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Alexis Title_key Nicole

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A Green Building Gathering

Tell us your love story!

We met when we were both in undergrad at NYU. Nicole was a freshman and had just turned eighteen while Alexis was just back from her semester abroad in London. As much as we would like to say it was love at first sight, in reality it was far from it. But we slowly became friends and then, luckily, much more.

What about the proposal?

I surprised Alexis with a ring-making class in Brooklyn early on a Saturday morning.  Unfortunately, I didn’t factor in that she might want breakfast, but once she caught on and stopped focusing on her stomach, the day certainly improved. We made rings for each other, and then transitioned to our favorite spot in Central Park, where I asked if she wouldn't mind spending the rest of her life with me. Then we celebrated into the night with our families.

When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?

It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact moment that we knew but the fact that we made it through law school (Nicole) and a PhD program (Alexis) meant that we could make it through anything. It was confirmation that we made a pretty good team.

Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?

New York is both where we live and where we met, so we knew we wanted to get married here.  We also knew that we didn’t want a traditional venue, but something open and industrial with some outdoor space, that we could do as much (or as little) as we wanted with.

What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?

Finding a place was pretty easy, but, having chosen a mostly blank canvas, filling in all the details that we needed for the day was difficult. Taking one task at a time, and keeping detailed lists got us through it.

Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?

It takes so much time to plan a wedding, especially when you’ve chosen a venue that’s a blank canvas.Sometimes the planning felt like having a part-time job.We started planning about 14 months from our wedding date, and certainly needed all of that time to make our day memorable.

Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?

Everyone will have an opinion, but the day is for you.Make sure it reflects both of you, and that your voices are the loudest in planning.Finally, be kind to each other. Planning is difficult and emotions run high, but the day is a celebration of the two of you, and anything that goes wrong is just a story you get to tell on your anniversary.

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

Just after the ceremony and before the reception, we spent a few minutes alone together as a married couple.Sitting there and taking a quiet moment alone—with a bottle of champagne, of course—was the perfect way to start our life together.      

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