Alessandra and Josh met in Denver, Colorado, where they were serving a ten-month term in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. They were friends for six months but started dating while volunteering throughout the Southwest. After their service, Josh completed another term while Alessandra returned to Connecticut. Later, Josh began working for Teach for America and was relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, Alessandra joined him there. Soon they were moving again, settling in Boston to be closer to friends and family. Five years into their adventure, Josh proposed to Alessandra in the Chattahoochee Forest deep in the Smoky Mountains of Georgia.
The couple’s friends Leah Tingley and Casey Eisenreich officiated at the ceremony at the Glastonbury Boathouse, where a reception followed. The wedding was dedicated to the memory of the bride’s mother, Elyse Screnci, who passed away in May 2015.
The bride, daughter of Fiore Screnci of Monroe, and the late Elyse Screnci, graduated from Greenwich High School and Quinnipiac University. Alessandra is a medical social worker at Cambridge Hospital.
The groom, son of Michael and Kathy Ernst of Massachusetts, was homeschooled and then graduated from Springfield College. Josh is a teacher at Match Community Day School.
The newlyweds honeymooned in Tahiti and Bora Bora. They call Boston home (for now).
Photographs: Rachel Girouard