He Acted Out a Charades Clue Three Years Later

He Acted Out a Charades Clue Three Years Later

Katie Dawn Schad and Adam Robert Purdy started a enjoyable, flirty friendship a decade after they ran into one another at their dorm their first week at Wesleyan in 2009.

“I’ve an aunt and uncle who dwell in Studio City,” Mr. Purdy stated, as quickly as Ms. Schad talked about she was from that a part of Los Angeles. “Have you ever been to Beeman Park?” He grew up in Montclair, N.J.

“Yeah, perhaps,” she stated, of the small neighborhood park. And, that was that.

The two, like different freshman athletes, had arrived at Clark Hall early — he was an All-American goalie for the soccer workforce freshman 12 months, and he or she was on the volleyball workforce, and its captain senior 12 months.

“Our pal teams collided commonly,” Mr. Purdy stated. So they typically confirmed up on the similar fraternity and home events, frolicked on the Nest bar, or simply sat round Foss Hill.

Although they by no means bought shut in school, and dated different folks, Mr. Purdy stated that even then her “distinct snigger and hilarity stood out.”

She and Mr. Purdy, each now 32, went their separate methods after they graduated in 2013 — he with a bachelor’s diploma in psychology; she with one in psychology and science in society. After one other 12 months at Wesleyan, she additionally acquired a grasp’s diploma in psychology.

In 2014, he was already residing in Manhattan’s Alphabet City neighborhood when she moved to Crown Heights, Brooklyn, along with her faculty boyfriend. Two years later, after her relationship ended, she started hanging out extra along with her different faculty buddies, together with Mr. Purdy, now a advertising director on the National Basketball Association in Manhattan.

They bought to know one another higher throughout the summer time of 2017 when she and her shut girlfriend, who additionally occurred to be his shut pal, joined him and 14 others in an East Hampton home share.

When Ms. Schad, a senior producer at 72andSunny, an promoting company in Dumbo, Brooklyn, moved right into a NoLIta walk-up residence in 2018 her rooftop rapidly grew to become a key party and gathering spot, a kind of faculty clubhouse. Mr. Purdy normally made it his enterprise to be there.

“We bought slightly flirty,” she stated. “I liked having Adam’s consideration.”

In early summer time 2019, she stated she was delighted to see “his goofy unfiltered facet” when 9 faculty buddies squeezed into two rooms one weekend at Hartman’s Briney Breezes Beach Resort in Montauk, N.Y.

“When we awoke, Adam couldn’t discover his glasses,” stated Ms. Schad, who crashed along with her girlfriend in the identical room as Mr. Purdy and his roommate. “He couldn’t see something. He was milking it to get laughs.”

Later that summer time, after a number of of them went again to the identical place in Montauk for Labor Day weekend she stated “the vibes shifted.”

As she and Mr. Purdy chatted nonstop on the practice again to the town, he invited her to affix him and his roommate that night for his or her Sunday night time ritual, which was Chinese takeout from Uncle Ted’s restaurant.

“I feel I’ve emotions for Katie Schad,” he recalled telling his roommate after she left. Once he informed family and friends, their recommendation was to take it gradual.

No matter, in early October, he professed his emotions as they sat in a sales space at Acme NYC, a NoHo lounge.

“Dude, it’s 2 within the morning,” she stated. “Tell me tomorrow.”

After he did, they grew to become inseparable.

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She then spent Thanksgiving with him and his household in Montclair. His father, Matt Purdy, is the editor at giant at The New York Times. During a spherical of charades after dinner, she jokingly scribbled a clue on a chunk of paper for Adam Purdy.

It stated: “Marry Me Katie,” which he learn then rapidly hid. He later put the slip of paper in a plastic bag so the ink wouldn’t fade.

When Covid hit in 2020, she packed a suitcase and stayed at his place in Greenwich Village. They banged pots and pans at 7 p.m. to acknowledge well being care employees, took runs alongside the West Side Highway and bought into watching Formula 1 Racing.

In June they moved into an even bigger residence in Williamsburg close to McCarren Park and in February 2021 they adopted a 15-year-old cat Max from a pal who moved away.

In the autumn of 2021, he informed Ms. Schad, “I feel we must always get engaged 2022 Q1.”

On Feb. 25, 2022, she anticipated his cousins (who had been really in Switzerland on trip) to cease by earlier than all of them went out to dinner. As quickly as the 2 stepped out to select up some wine and cheese, a pal dropped in to set the scene.

When they returned, Ms. Schad’s previous charades clue appeared in a body surrounded by candles and rose petals on their coffee desk, and Max their cat donned a bow tie.

Mr. Purdy learn a poem he wrote. He then bought down on one knee, and requested: “Will you marry me?”

On May 20, a wet Saturday, Lauren M. Kurtz, a cousin of the groom who grew to become a Universal Life Church minister for the occasion, officiated earlier than 175 company, in a cosy tent arrange down a grassy, muddy hill on the Crow’s Nest restaurant, in Montauk.

“It felt like an enormous hug,” stated the bride of the intimate setting. Later on the restaurant they loved free-flowing espresso martinis at dinner.



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