Love Stories: Ophelia Moon Jewelry
Today's LOVE STORIES features Noelle Puzino of Ophelia Moon Jewelry and her boyfriend Will. If you've been to a Bazaar or Asbury Fresh in the past year, I'm sure you've seen these two love birds together!
Noelle has been a part of the Asbury Park Bazaar since the beginning and I've loved watching her creativity and business grow over the years - you can tell she puts her heart into everything she does. Since Noelle started dating Will, he's now become a fixture at the Bazaar too! I love seeing them together arm in arm, smiles on their faces, hustling and having fun together at every event! So, I'm very excited to feature their love story on our blog today.
Be sure to visit them at the Valentine's Market this Sunday! Noelle handcrafts the most beautiful, delicate jewelry, finding inspiration from nature and earth. Each piece is carefully handcrafted using mostly natural stones. You'll be sure to find the perfect gift for the person you love!
When did you two meet and how did you get together?
Will and I were actually a match on Tinder about a year ago today! I remember talking to him and he told me he lived in Brooklyn but was visiting his parents in Asbury Park. At that point I was thinking BINGO! I can talk to him about my business because a lot of success from my business started in Asbury with the Asbury Park Bazaar. I'll admit I was way too nervous to ask him to meet up one day so I simply said "I really hope our paths will cross there one day." I knew I would be vending the Valentine Market coming up so I was seriously hoping to run into him there. He got in touch with me a few days later and told me he would be back in Asbury on February 16th. We had our very first date that day at Langosta Lounge and have been inseparable ever since.
Does your partner play a role in your small business?
For awhile, Will and I had a long distance relationship. He would take the train down here on his weekends and would help me out every single Thursday night at a market in Bradley Beach. Later into that year, I developed a problem with my back that almost made it impossible to work. I can honestly say that without his help and support I would have not been able to get through it without him. Also let me add, he's so creative that it has been so great to have another artistic eye helping me out in the business!
What do you love best about your partner?
He's so positive, always finds the best out of every situation, and goes above and beyond for everyone he loves. I admire him so much and I find myself learning from him every day. And I'm also very lucky because he is the funniest person I have ever met. We could spend a night doing absolutely nothing and it is still the best and most fun night ever spent!
What are your favorite things to do together?
Will moved back to New Jersey in November so we have been busy exploring all of it! We both were able to fall in love with New Jersey again by exploring it together. And also a little shoutout to Little Buddy Hideaway for being our favorite place to go in Asbury!
What will you be offering at the Valentine's Market?
I'll have my usual handcrafted jewels with me but I'm focusing more on pink and red gemstones this time around! Also, be on the lookout for some special heart inspired jewelry for your Valentine!