He remembers walking into a wall when he first noticed her at the New York Sports Club in 2002. But it was not until many months later that Andrea Retzky and Brian Lessig actually spoke to each other, when their workout mats ended up next to each other’s at a Saturday morning class. That conversation led to dating, which evolved into a friendship and then an off-and-on relationship.
Ms. Retzky and Mr. Lessig became a couple last year. He proposed during a trip to Paris in January alongside the Seine River, across from the Musee D’Orsay, which they had discussed their mutual love for on their very first date.
They were married on June 22 at the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club in an evening ceremony officiated by Rabbi Jeffrey Gale of the Hebrew Tabernacle of New York City and the Rev. Robert O’Connor of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Manhattan.
Ms. Retzky is the founder and president of arc andrea retzky communications, which does public relations and speechwriting in New York City. Before opening her own firm she was a press secretary for Senator John Kerry, working in his Washington office, before he became secretary of state. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in communications in 1991. She is a daughter of Allan and Susan Retzky of Amagansett.
Mr. Lessig, a son of Marvin and Rosemary Lessig of Valley Stream, is a co-founder and the president of Sol-Wind, a limited partnership concerned with renewable energy assets. He previously was a managing director in the Financial Institutions Investment Banking Group at Merrill Lynch. He graduated from Hofstra University in 1993 and received an M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1999.
Ms. Retzky’s matron of honor was Deborah Shaul of La Jolla, Calif., her sister. Lauren MacIntyre of Evanston, Ill., and Wendy Harris of New York City were bridesmaids. Anna Shaul of La Jolla, the bride’s niece, was a junior bridesmaid, and Mr. Lessig’s niece, Grace Lessing of Northport, was the flower girl.
The bridegroom’s brother, George Lessig of East Northport, was the best man. The groomsmen were Chris Stengrim of Wilton, Conn., and Seth Pierce of Pacific Palisades, Calif. The ushers were Daniel Shaul of La Jolla, Juan Motta of Altadena, Calif., and Elmer Choy of Alamo, Calif. Luke Lessig, the bridegroom’s nephew, was the ringbearer.
Ms. Harris read “Song of Songs” from the Bible. Mr. Stengrim read I Corinthians 13. Ms. MacIntyre read a poem by Kay Ryan, “Tree Heart/True Heart.”
Ms. Retzky wore a custom gown by Mika Inatome and carried a bouquet of duchess peonies, mini-succulents, white hyacinth, and dusty miller. Her bridesmaids and matron of honor wore J.Crew pale-gray silk taffeta dresses and carried Challenger Dutch blue hydrangeas, muscari, white duchess peonies, and dusty miller. The bride and bridegroom’s mothers carried white freesia.
The couple live in Manhattan.