Love actually: real couples getting married at city hall
Sophie Marchessou, 30, consultant &
Matthew Tolliver, 30, energy efficiency developer
*How did you two meet?
Sophie: We met two and a half years ago. I moved to the United States from France to go to Harvard Business School...
Matthew: We were assigned to sit one person apart in the first half of the year and then we were assigned to sit exactly one person apart again in the second half! It was fate. Actually the one person that sat in between us is here as one of our witnesses.
*What did you think the first time you saw him?
Sophie: He was wearing very casual clothes, like flip flops and a large t-shirt and I was coming from France and I thought, “Oh my god! Showing up in class in flip-flops? That’s terrible!”
Matthew: And she was very formally dressed and very attractive. I noticed that she had a hurt hand. It turned out she had a bike accident. She bikes everywhere, stereotypical French person!
Sophie: I even biked here!
*And how long did it take you to start dating?
Matthew: It took us a full year of business school. We started dating pretty early on in our second year.
Sophie: After a week, I knew we were going to get married.
Matthew: After 12 weeks of dating we decided to move to New York City together.
*That’s so romantic!
Sophie: I was going to go to France after business school but now I’m getting married in the U.S.
*What is your favorite thing about him?
Sophie: He’s so handsome!
Matthew: (laughs) This will fade, remember.
Sophie: He’s probably the most patient and kind person I know.
Matthew: She is incredibly strong and she pushes herself and she pushes us to be better people. Sometimes I can be easy on myself or lazy with myself, and I know that with her, I’ll always push myself to be a better person.
*Okay, I’m gonna cry all over the place. Why did you decide to get married at City Hall?
Sophie: This is just the civil ceremony. The religious ceremony is going to be in a castle in France over the summer.
Matthew: I grew up in South Florida dreaming of a castle in France, so it's perfect for me.