He Said/She Said: A Bride & Groom-to-be Respond to Questions About Their Upcoming Wedding Day

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Couples don’t always agree on every wedding detail. We asked a bride and groom-to-be to share their thoughts on everything from the first time they met to the party planning and what they’re looking forward to most about their wedding day! See how one couple’s responses compare.

The Bride-to-be: Francesca Bove, 27
The Groom-to-be: Joe Bertelloni, 29

When did you get engaged?
She said: December 12, 2011
He said: December 10, 2011

How did you first meet?
She said: Joe and I met in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. I was a volunteer at the time, and Joe had already been through the program.
He said: We both participated in a volunteer program in Newark, NJ called the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She did the program three years after me, but I was still living in New Jersey and worked with the new volunteers to get them adjusted to the program and ready to live in the city of Newark.

When/how did you first fall in love with your significant other?
She sad: Joe and I were friends for a while before we started dating, so we gradually fell in love.
He said: It was gradual, but then all at once it happened. She was in law school and I was in grad school and we had a common cause of work. She drove me to work harder and do better, and one day I looked up at her and knew that I loved her.

What’s the most memorable date you’ve had?
She said: The most memorable date was at a restaurant in Florence, Italy. It was just the two of us in the restaurant — very romantic.
He said: It might not be a date, but it was perhaps one of the best memories I have with Fran. We were in Venice and we got lost. Really lost. We had a map, but it seemed kinda useless as we couldn’t find the streets on the map. It was hours of walking but it was an amazing adventure and a perfect day.

What quality do you most admire about the other person?
She said: Joe is the most selfless person I know. He would do anything for anyone he knows, no matter how close they are.
He said: Her drive, her ability to be dedicated to a cause so passionately.

What was the best engagement present you received?
She said: Our coffee pot!!!
He said: My favorite so far has been a convection toaster oven. I love to cook and that thing just does so much so easily.

What was the weirdest/worst engagement present?
She said: We didn’t receive any bad presents — registering was so much fun!
He said: Oh man, is that a fair question? I think the weirdest was body wash…

What’s been the most fun detail of your wedding to plan?
She said: I loved planing the wedding at my parents’ home, so the best details have been generally to plan a whole event space that had never been used for a wedding venue.
He said: The menu. Our caterer has an amazing restaurant. And the cake tasting was delicious.

What’s been the most difficult detail of your wedding to agree upon?
She said: We didn’t really disagree on anything, because I planned the wedding and told Joe to show up!
He said: I don’t think there has been something that we couldn’t agree on. I’m pretty easy and trust in her taste more so than my own.

What do you look most forward to: the wedding day, the wedding night, the honeymoon?
She said: The wedding day.
He said: I’m looking forward to the wedding day. I love a good reception.

What will be the most unique detail at your wedding ceremony/reception?
She said: Our wedding favors are bride and groom maple candies to celebrate love in Vermont –they are so cute!
He said: Hmm, I would think the setting. It will be in the Vermont mountains during peak foliage time. So hopefully the trees will be perfect.

How did you/do you plan to celebrate your bachelor/bachelorette parties?
She said: I went to New York City with my girlfriends because it was a central place to meet. My girls planned it all for me and t was awesome!!
He said: I went to Ocean City, MD with my groomsmen and friends. It was a few days on the beach partying. Exactly what I wanted.

What moment of your wedding day are you most anticipating?
She said: Saying our vows.
He said: I am definitely looking forward to the ceremony itself, but I think what I am most anticipating, and it might be strange, is the walk down the aisle after the ceremony.

How will you feel when the wedding planning is all over?
She said: Relieved!!! It is so much work to plan a wedding.
He said: Very relaxed. I hope.

What are your honeymoon plans?
She said: We are still planing the honeymoon, because we can’t go right after the wedding. We will be going to a tropical beach in the Caribbean.
He said: Because I’m a teacher we are looking to go sometime in February to the Caribbean for a week. Something nice and beachy.

*Editor’s note: Since the questionnaire was sent out, the couple wed on October 6, 2012. Congratulations!!!*

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