the only two students under 21 and unable to gamble.

The Columbia Missourian newsroom Us in a limo in Vegas

In January 2010, they finally started dating.

A Scrabble board we put together around the time we started dating Us in a park in Missouri A heart Julia made in the snow

In May 2010, Julia graduated and accepted a job at a newspaper in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Thus began the year of the long-distance relationship.

A long road and mountain in Colorado

Justin got to experience some heavy-duty snow when he visited Colorado, and Julia got trapped in a blizzard when she flew to Missouri for Justin's birthday.

Justin buried in some snow in Colorado The columns at Mizzou surrounded by snow from the aforementioned blizzard

In February 2011, Julia accepted a job in the Washington, D.C., area and in May 2011, Justin graduated (with two degrees!) and accepted a job in the D.C. area as well.

Justin's brother, Justin's mom, Justin and Julia after his graduation Justin hiding behind many IKEA boxes

Since then, it's been smooth sailing.

On Aug. 31, 2012, Justin and Julia were checking out the newly reopened Reflecting Pool when Justin popped the question.

The Reflecting Pool in Washington on the night we got engaged

And so here we are!

The celebratory milkshakes we got the day after getting engaged Our names in the same typeface as at the top of this website, except in metal movable type