How did you meet?
Ron and I have known each other – basically our whole lives – but we really reconnected when Ron moved back home, and ultimately NYC. He ran into my parents at a family party, found out I was living in Brooklyn and reached out for recommendations on where to live. We started chatting a bit via text – picked a day to meet up – ended up at a brewery, and the rest is history.
How did you get engaged?
Our proposal was adorable. I could tell something was up since I’m too curious for my own good, but it was an amazing day. We had taken a Friday off of work and headed up to Beacon for a long weekend. Ron had picked out the perfect spot but the entrance was closed! So we figured out another way to get there. He picked out a spot on this beautiful trail, right on the Hudson River, directly across one of my favorite breweries (Newburgh brewing).
He pulled out a bottle of beer that we were saving for when he proposed and I immediately said we couldn’t drink that. He asked why and I said because we weren’t engaged. And then he pulled out the ring! And he was going so slow, so I told him to get on one knee, which he was trying to do but there was a log and some branches so it was hard to find the right angle, and he asked me to marry him! I totally blacked out and went silent. I just stared at the ring and then him and then at the ring again and then I started kissing him. Apparently I never actually said yes so I eventually did and I put the ring on. It was a very surreal experience and it took a long time to process it. But we popped open the bottle of beer, hung out at the spot by the water and just kinda goofed around for a bit. It was such a beautiful setting and it was just us. We took some selfies and silly photos. It was amazing!
Details of the day!
We enjoyed an incredibly fun and brew inspired day for our spring wedding at the Ryland Inn in New Jersey. True to spring weather, it rained the entire day, but we didn’t let that stop them from having a magical day and tying the knot. The day was filled with many custom details, including a home brewed beer with custom labels that included our dog, signature cocktails, and a blue and gray color story throughout all the decor.
The amazing Brian Kirk and the Jirks kept the dance floor full the entire evening with their unique solos and performances. Since our families have grown up together, our wedding day was an incredible celebration combining long time friends as officially family.
Why did you choose your venue?
We are a bit restricted due to the fact that our wedding needs to be Kosher and we are expecting around 175-200 people. We are not the typical ballroom types so based on some recommendations and some searching, we knew from the beginning that the Ryland was the perfect spot.
What was on your menu?
All food was Kosher.
What was your favorite moment?
HIS VERSION: What were some of your favorite moments from the wedding day?
EVERYTHING!!!!…but mostly getting to spend the evening with the most beautiful bride ever. The energy of the event, the band, the flowers, the food, the family…it was all amazing!
HER VERSION: I was really happy that we had time to squeeze in a first look with my Dad. I thought that was really special. The first look with Ron was super cute too – I’m glad Bri was able to catch his signature ‘silly Ron face’ in action. Being married by Rabbi Glustrom was also really special. He married my parents, performed my baby naming when I was born and has been a part of so many other family moments over the years so it was so amazing to have him there for our day. Brian Kirk and the Jirks were also fantastic!!! The solos were killer and my sing along to Build me up buttercup was pretty on point. And of course the interruption by the little guys during our first dance was pretty hilarious. It really is an amazing thing how much those little ones love us and of course how much we adore them. Many people thought I’d be upset about it but I thought it was awesome!!
One detail you couldn’t live without?
Our wedding day was the best rainy day we’ve ever had! I started to lose it a bit before walking down the aisle between being nervous about stepping on my dress and the veil over my head and walking down in front of so many people but the second I saw Ron, the nerves went away!
Any advice for future brides?
Have something fun planned after the actual wedding planning stuff so you have something to look forward to and can de-stress.