Michelle + Richard
Photography & Cinema | Lenny & Melissa
Florist | Party Deco Inc / Ralph Stivali
Make-up Artist | Toshi Szpyra
Hair Stylist | Jovanique Roldan
Ceremony Location | Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
Reception Location | Pier 66 Hotel & Marina
Dress Salon | Angelus Bridal and Formals
When did you know he/she was the one? Was there something he/she did? etc.
Michelle: I knew he was the one when we were driving in the car together after our first date, and a car cut him off. He had the ultimate road rage and started screaming at them. At that moment, I felt like I finally found someone who understood me. It wasn't necessarily the road rage, but the amount of stuff we had in common. Two days later when I drove to Clearwater to see my parents, I told my mom that I thought I had found my future husband.
Richie: Just the way everything was set up. The way I met her, the way she's my good friend's sister, the way that I was so close to her family without even meeting her yet.
Tell us about the proposal. (Did you see it coming, how long was it in the planning? how did you feel? nervous, excited, freaking out?)
Michelle: I had no idea it was coming. Richie is old school. He had pulled my dad aside at my niece's birthday party and asked for his blessing to date me. So, I knew he would be asking my dad for my hand as well. Since my parents live in Clearwater I knew it would difficult for Richie to ask my dad in person. After three months of dating, Richie had asked my dad one time when my parents came down. He asked my dad to an early breakfast while I was still sleeping. So, I had no clue he had the opportunity to ask my dad. Two months later, he proposed on a cruise ship we took with my brother and his wife. After dinner, he had placed the ring in a towel made heart. He was so nervous he couldn't even get the words out. It was so cute and exciting.
Richie: I was a little bit nervous and excited. Nervous because I had to speak to her father and brother to get their blessings before I could go forward. Proposing was the hardest thing I had to do because I was asking the women that was destined to be with me to be my wife.
Tell us the one thing you love most about each other.
Michelle: I love his sarcasm. It makes me laugh every time.
Richie: I love her smile. I love that she's not a push over and everything that I was looking for in a woman I found in her.
Besides getting married - what’s the one thing you are looking forward to on your wedding day?
Michelle: I was looking forward to seeing all my family that flew in from New York. There was a terrible blizzard that cancelled a lot of my family's flights. So, family was scurrying to find other flights. I was so excited that most were able to make it.
Richie: To see how Michelle looked in her wedding dress.