Anticipating a Deed, They Said ‘I Do’


When Peter Vidani and Jennifer Pierce attended an open home in September for a townhouse in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, a few blocks east of Fort Greene Park, Mr. Vidani felt just like the couple — who had relocated from California initially of the yr — had discovered their dream house.

Ms. Pierce, although, stated she “needed a little more time to say, ‘Yes, let’s go for it.’”

She got here round quickly sufficient: six days after first seeing it, they put in a suggestion. Then got here a bidding warfare, which they misplaced.

“We had to tell ourselves it wasn’t meant to be,” Mr. Vidani stated.

But when the sellers’ itemizing agent later returned to the couple’s itemizing agent with an replace that the opposite deal had fallen by, “it was hard to not think in a romantic way that it was meant to be,” he stated. They put in one other provide, which was accepted in September. (The sale is at present closing.)

On Nov. 12, Mr. Vidani, 35, and Ms. Pierce, 33, who turned in engaged in May, celebrated the almost-finalized buy of their new house by getting married in it. Given that neither grew up in New York — he’s from Wisconsin, she is from California — Mr. Vidani stated it was the one place they might consider “that was special enough to have meaning.”

They wed within the parlor, surrounded by their mother and father and Mr. Vidani’s brother, who served because the witness. Celine Eid of Honeybreak Officiants, who was ordained by the Universal Life Church, officiated. Also in attendance was a colleague of the sellers’ itemizing agent, who needed to let everybody inside.

Afterward, the newlyweds shared a Champagne toast with their visitors and gave them a tour of the home, nonetheless staged with furnishings for showings. One of the sellers of the house, a painter, left the couple a wedding ceremony reward, they stated: a black-and-white watercolor print of a flame in a candle. (They plan to hold it within the entryway.)

Dinner with their visitors at Gramercy Tavern adopted, as did a keep on the Ludlow Hotel in Manhattan.

While the couple’s home searching had a rocky begin, their relationship didn’t.

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Mr. Vidani and Ms. Pierce met round Thanksgiving 2018, by the relationship app Hinge. Her profile famous she was searching for a accomplice who, amongst different issues, is humorous and laughs a lot. She realized they’d a shared humorousness by their second date, on which they spent six hours wandering the town of Oakland, Calif. (Ms. Pierce was residing in Berkeley on the time, and Mr. Vidani in San Francisco.)

“Peter’s just so funny and he was cracking me up,” Ms. Pierce stated. “We have a light way of looking at the world.”

But Ms. Pierce, who acquired bachelor’s and regulation levels from the University of California, Berkeley, and works as an legal professional for the Environmental Protection Agency, additionally has a critical facet, which Mr. Vidani stated enhances his “off-the-cuff” persona.

“Jenny is a much more organized person in general,” stated Mr. Vidani, who dropped out of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to co-found Tumblr and now works as a senior vp at Salesforce.

By January 2019, they made their relationship official. In February 2020, Ms. Pierce moved into Mr. Vidani’s San Francisco house, weeks earlier than the coronavirus pandemic hit.

“It was a huge challenge to navigate a changed world, and I was so grateful to be with Peter,” Ms. Pierce stated.

Wanting to attempt one thing new, the couple moved to New York in January, into a rental a few blocks from the house they’ll quickly personal.

Their new house, the couple stated, will hopefully be a long-term one the place they’ll increase a household — and, in the future, inform their youngsters the story of how they married within the parlor.

“Maybe there will be a picture of it in there,” Mr. Vidani stated.