Wine Connoisseurs, in Coupling, Discover the Perfect Blend

Wine Connoisseurs, in Coupling, Discover the Perfect Blend

Anthony Zraly was signing paperwork on his first day of a gross sales job at T. Edward Wines and Spirits in Manhattan, in January 2019, when he observed David Keith Henderson sitting at a close-by desk. Hoping to get the eye of Mr. Henderson, who goes by Keith, Mr. Zraly began talking loudly about his pursuits, together with his affinity for lengthy path runs.

It labored. Mr. Henderson, who then labored in operations for the corporate, stated that he “felt a gravitational pull” towards Mr. Zraly whereas listening to him. They quickly started to speak their mutual attraction via stolen glances on the workplace.

Two months later, in March, the pair discovered themselves collectively throughout a piece occasion on the Waverly Inn within the West Village. “Everyone began to disperse, and it was simply the 2 of us left,” Mr. Henderson stated. “Neither of us was able to go residence that evening.” Before it ended, he added, “we had our first kiss proper down the road.”

Both say that kiss kick began their courtship, which their employer had no pointers towards.

On early dates, the 2 bonded over a shared ardour for wine, meals and European home music; each are followers of the German DJ Christian Löffler. Mr. Henderson, who’s from Tucson, Ariz., stated that he had by no means met anybody who rivaled his information of dance music like Mr. Zraly, who grew up in New Paltz, N.Y.; his father, Kevin Zraly, began the Windows on the World Wine School.

They formally grew to become a pair in June 2019, when Mr. Zraly requested Mr. Henderson to be his boyfriend after shocking Mr. Henderson with Cameo messages from some stars of Bravo’s actuality present “Below Deck” as a birthday reward.

As their relationship progressed, they might take weekend getaways to go to Mr. Zraly’s household in New Paltz and to different elements of the Hudson Valley. On one memorable date, Mr. Henderson paired classic champagne with takeout fried hen; on one other, Mr. Zraly made his household’s Sunday gravy recipe.

After the pandemic arrived in 2020, the couple moved in collectively, into their present house in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Mr. Zraly, 30, who graduated from St. Andrews in Scotland, is now the enterprise improvement lead at T. Edward Wines and Spirits. Mr. Henderson, 33, is the vice chairman of operations on the Perfect Wellness Group, which designs and outfits residential and industrial spas, in Manhattan.

Moving in collectively, Mr. Henderson stated, “was a crash course on attending to know one another on a deeper degree.” Their early days residing underneath the identical roof had been spent making ready elaborate dinners with wine pairings, exploring their new space and dancing to the units that DJ Fleetmac Wood would play just about on Fridays through the pandemic.

Less than a yr later, in January 2021, they grew to become engaged at a dinner for 2 that Mr. Zraly had organized on the rooftop of the now-closed NoMad Hotel in Manhattan. After opening bottles of 1991 and 1988 Bordeaux — chosen to commemorate their delivery years — Mr. Zraly dropped two jewellery containers on the desk. Each contained a platinum Cartier Love ring.

“I’ll always remember that second,” Mr. Henderson stated. “I used to be hyperventilating. I bear in mind asking: ‘Is this after I say sure?’”

They had been wed July 5 on the Manhattan Marriage Bureau by Madeline Plasencia, a workers member of the New York City Clerk’s Office. Mr. Zraly’s mom, Ana Fabiano, was the one visitor. Afterward, the couple celebrated at an intimate lunch on the restaurant Balthazar, in SoHo.

The subsequent day, they set off for a joint bachelor party in Ibiza, Spain. Then got here a three-day marriage ceremony celebration on the Hotel Marqués de Riscal, a vineyard and resort in Elciego, which is a part of Spain’s Rioja wine area.

The festivities, which included a bar crawl, a go to to the realm’s Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture and a white-dress welcome party, had been capped off with a marriage celebration on July 16 on the resort. Harrison Zraly, Mr. Zraly’s youthful brother, led the couple in a ceremony earlier than 120 friends, who later loved a six-course dinner and dancing to tunes spun by DJ Fleetmac Wood.

In a shock to the couple, their favourite Champagne home, Billecart-Salmon, despatched jeroboams of wine for the event. The newlyweds put them to good use.

“We ended our marriage ceremony by sabering off a bottle of Billecart-Salmon brut rosé into the vineyards — an explosive pop of a cork over the vineyards that symbolically confirmed us embarking on this life journey collectively,” Mr. Zraly stated.



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