Above: The newlyweds with Katie’s family
When Katie matched with Mark on Bumble but didn’t initiate a conversation, he took matters into his own hands and used his one-time extension request to get her attention. It worked, and they enjoyed a first date at a rooftop bar in Manhattan. For their second date, Mark asked Katie to a Giants game and uninvited his best friend so she could go. When Mark was ready to propose, he took Katie’s childhood stuffed elephant Ellie on a tour of New York City sites special to the couple, taking selfies with Ellie along the way. He presented a ring, and the photo project, to Katie on bended knee in their Tribeca apartment.
The couple were married by Deacon Donald Battison at the Siasconset Chapel on Nantucket, despite Tropical Storm Jose’s best efforts to delay the nuptials. Thankfully, the storm abated and the celebration continued as planned.
Katie is the daughter of Michelle and Kevin Clark of New Canaan. She graduated from Boston University and is the assistant director of events at The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones in New York City. Mark is the son of Maribeth Eckert and Dr. Dana Fortunato of Essex Fells, New Jersey. He graduated from Hobart & William Smith Colleges and works at CapRock Capital LLC in Rye, New York, as vice president of structured product sales trading. The couple resides in Greenwich.
Photographs: Zofia & Co. Photography