06 Aug 13

Allison & Marc: Seven Dozen Roses

Marc and I met in 2005, during my first year out of college, at my first job. Both of us were doing Investment Banking but working in different industry groups. It was really one of those moments when you meet someone and you just know. I genuinely remember the first time I was introduced to Marc…I remember thinking that this one was going to be trouble! About a year after I joined the firm, Marc left to do Private Equity but we never stopped talking…about four years later we moved in together, got a puppy (an English Bulldog names Ace), and three years after that we were engaged.  

Our engagement couldn’t have been more fitting…I had dinner reservations with a friend of mine who was in from out of town. I was rushing to get home from work so I could get ready and be on time (for once haha). I called Marc to tell him that I was on my way home and to come downstairs so we could walk Ace before I went upstairs to get ready for dinner (Marc was in Business School at the time at Columbia so he was home before I was on this day). Marc asked me to come upstairs instead and I said, absolutely not, I am running late and need to get moving. He insisted and I remember hanging up the phone on him after saying not so nicely that he was being very annoying and that I was not happy about it.When I got to our apartment and walked inside, I saw Marc in the living room surrounded by seven dozen roses, one dozen for each year we had been together. Marc was dressed in a nice suit and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was in such shock that I don’t think I said anything…after all, I had just finished yelling at him over the phone for making me late for my dinner reservation with my friend. Of course when I got my bearings I said yes! He then told me that we had a 9pm dinner reservation at the restaurant where we had our first date, seven years earlier – Gotham Bar and Grill. When we got to the restaurant, I walked in to see both of our families there to celebrate with us. I was shocked that Marc had put together such an elaborate plan but it made for one of the most memorable moments in my life. After eight years together, we got married on June 1, 2013 at the Four Seasons Restaurant in NYC. It had been a long time coming and was truly one of the best days of our lives.

People always ask me if it feels different being married and the truth is that even though Marc and I basically spent most of our adult lives together, we learn new things about each other everyday. Everyday is new. We are truly best friends and I couldn’t imagine spending my life with anyone else. We balance each other in so many ways – I am emotional, he is rational…I am a bit high strung, he is calm as can be…he is great at telling jokes, I am not. When we got married, each of us said our own vows. I read a quote by Bob Marley which ended with, “Perfect people don’t exist, but you are the one person that is perfect for me.” That truly summarizes our relationship together and we couldn’t be happier. 


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