Our first date in 2012 was to see the first Hobbit film - instant connection! We fell in love in 2013 when we went camping and to the opera in the same night and watched a meteor shower until 3am. In 2014 we got our domestic partnership agreement to make our commitment legal. In 2018 we took the big leap and got married at City Hall with our parents, siblings, and nieces, and nephews — and celebrated with four hours of private karaoke!
As humans, we are compassionate, curious, sensitive, adventurous, supportive, and affectionate. We surround ourselves with diverse people who have these same core values and we are lucky enough to have wonderful parents who have modeled these traits for us. While there are always bumps in any road, we know we can face anything as a family if we hold on to these traits and what we know to be true: that all you need is love.
Our home is a three bedroom Tudor house in a sweet little village that shares a border with Queens in NYC. In the winter we love to watch movies by the fire and in the summer we love to tend to our backyard vegetable garden. We walk 10 minutes to the train that takes us 30 minutes to get to 34th Street in Manhattan. Our favorite yoga studio, takeout sushi, and park are a 5 minute walk in one direction and the library, Mexican takeout, and recreation center with a pool and playground are 15 minutes in the other direction. There are dozens of families walking around on bright Sunday mornings when we grab coffee and bagels from our favorite local businesses.
Amanda is from Long Island, NY (beach gal!) She has two adorkable parents and a younger sister who is way cooler than her. Amanda runs a sexual health education program for teens in New York City with a masters degree in sociology of gender and sexuality. For fun, Amanda studies flamenco dancing, practices yoga, and loves working on homemade crafts. Her favorite animal is a panda and she is proud to be a loyal Hufflepuff!
Brian is from New Hampshire (tree hugger!) He has two hilarious parents and a rad sister and brother-in-law with five wonderful nieces and nephews. Brian is a freelance software engineer who works from his home office. For fun, Brian sings opera in local theaters, loves biking, and collects old US coins. Brian loves penguins and is a brave member of the Gryffindor house!