Now, about that apple.
Hannah and Mason had started to regularly sit together, and Hannah
started bringing snacks to share with Mason for the 9 a.m. class. One
day, that sharing took another step when Hannah was planning to throw
away a half-eaten apple and Mason asked if he could finish it.
Byrnes, who was lecturing, had seen Hannah bite into the apple. He
turned to write some things on the board and when he turned back
around, he realized the only person eating an apple at that point was
Mason. Byrnes found himself saying aloud, "Wait, are you
finishing her apple?"
That light, yet formative, moment in their relationship has been a
fond memory for the couple; Byrnes told them he also vividly
remembered it. Hannah, '18, and a channel marketing manager for Chegg,
an educational support services company, said having Byrnes officiate
their ceremony felt like a full-circle moment that also delighted
those at the wedding.
"I think it was a really unique way of including that part of
our story," Hannah said. "To have someone (officiate) who
was so meaningful and a core part of our story was a unique touch that
really represented us that day."
Added Mason, who runs the Backyard Body Shop: "He went above and
beyond anything we possibly could have wanted. I don't think we could
have picked a better person."
Byrnes expressed during the wedding how the subject matter of the
class where the couple met and their journey are intertwined.
"Perhaps, to some people an ethics class is a strange place to
start a relationship," Byrnes said. "Yet, ethics is a
subject about how to live a good life, and no life is good without a
deep love and care for another person, the kind of love and care that
makes you into a better version of yourself. It seems to me that
Hannah and Mason got exactly what they should have from that class."