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By Sandra Mardenfeld
Categories:  Real Weddings   

High school sweethearts Kristen and Tyler got engaged on a hot July day-and she never suspected a thing. Tyler, a NYPD police officer, told her they were attending a benefit dinner in Brooklyn and met Kristen at her job as a market coordinator on Wall Street.

They took the ferry to DUMBO and, while walking along the boardwalk, Tyler suggested they stop and take a picture with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. Kristen asked a nearby woman to snap the photo and when she retrieved her cell phone, the women told her: "I think you should turn around."

Tyler had gotten down on one knee and was holding a ring. "I think I blacked out for most of his heartfelt speech about how much he loves me and wants to spend the rest of his life with me," said Kristen, who found out that her father and sister already knew about the proposal and that the woman who captured their bridge shot was actually a professional photographer hired by Tyler to shoot the engagement! Their save-the-date magnets even used one of the proposal photos.

A white limo-with champagne waiting then took the couple to Kristen's parents home where a surprise engagement party with both families waited. "It was truly the best day of my life and I owe it all to my now husband," said Kristen.   

Their wedding day on October 1S'h also honored family and tradition. Saint Philip and James Church, where the couple married was the same place Kristen had her communion and was baptized. Kristen used her mother's veil as her something old, wrapping it around her flowers. Their officiant, Father Patrick, conducted a traditional wedding mass with the "Rib" reading because, as Kristen said, "We are part of each other."  

Kristen wore a form-fitting white, lace gown designed by Tara Keely with a V-neckline and long sleeves. The intricate lace pattern resembled fall leaves. Her shoes were gold Michael Kors heels.  

The bride had eight bridesmaids, who wore sleek, black Calvin Klein gowns with a plunging back. Bouquets were adorned with succulents, purple accents, baby's breath and greenery. “It was a gathered look that looked very natural," explained Kristen. Baby's breath was also placed on each church pew, down the entire aisle 

 
Photo: Dan Saviano Photography

The groom and his men wore black tuxedos with black bow ties. Tyler distinguished himself with a white bowtie. "My favorite part of the wedding was watching my future wife walk down the aisle with her father," said Tyler. "Once they reached the front of the church, he lifted her veil, gave her a kiss, and turned to me. I didn't think I would cry but I was very emotional all of a sudden."  

After the ceremony, the bridal party and the couple's parents left on a party bus to Bourne Mansion for pictures. "The reception was nothing like I have ever seen before," said Kristen, whose theme was black and white with accents of purple and metallic. "Everyone still talks about the way that they felt when they walked into the mansion," said Kristen. "It was indescribable!"  

Lots of flowers filled the area: table décor consisted of one large vase on each table with greenery at the top that flowed over white and purple flowers; the dais was decorated with small bouquets of gathered baby's breath and purple flowers; and the cake was decorated with fresh flowers that matched the bride's bouquet. The four-tier square cake also featured off-white buttercream icing with a red velvet and cream cheese filling, topped with the couple's new monogram, TSK.  

The couple's favors-miniature Korbel champagne bottles with a tag that said "With love, Mr. and Mrs. Scala" and a black and white straw attached-sat at each table.  

"What I loved most about my reception was seeing my new husband have the time of his life," said Kristen. "Every time I looked at him, it was clear to me how happy we will be together for the rest of our lives. We got a lot of doubt from people because we wanted to get married so young, but I know that once people saw us at our wedding reception, they understood the love that we have for each other. "  

The party started with an hour-and-30-minute cocktail hour with passed hors d'oeuvres, a meat carving and pasta station, sushi, and "almost everything else you could want at a cocktail hour" said Kristen. Dinner featured a fresh mozzarella and tomato salad, choice of salmon, chicken or bleu cheese crusted filet mignon (the couple got to try all the entrees!). Dessert was a Venetian hour and, of course, the wedding cake.  

When the guests left, there were fresh pretzels, cooked on an open grill outside of the mansion, and they could select from an assortment of dipping sauces, for the ride home.  

The newlyweds honeymooned in Saint Lucia - Capella Marina for eight days. Highlights included a booze cruise around the island, a volcanic mud bath, lunch on a plantation and scuba diving in crystal clear waters. Kristen advises other brides to stay calm when planning their wedding. "It is so easy to get wrapped up in all of the stress of the big day," she said. "Also, I would say to lean on your parents as much as possible. My day would not have been possible without my mother and father's help and support." 

Long Island Bride and Groom Resources: 

Reception Site: Bourne Mansion - Lessing’s  

Photography & Videography: Daniel Saviano Photography  

Reception Entertainment: Skyline Orchestras – Code Bleu 

Table Linens/Chair Covers/Uplighting: Bourne Mansion – Lessing’s  

Bridal Registry: Macy’s 


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High school sweethearts Kristen and Tyler got engaged on a hot July day-and she never suspected a thing. Tyler, a NYPD police officer, told her they were attending a benefit dinner in Brooklyn and met Kristen at her job as a market coordinator on Wall Street.

They took the ferry to DUMBO and, while walking along the boardwalk, Tyler suggested they stop and take a picture with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. Kristen asked a nearby woman to snap the photo and when she retrieved her cell phone, the women told her: "I think you should turn around."

Tyler had gotten down on one knee and was holding a ring. "I think I blacked out for most of his heartfelt speech about how much he loves me and wants to spend the rest of his life with me," said Kristen, who found out that her father and sister already knew about the proposal and that the woman who captured their bridge shot was actually a professional photographer hired by Tyler to shoot the engagement! Their save-the-date magnets even used one of the proposal photos.

A white limo-with champagne waiting then took the couple to Kristen's parents home where a surprise engagement party with both families waited. "It was truly the best day of my life and I owe it all to my now husband," said Kristen.  

Their wedding day on October 1S'h also honored family and tradition. Saint Philip and James Church, where the couple married was the same place Kristen had her communion and was baptized. Kristen used her mother's veil as her something old, wrapping it around her flowers. Their officiant, Father Patrick, conducted a traditional wedding mass with the "Rib" reading because, as Kristen said, "We are part of each other."  

Kristen wore a form-fitting white, lace gown designed by Tara Keely with a V-neckline and long sleeves. The intricate lace pattern resembled fall leaves. Her shoes were gold Michael Kors heels.  

The bride had eight bridesmaids, who wore sleek, black Calvin Klein gowns with a plunging back. Bouquets were adorned with succulents, purple accents, baby's breath and greenery. “It was a gathered look that looked very natural," explained Kristen. Baby's breath was also placed on each church pew, down the entire aisle 

 
Photo: Dan Saviano Photography

The groom and his men wore black tuxedos with black bow ties. Tyler distinguished himself with a white bowtie. "My favorite part of the wedding was watching my future wife walk down the aisle with her father," said Tyler. "Once they reached the front of the church, he lifted her veil, gave her a kiss, and turned to me. I didn't think I would cry but I was very emotional all of a sudden."  

After the ceremony, the bridal party and the couple's parents left on a party bus to Bourne Mansion for pictures. "The reception was nothing like I have ever seen before," said Kristen, whose theme was black and white with accents of purple and metallic. "Everyone still talks about the way that they felt when they walked into the mansion," said Kristen. "It was indescribable!"  

Lots of flowers filled the area: table décor consisted of one large vase on each table with greenery at the top that flowed over white and purple flowers; the dais was decorated with small bouquets of gathered baby's breath and purple flowers; and the cake was decorated with fresh flowers that matched the bride's bouquet. The four-tier square cake also featured off-white buttercream icing with a red velvet and cream cheese filling, topped with the couple's new monogram, TSK.  

The couple's favors-miniature Korbel champagne bottles with a tag that said "With love, Mr. and Mrs. Scala" and a black and white straw attached-sat at each table.  

"What I loved most about my reception was seeing my new husband have the time of his life," said Kristen. "Every time I looked at him, it was clear to me how happy we will be together for the rest of our lives. We got a lot of doubt from people because we wanted to get married so young, but I know that once people saw us at our wedding reception, they understood the love that we have for each other. "  

The party started with an hour-and-30-minute cocktail hour with passed hors d'oeuvres, a meat carving and pasta station, sushi, and "almost everything else you could want at a cocktail hour" said Kristen. Dinner featured a fresh mozzarella and tomato salad, choice of salmon, chicken or bleu cheese crusted filet mignon (the couple got to try all the entrees!). Dessert was a Venetian hour and, of course, the wedding cake.  

When the guests left, there were fresh pretzels, cooked on an open grill outside of the mansion, and they could select from an assortment of dipping sauces, for the ride home.  

The newlyweds honeymooned in Saint Lucia - Capella Marina for eight days. Highlights included a booze cruise around the island, a volcanic mud bath, lunch on a plantation and scuba diving in crystal clear waters. Kristen advises other brides to stay calm when planning their wedding. "It is so easy to get wrapped up in all of the stress of the big day," she said. "Also, I would say to lean on your parents as much as possible. My day would not have been possible without my mother and father's help and support." 

Long Island Bride and Groom Resources: 

Reception Site: Bourne Mansion - Lessing’s  

Photography & Videography: Daniel Saviano Photography  

Reception Entertainment: Skyline Orchestras – Code Bleu 

Table Linens/Chair Covers/Uplighting: Bourne Mansion – Lessing’s  

Bridal Registry: Macy’s 


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