An Empire State of Romance

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It was the summer of 2018, and just two weeks after Andrew stepped foot in Manhattan, some combination of fate and a dating app algorithm led him to a first date with Rebecca at the Dead Rabbit cocktail bar. After hours of talking, they were kicked out for closing time and Andrew asked Rebecca to dinner the very next night. The rest was history – it would be the last first date for both.

It wasn’t long before summer was over and Andrew would return to LA for year two of business school, but before he did, they decided to put their relationship to the “test” by traveling to Croatia. Despite certain life-or-death drives through rocky mountain switchbacks, a questionable Airbnb stay with a lonely Croatian grandmother, and a flood, they further affirmed they loved spending every waking minute together. The next year was a whirlwind of facetimes and NY to LA flights, plus bonus trips together to Austin, Detroit, San Francisco, Napa, Seattle, Chicago, Naples, the Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Paraguay, and Brazil.

Upon graduation, both were thrilled to be in NYC together, even if it meant sharing a bite-sized studio apartment in Chelsea. Little did they know that Covid lockdowns were around the corner and they would soon trade their studio for the Lewinson family’s basement in NJ. Before leaving for Ohio in June to visit Andrew’s family, Andrew secretly asked for Rebecca’s hand in marriage.

After spending time in Andrew’s hometown of Akron, Ohio, Rebecca and Andrew packed their computer monitors and a handful of clothes for the Pacific Northwest, where they made the most of their company’s work-from-home policies for several weeks. To close out their summer adventure, they made a quick stop in Glacier National Park. At Glacier and in the midst of wildfire smoke from the West, Andrew got down on one knee at Lake McDonald, where he asked Rebecca to marry him. After confirming that it wasn’t a joke, she joined him on the dock and said yes!

Now they are SO excited to finally celebrate and tie the knot with Around Town Entertainment!

The beautiful couple got married at Tribeca Rooftop in NYC. Rebecca and Andrew’s special day was beautifully decorated with fresh blooms. Everything was set in place on the big day by Darryl Stupp with Tribecca Rooftop. Before Rebecca started down the aisle, the pianist from Around Town Entertainment played Can’t Help Fallin’ In Love” by Elvis Presley. Everyone saw Andrew first see Rebecca start down the aisle, and everyone looked on with a smile. The two exchanged their vows and said their “I Do’s” and then skipped down the aisle singing along to the ever-fitting and celebratory song “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder. It was such an exciting moment, almost as exciting as the party after!

Then it was cocktail hour, where the guests were serenaded by the Around Town Band’s jazz trio featuring a bass, guitar, and piano! The trio perfectly underscored all the delicious hors d’oeuvre and bubbly drinks as the celebration kicked off. All the guests started to tap their toes along with many of the jazz classics the group played, getting excited to dance it out for the reception! 

As everyone entered into the reception room, the Authority Band played the most perfect song to get the party started: “Crazy In Love” by queen Beyoncé. The bridal party skipped into the room jamming it out to the most requested wedding band in NYC, the Authority Band. Andrew and Rebecca had their first dance as husband and wife to “Can’t Take My Eyes off of You” by Frankie Valli and the dance party kicked off!

The Authority Band played many of Andrew and Rebecca’s favorite songs throughout the night such as, “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers, “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, and “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra. It was truly a night to remember and we’re so happy to have been part of Andrew and Rebecca’s special day extra memorable!