September 24th, 2011. When Nicole Smith and Ryan Loftus joined a charity run around Central Park sponsored by their employer, JP Morgan, they didn’t know it would lead to their marriage. The couple had met, and worked, right across the street from one another for two years before going on that run. A group of friends gathered afterwards for cocktails, and Nicole and Ryan arranged a first date.
Two years later, Ryan surprised Nicole with an orchestrated evening that replicated the events of that special week. They returned to her apartment to a table full of hors d’oeuvres, red roses, chocolate and a ring box, where he got down on one knee and proposed. That evening was followed with a party of family and friends that Ryan had quietly shuffled into town to aid in Nicole’s surprise. “It was so perfectly timed and set up, that it seemed like a coincidence,” she says.
The couple wed in a September ceremony at St. Augustine Church in Newport; an ethereal jewel-toned reception at the Hotel Viking followed. Among colors of plum, amethyst, sapphire, gold and crystal, their first dance was to ‘My Best Friend’ by Tim McGraw. Disc jockey Victor Rodrigues of Victor Events recalls the moment: “It was almost as if you could hear a pin drop in the room. My entire event vibe is ‘nightclub meets tuxedo’ or another way to say it is ‘sophistication meets fun’. Nicole, Ryan, and their families matched this vibe perfectly.”
The couple followed their wedding with nine days in a hut in the Maldives, and another four days in Paris before returning to their high-powered lives in the New York City finance world.
*This real wedding was featured in Southern New England Wedding magazine’s 2013 issue.