Matthew and Melanie met in 2006 on Christmas break while freshmen at different colleges, when a friend in common, Jack, hosted a Philadelphia Eagles football party. After friendly conversation, Matthew learned that Melanie’s family owned a vast movie collection, and he cleverly devised a way to ensure he would see her again. He asked to borrow the movie Rocky and its sequels. On the night that Matthew returned the movies, he invited Melanie out for bowling and milkshakes. It was the eve of their return to college, and on the drive home, both found themselves wishing for more time together. So, when Matthew hugged Melanie on her doorstep and found the courage to ask her to be his girlfriend, she didn’t think twice. In the years that followed, there were countless small moments that drew them ever closer. Matthew joined Melanie’s family at her grandmother’s beach house in the summertime, while she joined his family at their annual Fourth of July barbecues and Christmas Eve dinners. They skied together, attended Philadelphia Flyers’ games, visited amusement parks, took a cooking class, and toured New York City and Washington, DC.
Their favorite date was to an apple orchard every Halloween for a haunted hayride. In 2012, Matthew used that hayride to ask for Melanie’s hand by presenting his proposal on a carved pumpkin, after which the families came together for a dinner celebration. They wed in September, 2013, and settled in Delaware, before moving to the NYC area in 2017. Matthew and Melanie love each other more than ever, and have been trying to start a family since 2014. They hope and pray every day for that dream to come true.
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Matthew was born in Delaware to David and Karen, and he has two sisters, Alexandra and Victoria, with the latter being his twin. His favorite childhood memories all took place outdoors, where he learned to fish and enjoy nature with extended family at his grandparents’ lake house. In grade school, he developed a passion for playing ice hockey, which continues today. He earned degrees in accounting and finance, in which field he is currently employed. Both of his sisters are presently married, and his eldest has two sons, with whom Matthew and Melanie are smitten. Matthew’s favorite toy as a child was GI Joe, but today he enjoys playing with Legos and Matchbox cars with his nephews, and he and Melanie like to build gingerbread houses with the nephews each Christmas. Matthew is close to his family and he appreciates the love and support they have shown him and Melanie on their infertility journey.
Melanie was born in a suburb of Philadelphia to Jack and Nancy. She is the eldest of three girls. Her sisters are Allison and Jaclyn. Growing up, their house was filled to the brim with girly things. Melanie and her sisters built villages out of dollhouses and used a Barbie minivan to transport their dolls on the imaginary roadways. As teens, the girls fashioned microphones to sing along to NSYNC and the Spice Girls, and their home became the hangout and sleepover spot for a collection of friends. Melanie has had a lifelong passion for all things Disney, and one of her favorite wedding gifts was a Mickey and Minnie waffle maker. Melanie holds a degree in health and human development, and has worked since college as an activities director for senior citizens. One of Melanie’s sisters will be married soon, while the other is about to move into her first apartment. Melanie speaks to her family every day, and like Matthew, she is grateful for their continuing love and support.