Nicole and Ryan met more than 12 years ago, when they were undergraduates at Fordham University. After college, Ryan shared an apartment with a friend of Nicole's, and over time, Ryan and Nicole grew to be best friends. "It's hard to say what exactly our first date was," she says "but I remember going to the ice skating rink in Bryant Park and having Ryan tell me over fondue that he wanted to really be with me, in a relationship not just a friendship." Ryan proposed in Hawaii in December 2009. He planned to pop the question somewhere they had visited years before: inside a lava tube on the black-sand beach in Hana. But when the time came, Nicole admits she felt cranky after a long, tiring day – and Ryan would have scrapped his plan but for the urging of Nicole's best friend, who offered to photograph them in the lava tube. When Ryan suggested a place for Nicole to sit, she told him to be quiet and not boss her around. "You know," he replied, "when someone is trying to propose, you really should be nicer to them!" Completely caught off guard, Nicole turned around to find Ryan kneeling down and holding up a ring.
Wedding Date Jan. 16, 2011
Bride Nicole Altamore of Lyndhurst, Immaculate Conception High School Class of 1999
Groom Ryan St. Germain of Pawtucket, R.I., Saint Raphael Academy Class of 1998
Currently reside in Hoboken
Church Fordham University Church, Bronx, N.Y.
Reception Seasons, Washington Township
Music Tim Tubridy, DJs at Work, Queens, N.Y.
Florist Laurelwood Designs, Washington Township
Cake La Petit Gateau, Park Ridge
Photographer Jason Rhee, Northvale
Dress Pronovias from Helen Bohn Bridals, Washington Township
Groom's tuxedo Biltmore Tuxedo, Ridgewood
Favors Majestic Photo Booth Company, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Transportation Santos VIP Limo, Avenel
Hair Mandy Liento, La Sorella Bridal, Verona
Makeup Jeanine Mangan Makeup Designs, Manalapan
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