- 10 years ago
- Wedding: July 2010
1) Stephanie Lombardi and Richard Russo Jr.
2) July 3, 2008
3) Stephanie – Engineer but in Graduate School to be a Teacher at Southern New Hampshire University. Rich is also an Mechanical Engineer with a Masters in ME from Missouri S&T.
4) How we met…its a long funny story….Well I got an internship at Raytheon. When I moved from the Marlboro Plant up to the Andover plant in December of 2004′.. I was on my way to lunch one day with one of the other co-op’s and ran into Bryan Gordan with whom I took at class with in High School at Pinkerton Academy. Bryan also a co-op worked with some guys two of which were Rich and his Friend Chris DiNitto. I was on my computer one day and Chris sametimed me (Raytheon Version of AIM) and asked me if I would go on a date with Rich. Well I said no because I had only met Rich once and thought it was kinda ‘sketchy’ haha. I went back to Norwich for the semester and once again ended up back at Raytheon in May of 2005. During the semester DiNitto went to work for BAE and other members of the lunch crew left for other plants leaving only about 4 of us for lunch everyday. Two of the guys were on one Friday schedule and myself and Rich were on the other Friday off. So the first Friday came and it was just Rich and I for lunch so we decided to still have lunch as normal even though it was just the two of us. This continued and we finally went on our first real date by May 2005.5) Our Engagement: Every year we go into Boston and go out to a fancy dinner for our yearly anniversaries. This year we had to celebrate it late because he was in Houston on our real anniversary. so weeks before July 3rd (when we were planning on celebrating our anniversary) he sent me a box in the mail and told me I can’t open it until he gets home (revenge cause thats what I always do to him haha). July 3rd came and i was having a really bad day..bad hair day, bad day at work, just all around bad day. I got to Rich’s after a chaotic afternoon of frustrations and we were on our way into Boston when he mentioned that I could now open my box. I open it and it was a bunch of candy ring pop’s and he joked that I should wear one as a joke to his cookout that was going on the next day for the 4th. I said "I’m not starting that haha" We got into Boston’s North End and was walking around the harbor, where we went on our first date, and we sat down on a bench. He asked again that I should wear one of the candy ring pops as a joke!! "I was like are you crazy! I’m not starting that with our families!!" He then said "Well if you won’t wear the fake one, maybe you will wear the real one" and thats when he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! 🙂
Rich and I July 2007!
Our Engagement Night! July 3, 2008