When Adam Greenberg and Jessica Score started dating, they both saw signs they may have found The One.
Adam, a 29-year-old physician’s assistant originally from Blue Ash, Ohio, knew he had found someone special toward the end of his first date with Jessica in a Philadelphia bar, when she offered him the rest of her blueberry beer.
“When I met Jessica, she ordered a beer like I did … and at the end of the night, there was beer left in her bottle, and she asked me if I would like to finish it, which I had never heard in my life,” said Adam. “I knew there was something there.”
Jessica, a 28-year-old senior regulatory coordinator who grew up in Marblehead, started to see signs around their second date during Passover of 2013. “We were both keeping Passover in the sense of not eating any flour,” she said. “We both ended up getting salads, and Adam ordered a Caesar salad, and it had croutons in it, so he separated the croutons … and he was talking so much, enjoying the conversation, and at the end of his meal, he just started eating the croutons and forgot that it was Passover until I pushed his hand away. He was so focused on our conversation … I knew he was someone special.”
It was happenstance both were in Philadelphia. Jessica was working at her first job after graduating from the University of Delaware, while Adam was earning his master’s degree at Drexel University.
As Adam and Jessica continued dating, they learned they were united by much more than beer and croutons. Jessica is attracted to Adam’s optimism, romantic spirit, and humor, all of which she feels complement her pragmatic realism. “Adam is definitely more optimistic, and looks at life half full,” she said. “When he wants something, he’ll do it; he’s very hardworking and determined … he’s also very romantic, and he makes me laugh.”
Adam, meanwhile, is attracted to Jessica’s level-headedness, devotion to friends and family, and intellectual curiosity. “Jessica is definitely way more grounded than I am … she really helped me to think about all the components going into certain decisions,” he said. “She’s very loving, she loves her friends dearly, and her family. She’s also very thoughtful, very smart … and challenges me to think outside the box.”
These qualities were enough to motivate Adam to move from Philadelphia to Boston when Jessica got a job at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s Boston office in 2014. The move included a three-month stay at the Marblehead home of Jessica’s parents, Jayson and Gussie Score, who put Adam through a “thorough vetting,” as he put it. “Supposedly I passed with flying colors.”
“He survived – barely,” said Jessica. “After that, I think I knew.”
Adam slowly began getting ready to pop the question. In November 2017, he accompanied the Scores on a family vacation to Spain. On the second to last night of the trip, he found what may be the perfect spot for a Jewish couple to get engaged: in Barcelona, in front of the Magic Fountain, at the foot of Montjuïc, which translates to “Mountain of the Jews.”
In front of Jessica’s immediate family – and a cheering crowd of hundreds – Adam slid a ring he had fashioned himself onto her finger and asked her to marry him. She said yes, and they both laughed a bit, then cried.
After arriving home, Jessica and her parents dove headfirst into wedding planning, plotting out spreadsheets and visiting one vendor after another. “It was a family affair and we intended to make it a fun experience and minimize the stress,” said Jessica.
It was love at first sight when Jessica and her family first saw the Beauport Hotel in Gloucester, which boasts panoramic ocean views. “I loved how it was on the ocean, where we grew up, but also had a gorgeous ballroom,” said Jessica. “The whole venue from when you walk into the lobby has this very nautical, North Shore feel, so Adam’s family and friends who weren’t from the area could see how we grew up and what it was like to be in New England.”
Luckily, there was a cancellation for a Sunday in July. “We planned our wedding in seven months, which nobody can believe,” she said. “Our savior was that we planned it so quickly that we didn’t have time to think and go crazy over the little details – we kind of just made decisions as they happened, and I think that made the process a lot smoother. We didn’t end up talking about weddings for a year and a half, two years.”
Everything finally came together on July 8, 2018, beneath a chuppah draped with Jessica’s father’s tallit on an outdoor deck facing the ocean. About 150 of Adam and Jessica’s closest friends and family watched Rabbi Yossi Lipsker of Chabad of the North Shore, who happened to be celebrating his birthday that day, officiate a traditional Jewish wedding. The Score family has belonged to Chabad for years, and both Jessica and her sister, Carly, went through its Hebrew school.
“We had the bridesmaids, the groomsmen, the breaking of the glass,” said Jessica. “We also did a tradition before the wedding: our moms broke a plate, and our parents did a blessing over us – and said a prayer. We did the typical Jewish ceremony, with the seven blessings [the Sheva Brachot are an important part of an official Jewish wedding], the seven circles [during which Jessica circled Adam seven times], the reading of the ketubah [a Jewish wedding contract].”
Then, it was on to dinner and drinks and music from the Beantown Band. Simcha and ruach continued well into a perfect summer night.
A month later, Adam and Jessica honeymooned in Greece, which Adam chose because of a longstanding interest in mythology. For two weeks, they visited windmills and wineries in Mykonos and Santorini, where they stayed on a cliff overlooking the ocean, and Athens, where they visited the Acropolis. They even took a selfie with actor James Franco when they ran into him on a hike.
“We went to the Santos winery in Santorini,” said Adam, remembering a particular special moment. “We sat at a lovely table that was overlooking the sunset, tasting many wines, and enjoying soft music from a singer in the background … and me thinking what a special time with my new wife.”
The couple has settled in Charlestown, where they like to try new restaurants and breweries, work out, take walks, and visit the theater. And every now and again, the couple browses through homes for sale on the North Shore.