Andrew and I would not be together if it were not for the help of an extremely inebriated friend with a very wild imagination,” Alexandra shares. They attended the same college but did not meet until several years later at a friend’s birthday party. “When Andrew asked our friend about me, and the man I was there with, this friend, in his intoxicated state, responded that I had always had a crush on Andrew and that I was single. Neither were true.” Being ignorant to the fact that Alexandra was in fact taken, Andrew asked her out – and while she had to refuse him, she agreed to be friends.
The two began to email each other often, and after some time Alexandra began to realize she was falling for him. “Initially it felt innocent and old fashioned but soon the first thing I thought about when I woke up became seeing his email in my inbox,” she recalls. “I could not wait to learn more about him, and I realized that my feelings were not like those towards a friend.” Fortunately for both Andrew and Alexandra her other relationship had ended, so they went on their first date. “We have been together ever since and are going to spend the rest of our lives together,” she smiles.
On your day, what was the first thought in your mind when you woke up in the morning?
Alexandra: To be honest I hardly slept the night before so I don’t know that I had a first thought. Fortunately my mother had stayed with me though, so I had someone to keep me calm throughout. I just remember that my mind was racing and I experienced a multitude of differing emotions that ran the gamut from immense joy to extreme fear!
Andrew: When I first woke up, I had this mixture of excitement and impatience, just like when you are a child and wake up on Christmas morning and can’t keep yourself in bed past 6am. I knew that being able to marry Alexandra would be the greatest gift that I would ever receive, and when I woke up that morning I just wanted to get to the ceremony as quickly as possible!
She’s never looked more beautiful, and I couldn’t have felt more lucky to be marrying her.
There is a lot of truth that can be found in emotion and passion, and my life has become so much deeper and more meaningful as a result of what she’s taught me.
Describe your day in three words.
Alexandra: I only need one, transcendent.
Andrew: I can’t say it better than Alexandra did: Transcendent.
If forced to choose, what would you say was the highlight of your day?
Alexandra: The highlight wasn’t a moment it was just the fact of having everyone we care about all together in one place surrounding us with so much love and support. That said, watching Andrew’s face while I read my vows to him is a close second.
Andrew: The highlight of the day was seeing Alexandra in her dress for the first time as she walked down the aisle. She’s never looked more beautiful, and I couldn’t have felt more lucky to be marrying her.
What is the most valuable thing that you have learned from each other?
Alexandra: Andrew has taught me innumerable things of value but the one that first comes to mind is not to sweat the small stuff and to focus on finding the humor in all things. He has brought immense peace and laughter into my life.
Andrew: The most valuable thing that Alexandra has taught me is to be more spontaneous and to live life more presently and emotionally. There is a lot of truth that can be found in emotion and passion, and my life has become so much deeper and more meaningful as a result of what she’s taught me.
Alexandra: I could go on forever about how much I love Andrew, how wonderful he is, how much he’s done for me, how incredible the wedding was, all the special little details that went into it, seeing the speciality cocktails inspired by our pets, the making of my dress over the course of a full year… etcetera, etcetera.
Andrew has taught me innumerable things of value... not to sweat the small stuff and to focus on finding the humor in all things. He has brought immense PEACE and LAUGHTER into my life.
I could go on forever about how much I love Andrew... how incredible the wedding was, all the special little details that went into it... etcetera, etcetera.
- Photographer Joanna Toto
- Filmmaker Adrian Toto
- Second Photographer Kelly Taub
- Planning Leslie Mastin Events
- Cake Ron Ben-Israel
- Catering Cedar Lakes Estate
- Dress Custom from Mark Ingram Atelier
- Floral & Event Design Lewis Miller Design
- Hair & Make-up Tamara Bosworth & Anabelle LaGuardia
- Lighting Lights Inc
- Music Ceremony: Highline Quartet, Reception: Generation Events
- Reception Generation Events
- Sound Surround It Now
- Stationary East Six
- Venue Cedar Lakes Estate
- Video Adrian Toto for Ira Lippke Studios