It wasn’t quite love at first sight for Joshua Krutsinger, 29, and Joseph Serpico, 34, but more like self-acceptance at first sight. When they first met at Blue Martini in Orlando, Florida, in 2009, Joe was still in the closet and Joshua didn’t want to be forced back in. He explained to Joe that he couldn’t date him, no matter how charming he was, until he was comfortable enough with himself to take a step like that.
Less than a week later Joe was out and proud—any doubts he had about acceptance completely disregarded after meeting Joshua. The couple, who were engaged later in 2012, were married last month, on May 18, 2014, in Staten Island, New York at the Above Ballroom, located at the Hilton Garden Inn. They invited approximately 150 of their closest family and friends to join them for the biggest day of their lives.
So how did the happy couple get to a wedding ceremony so quickly? Well, in May 2012, after a particularly long day at work, Joshua was convinced by Joe to take a soothing bath and let him treat him to a romantic dinner to cheer him up. At Stella, a stylish restaurant in Boston, Mass., where the pair moved in 2010, Joe headed to the bar to grab another pair of drinks for Joshua and himself. While he was gone an assembly of servers, bartenders, hosts, busboys, and chefs delivered 14 individual red roses, each with a letter tied to it, to their table, where an oblivious Joshua sat.
As the last rose was set in front of Joshua, spelling out “Will you marry me,” Joe kneeled in front of him and asked the then-frantic Joshua traditionally. Joshua was so swept-up he almost forgot to say yes through the kiss he gave Joe.
So why did the couple decide on New York for their big day? “We decided on NYC because it’s a place we both love and go to feel alive,” Joe explained. “Why not make one of your best memories in a place already filled with them?”
The pair exchanged rings from the Vera Wang “LOVE” collection, and their groomsmen and “groomsmaids” wore the same designer in charcoal with purple accents. Joe wore traditional tuxedo from the Vera Wang Black collection while Joshua had a white tuxedo custom-made with black and purple detail, designed by Jim Regan of Regan’s Clothiers in New Hampshire.
The couple went with a gray and purple theme and had catering provide by Above, floral arrangements by Carroll’s Florist, a DJ and emcee from Classie Sounds, and cake by Jackie’s Cake Boutique, all of which are located on Staten Island.
The couple’s only regret on their big day? That they couldn’t get Karen O to sing their wedding song in person.