Bob and Diane Gross of Gladwyne and Nantucket, Mass., along with Deborah Pestronk of Reston, Va., and Mark Pestronk of Nashville, Tenn., announce the engagement of their children, Carrie Gross and Matthew Pestronk.

    Carrie graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She is a freelance writer in New York City, writing a lifestyles column and feature articles for, an online Webzine dedicated to Manhattan's Upper East Side. She also writes a bridal blog for The New York Observer.

    Matthew graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science degree in history and politics. He is a managing director of the Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group LLC, a real estate investment banking firm in New York.

    Carrie is the granddaughter of the late Lillian and Louis Gross, as well as the late Zera and Louis Abramson. Matthew is the grandson of the late Philip and Frieda Wincott, and the late Arnold Pestronk and Muriel Field.

    The couple is planning an October wedding at the Ritz Carlton in Philadelphia.