Nick and I met in 2004 during our sophomore year of high school. I spotted him first, but we were lucky enough to be placed in the same religion class that year and that’s when all of the sparks flew. The way Nick tells it, the only reason he didn’t get kicked out of class for flirting is because his soccer coach was the teacher.
About a month into dating I even told my family, “I’m gonna marry this kid someday”. It took Nick a little longer to come to that conclusion because he was very focused on his soccer career, but when it came time for college, he decided to stay close to home so we could be together. He began attending community college and started working at Franchesco’s, which is my family’s business.
Over the years, my family got very close to Nick’s family, and we all went on vacation to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, together in 2010. It turns out this was all part of Nick’s plan. He had made a deal with my sisters to put half of his tips aside every night into an “engagement ring fund”. It took him months of saving for the big moment.
The first night in Playa Del Carmen, we were all sitting at dinner and he asked me to take a walk along the beach and meet everyone a little later. It was pitch black and we walked alongside the ocean for a little while talking. Nick surprisingly “found” a secluded pier looking out into the ocean. It took him a little bit of sputtering random sentence fragments, but then he got down on one knee and asked me to make him “the luckiest man in the world”. Little did he know I was the lucky one. I had planned for this moment since I was 16.
I screamed “Yes” at the top of my lungs and I could hear both of our families cheering and running towards us from the restaurant nearby. It was such a surreal moment and I was so grateful to have our whole family there to celebrate.
Nick and I both worked at Franchescos and had served the wedding guests at many weddings. The last thing we wanted to do was get married at work. but at the same time, both of us wanted to experience a wedding at Franchesco’s because we knew there was no other venue that could compete.
We decided on a destination wedding with a reception at Franchescos, and chose October 7, 2011, for our wedding date because that is the same date Nick first asked me to be his girlfriend. We were married at the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, with thirty of our closest friends and family in attendance. When we returned home we had a reception of 240 guests at Franchescos to celebrate our wedding with the entire family this time.
Kim was our wedding coordinator and was there through every step of the way. She made us feel comfortable and confident that she could help to make our dream wedding come true, and she absolutely did! One special touch was that Nick’s mom printed large portraits from the destination wedding so everyone felt like they were a part of the ceremony.
The food at our reception was mouthwatering! We ordered the Boursin Filet for our guests and it was juicy and hot. We finished every last bite. The cake was also phenomenal. We ordered the three-tier wedding cake and had guests coming up to us all night saying it was the best cake they ever tasted. Our wedding coordinator, Kim, even saved the top tier for us to share on our one year wedding anniversary, which was such a sweet and thoughtful surprise.
From the very beginning Franchesco’s made us feel at ease. The truth is, we knew it was going to be amazing, because we both know how important it is to the Franchesco’s family to create amazing experiences for brides and grooms by coordinated one of the most important days of their lives. For me and Nick, it was so special to experience it on the other side!
Despite Franchesco’s being a place where we both worked, everyone still went over and above for us, answering all of our questions, setting up one-on-one appointments with our wedding coordinator, scheduling a complimentary dinner tasting for our family, and reassuring us throughout the process that we were in great hands. Franchesco’s took every idea I had, executed it beautifully, and exceeded my expectations. There may be a lot of venues out there - but only one I know that has the heart and passion to make dreams into a reality.