• MK Mancuso

Tony and Natalie: A Friendship Built to Make Love Last

Updated: Aug 17, 2018

Tony and Natalie couple's story holds an old-time feel. The pair met in Boston College when Tony was just a freshman, and Natalie a sophomore. It wasn't until reconnecting at an almuni event in D.C. the following year and many years of friendship later, that this pair had their first date. It's a classic tale of friends who fell in love.

Natalie recalls their first date well. Tony had asked her to dinner during restaurant week. He had struggled with setting something up in time for the date. Luckily, Tony was able to make a reservation at Lia's, an Italian Restaurant in Friendship Heights in D.C.

The pair left there feeling that..."The food was salty, but the conversation was sweet."

And from then on the two knew they would never turn back.

Just like any couple, these two can look to the past and certain memories will surface. Some memories are warm, some funny, some sad, and some thrilling. These two have shared many moments together which have brought them closer as a couple and now as husband and wife.

Tony remembers the time where he and Natalie were having a conversation that ultimately led to the reveal of Natalie's gullible side. Thus, this sparked an idea for Tony to execute a harmless prank. Tony feeling momentarily playful with his idea, sort out pictures from an exotic animal sanctuary online and had convinced Natalie that his godfather was the owner and animal trainer at the facility. Naturally, and maybe more so than expected—Natalie was beyond thrilled at the likelihood that she might experience the opportunity to interact with bears. Tony, after a bit of pure excitement on her part an humor on his, had to let Natalie in on the ruse.

For Natalie, there was a moment about a year into their relationship where she had called Tony on a bluff. He claimed they were going to meet his parents. However, after inviting her to Easter dinner, it turned out she would be meeting the entire family. What's more, it just so happened that Natalie wasn't the only who Tony was duping for the evening. His mother, just like Natalie, was not let in on the surprise. The two were able to meet that day, along with Natalie then meeting everyone else at the same time. Despite the day being an overwhelming experience at first, by the end it had become a very fond memory.

No matter how big or small a person's memories of their loved one are, its the little moments that we hold on to, to laugh over and cherish with all our hearts. A memory does not have to be grand for it to be special, it only has to be meaningful.

Most couples would give their partner the whole world if they could. When you love someone enough to marry them, it's usually safe to say you would do anything to bring them joy. If you really could give them anything, then you know that a gift for your lover would be tailored to fit them and their special quirks.

If Natalie could give Tony any gift in the world without limitations of money or practicality, she would take him on his dream vacation where they would travel across the globe. Natalie pictures them enjoying a walk through the rainforests of the Amazon jungle, and diving under the sea in the Bahamas, or over in the great coral reef. However, regardless of how adventure-thrilling the trip itinerary already is, they would make sure to squeeze in a visit to Africa, where the love-birds could venture the safari plains.

Ironically, Tony would also gift Natalie a world traveling extravaganza. His other choice would have been a bear, which based on Natalie's excitement back during the days of when he tricked her about the exotic animal sanctuary, would likely be her favorite gift ever.

No matter when or how you fall for someone, there are always certain features or characteristics that initially draw you in, and keep you interested.

In Tony's case, he is most allured by Natalie's radiant beauty, her intelligence, and her loving nature.

On Natalie's side of things, what she see's in Tony is a man of humor, kindness, and a handsome human being.

Marriage is a partnership, which means both parties have to give and take in order to meet in the middle. Thus, this partnership was put to the test. They were asked to envision a theoretical trip that would take place today which would set sail on a fully-immersed, expense-free adventure, sponsored by a benevolent benefactor. However, the catch—they must equally agree with the choice.

For them, if they could have a trip anywhere to do anything, without fear of money or time to hold them down, they agreed they would like to go "glamping" on an African safari and then take a detour over to Cape Town. They said that ideally for them, they would like to explore the city and taste the fine wines the continent has to offer. To finish off the trip, they picture themselves bringing back baby hippos—if only customs allowed it.

Like any wedding, not everything goes as planned. Sometimes this is because of a drunken speech went wrong, vendors showing up late, or a case of the nerves. However, In these sweethearts' case, the weather was a distant threat to their happy day.

Natalie explained that while she loved the ceremony and everything fell into place as envisioned, the one thing she couldn't account for was mother nature. About a mile away it was pouring rain so even though their sunny garden was bringing them joy for the big day, the ominous fear of a downpour rested over the near horizon.

Together, they both felt like the day turned out wonderful as they were able to share it with great people and to delight in some delicious food.

Tony also noted how he thoroughly enjoyed the time spent dancing with his friends on the dance floor. He says they even went all the way up to midnight.

In regards to future possible children, Natalie and Tony shared a lovely and wise quote. It is an excerpt from Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières.

"Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two."

Finally, as a parting, the pair has left some words of their own wisdom to anyone expecting to become married, hoped to be married, or who are already planning for their wedding.

"The wedding day flies by in an instant, so don't get hung up on the details or hold grudges..."

"While it's an important day—it is, just one day. No one will remember the place cards, or the flowers, or the cake flavors 10 years from now."

And a final piece of advice, an excerpt from Tony's vows...

"People will remember how you make them feel. We hope our guests felt welcomed and loved during our wedding, as we know we did."

Tony & Natalie 6.9.2018

Makeup artist/ Hair Stylist: My Tran

DJ: DJ D-Mac

Florist: DaVinci's Florist

Caterer: Omni Shoreham Mike Schneider

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