We're so excited to introduce you to our next WiO Bride…Jessica Purwin! Loyal WiOer since the summer of 2012, Jessica has been truly dedicated to getting herself in the best possible shape for her wedding day in our fitness classes. Read on for all of Jessica's wedding details -- and what WiO classes got her bridal ready! How did you meet your husband and how did you know he was the one?
I met Paul in January 2009. My roommate at the time and his good friend who was also a groomsman in our wedding, introduced us. I knew pretty quickly, (after our first official date to be exact), that he was the one. I think many of us have experienced how horrible the dating scene can be in both NYC and Hoboken. Am I right? Well, it was nice to finally meet someone who was as caring and loving as Paul. Paul did all of the right things. He called the day after we first met, asked me on our first date, and was comfortably persistent with me. Our personalities clicked in many respects. Not to mention Paul has great family and moral values which I respect. Did I also mention, that he makes a killer pizza which is a family tradition of his? It just so happens that pizza is my favorite food. Clearly we were meant to be! Paul proposed on Saturday, December 1, 2012 in our apartment in Hoboken after I returned from Sweata Weatha.
Tell us about your wedding.
Our wedding was on June 7, 2014 in Roslyn, New York. I grew up on Long Island, so the location was fitting. The weather was literally perfect. The ceremony was in a church and then we carried the festivities over to The Royalton Mansion. What a fabulous venue. The food and service were incredible. In my eyes the wedding was picture perfect. I had always envisioned a spring wedding, with an English garden theme. My favorite color is purple, so my bridesmaids wore a pretty lavender color. I used all peonies for my flowers, lots of white flowers with a pop of pink. I am an extremely detail-oriented person, so it was only natural for me to have a lot of detail in my wedding. For example, our favors were custom pizza cutters that had the inscription "slice of love" on it, in honor of my husband's infamous pizza that everyone knows him to make.
Where did you go dress shopping? What made you say yes to the dress?
I went to several places to look for dresses, including Gabriella and Lovely Bride in NYC to name a couple. I ended up getting my dress from Gabriella. I knew I wanted more of a fitted dress and lace. I liked Canadian designer Romona Keveza so narrowed it down to only her dresses. I then discovered crystal lace. I fell in love with my dress immediately and that helped me to make the decision on my dress. The belt I purchased separately and had sewn on.
How did you get yourself ready for your big day?
I joined WiO in Summer 2012. I always worked out and was relatively fit but was looking for a change in my routine. I was not feeling challenged with my own workouts. One hot summer day I signed up forSweata Weatha - I will never forget my first class at WiO. I walked in scared stiff. A girl (her name slips me) in the class was kind enough to show me what equipment I needed and she helped set me up. I have never been to a more challenging class, and I loved every minute of it. I quickly realized that I was progressing in the class, having fun, and feeling more fit. Each class, Monica challenges me and I find the class very rewarding. Once I got engaged to Paul, I knew I wanted to step up my workout routine. I started attending Sweata Weatha 2-3 times a week, in addition to ride classes at the studio 2-3 times a week. All of the instructors, Monica, Heather, and Erica to name a few, pushed me to work to maximum capacity and helped me get the results I wanted for my wedding day. Not to mention the friends I've met along the way in all of the classes. Attending classes at WiO became not a burden but really something to look forward to. It's became a routine for me.
How is married life now and what advice do you have for other soon to be WiO Brides?
So far so good! Paul and I recently returned from our honeymoon in Maui and Kauai. The number one piece advice I would give soon to be WiO Brides is to enjoy every minute of your wedding day because it sure does fly by. Paul and I made sure to sit down during the wedding and just relax for a couple minutes, which I highly recommend soon to be brides to do. It's important to live in the moment and watching our guests having fun and enjoying themselves was very special to me. It was really exciting to see all of our close friends and family in one place. This is the number one moment of our wedding that I will never forget.
Congrats Jessica & Paul! Are you a recent WiO bride or bride-to-be? Leave a comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured as our next WiO Bride!
photo credit: Sandi Rudo Photography