Jenny + Kevin published in The Knot PA 2008 Spring/Summer edition
Their story — Jenny Young (25 a retail manager) and Kevin Hammond (26 and a graphic designer) started dating in the most old-fashioned of ways: He asked her to the senior prom. So they hadn’t been together for long before they parted to go to separate colleges that fall, but they vowed to stay together despite the distance. Kevin even expressed his devotion by carving “I Love Jenny” into a tree in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. Fast forward to a few years after graduation, when Kevin led Jenny back to that same tree, where he had carved “Jenny Will You Marry Me?” directly underneath his original profession of love. — C.P.
Style notes — Jenny and Kevin’s goal was to create a cool and contemporary party that would be flat-out fun for their family and friends. At the Appleford Estate, the tented outdoor reception space was dressed up with vibrant blue table linens, clean white china, and lime green and white centerpieces of lilies, orchids, and bells of Ireland in modern cube vases.
Abbie + Mike published in The Knot NJ 2008 Spring/Summer edition
When Abbie Tonielli (now a 29-year-old social worker) first met Michael (Mike) DiMeo (now a 29-year-old letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service) she didn’t want a serious relationship. Her father had passed away just after high school graduation, and ‘I couldn’t imagine myself being in a relationship with someone who didn’t know my dad,’ Abbie says. Luckily, Mike was patient, and the pair bonded over movies and their mutual love of cooking. Eventually they began dating and stayed together for over six years before Mike decided it was time to pop the question. Since he couldn’t ask Abbie’s dad for his blessing, he asked he whole family over Thanksgiving dinner while she was out of the room. With their blessing, Mike proposed just days before Christmas. Abbie pulled into their driveway one night to find a huge sign that spelled out “Will you marry me?” in Christmas lights. — L.C.
Laurie + Michael published in The Knot NJ Fall/Winter 2008 edition
Laurie Wainright (now 32 and a senior market research analyst) and Michael Blunt (now 34 and a senior vice president in commercial real estate) met through mutual friends at Lehigh University. Michael, a senior, and Laurie, a freshman, were friends but never dated. After college, they lost touch but then ran into each other a few years later. They exchanged business cards and emailed back and fourth for about a year. Finally, on April 1, 2005, the couple had their first date. Exactly one year year later, they took a trip to Turks and Caicos for Laurie’s 30th birthday. Michael presented Laurie with a collage for each decade of her life. When they came to the third one, Michael expressed that he wanted to be together for the decades to come and proposed. About a year and a half later, the couple wed in an elegant lakeside ceremony. — B.D.
Eva + Pete published in The Knot NJ 2009 Fall/Winter edition
Eva and Peter’s first date was like something out of a movie. After attending a college party together in New Jersey, Pete Dougherty (28 and a global technology support manager) offered to drive Eva Morgan Roth (25 and a clinical data analyst) to Philadelphia for cheesesteaks. They hopped in his ’67 Mustang for an impromptu road trip. Once they satisfied their cheesesteak craving, they headed back to New Jersey and went to watch for falling stars. They dated for four years after that marathon first date and Pete started planning the proposal. Since he wanted all of their friends to be present for the big moment, he jumped onstage during a friend’s concert and popped the question in front of the crowd. Eva and Pete decided to get married on the Jersey Shore on a night with a full moon.For their whimsical ceremony location, they chose Lucy, a six-story wooden elephant and a Jersey Shore landmark. — Celia Coan
Jess + Waylon published in The Knot NJ 2010 Fall/Winter edition
Their story — The flirtation between Jessica Stevens (27 and a relocation consultant) and Robert (Waylon) Potts (28 and a warehouse supervisor) began the first time they met at a mutual friend’s house. At the time, Waylon was living in Delaware, but he soon began making frequent trips to Jersey to exchange playful banter with Jess at group meet-ups. They quickly became a couple and spent the next year commuting to see each other before moving in together. After five years of dating, Waylon and Jess picked out the perfect ring. He gave it to her that night – after acting like he was going to hold out for a short period of time! — LF
Their style — Jess and Waylon are huge animal lovers so when they realized the Adventure Aquarium was open for weddings, they knew they wanted to book it for their party. Opting for a not-too-over-the-top tropical ocean theme the couple incorporated blue and tangerine with sand accents.