Allison and Brady once lived in Greenwich Village and love its historic NYC charm. On a warm December day, we strolled through the golden leaf-filled streets and found some great photo ops among the stoops and brightly painted doors.
Allison shares, “Brady and I met on St. Patrick’s Day while out with friends, and after what I describe as a few weeks of begging and he describes as a couple of texts we went on our first date. We went to supper in the East Village and did not stop talking for 3 hours, and anyone who knows Brady knows that is a lot of talking. We instantly felt a strong connection, and soon became inseparable.
The next 3 years were spent enjoying each other, New York City, and our mutual love for travel. We have been to Buenos Aires, Nice, Barcelona, and Costa Rica together to name a few. Brady and I really do make the best travel team, and I always joke we need to be on “The Amazing Race.” I am best at making OCD-type plans and Brady is best at finding adventures for us and pushing me past my comfort zone.”
Allison continues, “Our proposal was in Central Park this August and will always be one of the best days of my life. Brady had suggested we go to brunch that day, but I was slightly annoyed and confused on why we had to go at 10:45 a.m. Nevertheless, he got me there and even hinted it was a nice place and I should wear a dress (thanks J). We ate a delicious brunch at Tavern on the Green and talked about our upcoming travel plans. Then he suggested we take a walk in the park, as it was a beautiful day. We walked up the west side of the park where he led us to the Ladies Pavilion, which overlooks The Lake. He got down on one knee and people in the vicinity began to clap. Although I have no real recollection of what he said, the moment was perfect.
We walked to the other side of the lake in shock just enjoying the moment. All of a sudden I noticed my Mom first, then my dad, and then Brady’s parents greeting us with exuberant faces. My parents live in Florida and his live in Colorado so it was a lot of planning on Brady’s part, but I am so thankful because it was such a special time to celebrate with those closest to us.
Just when I thought all of the surprises were over, about a week after the proposal I came home to a big envelope and bottle of wine. I looked inside and found paparazzi style pictures of the proposal. He had hired someone to secretly capture the most important moment of our relationship and they were gorgeous photos. When I asked him why he didn’t tell me right away, he says that he knew I would stress about them and he wanted to make sure they were great first. It’s times like that when I know I am so lucky because I am marrying my best friend who understands and loves me for all of my strengths and weaknesses.”
The couple will be getting married this October at the W Hotel Union Square. Happy engagement Allison and Brady!