Meeting at Beehive? That’s a Honey of a Love Story.
Emily Powers ’13 recalls the first time she met Zach Rokosz in the spring of 2017. The duo struck up a conversation at Beehive, a Boston-area jazz club and restaurant (“Remember restaurants?” Emily asks in recounting their story) and bonded over a shared sense of humor and mutual love of animals and trivia. It was clear that the pair had a lot in common, and soon they became inseparable. In December 2019 they were walking home from brunch with their rescue pup, Max, when Emily noticed a small box attached to the dog’s collar. Inside was a ring, whose discovery was followed by a proposal from Zach and an enthusiastic “yes” from Emily.
Little did the couple know that their engagement coincided almost exactly with the discovery of a new, potentially lethal virus that would soon become the focus of the world’s attention. It did not take Emily and Zach long to realize that their wedding would not be the large one they’d initially envisioned. But it would be just as beautiful – and meaningful. The couple shared their vows last fall while standing in the backyard of Emily’s childhood home in Medfield, Mass., before a small group of family members. The bride’s aunt, Debbie (Schoeneck) Monaco ’76, served as their officiant. Loved ones feted the newlyweds with personal and heartfelt toasts. And doughnuts from the pair’s favorite bakery took the place of the traditional wedding cake. Emily recalls it as “the best day ever,” one that spoke to who she and Zach are as individuals and to what they value most in their relationship: trust, laughter, honesty and compassion.
Love is Sweet
Karly Marshall ’13 was just 15 when she landed her first job at Abbotts Frozen Custard in Webster, N.Y. The gig included some pretty sweet fringe benefits. (Think butter pecan, raspberry cheesecake, and cookies and cream.) But there was one perk Karly didn’t see coming: falling in love. And yet fall in love she did. Karly struck up a friendship with her co-worker, Sam Garofolo, then 16. Slowly, over an uncountable number of sundaes, cones and milkshakes, their friendship grew into something more. The couple remained together throughout Karly’s time at Le Moyne and Sam’s time at Daemen College, and as they began their careers in human resources and computer programming respectively. Then, almost nine years after they began dating, Sam proposed to Karly with the help of the couple’s yellow lab, Riley, in the backyard of their first home together.
The duo married in November at Arbor at the Port in Rochester, N.Y. While they’d initially planned to invite 200 loved ones to celebrate the day with them, the pandemic forced them to pare down their guest list to just 22 of their closest family members. Ultimately, having such an intimate wedding made it that much more special for Karly and Sam. The couple plans to hold another reception in November to include the friends and family who couldn’t be with them on their wedding day. And they plan to have an Abbotts Frozen Custard sundae bar to celebrate the place that brought them together.
An online dating app introduced Carl Scruggs III ’08 to Christine Terrell in the spring of 2015. It’s safe to say it hit the mark. The duo’s initial conversations centered on their shared love of dogs, eclectic cinema and music, and back-scratches. As time went on and they grew closer, their talks turned to engagement, marriage and starting a family.
It was ultimately during the COVID-19 pandemic, which for so many people shone a light on what matters most in life, that Carl and Christine decided to take the next step together. They were married in October at their home in Rockville, Md., with a handful of family and close friends joining them in person, the rest via Zoom. It is fitting that one piece of technology brought the couple together, and another allowed them to share this moment with some of the people they love most, including Carl’s parents, sisters and nieces.
For Carl, the highlight of the day was the recital of his vows – holding his now-wife’s hands in his and looking into her eyes while repeating the words spoken by a dear friend of his, who became an ordained minister for the occasion.