Thank you to reporter Sabrina Rocco for featuring my and Michelle’s wedding in her ‘Love Notes’ column. Titled “Power brokers witness the proposal”, the column tells the story of how I proposed to Michelle and why we planned the wedding we did. Not surprisingly, considering the line of work Michelle and I are in, the story even includes cameos by Rep. Jeff Brandes and Sen. Jack Latvala. An excerpt:
One night last July, at a “not-so-political happy hour,” a special quorum of power brokers was called at Cassis, the French restaurant on downtown St. Petersburg’s posh Beach Drive. …
“Senator, what are you doing here?” Michelle asked Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, who had just endured a total hip replacement the week before. “I wouldn’t miss this one for the world,” he replied, propped up on crutches.
Weird, she thought.
Peter and Michelle met in 2010 at Judge Thomas Minkoff’s investiture. “In a room full of politicians, I found Michelle to be the most fascinating person,” Peter recalled. Before long, he charmed her into a date.
During Crist’s senate campaign, they worked late into the night. But the couple ended one night a week at Cassis with a few bubbly flutes of Champagne. They fell fast over their shared passion for politics and fervor for their city, St. Petersburg.
Read the full column here.