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By Sandra Mardenfeld
Categories:  Real Weddings   

This is one recipe that will be passed on for generations. The recipe of true love. Gabriella, a special education teacher, and Domenick, a wine importer, met in 2004 at an elective cooking class at Garden City High School and in 2014 got engaged at the Sparkling Pointe Vineyard on the North Fork after a French Macaron Tasting, which paired the tasty cookie with four different champagnes. "It was Easter break and I had mentioned to Domenick that we should do something we hadn't done on Long I sland like maybe a vineyard," said Gabriella.

The two, who live in Garden City, went to the vineyard the day before Easter in 2014. "Neither of us had ever eaten a macaron, but we love champagne and prosecco so we were super excited," said Gabriella. "We decided to take a photo and hoped for a nice background, but it wasn't harvest time so it was hard to get a great shot." She never had an inkling that the proposal was coming: "We continued to enjoy our pairings, when Domenick mentioned he was going to get a cigar out of the car," she said. "He came back with a cigar and was now wearing a sweater. Still- I didn't think anything of it." Before going home, they stopped in the vineyard's garden, sat down at a small table and started talking about their relationship. "He was confessing his love for me and we were talking about the future together; there were sparks all around us," said Gabriella. "I actually said to him, 'It would be really cute if you proposed here."'

When a random girl walked by, Domenick asked her to take their photo, and he got down on one knee. "Little did I know he put his phone on video mode," said Gabriella. On their way back, they took a picture on Love Lane in Mattituck to lock in their engagement. That night, they celebrated with her family, who had a cake and a bottle of Dom Perignon. The couple announced their wedding details with a custom-made save-the-date and monogram invitations by Silver Starfish, located in Charleston, SC.

Their Roman Catholic wedding on May 29th took place at Saint Joseph's Church in Garden City. The bride's godmother and the groom's aunt did readings and the officiant was Monsignor Robert Sarno from the Vatican.

The decorations, including baby's breath wrapped in tulle, were on the pews and part of the mantle in the church. The bride wore an ivory, sweetheart princess cut lace dress by DanielIa Caprese with shoes from Badgley Mischka and jewelry passed down from her grandmother. Bridesmaids sparkled in Jim Hjelm candlelight-colored chiffon dresses with a V-neckline, crossover draped bodice and spaghetti straps with off-the-shoulder draped detail. The natural waist featured a beautiful, gathered skirt.

 

The groom wore a Ralph Lauren navy blue tuxedo with black trim and accents. All nine groomsmen and the ring bearer sported Ike Behar black tuxedos. The groom's favorite moment of the wedding was seeing his wife walk down the aisle.

Guests waved the newlyweds goodbye with white pearl and ribbon wands. Domenick and Gabriella then drove off to their reception in a pearl white 1959 Rolls Royce Phantom, with a white interior and some Rose Prosecco from, Valdobbiadene Italy. Their reception was held at The Carltunin Eisenhower Park. Photos were taken at the church, The Carltun and St. Paul's Catholic School property in Garden City.

The colors of the event were pale pink, gold, and white. The reception hall was filled with flowers: Pedestals of Garden City Park did a full spring floral arrangement of white and pink roses, Hawaiian orchids and baby’s breath on all 25 tables. Ivory uplighting brightened the entire ballroom as ivory flowers and candles did in the hall, stairwell and cocktail hour area. The outdoor cocktail hour, with its three piece jazz band was a big hit, according to Gabriella. The food included passed hors d'oeuvres, as well as a wide array of stations, such as hot and cold antipasto, grilled fish, suckling pig with risotto and a pasta station.

Dinner included a choice between Chilean sea bass, filet mignon or Cornish hen. There were also two specialty drinks: Domenick the Donkey (Moscow Mule) and Gab Bellini (Bellini). For dessert, the couple had a Viennese hour with personalized cigars and French macarons and a special wedding cake made by a close friend, Chef Rodrigo of The Carltun. The three-tier cake featured cannoli cream with vanilla-laced icing and pearl white effects. Guests took home Lenox trays as favors. "The most fun was our first dance," said Gabriella. "We had rehearsed and rehearsed. Our results weren't as good as what we practiced but it was the most fun, and a beautiful moment."

After the wedding, the couple journeyed to St. Maarten/St. Martin and St. Barths, Anguilla. As for wedding advice, Domenick offered jokingly: "Don't Drink before Church." Gabriella advises brides to be happy through the whole process and to try to stay calm and collected, no matter what happens. "Nothing is perfect, and you can't control everyone or everything," she said. "Take your time."

Domenick also suggests that grooms should not leave all the wedding details to the bride and her mother. "It is not the same experience," he said. "Get involved." 

 

Long Island Resources:

Reception Site/Wedding Cake: The Carltun

Photography: Sherwood-Triat Photography

Videography: Tony Lante Photography

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Reflections

Flowers: Pedestals

Bridal Registry: Bloomingdale’s 


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This is one recipe that will be passed on for generations. The recipe of true love. Gabriella, a special education teacher, and Domenick, a wine importer, met in 2004 at an elective cooking class at Garden City High School and in 2014 got engaged at the Sparkling Pointe Vineyard on the North Fork after a French Macaron Tasting, which paired the tasty cookie with four different champagnes. "It was Easter break and I had mentioned to Domenick that we should do something we hadn't done on Long Island like maybe a vineyard," said Gabriella.

The two, who live in Garden City, went to the vineyard the day before Easter in 2014. "Neither of us had ever eaten a macaron, but we love champagne and prosecco so we were super excited," said Gabriella. "We decided to take a photo and hoped for a nice background, but it wasn't harvest time so it was hard to get a great shot." She never had an inkling that the proposal was coming: "We continued to enjoy our pairings, when Domenick mentioned he was going to get a cigar out of the car," she said. "He came back with a cigar and was now wearing a sweater. Still- I didn't think anything of it." Before going home, they stopped in the vineyard's garden, sat down at a small table and started talking about their relationship. "He was confessing his love for me and we were talking about the future together; there were sparks all around us," said Gabriella. "I actually said to him, 'It would be really cute if you proposed here."'

When a random girl walked by, Domenick asked her to take their photo, and he got down on one knee. "Little did I know he put his phone on video mode," said Gabriella. On their way back, they took a picture on Love Lane in Mattituck to lock in their engagement. That night, they celebrated with her family, who had a cake and a bottle of Dom Perignon. The couple announced their wedding details with a custom-made save-the-date and monogram invitations by Silver Starfish, located in Charleston, SC.

Their Roman Catholic wedding on May 29th took place at Saint Joseph's Church in Garden City. The bride's godmother and the groom's aunt did readings and the officiant was Monsignor Robert Sarno from the Vatican.

The decorations, including baby's breath wrapped in tulle, were on the pews and part of the mantle in the church. The bride wore an ivory, sweetheart princess cut lace dress by DanielIa Caprese with shoes from Badgley Mischka and jewelry passed down from her grandmother. Bridesmaids sparkled in Jim Hjelm candlelight-colored chiffon dresses with a V-neckline, crossover draped bodice and spaghetti straps with off-the-shoulder draped detail. The natural waist featured a beautiful, gathered skirt.

 

The groom wore a Ralph Lauren navy blue tuxedo with black trim and accents. All nine groomsmen and the ring bearer sported Ike Behar black tuxedos. The groom's favorite moment of the wedding was seeing his wife walk down the aisle.

Guests waved the newlyweds goodbye with white pearl and ribbon wands. Domenick and Gabriella then drove off to their reception in a pearl white 1959 Rolls Royce Phantom, with a white interior and some Rose Prosecco from, Valdobbiadene Italy. Their reception was held at The Carltunin Eisenhower Park. Photos were taken at the church, The Carltun and St. Paul's Catholic School property in Garden City.

The colors of the event were pale pink, gold, and white. The reception hall was filled with flowers: Pedestals of Garden City Park did a full spring floral arrangement of white and pink roses, Hawaiian orchids and baby’s breath on all 25 tables. Ivory uplighting brightened the entire ballroom as ivory flowers and candles did in the hall, stairwell and cocktail hour area. The outdoor cocktail hour, with its three piece jazz band was a big hit, according to Gabriella. The food included passed hors d'oeuvres, as well as a wide array of stations, such as hot and cold antipasto, grilled fish, suckling pig with risotto and a pasta station.

Dinner included a choice between Chilean sea bass, filet mignon or Cornish hen. There were also two specialty drinks: Domenick the Donkey (Moscow Mule) and Gab Bellini (Bellini). For dessert, the couple had a Viennese hour with personalized cigars and French macarons and a special wedding cake made by a close friend, Chef Rodrigo of The Carltun. The three-tier cake featured cannoli cream with vanilla-laced icing and pearl white effects. Guests took home Lenox trays as favors. "The most fun was our first dance," said Gabriella. "We had rehearsed and rehearsed. Our results weren't as good as what we practiced but it was the most fun, and a beautiful moment."

After the wedding, the couple journeyed to St. Maarten/St. Martin and St. Barths, Anguilla. As for wedding advice, Domenick offered jokingly: "Don't Drink before Church." Gabriella advises brides to be happy through the whole process and to try to stay calm and collected, no matter what happens. "Nothing is perfect, and you can't control everyone or everything," she said. "Take your time."

Domenick also suggests that grooms should not leave all the wedding details to the bride and her mother. "It is not the same experience," he said. "Get involved." 

 

Long Island Resources:

Reception Site/Wedding Cake: The Carltun

Photography: Sherwood-Triat Photography

Videography: Tony Lante Photography

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Reflections

Flowers: Pedestals

Bridal Registry: Bloomingdale’s 


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