“We met in the summer of 2012 when Leigh was moving into her new apartment in Stamford, CT just two doors down. I was out on my back patio relaxing in the afternoon breeze with some lemonade and my golden retriever Dexter, when out of nowhere a brooding beast of a dog came jumping into the common area and then sprinted over to meet who would eventually become his best friend. Leigh had adopted Boomer the gentle giant while attending college in Kentucky and if it weren’t for his 4 foot vertical and enthusiasm to immediately own the inner courtyard of our apartment building, Leigh and I may have never met.

Leigh and I hit it off immediately and she knew she’d found someone special when I showed up with a bottle of Yellowtail Merlot to one of our first dates. The label had a kangaroo which for all intent and purposes was a good sign of quality. She was gentle in her explanation about not judging a bottle of wine by it’s label, and I knew I’d found someone special. That summer we spent time together going to concerts and Yankees games in NYC, boating around on the long island sound and eating at every great restaurant we could find. We both love to travel and have been all over the world together, from Bermuda to the French Alps. In the summer of 2015 Leigh finally decided to venture in the woods and go “camping” with me, and I ended up proposing during this camping trip at a beautiful luxury spa with trees surrounding it in northern Vermont.

We are so happy to be getting married and feel incredibly lucky to have found each other and that our dogs agreed to support us on this crazy adventure.” – Darren

The Team:

Venue: Belle Haven Yacht Club
Planner: Stella Day Events
Photographer: Glen Allsop for Christian Oth
Floral Designer: Winston Flowers