Melissa Susan Macchio and Robert Bukwood Brown



The bride and groom after the ceremony

Photographs: Michele Stapleton

Though Melissa Macchio and Robert Brown—Missy and Rob to their friends and family—had both been teaching for seven years at Greenwich High School, the two did not meet until three years ago. This fun fact, as the tale goes, is always added to the story of their meeting: Missy invited a group of friends to her Manhattan apartment for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Rob tagged along with a mutual friend, they spent the day together and they clicked. A year later, while on a Fourth of July getaway to the Pemaquid Peninsula in Maine, where Rob’s family has summered for a century, he proposed during dinner at the Bradley Inn on Pemaquid Point.

They returned to the area for their wedding; Rob’s mother, Pati Trippel, an interfaith minister from Hot Springs Valley, Arkansas, officiated the ceremony at Clark’s Cove Farm in Walpole, where a reception followed. The evening before, Missy and Rob treated all their guests to a sunset cruise of John’s Bay.

The bride, daughter of Frank “Butch” and Catherine Macchio, lifelong residents of Stamford, graduated from Stamford High School and Providence College. She also holds a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Bridgeport. The groom, son of Dave Brown of Westport, graduated from Pomperaug High School in Southbury and the University of Connecticut, from which he also holds a master of science degree in secondary education–mathematics. After honeymooning in Cabo San Lucas, the couple returned home to Stamford.