Looking for a Wedding Date, He Found a Partner Instead

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An appreciation for sports, the couple said, provided an early common ground. “Our shared love of sports, specifically N.F.L. Football, has remained a constant in our relationship,” Ms. Sundel said.

Mr. Cerbone, a New York Giants fan, had planned to propose to Ms. Sundel, a New England Patriots fan, when the teams faced off at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 10, 2019. But the forecast for game day was rain. “I was really afraid of that rain,” he said. “It would have ruined everything.” So he decided to propose the night before, as they were getting ready for bed.

The couple, who live in West Hartford, Conn., set a wedding date of Jan. 1, 2021, but decided to postpone it in October 2020, on the day of Ms. Sundel’s bridal shower, because of the pandemic. (At the time, Mr. Cerbone was recovering from Covid.)

A year after they initially planned to wed, the two were married on Jan. 7 at Le Chateau, an event space in South Salem, N.Y. Donna Katsuranis, a Universal Life Church minister, officiated before around 70 guests, all of whom were vaccinated.

Before they got to walk down the aisle, though, the couple had to deal with several surprises the week leading up to their wedding. More than 35 confirmed guests canceled because of the pandemic; Ms. Sundel’s bank account was hacked; and several inches of snow blanketed South Salem the day before the event.