From the Bride:
“Eric and I met while studying abroad in Rome our Junior year of college. The first week of classes, his roommates invited me and some other girls in our program over to cook a big Italian dinner and we were instantly attracted to each other. I remember every night we were out with friends from our program, I’d be hoping for him to show up. The more time we spent together, often sipping wine on his apartment terrace, dancing all night with friends, or flirting in class, we both both realized we didn’t want things to end in Rome. We continued dating our Senior year (I went to Penn State, he went to Franklin & Marshall 2 hours away), taking turns surprising each other on the weekends. After college we both moved to NYC and six years later we got engaged! Finally ;)
The most important thing to us throughout the wedding planning process was to make sure it would be a weekend that our family and friends could truly enjoy. Eric and I both wanted an outdoor ceremony followed by a tented reception by the water. After we visited the Ocean House, we knew right away it would be the perfect destination. My parents had gone their several times for their anniversary and Eric and I both always had it in the back of our heads that it would be the most amazing place to get married. The views were absolutely stunning! I work for The Knot, so the rest of details seemed to fall into place. We had received so many great vendor recommendations and I had done A LOT of research.
We have no doubt it will be an incredible party but it’s also really important to us that the ceremony feel personal and special to who we are as a couple. We both decided early on that we would forgo the first look (there’s something about seeing each other for the first time walking down the aisle that we didn’t want to give up). We also agreed that we wanted to write our own vows…. even if we can ‘t get through them. ”