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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 Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  Articles   

To be or not to be, that is the question? Oh wait, wrong event. The question still remains though, to write your own vows or recite the traditional vows. You are deep in the wedding planning process now and you've reached the part about the exchanging of vows. You've known for years that you would really love to write your own vows, but you aren't sure where to begin. The very first step you should take before writing your own vows is making sure that you and your partner are on the same page when it comes to vow writing. If you aren't equally committed, it will show in your vows. There is no right or wrong answer to traditional versus DIY vows; just what is right for you as a couple.

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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 Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  Wedding Fashion    

View some of the latest gown styles and trends for 2017.  Below is just a few pages of one our gown features Gowns for A Goddess - Haute Couture by Solo Merav .  When looking for your perfect wedding dress you want the type of gown you select to directly relate to the style and formality of the wedding you’re planning. To view more of Solo Merav in this feature and get some great bridal planning tips checkout our digital magazine.  Long Island’s best Online Resource for Wedding Planning!

 

 


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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 Long Island Bride and Groom
Categories:  Health & Beauty   

 

When applying perfume, be sure to spritz a little on your wrists and rub them together. This will give you a heavenly scent without being overpowering. When selecting your perfect fragrance for your wedding day, choose a fresh and clean perfume to give you just the right amount of scent. 


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