They met on the Fourth of July in 2011 on a beach in Marblehead. She was pretty and blond, going into her senior year at Boston College. He was handsome and dark-haired, a former Boston College baseball star, with a promising career in insurance.
Pete Frates, 28, of Beverly and Julie Kowalik, 22, of Marblehead, fell in love fast. They are engaged to be married on June 1, 2013, but they have already been tested like a long-married couple.