Andrea and Toffer’s romance began at the financial firm where Andrea got her first full-time job, a receptionist position at DeMatteo Monness. On the first day of work Toffer approached her and introduced himself. “I remember Toffer coming up to the receptionist desk and introducing himself and thinking to myself this guy is handsome. We quickly became good friends,” remembers Andrea, who now works as a Global Business Analyst for Michael Kors. After months of leaving Starbucks lattes on her desk, the couple finally had their first date at 1am at Pastis. “We were inseparable after that night.”
The couple dated for nine before moving in together in the Financial District and adopted an English bulldog they named Hobson, who would play an important role in Toffer’s proposal.
One Saturday morning, while Andrea was still in bed, Toffer took Hobson for a walk and returned with the dog wearing a silver bow around his neck with an engagement ring strung on it. He knelt down and proposed. The couple celebrated their engagement with a champagne brunch at one of their favorite Italian restaurants, Per Lei, followed by a dreamy week in New Orleans. “Our relationship is truly just easy,” says Andrea, “We both can say that we have not only found the love of our lives, but also our best friends.”
Andrea’s engagement ring was custom designed by David Alan Jewelry. Toffer worked closely with David to create a special one-of-a-kind design: an old-European cut stone set with two tapered baguettes on a basket encrusted with pave diamonds. A single pink pave diamond was added to the setting to make the ring truly exceptional.
We wanted a location that really captured the beauty of the city.—Andrea
Since the couple calls the Financial District home, the South Street Seaport and lower Manhattan was the backdrop for many of their engagement portraits. “Toffer and Andrea live just a few blocks away from the South Street Seaport so it was the perfect spot to start their afternoon engagement session,” explains photographer CJ Isaac of Charlie Juliet. “Their dog Hobson was going to be joining us for the photos and they spend a lot of time down there so it was a great area to walk around and capture the two of them with their adorable bulldog.”
“This area is still a bit of an undiscovered gem in NYC,” explains Andrea. The couple took advantage of some of the neighborhood’s architecture, landmarked buildings, and the fact that it’s one of the quieter spots in the city on weekends. “The neighborhood is filled with cobblestone streets, old historic buildings, lots of charm, and it’s fantastic for photos because compared to the rest of Manhattan there isn’t a lot of foot traffic,” CJ adds.
The High Line was selected as their second location, CJ shared, “because it’s a stunning park to walk through and there is so much greenery, the opportunities for photos are endless.” The couple posed along various areas of the elevated park and in the streetscape below. “It was a really fun afternoon hopping around the city with these two, capturing them in some of their favorite locations.”
For their beach wedding next June, the couple chose Toffer’s hometown, Cohasset, MA. Since Hobson has played such an important role in their relationship Andrea and Toffer are planning to make him the ring bearer at their wedding. “We are so excited to begin this next chapter in our lives!”