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.

Fourth of July in Williamsburg

Fourth of July celebrations are taking place around the region. Honoring Independence Day is an easy task in Virginia and all over Hampton Roads, where the history of the region stands as a constant reminder of the American Revolution. Hopefully, you will have a festive weekend wherever you are.

You are invited to celebrate with us!

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Williamsburg – Virginia’s colonial capital offers one of the best imaginable backdrops for an American Independence Day celebration. It lasts all day and into the evening with many special events throughout Colonial Williamsburg’s historic area. Visit www.colonialwilliamsburg.com.

Newport News – Their annual “Stars in the Sky” event downtown is another good one with the U.S. Air Force Heritage Band of America performing popular and patriotic music along with a fireworks display over the James River.

Yorktown – Fireworks will be launched from a barge in the York River, along the Yorktown waterfront. To kick off the evening’s festivities, there is a Sounds of the Liberty Bell Ringing Ceremony.

Please remember and honor the courage and sacrifice of our military men and women, past and present. We express our heartfelt gratitude and are blessed to live in a country marked by freedom and prosperity. May you and your family and friends have a safe and happy Independence Day.