Doreen M. Petrillo and Eric Drew of East Hampton were engaged on May 3, the future bride’s birthday, although they first met 26 years ago while working at Gurney’s Inn. At that time, Ms. Petrillo was a spa receptionist and Mr. Drew was a lifeguard there.
Since then, they had traveled in similar circles, frequenting the same beaches, campgrounds, and music festivals. They were “so close, but so far,” Ms. Petrillo said. They both married and divorced, then met again through Plenty of Fish, a dating Web site. Mr. Drew’s tagline on his profile said, “Stop looking, you found him,” Ms. Petrillo recalled.
Mr. Drew invited Ms. Petrillo to join him on a vacation he had already planned to Puerto Rico. She had to work, but they talked every day. He drove straight to her house from the airport when he got back, she said.
When he walked into her living room, “It was love at first sight,” she said. Knowing Ms. Petrillo was fond of frogs and the color green, Mr. Drew had a craftsman in Puerto Rico make a set of earrings and bracelet from green beach glass. They moved in together eight months later and on her birthday this spring, she found an engagement ring on her pillow inside the mouth of a Monet frog.
Originally from Rocky Point, Ms. Petrillo has her own business as a professional organizer and house watcher in East Hampton and also works at Harbor Bistro in Springs. She is the daughter of Eileen Petrillo of Ridge and the late Patrick Petrillo.
Mr. Drew is an East Hampton native, a son of Hella Drew of East Hampton and the late Martin W. Drew. An Air Force veteran, he has worked for the Springs School for 15 years.
The couple is planning a beach wedding next summer. She has asked her sister Lorraine Kleiner of Boston to be her matron of honor. He has chosen his brother, Martin Drew, as his best man.