We met the modern day way—-on Jdate—-He was the last person I emailed before canceling my account. I was living in NYC and he was living in Philly. We did long distance dating for over a year before I decided to move to Philly and commute to NYC for work until Alex was done with his Neurology Fellowship at University of Pennsylvania.
After his fellowship was done he received an amazing opportunity at Johns Hopkins Hospital in MD . He proposed while we were looking for apartments in Baltimore.
The two of them tag-team the story…
At 9:00 a.m. we drove to Baltimore to look at apartments one last time, and to hopefully sign a lease. Alex is ALWAYS HAPPY, but seemed even more excited than usual (yes, singing in the car 🙂 ). At 11:00 a.m. we found an apartment that we fell in love with! We told the sales rep that we will be back tomorrow to sign the lease. As we were leaving, Alex suggested we go to the Waterfront Kitchen for an al fresco brunch, and enjoy the beautiful weather. We walked over to the restaurant, and sat outside overlooking the harbor. The waiter brought the menus (putting them face down) and walked away. I flipped over the menu, and after a few seconds asked “Alex, why does the top of the menu say ‘Brooke and Alex’?!” As I looked up, Alex was on his knee and proposing! After tears of joy and several unforgettable moments, he suggested that I call my family to share the news,” said Brooke.
She called her Dad…no answer…Mom…no answer…sister Monique…finally she answered. Monique seemed distracted, but Brooke figured that she was in attorney mode and busy at work. Little did she know…about 10 seconds later her Mom, Dad and sister came running outside to our table! Brooke’s heart dropped and the tears of happiness began to flow. I had arranged for her family to fly up to Baltimore to be there with us!
The surprises are not over yet. At 4:00 p.m. we dropped Brooke’s parents and sister off at the hotel to get ready for dinner. She thought we were staying at the Waterfront Marriott, but I had actually booked a suite at the gorgeous Four Seasons hotel. The room was set-up with chocolate-covered strawberries, champagne and roses
Brooke finishes the story,
At 6:00 p.m. as we headed to the Charleston restaurant, Alex insisted that we all go inside and he would follow shortly. At the table was a bottle of champagne on ice, and menus that Alex had customized with “Congratulations to Brooke and Alex on their engagement!” (He thought of everything). After enjoying one of the most amazing dinners of our lives, we ordered dessert, and Alex excused himself to the restroom. All of a sudden I heard the violin and looked up–he was performing one of my favorite songs from Fiddler on the Roof: “Sunrise, Sunset.” It was an amazing, unforgettable moment for all of us! As you can imagine the entire restaurant was silent and enjoying Alex’s amazing skills!
The surprises kept on coming: Alex set up appointments at the Four Seasons Spa for us in the morning! After a few relaxing hours, we walked over to sign the lease on our new apartment.
Needless to say, it was the most unforgettable weekend of our lives, and was just the beginning of amazing things to come.
They planned their S. Florida wedding (where Brooke’s family lives) from Baltimore. B’nai Torah was the first place they looked.
There were so many amazing venues but we wanted a great mix of tradition, romance and warmth. That was the place!”
Vendor Resources: Photographer: Jeff Kolodny Photography, Inc//Event Designer: Xquisite Events, Inc.//Venue: B’Nai Torah Congregation//Caterer: Executive Caterers//Cake Designer: Gallery of Cakes//Cinema and Video: senderey video //Band: South Florida’s Heatwave Band//Dress Designer: Allure Bridals//Dress Store: The White Dress Bridal//Shoes: Badgley Mischka//Makeup Artist: Rachel Shapiro//Hair Stylist: Salon Oasis of Boca Raton