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Diana and Ken

Ceremony in Ridgefield, CT (bride's hometown) reception at Le Chateau, South Salem, NY , CT, United States

Ken and I first met in April 2017 through a dating app. At the time I was 34 and, if I'm being truly honest, was totally discouraged by the New York City dating scene. As I watched friend after friend get married, begin families, and generally proceed onto the next phases of life, I resigned myself to being the "fun aunt" (a role which I do love!) But then at the end of April, I met Ken for a drink on the Upper East Side and in that moment, it all changed. At that point I'd been, by my rough calculations, on over 120 first dates. But that night after Ken and I said goodbye, I texted a girlfriend and said "I think I'm going to marry that guy." I had never said or felt that way ever before. And Ken felt the same way; our courtship proceeded quickly and on March 16, 2018 he proposed in my apartment. Our whirlwind courtship was followed by a whirlwind engagement; we set the date for New Year's Eve, only nine months after our engagement. But it HAD to be New Year's Eve. My grandma and grandpa had gotten married on December 31st and as a little girl, I always dreamed of sharing a wedding date with them. My grandma was my absolute favorite person, my best friend, and just the coolest lady you could ever hope to meet. She passed away in January 2018, so ending the year we lost her by celebrating my and Ken's marriage seemed like a fitting way to honor her. And our wedding was a dream come true. Despite the rain, it was pure magic. There were laughter and tears and at midnight the room was so filled with love as we entered into a new year with our dearest friends and family. I am so deeply lucky to have found my sweet Ken :)

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