Naomi Pinson and Jordan Tucker enjoyed the time of their lives in college.
“We would joke that we wished we met each other much later,” said Jordan, 28, a partner in Pikesville commercial real estate firm Deronda Corporation. “We were so happy at such a young age.”
Jordan, then 20, and Naomi, 19, connected at parties, events and the University of Maryland College Park Business School, although they “knew of” each other at Krieger Schechter Day School in Pikesville. They became high school friends through USY while Jordan attended Gilman and Naomi attended Pikesville High.
Together often, they felt at ease and comfortable. Chemistry developed.
After prodding from friends, including their roommates, they became “official” in February 2008.
“We were doing all kinds of things couples did,” frequenting restaurants, attending parties and hanging out, said Naomi, 27, an accountant for Profectus Biosciences.
They professed their love by summer, outside of Isabel and Steve Pinson’s home.
Their fate was sealed after Jordan’s shoulder surgery for a club lacrosse injury that summer. Following concern over a possible infection, Jordan endured twice-daily IV antibiotics. Naomi kept him company each night for hours.
“My mom said it was appropriate — how a wife would act,” said Jordan. “It made her feel good that she was entrusting me to Naomi.”
After Jordan graduated, Naomi took up running to drop excess weight from their constant meals out. Jordan partook also, especially during weekend visits. Naomi continues her interest, having completed marathons in Baltimore, Chicago and New York. Jordan has completed a half-marathon.
Happily enjoying their serious, but low-key relationship, they didn’t pledge to a future together for six years.
“I was nervous about committing so early, but it just worked, it just felt right,” said Jordan. “At 20 years old, I didn’t think the girl I was seeing — my first serious relationship — would be the one that lasts a lifetime. It turned out to be exactly what I was looking for.”
After ring shopping with Naomi, her mom and grandmother, Mollie Witow, Jordan planned surprise parties at her parents’ home and the Row House Grill in Federal Hill for their friends.
But first, they strolled through Riverside Park. It was a busy late October 2014 afternoon, and Jordan led Naomi to a secluded spot, where he knelt down and asked her to marry him.
They recited their vows before their parents, the Pinsons and Alison Witow and Jack Tucker, 200 guests and Beth Tfiloh Congregation’s Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg and Hazzan Avi Albrecht. At their mothers’ prodding, Naomi and Jordan agreed to a first look beforehand for the photographer. Jordan was “blown away” by Naomi and her classic, Grace Kelly-esque fit-and-flair gown.
“It was probably my favorite part,” said Naomi. “When I saw the look on Jordan’s face, it was perfect.”
Their “friendship first” relationship ensures continuing comfort, playfulness and laughter. “She’s my best friend,” said Jordan. “I love spending my days with my wife.”