"Please deliver requests for marriage at least six weeks before the legal event," writes The New York Times. I had started writing David and Libby's in the beginning of April and made a self-deadline to submit it by mid-month. Surely, that was enough time for a June 17 wedding. The problem was: I had a stroke on April 16.
The announcement languished on my desktop for months as I began my recovery from Strokeland.
"I have to get the announcement in!" I said to my daughter. She helped me finish and submit it. Alas, we were too late.
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Elizabeth (Libby) Marie Mattern and David Hale Brodnick are to be married on June 17 at Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury, Mass. Kate Mattern, sister of the bride, received a marriage designation from the State of Massachusetts to officiate the wedding.
The bride, 28, is director of production at Malia Mills, swimwear and ready-to-wear company based in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Cornell University where she received a bachelor of science degree in Fiber Science and Apparel Design.
She is the daughter of Mary and Harry Mattern of Kingston, Pennsylvania. Her father is a local attorney and town solicitor of Kingston. Her mother is an artist and art teacher at Wyoming Valley West High School in Plymouth, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Brodnick, 28, is a vice president at BlackRock, a global investment management firm. He graduated from Cornell University where he received a bachelor of arts degree in History and Near Eastern Studies.
He is the son of Bonni and Andrew Brodnick of Tarrytown, New York. His father is a real estate attorney in Rye Brook, New York. His mother is a writer and author of “Pound Ridge Past.”
Although the couple only met briefly at Cornell, their paths crossed several times. They were re-introduced after graduation at a New Year’s Eve party that Mr. Brodnick and his roommates hosted in Brooklyn.