Gretchen and Russell have known each other since they were kids growing up in Princeton, NJ, but they didn't reconnect as adults until one fateful evening at the Alchemist & Barrister in the Spring of 2009. That’s when it all started! Initially they were friends, but it wasn't until 8 years later (in 2017) that they began officially dating.
A coffee date morphed via text into a one-glass-of-wine date. In real time, that became a multi-bottle-of-wine date at Jadis on Rivington Street. Shortly thereafter, they set up a mini art gallery tour around the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where they were both living at the time. Their first dates were an adventure and were the start of something special!
Some memories they have shared over the years include the first time they traveled to Gretchen’s family's condo in Sun Valley, Idaho during the summer of 2018. They hiked up massive waterfalls, went fly fishing, explored hot springs outside of town and had a blast! They went out there the following winter and were hit with the biggest snowfall the region had seen in several decades, something like 40" in one 24 hour period!! Russell says it was the “best skiing of his life, in no small part due to having my wife by my side.” AWW!
Russell proposed in their living room in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn NY. Gretchen suspected something was up when she volunteered to cook a Friday evening meal, and the house looked suspiciously clean for a Friday afternoon. On top of that, there was quite a bit of extra-fancy wine involved, not to mention a somewhat complex menu offering that evening… she knew something big was going to happen! They were married in August in Princeton, NJ and celebrated on a beautiful farm right outside of town.
Congrats you two! We are SO happy for you!