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 laterÃ³after supporting each other through both their parents’ deathsÃ³they 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!