The celebration was not traditionally traditional — and ‘overall perfect’

When Evan McCarthy asked Emily Boylan about her first date, her friends warned her about it.

The two had met online, in what Boylan described as “tinder’s very modern love story.” After just two days of communicating via the app, McCarthy suggested a nightly visit to the Iowa Old Capitol Building, where he was working at the time and had access when it was closed to the public. He wanted to show her around and go ghost hunting.

Evan McCarthy and Emily Boylan. Recognition: Alaura creative

“My flatmates told me not to go on an after-hours dark tour with a total stranger,” she recalls. She rejected his initial idea and met him at a coffee house, and then they went to a couple of bars in Iowa City, where they both lived. The two later agreed that they are not actually bar people.

On the night the couple was interviewed for this story, it was the fifth anniversary of that first date.

But it was the second date the next night, after hours at the Old Capitol Building, as Boylan quickly felt comfortable and safe in McCarthy’s presence. A guided tour and ghost hunt filled the evening with intrigue and adventure. At this point it was November 2017 and Boylan was a senior at the University of Iowa and McCarthy was a sophomore of law school there.

Boylan is a 2014 graduate of Evanston Township High School. She is the daughter of Laura Henry of Evanston and Thomas Boylan of Chicago. McCarthy is the son of Patty and Paul McCarthy of Iowa City, Iowa.

When asked what brought them together on the dating app, they both laughed. “She was cute,” McCarthy said. “They haven’t revealed much information about themselves,” he added.

Boylan’s online search was fueled by frustration. “I reloaded it [Tinder] App because I was desperate and fed up with the college boys. I just wanted to meet people,” she said. “He was really cute and his cat was in his profile picture. And he was a vegetarian.”