Love Is In The Air
Amanda & Max Mancuso
Photography by Ruth Eileen Photography
You really can find love when you least expect it, as proven by Amanda and Max Mancuso. The two met on a Delta flight (flight 401 to be exact) heading from Austin to New York after coincidentally, both being in Texas for bachelor/bachelorette parties. Max fell asleep as soon as the plane took off, only to be awakened by the sound of Amanda ordering a Bloody Mary which prompted him to join her. Over drinks, the two began chatting and realized they lived in the same neighborhood of Manhattan, loved spending summer weekends in Montauk, and both had a desire to try out a local pizza joint—Emmett’s in SoHo. Just before touching down in New York, Max built up the courage to ask Amanda out for pizza but forgot one essential step: getting her phone number. This was no issue for Amanda, who is used to doing her research as the Supervising Entertainment Producer for The Today Show and NBC News. She and her friends immediately began stalking Facebook to find the boy who sat in 14D.
The two met up for pizza not long after, and have been together ever since. A little over two years after that first date, on September 29, 2017, Max proposed at Stonewall Beach in Chilmark. “He told me he needed to check the surf,” says Amanda with a laugh, explaining that surfing is another of Max’s great loves. “We’ve had many great early mornings and evenings on the beach—him surfing for hours, and me reading, sometimes with a bottle of rosé.”
Figuring that it was a lucky date, the two headed back to the Vineyard to tie the knot at The Beach Plum Inn exactly one year later. Getting married at The Beach Plum was especially important to Amanda, who had been creating fond memories at her family home in Chilmark since she was little. “One of my first ‘dinners out’ was sleeping under the table at the Beach Plum at 3 months old,” says Amanda with a laugh. The couple enlisted local island planners KG Events & Design to help with their big day. “We could not have asked for anyone better,” says Amanda. “KG events was with us every step of the way.” From navigating noise ordinances by having a silent disco at the reception led by DJ Billy Voss to heading into town to restock the bar themselves, KG Events made sure that Amanda and Max’s island wedding was thoughtful, seamless and memorable.
“It was such a special weekend—all of our favorite people in our favorite place!” gushes Amanda. She jokes that Max, an avid surfer, will always remember their day as one with some of the best surfing conditions of the year—waves they could hear from their ceremony location at Menemsha Inn. But optimal swells aside, Max only had eyes for his new wife on their wedding day—a vision in her satin gown by Carolina Herrera. The couple said “I do” above Vineyard Sound in the background, quoting a line from one of their favorite songs, “California Sunrise” by Dirty Gold, which would become the background track to their wedding video: “Because where our love ends, my end begins.”
The reception was perfect for this fun loving couple with a dory full of beers from local Martha’s Vineyard vendor Wash Ashore Beer, donuts from the famed Back Door Donuts, and of course, lots of dancing. “Chilmark is my happy place,” says Amanda, explaining how special it is for her to now share that with Max. As Amanda’s sister Meredith put it in her Maid of Honor speech, “true love exists…and it might just be seated in the window seat next to you.”