Category: marrying late in life


An Evening At NYC’s Marriott Marquis

February 27th, 2010 — 5:14pm

Thursday, I headed over to the Marriott Marquis in Times Square for drinks and dinner with Paula Butler, Senior Director of Public Relations for Marriott International.

Broadway Lounge: Paula and I enjoyed cocktails at this inviting Marriott Marquis venue

An industry veteran with a heart of gold and personality to match, Paula spearheaded my partnership with Marriott Hotels & Resorts. I’m thrilled that the brand will be my official home during the Great Dating Blitz. And I became even more excited about it when Paula shared the following statistic with me — 77% of Marriott’s guests are men.

Over cocktails in the Broadway lounge and sushi at Katen restaurant, we talked about our experiences in journalism and PR, the fun of girlfriend getaways and the joy of musicals.

While talking about my upcoming dating adventure, Paula told me about her 91-year-old aunt Pauline. At the age of 75, Pauline met her soulmate while teaching a line dance class and the two shared nearly 20 blissful years together before he passed.

The story was a wonderful example of how it’s never too late to find true love. I can’t think of a better time than right now to be reminded of that.

| Marriott Marquis, marrying late in life, NYC hotel bars, The Great Dating Blitz

Weekend In Beantown

December 15th, 2009 — 2:11am

This weekend, I headed to Boston for my friend and former Quinn & Co. colleague Cristina’s wedding.

At The Rehearsal Dinner: Bride-to-be Cristina and me

Long Island-born Cristina, who has a personality and sense of humor as big as her heart, and Staten Island-bred Chris met six years ago in Beantown when he was in law school. Which is why the couple happily chose New England’s most charming city as the destination for their I Do’s.

The festivities kicked off with a lively rehearsal dinner at Union Oyster House, one of C&C’s favorite local haunts and a place long on both history – it’s a designated landmark and located on the Freedom Trail — and gracious hospitality.

In addition to meeting the bride and groom’s fun and friendly kin, I caught up with a handful of my current Q&C co-workers as well as our former business manager Annie.

During her lengthy tenure at Quinn & Co., Annie was very much the mother hen – someone you could always turn to for advice, and who you could trust to be the sole of discretion.

A few months after joining the company, I accidentally left my house keys at the office. Following a night with my then-boyfriend, I snuck in early and did the walk of shame to retrieve them, encountering Annie along the way. She smiled sweetly and didn’t say a word.

Annie filled me in about her newlywedded bliss at age 51. As I shared my recent dating ups and downs, she said something I’ve heard many times before — that love comes when you least expect it and aren’t looking for it.

The next day, before the wedding, I found myself standing beside a cute male guest.

“Are you on the bride’s side or the groom’s?” I said with a smile.

“The bride’s,” he answered. “My wife is in the wedding party.”

Maybe Annie’s right.

Coming up…a wedding to remember and a look at unexpected 180-degree turns in romance.

| Boston, dating advice, marrying late in life, Quinn and Company, rehearsal dinners, Union Oyster House, weekend getaways

Weekend In Beantown

December 14th, 2009 — 9:11pm

This weekend, I headed to Boston for my friend and former Quinn & Co. colleague Cristina’s wedding.

At The Rehearsal Dinner: Bride-to-be Cristina and me

Long Island-born Cristina, who has a personality and sense of humor as big as her heart, and Staten Island-bred Chris met six years ago in Beantown when he was in law school. Which is why the couple happily chose New England’s most charming city as the destination for their I Do’s.

The festivities kicked off with a lively rehearsal dinner at Union Oyster House, one of C&C’s favorite local haunts and a place long on both history – it’s a designated landmark and located on the Freedom Trail — and gracious hospitality.

In addition to meeting the bride and groom’s fun and friendly kin, I caught up with a handful of my current Q&C co-workers as well as our former business manager Annie.

During her lengthy tenure at Quinn & Co., Annie was very much the mother hen – someone you could always turn to for advice, and who you could trust to be the sole of discretion.

A few months after joining the company, I accidentally left my house keys at the office. Following a night with my then-boyfriend, I snuck in early and did the walk of shame to retrieve them, encountering Annie along the way. She smiled sweetly and didn’t say a word.

Annie filled me in about her newlywedded bliss at age 51. As I shared my recent dating ups and downs, she said something I’ve heard many times before — that love comes when you least expect it and aren’t looking for it.

The next day, before the wedding, I found myself standing beside a cute male guest.

“Are you on the bride’s side or the groom’s?” I said with a smile.

“The bride’s,” he answered. “My wife is in the wedding party.”

Maybe Annie’s right.

Coming up…a wedding to remember and a look at unexpected 180-degree turns in romance.

| Boston, dating advice, marrying late in life, Quinn and Company, rehearsal dinners, Union Oyster House, weekend getaways

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