A marriage without fuss
The first time Elizabeth Maia Wexler met Eric Ryan Hollenberg, she didn’t see the bottom half of his face.
The couple initially logged into the Bumble dating app in March 2020. They had been messaging sporadically for months when, in June, they realized they were both on vacation at Martha’s Vineyard in the Massachusetts, and decided to meet for a socially distanced walk. in a park.
Even though they kept their masks on and stayed six feet apart during their walk, they enjoyed spending time together and came away with more envy. The next day Ms Wexler and Mr Hollenberg met at Lambert’s Cove Beach, where they spread a towel between them to make sure they were far enough apart.
“It was like a breath of fresh air,” Mr Hollenberg, 31, said of his first dates with Ms Wexler.
The two lived in Manhattan and when they returned that summer began to see each other more regularly. In the fall of 2020, the two were spending most of their time together, eating out or exploring Westchester County, New York, where Ms Wexler’s parents live. (Mr. Hollenberg’s parents reside in Livingston, NJ)
âWe were the most natural ourselves,â said Ms. Wexler, 31. “It was so easy.”
That winter, they returned to Martha’s Vineyard for about two months, where they celebrated their two birthdays together.
âWe were joking that we felt like an old married couple,â Mr. Hollenberg said. “It was so natural.”
After that trip, they started talking about their futures, and in April 2021 the two moved to Manhattan together. A few months later, they chose an engagement ring. In July 2021, Mr. Hollenberg proposed on another visit to Martha’s Vineyard. But Ms Wexler said she had already started planning a wedding before they got engaged.
A graduate of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, she is the founder of Eman Events, a Manhattan wedding and event planning company. Mr. Hollenberg is a graduate of Suffolk University in Boston and is the founder of Third Ave Studios, a branding agency in Manhattan.
The couple knew they wanted to have a short engagement and quickly settled on Shun Lee West, a restaurant in Manhattan, as their wedding venue for the winter of 2021. The guest list numbered 150.
Ms. Wexler was eager to work with a group of suppliers she had encountered during her career. But as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus started sweeping through New York City, she began to worry. A few days before their wedding, Ms Wexler and Mr Hollenberg decided to cancel the big party they had planned.
âIt’s just incredibly ironic that the wedding planner‘s plans were completely tossed around by Omicron,â Ms. Wexler said. But the couple knew they still wanted to tie the knot and instead chose to hold a much smaller gathering on the same date.
âIt’s not about the hype,â she said. âIt’s about getting married.
In less than a week, Ms Wexler and her team planned a second celebration for around 35 of the couple’s close friends and family, all of whom have been vaccinated and tested negative for Covid-19.
On December 23, the two tied the knot at her parents’ home in Rye, NY, in a ceremony led by Rabbi Jeffrey Segelman.
âOur lives are better and more fulfilled with each other,â Ms. Wexler said. “It really is the greatest blessing in the world to be together and to have a very strong relationship.”
Commenting on their uncluttered celebration, Mr Hollenberg said, âI just think it’s totally appropriate. We met during Covid.