Katie and I didn't meet really until almost the end of my junior year at Duke, but I certainly noticed her before that. It’s hard not to notice someone with such an infectious laugh, or with so bright a smile. I had to chase her for what seemed like an eternity, although to be truthful, it was only a few months. Eventually though I finally managed to convince her to go on a date with me. Boy was that worth the effort. The more time we spent together, the more I realized that those external features I was first attracted to were only the outer symptoms of a personality so extraordinarily energetic and full of life that it was quite enthusiastically bubbling out to the surface.
That revelation alone was certainly enough to pull me in, but to be truthful it was her love for God, her amazingly kind heart, and her adorably goofy side that have kept me around. I mean everyone loves to laugh, but when we would jump from a silly conversation, to a heated debate over how best to save the world, followed closely by a crazy adventure in some video game or another, I knew I had met my match.
It has been over four years since we first started dating, but to be honest it doesn't feel like it at all. My time flies with Katie. However, I can certainly say with absolute confidence that I am ready and wildly excited to call her my wife, and to see what God has in store for us.
The first night of the 2010 women’s basketball Regionals in Memphis, TN, Jacob was being his usual silly, crazy self with other members of the Duke pep band, and I was so intrigued. I already knew he’d be really cool (I mean, he was the center snare of the Duke band, social chair of Chi Psi fraternity, engineering student extraordinaire, and overall hottie), but that weekend I found out that he was a great friend with a fearless sense of adventure, and I developed a ridiculous crush. The last day of the trip when I knew I could really fall for him, so I got scared and hid in the public library and when we got back to Duke, I didn’t speak to him for months!
However, I am so blessed that he didn’t give up on me, and after a year of me refusing invitations to see his band, stalking him to the musicals he was working, running into each other after bonfires, a New Years Eve email, and an invitation to a semi-formal, we finally started dating! Over the next four years, I got to see how incredibly sweet he was. He surprised me at the airport every time I came home from a med school interview, no matter how late it was. He bought me roses, cooked me risotto, and took me on walks in the garden to talk about faith and God. He took me to Disney movies and built slip-n-slides, and once programmed his computer to play a silly game from my childhood. He became a part of my family on ski trips and Florida trips, and even moved across the country to cold New England to be with me.
In September, he asked me to marry him in the most amazing proposal ever (see below!), and made me the happiest girl on the planet. So now, we are so excited that you will be joining us to celebrate love, commitment, and an amazing future together on September 26! I can’t wait to marry him!!!
It took me weeks to find a somewhat normal picture of Ronald because he is always laughing or making a funny face. I think that speaks to his personality pretty well.ﾠﾠ Ronald is always up for a good time, and quite happy to make one happen.
He and I met sometime early in high school. At the time, he was all the way from the far off town of Radford, and as such I thought him a slight oddball to our group of friends. But over time our friendship grew and has remained strong, despite me leaving for Duke and then New Hampshire.
My friendship with Robert could be used as the definition of forever since we have been friends since before I can remember. We trace those roots back to when we both used to live on the same road in Blacksburg. We went through elementary, middle and high school together. And although we have both changed significantly and drifted apart geographically, we have remained friends through it all.
Robert is one of those people who definitely follows his heart, as almost every time I talk to him he has a new adventure planned. He always keeps life interesting, and me entertained.
Eli and I first met at a summer camp in the museum of Life and Science in Durham NC sometime in elementary school, and became fast friends. While my school year was spent in Blacksburg, my summers were spent in Durham. Eli was always the friend I could count on whenever I was in the Area, despite the relatively small amount of time I had in Durham each year.
We engaged in many different activities together, and were partners in crime in more then one summer camp. Since going off to college we have unfortunately been able to see each other less and less. But still try to keep up where we can. Eli always makes an effort to stop by, say hi, and catch up.
John Ingalls, or Jingles (as we all fondly call him), and I met at Duke, first as engineering majors, and then again as brothers of Chi Psi. We also shared an interest in theater and spent many fun nights hanging out back stage of one show or another we were both working. It takes a lot of work to put a theater performance together while in school. Not to mention all of the brotherly bonding activities he put on while in ChiPsi. But he was always up to the task.
After college we have maintained our friendship through several ski trips, and make an effort get together as often as we can. Jingles is one of those guys who is always more then excited to see you, and willing to work hard to make that happen.
Benny and I met when we both joined Duke’s drumline our freshmen year, and I can certainly say that we became fast friends. That friendship continued to grow together as brothers in Chi Psi. I remember many nights at Duke wandering down to Benny’s room to discuss something or other. Benny is always one for a good conversation and he never ceases to amaze me with the effort he puts into his friendships and the excitement with which he does it. Even after leaving Duke and having to move far away our friendship has remained strong,ﾠ reinforced through the occasional online game, or out of nowhere conversation.
I met Dan originally some time in freshman year. I'm not sure I can really place the date because at that time he was just the odd roommate of one of my fellow Duke band members. But I got to hang out much more with Dan when we both joined Chi Psi and our friendship quickly grew. We have been roommates twice, first as sophomores at Duke and then again in Raleigh during my time at NC State.
Even though we moved away from each other, we still stay in contact regularly. Dan is one of those guys you can always count on to be on your side. His nonchalant, slightly cynical humor, makes him one of the easiest people to get along with I have ever met.
Maid Of Honor
Growing up with sisters meant I always had built-in best friends to share a million memories of backyard games and Christmas mornings, and my relationship with Molly was no different. However, when she started at Duke my junior year, she stopped being the little sister I bossed around and started being a best friend I could talk to about anything. She made everything – birthdays, academic victories, weekly lunches, basketball, Harry Potter premires – incredibly special. She is selflessly thoughtful, always on your side, and makes everyone around her feel cherished.
After graduating from Duke in 2014 with degrees in both Biology and Earth and Ocean Sciences, she moved to Atlanta to pursue her PhD in marine biology at Georgia Tech. She is also busy planning her wedding to Nick Ashur this summer!
Sarah is my beautiful, dramatic, Southern, artistic, encouraging, and sweet second sister! She has a true gift of making everyone around her feel loved with her openness and vulnerability, encouraging words, and gifts of beautifully crafted canvases. When we talk on the phone, it feels like we just had lunch together yesterday, or like she’s right next to me giving me a hug, even if it’s 3am and she’s got a paper due.
She inspires me as she earnestly seeks out God’s heart and will for her life, as she pursues degrees at both the University of Florida and the University of North Florida to become an interpreter in American Sign Language. She will graduate from UF this spring, leaving her mark as section leader for the Gator Band piccolos.
Chrissie is the youngest of the Reicherts, but that doesn’t stop her from leading us all in individuality with her wicked fashion sense, intense athleticism, and strong school spirit. For all that she is unique and special, she and I share so much: a love of science fiction novels and T. Swift, a passion for overcoming challenges in medical fields, leaving each other wacky voice messages (lub dub), snow and snowboarding, and everything in between! Chrissie is so inspiring, and I am so grateful I have her silliness, boldness, passion, and love in my life!
Chrissie is currently at the University of Central Florida studying athletic training, wearing anatomically correct hip bone key chains, and interning at UCF and surrounding high schools.
I met Alyson on my very first day of band camp at Duke, and we were inseparable from that point on. She was my partner in crime in everything, ranging from 4 amazing years of DUMB craziness to nerf-gun wars, MCAT silly-string breaks, and slumber parties. By senior year, our dorm room looked like a walk-in scrapbook with pictures everywhere, DUKE pennants, basketball posters, newspaper cutouts, post-it notes, gel stickers, rubber ducks, everything. Alyson challenges me, cheers for me, and encourages me so much: I just wish she weren’t so far away!
Alyson graduated from Duke in 2012 with a degree in biology, graduated Loyola University in 2012 with a masters in medical science, and is currently applying to medical school to fulfill her dream of becoming a pediatrician.
Rachel is basically the fifth sister of the Reichert household after we became best friends as freshman clarinet players in the CHS band. Together we shared memories of band buses and steak-and-shake milkshakes, Spanish videos, sticky-noted cars, Black Friday shopping, librarian holy grails, teacher drama, boy drama, and cupcake adventures. Although our lives are taking us further away from Lake City, she remains a dear and true forever friend.
After graduating from the University of Florida in 2012 with degrees in both psychology and religion, she is now taking her passion for God’s people on the World Race, ministering to orphanages and victims of poverty in 11 countries around the world.
I am so excited to be gaining a fourth sister as of September 26, 2015! Aoife is Jacob’s beautiful, talented (intense summer sailing camp counselor and fluent in French!?), sweet (she called me on my birthday before we’d even really met!), and hilariously funny younger sister. She is incredibly fun to be around, and I have had a blast getting to know her on the ski slopes, over board games, chatting about prom dates, and sharing favorite books. I can’t wait to spend more time together in the future!
She is currently a senior at East Chapel Hill High School and applying to some amazing colleges for this coming Fall (although none close enough to us!)