All Thanks to Panera and a Bad Double Date

All Thanks to Panera and a Bad Double Date 1500 1000 adam Michaels

Sara and Brendan in high school met when Sara was a senior and Brendan was a junior, but their “high school sweetheart” love story has an unconventional twist! Their first date was at Panera Bread…but it wasn’t with each other. In fact, they were on a double date, both with different people! They graduated and went their separate ways off to college, but still kept in touch, seeing each other when they visited home for holiday breaks. That spark from that Panera bread date grew and grew from Yankee Games to Jones Beach trips. They started to get closer and closer until Brendan finally told Sara how he really felt at the famous NYPD Hockey Game, and that’s just the beginning of their love story!

When Sara and Brendan were traveling back to New York City for Thanksgiving, Brendan suddenly had an urge to walk through the iconic and scenic Central Park. Unsuspectingly, Sara went along with Brendan’s urge, excited to enjoy the autumnal scenery, even though it was one of the coldest days in the city! Freezing their toes off, they eventually hailed a pedi-cab to reach their impromptu destination: the Bethesda fountain. When they got there, they realized the fountain was out of commission for the season and had no water in it! Still, they made the best of the trip and the freezing weather, enjoying the view of the lake until Brendan surprised Sara by getting down on one knee with the most beautiful ring to ask her to marry him!

To call back to some of their favorite moments together, the couple went to the Yankee Game with some members of their bridal party as part of the many pre-wedding festivities! They even kicked off the wedding weekend by inviting their guests to Sara’s house for some welcome drinks! 

Brendan and Sara clearly have great taste because they had their wedding at the beautiful! To beautifully underscore the momentous occasion, a pianist and cellist from Around Town Entertainment played the all too appropriate “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, as Sara prepared to walk down the aisle. After tying the knot and making their dreams come true, the two danced down the aisle to the pianist and cellist’s rendition of Hootie and the Blowfish’s “I Only Wanna Be With You!” Off to the reception they went, to dance the night away and celebrate their “thousand year” commitment to one another!

They kicked off the evening with a grand entrance dancing into the reception ballroom to Kygo and Whitney Houston’s “Higher Love,” celebrating their first appearance as husband and wife! The Around Town live wedding Band played a favorite song of Sara and Brendan’s that they specifically selected for their first dance: “From the Ground Up” by Dan and Shay. Next, they shared a special moment with each of their parents with Sara and her father dancing to the sentimental and tear-jerking “Remember You Young” by Thomas Rhett and Brendan charming the guests dancing with his mother to “A Long Line of Love” by Michael Martin Murphey. To celebrate and welcome a loving life together, Sara and Brendan sliced their gorgeous wedding cake together to One Republic’s well-wishing “Good Life.” Their guests had a BLAST at the Birch Hill Estate, especially loving to take goofy photos in the photo booth, and taking photos in front of the beautiful rose wall that had a neon sign celebrating the couple’s last name!

Though the venue, the ring, the dress, the music, the flower arrangements, and the cake were all incredibly beautiful, nothing was more beautiful than the couple of the evening. Thank you Brendan and Sara for trusting us to underscore your wedding and congratulations!