7 Ways To Get In The New York Times Wedding Section

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The New York Times wedding section is always rife with stories fit for a fairy tale, and this one, the story of Sage Mehta and Michael Robinson,  is no exception. It is the opposite of an exception. It is, as PTSOTL calls it, “the Most New York Timesian Wedding Announcement in the history of the New York Times, weddings, and announcements.” If you, too, want to find love fit for the NYT Wedding pages, follow these rules:

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Stop being such a low-brow dipshit. “Alexandra Sage Mehta and Michael Robinson do not seem to belong to the Facebook generation that expresses itself in sentence fragments. In conversation, their sentences are grammatical and lovely and often sound as if previously written, if not rewritten. Both are writers and care deeply about words as well as opera, cooking, stick-shift cars, modern design and swimming in cold water.”

Be such an anomaly that nobody even gets you except your equally quirky and unique partner. “Ms. Mehta prefers writing in the darkest corner of the quietest library she can find, yet she’s also social and vivacious.”

You Simply Must Go To Europe. “The two met in Paris in the summer of 2001. She was on a summer-abroad program for high school students; he was a counselor.”

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Pretend Like You Are In Olden Times. “She mailed him a long handwritten letter on her personal stationery. ‘I’d just hate to lose you, oh that was an awful blah line. Now I’m 17, which seems so awfully old.'”

Tweak Your Social Circle. “They ran into each other at a ‘huge party given by three very popular Princeton girls,’ she said.

Even If You Aren’t Interested Whatsoever, Go Out With Them Anyway. “She remembers wondering why she didn’t feel more of a spark. Nevertheless, they made a plan to have dinner and catch up.”

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Test Him With Some Tricky, Genius Question That Is Actually A Metaphor. “At one point during dinner, she asked him if he enjoyed swimming in very cold water. Growing up, Ms. Mehta spent summers at her family’s house on an island off Maine and swam in the frigid sea every day. ‘I was really asking if he jumped into things,’ she said. ‘It’s about bravery to me. Unconsciously, I was asking him if he’d jump into a relationship with me, whether he’d just go for something.'”

[The New York Times]