While vacationing in Spain in August 2017, Jacquelyn Kate Drozdow finally decided to take her sister-in-law on an offer to set her up with boyfriend Matthew Philip Comite.
“Shut it up, okay? As soon as we get back,” Ms. Drozdow, 29, told Lelia Drozdow, who had grown weary of the dating scene.
Here, sister-in-law Mr. Comite, 32, from Sleepaway Camp in upstate New York, had since they were teenagers; They had remained friends ever since. She and her husband, Greg Drozdow, Ms. Drozdow’s brother, were even on the kickball team that Mr. Committee captained.
Woman. Drozdow knew Mr. Comite was also looking for a serious relationship and she was sure he was on good terms with Ms. Drozdow. Back in New York, she wrote Mr. Committee asking if there was room for Ms. Drozdow to join her kickball team.
Mr. Comite, who is normally strict about not accepting anyone with no competitive sports experience, immediately agreed. “Jackie Drozdow? Of course!” he said, peppering his text with heart-eye emojis. He had photos of her on Mrs. Drozdow’s Instagram account.
Woman. Drozdov was all in.
After the first game later that month, Mr. The Committee asked Ms. Drozdow on a date at the West 79th Street Boat Basin in hopes it would remind her of Miami, her hometown.
“Living in the West Village, I wondered why he picked this place for our date — I was upset that I had to walk all the way downtown,” said Ms. Drozdow, a mental health therapist in her own right Praxis, who has a Masters in Social Work from NYU “But when we met, he was so nice and I realized he thought I live in the Upper West Side and didn’t want to make me travel this dad.”
The date lasted more than five hours as the two sipped sangria and shared calamari. “We couldn’t stop talking,” Mrs. Drozdow said. “It felt so natural, like hanging out with a best friend.”
The date only ended because it started raining. “As we ran out into the street to catch cabs, Matt unexpectedly kissed me,” Ms. Drozdow said. “I felt like I was in a rom-com. It was so cute.”
Within a month of dating, each was committed to the relationship. And on a January 2018 trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where Ms. Drozdow had spent every winter with her family as a child, he told her he loved her.
“I knew she was waiting for me to say ‘I love you,'” said Mr. Comite, a regional sales manager at German software company SAP, who received a master’s degree in exercise science from Columbia. “But I knew from the start that she was the right one. I loved the way she treated me and how she went out of her way to make me happy.”
They moved in together in June 2019.
In March 2021, the couple spent a long weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona, where Mr. Committee planned to ask Ms. Drozdow will be his “teammate forever”. Scottsdale was the perfect place to reconcile their shared love of outdoor activities and romantic moments.
With some advice from Ms. Drozdow’s closest friends, Mr. The committee decided to pop the question during a private picnic at the resort. “I called the hotel in advance to set it up and hired a photographer to secretly take photos of this special moment,” he said. After Mrs. Drozdow excitedly said yes and made many calls to close family and friends, the newly engaged couple took a sunset hot air balloon ride to celebrate.
On Dec. December, the couple exchanged handwritten vows during a traditional Jewish ceremony at Breakers Palm Beach. Rabbi Edwin Farber officiated in front of 230 guests, with Rabbi Mario Rojzman attending the ceremony. Both rabbis are from the Beth Torah Benny Rok campus in North Miami Beach, Florida.
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At the reception, the newlyweds shared their first dance to the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” their favorite song they sing on road trips. “We actually canceled our couple’s dance because we wanted our friends and family to join in and celebrate,” Ms. Drozdow said.
“The day was so energetic,” Mr. Committee said. “We loved that our friends and family left with an understanding of how we feel and value each other.”