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Downtown Hoboken Waterfront Engagement

Hoboken, New Jersey


The perfect spring evening with Mary and Peter in Hoboken! I have been loving all of these Hoboken sessions lately, and having one on Memorial Day was the perfect excuse to spend all day in my favorite square mile city.

Mary and Peter are a fellow dating app success story! As Mary tells it, “Peter and I matched on Hinge in December 2018. I woke up New Year’s Day to a Hinge message from him asking how I spent my NYE. We talked on the dating app for a few days and then exchanged phone numbers. We went on our first date on January 10th at Cooper’s in Chelsea. I still remember walking up to the bar and seeing Peter leaning against the wall outside waiting for me. We agreed to get drinks, but the conversation kept flowing so we ended up ordering food as well!”

“I left the date feeling good, but I wasn’t sure where things would lead. After all, Peter was the first (and only) Hinge date I had ever gone on. Peter proved to be consistent by texting me to make plans for another date in the future. He was living in the city at the time and I was in Hoboken, so we would go back and forth on where our dates were (although Peter will tell you I never came to the city and he always came to Hoboken). We continued seeing each other for months, but things weren’t “official” until he asked me out Memorial Day weekend.”

Fast forward to a dinner — that seemed like any other — on a Friday night in October 2022 at one of their favorite Hoboken restaurants.  “As we were getting ready to pay the bill and leave, Peter suggested we go for a walk on the waterfront on our way home. I was a little suspicious being that it was 10 o’clock at night and a little chilly, but of course I agreed. When we got there, I quickly took a picture of the skyline and then asked if we could go home because I was cold. I turned around to find Peter down on one knee! We celebrated just the two of us that night and then got together with friends and family the following day.”

Mary absolutely loves her ring. “It’s a round cut with diamonds on a platinum band. We did go to a jeweler where I tried on rings to get a sense of what I liked, but I wanted Peter to make the final decision. I knew I wanted round and left the rest up to him.”

Together these two live in Hoboken and love going to dinner, drinking wine, and watching trash TV together (don’t we all!). I cannot wait to celebrate Mary and Peter next next June at Indian Trail Club!

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