Love: Carrie Feinberg & Michael Beatrice

Cliff Mautner Photography
Cliff Mautner Photography

February 17, 2013, in Philadelphia

Posted: April 25, 2013

Hello there

For the love of Yankees baseball, Michael forked over $250 for a standing-room-only ticket to Game 5 of the 2009 World Series, left his engineering job on Long Island early, picked up two friends in Jersey, and drove to Citizens Bank Park, where they settled into Section 136.

Carrie went to her job as a media team supervisor for Philadelphia's Digitas Health that November day, hoping she'd later watch her Phillies take the Yankees to a Game 6 on TV. Then, a business associate gave her and two coworkers tickets.

The game had already started when Michael spotted Carrie and her friends walking toward his section. "She looked really, really cute, with her little Phillies hat and a great smile," he said. So he scooched over. It worked.

There was a little trash talk about the game at hand, and then a little baseball history - Carrie's grandfather, Itzzy Feinberg, played for the Phillies in 1938-39.

Michael mentioned that he didn't always look the way he did that day, with four weeks of unkempt playoff beard.

"In the seventh inning, I said to my friend, 'Is this guy even cute?' All I could see was his teeth - that's how hairy he was."

But she loved talking to him - he cracked her up.

Carrie's engaging, bubbly personality made her an excellent distraction from the game, Michael said. The Phillies won.

When the game ended, Michael left with his friends without asking for her number. She was disappointed.

The more Michael liked someone, the more nervous he got. "Even after eight innings of talking and not watching the baseball game, I didn't have the guts," he said.

But Michael had second thoughts, and walked back to Carrie. "Are you on Facebook?" he asked. She was, she told him. She wondered how he would ever find her there.

Michael managed to contract the H1N1 flu at the Yankees' World Series victory parade. When he felt human again, he searched Facebook, hoping Itzzy's granddaughter shared his last name.

Michael and Carrie, who are now both 31, e-mailed for two weeks, then talked by phone for two more. On Dec. 12, Michael drove from eastern Long Island to Philadelphia for their first date.

Michael, who grew up in Mahwah and works for Torcon, showed up at her apartment with dog treats for Chewbacca the Yorkiepoo. They had drinks at the Good Dog, which led to dinner at Raw and bowling at Lucky Strike.

Their second date was a weekend in New York City.

Long, weekday talks on the phone with amazing dates each weekend was exciting at first, Carrie said. But the distance wasn't easy. For two years, skipping the long drive just one weekend meant two weeks between a visit, Michael said.

How does forever sound?

In summer 2011, Michael started a multistate search for the right diamond. When he found the two finalists, he and his 90-year-old grandma, Roz, who used to work in fine jewelry, went to choose together. The winner: 1.36 carats, symbolizing SRO Section 136, where they met.

In January 2012, the ring was ready. Michael had planned a trip to Philly, anyway, to meet Carrie for a trip to Florida to visit her 90-year-old Nana Sally, Itzzy's wife. En route, Michael made a surprise stop at Carrie's parents' house in Bala Cynwyd to get their blessing. He was so excited he left the car running.

At Carrie's place after dinner, she put on her PJs and began packing.

Michael called her, so she went to the living room. He was on one knee, holding Chewy in one arm, and a rose and the ring in the other.

"Will you make us the happiest boys on the planet and be my wife?" Michael asked.

"Is this really happening?" asked Carrie.

It was, Michael said.

"You are not getting the ring without a yes."

That April, Michael's company gave him a transfer to their Philadelphia office.

It was so them

Michael is Catholic. Carrie's father is Jewish; her mother, Catholic. They were married by Michael's family priest, which took special approval from the archdiocese, and said their vows under a chuppah.

Michael carried something to represent each of their four grandfathers, including the game ticket from the day they met.

At the reception, the couple did a Viennese waltz to "The Rainbow Connection."

There was also a hora.

Best man Adam told the 183 guests that Michael had taken him to the Pearl Jam concert where he met his wife, Marcella. And that he and Marcella were the friends with Michael at the World Series game where he met Carrie.

This was unexpected

For the mother-son dance, Michael and his mom wore hats, ties, blazers, and sunglasses and carried briefcases for their own version of The Blues Brothers' "Soul Man."

Carrie's parents invited a special guest: The Phillie Phanatic. He put a Phillies jersey on the bride and a Yankees jersey on the groom - then theatrically blew his nose on the Yankee pinstripes.

Awestruck

"I barely kept myself off the floor when I first saw you," Michael told Carrie. "My best man was laughing at me, I was tearing up that bad."

"I don't think anything will ever top the feeling that I had as soon as the ceremony was over and we were walking down the aisle as a married couple," Carrie said. "I was just exploding with happiness."

Discretionary spending

A bargain: Getting married on a Sunday in February meant big savings: 41 percent on the band alone, and at least 25 percent overall, Michael said.

The splurge: They met with other photographers who fit their budget, but after seeing Cliff Mautner's work and meeting with him, they doubled that line item. "He was worth every penny," Carrie said.

The getaway

Five days in Cancun.


Love:

BEHIND THE SCENES

Officiant

The Rev. Christen Beirne, Saint Rose of Lima, Short Hills, N.J., assisted by family friend Andrew Rosen

Venue

Atrium at the Curtis Center, Philadelphia

Food

Cescaphe Event Group, Philadelphia

Music

Dreamtime from EBE Events and Entertainment, Philadelphia

Photography

Cliff Mautner Photography, Haddonfield

Videography

Dave Figenshu of Full Moon Video Services, Nazareth, Pa.

Flowers

Beautiful Blooms, Philadelphia

Dress

Designed by Marisa, purchased at Bridals by Danielle, Philadelphia

Invitations

SGS Paper Co., Glenside


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