Bridget and JP planned their engagement along the scenic stretch of the High Line to commemorate their first two engagements. There have been three! Read on for the whole love story.

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JP shares, “If you’ve had a conversation with Bridget in the last four years, you’ve probably heard this story before. But it’s a good one!

Bridget interviewed me for the position of boyfriend. Actually, Bridget was supposed to be interviewing me for the position of attorney at the Legal Aid Society.  She was a forensic social worker there and on the hiring committee, and I had just graduated from law school.  When I walked into the interview room, Bridget thought, “he looked good on paper, but he looks FANTASTIC in person.” (OK, I added that part.)  Bridget made sure the appropriate boxes were checked, and I was hired.

As it turned out, when I walked into that interview room and saw the panel of five people, I immediately noticed the apparently demure girl in the back left corner. My actual thought at the time was “she definitely isn’t single.” But I took note that she was named Bridget and that she was a social worker.

That interview was May 2012. I didn’t move to New York and start the job until nearly four months later, in September. But I didn’t forget about Bridget. So you can imagine my consternation when, well into the second week on the job, I had been introduced to all the social workers. . . but. . . no Bridget.  Finally, as nonchalantly as I could muster, I asked someone, “wasn’t there a blonde social worker who used to work here?”  And they said, “Oh, that’s Bridget.  She’s been on vacation in Croatia.  She’ll be back on Monday.”  Faith in the universe restored.

The ensuing courtship was tentative and shy, but aided by unreserved colleagues who, not even knowing if we were interested in each other, decided we should become a couple.  “JP, you’re single.  Bridget is single.  You should date her.”  “JP, do you like chocolate? Bridget likes chocolate.  You should take her to a chocolate shop.”  And “So have you guys made out yet, or what?” These things were said when both of us were in the same room.  The obvious embarrassment was highly entertaining to everyone else, apparently.

Well, the joke was on them. We had our first kiss outside the office Christmas party and our first date a few days later. And we managed to keep the whole thing a secret from co-workers until Bridget transferred out of the unit 3 months later.”

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Bridget shares the story of how they got engaged, but first JP defines it as: “Slowly. With much prodding.  And in three stages.”

She says, “I call JP “Peter Pan” because he is, according to me, “the boy who doesn’t want to grow up.” And so three years and six months after we started dating (JP says this is approximately three years, five months and 29 days after I was ready to get engaged), I announced to JP that I was going to propose TO HIM on August 11, 2016.  JP rolled with it.

So I made reservations at Mario Batali’s swankiest restaurant, and then took JP up to the adjacent High Line Park after dinner. I said some lovely things, got down on one knee, and popped the question. To my utmost surprise, JP was actually prepared for the moment. He pulled out a legal pad and flipped through a series of previously written messages (a la “Love Actually”) that included, of course, a “YES!” Engagement #1. But then, another of JP’s notes said that until he could afford a proper engagement ring, he’d like me to wear a Claddagh ring as a substitute. JP pulled it out from his pocket, got down on HIS knee and put it on my finger. Engagement #2.

JP continues, “Fast forward a few weeks. We were walking along the waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park when Bridget spotted an old brick façade where someone had written in chalk: “Will You Marry Me?” Bridget decided it would be funny—since we were newly engaged—if I stood by it and she took his picture. But as she snapped the photo, she realized I had a black ring box in my hand. Completely and utterly shocked—again, this was the procrastinatory and cash-poor schlub who couldn’t get it together enough to propose to her first—she approached. I opened the box: it was Bridget’s grandmother’s wedding ring! In the weeks since the initial proposal, her paternal aunts Arleen and Kathy had reached out to me and made the tremendously touching and generous offer to pass the ring on. We pulled the Claddagh ring off her finger, and replaced it with the real thing.

So…Bridget didn’t know if she was ever going to get engaged, but it eventually happened. Kind of three times. She can relax now.”

Bridget adds, “Oh, and JP didn’t write the “Will you marry me” message in chalk.  He had been walking around with the ring box in his pocket, waiting for the right moment, and it presented itself.”  JP has told me he recognizes that he is quite a lucky dog when it comes to Bridget, and really hopes the streak continues!

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This is the spot, with it’s quiet corner, where they both got down on one knee and they both said “YES!”

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They will be getting married in Manhattan this September. Congratulations you guys!

Sophie and Ryan were married in Washington, D.C. on a beautiful spring day. Preparations began in their suites at the Hay Adams.

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Sophie shares, “I had so much fun getting ready in the morning with the bridesmaids. It was nice getting our hair and makeup done while having mimosas! It was truly a special moment that I’ll never forget.”

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Hay Adams Washington D.C. wedding photography

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The ceremony took place at Saint Mary Mother of God. Sophie says, “It was amazing to be surrounded by all our friends and family. We were beaming with happiness the entire day!

One of my favorite moments that day was walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Ryan at the altar. I was so happy and excited, that it brought tears to my eyes! It was such a sweet and emotional moment for us and I’ll never forget it!

A special thanks to our parents for making the day so special for us.”

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Ryan shares, “My favorite part of the day was when the doors opened and I saw Sophie walk down the aisle. She was the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen. It felt like I had tunnel vision and the rest of the church went away. I had been nervous that morning but I felt totally calm and happy when I saw her.”

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Sophie shares, “The moment we saw the Top of the Hay at the Hay Adams we knew it was the perfect place for our reception! The venue is lined with floor to ceiling windows, so the room is filled with lots of light. We loved the balcony that wraps around the room that overlooks the White House and the Washington Monument. The Hay Adams is such an elegant and magical place that we knew we wouldn’t be able to find anything else like it.”

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Hay Adams Wedding photography Washington DC

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Congratulations Sophie and Ryan!

Special thanks to the team:
Church:
Saint Mary Mother of God
Officiant: Father Alfred J. Harris
Reception Venue: Top of the Hay at The Hay Adams
Flowers: Growing Wild Floral Company
Cake: Kendall’s Cakes
Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero, Purchased at Bridals By Natalie
Veil: Bridals By Natalie
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew
Makeup: Jeff Enriquez at One 80 Salon
Hair: Lori Nansi
Tuxes: Lapel
Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: The Top Jewelers
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz
DJ: Steve Hershberger, The Davis Event Group
Invitations: Paper Source, Georgetown

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Samantha and Ben ‘s love story began with an app, continued through a love of books sent from miles away, and will be sealed with vows spoken this coming October. We met in Washington Square Park for their engagement session.

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The session continued in Central Park.

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Samantha shares, “Ben and I are a dating app miracle – we matched on Tinder when he was visiting NYC from Kansas City in June 2014. Since he was an out-of-towner, and rumor has it Tinder users don’t always have the best intentions, I decided not to meet up.”

This story is best, continued through the point of view of their dog, Oliver (written by Ben)…

“According to Tinder’s internal data, 9 billion matches have been created between users since its inception. That means each day, 26 million pairs are matched out of an approximate 1.4 billion swipes, left to right. Despite that stark statistical disadvantage, Ben and Samantha, at some God forsaken hour of the early morning, matched and at once began the correspondence that would lead to their 100% genuine, Grade A, true love.

Before even laying eyes on one another, Ben and Sam became acquainted through the words of writers much more esteemed than this one. What started as a brief sharing of Haruki Murakami’s short story, “On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning,” became a full-fledged, cross-country, tastefully flirtatious book club.

Words and pages were read, weighty discussions shared. In an effort to distinguish Ben from the catfish and serial killers lurking in the online depths, FaceTimes were scheduled. Plane tickets purchased. NYC explored. Central Park strolls. Holding hands. Pumpkin patch visits. New Year’s Eve kiss. Museums observed and I love yous shared.
It was all falling into place, and Ben and Sam knew it was the real thing.

Upon receiving consent from myself (the true man of the house), Ben packed all he owned into a rented Chrysler Town & Country and started the journey from Kansas City to our apartment on the Upper West Side. He’s been here awhile now, and we are all enjoying life together so much that Ben and Sam are getting married. A Susan Sontag line I read once on my favorite blog, brainpickings, says, “Being in love means being willing to ruin yourself for the other person.” I remembered that line because that’s how I know Sam and Ben love each other. The bond they have together is more important than any of their individual wants and conditions.

And they don’t give bad belly rubs either.

Yours truly,
0LiveR w0Lf”

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Samantha shares, “I had a feeling he was going to be my person from the minute we started talking. I know it sounds crazy, but as soon as we met, I knew I was right. September kicked off a cross-country romance, in December we picked out a place together on the Upper West Side, and I left my Greenwich Village address of nearly six years. In March, he locked in a job and Memorial Day weekend of 2015, he moved from Kansas to New York.

Every day I feel lucky that by some stroke of fate we sort of met on his visit to New York City. ”

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They are getting married on October 22, 2016 in Union Square. Happy engagement Samantha and Ben!

I’m so excited to share our modern pink art deco wedding styled shoot at 501 Union in Brooklyn. It was featured on MODWedding! Get ready to feel transported to a modern version of the 1920s with pink and gold accents, geometric patterns, sparkly details and unique style.

The very talented Simone Reddicks of Coordinated To Perfection and I collaborated to create an inspiring shoot to capture the imagination of brides looking for modern art deco ideas for their wedding.

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Bastille Flowers & Events made the most gorgeous table design with a solid black satin cloth accented with a white and black geometric runner by BBJ Linen, gold chiliwich placemats, silk black napkins and gold flatware, gold rimmed chinaware and glassware and lucite chairs.  Running the length of the rectangular table was a series of high and low flower compositions including beautiful white quince, billowing white french tulips, fuchsia sweet pea, ruffly soft pink ranunculi,  white anemones with black centers and accents of chartreuse green vibernum. Unique black vessels, textured gold vases and crystal vases held the blooms. The tabletop was completed with bowls filled with decadent gold dusted strawberries and our DIY gold votive candle holders. Mirrored table numbers completed the look by LBV Designs.

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The bridesmaids high bun by Lawanda Pierre Hair and bright lips by Face The Day NY fit the style perfectly.

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Royale Amethyst Invitations and Designs created hexagonal gold menus with a typeface that blended sharp geometric lines with a modern simplicity.

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Hand-crafted cake pops sat atop gold-colored macarons by Cakes Jagla.

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The bride wore a blush Jean Ralph Thurin wedding gown styled by Vainglorious Brides with jewelry by Madison Gems.

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Modern Pink Art Deco Wedding Styled Shoot at 501 Union

Special thanks to the whole team:
Venue: 501 Union
Wedding Coordinator : Coordinated To Perfection
Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography
Flower And Event Design: Bastille Flowers & Events
Videography: NST Pictures
Table Numbers And Decals: LBV Designs
Linens: BBJ Linen
Metallic Tattoos: Jewel Tats
Pillow Decor: Starling On Bond
Jewelry: Madison Gems
Cake Pops: Cakes Jagla
Stationery: Royale Amethyst Invitations and Designs
Fashion Stylist: Vainglorious Brides
Hair Stylist: Lawanda Pierre Hair
Makeup: Face The Day NY
Black Feather Hairpiece: Olivia Headpieces
Bride’s Shoes: Brian Atwood
Dresses: Jean-Ralph Thurin
Models: Carley Beck and Jillian Tayeh

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Allison and Ron were married on a beautiful spring day in New York City. They got ready for the day at the Parker Meridian.

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Allison shares, “On Saturday morning May 23, 2015, I woke up super excited at the Parker Meridien, gathered my bridal party and started getting ready for the big day. As the hour got closer I was more anxious then nervous. Finally when I arrived at Central Park to meet my groom he was standing at the top of the Cop Cott, a beautiful wooden enclosure, waiting for me. I quickly walked over to see him for the first time that day and my heart was beating so fast. When he turned around it brought tears to my eyes seeing him so excited just to see me in my dress. I will never forget that moment.”

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Allison continues, “Then after all the happy tears and photos in the park, we made our way to the banquet hall anxious to see the Tosca Marquee ceremony and reception space. The colors we chose were a light pink almost blush and touch of gold. We love the color gold so we wanted something to complement the color, so we chose a light pink because it is very delicate and spring appropriate. After we arrived everything looked so beautiful! The ceremony was very meaningful, especially since Ron’s brother was our officiant. We were pleased with everything. Our day could not have gone better.”

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Congratulations Allison and Ron!

Check out more photos in the slideshow.

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Tosca Marquee
Cake: Sugar Coated Bakery
DJ: APB Entertainment
Florist: Rosa by the Bridge
Dress: Paloma Blanca
Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo

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