Lenny and I met when I was only a Junior in high school and he was finishing his second year of college. Being the confident Brooklyn-born guy he is, I wasn’t too fond of his cool cat flare. We happened to meet again during spring break in Miami and our feelings turned into affection for one another.
A few months later, going on three months of dating, Lenny and I were at a Manhattan nightclub enjoying lively music and drinks with friends. Feeling brave and smitten with my new man I sauntered over to him and asked, “So can I call you my boyfriend already?” His eyes lit up as he jokingly questioned, “Oh so you’re asking me out?” That night, July 16th became our official anniversary date and through seven years of dating we fell head-over-heels in love and often talked of our futures together. Last September on our annual European trip, we arrived in Lake Como and after days of enjoying “la dolce vita” Lenny reserved a private boat tour for two around the lake. As I was getting ready for our beautiful evening, he surprised me with a bouquet of stunning multicolored roses. Still having no idea what the evening would lead to, we boarded the boat with my bouquet in hand and enjoyed the sites of the Italian hills and beautiful villas amongst them.
When we got to George Clooney’s villa, Lenny asked the captain to take a video of us waving. He helped me onto the boat bench and as I took in the amazing world around us, Lenny pulled out a navy blue leather box containing a gorgeous custom-made ring and while opening it asked, “My life…will you marry me?”Through tears of joy and total shock I jumped on him and exclaimed, “Yes I will!” The evening was a fairytale and we celebrated with the most memorable dinner at the magnificent Villa d’Este. The happiness, love, and excitement that we felt that night has continued to blossom and we are finally almost at our wedding date! We can’t wait to live out our tremendous love story as husband and wife!
Marc and I met in 2005, during my first year out of college, at my first job. Both of us were doing Investment Banking but working in different industry groups. It was really one of those moments when you meet someone and you just know. I genuinely remember the first time I was introduced to Marc…I remember thinking that this one was going to be trouble! About a year after I joined the firm, Marc left to do Private Equity but we never stopped talking…about four years later we moved in together, got a puppy (an English Bulldog names Ace), and three years after that we were engaged.
Our engagement couldn’t have been more fitting…I had dinner reservations with a friend of mine who was in from out of town. I was rushing to get home from work so I could get ready and be on time (for once haha). I called Marc to tell him that I was on my way home and to come downstairs so we could walk Ace before I went upstairs to get ready for dinner (Marc was in Business School at the time at Columbia so he was home before I was on this day). Marc asked me to come upstairs instead and I said, absolutely not, I am running late and need to get moving. He insisted and I remember hanging up the phone on him after saying not so nicely that he was being very annoying and that I was not happy about it.When I got to our apartment and walked inside, I saw Marc in the living room surrounded by seven dozen roses, one dozen for each year we had been together. Marc was dressed in a nice suit and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was in such shock that I don’t think I said anything…after all, I had just finished yelling at him over the phone for making me late for my dinner reservation with my friend. Of course when I got my bearings I said yes! He then told me that we had a 9pm dinner reservation at the restaurant where we had our first date, seven years earlier – Gotham Bar and Grill. When we got to the restaurant, I walked in to see both of our families there to celebrate with us. I was shocked that Marc had put together such an elaborate plan but it made for one of the most memorable moments in my life. After eight years together, we got married on June 1, 2013 at the Four Seasons Restaurant in NYC. It had been a long time coming and was truly one of the best days of our lives.
People always ask me if it feels different being married and the truth is that even though Marc and I basically spent most of our adult lives together, we learn new things about each other everyday. Everyday is new. We are truly best friends and I couldn’t imagine spending my life with anyone else. We balance each other in so many ways – I am emotional, he is rational…I am a bit high strung, he is calm as can be…he is great at telling jokes, I am not. When we got married, each of us said our own vows. I read a quote by Bob Marley which ended with, “Perfect people don’t exist, but you are the one person that is perfect for me.” That truly summarizes our relationship together and we couldn’t be happier.