Q. Tell me about the proposal?
Matt had a sleep conference in Boston in June 2017 and we decided it was time we both went back together as well as do a little road trip through New England. After 3 days driving through Vermont, Maine, and catching up with friends, we ended up in Boston on a Saturday evening. Kelly thought she was planning a nice birthday dinner for Matt’s birthday that day, however Matt had other plans. He had reserved the balcony table at Tresca seven months earlier (the most romantic table in Boston?? table for 2 overlooking Boston’s North End/Little Italy) and a suite at The Liberty Hotel (botique hotel, formerly Boston’s city jail). During the conference Matt arranged everything at Tresca and visited the hotel and suite. On June 10th, Kelly and Matt checked into the hotel and were upgraded to the Ebersol suite, a 2,500 sq ft suite with large balcony overlooking the city. Matt’s plan was to propose at Tresca but the room was so perfect and overwhelming, he played their song (“Good Life” by One Republic) over the speakers throughout the suite, drawing Kelly onto the balcony where he was waiting. She asked what was wrong due to the tears in his eyes and he dropped to one knee and proposed. Kelly could not believe it and they shared a toast of one of their favorite New England IPAs, the same kind of beer Matt shared with Kelly’s dad when asking for his permission to marry her. Matt and Kelly next went to Tresca. Kelly did not know where they were going but thought they were meeting her friend for appetizers. They shared dinner on the balcony and Matt informed Kelly he had contacted her friends and cancelled dinner plans so they could share a private dinner. Down below, people cheered and there was a funny interaction with a Red Sox fan. Meanwhile, Matt had arranged for all of Kelly’s friends to sneak up into the suite. He told her he had Red Sox tickets but forgot them in the room. Upon returning to the amazing suite, 10 of Kelly’s friends were in the entry hall with decorations and Kelly’s favorite doughnuts. They celebrated the night away, consuming much of the amazing beer acquired on their journey around New England. No one even remembered it was Matt’s birthday?? Even he forgot for awhile!
Q. Name a few places that are special to you. This could be a vacation, a concert, something you enjoy doing together locally, etc. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy; just someplace you have made memories together.
One really special vacation we took was in November of 2016 to Chile. Specifically, the time we spent in Patagonia and Easter Island. Being to such remote places on earth really gave us time to enjoy this beautiful world and each other. A band we have a habit of seeing almost EVERY time they are in a city driving distance from us is Fall Out Boy. Matt also settles for nothing less than pit sits.
Q. When you can do anything you want to do, what do you do?
We love to travel as much as we can, as time, work and money allows. When at home, we enjoy spending a lot of time with our friends. Our friends often quickly become like family as both of our families live states away. Kelly also enjoys running in her spare time.
Q. What is your favorite music and/or songs that mean the most to you as a couple?
Kelly and Matt fell in love listening to Fall Out Boy songs and have seen them in concert multiple times including in Boston a couple months after they started dating. However, their song is “Good Life” by One Republic?? Matt played it for Kelly while falling asleep in his apartment on many long (and fun!) nights in Boston. It encapsulates their outlook on life together. If Matt is in control of the radio, punk and alternative music is often heard. Kelly prefers Top 40 and country music. But both are willing to listen to whatever the other is feeling in that moment.
Q. What are your favorite foods/restaurants?
A. Our favorite date night restaurant here in San Antonio is Paloma Blanca down the street. Matt loves the enchiladas divorciadas and Kelly sticks with the standard veggie fajitas. Their maragaritas are the real winner ? one “09” and you’re feeling it, two and you might need an uber!
Q. Any pets? Tell me about them!
No pets ? work and travel schedules make that a bit challenging but if Matt has his way he will get a pug or French bulldog in his life at some point.
Q. What are your (his and hers) favorite drinks when you are celebrating? Craft beer, wines, cocktails, bubbly?
A. When we travel we love trying local craft beers and you can typically find us doing flights as well as getting cans to pack home in our suitcase. Matt has been known to have beer tastings when friends come over with everyone having a little shot glass of beer. For celebrating, we both love bourbon based cocktails and Old Fashioneds. For special occasions, we definitely crack the bubbly and I don’t think either Matt nor I had ever had more bubbly in one evening than the night of our engagement!
Q. What are your favorites drinks for Sunday mornings? Special herbal teas? Love a particular
coffee? Bloody Mary’s?
Sunday brunch you will find Kelly with a balancing act for hydration (water), caffeination (coffee), and libation (bloody mary or mimosa depending on the mood of the day). Matt loves a good tomato juice or if it is fresh squeezed OJ, it is a no?brainer. He typically leans more towards the mimosa side versus adding that little extra zip to the tomato juice.
A special thanks to the vendor team:
Ceremony: St Mary Cathedral
Reception Venue: Antebellum Oaks
Videographer: Crescent Films
Band: High Fidelity
Strings: Barton Strings
Make-up: Maris Malone Calderon
Florist: Bouquets of Austin
Rentals: Marquee Events Office
Caterer: PEJ Events
Transportation: Transportation Consultants
Cake: Michelle’s Pattisserie
Fireworks: Big Dog Pyro