Alex and I met “at work” remotely – in March 2020, three weeks after the pandemic started. We had never officially met in person but we connected very quickly over Zoom trivia games and various digital Happy Hours that our company continued to organize. We knew there was an age difference between the two of us, but we danced around it for several weeks – once we realized we were 11 years apart, with Alex being the younger of the two of us, I was resolved that a relationship was impossible. Alex was more resolved in the opposite direction, he was always confident that we could overcome our age gap and close the differences in life timelines that we had. He’s truly the most incredible man that I’ve ever met. He’s smart, kind, compassionate, painfully rational, and he balances me like nobody I have ever met. I’m the one that brings a little more fire to the duo – so between the fire coming from my direction and his ability to ground us, we’ve been able to build a super special relationship. We talk frequently about how glad we are that we both took the chance on an unlikely pairing, and had a go with our relationship because it’s the best thing that’s happened to both of us and it’s changed the entire course of our lives.
Fast forward almost two years, we’re talking about timelines for us having a family and true to our form, we decided we wanted to get married in August of 2022 to start our family in early 2023. We had found the ring about six months into our relationship made by an INCREDIBLE jeweller out of London named Ruth Tomlinson – She’s silly talented and her work is truly art. Alex proposed in front of the apartment that I was living in at the time – and it was the place that we met at for the first time in person and of course he already knew my answer. I couldn’t wait to say Yes.
I found my dress four days after the proposal at Madeline’s Daughter in Portsmouth, New Hampshire which is the same boutique my sister found her dress (she bought the first one she tried on that day). My family and future in-laws had written down this dresses code – and it’s actually one I had shown Alex in passing when I was asking what he thought a wedding dress should be. It was the first dress I tried on at Madeline’s Daughter – and I was pretty certain it was the one. It was simple but so not simple, and it was so flattering on my frame. It’s so elegant, I love the dramatic train, all the buttons, the details on the bust and the low back. It was just perfect. So after trying a handful of other dresses, I never got away from this one. I put it back on and called it a day. Dress selection – Done! The veil really topped it off, it was a late addition, but I am so happy that I chose to add a veil to the day, it really finished everything.
Our wedding day was perfectly imperfect. It wasn’t as smooth as I wanted it to be if you asked me the week before, but all of the imperfections throughout really made it our day. We transformed my in-laws backyard to a stunning backyard tented venue, our vendors were incredible. The florals were insane – The food was fantastic – the cake, my god, we ate our cake for 8 days after the wedding (not joking, I finished the whole 2 tier wedding cake almost on my own) Our DJ had everyone dancing ALL night long. We had so much fun – and were officially our own little family.
We could not have asked for a better day, totally filled with love and we walked on clouds for 8 hours of being surrounded by the people we love, sharing words of love and of course, partying. It was beautiful and Seamless Photography captured everything to a tee. Our wedding day had without a doubt, some of the best moments of our entire lives, on a day that was up there with one of the best days of our lives to date. We can’t wait to see what comes next for the New Orfanos Family!