Our mutual friend introduced us when we were in college. About 7 years ago, we went on our first date at a Japanese restaurant called Sushi Palace, a familiar spot to anyone that has frequent New Haven, CT. We pretty much saw each other daily after that date and soon enough made our relationship official at the great art deco 1930's Gatsby style Diamond Horseshoe venue in New York City.
We made our yearly pilgrimage to Chautauqua Lake, NY for the 4th of July family get-together, full of traditions both old and new. One tradition in particular would be unforgettable: the Sunday walkthrough at the Chautauqua Institute. One of our first pictures taken together as a couple was in front of the Anthenaeum Hotel, the site's grand reminder of how seriously people in the 1880's took their vacations.
The minutes leading to the ultimate proposal was nerve wracking to say the least. The chosen ring was perfect and though the exhilaration I felt made my heart skip several beats, I also experienced an uncanny sense of calmness. I have never been more sure of anything in my life of what I was about to do.
We walked to the front of the building together, her father and sister were also in town. I definitely wanted them there to witness the special moment with us. The rest of her family wasn't far behind to capture the view they were about to see. As we approached the fountain in front of the hotel, we took our last pictures as "boyfriend and girlfriend". I dropped to a knee and asked her to be my forever wife.
The ring fit perfectly, Of course it did. - Cullen
Hotel: Paramount Hotel New York
Venue: Diamond Horseshoe
Hospitality: LDV Hospitality
Events Coordinator: Kyle Thomas Payton at Diamond Horseshoe
Main Photographer: Jimmy Chu
Second Shooter: Art Sang Photography
Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Wedding Dress: Miss Hayley Paige
Bridal Shop: The White Dress By The Shore
Florist: Julia Testa
DJ Matty Sturat: MD Music & Entertainment
Officiant: Harris Bloom