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By Long Island Bride & Groom
Categories:  General   

Your wedding is coming soon and it’s your day to get everything you want, right? Well, make sure you sign up for your bridal registry to ensure that you have everything you need when you’re finally wed. With different stores to choose from you can select the perfect place to find designer fashions and home furnishings to fill up your new home. Create the house of your dreams with your new husband and start your happily ever after. Visit Long Island Bride & Groom for more details.

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By Long Island Bride & Groom
Categories:  Wedding Fashion    

Photos Courtesy of: Galia Lahav

Still looking for the perfect wedding gown or glamourous attire for your bridal party? Make sure you leave eight to ten months before your wedding to find your dress so there is enough time for it to be ordered. With the array of bridal salons you’ll be sure to find the dress that best fits your style. But it doesn’t stop there, be sure to look for a mother of the bride gown and bridesmaid’s dresses so everyone feels beautiful on your special day. Find the best professionals on our Long Island Bride & Groom website.


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By Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  Trunk Shows   

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50 Austin Blvd. 
Commack, NY 11725

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By Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  General   

Photo: Courtesy of Ines Di Santo 

Longislandbrideandgroom.com is the perfect resource for planning your wedding. View a directory of wedding professionals, featured articles and information to help with your decision making. Check out our featured Photo Galleries of wedding ideas broken into themes as well as colors to help you decide on specific details for your special day. These galleries are fully integrated with Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest so you can organize and share your ideas.

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Now up on our website - View a completely interactive version of our 2015 magazine including videos, web links and more! Click here to view the 2015 Digital Magazine.


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By Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  Health & Beauty   

Let your Spirit Run Free with the captivating new ESCADA Turquoise Summer – the 2015 limited edition fragrance, evokes feelings of free-spirited abandon and escapism, where you can imagine anything possible.

Escada Turquoise Summer is a playful fruity sorbet of wild red fruits – a fragrance that will open the world to summer. This beautiful delicate translucent turquoise with the butterfly motif visible from within, and with a playful butter charm around the neck is a perfect gift for any occasion.

 

The floral, berry fragrance now available at Sephora, Ulta, Macy's and Kohl’s.

www.escada-fragrances.com


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By Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  Articles   General   

You’ve found your perfect guy, but have you found the perfect match in a wedding photographer? Photographers should be booked at least 9 months in advance to your special day. Visit Longislandbrideandgroom.com  for Long Island’s top wedding photographers.

Having a photographer is important to chronicle your first moments of wedding bliss. Get some expert tips on how to get the right look - in images for your wedding day. The article "Picture Perfect” can be found on page 218 in the digital copy of our magazine.


 


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By Ivette Manners
Categories:  Real Weddings   

Call it instant attraction for Alyssa and Alex. They met while working at the Bronx Zoo—Alyssa in the zoo’s restaurant and catering department and Alex as a representative for the technology company he was employed by. “We saw each other almost every day, so we got to know each other well,” says Alyssa. “And with the help of some of my friends and coworkers, Alex and I started dating”

Alex proposed to Alyssa on the day meant to celebrate his birthday. “We - long island celebrations were going out to dinner—my treat because it was his birthday, but little did I know he was planning on popping the question!” says Alyssa. “I took him to a small Italian restaurant in the West Village where we had celebrated our first year anniversary. Luckily, it was a cold, rainy night, so there weren’t too many other people there, which made his proposal more intimate. When we got back home, I was surprised by the group of our family and friends he had invited over to celebrate our engagement.”

Now a graphic designer, Alyssa designed their wedding invitations featuring an elaborate script font as the main graphic component for the invitation suite, which was printed on paper of different colors and textures.  

The couple planned a fall wedding, which started with a religious ceremony at St. Fidelis Church in College Point, Queens. “Monsignor Denis Herron officiated, and even read a passage he had written about how a smile reflects true love and happiness. He then mentioned how each time he saw us, including the day of our wedding, we were always smiling,” says Alyssa.  

The bride wore a lace mermaid gown with an illusion neckline by James Clifford Collection and a white fur shawl. Her bridesmaids were dressed in long chiffon halter-strap dresses in shades of aqua, from light to dark. 

The groom and his groomsmen were dashingly dressed in classic black tuxedos accessorized by custom-made pocket squares and aqua, gray, and black argyle socks. After the ceremony, friends and family blew bubbles around the couple as they made their way to the reception in a white Princess Rolls Royce.  

 

The reception was held at Fox Hollow in Woodbury, and the theme included a color palette blending green and blue—Alyssa and Alex’s favorite colors, “The venue’s interior is very cozy, a bit like a beautiful old ski lodge,” says Alyssa. “Its many fireplaces were a great addition to the scene.” The centerpieces mimicked the flower bouquets, which featured a mix of winter white roses and calla lilies with muted green eucalyptus, but were displayed on white candelabras. Stemless wine glasses personalized with the couple’s names, wedding date, and the words ‘I Do’ added a special touch to the table décor.  

The celebration started with a cocktail hour, serving a large spread of seafood, pastas, meat carving stations, and more. The dinner menu included a first course with a salad and appetizer and a main course offering a choice of seven entrées. “The combination first course allowed for less sit-down interruptions and more partying!” says Alyssa. For dessert, waffles sundaes and a chocolate fountain accompanied the 4-tier ivory lattice-motif wedding cake, detailed with a chandelier design on the top tier and made of decadent layers of chocolate mousse and cannoli filling.

Music was an important part of the night. Because the groom is a musician himself, the couple wanted to have a live band component, so they decided on a DJ and a live drummer. “They knew Alex is also a drummer, so they got him to play with them,” says Alyssa. “It was such a fun bonus for the crowd; and the photo booth that the DJ Company provided was also a hit!”     

Somehow, the bride managed to stay calm the entire morning of the wedding—that is, until the moment she saw her handsome groom waiting for her at the altar. “I was fine up until the moment I was about to walk down the aisle. The second those doors opened and I saw him, I started to cry like crazy!” says Alyssa. “I had been nervous about seeing all of our friends and family at once, so a friend advised me to not look at anyone but Alex. I think that made me cry more, but I wouldn’t have done it any other way because it made that moment even more memorable.”      

The couple planned a 10-day Hawaiian honeymoon, with a stop in San Diego first for two nights. “We went to the San Diego Zoo, which was appropriate considering we met at the zoo!” says Alyssa. They spent their post-wedding getaway in Maui and Kauai “mostly doing lots of fun, adventurous things like hiking to a waterfall, taking a helicopter tour, and riding bikes in the mountains,” says Alyssa. 

“It’s amazing how much each planning decision affects all different parts of your event,” says Alyssa. “And since these different parts are usually organized by different vendors, it’s really helpful for each of them to know every-thing there is to know about your wedding, even if that means over-loading on information.”

“And even if a groom wants to stay mostly out of the planning process, always ask your bride if she needs help,” says Alex. “Even if she doesn’t want or need you to help, she’ll be happy to know you’re willing to help.” Now, that’s a perfect start to a wonderful partnership!


LONG ISLAND BRIDE AND GROOM RESOURCES

RECEPTION SITE: Fox Hollow  | 516.921.1415

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY: Tony Lante Photography | 631.565.1255

WEDDING GOWN: Bridal Reflections  |  516.795.222

RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Genesis Events  | 516.233.2337

FLOWERS: Chic...a floral boutique |516.362.3662

PHOTOBOOTH: Genesis Events  |  516.233.2337

BRIDAL REGISTRY: Macy’s


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Call it instant attraction for Alyssa and Alex. They met while working at the Bronx Zoo—Alyssa in the zoo’s restaurant and catering department and Alex as a representative for the technology company he was employed by. “We saw each other almost every day, so we got to know each other well,” says Alyssa. “And with the help of some of my friends and coworkers, Alex and I started dating”

Alex proposed to Alyssa on the day meant to celebrate his birthday. “We - long island celebrations were going out to dinner—my treat because it was his birthday, but little did I know he was planning on popping the question!” says Alyssa. “I took him to a small Italian restaurant in the West Village where we had celebrated our first year anniversary. Luckily, it was a cold, rainy night, so there weren’t too many other people there, which made his proposal more intimate. When we got back home, I was surprised by the group of our family and friends he had invited over to celebrate our engagement.”

Now a graphic designer, Alyssa designed their wedding invitations featuring an elaborate script font as the main graphic component for the invitation suite, which was printed on paper of different colors and textures.  

The couple planned a fall wedding, which started with a religious ceremony at St. Fidelis Church in College Point, Queens. “Monsignor Denis Herron officiated, and even read a passage he had written about how a smile reflects true love and happiness. He then mentioned how each time he saw us, including the day of our wedding, we were always smiling,” says Alyssa.  

The bride wore a lace mermaid gown with an illusion neckline by James Clifford Collection and a white fur shawl. Her bridesmaids were dressed in long chiffon halter-strap dresses in shades of aqua, from light to dark. 

The groom and his groomsmen were dashingly dressed in classic black tuxedos accessorized by custom-made pocket squares and aqua, gray, and black argyle socks. After the ceremony, friends and family blew bubbles around the couple as they made their way to the reception in a white Princess Rolls Royce.  

 

The reception was held at Fox Hollow in Woodbury, and the theme included a color palette blending green and blue—Alyssa and Alex’s favorite colors, “The venue’s interior is very cozy, a bit like a beautiful old ski lodge,” says Alyssa. “Its many fireplaces were a great addition to the scene.” The centerpieces mimicked the flower bouquets, which featured a mix of winter white roses and calla lilies with muted green eucalyptus, but were displayed on white candelabras. Stemless wine glasses personalized with the couple’s names, wedding date, and the words ‘I Do’ added a special touch to the table décor.  

The celebration started with a cocktail hour, serving a large spread of seafood, pastas, meat carving stations, and more. The dinner menu included a first course with a salad and appetizer and a main course offering a choice of seven entrées. “The combination first course allowed for less sit-down interruptions and more partying!” says Alyssa. For dessert, waffles sundaes and a chocolate fountain accompanied the 4-tier ivory lattice-motif wedding cake, detailed with a chandelier design on the top tier and made of decadent layers of chocolate mousse and cannoli filling.

Music was an important part of the night. Because the groom is a musician himself, the couple wanted to have a live band component, so they decided on a DJ and a live drummer. “They knew Alex is also a drummer, so they got him to play with them,” says Alyssa. “It was such a fun bonus for the crowd; and the photo booth that the DJ Company provided was also a hit!”     

Somehow, the bride managed to stay calm the entire morning of the wedding—that is, until the moment she saw her handsome groom waiting for her at the altar. “I was fine up until the moment I was about to walk down the aisle. The second those doors opened and I saw him, I started to cry like crazy!” says Alyssa. “I had been nervous about seeing all of our friends and family at once, so a friend advised me to not look at anyone but Alex. I think that made me cry more, but I wouldn’t have done it any other way because it made that moment even more memorable.”      

The couple planned a 10-day Hawaiian honeymoon, with a stop in San Diego first for two nights. “We went to the San Diego Zoo, which was appropriate considering we met at the zoo!” says Alyssa. They spent their post-wedding getaway in Maui and Kauai “mostly doing lots of fun, adventurous things like hiking to a waterfall, taking a helicopter tour, and riding bikes in the mountains,” says Alyssa. 

“It’s amazing how much each planning decision affects all different parts of your event,” says Alyssa. “And since these different parts are usually organized by different vendors, it’s really helpful for each of them to know every-thing there is to know about your wedding, even if that means over-loading on information.”

“And even if a groom wants to stay mostly out of the planning process, always ask your bride if she needs help,” says Alex. “Even if she doesn’t want or need you to help, she’ll be happy to know you’re willing to help.” Now, that’s a perfect start to a wonderful partnership!


LONG ISLAND BRIDE AND GROOM RESOURCES

RECEPTION SITE: Fox Hollow  | 516.921.1415

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY: Tony Lante Photography | 631.565.1255

WEDDING GOWN: Bridal Reflections  |  516.795.222

RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Genesis Events  | 516.233.2337

FLOWERS: Chic...a floral boutique |516.362.3662

PHOTOBOOTH: Genesis Events  |  516.233.2337

BRIDAL REGISTRY: Macy’s


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By Sandra Mardenfeld
Categories:  Real Weddings   

Sara and Nicholas, are practically childhood sweethearts. Although Sara, the licensed cosmetologist/nursing student and Nick, manager of the Holbrook Diner didn’t start dating until high school, they went to the same elementary school and lived in the same town. That extra time spent in each other’s presence as they grew up certainly extends the “high school sweet-hearts” label to include their earlier life as well.

The longtime couple became engaged on October 13, 2013—a date deliberately selected since the fall represents a special time of year for them as they began dating that same month in 2006. “Nick asked if our daughter and I wanted to go pumpkin picking and have a carving contest,” said Sara, now living in Syosset.  “Being as competitive as we are, of course I accepted, preparing to win. We picked our pumpkins and headed home to different locations to carve. I painted a detailed sugar skull complete with rhinestones, but her pumpkin couldn’t com-pare to Nick’s proposal carving which said, “Marry Me,” and included a special spot cut out for her engagement ring. She said yes and he won the contest (well, maybe they both did).

As wedding planning commenced, the couple, who come from two different faith traditions, decided they wanted to create a ceremony that was meaningful, special and their own. With their family’s input they customized a unique wedding that included photo stops at Nick’s parents’ house and her father’s home and family officiants overseeing the ceremony: Rabbi Jay, the father of the bride and Rabbi Jenn, the sister of the bride. Rabbi Jenn even created and sang a special song just for the bride and groom.

The bride wanted her bridesmaids to be as comfortable as possible, so she gave them choices. They all picked their own jewelry to match their navy blue chiffon Bill Levkoff dresses from Bridal Reflections. The bride also designed custom Converse sneakers for each bridesmaid with their names on the back. 

The groomsmen rented black fitted Michael Kors tuxedos, with cufflinks given to them by Nick. The groom had a gray three-piece custom-made tuxedo paired with a white shirt and white satin bowtie. The groom and bridal party walked down the aisle to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri followed by the bride who walked down the aisle to “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz, a special song to the couple. Sara wore a beautiful, silk corset dress with a custom flower on the side by Pnina Tornai, custom Converse sneakers made by the bride and a borrowed vintage beaded handbag belonging to the groom’s grandmother. “It was a long time coming,” said Sara. “Nick and I have been together for the past eight years and it was so nice to finally make things official in the presence of everyone we love.” Nick echoes this sentiment. His favorite moment of the day was also making things official as they watched their daughter walk down the aisle.

 

The wedding took place at the Harbor Club at Prime. The couple wanted a venue that looked clean, classic and fun so they went with a neutral color palette of white, gray and navy. They wanted all white flowers and turned to Colonial Flower Shop who created two different, romantic centerpieces. The bridal party flowers including the bride and bridesmaid’s bouquets had two slightly different versions so Sara’s sisters could stand out. They also looked to include their personal monogram in multiple locations (an “S” squared – for Sara and the couple’s daughter, Sofia – and “N” for Nick).

  

The couple even gave out spoons, hand stamped with their monogram as favors. The bride wanted to do something special for her groom as well and created a cigar bar for the guys to enjoy.

The menu included edamame dumplings and salad, a choice of filet mignon, chicken, salmon or Chilean sea bass and three signature drinks including a Shirley Temple for their daughter. Besides the three tier round fondant cake with a rose layer and the couple’s monogram, guests enjoyed, along with the newlyweds (who love dessert) a dessert bar. As guests left the party, a food truck provided additional goodies. “We couldn’t have been more pleased with the way everything turned out on our special day,” said Sara.

The father of the bride surprised the couple with a trip to one of their favorite spots, The Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz. “We enjoyed a picnic, hiking and a lot of delicious meals,” said Sara. “As much as we missed our daughter it was nice to have a few days away to recoup.”

Sara advises other brides to try and make every second count. “It will be over before you know it,” she says. She also believes that the bridal party is important. “Be kind to your bridal party,” she advised. “You will really need them on your big day to keep you calm and to handle all of the details.” After all, you’ll want to be able to relax and enjoy your wedding. Nick emphasizes that partnership is important as well: “Stick together with your future wife and plan everything together as a couple and make it the special day you to want it to be,” he said.


LONG ISLAND BRIDE AND GROOM 
RESOURCES

CEREMONY/RECEPTION SITE: Harbor Club at Prime | 631.271.5600

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY: EXO Photography & Cinema 516.229.1555

RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Skyline Orchestras - Rhapsody 631.277.7777

BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Bridal Reflections | 516.742.7788

FLOWERS: Colonial Flower Shop | 516.785.2069

UPLIGHTING: Harbor Club at Prime | 631.271.5600

OFFICIANTS: Rabbi Jay/Rabbi Jenn of Simchat Halev


 


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Sara and Nicholas, are practically childhood sweethearts. Although Sara, the licensed cosmetologist/nursing student and Nick, manager of the Holbrook Diner didn’t start dating until high school, they went to the same elementary school and lived in the same town. That extra time spent in each other’s presence as they grew up certainly extends the “high school sweet-hearts” label to include their earlier life as well.

The longtime couple became engaged on October 13, 2013—a date deliberately selected since the fall represents a special time of year for them as they began dating that same month in 2006. “Nick asked if our daughter and I wanted to go pumpkin picking and have a carving contest,” said Sara, now living in Syosset.  “Being as competitive as we are, of course I accepted, preparing to win. We picked our pumpkins and headed home to different locations to carve. I painted a detailed sugar skull complete with rhinestones, but her pumpkin couldn’t com-pare to Nick’s proposal carving which said, “Marry Me,” and included a special spot cut out for her engagement ring. She said yes and he won the contest (well, maybe they both did).

As wedding planning commenced, the couple, who come from two different faith traditions, decided they wanted to create a ceremony that was meaningful, special and their own. With their family’s input they customized a unique wedding that included photo stops at Nick’s parents’ house and her father’s home and family officiants overseeing the ceremony: Rabbi Jay, the father of the bride and Rabbi Jenn, the sister of the bride. Rabbi Jenn even created and sang a special song just for the bride and groom.

The bride wanted her bridesmaids to be as comfortable as possible, so she gave them choices. They all picked their own jewelry to match their navy blue chiffon Bill Levkoff dresses from Bridal Reflections. The bride also designed custom Converse sneakers for each bridesmaid with their names on the back. 

The groomsmen rented black fitted Michael Kors tuxedos, with cufflinks given to them by Nick. The groom had a gray three-piece custom-made tuxedo paired with a white shirt and white satin bowtie. The groom and bridal party walked down the aisle to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri followed by the bride who walked down the aisle to “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz, a special song to the couple. Sara wore a beautiful, silk corset dress with a custom flower on the side by Pnina Tornai, custom Converse sneakers made by the bride and a borrowed vintage beaded handbag belonging to the groom’s grandmother. “It was a long time coming,” said Sara. “Nick and I have been together for the past eight years and it was so nice to finally make things official in the presence of everyone we love.” Nick echoes this sentiment. His favorite moment of the day was also making things official as they watched their daughter walk down the aisle.

 

The wedding took place at the Harbor Club at Prime. The couple wanted a venue that looked clean, classic and fun so they went with a neutral color palette of white, gray and navy. They wanted all white flowers and turned to Colonial Flower Shop who created two different, romantic centerpieces. The bridal party flowers including the bride and bridesmaid’s bouquets had two slightly different versions so Sara’s sisters could stand out. They also looked to include their personal monogram in multiple locations (an “S” squared – for Sara and the couple’s daughter, Sofia – and “N” for Nick).

  

The couple even gave out spoons, hand stamped with their monogram as favors. The bride wanted to do something special for her groom as well and created a cigar bar for the guys to enjoy.

The menu included edamame dumplings and salad, a choice of filet mignon, chicken, salmon or Chilean sea bass and three signature drinks including a Shirley Temple for their daughter. Besides the three tier round fondant cake with a rose layer and the couple’s monogram, guests enjoyed, along with the newlyweds (who love dessert) a dessert bar. As guests left the party, a food truck provided additional goodies. “We couldn’t have been more pleased with the way everything turned out on our special day,” said Sara.

The father of the bride surprised the couple with a trip to one of their favorite spots, The Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz. “We enjoyed a picnic, hiking and a lot of delicious meals,” said Sara. “As much as we missed our daughter it was nice to have a few days away to recoup.”

Sara advises other brides to try and make every second count. “It will be over before you know it,” she says. She also believes that the bridal party is important. “Be kind to your bridal party,” she advised. “You will really need them on your big day to keep you calm and to handle all of the details.” After all, you’ll want to be able to relax and enjoy your wedding. Nick emphasizes that partnership is important as well: “Stick together with your future wife and plan everything together as a couple and make it the special day you to want it to be,” he said.


LONG ISLAND BRIDE AND GROOM 
RESOURCES

CEREMONY/RECEPTION SITE: Harbor Club at Prime | 631.271.5600

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY: EXO Photography & Cinema 516.229.1555

RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Skyline Orchestras - Rhapsody 631.277.7777

BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Bridal Reflections | 516.742.7788

FLOWERS: Colonial Flower Shop | 516.785.2069

UPLIGHTING: Harbor Club at Prime | 631.271.5600

OFFICIANTS: Rabbi Jay/Rabbi Jenn of Simchat Halev


 


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By Sandra Mardenfeld
Categories:  Real Weddings   

When Karissa and James became engaged they showcased a new way to create a holiday light display for their neighborhood. For their five year anniversary celebration, the couple, who met on a peer mentoring fieldtrip at John H. Glenn High School, went to dinner and then drove around to look at all the nearby houses with their beautiful Christmas decorations—something they like to do every year. “When we got home, James had my street blocked off with flares,” said Karissa. “I had to walk down my street and when I got to the bottom of my driveway, my house was all lit up and at the top was a “Will you marry me?” sign, all in Christmas lights!” All of the couple’s friends and family were there to watch the proposal festivities and when Karissa said yes, fireworks started going off. “It was truly magical,” she said of her engagement experience.

The wedding ceremony took place at St. Philip Neri RC Church and featured an extensive processional of friends and family, including the groom’s grandparents, two matrons of honor, two best men, the bride’s mother, five pairs of bridesmaids and groomsmen and a flower girl. The bridesmaids came down the aisle in Grecian-style gunmetal dresses by Jovani Couture with one beaded shoulder and a beaded waistband. The groomsmen were clad in Jean Yves ‘Twilight’ steel grey, slim-fit tuxedos with a tie.

 

The bride followed all of her attendants and was escorted by her father. She wore a fully beaded, fit & flare, Allure Couture gown along with an ivory and silver cathedral veil that had beaded edges and a headpiece. She accessorized her bridal dress with her grandmother’s necklace, and pink T-strap heels containing a small snowflake brooch. In fact, the groom’s favorite moment of the day was just seeing his bride “walk down the aisle the church,” he said.

After the ceremony, guests celebrated by blowing bubbles at the newlyweds as they left the church in an Escalade with their bridal party, where they celebrated during the ride to their reception at Russo’s on the Bay. The wedding’s theme was “Winter Wonderland” so everything at the ceremony and party was white, silver, or grey, and featured either sparkling crystals or sequins, and glowing candles. All of the flowers for their event reflected the winter look as well, from the bride’s bouquet featuring white roses and hydrangea, with a touch of variegated holly with red berries. Crystals were added into the bridal party bouquets of white roses. Crystals were also placed in each flower with the stems wrapped in the same fabric as their gowns. There were two different reception centerpieces; one was a silver branch tree with flower balls that matched the bouquets, hanging candles and crystals, a big flower base that matched the top, and candle votives placed all around. The second centerpiece consisted of a tall vase with silver branches of white hydrangea, hanging crystals and candles, and candle votives surrounding the display.

 


The snowflake themed invitations, monogramed with their initials, played into the winter concept. One of Karissa’s favorite moments of the day was seeing their decorated reception room alone with the maitre’d, “All of our hard work and preparation all came together and it was absolutely 
stunning,” she said.

The menu included many delicious dishes such as Antipasto Freddo, Penne Alla Vodka, Caesar Salad, Chicken Breast Marsala, Pork Osso Buco Milanese, Aged New York Cut “Sterling Silver” Shell Steak, Russo’s Tender Loin Veal Chop, Pistachio Crusted Salmon, Chilean Sea Bass, Stuffed Shrimp Oreganato, Duck a L’Orange, Cherry Pepper Chicken, Eggplant Parmigiana and Portobello Mushroom. The “Opera Trio” wedding cake contained chocolate cake with vanilla and chocolate mousse, chocolate ganache, hazelnut cream and chocolate crunch balls. The all-white layers featured different designs—some quilted, some plain, some encrusted with rhinestones, some with bow detail and, one, even topped with a Swarovski crystal monogram.

For guests who arrived early, there was a special hospitality room in the crystal lounge. During the reception, the new couple had an exciting newlywed entrance via elevator, danced all night with friends and family to a DJ and a live band and were delighted by an incredible Venetian hour that featured a light show and fire display. “My day was absolutely perfect,” said Karissa.

The couple did not go on their honeymoon right away; instead, they spent the holidays close to home and left on the day after Christmas for a 12-day vacation in Hawaii. For those planning their wedding, Karissa recommends not stressing about the small stuff, since everything works out perfectly in the end. Instead, she advised to enjoy the whole experience. “The vendors and people you work with are professionals. Trust them. Don’t make yourself crazy.” Karissa also feels that brides to be shouldn’t lose perspective: “the day is about your love together,” she offered. “Celebrate it and have the time of your life.” James agreed, adding, take it all in. It is a beautiful day and you should savor the moment. 


LONG ISLAND BRIDE AND GROOM 
RESOURCES

RECEPTION SITE: Russo’s On the Bay | 718.843.5055

PHOTOGRAPHY/ VIDEOGRAPHY: Silverfox Photography | 631.393.6966

RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Bravura Entertainment |631.923.3636

WEDDING GOWN/VEIL: Village Bridal | 631.587.2800

FLOWERS: Flowers by Brian | 516.873.7900

BRIDESMAID DRESSES/JEWELRY: Village Bridal | 631.587.2800

TRANSPORTATION: All Star Limousine | 631.753.1234

HONEYMOON TRAVEL AGENCY: Ship To Shore Travel | 631.754.1802


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When Karissa and James became engaged they showcased a new way to create a holiday light display for their neighborhood. For their five year anniversary celebration, the couple, who met on a peer mentoring fieldtrip at John H. Glenn High School, went to dinner and then drove around to look at all the nearby houses with their beautiful Christmas decorations—something they like to do every year. “When we got home, James had my street blocked off with flares,” said Karissa. “I had to walk down my street and when I got to the bottom of my driveway, my house was all lit up and at the top was a “Will you marry me?” sign, all in Christmas lights!” All of the couple’s friends and family were there to watch the proposal festivities and when Karissa said yes, fireworks started going off. “It was truly magical,” she said of her engagement experience.

The wedding ceremony took place at St. Philip Neri RC Church and featured an extensive processional of friends and family, including the groom’s grandparents, two matrons of honor, two best men, the bride’s mother, five pairs of bridesmaids and groomsmen and a flower girl. The bridesmaids came down the aisle in Grecian-style gunmetal dresses by Jovani Couture with one beaded shoulder and a beaded waistband. The groomsmen were clad in Jean Yves ‘Twilight’ steel grey, slim-fit tuxedos with a tie.

 

The bride followed all of her attendants and was escorted by her father. She wore a fully beaded, fit & flare, Allure Couture gown along with an ivory and silver cathedral veil that had beaded edges and a headpiece. She accessorized her bridal dress with her grandmother’s necklace, and pink T-strap heels containing a small snowflake brooch. In fact, the groom’s favorite moment of the day was just seeing his bride “walk down the aisle at the church,” he said.

After the ceremony, guests celebrated by blowing bubbles at the newlyweds as they left the church in an Escalade with their bridal party, where they celebrated during the ride to their reception at Russo’s on the Bay. The wedding’s theme was “Winter Wonderland” so everything at the ceremony and party was white, silver, or grey, and featured either sparkling crystals or sequins, and glowing candles. All of the flowers for their event reflected the winter look as well, from the bride’s bouquet featuring white roses and hydrangea, with a touch of variegated holly with red berries. Crystals were added into the bridal party bouquets of white roses. Crystals were also placed in each flower with the stems wrapped in the same fabric as their gowns. There were two different reception centerpieces; one was a silver branch tree with flower balls that matched the bouquets, hanging candles and crystals, a big flower base that matched the top, and candle votives placed all around. The second centerpiece consisted of a tall vase with silver branches of white hydrangea, hanging crystals and candles, and candle votives surrounding the display.

 


The snowflake themed invitations, monogramed with their initials, played into the winter concept. One of Karissa’s favorite moments of the day was seeing their decorated reception room alone with the maitre’d, “All of our hard work and preparation all came together and it was absolutely 
stunning,” she said.

The menu included many delicious dishes such as Antipasto Freddo, Penne Alla Vodka, Caesar Salad, Chicken Breast Marsala, Pork Osso Buco Milanese, Aged New York Cut “Sterling Silver” Shell Steak, Russo’s Tender Loin Veal Chop, Pistachio Crusted Salmon, Chilean Sea Bass, Stuffed Shrimp Oreganato, Duck a L’Orange, Cherry Pepper Chicken, Eggplant Parmigiana and Portobello Mushroom. The “Opera Trio” wedding cake contained chocolate cake with vanilla and chocolate mousse, chocolate ganache, hazelnut cream and chocolate crunch balls. The all-white layers featured different designs—some quilted, some plain, some encrusted with rhinestones, some with bow detail and, one, even topped with a Swarovski crystal monogram.

For guests who arrived early, there was a special hospitality room in the crystal lounge. During the reception, the new couple had an exciting newlywed entrance via elevator, danced all night with friends and family to a DJ and a live band and were delighted by an incredible Venetian hour that featured a light show and fire display. “My day was absolutely perfect,” said Karissa.

The couple did not go on their honeymoon right away; instead, they spent the holidays close to home and left on the day after Christmas for a 12-day vacation in Hawaii. For those planning their wedding, Karissa recommends not stressing about the small stuff, since everything works out perfectly in the end. Instead, she advised to enjoy the whole experience. “The vendors and people you work with are professionals. Trust them. Don’t make yourself crazy.” Karissa also feels that brides to be shouldn’t lose perspective: “the day is about your love together,” she offered. “Celebrate it and have the time of your life.” James agreed, adding, take it all in. It is a beautiful day and you should savor the moment. 


LONG ISLAND BRIDE AND GROOM 
RESOURCES

RECEPTION SITE: Russo’s On the Bay | 718.843.5055

PHOTOGRAPHY/ VIDEOGRAPHY: Silverfox Photography | 631.393.6966

RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Bravura Entertainment |631.923.3636

WEDDING GOWN/VEIL: Village Bridal | 631.587.2800

FLOWERS: Flowers by Brian | 516.873.7900

BRIDESMAID DRESSES/JEWELRY: Village Bridal | 631.587.2800

TRANSPORTATION: All Star Limousine | 631.753.1234

HONEYMOON TRAVEL AGENCY: Ship To Shore Travel | 631.754.1802


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By Ivette Manners
Categories:  Real Weddings   

Deziray and Kevin’s love story sounds like a funny chick flick with the perfect romantic ending. They met one day eight years ago when Deziray visited her friend Shaun at work, who also happened to be Kevin’s best friend. While Deziray and Shaun chatted, Kevin walked by, and Shaun—in matchmaker mode—quickly said, “Kevin, this is Deziray. Say hi!” Caught completely off guard, Kevin gave a quick hello and walked away with-out making any eye contact with Deziray. “Shaun gave me a look as if to ask if I was interested in Kevin, and I just laughed leaving the question unanswered,” says Deziray. Soon after that near-miss meeting, Kevin started showing up at the same places Deziray would be with friends. “He would ignore me intentionally each time we saw each other, which naturally made me want to get to know him!” says Deziray. A few months later they stared dating and within the year they moved in together. “Turns out we were absolutely perfect for each other,” says Deziray.E

And just like in any good chick flick, New Year’s Eve played a big part in Deziray and Kevin’s real-life romance. They shared their first kiss on New Year’s Eve 2006, and Kevin decided to take advantage of that special memory to propose. He planned to take Deziray to their friend’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration, but two days before the party their friend got sick and had to cancel the bash. Not dismayed, Kevin told Deziray that he always wanted to spend a New Year’s Eve alone with her  anyway. “That night he seemed pretty calm, but kept going to the bedroom and bathroom,” says Deziray. “Of course, I asked him what he was doing.” Little did Deziray know, he was practicing his proposal speech. “Two minutes before midnight, Kevin went MIA again, so I yelled for him to come downstairs before he missed the ball drop.” He came running downstairs with intentions to propose, but struggled with the bottle of champagne he tried to open for dramatic effect. They then went outside to watch the fireworks, but were turned off by screaming revelers passing by so they went back in. By then, they were 15 minutes into the New Year, and 15 minutes past Kevin’s planned proposal moment. When Deziray went to change into her PJs, Kevin felt defeated. “He walked up to me looking stiff and nervous, but had a silly, adorable smile on his face and said ‘Today’s the anniversary of our first kiss. I love you. Deziray, will you marry me’?” says Deziray. “We both laughed and just stared at my ring for a few seconds before he finally realized he was supposed to put it on my finger!”

In true style, they wed on the following New Year’s Eve. The short, but sweet ceremony took place at Saint Rose of Lima Church.

 Photo by: Deja Vu Studios

The bride wore a crystal-embellished Stephen Yearick gown and crystal-embellished white satin peep-toe pumps, while her bridesmaids complemented her in black charmeuse mermaid dresses. The groom and his groomsmen wore elegant black tuxedos, black suspenders, and black bowties. The flower girl looked adorable in a black tulle tutu dress, a tiara, pearl necklace, and black sunglasses.

The reception followed with a New Year’s Eve-themed celebration. The tables were decorated with horns and streamers to ring in the new year at midnight, and each place setting featured a Hersey kiss with a personalized label that read “A Kiss for Midnight”. The centerpieces were enchanting six-foot gold-painted trees wrapped with white orchids and strung with white flowers, tea lights, crystals, and crystal table numbers. Gold sequin tablecloths, black napkins with crystal bands, and black chair covers continued the black, gold, white and bling color scheme. Deziray and Kevin made sure to create a true party atmosphere for their guests. They had life-sized cutouts of some of their favorite actors—Bill Murray, Evangeline Lilly, and Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn from their favorite romantic comedy Overboard. They also set up a white lounge area and photo booth to allow their guests to mingle. “We greeted as many people as we could after the ceremony and during the cocktail hour, so we were able to spend the time at the reception dancing the night away and having fun,” says Deziray.

 Photo by: Deja Vu Studios

After dinner, the newlyweds cut a gold tiered cake wrapped with a crystal garland. The party continued with dancing and a mobile snack truck for late-night noshing. The real fun began right before midnight. “We had a countdown a minute before twelve with a montage of photos showing all of our friends and family from past New Year’s Eve parties,” says Deziray. “At the 10 second mark, we showed some of my and Kevin’s baby photos, at nine we had photos of us as teenagers, at eight there was a photo of when we met, and from seven down to midnight there were photos of us from each new year we shared together.” When the clock struck midnight, there was a confetti drop to ring in the New Year and their new life together. The perfect “happily ever after” ending.


LONG ISLAND BRIDE AND GROOM RESOURCES

RECEPTION SITE: Crest Hollow Country Club | 516.692.8000

PHOTOGRAPHY: Déjà vu Studios | 516.248.9600

RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Genesis Events | 516.233.2337

INVITATIONS/FAVORS ACCESSORIES: Fairy Tale Affairs | 516.541.100

WEDDING GOWN/BRIDESMAIDS: Bridal Reflections | 516.742.778

FLOWERS: Flowers by Brian | 516.873.7900

CHAIR COVERS/LINENS/TABLECLOTHS: The Finishing Touch | 516.827.7433

MEN’S FORMAL WEAR: Tuxedo Park | 516.541.0202

TRANSPORTATION: Camelot Specialty Limos | 516.731.5466

SNACK TRUCK: Mobile Delights | 631.335.4448

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Deziray and Kevin’s love story sounds like a funny chick flick with the perfect romantic ending. They met one day eight years ago when Deziray visited her friend Shaun at work, who also happened to be Kevin’s best friend. While Deziray and Shaun chatted, Kevin walked by, and Shaun—in matchmaker mode—quickly said, “Kevin, this is Deziray. Say hi!” Caught completely off guard, Kevin gave a quick hello and walked away with-out making any eye contact with Deziray. “Shaun gave me a look as if to ask if I was interested in Kevin, and I just laughed leaving the question unanswered,” says Deziray. Soon after that near-miss meeting, Kevin started showing up at the same places Deziray would be with friends. “He would ignore me intentionally each time we saw each other, which naturally made me want to get to know him!” says Deziray. A few months later they stared dating and within the year they moved in together. “Turns out we were absolutely perfect for each other,” says Deziray.E

And just like in any good chick flick, New Year’s Eve played a big part in Deziray and Kevin’s real-life romance. They shared their first kiss on New Year’s Eve 2006, and Kevin decided to take advantage of that special memory to propose. He planned to take Deziray to their friend’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration, but two days before the party their friend got sick and had to cancel the bash. Not dismayed, Kevin told Deziray that he always wanted to spend a New Year’s Eve alone with her anyway. “That night he seemed pretty calm, but kept going to the bedroom and bathroom,” says Deziray. “Of course, I asked him what he was doing.” Little did Deziray know, he was practicing his proposal speech. “Two minutes before midnight, Kevin went MIA again, so I yelled for him to come downstairs before he missed the ball drop.” He came running downstairs with intentions to propose, but struggled with the bottle of champagne he tried to open for dramatic effect. They then went outside to watch the fireworks, but were turned off by screaming revelers passing by so they went back in. By then, they were 15 minutes into the New Year, and 15 minutes past Kevin’s planned proposal moment. When Deziray went to change into her PJs, Kevin felt defeated. “He walked up to me looking stiff and nervous, but had a silly, adorable smile on his face and said ‘Today’s the anniversary of our first kiss. I love you. Deziray, will you marry me’?” says Deziray. “We both laughed and just stared at my ring for a few seconds before he finally realized he was supposed to put it on my finger!”

In true style, they wed on the following New Year’s Eve. The short, but sweet ceremony took place at Saint Rose of Lima Church.

 Photo by: Deja Vu Studios

The bride wore a crystal-embellished Stephen Yearick gown and crystal-embellished white satin peep-toe pumps, while her bridesmaids complemented her in black charmeuse mermaid dresses. The groom and his groomsmen wore elegant black tuxedos, black suspenders, and black bowties. The flower girl looked adorable in a black tulle tutu dress, a tiara, pearl necklace, and black sunglasses.

The reception followed with a New Year’s Eve-themed celebration. The tables were decorated with horns and streamers to ring in the new year at midnight, and each place setting featured a Hersey kiss with a personalized label that read “A Kiss for Midnight”. The centerpieces were enchanting six-foot gold-painted trees wrapped with white orchids and strung with white flowers, tea lights, crystals, and crystal table numbers. Gold sequin tablecloths, black napkins with crystal bands, and black chair covers continued the black, gold, white and bling color scheme. Deziray and Kevin made sure to create a true party atmosphere for their guests. They had life-sized cutouts of some of their favorite actors—Bill Murray, Evangeline Lilly, and Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn from their favorite romantic comedy Overboard. They also set up a white lounge area and photo booth to allow their guests to mingle. “We greeted as many people as we could after the ceremony and during the cocktail hour, so we were able to spend the time at the reception dancing the night away and having fun,” says Deziray.

 Photo by: Deja Vu Studios

After dinner, the newlyweds cut a gold tiered cake wrapped with a crystal garland. The party continued with dancing and a mobile snack truck for late-night noshing. The real fun began right before midnight. “We had a countdown a minute before twelve with a montage of photos showing all of our friends and family from past New Year’s Eve parties,” says Deziray. “At the 10 second mark, we showed some of my and Kevin’s baby photos, at nine we had photos of us as teenagers, at eight there was a photo of when we met, and from seven down to midnight there were photos of us from each new year we shared together.” When the clock struck midnight, there was a confetti drop to ring in the New Year and their new life together. The perfect “happily ever after” ending.


LONG ISLAND BRIDE AND GROOM RESOURCES

RECEPTION SITE: Crest Hollow Country Club | 516.692.8000

PHOTOGRAPHY: Déjà vu Studios | 516.248.9600

RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Genesis Events | 516.233.2337

INVITATIONS/FAVORS ACCESSORIES: Fairy Tale Affairs | 516.541.100

WEDDING GOWN/BRIDESMAIDS: Bridal Reflections | 516.742.778

FLOWERS: Flowers by Brian | 516.873.7900

CHAIR COVERS/LINENS/TABLECLOTHS: The Finishing Touch | 516.827.7433

MEN’S FORMAL WEAR: Tuxedo Park | 516.541.0202

TRANSPORTATION: Camelot Specialty Limos | 516.731.5466

SNACK TRUCK: Mobile Delights | 631.335.4448

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