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Falling in Love, One Letter at a Time

  • October 25, 2020

“We were able to express more about our feelings for one another, more than just in a text or an emoji,” Mr. Briganti said. “When you’re remote, you’re constantly thinking about the other person, or at least I was. To see a letter come in the mail from Thomas was just awesome.”

A few months into their relationship, Dr. Edwards had a whole weekend free, a rarity while doing a medical residency. Mr. Briganti was planning to leave from Nantucket, Mass., where he was on vacation with family, to visit Dr. Edwards in Atlanta for what would be their third in-person date. The weather forecast had other plans, and Mr. Briganti’s flight was delayed, cutting into the couple’s valuable time together. Determined to see Dr. Edwards, Mr. Briganti took a ferry from Nantucket to Hyannis, Mass., and a rental car from Hyannis to New York, only to find that the flight out of New York wouldn’t get him to Atlanta in time. Undeterred, he took a greyhound bus to Washington and flew to Atlanta from there, making it to Dr. Edwards’s on Saturday morning, in time to spend the valuable weekend together.

“That was the first point I really kind of realized, oh, he is definitely invested in this and interested in me and is willing to sacrifice to make a relationship work and is going to be a great potential partner one day,” Dr. Edwards said.

In July 2018, Mr. Briganti moved to Atlanta to live with Dr. Edwards. Mr. Briganti is an associate vice president in corporate communications at Nasdaq in Atlanta, and Dr. Edwards is the chief resident in the department of otolaryngology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

The couple had been talking about getting married for a while, and Mr. Briganti just had one request — he wanted to be the one to be proposed to.

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