Samantha Fleischman and Allison Saltstein overlapped for three years at Muhlenberg College, a small liberal arts college in Allentown, Pennsylvania. But they didn’t meet until January 2010, when Ms. Saltstein was in the second semester. class video production.
“We were running out of time,” said Ms. Saltstein, 34, who graduated with a double major in political science and Spanish, and later earned a law degree from Fordham.
“I asked if I could be her partner on a project that had just been assigned,” added Ms. Saltstein, now a fifth-year associate at the New York law firm of Proskauer Rose.
Despite never meeting Mrs. Saltstein, Mrs. Fleischman, 32, has accepted her offer. Then Mrs. Fleischman said, “We became fast friends and then very good friends.” They realized their paths hadn’t crossed before as they traveled in different social circles on campus.
Ms. Saltstein played on the women’s softball team and studied abroad in Spain.
Ms. Fleischman, who was in their second semester when they met, joined the Delta Zeta sorority, studied abroad in London and served as a writing mentor during her time at Muhlenberg, where she graduated magna cum laude. She now works as a strategic marketing leader at TripAdvisor, an online travel company, in New York
But once connected, they became inseparable and were often seen studying for midterms in the library or working on programs in the computer lab.
“We bonded through our love for family and friends,” said Ms. Fleischman. “We are both very family oriented, we both love to travel and we are both huge foodies.”
About Mrs. Fleischman, Mrs. Saltstein added, “She has my sense of humor and I admired her kindness.”
The two went from good friends to a couple in the summer of 2010, shortly after Mrs. Saltstein graduated. By the winter of 2011, each had declared their love for the other.
Mrs. Saltstein said she felt about the same. “There was never a time when I wanted to be without Samantha because every time I’m with her I get a sense of joy, and that’s pretty much all the time,” she said.
Nine years after they officially started dating, the two got engaged, in August 2019. Ms. Fleischman proposed to Ms. Saltstein in person at their Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights apartment and arranged for their immediate family to meet them at a nearby restaurant to celebrate.
“Allison taught me to love every moment of my life and to surround myself with those who love me,” said Ms. Fleischman, “because you never know what’s going to happen in this world.”
Of the proposal, Ms Fleischman added: “She knew we were going to get engaged, but she didn’t know when, where or how.”
The couple married on November 20 in front of Rabbi Joshua Stanton and 164 fully vaccinated guests at the Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn.
Guests included Mrs. Saltstein’s mother, Susan Saltstein of Long Beach Island, NJ, and Mrs. Fleischman’s parents, Peter Fleischman, a retired management consultant in the information technology industry, and Susan Klebanoff, a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice. in New York City.
“Looking back at the 10 years we’ve been together,” said Mrs. Fleischman, “the only thing I would do differently is propose to Allison much earlier.”