I wore a mini dress by Jill Stuart and Giuseppe Zanotti white ankle boots.

I was a bar manager and bartender at a bar in Williamsburg called the Tainted Lady Lounge. My now husband was an investor at the bar and hung out there from time to time. One of my best gals and I jokingly called him the “Hot Dad” because he was a hot single dad. He took me for a fancy dinner and roof top cocktails in Soho for our first date. It was filled with lots of laughing and drinking. We clicked almost instantly. Dan was different because I had never felt so comfortable before. I could truly be myself and let my guard down. Dan was also the most "manly" guy I had ever dated. I felt safe and protected by him.




I'm not really sure if I ever had an "ah-ha" moment of realizing that he was "the one.” I was just super happy to go along for the ride and see where it took us. We are still riding that epic wave eleven years later. We moved really quickly into a relationship, so my guess is that we started exchanging "I love yous" right from the start. I can't recall the exact first time. I'm not extremely sentimental or romantic but I'm working on that. 


When we first started dating we discussed marriage and kids. Dan had an eight year old daughter from a previous relationship and two ex-wives. He was open to the idea of marriage and kids but it definitely wasn't something he wanted to rush into. I am ten years younger than Dan and at the time I just wanted him to be flexible and be open to the idea at some point in the future. A year after that conversation I became pregnant with our daughter Mia. Two years later Dan proposed. He hid the ring in a large house plant on my birthday. It was a unique ring designed by our friend Camille Hempel. 




We were officially married on Valentine's Day in NYC at City Hall. We went to lunch at Chanterelle in Tribeca with our witnesses to celebrate. Our big wedding celebration for friends and family was a week later at Lodge, our restaurant in Brooklyn. It was a cold day in February with snow on the ground. We had an intimate dinner for fifty of our close friends and family followed by a reception at a wine bar down the street for a hundred folks with our friend Adam Roth's band playing and a DJ for the late night crew. There was lots of bumping and grinding. My mother was queen of the dance floor, it was a late ordeal.


I wore a mini dress by Jill Stuart and Giuseppe Zanotti white ankle boots. The groom wore a Hugo Boss suit.  My sister, my step-daughter, and my husband's best buddy were in the wedding party. The girls wore dresses by Built by Wendy and jewelry from In God We Trust. The best man wore his own suit. The food was the most memorable part for most of our guests. We served prime rib, halibut, and a vegetable plate. We really went all out. It was delicious.  I'm so glad we had our wedding at our restaurant with our closest friends and family. I wouldn’t change anything about the experience. It felt very intimate and fun. It was just what we wanted.