When Ilana Ozernoy was a young girl growing up in the Soviet Union, her dad, Leonid Ozernoy, a prominent astrophysicist in Moscow, bought her a telescope.
Ms. Ozernoy and her dad, who was a scientist at the P.N. Lebedev Physics Institute in Moscow, together with her older sis and mom, would invest summers in the Baltics. They went to observatories in ancient Estonian cities like Pärnu and Tartu, where Dr. Ozernoy would research huge phenomena like quasars and black holes.
” I still remember how it would feel when the dome opened up to expose an amazing sea of stars,” Ms. Ozernoy said. “I was so small that my father would have to prop me up on a seat so I might see the constellations through the giant telescope. He taught me everything about the stars and the worlds and the constellations. It actually was a memorable experience.”
In March 2019, Ms. Ozernoy, all matured and living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, had another remarkable experience, this one on Tinder, where she met Nina Mouritzen, a citizen of Lower Manhattan by method of Copenhagen.
In what both women feel was their destiny, Ms. Ozernoy, 42, and Ms. Mouritzen, 40, each arrived in New york city City in2000 They spent the next 20 years often visiting the very same Thai dining establishment in NoLIta, drinking the exact same low-cost red wine at Chelsea gallery openings, and going to some of the very same downtown parties, crossing paths maybe hundreds of times without ever meeting.
But along came an algorithm that lastly brought them together, inside a poorly lit Williamsburg white wine bar, where the couple struck it off.
” There was something about Ilana that felt quite like house,” Ms. Mouritzen stated. “We both made it extremely clear to each other when we initially satisfied that we were very independent ladies, but somehow, all of that headed out the window when we started dating, due to the fact that all we wanted to do was just keep hanging out, which sensation has actually never left us.”
Ms. Ozernoy was feeling similar. “It seemed like we just got in the middle of a conversation and I did not wish to stop speaking to this individual,” she stated.
” I never actually comprehended what individuals suggested when they said, ‘I’m dating my buddy,'” she added. “To me that constantly sounded like those individuals just settled, like it was not enthusiastic, it’s just your buddy. However then I fulfilled Nina, who is my friend and the love of my life, and after that I absolutely understood what that suggested.”
In the occurring days, Ms. Ozernoy and Ms. Mouritzen found the kind of love-was-meant-to-be indication that would make Cupid blush.
They understood that had they not matched on Tinder, they would have most likely satisfied anyhow at St. Ann’s Storage facility, a 1,500- seat theater in Downtown Brooklyn, where both held tickets to side-by-side seats for the same program, very same time, and same day, making it clear to the couple that the stars Ms. Ozernoy knew so well as a kid had actually returned, shining brighter now with Ms. Mouritzen’s name composed on them.
” There was no doubt at that point that we were predestined to fulfill,” Ms. Ozernoy stated. “The universe was determined to give Nina to me as a gift.”
Ms. Ozernoy, 42, is a senior vice president for public affairs at Blackstone in New York City. She was until June the worldwide head of communications at Bloomberg Media in New York. Ms. Mouritzen 40, is the director of postproduction at Bespoke Digital, a postproduction studio in Manhattan concentrating on fashion and appeal photography.
Each has actually had similarly remarkable stories to share about the roadways they had taken to where they are now and to each other starting some 20 years back.
Ms. Ozernoy immigrated to the United States from the former Soviet Union in 1986, at the height of the Cold War, when she was 8 years of ages. Her daddy’s renowned research had actually resulted in a deal of a visiting professorship at Harvard in1979 However, the Soviet Union declined to let him take a trip.
After eight years of battling the Soviet government (including her daddy’s cravings strikes and conflicts with the KGB), her family had become political refugees. They were lastly allowed to go into the U.S. in 1986 after an individual appeal to President Mikhail Gorbachev from Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.
Relocating To the United States also afforded Ms. Ozernoy numerous chances, and she maximized them. In 1998 she functioned as an intern in the press space at the White House, and in 2001, she covered the war in Afghanistan as a freelance press reporter for The Boston World.
In February 2002, her dad died at age 62 of cancer. In a New York Times obituary, Stuart L. Shapiro, a teacher of physics and astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, kept in mind that Dr. Ozernoy had actually written a few of the earliest papers on quasars, or far-off starlike objects, and likewise produced influential documents on the development of black holes, magnetic stars and pulsars.
From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Ozernoy, who graduated from George Washington University, covered the war in Iraq as a freelance journalist for U.S. News and World Report, during which she served as its Baghdad bureau chief. She was likewise a journalism teacher at Stony Brook University from 2011-2014, and from 2014-2016 operated in numerous functions in New york city municipal government, including as chief of staff to the mayor’s counsel.
Ms. Mouritzen’s parents had actually gone far on their own in the style and music industries in Copenhagen in the 1980 s and ’90 s. Her mom, Elsebeth Mouritzen, was a style writer at the newspaper Ekstra Bladet, and likewise worked as a fashion editor at ALT for Damerne, a weekly women’s publication. Her daddy, Bent Mouritzen, was an executive at CBS (later Sony Music) in the 1980 s and with Warner Music in the 1990 s.
Through the years, Ms. Mouritzen, who likewise immigrated to the United States, had worked for the professional photographers Patrick Demarchelier and Mary Ellen Mark, and shot cultural notables like Kate Moss, Ellen Page, and other artists and artists for the pages of Nylon, Dazed and Confused, Wallpaper and Elle. Her work has also been shown at the National Gallery of Denmark, the Philadelphia Picture Arts Center and the Alvarez Bravo Photographic Center in Oaxaca, Mexico.
One task that does not appear on her résumé, “World’s Greatest Griller,” was a title jokingly given to Ms. Mouritzen by Ms. Ozernoy. “I do the cooking, she does the grilling,” Ms. Ozernoy stated. “And I imply, man, everything she barbecues ends up fantastic.”
Ms. Mouritzen said that their shared cooking/grilling responsibilities is a microcosm of a “real partnership we have in every possible way.”
” We are equal partners in a very enjoyable and amazing and safe relationship,” she stated. “I don’t believe I’ve ever experienced all of that with the exact same person.”
The two were married July 4 at the Conservatory Garden in Central Park before Laura Ward, a New York City State Supreme Court justice (best known for effectively prosecuting John Gotti).
There were 12 visitors (trimmed down from 70), though the couple said that a romantic event in Copenhagen will follow on July 4, 2021, that will include a much higher number of participants.
Due to the fact that of the coronavirus, their chosen venue, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Court Home, was closed for business. Their scheduled wedding event date was always July 4. “Primarily due to the fact that we desire fireworks on our anniversary for the rest of our lives,” Ms. Ozernoy stated, jokingly.
And, as it ended up, there were more than simply fireworks on their day. The wedding date accompanied a so-called world parade, an unusual event when all planets in the solar system line up on one side of the sun at the exact same time. The last time this happened remained in 1982, and the next incidents are expected in 2161 and 2492.
” My sister Alisa said it best,” said Ms. Ozernoy, her playful tone flattening briefly. “The world parade was a sure sign from our dad.”
On This Date
Where The Conservatory Garden in Central Park, New York City
When July 4, 2020
What the Brides Wore: Ms. Ozernoy donned a shorts fit by Acne Studios, a shirt by Nili Lotan, and sandals by the Row. Ms. Mouritzen likewise had on a t-shirt by Nili Lotan, along with pants by A.P.C. and loafers by Celine.
Early Birds “On our first date, we kept up till 3 in the morning, simply talking and talking,” Ms. Mouritzen said. “We have not kept up until 3 a.m. since then since as it ended up, we are both early birds.”