Heather & Eli

Fate will find a way! For many reasons, Heather and Eli should have met years earlier. The couple talks about being at the same parties and having a ton of mutual friends, but yet they never crossed paths. Destined to be together, the two would meet fall of their junior year in college. They stayed at NYU for a Jewish Holiday weekend. Just when they were both about to leave for the evening they were introduced. After the introduction at NYU, they spoke almost every day after that.

Shortly after meeting, Heather got good news that she was accepted to Study Abroad for the spring semester. They discussed making it official right before she was getting ready to live half way around the world for 6 months. Eli expressed that he knew it was love even before Heather went abroad. He went to visit her for 3 weeks while she was there. Heather said, “The minute he left I realized I couldn’t imagine my life without him and the rest as they say is history. We became official 3 days after I arrived back in the U.S.”

Eli proposed on a beautiful summer night in the Berkshires. They were staying at Heather’s twin sister Jenn’s boyfriend’s country house for the weekend. When everyone decided to go to bed, Eli asked Heather if she was interested in staying up and stargazing on the porch. This is something Heather truly misses while being in NYC, so of course she said yes. Heather shared a little inside note that plays a big role in the proposal. Over the years she collected 20+ Starbucks Mugs from all her travels, her favorite one being Hawaii (she travels every year with her family). Heather said, “next thing I know he’s bringing out a bottle of wine and my Waikiki Starbucks mug. At first I was confused not sure how one of my prized possessions ended up here, but when I looked inside the mug I read the words, “Will You Marry Me.”

Congratulations Heather & Eli! Thank you for sharing your story and fabulous day with us!

Wedding Date: February 22, 2015
Venue: Hilton Pearl River

Band: Ike Walkover Orchestra
Caterer: Prestige Caterers
Florist: Adam Leffel Productions
Dress: Pronovias

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Sarah & Jared

Sarah & Jared met in College at Oneonta State. They had mutual friends and one day their friend asked Sarah if she was interested in Jared because the friend thought he seemed into her. Her intuition was right and before they knew it Jared was asking Sarah out on dates! One of which was to the very fancy Cheesecake Factory ;) (A favorite shared by the couple). As they say, the rest is history! The couple stayed together after graduation. They moved in together while Jared was in law school, and right after he graduated they welcomed their little dog Oliver to the family.

October 6th 2013 they had plans to go apple picking with their good friends Jeff, Steph, and the dogs. The friends cancelled last minute and Sarah thought nothing of it since it was an overcast day. Jared insisted they still go even though it might rain. After spending the afternoon apple picking, they continued walking around the orchard with Oliver. Once they got to a quiet spot, Jared got down on one knee. Sarah said, “It was a total surprise, I never saw it coming.” The excitement of the day wasn’t over yet! When they arrived back to their apartment, both families were waiting to celebrate with bottles of champagne, balloons, and cake!

Congratulations Sarah & Jared! Thank you for sharing your story and beautiful day with us!

Wedding date- 1/31/2015
Venue- Glen Island Harbour Club
Band- 45 Riots
Florist- Arcadia Floral Company
Dress- Hayley Paige from Wedding Salon of Manhasset

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Maria & Michael

Mike was Maria’s brother Michael’s best friend ever since they were 16 years old. Years passed and her brother chose Mike to be his best man at his wedding. Maria said, “The day of my brother’s wedding our eyes met. Mike actually asked for my brother’s permission to ask me out on a date!”

Their first date was at a Yankees game on July 22, 2011 in Staten Island. It didn’t take long for the two to realize this was it! Not even a month later they said, “I love you” to one another.

Maria’s parents own a house upstate and it was like any other summer morning (July 5, 2014) where Mike would wake her up at 8 am and they would go for a nice walk to a farm a couple of miles down the road. At this particular farm there is a platform where they always walked up to look over the farm to take a little break before heading back to the house. As soon as they got to the farm Mike was eager to show her something on the platform they always sit on. Once Maria walked up to him he was standing by a burlap sign tied to two tree branches behind the ledge they sit on and it read “Maria will you marry me?” Being that it was 8:30 am, Maria was in complete shock and had no clue he had planned this whole proposal with her brother and younger sister. Mike came from behind the ledge got down on one knee and then asked her the big question!

Congratulations Maria & Michael and thank you for sharing your story with us!

Wedding Date- 12-13-14. Maria said this was the chosen date, “So Mike would ALWAYS remember our anniversary ;).”

Venue – Bear Mountain Inn (Bear Mountain, New York)
DJ – Dancetime Entertainment
Flowers – Jerome Flowers
Limousine – Silver Star Limousine
Dress – Yaki Ravid

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Nikki & DJ

Nikki and DJ met briefly in 2008 through a mutual friend and then just kind of went their own way. They had mutual friends and would occasionally bump into each other the next few years. In 2010 the two they ran into each other outside of the nightclub they were going to that night. This evening would end up being that special time of “where it all began”! They ended up spending the entire night together and had an amazing time! DJ did not waste any time, he made plans to see Nikki the very next day. After four nights of watching Forgetting Sarah Marshall they knew this was it and they have been together ever since!

Nikki said, “I think we both realized it was true love after just a few weeks of being together. Our chemistry together was amazing! We both shares so many of the same values and just got each other from the get go. We are able to fully be ourselves with each other!”

DJ proposed on September 18th 2013. Nikki was working a trade show at the Javitz center. She said, “He kept asking me when I was going to be home from the show (I knew something was up!).” When Nikki walked out of the show and was looking to hail a cab she received a call from a driver, DJ had ordered a car service to bring her home. When Nikki got home he was waiting outside with their dog Harley and suggested that they take him for a walk on the pier by their west village apartment. Nikki said, “On the walk out to the end of the pier he kept talking about how much I meant to him, it was when we got to the end of the pier he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.” The surprises continued, Nikki then found out that all of her family & friends knew about the proposal and he had arranged for everyone to meet at a local restaurant for celebratory drinks!

Congratulations Nikki & DJ! Thank you for sharing your fabulous day with us!

Wedding Date- 12/13/14
Venue- The Village Club at Lake Success
Photography/video – Anthony Vazquez
Flowers – Pedestals
Linens – table wraps
Lighting – Fusion
Band- Pete Saunders of Hank lane
Bride’s Dress- Custom made dress by Les Noces Couture

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Melody & Danny

Melody and Danny met through one of her co-workers and Danny’s sister in law. Melody said, “Danny knew we were going to get married on our third date, when we grabbed bagels and took them to Port Washington to eat breakfast by the water. It took me until about our fifth date, when Danny took me to dinner in Long Beach knowing how much I loved the beach. I still had nothing invested in the date, so I threw off my heels and ran straight towards the ocean. And Danny, not missing a beat, chased right after me. I knew I would marry him when I saw him laughing even though he was drenched and cold.”

In December as a 6 month anniversary gift Danny booked a weekend in the Hamptons for the couple to go enjoy in March. Melody arrived at his apartment the morning they were supposed to head out, and Danny asked her to go into his bedroom to grab his wallet. When she walked in she saw the room decorated with about 50 picture frames filled with pictures of all their milestones and memories. There were flowers and candles everywhere. Before he got down on one knee, they looked at all the pictures, and danced to “their” song in the middle of the bedroom. This small detail your about to read will explain why Melody was thrown off before he actually asked her to marry him. Danny did a psych-out proposal about 3 weeks before he actually proposed. He took her to the restaurant where they had shared their first date. Danny placed a ring box on the table during dessert but the ring box contained a necklace. Luckily for him, melody has a sense of humor and thought it was funny, but it also made her think this was just another romantic moment and not a proposal!

A special thanks to Melody & Danny for sharing your special day with us!

Wedding Date: Nov. 29, 2014
Venue & Vendor info: Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation, RAM Caterers
Bride’s Dress: Victor Harper Couture

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