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By Ivette Manners
Categories:  Real Weddings   

For Carmelisa and Salvatore, it was three degrees of separation to finding each other. They met through their fathers, who have known each other for over 30 years. "Both of our fathers are auto mechanics and work across the street from each other," says Carmelisa. Salvatore also knew Carmelisa's father and brother, and one day noticed a photo of Carmelisa in her father's office. He decided to reach out to her on Facebook and they went out on their first date the very next weekend.


Salvatore popped the big question on a day Carmelisa thought he planned to casually take her out for breakfast followed by a day at the botanical gardens. "He told me he wanted to take some photos of me there," says Carmelisa. They spent a couple of hours on a romantic walk as Salvatore took photos of her. "Sal then told me he wanted to go to one more place before we went home," says Carmelisa. Earlier that day, Salvatore had asked his brother Mike and Carmelisa's brother Anthony to go to
Flushing Meadows Park and place a wrapped picture frame containing a photo collage of Carmelisa and him along with a bottle of champagne and two g lasses at a gazebo in the middle of the park. When Carmelisa and Salvatore approached the gazebo, Carmelisa was immediately overwhelmed with emotion. "Sal told me to open the frame and I saw the photo collage, and then I turned around and saw he was on one knee holding the ring," says Carmelisa. After Carmelisa accepted to be Salvatore's wife, they went back to her parent's house where both of their families were waiting to celebrate the special occasion.

The couple had a traditional Catholic ceremony with a singer and organist at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ozone Park. The officiate was Rev. Patrick Griffin, C.M., a friend of Salvatore's  from his time working in the marketing department at St. John's University. Carmelisa walked down the aisle in a beautiful Val Stefani gown while her bridesmaids were dressed in purple one-shoulder gowns and carried bouquets of purple Picasso lilies. Salvatore wore a slim-fit Perry Ellis tuxedo and his groomsmen wore slim fitting Calvin Klein tuxedos with Hugo Boss ties, which Salvatore gifted them. After the ceremony, guests threw white rose petals as the couple left the church in a Rolls Royce Phantom limousine to take their wedding day photos at Station Square in Forest Hills.

Photo: tony Lante Photography

The reception was held at Russo's On The Bay in Howard Beach, where the couple had their ballroom lit up in purple to match the bridesmaids dresses. "Our first dance as man-and-wife was one of the best moments of the night," says Carmelisa. For their second dance, the couple hired America's Got Talent finalist Sal Valentinetti, also a friend of Salvatore's from St. John's University, to sing "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers followed by a few Frank Sinatra songs. Dinner was another highlight. "Sal and I have always loved the food at Russo's on the Bay, and the menu we put together was really great,” says Carmelisa. The event's fare featured an 11-choice menu of traditional Italian food and fish, as well as a clam-and-oyster bar and lobster. "Russo's created a fabulous signature drink for us that contained mango, which is one of our favorite fruits," says Carmelisa. "For dessert, we had a full Venetian hour with lots of different sweets, Italian pastries and cakes, and house-made gelato." A yellow cake-and-Nutella custard filled wedding cake was a showpiece decorated with crystals and jewels.
 

After the big day, the newlyweds spent a few days in Rome, then went on a cruise to the Greek Islands where they visited Santorini, Mykonos, Athens, and Katakolon. "Our honeymoon was a dream trip," says Carmelisa. "We loved seeing all the different sites and architecture, the food was amazing everywhere we went, and the cruise ship had great amenities, such as the spa."
 

"Planning a wedding can be a trying task, but try to keep calm at all times,' says Carmelisa.”And take in as many memories as you can," says Salvatore. "The day goes by so fast, so stop to take in some moments. You'll have such an amazing day that it'll all be over in the blink of an eye."


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For Carmelisa and Salvatore, it was three degrees of separation to finding each other. They met through their fathers, who have known each other for over 30 years. "Both of our fathers are auto mechanics and work across the street from each other," says Carmelisa. Salvatore also knew Carmelisa's father and brother, and one day noticed a photo of Carmelisa in her father's office. He decided to reach out to her on Facebook and they went out on their first date the very next weekend.


Salvatore popped the big question on a day Carmelisa thought he planned to casually take her out for breakfast followed by a day at the botanical gardens. "He told me he wanted to take some photos of me there," says Carmelisa. They spent a couple of hours on a romantic walk as Salvatore took photos of her. "Sal then told me he wanted to go to one more place before we went home," says Carmelisa. Earlier that day, Salvatore had asked his brother Mike and Carmelisa's brother Anthony to go to
Flushing Meadows Park and place a wrapped picture frame containing a photo collage of Carmelisa and him along with a bottle of champagne and two g lasses at a gazebo in the middle of the park. When Carmelisa and Salvatore approached the gazebo, Carmelisa was immediately overwhelmed with emotion. "Sal told me to open the frame and I saw the photo collage, and then I turned around and saw he was on one knee holding the ring," says Carmelisa. After Carmelisa accepted to be Salvatore's wife, they went back to her parent's house where both of their families were waiting to celebrate the special occasion.

The couple had a traditional Catholic ceremony with a singer and organist at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ozone Park. The officiate was Rev. Patrick Griffin, C.M., a friend of Salvatore's  from his time working in the marketing department at St. John's University. Carmelisa walked down the aisle in a beautiful Val Stefani gown while her bridesmaids were dressed in purple one-shoulder gowns and carried bouquets of purple Picasso lilies. Salvatore wore a slim-fit Perry Ellis tuxedo and his groomsmen wore slim fitting Calvin Klein tuxedos with Hugo Boss ties, which Salvatore gifted them. After the ceremony, guests threw white rose petals as the couple left the church in a Rolls Royce Phantom limousine to take their wedding day photos at Station Square in Forest Hills.

Photo: tony Lante Photography

The reception was held at Russo's On The Bay in Howard Beach, where the couple had their ballroom lit up in purple to match the bridesmaids dresses. "Our first dance as man-and-wife was one of the best moments of the night," says Carmelisa. For their second dance, the couple hired America's Got Talent finalist Sal Valentinetti, also a friend of Salvatore's from St. John's University, to sing "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers followed by a few Frank Sinatra songs. Dinner was another highlight. "Sal and I have always loved the food at Russo's on the Bay, and the menu we put together was really great,” says Carmelisa. The event's fare featured an 11-choice menu of traditional Italian food and fish, as well as a clam-and-oyster bar and lobster. "Russo's created a fabulous signature drink for us that contained mango, which is one of our favorite fruits," says Carmelisa. "For dessert, we had a full Venetian hour with lots of different sweets, Italian pastries and cakes, and house-made gelato." A yellow cake-and-Nutella custard filled wedding cake was a showpiece decorated with crystals and jewels.
 

After the big day, the newlyweds spent a few days in Rome, then went on a cruise to the Greek Islands where they visited Santorini, Mykonos, Athens, and Katakolon. "Our honeymoon was a dream trip," says Carmelisa. "We loved seeing all the different sites and architecture, the food was amazing everywhere we went, and the cruise ship had great amenities, such as the spa."
 

"Planning a wedding can be a trying task, but try to keep calm at all times,' says Carmelisa.”And take in as many memories as you can," says Salvatore. "The day goes by so fast, so stop to take in some moments. You'll have such an amazing day that it'll all be over in the blink of an eye."


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By Sandra Mardenfeld
Categories:  Real Weddings   

Who knew that going out to dinner with the groom's friend and the bride's cousin (who were dating) would turn into a true romance, for Teresa and Enrico. In fact, both couples are now married. This is one dinner date that turned out well for everyone.

Teresa and Enrico, got engaged during his birthday weekend. After dinner at the Basil Leaf Cafe, the two met his family for cake and coffee. When Teresa grabbed a cake box from her refrigerator, Enrico told her , "Oh no, my mom is going to be upset. This isn't the right cake." When she looked at the dessert she saw it said, "Will you marry me Teresa?" All of their family and friends surprised the couple that evening at his parent's house. "He made his birthday about me which was truly special," said Teresa.  

Their wedding was on September 30th, at St. Brigid's Roman Catholic Church. The couple had an Italian-American full Mass with Italian and English songs. As guests entered the church they heard John Lennon's "Grow Old Along With Me." "Ave Maria" was sung as Teresa and Enrico brought flowers to the blessed mother during the mass and their mothers lit the Unity Candle to the song "The Prayer" by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion.  

Teresa wore a custom Galia Lahav Crystal dress. The gown was made of a delicate French Chantilly lace embroidered in a unique technique that allowed the beads to reflect more light. The color of the dress was dusty rose with a light ivory French lace. The embroidered mermaid corset dress was worn with a large top skirt with a belt that matched the gown. "It was a beautiful overlay to the dress, which I removed for the reception," said Teresa.

Pinned on the inside of Teresa's dress was an evil eye from her sister and a scissor pin from her uncle who died. She also used a cathedral-length veil that matched her bridal gown along with Jimmy Choo shoes.

Her bridesmaids wore navy blue Dora cap sleeve gowns and the flower girls sported Amalee lace and tulle dresses. Both mothers decided on Stephen Yearick gowns purchased at Bridal Reflections 5th Avenue Salon. Bridesmaids carried beautiful vendella roses with moms using clutch bouquets of the same flowers. The bride's bouquet was orchids, garden roses and vendella roses. The flower girls had mini-clutch versions.

The groom wore a black custom tuxedo, a white tuxedo shirt, a black bow tie and Ferragamo tuxedo shoes. Enrico changed his look for the reception by donning a custom white satin with black trim smoking jacket. His groomsmen wore blue/black European tuxedos with white shirts and black bowties.

The church was decorated with tall pillar flowers and a customized runner with their  monogram. Each guest received a monogrammed church program with a tissue in the back. The couple's families were involved in the ceremony, with cousins on both sides doing readings, their godparents bringing gifts to the altar and Teresa's father walking the bride down the aisle. After exiting, church guests received a pouch with Italian confetti candy and the bridal party launched rose petal cannons.

Teresa and Enrico chose The Garden City Hotel for their wedding. The cocktail hour took place on the hotel's main floor. Guests were greeted by sweet piano music, champagne and a beautiful table filled with flowers and candles. Attached to all name cards was a vintage gold love key and a sign on the table that read, "Please find the key to your seat to unlock a night full of memories." Throughout the cocktail hour, there was a three-string quartet.

The main reception was in the ballroom, which was decorated with centerpieces made of vanilla roses, white orchids and beautiful candles. All the centerpieces had hanging table numbers. At each setting, there was a custom menu and a drink coaster that said, "Please don't take my drink while I'm dancing," which guests could leave on top of their glass. Guests were served a sit-down dinner, which included a combo appetizer (ripe tomato and burrata), a gnocchi pasta (ricotta, gnocchi, prosciutto, spinach and fresh tomato basil), a main entree selection (choice of ginger marinated sea bass, grilled filet mignon, lemon garlic roasted chicken) and desserts such as a mini crème brulee, fried Oreos, zeppoles, cheesecake lollipops and mini ice cream sorbet cones.

Teresa and Enrico's vanilla cake was made by the Garden City Hotel and was filled with chocolate ganache and featured handmade sugar flowers in between each layer as well as a gold monogram.

Some fun wedding touches included a Frank Sinatra singer during dinner, and an open-air photo booth to take fun pictures throughout the night. At the bar, signs indicated a hashtag guests could use for Instagram. Favors were Lenox servers in silver metal from the Organics bead collection. Guests could also make a confetti candy bag using five different flavors of Jordan almonds, from strawberry to zuppa inglese to tiramisu, which symbolized wishes, such as love, happiness and health, for the bride and groom.

For their honeymoon, the couple spent 13 days in Hawaii visiting the islands of Maui and Kauai. "You can't control everything ... when that day comes, only you will notice the little things that others won't at your wedding," said Teresa. "It rained on my wedding day, but it didn't change one thing ... about marrying my husband and my best friend. I let the sunshine radiate through my smile through the entire day." 

 

Long Island Bride and Groom Resources Below:  

 

Reception Site: The Garden City Hotel

 

Photography & Videography: Déjà vu Studios

 

Wedding Gown/Mother of the Bride/Groom: Bridal Reflections 

 

Wedding Cake/guest Accommodations: The Garden City Hotel

Invitations/Wedding Accessories: The Wedding Company

 

Transportation:  All Star Limousine

 

Table Linens/Chair Covers: The Finishing Touch 

Bridal Registry/gifts: Bloomingdale’s
 


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Who knew that going out to dinner with the groom's friend and the bride's cousin (who were dating) would turn into a true romance, for Teresa and Enrico. In fact, both couples are now married. This is one dinner date that turned out well for everyone.

Teresa and Enrico, got engaged during his birthday weekend. After dinner at the Basil Leaf Cafe, the two met his family for cake and coffee. When Teresa grabbed a cake box from her refrigerator, Enrico told her, "Oh no, my mom is going to be upset. This isn't the right cake." When she looked at the dessert she saw it said, "Will you marry me Teresa?" All of their family and friends surprised the couple that evening at his parent's house. "He made his birthday about me which was truly special," said Teresa.  

Their wedding was on September 30th, at St. Brigid's Roman Catholic Church. The couple had an Italian-American full Mass with Italian and English songs. As guests entered the church they heard John Lennon's "Grow Old Along With Me." "Ave Maria" was sung as Teresa and Enrico brought flowers to the blessed mother during the mass and their mothers lit the Unity Candle to the song "The Prayer" by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion.  

Teresa wore a custom Galia Lahav Crystal dress. The gown was made of a delicate French Chantilly lace embroidered in a unique technique that allowed the beads to reflect more light. The color of the dress was dusty rose with a light ivory French lace. The embroidered mermaid corset dress was worn with a large top skirt with a belt that matched the gown. "It was a beautiful overlay to the dress, which I removed for the reception," said Teresa.

Pinned on the inside of Teresa's dress was an evil eye from her sister and a scissor pin from her uncle who died. She also used a cathedral-length veil that matched her bridal gown along with Jimmy Choo shoes.

Her bridesmaids wore navy blue Dora cap sleeve gowns and the flower girls sported Amalee lace and tulle dresses. Both mothers decided on Stephen Yearick gowns purchased at Bridal Reflections 5th Avenue Salon. Bridesmaids carried beautiful vendella roses with moms using clutch bouquets of the same flowers. The bride's bouquet was orchids, garden roses and vendella roses. The flower girls had mini-clutch versions.

The groom wore a black custom tuxedo, a white tuxedo shirt, a black bow tie and Ferragamo tuxedo shoes. Enrico changed his look for the reception by donning a custom white satin with black trim smoking jacket. His groomsmen wore blue/black European tuxedos with white shirts and black bowties.

The church was decorated with tall pillar flowers and a customized runner with their  monogram. Each guest received a monogrammed church program with a tissue in the back. The couple's families were involved in the ceremony, with cousins on both sides doing readings, their godparents bringing gifts to the altar and Teresa's father walking the bride down the aisle. After exiting, church guests received a pouch with Italian confetti candy and the bridal party launched rose petal cannons.

Teresa and Enrico chose The Garden City Hotel for their wedding. The cocktail hour took place on the hotel's main floor. Guests were greeted by sweet piano music, champagne and a beautiful table filled with flowers and candles. Attached to all name cards was a vintage gold love key and a sign on the table that read, "Please find the key to your seat to unlock a night full of memories." Throughout the cocktail hour, there was a three-string quartet.

The main reception was in the ballroom, which was decorated with centerpieces made of vanilla roses, white orchids and beautiful candles. All the centerpieces had hanging table numbers. At each setting, there was a custom menu and a drink coaster that said, "Please don't take my drink while I'm dancing," which guests could leave on top of their glass. Guests were served a sit-down dinner, which included a combo appetizer (ripe tomato and burrata), a gnocchi pasta (ricotta, gnocchi, prosciutto, spinach and fresh tomato basil), a main entree selection (choice of ginger marinated sea bass, grilled filet mignon, lemon garlic roasted chicken) and desserts such as a mini crème brulee, fried Oreos, zeppoles, cheesecake lollipops and mini ice cream sorbet cones.

Teresa and Enrico's vanilla cake was made by the Garden City Hotel and was filled with chocolate ganache and featured handmade sugar flowers in between each layer as well as a gold monogram.

Some fun wedding touches included a Frank Sinatra singer during dinner, and an open-air photo booth to take fun pictures throughout the night. At the bar, signs indicated a hashtag guests could use for Instagram. Favors were Lenox servers in silver metal from the Organics bead collection. Guests could also make a confetti candy bag using five different flavors of Jordan almonds, from strawberry to zuppa inglese to tiramisu, which symbolized wishes, such as love, happiness and health, for the bride and groom.

For their honeymoon, the couple spent 13 days in Hawaii visiting the islands of Maui and Kauai. "You can't control everything ... when that day comes, only you will notice the little things that others won't at your wedding," said Teresa. "It rained on my wedding day, but it didn't change one thing ... about marrying my husband and my best friend. I let the sunshine radiate through my smile through the entire day." 

 

Long Island Bride and Groom Resources Below:  

 

Reception Site: The Garden City Hotel

 

Photography & Videography: Déjà vu Studios

 

Wedding Gown/Mother of the Bride/Groom: Bridal Reflections 

 

Wedding Cake/guest Accommodations: The Garden City Hotel

Invitations/Wedding Accessories: The Wedding Company

 

Transportation:  All Star Limousine

 

Table Linens/Chair Covers: The Finishing Touch 

Bridal Registry/gifts: Bloomingdale’s
 


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By Ivette Manners
Categories:  Real Weddings   

Richard noticed Brittney-Ann at the pool of the Fire Island Hotel on Fire Island. They both happened to be there after the SK Run for Rose. "Her smile could have lit up a room," says Richard. He walked over to say hello and they made small talk. They later met up at Fl ynn's, a popular restaurant and bar, and talked for a while, then exchanged phone numbers. " I' ll never forget," says Brittney-Ann. "That was August 12th, 2012 and on September 4th we went on our first date; and as they say, the rest is history."

Photo Credit: Silverfox Photography  

 After almost three years of dating Brittney-Ann, Richard asked her father for her hand in marriage and then set his engagement plans in motion. He wanted to propose to Brittney Ann on their trip to Cancun a few days after Valentine's Day, and was nervous about bringing the ring on the plane. "I was worried that Brittney-Ann would see the ring as we went through customs and it would spoil the surprise," says Richard. Thankfully, their arrival in Mexico went smoothly and Richard proposed at their hotel. "Rich called me out to the balcony where he was down on one knee with flowers and the ring," says Brittney-Ann.

Once their wedding date was set for the following year in June, they sent out Save the Dates-mini calendars of their wedding month with photos of them and a heart around the big day-followed by elegant ivory invitations decorated with a pearl button and Swarovski crystals. The ceremony took place at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Babylon Village, where they decorated the altar and pews with flowers. Brittney-Ann wore an Enzoani gown with a low lace illusion backand a rhinestone-trimmed cathedral-length veil, and loose bouquet of dendrobium orchids, roses, and peonies. Her bridesmaids wore floor-length topaz dresses and her maid-of-honor wore a cameo-colored dress. Richard and his groomsmen wore classic black tuxedos. After the ceremony, the newlyweds headed to Argyle Lake in a white vintage Bentley for photos; then joined their parents and bridal party on a party bus to the reception at Larkfield in East Northport.

Their reception kicked off with a cocktail hour where guests were treated to hors d'oeuvres from five different food stations including turkey and brisket, Asian rolls, fajitas, sushi, and mac-and-cheese. "We actually had time to eat and really enjoy the cocktail hour," says Brittney-Ann. "We sat at a table while the staff brought us samples of all the different foods and our guests were able to say a quick hello, which was very special." After the cocktail hour, the main event was held in the ballroom where guests dined, danced, and took fun photos at the photo booth throughout the night. "The DJ played a little bit of everything," says Brittney-Ann. "Our guests still say how much fun they had." The room was decorated with tall centerpieces of roses, hydrangeas, and peonies accented by loose cascades of orchids and curly willow branches.

The tables were also decorated with votive candles around the centerpieces and photo booth picture frames at each place setting. Dinner included a choice of filet mignon, rack of lamb, chicken and salmon. The couple also served a signature drink made out of vanilla and espresso vodkas, dark Godiva chocolate liqueur, a splash of heavy cream, and a drizzle of Hershey chocolate syrup. Before the end of the night, a celebratory 6-tier cake with alternating layers of chocolate and vanilla and Italian custard and cannoli filings was served. Cascading roses decorated the cake, along with a pearland-rhinestone monogrammed topper.

 "There were so many amazing moments of the day," says Brittney-Ann. "I loved getting ready with my mom, mother-in-law, sister in-law, flower girl, and best friends. The car ride to the church in the Bentley with my parents was so special. Walking down the aisle with my father and seeing Rich's handsome face is unforgettable. And the ceremony at St. Joseph Church was the most significant part of the day, but of course I can't leave out the phenomenal party at Larkfield."

For Richard, Brittney-Ann's smile, which first attracted him to her that summer day four years ago, was one of the best parts of the day. "Her smile and g low were amazing," says Richard. "As I watched her walk down the aisle it was actually hard to hold in tears. After the ceremony and all the pictures, it was nice to be able to let loose and relax at the reception and enjoy our first moments as husband and wife."

The newlywed couple waited exactly one month after their wedding to go on their honeymoon. "Waiting to go on our honeymoon allowed us to continue the excitement of the entire wedding experience," says Brittney-Ann. "It gave us time to look at pictures and enjoy being newlyweds at home first." Their post-nuptials getaway to Sandals in Grenada was originally planned for eight days, but they decided to extend their stay three more days before they were scheduled to fly back. "We loved spending time at the beach and pool, and going on different excursions," says Brittney-Ann. "It was a perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy our time as newlyweds."

Brittney-Ann's tip to other brides-to-be? "Do what makes you happy, focus on what's important to you and your significant other, and enjoy the experience." The groom agrees. "Make sure it's your wedding and that you're happy," says Richard. "Enjoy the ride. It's one special day, but you have the rest of your life to spend together” 

Long Island Bride and Groom Resources Below:  

Reception Site: Larkfield 

Photography & Videography: Silverfox Photography  & Video 

Reception Entertainment: Big Hits DJ Entertainment 

Wedding Gown/Bridesmaid Dresses/Veil: Bridal Reflections 

Headpiece & Jewelry: Christie Lauren  

Transportation: Tran-Star Executive Limo

Men's Formal Wear: RSVP Tuxedos

Photo Booth: Big Hits DJ Entertainment

Bridal Registry: Macy's  


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Richard noticed Brittney-Ann at the pool of the Fire Island Hotel on Fire Island. They both happened to be there after the SK Run for Rose. "Her smile could have lit up a room," says Richard. He walked over to say hello and they made small talk. They later met up at Fl ynn's, a popular restaurant and bar, and talked for a while, then exchanged phone numbers. " I' ll never forget," says Brittney-Ann. "That was August 12th, 2012 and on September 4th we went on our first date; and as they say, the rest is history."

Photo Credit: Silverfox Photography  

 After almost three years of dating Brittney-Ann, Richard asked her father for her hand in marriage and then set his engagement plans in motion. He wanted to propose to Brittney Ann on their trip to Cancun a few days after Valentine's Day, and was nervous about bringing the ring on the plane. "I was worried that Brittney-Ann would see the ring as we went through customs and it would spoil the surprise," says Richard. Thankfully, their arrival in Mexico went smoothly and Richard proposed at their hotel. "Rich called me out to the balcony where he was down on one knee with flowers and the ring," says Brittney-Ann.

Once their wedding date was set for the following year in June, they sent out Save the Dates-mini calendars of their wedding month with photos of them and a heart around the big day-followed by elegant ivory invitations decorated with a pearl button and Swarovski crystals. The ceremony took place at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Babylon Village, where they decorated the altar and pews with flowers. Brittney-Ann wore an Enzoani gown with a low lace illusion backand a rhinestone-trimmed cathedral-length veil, and carried a loose bouquet of dendrobium orchids, roses, and peonies. Her bridesmaids wore floor-length topaz dresses and her maid-of-honor wore a cameo-colored dress. Richard and his groomsmen wore classic black tuxedos. After the ceremony, the newlyweds headed to Argyle Lake in a white vintage Bentley for photos; then joined their parents and bridal party on a party bus to the reception at Larkfield in East Northport.

Their reception kicked off with a cocktail hour where guests were treated to hors d'oeuvres from five different food stations including turkey and brisket, Asian rolls, fajitas, sushi, and mac-and-cheese. "We actually had time to eat and really enjoy the cocktail hour," says Brittney-Ann. "We sat at a table while the staff brought us samples of all the different foods and our guests were able to say a quick hello, which was very special." After the cocktail hour, the main event was held in the ballroom where guests dined, danced, and took fun photos at the photo booth throughout the night. "The DJ played a little bit of everything," says Brittney-Ann. "Our guests still say how much fun they had." The room was decorated with tall centerpieces of roses, hydrangeas, and peonies accented by loose cascades of orchids and curly willow branches.

The tables were also decorated with votive candles around the centerpieces and photo booth picture frames at each place setting. Dinner included a choice of filet mignon, rack of lamb, chicken and salmon. The couple also served a signature drink made out of vanilla and espresso vodkas, dark Godiva chocolate liqueur, a splash of heavy cream, and a drizzle of Hershey chocolate syrup. Before the end of the night, a celebratory 6-tier cake with alternating layers of chocolate and vanilla and Italian custard and cannoli filings was served. Cascading roses decorated the cake, along with a pearland-rhinestone monogrammed topper.

 "There were so many amazing moments of the day," says Brittney-Ann. "I loved getting ready with my mom, mother-in-law, sister in-law, flower girl, and best friends. The car ride to the church in the Bentley with my parents was so special. Walking down the aisle with my father and seeing Rich's handsome face is unforgettable. And the ceremony at St. Joseph Church was the most significant part of the day, but of course I can't leave out the phenomenal party at Larkfield."

For Richard, Brittney-Ann's smile, which first attracted him to her that summer day four years ago, was one of the best parts of the day. "Her smile and g low were amazing," says Richard. "As I watched her walk down the aisle it was actually hard to hold in tears. After the ceremony and all the pictures, it was nice to be able to let loose and relax at the reception and enjoy our first moments as husband and wife."

The newlywed couple waited exactly one month after their wedding to go on their honeymoon. "Waiting to go on our honeymoon allowed us to continue the excitement of the entire wedding experience," says Brittney-Ann. "It gave us time to look at pictures and enjoy being newlyweds at home first." Their post-nuptials getaway to Sandals in Grenada was originally planned for eight days, but they decided to extend their stay three more days before they were scheduled to fly back. "We loved spending time at the beach and pool, and going on different excursions," says Brittney-Ann. "It was a perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy our time as newlyweds."

Brittney-Ann's tip to other brides-to-be? "Do what makes you happy, focus on what's important to you and your significant other, and enjoy the experience." The groom agrees. "Make sure it's your wedding and that you're happy," says Richard. "Enjoy the ride. It's one special day, but you have the rest of your life to spend together” 

Long Island Bride and Groom Resources Below:  

Reception Site: Larkfield 

Photography & Videography: Silverfox Photography  & Video 

Reception Entertainment: Big Hits DJ Entertainment 

Wedding Gown/Bridesmaid Dresses/Veil: Bridal Reflections 

Headpiece & Jewelry: Christie Lauren  

Transportation: Tran-Star Executive Limo

Men's Formal Wear: RSVP Tuxedos

Photo Booth: Big Hits DJ Entertainment

Bridal Registry: Macy's  


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By Sandra Mardenfeld
Categories:  Real Weddings   

FOR LOUISA AND MICHAEL IT WAS FATE. A mutual friend wanted them to meet so they made plans in May 2012 to visit Fire Island. The friend left her phone in the car before getting onto the ferry. While they split up for a while Louisa and another friend spoke to two cute guys -although no names or numbers were exchanged. When Michael followed up with the mutual friend, she showed him Louisa's photograph. He recognized her immediately - he was one of the guys Louisa spoke to the day before. They had met after all, without anyone introducing them!

The couple got engaged on March 8, 2014 after a day spent at the Museum of Natural History. They visited each floor, then exited through the outdoor garden. Michael got down on one knee and proposed. A hired photographer captured every moment and later spent time taking pictures of the newly engaged couple in front of the Museum.

Michael and Louisa had two ceremonies. The first was an intimate one in front of immediate family at Our Lady of Lourdes in Massapequa. Another ceremony occurred at The Inn at New Hyde Park. Our officiant asked the two of us to write our own "Why" essay, said Louisa. "I had to explain why Michael was the one for me, and Michael had to explain why I was the one for him. We did not know that these would be read aloud during the ceremony, but listening to it, we realized just how lucky the two of us were." 

A string trio played "A Thousand Years" as the bridal party walked down the aisle. The bridesmaids dazzled in full–length coral-colored peplum dresses that featured a sweetheart top similar to Louisa's wedding gown. The couple rented a Victorian baby carriage/parasol so Louisa's sister/matron of honor could push her daughter, the flower girl, down aisle.

 

The bride's dress, an lnes DiSanto wedding gown, was all lace, with a low back. Accessories included a pearl necklace, earrings, and bracelet as well as her grandmother's gold wedding band. Michael and the groomsmen wore midnight blue, three-piece suits by Jean Yves. "The deep blue went beautifully with the coral bridesmaid dresses," said Louisa.

Louisa and her mother along with the florist designed every floral arrangement, discussing color schemes, designs, and arrangements together. The bride's bouquet included David Austin patience and Juliet garden roses, white ranunculus, and cascading ivy and stephanotis. The bridesmaids' bouquets were similar. Michael and the groomsmen wore boutonnieres made of David Austin garden roses.

The cocktail hour took p lace in the Tuscany room at the Inn at New Hyde Park. There were passed hers d'oeurves and stations, including a mashed potato and martini bar, and wok, peking duck and fajita stations.

The reception took place in the Georgian Ballroom. Louisa wanted things to be simple, yet elegant so she kept the colors the same for everything - the bridesmaid's dresses, the centerpieces, bouquets, the favors and the linens. Everything was in shades of corals, ivory and gold. There were high and low centerpieces in the ballroom. The high centerpieces were in gold pedestals, and included white stock, peach and cream roses, white hydrangea, Queen Anne's lace, and cascading ivy. Lower centerpieces contained the same flowers, but were placed in mercury-glass pedestal bowls. 'The most unexpected addition for our guests was the painter who captured our first dance," said Louisa. "Over the course of the night she painted every minor detail of the room and of our first dance. Guests left in awe!"

For dinner, guests chose from grilled salmon, pork chop Milanese, chicken Monaco and black-angus strip steak. The wedding cake was a four-tiered chocolate cake decorated with clustered garden roses that cascaded downward. In addition to cake and martini fruit cups, dessert included a milk shake and cookie bar and a Nutella crepe station.

Guests enjoyed the percussionist that played along with the music, and were welcome to play along on the bongos. "Our guests did not sit down the entire night!" said Louisa. The music started with a mandolin player for the cocktail hour. The DJ, MC and percussionist dominated during the reception, except during dinner when a vocalist sang and played the keys.

The couple honeymooned at Disney World in Florida, staying at the Grand Floridian. "We spent our days at different parks and spent our nights watching fireworks. When we first arrived, Michael and I had a couple's massage at the spa at the Grand Floridian. A massage after the wedding is highly recommended!"

Long Island Bride and Groom Resources Below:  

Ceremony/Reception Site: The Inn at New Hyde Park
Photography/Videography: Sherwood-Triart Photography
Wedding Gown/Veil: Bridal Reflections
Invitations: Platinum Affairs
Transporatation: All Star Limousine Service
Uplighting: The Inn at New Hyde Park
Guest Accommodations: Viana Hotel and Spa
Bridal Registry: Bloomingdale's 

 


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FOR LOUISA AND MICHAEL IT WAS FATE. A mutual friend wanted them to meet so they made plans in May 2012 to visit Fire Island. The friend left her phone in the car before getting onto the ferry. While they split up for a while Louisa and another friend spoke to two cute guys -although no names or numbers were exchanged. When Michael followed up with the mutual friend, she showed him Louisa's photograph. He recognized her immediately - he was one of the guys Louisa spoke to the day before. They had met after all, without anyone introducing them!

The couple got engaged on March 8, 2014 after a day spent at the Museum of Natural History. They visited each floor, then exited through the outdoor garden. Michael got down on one knee and proposed. A hired photographer captured every moment and later spent time taking pictures of the newly engaged couple in front of the Museum.

Michael and Louisa had two ceremonies. The first was an intimate one in front of immediate family at Our Lady of Lourdes in Massapequa. Another ceremony occurred at The Inn at New Hyde Park. Our officiant asked the two of us to write our own "Why" essay, said Louisa. "I had to explain why Michael was the one for me, and Michael had to explain why I was the one for him. We did not know that these would be read aloud during the ceremony, but listening to it, we realized just how lucky the two of us were." 

A string trio played "A Thousand Years" as the bridal party walked down the aisle. The bridesmaids dazzled in full–length coral-colored peplum dresses that featured a sweetheart top similar to Louisa's wedding gown. The couple rented a Victorian baby carriage/parasol so Louisa's sister/matron of honor could push her daughter, the flower girl, down the aisle.

 

The bride's dress, an lnes DiSanto wedding gown, was all lace, with a low back. Accessories included a pearl necklace, earrings, and bracelet as well as her grandmother's gold wedding band. Michael and the groomsmen wore midnight blue, three-piece suits by Jean Yves. "The deep blue went beautifully with the coral bridesmaid dresses," said Louisa.

Louisa and her mother along with the florist designed every floral arrangement, discussing color schemes, designs, and arrangements together. The bride's bouquet included David Austin patience and Juliet garden roses, white ranunculus, and cascading ivy and stephanotis. The bridesmaids' bouquets were similar. Michael and the groomsmen wore boutonnieres made of David Austin garden roses.

The cocktail hour took p lace in the Tuscany room at the Inn at New Hyde Park. There were passed hers d'oeurves and stations, including a mashed potato and martini bar, and wok, peking duck and fajita stations.

The reception took place in the Georgian Ballroom. Louisa wanted things to be simple, yet elegant so she kept the colors the same for everything - the bridesmaid's dresses, the centerpieces, bouquets, the favors and the linens. Everything was in shades of corals, ivory and gold. There were high and low centerpieces in the ballroom. The high centerpieces were in gold pedestals, and included white stock, peach and cream roses, white hydrangea, Queen Anne's lace, and cascading ivy. Lower centerpieces contained the same flowers, but were placed in mercury-glass pedestal bowls. 'The most unexpected addition for our guests was the painter who captured our first dance," said Louisa. "Over the course of the night she painted every minor detail of the room and of our first dance. Guests left in awe!"

For dinner, guests chose from grilled salmon, pork chop Milanese, chicken Monaco and black-angus strip steak. The wedding cake was a four-tiered chocolate cake decorated with clustered garden roses that cascaded downward. In addition to cake and martini fruit cups, dessert included a milk shake and cookie bar and a Nutella crepe station.

Guests enjoyed the percussionist that played along with the music, and were welcome to play along on the bongos. "Our guests did not sit down the entire night!" said Louisa. The music started with a mandolin player for the cocktail hour. The DJ, MC and percussionist dominated during the reception, except during dinner when a vocalist sang and played the keys.

The couple honeymooned at Disney World in Florida, staying at the Grand Floridian. "We spent our days at different parks and spent our nights watching fireworks. When we first arrived, Michael and I had a couple's massage at the spa at the Grand Floridian. A massage after the wedding is highly recommended!"

Long Island Bride and Groom Resources Below:  

Ceremony/Reception Site: The Inn at New Hyde Park
Photography/Videography: Sherwood-Triart Photography
Wedding Gown/Veil: Bridal Reflections
Invitations: Platinum Affairs
Transporatation: All Star Limousine Service
Uplighting: The Inn at New Hyde Park
Guest Accommodations: Viana Hotel and Spa
Bridal Registry: Bloomingdale's 

 


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By Sandra Mardenfeld
Categories:  Real Weddings   

ARISLEIDY AND JONATHAN'S romance goes back to their playpen days. The two 27-year-olds met at the Nuestros Ninos daycare when they were four. "Our mothers would usually bump into each other and make comments about us getting married when we grew up," said Arisleidy.

Then a February 2012 party at Jonathan's mother's house changed everything. Arisleidy was reading a book by the steps when Jonathan, started to tease her: 'What are you doing reading a book and not interacting with me." For the first time, the two really talked to each other. "His cousins at one point starting chanting my nickname, 'Ari, Ari, Ari Ari ...' it was so embarrassing for me and I just remember my cheeks blushing and everyone noticing." 

 Photo: EXO Photography

The proposal happened on a busy day. Arisleidy wanted to go to a friend's birthday party but Jonathan's family was holding a farewell dinner for his grandfather, who was returning to the Dominican Republic. Arisleidy felt ill so Jonathan suggested she get a mani/pedi to relax. "As we approached his house I noticed there were so many vehicles parked outside, but I didn't think much of it since he has a large family," she said. "Once I entered, I said hello to everyone and noticed that they were a bit more dressed up than usual, but again, ignored it."

Jonathan's mother then told her there was a delivery for Arisleidy, giving her 51 balloons: 50 white and one red. In the red balloon there was a note so Jonathan's sister popped it. Jonathan got down on one knee and asked her, "Will you marry me?" Arisleidy cried and said yes. As he takes me downstairs I noticed that he decorated everything with red and white balloons, a beautiful cake, treats and lots of food." The proposal an engagement party.

Their traditional ceremony took place in the church where they both grew up - Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The officiant was Rev. Father Jason N. Espinal, who is the bride's cousin. The church was decorated with many blush pink and white flowers as well as ribbons and tulle. During the ceremony, the bride surprised the groom with a song by Nuria Fergo, "Quiereme."

The bride wore a vanilla mermaid gown with straps and Swarovski crystals and a veil by lnes di Santo. Her shoes were Christian Louboutins. She had a cascading bouquet of orchids and roses with crystals. The bridesmaids had beautiful blush A-line dresses full of appliques and sparkles, made by Jovani. They carried small bouquets of b lush pink and white roses. Flower girls had a ball of flowers on their wrists.

 Photo: EXO Photography

The groom wore a custom made suit, Dolce & Gabbana shoes, Hugo Boss cuff links and a Movado watch. The groomsmen had tuxes from Bloomingdales. After the ceremony, the guests released butterflies for the couple. "My favorite moment was walking down the aisle and seeing so many faces and focusing on reaching him at the altar," said Arisleidy.

The modern-themed reception was at Chateau Briand. The color palette featured blush pink and white with accents of brown and rose gold. Lighting was pink and purple and tables contained candle votives and sparkling crystal nuggets. There were two centerpieces: one of them was a tree with cascading flowers and hanging crystal ball votives; the other was a long vase with three balls of flowers inside and a big flower arrangement on top with branches. Guests also enjoyed a photo booth. 'We loved saying hello to all of our guests and being able to dance with them," said the bride.

The cocktail hour offered tempting items such as bread, cheese and carved fruit displays, mozzarella and tomato, roasted peppers, Italian potato salad, shrimp cocktail, Thai spring roll s, fried ravioli, bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, rice balls, and seafood scampi. The following meal included Chateau Briand, shrimp oreganata, chicken piccata, duck l'orange, homemade manicotti, his and hers brownie sundaes and, of course, cake. And, what a cake: six tiers full of red velvet and yellow cake with strawberry custard or raspberry and decorated with crystals and fondant.

The couple honeymooned in Playa Mujeres, Mexico for eight days, staying at the Finest Resort. Arisleidy advises brides to not stress with all their wedding plans. "Make sure to have other people help you so that it won't be overwhelming and to write down all the details needed so it can be completed a month prior to the wedding. After all the minor details are done it's all smooth sailing." 

Long Island Bride and Groom Resources Below:  

Reception Site: Chateau Briand
Photography/Videography: EXO Photography
Wedding Gown/Veil: Bridal Reflections
Transportation: Lancelot Limousine Services, Inc.
Flowers: Stylish Events
Guest Accommodations: Holiday Inn Westbury
Chair Covers/Table Linens: The Finishing Touch 
Wedding Cake: Francesco's Bakery
Bridal Registry: Macy's 


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ARISLEIDY AND JONATHAN'S romance goes back to their playpen days. The two 27-year-olds met at the Nuestros Ninos daycare when they were four. "Our mothers would usually bump into each other and make comments about us getting married when we grew up," said Arisleidy.

Then a February 2012 party at Jonathan's mother's house changed everything. Arisleidy was reading a book by the steps when Jonathan, started to tease her: 'What are you doing reading a book and not interacting with me." For the first time, the two really talked to each other. "His cousins at one point starting chanting my nickname, 'Ari, Ari, Ari Ari ...' it was so embarrassing for me and I just remember my cheeks blushing and everyone noticing." 

 Photo: EXO Photography

The proposal happened on a busy day. Arisleidy wanted to go to a friend's birthday party but Jonathan's family was holding a farewell dinner for his grandfather, who was returning to the Dominican Republic. Arisleidy felt ill so Jonathan suggested she get a mani/pedi to relax. "As we approached his house I noticed there were so many vehicles parked outside, but I didn't think much of it since he has a large family," she said. "Once I entered, I said hello to everyone and noticed that they were a bit more dressed up than usual, but again, ignored it."

Jonathan's mother then told her there was a delivery for Arisleidy, giving her 51 balloons: 50 white and one red. In the red balloon there was a note so Jonathan's sister popped it. Jonathan got down on one knee and asked her, "Will you marry me?" Arisleidy cried and said yes. As he takes me downstairs I noticed that he decorated everything with red and white balloons, a beautiful cake, treats and lots of food." The proposal turned into an engagement party.

Their traditional ceremony took place in the church where they both grew up - Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The officiant was Rev. Father Jason N. Espinal, who is the bride's cousin. The church was decorated with many blush pink and white flowers as well as ribbons and tulle. During the ceremony, the bride surprised the groom with a song by Nuria Fergo, "Quiereme."

The bride wore a vanilla mermaid gown with straps and Swarovski crystals and a veil by lnes di Santo. Her shoes were Christian Louboutins. She had a cascading bouquet of orchids and roses with crystals. The bridesmaids had beautiful blush A-line dresses full of appliques and sparkles, made by Jovani. They carried small bouquets of b lush pink and white roses. Flower girls had a ball of flowers on their wrists.

 Photo: EXO Photography

The groom wore a custom made suit, Dolce & Gabbana shoes, Hugo Boss cuff links and a Movado watch. The groomsmen had tuxes from Bloomingdales. After the ceremony, the guests released butterflies for the couple. "My favorite moment was walking down the aisle and seeing so many faces and focusing on reaching him at the altar," said Arisleidy.

The modern-themed reception was at Chateau Briand. The color palette featured blush pink and white with accents of brown and rose gold. Lighting was pink and purple and tables contained candle votives and sparkling crystal nuggets. There were two centerpieces: one of them was a tree with cascading flowers and hanging crystal ball votives; the other was a long vase with three balls of flowers inside and a big flower arrangement on top with branches. Guests also enjoyed a photo booth. 'We loved saying hello to all of our guests and being able to dance with them," said the bride.

The cocktail hour offered tempting items such as bread, cheese and carved fruit displays, mozzarella and tomato, roasted peppers, Italian potato salad, shrimp cocktail, Thai spring roll s, fried ravioli, bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, rice balls, and seafood scampi. The following meal included Chateau Briand, shrimp oreganata, chicken piccata, duck l'orange, homemade manicotti, his and hers brownie sundaes and, of course, cake. And, what a cake: six tiers full of red velvet and yellow cake with strawberry custard or raspberry and decorated with crystals and fondant.

The couple honeymooned in Playa Mujeres, Mexico for eight days, staying at the Finest Resort. Arisleidy advises brides to not stress with all their wedding plans. "Make sure to have other people help you so that it won't be overwhelming and to write down all the details needed so it can be completed a month prior to the wedding. After all the minor details are done it's all smooth sailing." 

Long Island Bride and Groom Resources Below:  

Reception Site: Chateau Briand
Photography/Videography: EXO Photography
Wedding Gown/Veil: Bridal Reflections
Transportation: Lancelot Limousine Services, Inc.
Flowers: Stylish Events
Guest Accommodations: Holiday Inn Westbury
Chair Covers/Table Linens: The Finishing Touch 
Wedding Cake: Francesco's Bakery
Bridal Registry: Macy's 


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By Sandra Mardenfeld
Categories:  Real Weddings   

ON A SUMMER NIGHT, Mustafa, met his wife, Daniela, when two friends independently forced them to go out. "We had no idea how that night would change our lives forever," said Daniela, "I am certain that if our friends did not convince us to go out that night to that specific place our lives would have never crossed paths."

The couple got engaged while on vacation in Cabo, Mexico. Mustafa walked around the resort with the ring in his pocket, waiting for the perfect moment. "One night, unbeknown to me, the ring fell out of his pocket onto the couch right in front of me, but thank goodness I did not notice!"' said Daniela. "Later that night he got down on one knee and everything around me seemed to stand still. He stared into my eyes and told me that he wanted nothing more than to be my husband and grow old together."

Their wedding was a blend of their Italian and Persian cultures. They played traditional Italian and Afghan music, had Afghan dancers perform and received henna on their hands for good luck. The wedding ceremony took place at the Mill Neck Manor and featured family members. The godmother of the bride read a passage, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, and the sister of the g room read the poem, "On Your Wedding Day."

Eight bridesmaids, seven groomsmen, two ring bearers and one f lower girl walked down the aisle as a violinist played throughout the procession. The maid of honor wore a champagne 'Jessica" gown, designed by Walter Mendez. The bridesmaids wore champagne dresses by Jim Hjelm, and featured a sweetheart neckline, gathered bodice and lace cap sleeves with a keyhole back. Bridesmaids and the maid of honor carried dark plum and burgundy lily flower bouquets. The groomsmen wore Calvin Klein slim fit suits with suspenders, black bow ties and a dark plum lily on their lapel.

  
Photo: Tony Lante Photography

The bride wore a Galia Lahav mermaid style gown with a low back. It was covered in lace with a touch of sparkle throughout. She also had a cathedral veil with wide lace trim and appliques of lace in the center, also designed by Lahav. Her ivory closed shoes had a beautiful embellished broach on the back of the heel and gold soles. The groom wore a Black Label Ralph Lauren tuxedo with suspenders, a white bow tie and an orchid flower on his lapel. The bridal bouquet of orchids paid homage to her family-with Daniela's flowers wrapped in a piece of lace from her mother's wedding gown. She also attached a broach, with pictures of her grandfather, grandmother and godmother, who had passed, and pinned pearl rosary beads to her bouquet. "My favorite memory of the day was walking down the aisle with my arm interlocked with the arm of my first love, walking toward my soon-to-be-husband who was anxiously staring back at me," said Daniela.

The reception took p lace in the Bellagio ballroom at Larkfield, located in East Northport. The color scheme was white and gold with light hints of mauve and dusty rose. Ivory sashes were intertwined into each chair and then draped onto the floor, giving the room a romantic look. Centerpieces were a combination of orchids, roses, and greenery on tall gold candlesticks. Some tables had a low bouquet of flowers to match the tall standing arrangements and were surrounded by three low gold candlesticks.

The DJ and percussionist from Ll Sound had everyone on the dance floor. "Dancing with all of our friends and family was truly memorable. The energy was like no other and everyone had a smile from ear to ear." Guests dined on crab cakes, salad, penne ala vodka, and had a choice of rack of lamb, filet mignon, stuffed chicken, teriyaki salmon, shrimp oreganata or eggplant parmigiana. Dessert included a full

Viennese hour with pastries, cakes, cookies and specialty stations including make-your-own sundaes and cheesecake.

The wedding cake was a beautiful five-tiered round cake filled with cannoli cream and strawberry custard. The entire cake had fresh ivory and dusty ivory flowers cascading down each layer. 

The couple honeymooned in Thailand for two-and-a-half weeks. One of their biggest adventures was visiting Tiger Kingdom where they got to hug and take pictures with beautiful animals. "Talk about a check off the bucket list," exclaimed Daniela.

Long Island Bride and Groom Resources Below:  

Reception Site: Larkfield

Photography/Videography: Tony Lante Photograpy & Cinematography

DJ/Percussionist/Uplighting: LI Sound DJ 

Wedding Gown/Veil/Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal Reflections

Seating Chart: Fairy Tale Affairs

Bridal Registry: Bloomingdale's 


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ON A SUMMER NIGHT, Mustafa, met his wife, Daniela, when two friends independently forced them to go out. "We had no idea how that night would change our lives forever," said Daniela, "I am certain that if our friends did not convince us to go out that night to that specific place our lives would have never crossed paths."

The couple got engaged while on vacation in Cabo, Mexico. Mustafa walked around the resort with the ring in his pocket, waiting for the perfect moment. "One night, unbeknown to me, the ring fell out of his pocket onto the couch right in front of me, but thank goodness I did not notice!"' said Daniela. "Later that night he got down on one knee and everything around me seemed to stand still. He stared into my eyes and told me that he wanted nothing more than to be my husband and grow old together."

Their wedding was a blend of their Italian and Persian cultures. They played traditional Italian and Afghan music, had Afghan dancers perform and received henna on their hands for good luck. The wedding ceremony took place at the Mill Neck Manor and featured family members. The godmother of the bride read a passage, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, and the sister of the g room read the poem, "On Your Wedding Day."

Eight bridesmaids, seven groomsmen, two ring bearers and one f lower girl walked down the aisle as a violinist played throughout the procession. The maid of honor wore a champagne 'Jessica" gown, designed by Walter Mendez. The bridesmaids wore champagne dresses by Jim Hjelm, and featured a sweetheart neckline, gathered bodice and lace cap sleeves with a keyhole back. Bridesmaids and the maid of honor carried dark plum and burgundy lily flower bouquets. The groomsmen wore Calvin Klein slim fit suits with suspenders, black bow ties and a dark plum lily flower on their lapel.

  
Photo: Tony Lante Photography

The bride wore a Galia Lahav mermaid style gown with a low back. It was covered in lace with a touch of sparkle throughout. She also had a cathedral veil with wide lace trim and appliques of lace in the center, also designed by Lahav. Her ivory closed shoes had a beautiful embellished broach on the back of the heel and gold soles. The groom wore a Black Label Ralph Lauren tuxedo with suspenders, a white bow tie and an orchid flower on his lapel. The bridal bouquet of orchids paid homage to her family-with Daniela's flowers wrapped in a piece of lace from her mother's wedding gown. She also attached a broach, with pictures of her grandfather, grandmother and godmother, who had passed, and pinned pearl rosary beads to her bouquet. "My favorite memory of the day was walking down the aisle with my arm interlocked with the arm of my first love, walking toward my soon-to-be-husband who was anxiously staring back at me," said Daniela.

The reception took p lace in the Bellagio ballroom at Larkfield, located in East Northport. The color scheme was white and gold with light hints of mauve and dusty rose. Ivory sashes were intertwined into each chair and then draped onto the floor, giving the room a romantic look. Centerpieces were a combination of orchids, roses, and greenery on tall gold candlesticks. Some tables had a low bouquet of flowers to match the tall standing arrangements and were surrounded by three low gold candlesticks.

The DJ and percussionist from Ll Sound had everyone on the dance floor. "Dancing with all of our friends and family was truly memorable. The energy was like no other and everyone had a smile from ear to ear." Guests dined on crab cakes, salad, penne ala vodka, and had a choice of rack of lamb, filet mignon, stuffed chicken, teriyaki salmon, shrimp oreganata or eggplant parmigiana. Dessert included a full

Viennese hour with pastries, cakes, cookies and specialty stations including make-your-own sundaes and cheesecake.

The wedding cake was a beautiful five-tiered round cake filled with cannoli cream and strawberry custard. The entire cake had fresh ivory and dusty ivory flowers cascading down each layer. 

The couple honeymooned in Thailand for two-and-a-half weeks. One of their biggest adventures was visiting Tiger Kingdom where they got to hug and take pictures with beautiful animals. "Talk about a check off the bucket list," exclaimed Daniela.

Long Island Bride and Groom Resources Below:  

Reception Site: Larkfield

Photography/Videography: Tony Lante Photograpy & Cinematography

DJ/Percussionist/Uplighting: LI Sound DJ 

Wedding Gown/Veil/Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal Reflections

Seating Chart: Fairy Tale Affairs

Bridal Registry: Bloomingdale's 


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By Ivette Manners
Categories:  Real Weddings   

A SUMMER VACATION in the stunning coastal country of Croatia brought Kate and Daniel, together. "My best friend in college invited me to stay with her and her family in Croatia for a few weeks after freshman year," says Kate. "Turns out, both her and Daniel's parents are from the same small village in Croatia and were family friends! So, I met Daniel through her family and we instantly became close friends." Kate and Daniel didn't start dating until years later when they both lived in New York City, but sparks definitely ignited the summer they met.

A few days before Valentine's Day in 2014, Daniel surprised Kate by asking her to be his wife. "We had planned our first vacation together, with just the two of us, to the Dominican Republic for a long weekend," says Kate. The night before they left for their trip, Kate and Daniel ordered Chinese food and settled in to watch one of their favorite TV shows. "Daniel knows I love fortune cookies. When I opened one it read 'Will you marry me?' At first I thought it was a prank fortune, so it took me a minute to really understand what was happening," said Kate. "Then Daniel got down on one knee and gave a beautiful speech asking if I would marry him. I was so shocked!"

Kate and Daniel planned their wedding with a Catholic Church ceremony followed by a reception at Westbury Manor. Their ceremony included a full mass and featured a singer, pianist, and a trio of string musicians. "We chose readings for the ceremony that really spoke to us as a couple," says Kate. "And my sister, who was also my maid of honor, sang accompanied by the musicians. It's something I will remember for the rest of my life." The bride walked down the aisle in a Tara Keely tulle ball gown and lace-trimmed veil. A pair of custom-made earrings given to Kate as a wedding gift by her parents and a Tiffany & Co. bracelet from her g room that morning, accessorized her dress. Daniel was a dapper gentleman in a peaked lapel tuxedo and velvet shoes. After the ceremony, the couple drove off in a vintage antique car for a mock getaway.

The bride and groom chose their reception venue based on the fact that they wanted the celebration to feel as if their guests were attending a dinner party at their home. "I loved that our cocktail hour was set up throughout three different rooms, which allowed our guests to walk around and explore the manor," says Kate. For their wedding day, the couple decided to blend Kate's South Dakotan background and Daniel's Croatian traditions. At the reception, the couple and their families drank from a Bukara, a wooden cup that's passed around at Croatian celebrations; and danced all night to a mix of country and Croatian music played by their DJ from Silverfox Entertainment along with a Croatian DJ. "All of my Midwestern family drank out of the Bukara and danced the Kolo, a Croatian folk dance; and all of his Croatian family danced and sang to country music," says Kate. "It was so much fun to see our cultures blending together!"

While planning the wedding's decor, Kate kept guests mingling in mind. "I wanted my tab le arrangements to have that 'wow' factor, but also wanted our guests to be able to see each other across the table and chat, so I chose low arrangements," says Kate. Half of the guest tables were adorned with flora l hedges and candles. The other tables featured floral arrangements with crystal candelabras. To play up the antique presentation of the centerpieces, the bride chose intricate lace-appliqued tablecloths with light beading paired with gold napkins.

After dinner, the couple cut their Salted Caramel-and-Samoa wedding cake. Instead of a groom's cake for Daniel, Kate organized to have White Castle sliders delivered. "We love late-night fast food," says Kate. "So I ordered cases of sliders and had them set up at 11:00 PM at the exit, so that our guests could grab a snack for the road. It was a huge hit!"The day was filled with well thought-out and meaningful details that were the perfect start to their marriage. "My favorite memory was walking down the aisle and seeing Daniel waiting for me," says Kate. "It is a moment I had dreamed of all of my life- it was surreal to be living it. To know I really was marrying my best friend and soul mate." 

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A SUMMER VACATION in the stunning coastal country of Croatia brought Kate and Daniel, together. "My best friend in college invited me to stay with her and her family in Croatia for a few weeks after freshman year," says Kate. "Turns out, both her and Daniel's parents are from the same small village in Croatia and were family friends! So, I met Daniel through her family and we instantly became close friends." Kate and Daniel didn't start dating until years later when they both lived in New York City, but sparks definitely ignited the summer they met.

A few days before Valentine's Day in 2014, Daniel surprised Kate by asking her to be his wife. "We had planned our first vacation together, with just the two of us, to the Dominican Republic for a long weekend," says Kate. The night before they left for their trip, Kate and Daniel ordered Chinese food and settled in to watch one of their favorite TV shows. "Daniel knows I love fortune cookies. When I opened one it read 'Will you marry me?' At first I thought it was a prank fortune, so it took me a minute to really understand what was happening," said Kate. "Then Daniel got down on one knee and gave a beautiful speech asking if I would marry him. I was so shocked!"

Kate and Daniel planned their wedding with a Catholic Church ceremony followed by a reception at Westbury Manor. Their ceremony included a full mass and featured a singer, pianist, and a trio of string musicians. "We chose readings for the ceremony that really spoke to us as a couple," says Kate. "And my sister, who was also my maid of honor, sang accompanied by the musicians. It's something I will remember for the rest of my life." The bride walked down the aisle in a Tara Keely tulle ball gown and lace-trimmed cathedral-length veil. A pair of custom-made earrings given to Kate as a wedding gift by her parents and a Tiffany & Co. bracelet from her g room that morning, accessorized her dress. Daniel was a dapper gentleman in a peaked lapel tuxedo and velvet shoes. After the ceremony, the couple drove off in a vintage antique car for a mock getaway.

The bride and groom chose their reception venue based on the fact that they wanted the celebration to feel as if their guests were attending a dinner party at their home. "I loved that our cocktail hour was set up throughout three different rooms, which allowed our guests to walk around and explore the manor," says Kate. For their wedding day, the couple decided to blend Kate's South Dakotan background and Daniel's Croatian traditions. At the reception, the couple and their families drank from a Bukara, a wooden cup that's passed around at Croatian celebrations; and danced all night to a mix of country and Croatian music played by their DJ from Silverfox Entertainment along with a Croatian DJ. "All of my Midwestern family drank out of the Bukara and danced the Kolo, a Croatian folk dance; and all of his Croatian family danced and sang to country music," says Kate. "It was so much fun to see our cultures blending together!"

While planning the wedding's decor, Kate kept guests mingling in mind. "I wanted my tab le arrangements to have that 'wow' factor, but also wanted our guests to be able to see each other across the table and chat, so I chose low arrangements," says Kate. Half of the guest tables were adorned with flora l hedges and candles. The other tables featured floral arrangements with crystal candelabras. To play up the antique presentation of the centerpieces, the bride chose intricate lace-appliqued tablecloths with light beading paired with gold napkins.

After dinner, the couple cut their Salted Caramel-and-Samoa wedding cake. Instead of a groom's cake for Daniel, Kate organized to have White Castle sliders delivered. "We love late-night fast food," says Kate. "So I ordered cases of sliders and had them set up at 11:00 PM at the exit, so that our guests could grab a snack for the road. It was a huge hit!"The day was filled with well thought-out and meaningful details that were the perfect start to their marriage. "My favorite memory was walking down the aisle and seeing Daniel waiting for me," says Kate. "It is a moment I had dreamed of all of my life- it was surreal to be living it. To know I really was marrying my best friend and soul mate." 

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By Ivette Manners
Categories:  Real Weddings   

 

SOMETIMES YOU MEET YOUR MATCH through the people you've known for years. "A friend of mine was having a get together at her house one night and her boyfriend was b ringing a friend everyone else in the group knew, but I hadn't yet met," says Annalisa. "Once I met him I knew there was something special about him."

Vincent knew that there was something special about Annalisa as well, and after six years of dating he was ready to pop the big question. "Whenever we had free time and the weather was nice, Vincent and I would take walks through Eisenhower Park," says Annalisa. "One particular spring day after work, Vincent suggested that we go for a walk in the park."

Annalisa and Vincent strolled to the rose garden and relaxed on a bench, where Vincent began to express how badly he felt about not giving her a gift for her birthday the previous week.

Vincent proceeded to take his iPad out of his backpack and played a slideshow of photos of the two, over the past 6 years that he had put together. The photo montage, was accompanied by romantic music, such as John Legend's "All of Me". The last photo was of Vincent and Annalisa's father which had been taken the day he asked her father permission to marry Annalisa. "After the photos, the screen showed a message saying how much he loved me and then he got down on one knee and proposed. With lots of tears, I said 'Yes'!"

Annalisa and Vincent had a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony that was in both English and Italian. "Our heritage is very important to us, especially since I was born in Italy," says Annalisa. "My godmother came in from Italy for the wedding and recited a reading in Italian."

Annalisa wore a custom-made gown by Galia Lahav, which featured a detachable dramatic ball gown overskirt that she took off for the reception. Her dress was accessorized by pearl stud earrings given to her by her godmother, a bracelet borrowed from her sister who wore it on her own wedding day, and Christian Louboutin shoes.

 
Photo: Deja vu Studios

The bride's attendants included her bridesmaids, dressed in graphite trumpet-silhouette dresses with a sweetheart neckline. The flower girl complemented the bride's look in a tulle, lace tea-length dress and carried a mini version of Annalisa's bouquet. Her handsome groom wore a b lack Hugo Boss tuxedo and a white bowtie. His groomsmen were decked out in black Michael Kors tuxedos and bowties.

After the ceremony, the couple rode off in a white Bentley Flying Spur to the reception at Harbor Club at Prime in Huntington. The reception started off with a cocktail hour on the balcony overlooking Huntington Harbor and followed with dinner and dancing in the main ballroom. The decor's theme was white, gray, and silver with lace accents. The tables were decorated with tall centerpieces of white Phalaenopsis orchids and hydrangeas accompanied by floating candles.

 
Photo: Deja vu Studios

"We were introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Cice and then the party officially started!" says Annalisa. The newlyweds shared their first dance to "You & I" by John Legend and later did a spotlight dance to the English/Italian song, "I Belong to You" by Eros Ramazzotti and Anastacia. The bride and her father danced to the Italian song "Un'Emozione Per Sempre" by Eros Ramazzotti, and halfway through the dance Vincent and Annalisa's mother joined them. Vincent then danced with his mother to "Count on Me" by Bruno Mars and Annalisa and Vincent's father joined them on the dance floor. 

The guests dined on appetizers of warm goat cheese salad and crab cakes with a choice of Chilean sea bass, roasted chicken, veal osso buco, and prime New York strip steak for the main course. They were then treated to a three-layer funfetti wedding cake with vanilla buttercream filling. The party continued until the couple made their exit to prepare for their 1 0-day Hawaiian honeymoon. "We spent five days in Kauai and five days in Maui, says Annalisa.

Annalisa and Vincent had been planning their big d ay for almost a year and a half. This was the moment they've been waiting for. "My favorite memory of the d ay was walking down the aisle of the church and seeing Vincent and his beyond happy expression at the end waiting for me," says Annalisa.               

Vincent's words of advice to other husbands-to -be? "Happy fiancé, happy wedding planning!"

Long Island Bride and Groom Resources Below:  

Reception Site: Harbor Club at Prime

Photography & Videography: Deja Vu Studios

Wedding Day Photo Location: Old Westbury Gardens

Wedding Gown/Veil/Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal Reflections  

Invitations: Long Island Wedding & Event Planners Boutique

Bridal Registry: Macy's 

 


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SOMETIMES YOU MEET YOUR MATCH through the people you've known for years. "A friend of mine was having a get together at her house one night and her boyfriend was b ringing a friend everyone else in the group knew, but I hadn't yet met," says Annalisa. "Once I met him I knew there was something special about him."

Vincent knew that there was something special about Annalisa as well, and after six years of dating he was ready to pop the big question. "Whenever we had free time and the weather was nice, Vincent and I would take walks through Eisenhower Park," says Annalisa. "One particular spring day after work, Vincent suggested that we go for a walk in the park."

Annalisa and Vincent strolled to the rose garden and relaxed on a bench, where Vincent began to express how badly he felt about not giving her a gift for her birthday the previous week.

Vincent proceeded to take his iPad out of his backpack and played a slideshow of photos of the two, over the past 6 years that he had put together. The photo montage, was accompanied by romantic music, such as John Legend's "All of Me". The last photo was of Vincent and Annalisa's father which had been taken the day he asked her father permission to marry Annalisa. "After the photos, the screen showed a message saying how much he loved me and then he got down on one knee and proposed. With lots of tears, I said 'Yes'!"

Annalisa and Vincent had a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony that was in both English and Italian. "Our heritage is very important to us, especially since I was born in Italy," says Annalisa. "My godmother came in from Italy for the wedding and recited a reading in Italian."

Annalisa wore a custom-made gown by Galia Lahav, which featured a detachable dramatic ball gown overskirt that she took off for the reception. Her dress was accessorized by pearl stud earrings given to her by her godmother, a bracelet borrowed from her sister who wore it on her own wedding day, and Christian Louboutin shoes.

 
Photo: Deja vu Studios

The bride's attendants included her bridesmaids, dressed in graphite trumpet-silhouette dresses with a sweetheart neckline. The flower girl complemented the bride's look in a tulle, lace tea-length dress and carried a mini version of Annalisa's bouquet. Her handsome groom wore a b lack Hugo Boss tuxedo and a white bowtie. His groomsmen were decked out in black Michael Kors tuxedos and bowties.

After the ceremony, the couple rode off in a white Bentley Flying Spur to the reception at Harbor Club at Prime in Huntington. The reception started off with a cocktail hour on the balcony overlooking Huntington Harbor and followed with dinner and dancing in the main ballroom. The decor's theme was white, gray, and silver with lace accents. The tables were decorated with tall centerpieces of white Phalaenopsis orchids and hydrangeas accompanied by floating candles.

 
Photo: Deja vu Studios

"We were introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Cice and then the party officially started!" says Annalisa. The newlyweds shared their first dance to "You & I" by John Legend and later did a spotlight dance to the English/Italian song, "I Belong to You" by Eros Ramazzotti and Anastacia. The bride and her father danced to the Italian song "Un'Emozione Per Sempre" by Eros Ramazzotti, and halfway through the dance Vincent and Annalisa's mother joined them. Vincent then danced with his mother to "Count on Me" by Bruno Mars and Annalisa and Vincent's father joined them on the dance floor. 

The guests dined on appetizers of warm goat cheese salad and crab cakes with a choice of Chilean sea bass, roasted chicken, veal osso buco, and prime New York strip steak for the main course. They were then treated to a three-layer funfetti wedding cake with vanilla buttercream filling. The party continued until the couple made their exit to prepare for their 1 0-day Hawaiian honeymoon. "We spent five days in Kauai and five days in Maui, says Annalisa.

Annalisa and Vincent had been planning their big d ay for almost a year and a half. This was the moment they've been waiting for. "My favorite memory of the d ay was walking down the aisle of the church and seeing Vincent and his beyond happy expression at the end waiting for me," says Annalisa.               

Vincent's words of advice to other husbands-to -be? "Happy fiancé, happy wedding planning!"

Long Island Bride and Groom Resources Below:  

Reception Site: Harbor Club at Prime

Photography & Videography: Deja Vu Studios

Wedding Day Photo Location: Old Westbury Gardens

Wedding Gown/Veil/Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal Reflections  

Invitations: Long Island Wedding & Event Planners Boutique

Bridal Registry: Macy's 

 


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By Ivette Manners
Categories:  Real Weddings   

ANGELA AND DANIEL literally fell in love from across the room even before they met. "When I first saw Angela I knew right then and there that she was the one," says Daniel. While helping out a DJ friend at a local bar, he spotted Angela on the dance floor and they shared stolen glances until he finally walked over to talk to her and she said something that made him laugh. ''The first words he said to me were 'I think I love you already'," says Angela. "We talked all night and afterwards he walked me home. He was quite the gentleman!"

Daniel proposed to Angela at what she thought was going to be his aunt's surprise 60th birthday party. The supposed party was being held at the same venue where Daniel's sister's baby shower took place, so because the location was familiar she wasn't suspicious when they arrived.

"We walked through the garden and I commented on all the beautiful flowers and how I thought it would be a great spot to take engagement photos." Little to her knowledge, Daniel beat her to the idea. He planned the proposal for months. "I wasn't nervous until we got out of the car and started walking. I stumbled on my words a little, then the most beautiful butterfly flew by us and I knew it was my grandfather, so that gave me enough courage to propose." As they continued walking, Daniel asked, "Do you remember the first words I ever said to you? I've loved you since the day I met you and want to spend the rest of my life with you:' He then knelt down and presented Angela with a diamond ring.

After celebrating our special moment with a custom made bottle of champagne with our names and proposed dates. "I couldn't wait to show off my ring to our families, so Danny suggested that we stop by his house." Angela goes on to say, "We went to his house to grab the other bottles of champagne, and to my surprise both of our families were there and everyone yelled 'Congrats!'."

The couple planned a big wedding with a traditional church ceremony followed by a reception at Woodbury Country Club.

 Photo: Golden Moments 

Angela wore an Eve of Milady strapless ivory lace gown with a layered organza skirt and a crystal-trimmed cathedral-length veil. Her bridesmaids wore red sleeveless chiffon dresses with red opal teardrop earrings. Daniel and his groomsmen wore black slim-fit tuxedos accessorized by Swarovski cufflinks. After the ceremony and photos, the newlyweds left the church in a 1958 Rolls Royce and the bridal party followed behind in a large party bus.

 
Photo: Golden Moments

For the reception's decor, the couple chose a classic black-and-white theme with touches of red shown through the bridesmaids' dresses, inside the red velvet-flavored cake, and the soles of the bride's glittery Christian Louboutin shoes. Black linen, white candles, and tall white floral centerpieces decorated the tables. An extravagant cocktail hour was held outdoors complete with a seafood boat, sliders station, and mashed-potato bar. Some of the men enjoyed cigars from the cigar bar while other guests sipped signature drinks as a pianist played eclectic upbeat music. 

At the reception, the band played all genres of music, which kept the dance floor packed and full of energy the entire night. After they indulged on hors d'oeuvres at the cocktail hour, the guests were treated to more fine food at d inner, which featured main courses of shell steak, chicken, salmon, shrimp scampi, and pasta primavera. After the cake cutting, which was accompanied by a tartufo (a classic Italian ice cream truffle dessert) and assorted Italian cookies, the bride changed into a knee-length embroidered dress, so that she could really enjoy the nightclub-themed after party. "It was an incredible night," says Angela.

After the wedding, the couple jetted off to Sicily for a 10-day honeymoon. They first visited Palermo for a few days for a culinary experience, then traveled to the Aeolian Islands where they stayed in private bungalows overlooking the ocean and hiked an active volcano. They ended their trip in picturesque Taormina.

For Angela and Daniel, each step of the wedding planning was something to enjoy on its own. "After we booked our venue, band, florist, and photographer, Danny and I celebrated with d inner or drinks," said Angela. "It made for fun and stress-free planning." 

Long Island Bride and Groom Resources Below:  

Reception Site: Woodbury Country Club

Photography/Videography: Golden Moments

Reception Entertainment/Ceremony Music: Skyline Orchestras, Code Bleu  

Wedding Gown/Bridesmaid Dresses/Veil: Bridal Reflections

Men's Formalwear: Foresto Tuxedo

Flowers: Colonial Flower Shop 

Chair Covers/Table Linens: The Finishing Touch  

Transportation: Lancelot Limousine Services, Inc.  

Guest Accommodations: Four Points by Sheraton Plainview 

Honeymoon Travel: Ship to Shore Travel 

 


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ANGELA AND DANIEL literally fell in love from across the room even before they met. "When I first saw Angela I knew right then and there that she was the one," says Daniel. While helping out a DJ friend at a local bar, he spotted Angela on the dance floor and they shared stolen glances until he finally walked over to talk to her and she said something that made him laugh. ''The first words he said to me were 'I think I love you already'," says Angela. "We talked all night and afterwards he walked me home. He was quite the gentleman!"

Daniel proposed to Angela at what she thought was going to be his aunt's surprise 60th birthday party. The supposed party was being held at the same venue where Daniel's sister's baby shower took place, so because the location was familiar she wasn't suspicious when they arrived.

"We walked through the garden and I commented on all the beautiful flowers and how I thought it would be a great spot to take engagement photos." Little to her knowledge, Daniel beat her to the idea. He planned the proposal for months. "I wasn't nervous until we got out of the car and started walking. I stumbled on my words a little, then the most beautiful butterfly flew by us and I knew it was my grandfather, so that gave me enough courage to propose." As they continued walking, Daniel asked, "Do you remember the first words I ever said to you? I've loved you since the day I met you and want to spend the rest of my life with you:' He then knelt down and presented Angela with a diamond ring.

After celebrating our special moment with a custom made bottle of champagne with our names and proposed dates. "I couldn't wait to show off my ring to our families, so Danny suggested that we stop by his house." Angela goes on to say, "We went to his house to grab the other bottles of champagne, and to my surprise both of our families were there and everyone yelled 'Congrats!'."

The couple planned a big wedding with a traditional church ceremony followed by a reception at Woodbury Country Club.

 Photo: Golden Moments 

Angela wore an Eve of Milady strapless ivory lace gown with a layered organza skirt and a crystal-trimmed cathedral-length veil. Her bridesmaids wore red sleeveless chiffon dresses with red opal teardrop earrings. Daniel and his groomsmen wore black slim-fit tuxedos accessorized by Swarovski cufflinks. After the ceremony and photos, the newlyweds left the church in a 1958 Rolls Royce and the bridal party followed behind in a large party bus.

 
Photo: Golden Moments

For the reception's decor, the couple chose a classic black-and-white theme with touches of red shown through the bridesmaids' dresses, inside the red velvet-flavored cake, and the soles of the bride's glittery Christian Louboutin shoes. Black linen, white candles, and tall white floral centerpieces decorated the tables. An extravagant cocktail hour was held outdoors complete with a seafood boat, sliders station, and mashed-potato bar. Some of the men enjoyed cigars from the cigar bar while other guests sipped signature drinks as a pianist played eclectic upbeat music. 

At the reception, the band played all genres of music, which kept the dance floor packed and full of energy the entire night. After they indulged on hors d'oeuvres at the cocktail hour, the guests were treated to more fine food at d inner, which featured main courses of shell steak, chicken, salmon, shrimp scampi, and pasta primavera. After the cake cutting, which was accompanied by a tartufo (a classic Italian ice cream truffle dessert) and assorted Italian cookies, the bride changed into a knee-length embroidered dress, so that she could really enjoy the nightclub-themed after party. "It was an incredible night," says Angela.

After the wedding, the couple jetted off to Sicily for a 10-day honeymoon. They first visited Palermo for a few days for a culinary experience, then traveled to the Aeolian Islands where they stayed in private bungalows overlooking the ocean and hiked an active volcano. They ended their trip in picturesque Taormina.

For Angela and Daniel, each step of the wedding planning was something to enjoy on its own. "After we booked our venue, band, florist, and photographer, Danny and I celebrated with d inner or drinks," said Angela. "It made for fun and stress-free planning." 

Long Island Bride and Groom Resources Below:  

Reception Site: Woodbury Country Club

Photography/Videography: Golden Moments

Reception Entertainment/Ceremony Music: Skyline Orchestras, Code Bleu  

Wedding Gown/Bridesmaid Dresses/Veil: Bridal Reflections

Men's Formalwear: Foresto Tuxedo

Flowers: Colonial Flower Shop 

Chair Covers/Table Linens: The Finishing Touch  

Transportation: Lancelot Limousine Services, Inc.  

Guest Accommodations: Four Points by Sheraton Plainview 

Honeymoon Travel: Ship to Shore Travel 

 


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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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