Claire and Mark

How We Met

We met at a mutual friend’s party, but quickly learned we had crossed paths a couple of years earlier. Fortunately, fate brought our paths back together. Our first date was after one of Claire’s performances in The Nutcracker and we met up for drinks at the Whig. It was clear no false fronts were up as we were both very comfortable in our weirdness with each other. After that, we gradually got to know each other more and more until there was no denying that it was just natural for us to be together. Since then, our adventure has blossomed! We’ve accomplished so much together and are each other’s biggest fan in each of our respective careers. It seems the time we’ve known each other has been a whirlwind of laughs, music, dance, smiles, and fun, with a lot of life thrown into the mix, and we can’t wait to create a lifetime of happiness and love together. We are so excited to get married at our dear friend’s home and the night will be filled with music from close friends. We can’t wait to celebrate with lots of music, dancing, family, and friends!

How They Asked

Mark proposed to me on November 12, 2017. It was a Sunday afternoon and one of our only free days together in the midst of my busy ballet season, so we decided to take advantage of it and made plans for a nice afternoon out and dinner reservations at our favorite restaurant, Motor Supply Co. During the afternoon, we visited the Columbia Museum of Art and strolled along Main St, popping in and out of various places. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to me, Mark had asked my best friend, who ended up being my maid of honor, to decorate our apartment while we were out! We headed back home to relax and take a nap before it was time for dinner (naps are what Sundays are for, right?). As I opened the door, I saw balloons everywhere and there were a dozen red roses, champagne, and two flutes sitting on the coffee table. Mark feigned his surprise while I was in a state of shock and excitement, only being able to say ‘oh my god, oh my god, oh my god…’ with a giant smile spread across my face. After some sweet words from Mark, he proposed and I said yes! He knew I didn’t want a big ordeal proposal as both of our jobs have us on the stage often, so having that important and sweet moment in our home was so special. Mark then told me we had a stop to make before dinner, so we dried the tears, freshened up and headed out. He took us to Pearlz Upstairz, where he has his jazz gigs every week and he had gathered about 30 of our closest friends and family to celebrate with toasts of congratulations and live jazz, of course! It was such a treat to be able to share that with those we hold so dear; I don’t think we stopped smiling all night!

Special Thanks