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A wedding day commemoration

Steve Ketcham & Alexandra Budny.

On July 18, 2008, just hours after taking their marriage vows at City Hall, Alexandra Budny and Steven Ketcham came to our Lower Manhattan StoryBooth to commemorate the day with a recording for future generations of their family.

The pair met for the first time when Steve helped Ali’s mother move into the home his father had just moved out of. Ali’s mother had more foresight than anyone else. When she first met Steve, she told him, “My name is Nadia, I’m going to be your future mother-in-law.” A week later, Steve and Ali were dating. Six years and two months later after supporting each other through both their parents’ deaths they are living in the same home where they first met, and where they hope to grow gray together. “I would be very happy living there. That house is important,” said Ali.

“It’s how we met and it’s what binds us,” said Steve. “What I see is you completely gray, with wrinkles, but still looking beautiful, still having that charm. I’m going to be gray as well, with a big round belly and I probably will have shrunk a couple inches. And just sitting there chatting, looking out on our yard.”

As their forty minutes in the booth wound down, Ali commented, “We have a very interesting story and I hope that it continues to surprise us.”

Congratulations Steve and Ali!



24 Responses to “A wedding day commemoration”

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  • Dear Sasha and Steve,
    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you! Stevie, I think you are the luckiest man in the world! Wishing you a lifetime of joy, love, health! I can’t believe my little sasha is married! Love you always my sister!
    xoxox Goody

    Comment from Gayatri Bhatnagar on July 14, 2009 at 12:46 am - Reply to this Comment
  • You two are the perfect example of a loving, supportive union. What you have is incredibly special and I hope for a lifetime together of memories, family, and children. Your website is amazing. You’re story is the kind most of dream of. Love you both.

    Comment from Krystyn DePree on June 25, 2009 at 12:09 pm - Reply to this Comment
  • Hey!! guys ..

    I’m a student from Thailand at a University in the US.

    First of all, i need to say Congratulations both of you.

    Thx for sharing your lovely story..

    i hope you guy will have other story share with us soon..

    All best wishes for you both..

    Comment from Nu_tum Angel on June 7, 2009 at 10:46 pm - Reply to this Comment
  • Hey guys! Congrats! You look so happy together! May your future be filled with lots of love and the brightest lights! Xoxoxo Andre

    Comment from Andre Nogueira-Kourkoulis on March 22, 2009 at 2:07 pm - Reply to this Comment
  • Dear Ali & Steve,
    What wonderful news, congratulations!!!! Wishing you a wonderful life together filled with lots of good health, lots of good laughs & lots of good meals to be made together.
    All my love,
    Becky

    Comment from Becky Simkhai on January 14, 2009 at 11:40 am - Reply to this Comment
  • Dear Ali and Steve,
    Congratulations ! That is wonderful news, I am very happy for you and I know Nadja is. I wish you happiness always ! Keep me posted and come for a visit.
    Love,
    Renate

    Comment from Renate Berthold on December 3, 2008 at 6:29 pm - Reply to this Comment
  • Ali, thanks for sharing your wonderful photos and story. Congrats to both of you!
    Wishing you and Steve much happiness,
    Love,
    Gail

    Comment from Gail on August 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm - Reply to this Comment
  • Great news, so happy for you both!
    All the best.

    Comment from Carrie Walter on August 7, 2008 at 3:01 pm - Reply to this Comment
  • Dear Steve and Ali,

    have a very good trip across life holding each other as you have already started!
    And hope to see you in France, in the city or in Brasil, soon…

    bises.

    Comment from clarisse luca juliette elsa on July 31, 2008 at 11:29 am - Reply to this Comment
  • Congrats guys! What an awesome thing to come across! Best wishes.

    Comment from Micah Treuer on July 30, 2008 at 2:26 am - Reply to this Comment
  • Steve and Ali Congrats to you both. God bless you both. I wish you all the best!!

    Comment from Michael DeAngelo on July 25, 2008 at 2:47 pm - Reply to this Comment
  • We are so thrilled for the two of you! What a wonderful journey you will both have. You know true love and friendship and that is the bond that will keep you strong through the years. Enjoy this road together and always, always have fun!
    All our love and blessings,
    Anthony & Monica

    Comment from Monica & Anthony on July 25, 2008 at 8:57 am - Reply to this Comment
  • Pretty damned exciting!!! As Johnny would have said, you guys are the bomb!

    Comment from Billy, Emmett, et al on July 24, 2008 at 8:55 pm - Reply to this Comment
  • To a beautiful couple
    Who is destined
    For an even more beautiful future

    All our love,
    Marc and Randy

    Comment from Randy Tauber on July 24, 2008 at 1:01 pm - Reply to this Comment
  • Congratulations Ali & Steve! I love you both so much and wish you all the happiness in the world as you embark on this new chapter together. You have inspired me so much both as individuals and as a couple.
    All my love,
    Marissa

    Comment from marissa on July 24, 2008 at 11:40 am - Reply to this Comment
  • To have Ali in the Ketcham family is a dream come true! You are a match “made in heaven” and we couldn’t be happier for both of you! (or for us!) We love you! – Debbie & Grant

    Comment from Debbie Goodeve on July 24, 2008 at 11:33 am - Reply to this Comment
  • Congratulations guys!! Lots love, Rae

    Comment from Rachael Winfree on July 24, 2008 at 11:05 am - Reply to this Comment
  • I love you two so much! And I am so, so happy for you both!

    Comment from Emily Goodeve on July 24, 2008 at 10:56 am - Reply to this Comment
  • I love you guys. : ) Congrats.

    Comment from Kelsey on July 24, 2008 at 10:47 am - Reply to this Comment
  • Congratulations! Parabens! Gung hei! Sash, good job–I approve. Steve, you’re my favorite brother-in-law. Welcome to the fam!

    Comment from Daniel Budny on July 24, 2008 at 10:42 am - Reply to this Comment
  • What a great story! We can’t wait to read (watch/participate in) the next chapters. We all love you so much. Kathy, Pat, Robyn, Ali, and Ben

    Comment from Kathy Ketcham on July 24, 2008 at 10:41 am - Reply to this Comment
  • Steve and Ali, II wish you the wonderful marriage that you both deserve.
    Steve, now that you are family I will have to be nice to you!
    Lots of Love, dad

    Comment from Roert Budny on July 24, 2008 at 10:39 am - Reply to this Comment
  • What a wonderful story – we are so happy for both of you.
    We love you! Love, Amy

    Comment from Amy Ketcham on July 24, 2008 at 10:29 am - Reply to this Comment
  • Steve and Ali: Congratulations! So happy for you…and looking forward to celebrating with you! Love, Brother B.

    Comment from Billy Ketcham on July 24, 2008 at 10:25 am - Reply to this Comment

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