WEDDING STYLE BLOG

Inspiration for the Long Island Bride

Diana & Robert

09.30.2017

Photography By Deja Vu Studios

  • Date: Oct 31, 2017
  • Author: Ivette Manners
  • Category: Real Weddings   

Diana and Robert met through mutual friends during freshman year at the University of Hartford. “We found ourselves hanging out between classes and on weekends, getting friendlier over time,” says Diana.

During a trip to Sonoma, California to celebrate Diana’s 25th birthday, Robert realized that she was the one. Two years later, the couple returned to California for Robert’s uncle’s wedding in Carmel and they decided to extend their trip to revisit Silverado. “I was sweating the whole weekend,” says Robert. When they got to Silverado, Robert couldn’t wait to grab a glass of wine and pop the question; but little did he know that Diana had planned a full guided tour through the winery, so his proposal had to wait a while. “I was nervous and sweating during the whole tour with the ring in my pocket,” says Robert. “When we finally got to the end of the tour, we were led onto a private patio with a table set for two overlooking Napa Valley. I couldn’t hold it in any longer and without hesitation I bent down on one knee and asked Diana to spend forever with me.” “She hugged me for the longest time,” says Robert. “It was the greatest feeling I’ve ever felt.”

Diana and Robert wed at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Paul in Hempstead, which they decorated with a custom aisle runner featuring their new monogram and wedding date, as well as flowers that hung from every other pew which matched two large floral arrangements on the altar. The bride wore a blush toned lace and- tulle gown by Victoria Kyriakides, a matching blush veil, a custom headpiece covered in Swarovski crystals, and sparkly nude flats by Christian Louboutin. Her maid-of-honor and bridesmaids wore burgundy dresses of different styles and the flower girls wore matching lace-and-blush tulle dresses. Robert wore a custom-made black tuxedo and his groomsmen were dressed in gray.

Inspired by Diana’s love of wine tasting and how Robert proposed, the couple chose a rustic burgundy wine colored theme for their reception at The Heritage Club at Bethpage (formerly Carlyle on the Green). The cocktail hour occupied the venue’s large Heritage Room, as well as outside where a three-piece band played classic tunes in a Reggae style and 10 food stations, including a lobster bar and a master carving station, were set up to serve guests. As guests made their way into the main party space, they passed an open-aired photo booth, which was a hit all night. In addition to the 5-piece live band, a DJ also entertained guests. “We were able to dance to wedding favorites, along with some international songs, as well as having live music while our guests enjoyed dinner,” says Diana.

Seeing Diana walk down the aisle was Robert’s favorite memory of the wedding. “I felt like I had waited forever!” says Robert.

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Diana and Robert met through mutual friends during freshman year at the University of Hartford. “We found ourselves hanging out between classes and on weekends, getting friendlier over time,” says Diana.

During a trip to Sonoma, California to celebrate Diana’s 25th birthday, Robert realized that she was the one. Two years later, the couple returned to California for Robert’s uncle’s wedding in Carmel and they decided to extend their trip to revisit Silverado. “I was sweating the whole weekend,” says Robert. When they got to Silverado, Robert couldn’t wait to grab a glass of wine and pop the question; but little did he know that Diana had planned a full guided tour through the winery, so his proposal had to wait a while. “I was nervous and sweating during the whole tour with the ring in my pocket,” says Robert. “When we finally got to the end of the tour, we were led onto a private patio with a table set for two overlooking Napa Valley. I couldn’t hold it in any longer and without hesitation I bent down on one knee and asked Diana to spend forever with me.” “She hugged me for the longest time,” says Robert. “It was the greatest feeling I’ve ever felt.”

Diana and Robert wed at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Paul in Hempstead, which they decorated with a custom aisle runner featuring their new monogram and wedding date, as well as flowers that hung from every other pew which matched two large floral arrangements on the altar. The bride wore a blush toned lace and- tulle gown by Victoria Kyriakides, a matching blush veil, a custom headpiece covered in Swarovski crystals, and sparkly nude flats by Christian Louboutin. Her maid-of-honor and bridesmaids wore burgundy dresses of different styles and the flower girls wore matching lace-and-blush tulle dresses. Robert wore a custom-made black tuxedo and his groomsmen were dressed in charcoal gray.

Inspired by Diana’s love of wine tasting and how Robert proposed, the couple chose a rustic burgundy wine colored theme for their reception at The Heritage Club at Bethpage (formerly Carlyle on the Green). The cocktail hour occupied the venue’s large Heritage Room, as well as outside where a three-piece band played classic tunes in a Reggae style and 10 food stations, including a lobster bar and a master carving station, were set up to serve guests. As guests made their way into the main party space, they passed an open-aired photo booth, which was a hit all night. In addition to the 5-piece live band, a DJ also entertained guests. “We were able to dance to wedding favorites, along with some international songs, as well as having live music while our guests enjoyed dinner,” says Diana.

Seeing Diana walk down the aisle was Robert’s favorite memory of the wedding. “I felt like I had waited forever!” says Robert.

Justine & Nicholas

07.07.2017

Photography By Silverfox Photography

  • Date: Aug 23, 2017
  • Author: Sandra Mardenfeld
  • Category: Real Weddings   

It all started at Bluegrass Lane in the summer of 2011. Nicholas (Nick) and Justine were both lifeguards at the same town pool, and became best friends. “We found ourselves telling each other things we never told anyone,” said Justine. “Our friendship was unique and carefree. It was so simple to laugh and be friends, we felt like we had known each other forever.” said Justine.

In the fall, Justine would drive to Binghamton to visit Nick at college while Nick planned trips home as often as possible. Nick came home after he graduated… and on December 20, 2015, he proposed. He asked Justine to go to the beach and watch the sunset—something they did often. “As we were walking along the water, I stopped to admire the sky. The sun could still be seen in the west and the big bright moon had appeared in the east. Ironically, I said to Nick, ‘The love story of the sun and the moon is so beautiful, don’t you think? Just look how beautiful this is.’ As I turned to see Nick’s response, I found Nick on one knee saying, ‘What about our love story?’”

Nick and Justine married at Oceanbleu in West Hampton. “The ceremony was barefoot, free, organic, and filled with lots of love and light,” said Justine.

Eucalyptus lined the aisles, and the flower girls dropped rose petals in the sand. The bride made two signs from driftwood she collected: One read “little chapel by the sea” and the other “shoes optional.” The bride wore an ivory romantic bohemian-styled, lace sheath wedding dress with spaghetti straps and a V-neckline with opal beads. Justine wore handmade lace barefoot sandals, a simple cathedral veil and jewelry, including an upper arm cuff. Exotic flowers adorned her hair, which was in a loose side braid. Her hand-tied bouquet included eucalyptus, succulents and a passion flower.

The bridesmaids wore topaz two piece dresses made from a slate grey fabric with a sheer georgette overlay. The look was completed with rose gold moonstone jewelry and a topaz bustier with flattering ruching on the cups and waist. Their hair was worn in a half up half down twist with baby’s breath.

The groom and guys wore gray tuxedoes with bowties (ivory for groom; dusty lavender for groomsmen) and Rockport Wing Tip Oxford brown shoes.

The reception’s vibe was boho hippie with a whimsical twist that featured colors such as lavender, gray, green, gold and dashes of coral peach.

“We loved our first dance and so did our guests, which was a choreographed dance by Dance Reverie” to Jason Mraz’ “I Won’t Give Up,” played on the guitar and sang by our cousin Martin Flanagan, said Justine.

The night started with a blessing from Justine’s dad. “Dancing all night and the bonfire at the end of the night was definitely the most fun,” said Justine. “We are blessed to say we had an unforgettable wedding of a lifetime surrounded by all the people we love.”

Nick and Justine enjoyed a 16-day honeymoon in Tahiti, Mo’orea and Bora Bora, where they stayed in a bungalow with a glass bottom floor.

“Nothing in life is perfect, some things won’t go as planned,” Justine advises other brides. “Just live in the moment, go with the flow and enjoy every second. Also, right before you walk down the aisle stop, stand completely still, look around and take in everything that moment has to offer... it’s going to be beautiful.”

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It all started at Bluegrass Lane in the summer of 2011. Nicholas (Nick) and Justine were both lifeguards at the same town pool, and became best friends. “We found ourselves telling each other things we never told anyone,” said Justine. “Our friendship was unique and carefree. It was so simple to laugh and be friends, we felt like we had known each other forever.” said Justine.

In the fall, Justine would drive to Binghamton to visit Nick at college while Nick planned trips home as often as possible. Nick came home after he graduated… and on December 20, 2015, he proposed. He asked Justine to go to the beach and watch the sunset—something they did often. “As we were walking along the water, I stopped to admire the sky. The sun could still be seen in the west and the big bright moon had appeared in the east. Ironically, I said to Nick, ‘The love story of the sun and the moon is so beautiful, don’t you think? Just look how beautiful this is.’ As I turned to see Nick’s response, I found Nick on one knee saying, ‘What about our love story?’”

Nick and Justine married at Oceanbleu in West Hampton. “The ceremony was barefoot, free, organic, and filled with lots of love and light,” said Justine.

Eucalyptus lined the aisles, and the flower girls dropped rose petals in the sand. The bride made two signs from driftwood she collected: One read “little chapel by the sea” and the other “shoes optional.” The bride wore an ivory romantic bohemian-styled, lace sheath wedding dress with spaghetti straps and a V-neckline with opal beads. Justine wore handmade lace barefoot sandals, a simple cathedral veil and jewelry, including an upper arm cuff. Exotic flowers adorned her hair, which was in a loose side braid.Her hand-tied bouquet included eucalyptus, succulents and a passion flower.

The bridesmaids wore topaz two piece dresses made from a slate grey fabric with a sheer georgette overlay. The look was completed with rose gold moonstone jewelry and a topaz bustier with flattering ruching on the cups and waist. Their hair was worn in a half up half down twist with baby’s breath.

The groom and guys wore gray tuxedoes with bowties (ivory for groom; dusty lavender for groomsmen) and Rockport Wing Tip Oxford brown shoes.

The reception’s vibe was boho hippie with a whimsical twist that featured colors such as lavender, gray, green, gold and dashes of coral peach.

“We loved our first dance and so did our guests, which was a choreographed dance by Dance Reverie” to Jason Mraz’ “I Won’t Give Up,” played on the guitar and sang by our cousin Martin Flanagan, said Justine.

The night started with a blessing from Justine’s dad. “Dancing all night and the bonfire at the end of the night was definitely the most fun,” said Justine. “We are blessed to say we had an unforgettable wedding of a lifetime surrounded by all the people we love.”

Nick and Justine enjoyed a 16-day honeymoon in Tahiti, Mo’orea and Bora Bora, where they stayed in a bungalow with a glass bottom floor.

“Nothing in life is perfect, some things won’t go as planned,” Justine advises other brides. “Just live in the moment, go with the flow and enjoy every second. Also, right before you walk down the aisle stop, stand completely still, look around and take in everything that moment has to offer... it’s going to be beautiful.”

Mina & Taylor

02.26.2017

Photography By Tony Lante Photography

  • Date: May 10, 2017
  • Author: Ivette Manners
  • Category: Real Weddings   

Mina and Taylor became fast friends after meeting in their English 101 class at college. That summer, Taylor invited Mina and her sister Anissa to a baseball game he was playing in where he greeted Mina with a rose and a baseball. And that was the beginning of their love story.

Taylor and Anissa’s boyfriend Steven knew how inseparable the two sisters were and how they shared all of their biggest milestones together, so Taylor and Steven decided on a double proposal on the same day. Taylor made a plan to take Mina on a limousine ride to her favorite restaurant on the beach in Bayville. 

After dinner, they took a walk on the shore to watch the sunset, just like they always did. “I had no idea he was going to propose,” says Mina. “We were laughing and joking as we walked to the beach, and then I saw an aisle made out of rose petals, tiki torches, and tea lights in the sand. 

When I saw the setup, I assumed it was for someone else and thought how cute it was.” As they got closer, Mina noticed framed photos of her and Taylor and tea lights in the shape of a giant heart. “The first thing I saw was a picture frame with a photo of Taylor and I and I immediately began to cry,” says Mina. 

As they walked down the aisle, they held hands while Taylor told Mina how much she meant to him and how much he loved her. When they got to the end, Taylor got down on one knee in the heart. “The moment he asked ‘Mina will you marry me?’ I fell to the sand crying and hugging him and said yes!” Taylor had a videographer and photographer secretly capture the proposal, so they were able to share the special moment with families. 

Because Taylor and Mina came from different religious backgrounds they planned a non-denominational ceremony, which was officiated by Mina’s cousin. The ceremony space had an outdoor feel with white chairs decorated with ivory rose kissing balls and dramatic greenery draping the chairs that lined the aisle.

The bride wore an ivory long-sleeved ball gown by Sophia Tolli that was accessorized by a crystal-embellished veil, Jimmy Choo pumps, and a white gold diamond necklace that was a wedding gift from Taylor. Her bridesmaids wore Tiffany-blue floor-length gowns and carried bouquets of white, ivory, pink and peach blooms. The groom wore a white tuxedo with black lapels accessorized by black suspenders and a bowtie; and his groomsmen complemented his dapper look with grey tuxedos with black lapels, also styled with black suspenders and bowties. 

After the ceremony, 300 beloved guests were hosted to a “winter royal wedding” reception, which started with a full cocktail hour. In the main ballroom, white linen-covered tables were accompanied by gold chivari chairs and were decorated with candelabras and light pink and-ivory cherry blossom trees with crystals dangling from the branches.

A romantic ambiance was set with blue, pink, and amber up lighting and pictures of the couple were displayed around the venue, including photos from the proposal that were placed in the lobby along with a scrapbook that the bride had created. 

The reception kicked off with the couple’s grand entrance from a revolving
door and their first dance to “I Love You this Big” by Scotty McCreery. “It’s our song,” says Mina. “Taylor sang it to me on one of our first dates.” During the evening, Taylor surprised his bride by singing “Your Man” by Josh Turner.

Throughout dinner, guests enjoyed an open bar with signature cocktails like the “Taylor’s Grand Slam” and “Mina-the-Briderita Margarita”. The feast was highlighted by a 4-tier ivory-and-blush cake embellished with sugar flowers, ribbon, and crystals.

After saying goodnight to all of their guests, the newlyweds left the venue with some of the bridal party and immediate family members in a party bus. Looking back on the big day, the groom’s favorite memory was when he first saw his bride at her reveal. “Our bridal party and immediate family all lined up to witness this special moment,” says Taylor.

The bride’s most memorable moment of the day was when they took some time from the reception to have photos taken with their photographer. “We were able to take in what we have been waiting for since the moment we met,” says Mina. “It was so surreal that the picture-perfect day we’ve been looking forward to, was just that, perfect.”

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Mina and Taylor became fast friends after meeting in their English 101 class at college. That summer, Taylor invited Mina and her sister Anissa to a baseball game he was playing in where he greeted Mina with a rose and a baseball. And that was the beginning of their love story.

Taylor and Anissa’s boyfriend Steven knew how inseparable the two sisters were and how they shared all of their biggest milestones together, so Taylor and Steven decided on a double proposal on the same day. Taylor made a plan to take Mina on a limousine ride to her favorite restaurant on the beach in Bayville. 

After dinner, they took a walk on the shore to watch the sunset, just like they always did. “I had no idea he was going to propose,” says Mina. “We were laughing and joking as we walked to the beach, and then I saw an aisle made out of rose petals, tiki torches, and tea lights in the sand. 

When I saw the setup, I assumed it was for someone else and thought how cute it was.” As they got closer, Mina noticed framed photos of her and Taylor and tea lights in the shape of a giant heart. “The first thing I saw was a picture frame with a photo of Taylor and I and I immediately began to cry,” says Mina. 

As they walked down the aisle, they held hands while Taylor told Mina how much she meant to him and how much he loved her. When they got to the end, Taylor got down on one knee in the heart. “The moment he asked ‘Mina will you marry me?’ I fell to the sand crying and hugging him and said yes!” Taylor had a videographer and photographer secretly capture the proposal, so they were able to share the special moment with their families. 

Because Taylor and Mina came from different religious backgrounds they planned a non-denominational ceremony, which was officiated by Mina’s cousin. The ceremony space had an outdoor feel with white chairs decorated with ivory rose kissing balls and dramatic greenery draping the chairs that lined the aisle.

The bride wore an ivory long-sleeved ball gown by Sophia Tolli that was accessorized by a crystal-embellished veil, Jimmy Choo pumps, and a white gold diamond necklace that was a wedding gift from Taylor. Her bridesmaids wore Tiffany-blue floor-length gowns and carried bouquets of white, ivory, pink and peach blooms. The groom wore a white tuxedo with black lapels accessorized by black suspenders and a bowtie; and his groomsmen complemented his dapper look with grey tuxedos with black lapels, also styled with black suspenders and bowties. 

After the ceremony, 300 beloved guests were hosted to a “winter royal wedding” reception, which started with a full cocktail hour. In the main ballroom, white linen-covered tables were accompanied by gold chivari chairs and were decorated with candelabras and light pink and-ivory cherry blossom trees with crystals dangling from the branches.

A romantic ambiance was set with blue, pink, and amber up lighting and pictures of the couple were displayed around the venue, including photos from the proposal that were placed in the lobby along with a scrapbook that the bride had created. 

The reception kicked off with the couple’s grand entrance from a revolving
door and their first dance to “I Love You this Big” by Scotty McCreery. “It’s our song,” says Mina. “Taylor sang it to me on one of our first dates.” During the evening, Taylor surprised his bride by singing “Your Man” by Josh Turner.

Throughout dinner, guests enjoyed an open bar with signature cocktails like the “Taylor’s Grand Slam” and “Mina-the-Briderita Margarita”. The feast was highlighted by a 4-tier ivory-and-blush cake embellished with sugar flowers, ribbon, and crystals.

After saying goodnight to all of their guests, the newlyweds left the venue with some of the bridal party and immediate family members in a party bus. Looking back on the big day, the groom’s favorite memory was when he first saw his bride at her reveal. “Our bridal party and immediate family all lined up to witness this special moment,” says Taylor.

The bride’s most memorable moment of the day was when they took some time from the reception to have photos taken with their photographer. “We were able to take in what we have been waiting for since the moment we met,” says Mina. “It was so surreal that the picture-perfect day we’ve been looking forward to, was just that, perfect.”

Teresa & Enrico

09.30.2016

Photography By Deja Vu Studios

  • Date: Oct 30, 2016
  • Author: Sandra Mardenfeld
  • Category: Real Weddings   

Who knew that going out to dinner with the groom's friend and the bride's (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 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 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."


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Who knew that going out to dinner with the groom's friend and the bride's (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 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."


  • Date: Jul 20, 2016
  • Author: Ivette Manners
  • Category: 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 5K 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 Flynn'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, 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 glow 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” 

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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 5K 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 Flynn'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 glow 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” 

  • Date: May 29, 2016
  • Author: Ivette Manners
  • Category: 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 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. "Satold me to open the frame and saw the photo collage, and then turned around and saw he was on one knee holding the ring," says Carmelisa. After Carmelisa accepted to be Salvatore's wifethey went back to her parent's house where both of their families were waiting to celebrate the speciaoccasion.

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 VaStefani gown while her bridesmaids were dressed in purple one-shoulder gowns and carried bouquets of purple Picasso lilies. Salvatore wore slim-fit Perry Ellituxedo 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.

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 SaValentinettialso a friend of Salvatore's from St. John's University, to sing "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers followed by a feFrank Sinatra songs. Dinner was another highlight. "Sal and 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 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 lotof different sweets, Italian pastries and cakes, and house-made gelato." A yellocake-and-Nutella custard filled wedding cake was showpiece decorated with crystals and jewels.
 
After the big day, the newlyweds spent a few days in Rome, then went on 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 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 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. "Satold me to open the frame and saw the photo collage, and then turned around and saw he was on one knee holding the ring," says Carmelisa. After Carmelisa accepted to be Salvatore's wifethey went back to her parent's house where both of their families were waiting to celebrate the speciaoccasion.

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 VaStefani gown while her bridesmaids were dressed in purple one-shoulder gowns and carried bouquets of purple Picasso lilies. Salvatore wore slim-fit Perry Ellituxedo 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.

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 SaValentinettialso a friend of Salvatore's from St. John's University, to sing "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers followed by a feFrank Sinatra songs. Dinner was another highlight. "Sal and 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 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 lotof different sweets, Italian pastries and cakes, and house-made gelato." A yellocake-and-Nutella custard filled wedding cake was showpiece decorated with crystals and jewels.
 
After the big day, the newlyweds spent a few days in Rome, then went on 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 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." 

Daniela and Mustafa

09.19.2015

Photography By Tony Lante Photography

  • Date: Oct 23, 2015
  • Author: Sandra Mardenfeld
  • Category: 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 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.

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.

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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.

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.

Annalisa and Vincent

09.06.2015

Photography By Deja Vu Studios

  • Date: Oct 07, 2015
  • Author: Ivette Manners
  • Category: 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 bringing 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.

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.

"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 day 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!"

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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 bringing 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.

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.

"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 day 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!"

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