This groom is a true romantic.


Elsie and Joe connected on a dating app, Coffee Meets Bagel, in May 2015 and tied the knot on May 6,2017, in Santa Monica, California. Elsie happily shared their story.


“Joe and I were both living and working in Manhattan at the time. He had been studying for the GMAT and we planned to have our first date after he completed the exam,” she said.


But the afternoon before their scheduled brunch date, Joe finished his exam and asked Elsie to meet him and his friends for a “date before our date,” she explained. She agreed and the rest, as they say, is history.


The couple traveled the world before getting married two years later. They now live in North Carolina with their two daughters and a dog.


Elsie’s favorite wedding memory took place when the church doors opened. Seeing Joe at the end of the aisle and all of their friends and family under one roof, was the happiest moment of her life, she said.


Joe’s romantic side led to Elsie’s biggest wedding surprise. It was based on the couple’s first date when Joe showed up at her door with the most beautiful bouquet of purple flowers and white roses. Fast-forward to the wedding reception: In front of all their guests, Joe told the story of their first date before giving Elsie the exact same bouquet of flowers.

Their advice for other engaged couples? Enjoy every second of your wedding day because it goes by so fast!


Elsie and Joe handed out custom wedding koozies as party favors at their rehearsal dinner. Guests used them to keep their beer and sodas cool during the event.


“People loved them so much and we received so many compliments that we made koozies from Totally Promotional for our oldest daughter’s first birthday, too!” Elsie said.

The Wedding Team:


Brett Hickam Photo, photography; Dax Victorino Films; Dana Lee, florist; Laura Cavanaugh, makeup and hair; Fairmont Miramar, Santa Monica, and Saint Monica Catholic Church, venues; Kleinfeld Bridal, wedding gown; Tiffany&Co,engagement ring and wedding bands; and customized weddding koozies, Totally Wedding.