Think back to Spring 2020: the streets were empty, restaurants and bars were closed, and everyone was told to stay at home... alone. That was a tall order for the extroverted groom and his roommate, college friend Brett Neustadt, who decided to invite two friends to come over on a Saturday night during the early days of lockdown. Brett invited Sara, whom he had befriended at Harvard Business School, while Peps invited a friend from home, Angelo Gayanelo... because he clearly misunderstood the assignment. The four enjoyed a raucous night of home-made steak, cocktails, and singing along to The Sound of Music: a lockdown tradition was born! The group podded before podding was cool, getting together every Saturday night for steak and Disney sing-a-long movie nights. 12 weeks in, Peps and Sara decided to test whether they could stand each others' company without the other two. After an initial summer of COVID-era makeshift dates (rides on the Staten Island Ferry & Roosevelt Island tram, rooftop comedy shows, to-go cocktails in the West Village, a trip to the New York Finger Lakes) and supporting each other through long work-from-home hours, protests/curfews, and the existential uncertainties of the plague, Sara and Peps realized their relationship was one COVID change they wanted to make permanent. Please join us in celebrating our great luck!