Valentine Reflections from Christi and Bryan

Christi Cassel (’08) and Bryan Skeen (’08) live in Atlanta with their two-year-old. They were voted “Cutest Couple” by their brilliant law school class. They celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary this year.

BRYAN: Christi was the last law student in our class that I saw.

CHRISTI: And Bryan was one of the first that I saw.

1LsoftballBRYAN: She was, as she so often is, fashionably late to orientation week.

CHRISTI: [rolling eyes] I missed the morning of the first day. Because I was on an airplane, flying in from the South Pacific. I had a good excuse.

BRYAN: That morning, Dean Reveley had mentioned that there was one unnamed student who would be late for orientation. He didn’t say why. Christi was already intriguing and a mystery.

CHRISTI: I went immediately from the airport, disheveled and jet-lagged, to the law school. In the lobby, my roommate introduced me to Bryan.engagement

BRYAN: Despite being disheveled and jet-lagged, she was striking and witty. The intrigue continued. I asked her out.

CHRISTI: And he was sarcastic and had piercing blue eyes. How could I say no? Our first date was to the Fat Canary, the nicest restaurant in Williamsburg. Bryan was clearly trying to impress me.

BRYAN: It must have worked. Two years later, I proposed to her after we’d had another dinner at the Fat Canary.

CHRISTI: In between those two dinners, we didn’t share any law school classes, but we were on the 1L softball team, were Moot Court partners, were on an undefeated fundraising flip-cup team, and shared countless adventures.

BRYAN: There were also lots of other dinners at the Fat Canary. I highly recommend it.

CHRISTI: We got married at The Homestead a few months after graduating, surrounded by lots of William & Mary friends. That was ten years ago.

familyBRYAN: So that’s the secret to happiness: Show up late, go after the disheveled, witty girl, and have lots of expensive meals along the way.

CHRISTI: And go to William & Mary Law School.

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