Real Weddings: Kelly & Quentin

Kelly Stecker & Quentin Reeve

September 25, 2010
The Singing Beach Club, Manchester-by-the-Sea

KELLY STECKER, WHO FLEW IN from her home in Australia with fiancé Quentin Reeve to tie the knot in Manchester-by-the-Sea, left most of the wedding planning to her mom and sister. And “it turned out better than I could have ever dreamed,” she says. “They have amazing taste, and I trusted them.” Phew.

Though they now live down under, Kelly, who is an assistant manager at Lululemon Athletica, and Quentin, who works in private wealth management, met in New England, and always knew they’d get married here.

The two were teammates on the Manchester sailing team in 2001. Quentin, attracted to the free-spirited girl with the ponytail and braces, schemed to recruit Kelly to sail with him on his 420-Class dinghy. “At the time, I didn’t know about the plot,” says Kelly. “As far as I knew, Quentin just needed to fill the void left by his former crew member.” She agreed, and they spent the summer driving to regattas and racing his 420.

“It was a fun way to get to know each other on a competitive level,” says Kelly. It wasn’t until they started dating in 2006 that “we learned of our mutual long-lived crushes.” Four years later, Quentin made her his cocaptain — this time for life.