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By Sandra Mardenfeld
Categories:  Real Weddings   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Photo: Dan Saviano Photography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Long Island Bride and Groom Resources: 

Reception Site: Bourne Mansion - Lessing’s  

Photography & Videography: Daniel Saviano Photography  

Reception Entertainment: Skyline Orchestras – Code Bleu 

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

Bridal Registry: Macy’s 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Photo: Dan Saviano Photography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Long Island Bride and Groom Resources: 

Reception Site: Bourne Mansion - Lessing’s  

Photography & Videography: Daniel Saviano Photography  

Reception Entertainment: Skyline Orchestras – Code Bleu 

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

Bridal Registry: Macy’s 


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By Sandra Mardenfeld
Categories:  Real Weddings   

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Long Island Resources:

Reception Site/Wedding Cake: The Carltun

Photography: Sherwood-Triat Photography

Videography: Tony Lante Photography

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Reflections

Flowers: Pedestals

Bridal Registry: Bloomingdale’s 


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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Long Island Resources:

Reception Site/Wedding Cake: The Carltun

Photography: Sherwood-Triat Photography

Videography: Tony Lante Photography

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Reflections

Flowers: Pedestals

Bridal Registry: Bloomingdale’s 


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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."

 

Long Island Resources Below:

Reception Site: Russo’s On The Bay

Photography and Videography: Tony Lante Photography and Cinematography

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal Reflections

Bridal Registry: Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s

Wedding Cake: Russo’s On The Bay



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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."

 

Long Island Resources Below:

Reception Site: Russo’s On The Bay

Photography and Videography: Tony Lante Photography and Cinematography

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal Reflections

Bridal Registry: Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s

Wedding Cake: Russo’s On The Bay



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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." 

Long Island Bride and Groom Resources Below:  


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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." 

Long Island Bride and Groom Resources Below: