Cat & Pat
Catherine graduated from Marquette University with a mechanical engineering degree. She is currently working in Milwaukee as an engineer in Rexnord's Technical Excellence Program. In her free time, she enjoys taking dance lessons, traveling, and staying active. Catherine cannot wait to become a Crane and has dreamt about their wedding for many years.
Patrick graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in nuclear engineering. He currently works at TransWare as a fluence engineer where he helps to ensure the safety of nuclear power plants around the world. Patrick enjoys reading, teaching himself new skills, and competing in recreational athletics. Patrick is eagerly awaiting the wedding and is excited to finally be united with his best friend.
How They Met
Catherine and Patrick attended Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights. With mutual friends, they began spending time together outside of school, attending football games, watching movies, and having game nights.
During their junior year, Patrick asked Catherine to the Homecoming dance with puzzle pieces of notes they would pass in class. During the first slow dance of the evening, Patrick asked Catherine to be his girlfrield. She said yes!
High School Sweethearts
The couple enjoyed coordinating their uniforms, cheating off of each other's homework, and spending time with their friends. Little did they know, their teenage romance was just the beginning.
The couple attended separate universities, beginning a six-year long-distance relationship of late-night Skype calls and weekend trips. To this day, Patrick and Catherine live in two different cities and cannot wait to finally establish roots together.
On Easter morning of 2018, Patrick surprised Catherine by recreating the scene of their first kiss – dancing in the street to Coldplay’s Yellow. As the song was nearing the end, Patrick went down on a knee and asked for her hand in marriage. This Easter, they will be celebrating as a married couple.