Our Story
Our Story

Ozzie and Lisa met while teaching at Taft. Though the two were put into adjoining offices during Lisa's first year, they did not become friends right away; Ozzie was focused on the soccer season in the first few months of school, and as a result, their relationship consisted of a brief "good morning" until December 2014. Both Ozzie and Lisa attended a conference with a group of Taft teachers and happened to be seated next to each other on the plane on the way to and from DC; they remember this time as when they first really talked to one another and struck up a friendship. They remained good friends, bonding over a shared love for Parks and Rec and early 2000s Ja Rule hits, until the late fall of 2015 when they realized that they should be dating.

Flashing forward through almost two years of dating, including an adventurous spring break trip to Costa Rica, a tour "around the world" at Epcot, and an unforgettable experience in Zimbabwe, not to mention countless visits to Daveluy's Bar on Wednesday nights and road races around CT on weekends, Ozzie proposed on July 7, 2017. After a wonderful meal out at the Marketplace in Woodbury, Ozzie suggested a walk around campus. Lisa, thinking that this would be just another normal stroll around Taft, stopped by her apartment to change out of her nice dress and into a sweatshirt, running shorts, and flip flops, and was confused when Ozzie remained as nicely dressed as he was for dinner. Ozzie chose the path and led Lisa to the corner of Taft's Jig patio, a spot where he claims the two first met (though Lisa knows it was actually months before on her Taft interview), and got down on one knee with a beautiful ring.

The Wedding

Saturday, March 10, 2018
5:00 PM
Ceremony and Reception
New Haven Lawn Club
193 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06511, USA
Other Events

Friday Evening
Friday, March 9, 2018
5:30 PM
New Haven Hotel
229 George St, New Haven, CT 06510, USA

Staying at the New Haven Hotel?  There is a wine and cheese reception from 5:30-6:30 PM in the lobby on Friday night.

Wedding After Party
Saturday, March 10, 2018
11:30 PM
Cask Republic
179 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06510, USA

After the reception ends, we plan to continue the celebration at Cask Republic (one block away from the New Haven Hotel)!

Wedding Party

Jen Strauss - Matron of Honor

Sister of the bride

Christine Parente - Bridesmaid

Sister of the groom

Stephanie Parente - Bridesmaid

Sister of the groom

Rebecca Parente - Bridesmaid

Sister of the groom

Eleanor Huether - Bridesmaid

Childhood friend of the bride

Ross Ramone - Bridesman

Childhood friend of the bride

Sam Griswold - Best Man

College friend of the groom

Chris Chung - Groomsman

Friend of the groom

Mike Ferris - Groomsman

Childhood friend of the groom

Matt Gnall - Groomsman

College friend of the groom

Mike Klein - Groomsman

Brother of the bride

Allie Levey - Groomsman

College friend of the groom