Chapel Hill native Leigh Tyndall met Samuel Snow in Atlanta. Leigh, a UNC grad, was working toward her master’s degree in public health at Emory University while Samuel was pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental engineering at Georgia Tech. The pair shared an interest in water quality and health, which led them to take the same environmental microbiology class. On a class field trip to a wastewater treatment plant, the couple began chatting and proved that “love can blossom anywhere.” For the rest of the semester, the couple’s schedule allowed time for brunch between classes, which then grew into a year of attending church together, bonding over a mud run and writing their theses together during late nights.
In February 2014, exactly one year after they began dating, Samuel took Leigh to Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the site of their first date, and surprised her with a beautiful cross-stitch of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and a diamond ring.
The couple was married outdoors at Fearrington Village. With family — including the bride’s parents, Chapel Hill natives Dr. and Mrs. Donald A. Tyndall — and a few friends in attendance, the couple said their “I dos” that morning in a place where Leigh had spent many childhood days.
Leigh and Samuel now live in Lansing, Michigan, where they both work for the state of Michigan.
Ed. Note: This article first appeared in our May/June 2015 issue.