Jared and Julia met during Jared's freshman year and Julia's sophomore year at Miami University on the Club Water Ski Team, which was fitting as both Jared and Julia grew up on the lake water skiing during the summer. The next year, after a second successful season of competing across the Midwest with their closest water ski friends and serving as co-captains of Miami's team, Julia and Jared went on their first date at Krishna Indian restaurant in Oxford, OH on campus in October of 2016. The rest is history, as Jared and Julia become yet another Miami Merger!
Jared secretly had planned a surprise for Julia, where both families were in on it (except Julia!) They went to Julia's parent's lake house in Ohio to help her dad "put the ski boat in" and open up the lakehouse to kickstart the summer in the middle of May. After dropping the boat in, Jared and Julia took a quick lap around the lake before heading back to the house. As they approached the family's dock, Jared got down on one knee and popped the question! Of course, she said "YES" and thanks to the help of her brother's drone, they got the whole proposal on video! Then they returned to shore, where both their parents, Julia's best friend Nicole, her brother Nick, and their dog Bowie were there to celebrate with the newly engaged couple!