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Kermit Cole and Suzanne Pettit

Met: 1990

Engaged: Sept. 25, 2004

Projected Wedding Date: June 18, 2005

Get out your zoot suits, bustle skirts and Wellbutrin: Suzanne Pettit, 41, owner of the vintage-clothing store Psyche’s Tears in Chelsea, is marrying Kermit Cole, 40, candidate for a master’s degree in psychology at Harvard.

The couple first met in the 1990’s, working on the films No Telling and the little-seen Jennifer Aniston vehicle Picture Perfect . Ms. Pettit-who is indeed petite, and blond-was the wardrobe supervisor; Mr. Cole was a handsome grip. “She was sparkly and adorable,” he said. “There was always a spark between us, but the timing was never right.”

After finishing a documentary, Living Proof: HIV and the Pursuit of Happiness , Mr. Cole decided to ditch the film industry and work with adults who were mentally ill in the actual, clinical sense. “The closer I got to real people, the more I realized I wanted to be with real people experiencing real things,” he said.

Ms. Pettit, idly wondering whatever had happened to Mr. Cole one day, tracked down his e-mail address through that coolly indifferent modern matchmaker, Google, and fired off an impulsive missive. “To say I was surprised is putting it mildly,” he said.

After responding, Mr. Cole checked out the Psyche’s Tears Web site and felt the warm smile of Cupid. “Suzanne had gone through a similar process: taking what she had been doing in film and applying it to real life,” he said. “Now she makes regular people feel like movie stars when they come into her shop. I felt like this was someone with very real substance underneath all that sparkliness.”

He planned a summer visit to New York City to meet her and they arranged to meet on the corner of 47th Street and Ninth Avenue. Ms. Pettit arrived wearing a vintage pink dress and a big smile. “We didn’t say a word,” Mr. Cole said. “We just hugged for a long time.”

“We sort of knew right away,” Ms. Pettit said. “You reach a certain age and you know the direction you want to go.”

“I’ve learned a lot in the last couple of decades,” mused Mr. Cole, borrowing some retail argot. “If you’ve been shopping a long time, you certainly know how to recognize quality.” After just five weeks of courtship, he bought her a platinum band with an engraved vine and a three-quarter-carat diamond. “Just like her,” he said. “Relatively small, but sparkly and flawless.”

After they took a boat around fragrant Boston Harbor, she discovered the ring at the top of a lighthouse.

Ms. Pettit is planning on wearing a 1938 bias-cut velvet dress for their wedding in New Paltz (where they worked on the film Before Comedy in 1991). Mr. Cole is planning to move down to New York City after he completes his degree, joining Ms. Pettit and her eight-year-old border-collie mix, Rudy, in Park Slope.

“Do we want the same life? We do,” he said. “Do I feel comfortable and happy? I do.”

Daniel Miles Delson and Amy Melissa Zornitzer

Met: Aug. 30, 2003

Engaged: March 28, 2004

Projected Wedding Date: May 7, 2005

Amy Zornitzer was cruising through Soho with her parents when she passed Daniel Delson as he emerged from the Prada store. Mr. Delson has a shoe thing, he admitted. “It’s the only thing that separates you from the earth, so why not?” The couple had met the previous night at Abaya, a club in the East Village. (His pick-up line: “Are you Jewish?”) They’d steamed up the dance floor into the wee hours and ended the evening in a smooch. But now they only exchanged eye contact and moved on. “It was kind of a cool moment,” said Mr. Delson, 31, the thick-lashed, square-jawed vice president of a corporate public-relations firm he preferred not to name.

The almond-eyed, olive-skinned Ms. Zornitzer got a phone call from him later that night, and the next day, the two self-described “sun worshippers” headed to Tompkins Square Park, where they discussed their respective childhoods in tristate suburbia. “I think we were both colorful individuals fighting against conformity,” Mr. Delson said. “We were both very successful, did-the-right-thing kind of people-but with this creative-edge approach to the world,” added Ms. Zornitzer, 29, who also works in corporate communication (for the residential brokerage Citi Habitats).

“We didn’t date,” Mr. Delson said. “We just started hanging out every day.”

“Empathetic, compassionate” is how she found him.

“Gorgeous,” he countered.

The couple bonded closely during a meandering autumn trip to vineyards in the Hamptons. “We both have horrible senses of direction,” Ms. Zornitzer said. “It’s funny, because neither of us gets annoyed about it. We may drive in circles forever, but we know that we’ll find where we’re going, and while we get there, we’re having fun. We both have an optimism and sort of a belief that things are going to go right.” Hold onto that thought throughout marriage, dearie ….

After brunch on Valentine’s Day, Mr. Delson suggested they go to Tiffany to look at rings. Ms. Zornitzer modeled a bunch of different styles but left empty-handed. “The salespeople were like, ‘So are you going to buy this?’ They were a little pushy,” she said.

Mr. Delson proposed some weeks later in a park on Sutton Place near her apartment on 61st Street, priming her first with flowers and champagne snuck into her refrigerator’s vegetable compartment, and then proffering a three-carat round-cut diamond from a jewelry maker in the diamond district, flanked by two half-carat baguettes. “I loved her since I was born, probably,” he said. “I just didn’t know who she was yet.”

They’ll be married in the Moorish interiors of the Park Avenue Synagogue. The bride will wear an Amalia Carrera strapless wedding dress-“major,” she promised. The groom will wear an Armani tux-and Prada shoes.

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