About the bride: Marissa
Marissa Alexandra Korchynsky grew up in West Chester, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. She graduated from Penn State University. Currently, she is an IT Project Manager with IKON Office Solutions in Malvern, PA.
About the groom: James
James Henry Watson grew up in Philadelphia. He moved down south for a while to Alabama and Texas, but reappeared on the Philadelphia front at the end of 2002. He currently is a Systems Engineer at NRG Energy, splitting his time between King of Prussia, PA & Princeton, NJ. James is attending Drexel University.
Not only did Marissa and James meet while working together at SunGard, but they were hired by the same person - he must have seen something good coming!
How they met:
Marissa: I started my new job at SunGard at the end of June 2003. I recently had had knee surgery, so I was still wearing my ever-so-fashionable knee brace to start my first day.
James: I was thinking who is this random cutie with the big leg brace?
Marissa: James appeared to be Mr. Cruise Director – the lunch gatherer, the happy hour coordinator. This job environment works for me!!! Plus, he had orange tic-tacs at his desk. I LOVE orange tic-tacs!!!
James: Yes, she is obsessed with orange tic-tacs. I’d throw them over the cubes to her desk (awww). So, one day we all went out for happy hour a few weeks after Marissa arrived at SunGard. She gave me a ride to her friend Emily’s house. I remember laughing at her because she couldn’t parallel park properly in the street!
Marissa: I was under pressure! I hate when people pay too much attention to me when I parallel park!
James: I still laugh at her to this day when she tries to parallel park – she’s pretty funny cuz she still has issues ;)
Marissa: What! I’m a good parallel parker! Anyways, we started talking on the phone a bit… then a lot. Many nights I was up so late talking to James I fell asleep! I wasn’t used to getting up so early for the new job in the city and the commute.
James: She did fall asleep – a lot!!! (And she still sleeps a lot!)
Marissa: hey!!! James was lucky I was talking to him so much as I was. When I saw he drove that big Ford truck, with the lic plate frame on the back that says “ of course its fast, dumbass”, I thought he was such a big punk! I really did! Little did I know that once I got to know him, he wasn’t as much of a punk as I thought :-) He was actually a pretty good, cool and fun guy! We didn’t really tell anyone about our secret romance blossoming at work…I was a new employee and I didn’t want it to be weird at work.
James: Til one day… we went bowling with JJ. She brought up the rules of dating and everything and that’s when I decided to bring up the conversation that night. So that’s when we made it official…
Marissa: August 30th – it was Labor Day weekend. It was all JJ’s fault we made it official :-) People at work had their suspicions… til JJ announced it to everyone at our Company Holiday party that Dec. The word was out! I guess now we’re part of those statistics of couples who have met at work :-)
James: And so it went from there…. Til 3 years later when I proposed down in New Orleans…..