Cristyn + Daniel | New Jersey Wedding | Nassau Inn | Princeton

Meet Cristyn + Daniel ~

“We first met in elementary school when we had the same 6th grade teachers. We would pass each other in the halls almost everyday, but we never talked or really hung out in the same circles. We truly met freshman year of high school when we both joined the stage crew of Eastside Theater Company, our schools production club. The play that year was High School Musical, and we were one of less than a hand-full of schools nation wide to get rights to the play. As such, the teacher-director wanted to make sure everything was perfect, and so the stage crew was working constantly to put everything together. We were together for hours every day for weeks straight working on the set, and we quickly became good friends. It was around this time that I also started to have feelings for Cristyn. But she was in a relationship and I was super shy and didn’t want to ruin the friendship we shared. I suppressed those feelings, and went my own way romantically after that, but our friendship only grew stronger.

We were part of the same group of close friends throughout high school, many of whom occupied our bridal party, and we hung out whenever we had free time because for the most part we all lived in the same neighborhood. We talked constantly and always tried to coordinate hangouts or bonfires, but we’d enjoy each other’s company even if no one else was available. This cycle never truly ended, but would continue throughout high school. Whether it was class sports, stage crew, sitting together everyday at lunch, or even our other relationships, we were a constant for one another, and supported each other throughout all that we did. Then after junior year of high school was when our relationship changed.

It was Fourth of July, my favorite holiday, and I had the gang at my house for a party. At some point in the wee hours of the morning, everyone was ready to wind down from the partying. Some were eating, some were taking a final swim before bed. Cristyn and I were talking in my front yard. We talked for what seemed like hours about everything and nothing. After that talk, as we were walking back to the join the group, she turned around, silent, and got so close to me I could smell the bonfire in her hair and the Mike’s Hard on her breath.

She kissed me first. OH MY GOD. All of the feelings I had suppressed; all the heartache I gave myself, it all came rushing back, and then flew right out the window. I was so happy yet in complete shock. It wasn’t so much butterflies fluttering as it was pterodactyls swooping through my stomach. After that, we sat in silence for a while before finally rejoining the gang. When everyone else found out, no one was shocked; not even surprised. “Finally.” “Took you long enough.” Overwhelmingly, these were the sentiments we received. From then on, one can’t travel without the other, lest face several questions on the other’s whereabouts. We are seen as basically one person to those that know us best. We’re each our own person, but together we are whole.

We’ve been together for over eight years now, and we still celebrate the Fourth of July as our original anniversary. After all, only fireworks could have made that memory any more special”.

    “We had always flirted as friends. I never want to change my relationship with him because he was my best friend who knew everything about me. We did everything together, everyday. Most times I would spend more time with Dan than my girlfriends. It seemed as though when one was single, the other was in another boring relationship that we would talk to each other about. We both had shared a lot of similar experiences, which I think brought us so close together.

Then that warm fourth of July night, we just talked. and talked and talked. I was always comfortable in the silence of his presence. We could spend hours together just doing nothing. I talked a lot and he listened. I have always had a lot to say, as did he when he felt like it.  Any who, so that night, we were just talking, looking at the sky and thinking of the days ahead as we were moving towards our senior year in high school. And something my mind just flipped, like the cartoon light bulb that comes over the characters head, and I thought, “I have feelings for him”. So I sat on that thought for a few minutes while he just talked and I didn’t listen. I don’t even remember what we were talking about because my mind was consumed with my feelings of attraction and WHAT ON EARTH DO I DO WITH THIS INFORMATION?!? So naturally, with a little liquid courage in my bloodstream, I went with my gut; I kissed him! (He never admits that openly that I made the first move, but he has come to accept :)) After I can see the shock in his eyes in the moonlight. He was so cute, I thought. We had held out on saying anything to our friends until the next morning. I don’t remember getting much sleep that night, but that was the night that it all changed.

Ever since then, we have been inseparable. We have spent countless hours planning how to spend time together and make our relationship stronger and stronger. We have made each other our home”. 

“You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

Ceremony/Reception: Nassau Inn

Officiant: David Miller

Coordinator: Jaime Wolf

Florist: Petal Pushers

Band/DJ: Ambient DJ

Hair Artist: Janine Rocco

Makeup Artist: Art Passion Life – Kim Castello

Wedding Gown: CasablancaCastle Couture

Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids

Grooms Attire: Chazmatazz Formalwear

Invitations: Minted

Meely Photography

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