$ 15 and a lifetime of love: Couple who got married at Dunkin’s drive-thru said vows and coffee to go
On February 12, Dana Shulman and Giancarlo Osaben drove through a Dunkin ‘drive-thru in New York City and ordered two medium coffees, bacon, and a bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich.
“And I went, ‘Oh yeah. Eternal marriage filled with love, please,” said Shulman, 42, adding that her new husband had to remind her of that part. “And apparently on the Dunkin menu. ‘, everything I ordered, including the wedding, is only $ 15.05. “
It wasn’t your typical Dunkin, however. The couple had recently won a competition via Dunkin to get married in a Dunkin drive-thru.
“Hey @dunkin – do the right thing and marry me and @onedanaatatime in a drive-thru of a Dunkin. I’m going to have a medium mocha iced coffee with skim milk and she will have a medium iced coffee with skim milk and two Splenda, ”said Osaben, 31. Instagram in January. “Oh yeah, we’re getting married too. “
They were then chosen alongside another couple to get married behind the wheel in Wallkill, New York, with a dunkin ‘themed ceremony. Shulman, from Massachusetts, was happy he was based in New York City, admitting that they probably wouldn’t have been lucky if it had been in the Commonwealth.
The catch, however, was that Shulman and Osaben, 31, didn’t get engaged until February 8, about a week after being picked for the wedding and almost two weeks after Osaben unofficially proposed on Instagram.
Shulman had ordered a dress “just in case” on February 1. The next day the couple found out that they had won the contest, so they went to buy some rings and got their marriage license.
Yet, they were not engaged.
But Osaben had plans in the works. He asked his future wife to give him her ring, which she was already wearing.
He then officially moved into their home a few days later, complete with decorations and a homemade photo booth.
It might seem unusual but for the couple, who have been together for eight years but both improvise. It was the perfect “yes and” moment, the golden rule of improvisational comedy.
“It was the best marriage,” said Shulman.
“We are so grateful that we were able to have this experience,” said Osaben. “While everything is happening in the country and the pandemic has stopped everything, like that, we were able to live this incredible, wonderful and truly stress-free experience on our side. [It] really means the world to us.
Shulman’s love for Dunkin ‘began with her education in Framingham, Massachusetts, where she attended public school. She then went to Brandeis University.
But even after leaving Framingham for college, she would return for her favorite place in Dunkin.
“We didn’t like that Dunkin ‘, we preferred the one on Route 130,” she laughs. So when we wanted Dunkin ‘we would drive 20 minutes to the one on Route 30 and call it Heavenly Dunkies.
Shulman also literally runs on Dunkin ‘, having run the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon seven times each.
“Dunkin ‘is also very present in the running world,” she said. “So Dunkin ‘is sort of seeping into my life.”
Now an improv teacher, Shulman said even his students knew his love for the business, calling it Dunkin ‘Dana. So a wedding there seemed almost natural.
On the wedding day, everything went stress-free, the couple said.
“It was always my happy place,” Shulman said.
Even though they couldn’t have friends and family in person, that didn’t mean their loved ones weren’t involved.
Shulman said her friends paid her to have her hair and makeup done. Another friend came over and rented the couple a convertible for the event. The two were then driven by their friend, Chris O’Neil.
With the top down on the convertible, despite the cold, the couple received the signal that it was their turn. Slowly, they pulled up to the drive-thru queue as they had done several times before – although this time they left with more than just coffee.
“We looked at each other for a bit and held hands like it was a trick,” Shulman said with a laugh.
Shulman said they were both happy to be a part of something that brought joy to others during the pandemic, whether they’re reading their story now or seeing it in passing.
“People were parking in the CVS across the street and yelling at us,” she said, laughing. “It was just lovely.”
They also took part in FaceTiming individually with friends and family who would have been invited if they had had the typical wedding.
“In the long run, we could have talked to people for a lot longer than we could have talked to them at our big giant wedding,” she said.
They kept the donut box Osaben used to offer, adding that they would keep their wedding memories in that box.
In a year where marriages have been called off, changed or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the couple strongly suggest taking the time to really think about what you want.
“Take stock of what’s important and be grateful. We couldn’t have had a better opportunity for that because it was really just about us, ”said Osaben. “To be able to live this experience now and still bring so much joy to ourselves, to our friends and to our family. It was truly priceless.