Students have the opportunity to vote online and affect the lives of two Hokie alumni who have been accepted into Crate & Barrel’s annual Ultimate Wedding Contest.
Braden Field and Sarah Long are seeking votes from friends, family and fellow Hokies in order to have the chance to receive a $100,000 dream wedding.
While Field graduated in 2009 in the architecture program, Long finished her undergraduate program in 2008 and master’s in 2010 in the communication department.
Though Long and Field had mutual friends at Tech, the first time they met was not exactly friendly. As a member of Sensations, Long was handing out flyers for an upcoming performance on the Drillfield.
“This guy was walking up to me on the path and he diverted into the grass to avoid me,” Long said. “He didn’t want to take the flyer and I’m very much a type A person, so I followed him into the grass and was like, ‘Please just take one. I have to give these away. Just take the flyer.’”
Already late to a group meeting, Field put his hands up in the air and avoided Long.
“Every day you walk across the Drillfield and people try and give you flyers and I just didn’t have time for it,” Field said.
Fate would have it that Long and Field would attend the same party that night. Without pause, Long approached Field and called him out for refusing to take her flyer.
“I felt like a big jerk, but it was a really nice conversation starter,” Field said. “You couldn’t have much of a better ice-breaker than to be like, ‘Oh, you’re the big jerk that didn’t take my flyer from me on the Drillfield.’”
Field and Long remained friends and could relate to each other because they were both in troubled, long-distance relationships.
“I had been dating this guy for like six or seven months and we broke up, and I was all distraught,” Long said. “For whatever reason, he (Field) was the first person that I had called about it because he had become one of my good friends.”
Once they were both single, their relationship flourished. Field started leaving paper airplane notes on her car and bringing her coffee to the Math Emporium.
“I never went to the Empo once to do work, but I probably went about 80 times to go visit her and I hate that place,” Field said.
Their friends considered them stubborn as they refused to admit that they were in a relationship. Field was constantly over at Long’s sorority house, which led to much speculation.
“I feel like a lot of other people started calling us girlfriend and boyfriend before we kind of admitted to it,” Field said. “I don’t know whether it was because we had both just gotten out of relationships or what, but we just kind of wanted to go with it.”
Field made his move after the Alpha Delta Pi’s annual Safari Hunt, asking Long to attend the GERMAN Club date party.
After Field graduated in 2009, he spent a year in Williamsburg, Va., while Long continued to pursue her master’s degree. He spent every other weekend visiting Long in Blacksburg, and their relationship survived the long-distance challenges.
When Long completed her master’s degree in 2010, they found jobs and separately moved to Arlington, Va. Today Field works at the Esocoff Associates architecture firm in D.C. and Long works in public relations right outside of D.C. at O’Keeffe & Company.