WEDDING STYLE BLOG

Inspiration for the Long Island Bride

Lindsay and Brent

10.27.2018

Photography By Déjà Vu Studios

  • Date: Nov 27, 2018
  • Author: Ivette Manners
  • Category: Real Weddings   

While dating, one of Lindsay and Brent’s favorite things to do together was to watch The Bachelor and The Bachelorette every Monday night. This shared interest sparked Brent’s proposal to Lindsay. “Brent and I were going to dinner with my family to celebrate my birthday,” says Lindsay. “Earlier that day, I was out shopping with mom and grandma and we planned on meeting Brent at the restaurant afterwards,” says Lindsay. “When we arrived, the table was set for two extra people and Brent walked in with his parents and a rose in his hand.” Brent then asked Lindsay if she would accept his final rose—just like they do on The Bachelor. “He got down on his knee, opened a ring box, and asked if I would marry him,” says Lindsay. “I said YES!”

The couple held their ceremony at Curé of Ars Church in Merrick. The church’s beautiful long aisle, high ceilings, and stained glass windows made a perfect setting for their meaningful ceremony. “A votive candle was lit for our loved ones who had passed away and could not be with us that day,” says Lindsay. The bride and groom also wore charms - Lindsay’s in her bouquet and Brent’s pinned inside his jacket - which held photos of their grandfathers. Lindsay wore a sparkling Eve of Milady mermaid gown with a crystal-embellished, cathedral-length veil and carried a cascading bouquet with white roses and blue and purple orchids. Brent stood handsomely next to her at the altar in a charcoal-gray tuxedo from Foresto Tuxedo. Lindsay’s maid- of-honor and five bridesmaids wore violet chiffon dresses in coordinating styles and the groomsmen were also dressed in gray tuxedos to match the groom.

The newlyweds made it a priority to attend the cocktail hour. “This was important to us and we were able to greet almost all of our guests during this time,” says Lindsay. “This allowed us to really enjoy our reception. After all the work and planning, I wanted to have fun at my own party.” Guests were treated to 10 different food stations at the cocktail hour, ranging from taco and mashed potato bars to pasta and carving stations.

 

The reception was held in a ballroom decorated with tall, white orchid centerpieces that picked up the lavender uplighting. The floral centerpieces also included vibrant violet, blue, aqua, and green blooms. “We loved the symmetry of the room,” says Lindsay. “There were bars on both ends of the space and tables set up on either side of the dance floor.”

 

After dinner, the couple cut their 4-tier, round funfetti cake with purple-and white ombré buttercream frosting which was decorated with purple, blue and aqua edible wafer butterflies on the sides.

 

The band Code Bleu kept the party going all night. “There was never a moment then the dance floor wasn’t full,” says Lindsay. The couple also had a cigar roller and a photobooth with lots of props for funny photos, and, as a wedding gift, Lindsay’s mother hired a live painter. “Everyone loved this and now I have a beautiful Disney princess-like painted scene of our first dance to remember the moment forever,” says Lindsay.

 

While the bride’s favorite memory of the day was when she took a moment to look around the room and observed everyone’s happy faces enjoying the reception, the groom recalls the second the church door opened and Lindsay walked down the aisle. “Brent actually cried as I came in, which was a perfect reaction,” says Lindsay. “He was so happy it was infectious.”

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While dating, one of Lindsay and Brent’s favorite things to do together was to watch The Bachelor and The Bachelorette every Monday night. This shared interest sparked Brent’s proposal to Lindsay. “Brent and I were going to dinner with my family to celebrate my birthday,” says Lindsay. “Earlier that day, I was out shopping with mom and grandma and we planned on meeting Brent at the restaurant afterwards,” says Lindsay. “When we arrived, the table was set for two extra people and Brent walked in with his parents and a rose in his hand.” Brent then asked Lindsay if she would accept his final rose—just like they do on The Bachelor. “He got down on his knee, opened a ring box, and asked if I would marry him,” says Lindsay. “I said YES!”

The couple held their ceremony at Curé of Ars Church in Merrick. The church’s beautiful long aisle, high ceilings, and stained glass windows made a perfect setting for their meaningful ceremony. “A votive candle was lit for our loved ones who had passed away and could not be with us that day,” says Lindsay. The bride and groom also wore charms - Lindsay’s in her bouquet and Brent’s pinned inside his jacket - which held photos of their grandfathers. Lindsay wore a sparkling Eve of Milady mermaid gown with a crystal-embellished, cathedral-length veil and carried a cascading bouquet with white roses and blue and purple orchids. Brent stood handsomely next to her at the altar in a charcoal-gray tuxedo from Foresto Tuxedo. Lindsay’s maid- of-honor and five bridesmaids wore violet chiffon dresses in coordinating styles and the groomsmen were also dressed in gray tuxedos to match the groom.

The newlyweds made it a priority to attend the cocktail hour. “This was important to us and we were able to greet almost all of our guests during this time,” says Lindsay. “This allowed us to really enjoy our reception. After all the work and planning, I wanted to have fun at my own party.” Guests were treated to 10 different food stations at the cocktail hour, ranging from taco and mashed potato bars to pasta and carving stations.

 

The reception was held in a ballroom decorated with tall, white orchid centerpieces that picked up the lavender uplighting. The floral centerpieces also included vibrant violet, blue, aqua, and green blooms. “We loved the symmetry of the room,” says Lindsay. “There were bars on both ends of the space and tables set up on either side of the dance floor.”

 

After dinner, the couple cut their 4-tier, round funfetti cake with purple-and white ombré buttercream frosting which was decorated with purple, blue and aqua edible wafer butterflies on the sides.

 

The band Code Bleu kept the party going all night. “There was never a moment then the dance floor wasn’t full,” says Lindsay. The couple also had a cigar roller and a photobooth with lots of props for funny photos, and, as a wedding gift, Lindsay’s mother hired a live painter. “Everyone loved this and now I have a beautiful Disney princess-like painted scene of our first dance to remember the moment forever,” says Lindsay.

 

While the bride’s favorite memory of the day was when she took a moment to look around the room and observed everyone’s happy faces enjoying the reception, the groom recalls the second the church door opened and Lindsay walked down the aisle. “Brent actually cried as I came in, which was a perfect reaction,” says Lindsay. “He was so happy it was infectious.”

  • Date: Oct 29, 2018
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom
  • Category: Wedding Fashion    

Your bridesmaids dresses add to the theme and overall vibe of your wedding, and this is not simply limited to color.
Style of the dress, length, cut, sleeves, and any details in between really speak for your personal style and the entire
atmosphere of your wedding. So what style of bridesmaid dresses best suit you wedding?

Bold Colors

If your wedding is bright and fun-filled, bright bridesmaid dresses are a great way to add a pop of color to your wedding
party. This color can be pulled directly from your theme, or can contrast with the colors that you used for an event more
vibrant effect. 

Photo: Life Art Photographers


Photo: Cassarino Studios


Short Dresses

Oftentimes, laid-back and more relaxed weddings will feature short bridesmaid dresses. These dresses are great for
warm-weather weddings, and ones where dancing is a center part of the wedding reception. 

Photo: Life Art Photographers

Long Dresses

For a dash of elegance, long dresses will create an exquisite feel for your wedding. Long dresses are always a sophisticated
and classic choice that most bridesmaids will feel comfortable in. 

Photo: Déjà Vu Photography

Photo: Clix Couture Photography

Neutral Tones

Your bridesmaid party can stand out even if they aren’t donned in hot pink. More neutral dress tones are perfect for
accenting your wedding colors and theme and are always a very elegant choice. 

Photo: Life Art Photographers

Photo: Déjà Vu Photography 

Various Styles

If you like personality and customization while still sticking with the theme, this style of dress is perfect for you. You
can have the same color but different dress styles, or perhaps different hues of the same dress as not to have an
entirely cohesive bridal party look.

Photo: Life Art Photographers 

Remember that every aspect and detail of your wedding can be tailored (in this case, quite literally) to correspond with
a your vision. Your bridal party’s wedding attire can highlight what you envision and encompass just as much of your
personality as the floral arrangements and food. And the best part? You can make it a collaborative effort between your
bridal party and what you want to perfectly balance the vibe of your wedding.

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Your bridesmaids dresses add to the theme and overall vibe of your wedding, and this is not simply limited to color.
Style of the dress, length, cut, sleeves, and any details in between really speak for your personal style and the entire
atmosphere of your wedding. So what style of bridesmaid dresses best suit you wedding?

Bold Colors

If your wedding is bright and fun-filled, bright bridesmaid dresses are a great way to add a pop of color to your wedding
party. This color can be pulled directly from your theme, or can contrast with the colors that you used for an event more
vibrant effect. 

Photo: Life Art Photographers


Photo: Cassarino Studios


Short Dresses

Oftentimes, laid-back and more relaxed weddings will feature short bridesmaid dresses. These dresses are great for
warm-weather weddings, and ones where dancing is a center part of the wedding reception. 

Photo: Life Art Photographers

Long Dresses

For a dash of elegance, long dresses will create an exquisite feel for your wedding. Long dresses are always a sophisticated
and classic choice that most bridesmaids will feel comfortable in. 

Photo: Déjà Vu Photography

Photo: Clix Couture Photography

Neutral Tones

Your bridesmaid party can stand out even if they aren’t donned in hot pink. More neutral dress tones are perfect for
accenting your wedding colors and theme and are always a very elegant choice. 

Photo: Life Art Photographers

Photo: Déjà Vu Photography 

Various Styles

If you like personality and customization while still sticking with the theme, this style of dress is perfect for you. You
can have the same color but different dress styles, or perhaps different hues of the same dress as not to have an
entirely cohesive bridal party look.

Photo: Life Art Photographers 

Remember that every aspect and detail of your wedding can be tailored (in this case, quite literally) to correspond with
a your vision. Your bridal party’s wedding attire can highlight what you envision and encompass just as much of your
personality as the floral arrangements and food. And the best part? You can make it a collaborative effort between your
bridal party and what you want to perfectly balance the vibe of your wedding.

Randy Fenoli Bridal
  • Date: Oct 11, 2018
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom - Melanie Haid
  • Category: Wedding Fashion    

Randy Fenoli Silver Springs Collection

At Bridal Fashion Week in Manhattan this past weekend, ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ star and designer Randy Fenoli released his new 2019, 36-piece collection, Silver Springs.

 

 

“Every collection that you see from me is inspired by the brides,” said Fenoli, surrounded by his new gown collection. He emphasizes that every bride is different, and showcases this uniqueness in his new collection. “I have this fabric over here that’s very light, delicate fabric, but it’s got a nice big pattern. So if you’re more curvy, the big pattern works and if you’re more petite, the lightness of the fabric works.” Fenoli’s website also highlights his belief that “no matter what her size, age or shape, EVERY woman is beautiful.” Every dress in Fenoli’s collection goes up to a size 30, which can be ordered for no extra charge.

Fenoli has been designing and sewing gowns since he was 9 years old, and graduated from FIT with multiple awards for his designs. He released his first two collections, Randy Fenoli for the Diamond Collection and Randy Fenoli for Dressy Creations after graduating. He worked as the Kleinfeld Bridal Fashion Director for five years and is now returning to designing, releasing his own collections of dresses.

This new collection features a variety of fabrics, silhouettes and styles to suit any bride. Beautifully embellished with beading, lace and other embroideries make the dresses unique, and every strapless dress in the collection has a detachable strap or sleeve, according to Randy. 

Randy Knows Best: Quick Tips to Make Your Wedding Dress Yours

Know what you want: “Every single dress, I’m think who’s going to buy this, where are they going to wear it, what kind of wedding is it going to be, how’s she going to bustle it, is she going to be dancing?” Randy asks all of these questions when choosing a dress for his brides and so should you! It’s important to identify what suits the occasion.”

Know who you are: Every bride is different and unique. “If you’re just true to yourself and your fiancé and follow your own style and your own life and what your likes and dislikes are, your wedding’s going to be unique because nobody’s like you.” You are an individual for a reason, and there are plenty of things that make you you.

Know your lifestyle: “What’s your religious background, what are your traditions, how do you dress during the day, what is your life like? Is it quiet, is it understated or do you party every night? That’s going to be indicative of what your wedding’s going to be.” The life you live should be reflected in your wedding - after all, it’s your wedding! Your vibe and lifestyle should be reflected in your dress, and can be incorporated into any detail for your big day to make everything truly yours.

 


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Randy Fenoli Silver Springs Collection

At Bridal Fashion Week in Manhattan this past weekend, ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ star and designer Randy Fenoli released his new 2019, 36-piece collection, Silver Springs.

 

 

“Every collection that you see from me is inspired by the brides,” said Fenoli, surrounded by his new gown collection. He emphasizes that every bride is different, and showcases this uniqueness in his new collection. “I have this fabric over here that’s very light, delicate fabric, but it’s got a nice big pattern. So if you’re more curvy, the big pattern works and if you’re more petite, the lightness of the fabric works.” Fenoli’s website also highlights his belief that “no matter what her size, age or shape, EVERY woman is beautiful.” Every dress in Fenoli’s collection goes up to a size 30, which can be ordered for no extra charge.

Fenoli has been designing and sewing gowns since he was 9 years old, and graduated from FIT with multiple awards for his designs. He released his first two collections, Randy Fenoli for the Diamond Collection and Randy Fenoli for Dressy Creations after graduating. He worked as the Kleinfeld Bridal Fashion Director for five years and is now returning to designing, releasing his own collections of dresses.

This new collection features a variety of fabrics, silhouettes and styles to suit any bride. Beautifully embellished with beading, lace and other embroideries make the dresses unique, and every strapless dress in the collection has a detachable strap or sleeve, according to Randy. 

Randy Knows Best: Quick Tips to Make Your Wedding Dress Yours

Know what you want: “Every single dress, I’m think who’s going to buy this, where are they going to wear it, what kind of wedding is it going to be, how’s she going to bustle it, is she going to be dancing?” Randy asks all of these questions when choosing a dress for his brides and so should you! It’s important to identify what suits the occasion.”

Know who you are: Every bride is different and unique. “If you’re just true to yourself and your fiancé and follow your own style and your own life and what your likes and dislikes are, your wedding’s going to be unique because nobody’s like you.” You are an individual for a reason, and there are plenty of things that make you you.

Know your lifestyle: “What’s your religious background, what are your traditions, how do you dress during the day, what is your life like? Is it quiet, is it understated or do you party every night? That’s going to be indicative of what your wedding’s going to be.” The life you live should be reflected in your wedding - after all, it’s your wedding! Your vibe and lifestyle should be reflected in your dress, and can be incorporated into any detail for your big day to make everything truly yours.

 


Randy Fenoli Bridal
Randy Fenoli Bridal
Randy Fenoli Bridal
Randy Fenoli Bridal

Ja'Nair and Lummie

08.18.2018

Photography By Déjà Vu Studios

  • Date: Oct 06, 2018
  • Author: Ivette Manners
  • Category: Real Weddings   

Music helped bring Ja’Nair and Lummie together. Ja’Nair, a marketing manager, met Lummie, a professional musician, five years ago when she was organizing a networking event for her employer. The owner of her company was a jazz enthusiast, so she searched for a dynamic jazz musician to play at the event. That’s how she found Lummie. “He and I then worked together on a charitable event that I organized and we both realized that there was something special happening between us as we became friends and fell in love,” says Ja’Nair. 

Lummie picked the perfect occasion to propose. Originally from Hartford, Connecticut, Lummie had moved to New York to pursue his music career, but his mother and brother still lived in his hometown and hadn’t had the chance to meet Ja’Nair’s parents. “Lummie and I thought it would be a nice idea to host a Memorial Day barbecue so that my parents could finally meet his mom and brother,” says Ja’Nair. “It was going to be an intimate affair and everyone was excited to spend the entire weekend together.” Lummie helped Ja’Nair make sure that everything would be perfect for their guests. Lummie attempted to make drinks with two brand new blenders that kept breaking before announcing that dinner was ready and they should all say grace before eating. “Everyone gathered around in a big circle in the backyard and held hands as Lummie thanked our guests for coming,” says Ja’Nair. “Then he turned to me, looked me in my eyes, and began telling me how blessed he was to have me in his world and couldn’t imagine not having me by his side for the rest of his life.”

After Lummie got down on one knee, Ja’Nair started to cry and could hardly stand still long enough for Lummie to put the ring on her finger. “I said ‘yes’ and everyone clapped and cheered,” says Ja’Nair. “His brother even had his father watching it all on FaceTime.”

The wedding ceremony took place at the Second Baptist Church in Baldwin. “The ceremony was the most important part of our wedding day,” says Ja’Nair. “All of the religious elements we included had meaning to us.” Ja’Nair and Lummie decided on a traditional Baptist ceremony, along with a few special additions including an exchange of their own written vows, a solo sung by Lummie’s bother, Lindsey Spann and Lummie’s father Lummie Spann, Sr., a Methodist minister, closing the ceremony by pronouncing the newlywed’s man and wife.

After the ceremony, the bride, who wore a satin YSA Makino ball gown and cathedral-length veil, and the groom, dressed in a navy Joseph Abboud tuxedo, left the church in a Rolls-Royce Phantom, while the bridal party followed in a Cadillac Escalade stretch limo. 

 


Photo: Déjà Vu Studios

The reception was held in the ballroom of Westbury Manor in Westbury, which was decorated in various shades of purple with gold accents. Each table was adorned with gold ruffled chargers, gold napkin rings embellished with the letter “S”, and alternating lush high-and-low floral arrangements.


At the end of the evening full of celebrating, the couple cut a three-layer vanilla wedding cake with raspberry-and-French Chantilly cream filling, covered in white fondant and gold wiring.  

“Lummie is truly the man of my dreams and those words we spoke to each other, witnessed by our friends, family, and clergy were sacred to me.” 

The next day, the couple hosted a post-wedding brunch and then left for a mini-honeymoon at a resort in New Jersey, which was a romantic getaway before their big Parisian honeymoon in the spring.

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Music helped bring Ja’Nair and Lummie together. Ja’Nair, a marketing manager, met Lummie, a professional musician, five years ago when she was organizing a networking event for her employer. The owner of her company was a jazz enthusiast, so she searched for a dynamic jazz musician to play at the event. That’s how she found Lummie. “He and I then worked together on a charitable event that I organized and we both realized that there was something special happening between us as we became friends and fell in love,” says Ja’Nair. 

Lummie picked the perfect occasion to propose. Originally from Hartford, Connecticut, Lummie had moved to New York to pursue his music career, but his mother and brother still lived in his hometown and hadn’t had the chance to meet Ja’Nair’s parents. “Lummie and I thought it would be a nice idea to host a Memorial Day barbecue so that my parents could finally meet his mom and brother,” says Ja’Nair. “It was going to be an intimate affair and everyone was excited to spend the entire weekend together.” Lummie helped Ja’Nair make sure that everything would be perfect for their guests. Lummie attempted to make drinks with two brand new blenders that kept breaking before announcing that dinner was ready and they should all say grace before eating. “Everyone gathered around in a big circle in the backyard and held hands as Lummie thanked our guests for coming,” says Ja’Nair. “Then he turned to me, looked me in my eyes, and began telling me how blessed he was to have me in his world and couldn’t imagine not having me by his side for the rest of his life.”

After Lummie got down on one knee, Ja’Nair started to cry and could hardly stand still long enough for Lummie to put the ring on her finger. “I said ‘yes’ and everyone clapped and cheered,” says Ja’Nair. “His brother even had his father watching it all on FaceTime.”

The wedding ceremony took place at the Second Baptist Church in Baldwin. “The ceremony was the most important part of our wedding day,” says Ja’Nair. “All of the religious elements we included had meaning to us.” Ja’Nair and Lummie decided on a traditional Baptist ceremony, along with a few special additions including an exchange of their own written vows, a solo sung by Lummie’s bother, Lindsey Spann and Lummie’s father Lummie Spann, Sr., a Methodist minister, closing the ceremony by pronouncing the newlywed’s man and wife.

After the ceremony, the bride, who wore a satin YSA Makino ball gown and cathedral-length veil, and the groom, dressed in a navy Joseph Abboud tuxedo, left the church in a Rolls-Royce Phantom, while the bridal party followed in a Cadillac Escalade stretch limo. 

 


Photo: Déjà Vu Studios

The reception was held in the ballroom of Westbury Manor in Westbury, which was decorated in various shades of purple with gold accents. Each table was adorned with gold ruffled chargers, gold napkin rings embellished with the letter “S”, and alternating lush high-and-low floral arrangements.


At the end of the evening full of celebrating, the couple cut a three-layer vanilla wedding cake with raspberry-and-French Chantilly cream filling, covered in white fondant and gold wiring.  

“Lummie is truly the man of my dreams and those words we spoke to each other, witnessed by our friends, family, and clergy were sacred to me.” 

The next day, the couple hosted a post-wedding brunch and then left for a mini-honeymoon at a resort in New Jersey, which was a romantic getaway before their big Parisian honeymoon in the spring.

Tony Lante Photography

These cakes are truly love at first bite! Warm, neutral colors and tones are perfect for any Fall inspired wedding style.
There are so many options to make your wedding day unique. Adding a touch of the outdoors with pine cones is just
one example - the possibilities are endless.

  

 

Cassarino Studios
  • Date: Oct 02, 2018
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom
  • Category: Style Files   

Walk down the aisle in sparkling style. Getting your accessories right is essential to completing your wedding look. 

One Fine Day Photographers
  • Date: Sep 26, 2018
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom - Stephanie Bongiorno
  • Category: General   
  • Date: Sep 17, 2018
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom - Melanie Haid
  • Category: Health & Beauty   

Kathleen and James

07.22.2018

Photography By Silverfox Photography

  • Date: Aug 22, 2018
  • Author: Ivette Manners
  • Category: Real Weddings   

At the suggestion of a good friend while on a beach vacation in Mexico, Kathleen reluctantly signed up on OkCupid to meet someone new. “She tried to persuade me by saying she was also online and there was no commitment if I didn’t like it,” says Kathleen. “At first, I told her I was totally against putting myself back out there and felt I was fine with being single for a little while longer, but once we returned from our vacation and the reality of being back in cold New York hit, I realized maybe I did want to see if there was any potential in the online dating world.” So, Kathleen made a profile, added her pictures, and waited. She received messages right away but was immediately uninterested. “I texted my friend to tell her that I had signed up, but it just wasn’t going to work out,” says Kathleen. When she told her she was only on it for 15 minutes, “she laughed and told me I clearly needed to give it more time.” Kathleen then went back to her computer and a minute later James messaged her. “The second the bubble came up with his photo and a message, I knew this was going to be something,” says Kathleen.

 

On one of their first dates, James took Kathleen to see her favorite singer Jason Aldean perform. “Going to country music concerts quickly became our thing,” says Kathleen. For their one year anniversary, James surprised Kathleen with a trip to Mohegan Sun to see Jason Aldean in concert. “We had front row  tickets to a VIP show before the concert!” says Kathleen. Prior to the VIP show, Jason’s assistant came around with index cards for a Q&A with Jason and his fans.

 

At the time, Jason and his wife Brittany were pregnant, so Kathleen’s question asked if they were going to find out the gender of their baby. “When Jason came out, I was standing right in front of him! He performed a few songs and when it was time for the Q&A they read my question.” Kathleen was so excited that she began recording it on her phone. Right after her question, Brittany came out on stage and told Jason she had a question, but needed his help to read it. They then read: “Kathleen, James wants to know if you’ll marry him.” Kathleen was so shocked that she had forgotten she was still recording. She rested her phone on the stage, turned and saw Jim down on one knee. “Of course, I shouted ‘yes’.”
 

Kathleen and James decided on a summer wedding, starting it off with their ceremony at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre. Kathleen wore an ivory Badgley Mischka mermaid gown and James stood beside her in a navy tuxedo from Foresto’s. After the ceremony, the couple celebrated their nuptials at Larkfield in East Northport.


“Our DJ from Silverfox Entertainment did a great job starting out our night with songs from the Rat Pack, then played music from the 80s, 90s, and current remixes,” says Kathleen. “At the end of the evening, they closed the party with ‘The Time of My Life’.” The photobooth was a nice addition to the reception. “The props were so funny and creative,” says Kathleen. “Everyone had a great time making memories.”

 

Guests were greeted by a donut wall featuring a variety of chocolate and vanilla donuts, all with blush-colored frosting dusted with gold, incorporating the two colors from their wedding palette as they exited the reception.

 

“One of our favorite parts of the wedding was the sparkler send off,” says Kathleen. “Our bridal party met us in the garden and it made the wedding feel magical. However, my most treasured memory of the day was our first dance. It was the first moment that day that I felt as though it was just he and I together as a married couple.”

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At the suggestion of a good friend while on a beach vacation in Mexico, Kathleen reluctantly signed up on OkCupid to meet someone new. “She tried to persuade me by saying she was also online and there was no commitment if I didn’t like it,” says Kathleen. “At first, I told her I was totally against putting myself back out there and felt I was fine with being single for a little while longer, but once we returned from our vacation and the reality of being back in cold New York hit, I realized maybe I did want to see if there was any potential in the online dating world.” So, Kathleen made a profile, added her pictures, and waited. She received messages right away but was immediately uninterested. “I texted my friend to tell her that I had signed up, but it just wasn’t going to work out,” says Kathleen. When she told her she was only on it for 15 minutes, “she laughed and told me I clearly needed to give it more time.” Kathleen then went back to her computer and a minute later James messaged her. “The second the bubble came up with his photo and a message, I knew this was going to be something,” says Kathleen.

 

On one of their first dates, James took Kathleen to see her favorite singer Jason Aldean perform. “Going to country music concerts quickly became our thing,” says Kathleen. For their one year anniversary, James surprised Kathleen with a trip to Mohegan Sun to see Jason Aldean in concert. “We had front row tickets to a VIP show before the concert!” says Kathleen. Prior to the VIP show, Jason’s assistant came around with index cards for a Q&A with Jason and his fans.

 

At the time, Jason and his wife Brittany were pregnant, so Kathleen’s question asked if they were going to find out the gender of their baby. “When Jason came out, I was standing right in front of him! He performed a few songs and when it was time for the Q&A they read my question.” Kathleen was so excited that she began recording it on her phone. Right after her question, Brittany came out on stage and told Jason she had a question, but needed his help to read it. They then read: “Kathleen, James wants to know if you’ll marry him.” Kathleen was so shocked that she had forgotten she was still recording. She rested her phone on the stage, turned and saw Jim down on one knee. “Of course, I shouted ‘yes’.”
 

Kathleen and James decided on a summer wedding, starting it off with their ceremony at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre. Kathleen wore an ivory Badgley Mischka mermaid gown and James stood beside her in a navy tuxedo from Foresto’s. After the ceremony, the couple celebrated their nuptials at Larkfield in East Northport.


“Our DJ from Silverfox Entertainment did a great job starting out our night with songs from the Rat Pack, then played music from the 80s, 90s, and current remixes,” says Kathleen. “At the end of the evening, they closed the party with ‘The Time of My Life’.” The photobooth was a nice addition to the reception. “The props were so funny and creative,” says Kathleen. “Everyone had a great time making memories.”

 

Guests were greeted by a donut wall featuring a variety of chocolate and vanilla donuts, all with blush-colored frosting dusted with gold, incorporating the two colors from their wedding palette as they exited the reception.

 

“One of our favorite parts of the wedding was the sparkler send off,” says Kathleen. “Our bridal party met us in the garden and it made the wedding feel magical. However, my most treasured memory of the day was our first dance. It was the first moment that day that I felt as though it was just he and I together as a married couple.”

Silverfox Photography
  • Date: Jun 23, 2018
  • Author: Duncan Reyneke
  • Category: Articles   

Weddings are the great equalizer. No matter who you are, or what your own personal style is, wedding dress codes make well-dressed men out of all of us. And there's nobody at the ceremony under more pressure to look the part than the groom.

What he {and, by association, his groomsmen) wears helps to set the tone for the entire event. How lucky, then, that, as it turns out, there's a ton of amazing options out there for creating the perfect look. With a few choice tips and insights, and Long Island Bride and Groom magazine to find your outfit, your choice just became all the easier.

As the groom, you'll find yourself treading a fine line between two very important ideas: being the best dressed man at the ceremony, and wearing something that complements and accentuates your bride's gown. Remember that this is an occasion for photos. You want to look your best so your pictures are amazing years from now, but not over the top or inappropriate next to everybody else.

A short rule of thumb, before we begin: do everything you can to be the best-looking man at the ceremony. Keep that clear in your mind, and it becomes much easier to choose a suit or tux that works for you. Considering coat tails? A top hat or cane? Ask yourself whether these elements specifically are a better look for you, or if you simply like the idea of them. Build your outfit around this credo, and you'll find outfit building much less mysterious, overall.

And, on that note, let's start with a list of five style essentials you'll need to consider before deciding on your attire:

SEASON

This is step one in deciding on any outfit, as it affects the basic structure of your entire wardrobe. Spring or summer weddings mean opportunities for suspenders, bow ties, higher ankles on pants, and rolled up sleeves at the reception. Having your nuptials in fall or winter, on the other hand, calls for layers, wool waistcoats, neckties, and sumptuous tweedy materials. Whatever the season, remember your outfit needs to be practical as well as look good on you.

TONE

Every wedding is a unique experience, and it's up to you to decide on what style you're looking for. That said, part of that decision is in dressing the part. Relaxed daytime weddings with a casual dress code can warrant a linen suit and lighter colors. Something more traditional, perhaps, and men's forma l wear you're in the running for a well-tailored suit in a dark color. Depending on the feel of the wedding, you could go as formal as a tux, white shirt, and stylish accessories.

VENUE

This is a question of practicality. Outdoor weddings don't often merit a set of mirror- shine black dress shoes and full evening dress. Nothing looks better on a ballroom dance floor, though. Similarly, while a hotel reception might not be the place for brown seersucker or khaki, these fabrics really work in a garden wedding.

THEME OR COLOR SCHEME

This one might sound obvious, but nothing goes without saying on a day like your wedding: try to dress to your bride, or, at least, to your overall color scheme. Ball gowns look best next to tuxedos, and flowing flower dresses complement linen shirts. Pick an accent on your suit to match to something she's wearing, like your cufflinks to her belt, and consider matching your tie or bow tie to the predominant color of the decor. If you won't be seeing her dress until the big day, ask her to be transparent about certain elements you could dress to match, without giving away the whole look.

PERSONAL FLOURISHES

It's a common belief that weddings are "for the bride", and that might be somewhat true for yours, as well. Keep in mind, though, that this is your wedding as well. A pair of argyle socks in your favorite color, or a subtle cufflink in the shape of Superman's "S" are examples of grooms having a little fun and showing off their own style in a reserved but meaningful way.

Now that we've covered the basics, you'll be happy to know there are some great trends to look out for in 2017, to give your ensemble a fresh, hip look. Bow ties, for starters, with short vests not falling below the belt line, are popular with grooms. Light shades like silver, white, and gray, for summer, and darker graphites and blues, in winter, are hot property, with designers opting for shaded graphite and grey suits, to give grooms a cooler, more hued effect.

A note on tailoring: one of the most commonly reported issues with wedding photographers among the brides and grooms are poorly-fitting suits that look out of place next to the fitted outfits of guests and the bride. Renting your tuxedo is a perfectly reasonable choice, if it isn't done at the last minute. You still need a suit or tux that fits and looks good on you -this means you should go rental shopping early, to make sure you don't look like you're wearing someone else's suit on your big day.

This is also an opportunity to buy a new, tailored suit, and you should give it some proper consideration. Get measured for your suit and allow for two to three months at the suit-maker, so as not to rush the project. With a few weeks left before picking it up, go in for a final measurement and fitting, so the tailor can adjust it. The final product will look phenomenal - a worthwhile investment and really one of the best ways to look your very best on your wedding day.

Lastly, remember this word of warning: you're only as strong as your weakest link. In this case, that means your groomsmen. Make sure everyone in the groom's party is measured and coordinated at the same time as you're arranging your own outfit. Groomsmen can match the groom in accessories or basic suit elements, such as waistcoats or ties. As w with your own suit, avoid outfits that might not match the style of your event, looking out of place.

Ultimately, your wedding attire should come down to the point we made at the beginning of this article: what would make you look your absolute best on your big day? Don't put off renting a tux or choosing a suit until the last minute - this is a big occasion for you as well as everybody else. Step out in style, with some choice accessories and groomsmen who look the part, and get ready for some good looking wedding photos you can show off for years to come.

 

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Weddings are the great equalizer. No matter who you are, or what your own personal style is, wedding dress codes make well-dressed men out of all of us. And there's nobody at the ceremony under more pressure to look the part than the groom.

What he {and, by association, his groomsmen) wears helps to set the tone for the entire event. How lucky, then, that, as it turns out, there's a ton of amazing options out there for creating the perfect look. With a few choice tips and insights, and Long Island Bride and Groom magazine to find your outfit, your choice just became all the easier.

As the groom, you'll find yourself treading a fine line between two very important ideas: being the best dressed man at the ceremony, and wearing something that complements and accentuates your bride's gown. Remember that this is an occasion for photos. You want to look your best so your pictures are amazing years from now, but not over the top or inappropriate next to everybody else.

A short rule of thumb, before we begin: do everything you can to be the best-looking man at the ceremony. Keep that clear in your mind, and it becomes much easier to choose a suit or tux that works for you. Considering coat tails? A top hat or cane? Ask yourself whether these elements specifically are a better look for you, or if you simply like the idea of them. Build your outfit around this credo, and you'll find outfit building much less mysterious, overall.

And, on that note, let's start with a list of five style essentials you'll need to consider before deciding on your attire:

SEASON

This is step one in deciding on any outfit, as it affects the basic structure of your entire wardrobe. Spring or summer weddings mean opportunities for suspenders, bow ties, higher ankles on pants, and rolled up sleeves at the reception. Having your nuptials in fall or winter, on the other hand, calls for layers, wool waistcoats, neckties, and sumptuous tweedy materials. Whatever the season, remember your outfit needs to be practical as well as look good on you.

TONE

Every wedding is a unique experience, and it's up to you to decide on what style you're looking for. That said, part of that decision is in dressing the part. Relaxed daytime weddings with a casual dress code can warrant a linen suit and lighter colors. Something more traditional, perhaps, and men's forma l wear you're in the running for a well-tailored suit in a dark color. Depending on the feel of the wedding, you could go as formal as a tux, white shirt, and stylish accessories.

VENUE

This is a question of practicality. Outdoor weddings don't often merit a set of mirror- shine black dress shoes and full evening dress. Nothing looks better on a ballroom dance floor, though. Similarly, while a hotel reception might not be the place for brown seersucker or khaki, these fabrics really work in a garden wedding.

THEME OR COLOR SCHEME

This one might sound obvious, but nothing goes without saying on a day like your wedding: try to dress to your bride, or, at least, to your overall color scheme. Ball gowns look best next to tuxedos, and flowing flower dresses complement linen shirts. Pick an accent on your suit to match to something she's wearing, like your cufflinks to her belt, and consider matching your tie or bow tie to the predominant color of the decor. If you won't be seeing her dress until the big day, ask her to be transparent about certain elements you could dress to match, without giving away the whole look.

PERSONAL FLOURISHES

It's a common belief that weddings are "for the bride", and that might be somewhat true for yours, as well. Keep in mind, though, that this is your wedding as well. A pair of argyle socks in your favorite color, or a subtle cufflink in the shape of Superman's "S" are examples of grooms having a little fun and showing off their own style in a reserved but meaningful way.

Now that we've covered the basics, you'll be happy to know there are some great trends to look out for in 2017, to give your ensemble a fresh, hip look. Bow ties, for starters, with short vests not falling below the belt line, are popular with grooms. Light shades like silver, white, and gray, for summer, and darker graphites and blues, in winter, are hot property, with designers opting for shaded graphite and grey suits, to give grooms a cooler, more hued effect.

A note on tailoring: one of the most commonly reported issues with wedding photographers among the brides and grooms are poorly-fitting suits that look out of place next to the fitted outfits of guests and the bride. Renting your tuxedo is a perfectly reasonable choice, if it isn't done at the last minute. You still need a suit or tux that fits and looks good on you -this means you should go rental shopping early, to make sure you don't look like you're wearing someone else's suit on your big day.

This is also an opportunity to buy a new, tailored suit, and you should give it some proper consideration. Get measured for your suit and allow for two to three months at the suit-maker, so as not to rush the project. With a few weeks left before picking it up, go in for a final measurement and fitting, so the tailor can adjust it. The final product will look phenomenal - a worthwhile investment and really one of the best ways to look your very best on your wedding day.

Lastly, remember this word of warning: you're only as strong as your weakest link. In this case, that means your groomsmen. Make sure everyone in the groom's party is measured and coordinated at the same time as you're arranging your own outfit. Groomsmen can match the groom in accessories or basic suit elements, such as waistcoats or ties. As w with your own suit, avoid outfits that might not match the style of your event, looking out of place.

Ultimately, your wedding attire should come down to the point we made at the beginning of this article: what would make you look your absolute best on your big day? Don't put off renting a tux or choosing a suit until the last minute - this is a big occasion for you as well as everybody else. Step out in style, with some choice accessories and groomsmen who look the part, and get ready for some good looking wedding photos you can show off for years to come.

 

One Fine Day Photogrpahers
  • Date: Jun 07, 2018
  • Author: Ivette Manners
  • Category: Articles   

10 TRENDS THAT'LL MAKE YOUR WEDDING ONE-OF-A-KIND

No matter what type of wedding you're planning, we know that you'll want it to be extraordinary and timeless; but even trendy concepts and contemporary elements can make your fete a unique classic. Couples are focusing more on details and style rather than themes to set their grand affair apart. Here are ten of the best trends that will help you plan a personalized and unforgettable bash.

1. BREATHTAKING CANOPIES

One of the biggest trends in weddings is actually the return to tradition; and as traditional nuptials are favored again, romantic settings for the ceremony are becoming a highlight of the event. The happy couple framed by gossamer-like fabric, bursts of flowers, or enchanting lanterns as they exchange their vows makes for dreamy photos. Customize your ceremony and keep your guests engaged in the meaningful moment with a tulle-draped arch, garland-wrapped altar, or flower-adorned chuppah. A decorated canopy works for both indoor and outdoor affairs and lends to dozens of options and ideas. You can keep it simple- with a basic structure fringed with cascading flowers or ribbons- or go all out, by including elegant floral structures or a chandelier. Either way, make it the focal point of your ceremony, which will set the mood for you and your guests to feel the excitement of the day.

2. LUSH DÉCOR

There's a major boom in wedding floral decor with more brides no longer skimping on their flowers. Delicate blooms like roses, lilies, and peonies are still the popular petals of choice for dressing up aisles, altars, and tables; but now lush natural greenery is also being worked into the design. Compact flower displays are out and soft presentations are in - think enchanting arrangements suspended over banquet-style dining tables, elevated tablescapes, and whimsical chandeliers made out of flowers or greenery. "Little details like a mini flower arrangement or sprig of greenery attached to a tag, makes for a charming place card adornment on each napkin and finishes the table design beautifully," says Lindsey Relyea Richardson, owner and creative director of L'Relyea Events.

 3. LOTS OF TEXTURE

Mixing metals and textured elements with lush flora is the new way to add dimension and glamour to wedding decor. Incorporating unique flatware, decorated glasses, and stylish serving platters steps up your table design and helps showcase place cards, menus, and signs. "Bountiful green foliage alongside beautiful textured elements like vintage sterling silver flatware and crystal glassware creates a romantic look," says Relyea Richardson. 

4. ROSE-GOLD DÉCOR

Rose gold details are the latest accessory for brides- not just to enhance their dress, but also to adorn their event, says Sarah Finlayson-Banasiak, chief creative officer of The Revel Group. Pink-toned metallic touches- from tabletop pieces and chairs to desserts and favors- add warmth and glimmer throughout an event's design. This glitzy look is more subtle and sophisticated than the previously favored high -drama sparkle; and because this lustrous hue complements almost any color palette it's easy to incorporate. Be creative and accent your affair with surprising details like foil -pressed invitations, shimmery dinner napkins, and rose-gold dusted petit fours.

 5. LIVELIER COLORS

While blush and white will always be beloved wedding hues; and neutral palettes of delicate greys and earth tones are still in vogue, a more colorful palette with soft shades like Robin's egg blue, icy lemonade yellow, and misty pink are becoming big bridal requests. Brides are also choosing stronger hues of blue, green, and red for their wedding decor. "The infusion of these new bridal color choices has brought a fresh spin on wedding decor and opened many different possibilities for ideas," says Jacin Fitzgerald, owner and creative director of Jacin Fitzgerald Events. "Brides are now looking to their favorite colors, home decor, and fashion for inspiration rather than other couples' weddings to come up with their color scheme."

 6. LASER-CUT DETAILS

Laser-cut embellishments evoke the look of lace, so no wonder it's currently all the rage for weddings. Depending on how you incorporate the intricate cutout details, it can make your event classic and tailored or modern and fun; and because it's so versa tile you can work it into almost every element of your wedding design. Some great ways to use laser-cut details throughout your event are in your invitations, table numbers, menus, aisle runner, place cards, candleholders, and even the icing on the cake.

7. BRUNCH WEDDING RECEPTIONS

Couples today are always thinking of creative ways to plan inviting, intimate dining settings for their wedding, and what could be more delightful and exclusive than a cocktail-filled brunch reception? Brunch receptions, usually held between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, are rivaling dinner affairs, especially since they let brides play with festive menu offerings that include rose wines and champagne, gourmet breakfast-food passed hors d'oeuvres, and decadent dessert buffets. Keep the look of the event formal by using fine china, lots of flowers, and classy signature drinks; and the atmosphere mellow with soft music and a pretty lounge space.

 8. SMALL CAKES

Tall, over-the-top wedding cakes have long gone the way of the trademark three-layer bridal confection, and now displaying a pretty petite cake with an array of desserts is chic. Couples are loving the idea of serving several small cakes or displaying just one with a variety of cookies, candies, and pastries. You can also choose to serve mini individual cakes to each guest, which makes for a gorgeous presentation and just the right amount of dessert. 

9. COUPLE'S MONTAGE

All of your guests will want to know how you and your groom met and how he proposed, and of course you're happy to tell all. Instead of a long video of baby photos and milestones in each of your lives, amuse your guests with a professionally done video that artfully narrates how you fell in love. Couples are also working with their photographers and videographers to incorporate an engagement photo or video session in the montage, which makes the presentation even more special.  

10. VIDEO BOOTHS AND PHOTO VIGNETTES  

The photo booth has become a popular staple at almost every wedding, offering entertainment for the guests, time for socializing, and a memorable keepsake for the bride and groom. As with all great ideas, they can always be made better. Photo booths have given way to the video booth, which also comes complete with props so that guests can record messages for the newlyweds. The next big thing in wedding photo ops is actually an old idea- a vignette set up for the guests, bridal party, and couple to take portrait-type photos. Style a vignette or set up a fun kissing booth that'll coordinate with your wedding's decor and vibe. Even trendy details can be meaningful and enduring; as long as you choose elements that reflect your personalities and tell your love story, you'll wow your guests and design a truly extraordinary day.

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10 TRENDS THAT'LL MAKE YOUR WEDDING ONE-OF-A-KIND

No matter what type of wedding you're planning, we know that you'll want it to be extraordinary and timeless; but even trendy concepts and contemporary elements can make your fete a unique classic. Couples are focusing more on details and style rather than themes to set their grand affair apart. Here are ten of the best trends that will help you plan a personalized and unforgettable bash.

1. BREATHTAKING CANOPIES

One of the biggest trends in weddings is actually the return to tradition; and as traditional nuptials are favored again, romantic settings for the ceremony are becoming a highlight of the event. The happy couple framed by gossamer-like fabric, bursts of flowers, or enchanting lanterns as they exchange their vows makes for dreamy photos. Customize your ceremony and keep your guests engaged in the meaningful moment with a tulle-draped arch, garland-wrapped altar, or flower-adorned chuppah. A decorated canopy works for both indoor and outdoor affairs and lends to dozens of options and ideas. You can keep it simple- with a basic structure fringed with cascading flowers or ribbons- or go all out, by including elegant floral structures or a chandelier. Either way, make it the focal point of your ceremony, which will set the mood for you and your guests to feel the excitement of the day.

2. LUSH DÉCOR

There's a major boom in wedding floral decor with more brides no longer skimping on their flowers. Delicate blooms like roses, lilies, and peonies are still the popular petals of choice for dressing up aisles, altars, and tables; but now lush natural greenery is also being worked into the design. Compact flower displays are out and soft presentations are in - think enchanting arrangements suspended over banquet-style dining tables, elevated tablescapes, and whimsical chandeliers made out of flowers or greenery. "Little details like a mini flower arrangement or sprig of greenery attached to a handwritten name tag, makes for a charming place card adornment on each napkin and finishes the table design beautifully," says Lindsey Relyea Richardson, owner and creative director of L'Relyea Events.

 3. LOTS OF TEXTURE

Mixing metals and textured elements with lush flora is the new way to add dimension and glamour to wedding decor. Incorporating unique flatware, decorated glasses, and stylish serving platters steps up your table design and helps showcase place cards, menus, and signs. "Bountiful green foliage alongside beautiful textured elements like vintage sterling silver flatware and crystal glassware creates a romantic look," says Relyea Richardson. 

4. ROSE-GOLD DÉCOR

Rose gold details are the latest accessory for brides- not just to enhance their dress, but also to adorn their event, says Sarah Finlayson-Banasiak, chief creative officer of The Revel Group. Pink-toned metallic touches- from tabletop pieces and chairs to desserts and favors- add warmth and glimmer throughout an event's design. This glitzy look is more subtle and sophisticated than the previously favored high -drama sparkle; and because this lustrous hue complements almost any color palette it's easy to incorporate. Be creative and accent your affair with surprising details like foil -pressed invitations, shimmery dinner napkins, and rose-gold dusted petit fours.

 5. LIVELIER COLORS

While blush and white will always be beloved wedding hues; and neutral palettes of delicate greys and earth tones are still in vogue, a more colorful palette with soft shades like Robin's egg blue, icy lemonade yellow, and misty pink are becoming big bridal requests. Brides are also choosing stronger hues of blue, green, and red for their wedding decor. "The infusion of these new bridal color choices has brought a fresh spin on wedding decor and opened many different possibilities for ideas," says Jacin Fitzgerald, owner and creative director of Jacin Fitzgerald Events. "Brides are now looking to their favorite colors, home decor, and fashion for inspiration rather than other couples' weddings to come up with their color scheme."

 6. LASER-CUT DETAILS

Laser-cut embellishments evoke the look of lace, so no wonder it's currently all the rage for weddings. Depending on how you incorporate the intricate cutout details, it can make your event classic and tailored or modern and fun; and because it's so versa tile you can work it into almost every element of your wedding design. Some great ways to use laser-cut details throughout your event are in your invitations, table numbers, menus, aisle runner, place cards, candleholders, and even the icing on the cake.

7. BRUNCH WEDDING RECEPTIONS

Couples today are always thinking of creative ways to plan inviting, intimate dining settings for their wedding, and what could be more delightful and exclusive than a cocktail-filled brunch reception? Brunch receptions, usually held between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, are rivaling dinner affairs, especially since they let brides play with festive menu offerings that include rose wines and champagne, gourmet breakfast-food passed hors d'oeuvres, and decadent dessert buffets. Keep the look of the event formal by using fine china, lots of flowers, and classy signature drinks; and the atmosphere mellow with soft music and a pretty lounge space.

 8. SMALL CAKES

Tall, over-the-top wedding cakes have long gone the way of the trademark three-layer bridal confection, and now displaying a pretty petite cake with an array of desserts is chic. Couples are loving the idea of serving several small cakes or displaying just one with a variety of cookies, candies, and pastries. You can also choose to serve mini individual cakes to each guest, which makes for a gorgeous presentation and just the right amount of dessert. 

9. COUPLE'S MONTAGE

All of your guests will want to know how you and your groom met and how he proposed, and of course you're happy to tell all. Instead of a long video of baby photos and milestones in each of your lives, amuse your guests with a professionally done video that artfully narrates how you fell in love. Couples are also working with their photographers and videographers to incorporate an engagement photo or video session in the montage, which makes the presentation even more special.  

10. VIDEO BOOTHS AND PHOTO VIGNETTES  

The photo booth has become a popular staple at almost every wedding, offering entertainment for the guests, time for socializing, and a memorable keepsake for the bride and groom. As with all great ideas, they can always be made better. Photo booths have given way to the video booth, which also comes complete with props so that guests can record messages for the newlyweds. The next big thing in wedding photo ops is actually an old idea- a vignette set up for the guests, bridal party, and couple to take portrait-type photos. Style a vignette or set up a fun kissing booth that'll coordinate with your wedding's decor and vibe. Even trendy details can be meaningful and enduring; as long as you choose elements that reflect your personalities and tell your love story, you'll wow your guests and design a truly extraordinary day.

Jessica and Fabrizio

04.07.2018

Photography By Cassarino Studios

  • Date: May 15, 2018
  • Author: Angela Ash
  • Category: Real Weddings   

Many love stories begin with a well-meaning friend who decides that two people would be perfect for each other. In this case, such an introduction a little over seven years ago finally culminated in Jessica and Fabrizio’s magical wedding celebration.

It seems that the element of surprise was a factor in this relationship, including the proposal. What started off as a regular day ended quite differently for Jessica? In her own words, “It was an early Friday morning, and I was getting ready to pick up my mom from JFK airport. Fabrizio started the day with what seemed to be his regular routine, going off to work. When I returned to our apartment, my mom went to run a few errands, and I went upstairs. When I opened the door, Fabrizio was down on one knee, with red rose petals scattered across the floor.”

 

Jessica was completely thrown off guard, but quickly answered with a resounding “YES!”, and the couple soon began to make wedding plans, starting with elegant black-and-white invitations.

Jessica and Fabrizio were wed at the Garden City Hotel, with day-of-wedding photos also taken in the streets of Garden City to capture a real local vibe. Jessica and Fabrizio were married by a family friend, Pastor Bob. The ceremony was packed with both family and friends and featured dim lighting, pillar candles and a fragrant flower wall made up of white orchids and hydrangeas.

Jessica was dressed in a satin mermaid-style gown designed by Ines Di Santo, boasting a sweetheart top, a long train and an open lace back. The simple white tulle veil fell symmetrically below the waistline, and her bridal bouquet included a combination of pink and white roses, embellished with subtle crystals.

 

The bridesmaids also wore mermaid style, off-the-shoulder gowns, in black. Fabrizio and his groomsmen wore black tuxedos with black ties, designed by a custom clothier. White rose boutonnieres completed this classic look.

 

The unforgettable reception followed the ceremony at the same venue, the Garden City Hotel. With 275 guests in attendance, the overall mood was one of romance and elegance. Jessica adds, “The amount of love, happiness, and energy we felt was even more than we could have imagined. All of our guests were dancing throughout the entire night, thanks to Unique Entertainment, and we must say that those were some of our favorite moments of the evening.” The décor for the reception was creative, with three different styles of centerpieces for the 26 tables —all filled with hydrangeas, plus pink and white roses, and draped with crystals to match the bouquets.

The cocktail hour started off with pasta, meats, an antipasto, and seafood. The full menu further included 10 different food stations, including pasta, seafood, carving and slider stations, and even Asian and Mexican fusion. Everyone was also delighted with the cake, a beautiful five-tiered cannoli  masterpiece set off with pink roses. To top things off, there was a specialty cocktail station, featuring Banana-Infused Jameson.

 

Fabrizio’s favorite memory of the day was seeing his bride for the first time, while Jessica’s was finally saying “I DO!”

 

The happy couple went on to have an amazing two-week honeymoon in Italy, where they visited Rome, Tuscany, Florence, the Amalfi Coast and even Fabrizio’s family in Durazzano.

 

For other couples planning their weddings, Jessica suggests that you just have fun with it, and all of the details will fall into place.

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Many love stories begin with a well-meaning friend who decides that two people would be perfect for each other. In this case, such an introduction a little over seven years ago finally culminated in Jessica and Fabrizio’s magical wedding celebration.

It seems that the element of surprise was a factor in this relationship, including the proposal. What started off as a regular day ended quite differently for Jessica? In her own words, “It was an early Friday morning, and I was getting ready to pick up my mom from JFK airport. Fabrizio started the day with what seemed to be his regular routine, going off to work. When I returned to our apartment, my mom went to run a few errands, and I went upstairs. When I opened the door, Fabrizio was down on one knee, with red rose petals scattered across the floor.”

 

Jessica was completely thrown off guard, but quickly answered with a resounding “YES!”, and the couple soon began to make wedding plans, starting with elegant black-and-white invitations.

Jessica and Fabrizio were wed at the Garden City Hotel, with day-of-wedding photos also taken in the streets of Garden City to capture a real local vibe. Jessica and Fabrizio were married by a family friend, Pastor Bob. The ceremony was packed with both family and friends and featured dim lighting, pillar candles and a fragrant flower wall made up of white orchids and hydrangeas.

Jessica was dressed in a satin mermaid-style gown designed by Ines Di Santo, boasting a sweetheart top, a long train and an open lace back. The simple white tulle veil fell symmetrically below the waistline, and her bridal bouquet included a combination of pink and white roses, embellished with subtle crystals.

 

The bridesmaids also wore mermaid style, off-the-shoulder gowns, in black. Fabrizio and his groomsmen wore black tuxedos with black ties, designed by a custom clothier. White rose boutonnieres completed this classic look.

 

The unforgettable reception followed the ceremony at the same venue, the Garden City Hotel. With 275 guests in attendance, the overall mood was one of romance and elegance. Jessica adds, “The amount of love, happiness, and energy we felt was even more than we could have imagined. All of our guests were dancing throughout the entire night, thanks to Unique Entertainment, and we must say that those were some of our favorite moments of the evening.” The décor for the reception was creative, with three different styles of centerpieces for the 26 tables —all filled with hydrangeas, plus pink and white roses, and draped with crystals to match the bouquets.

The cocktail hour started off with pasta, meats, an antipasto, and seafood. The full menu further included 10 different food stations, including pasta, seafood, carving and slider stations, and even Asian and Mexican fusion. Everyone was also delighted with the cake, a beautiful five-tiered cannoli  masterpiece set off with pink roses. To top things off, there was a specialty cocktail station, featuring Banana-Infused Jameson.

 

Fabrizio’s favorite memory of the day was seeing his bride for the first time, while Jessica’s was finally saying “I DO!”

 

The happy couple went on to have an amazing two-week honeymoon in Italy, where they visited Rome, Tuscany, Florence, the Amalfi Coast and even Fabrizio’s family in Durazzano.

 

For other couples planning their weddings, Jessica suggests that you just have fun with it, and all of the details will fall into place.

Jennifer and Frank

03.03.2018

Photography By Tony Lante Photography

  • Date: May 07, 2018
  • Author: Angela Ash
  • Category: Real Weddings   

In 2010, Frank and Jennifer met at what they thought would be a regular birthday party for a mutual friend. When it came time to leave the party, Jennifer sat on Frank’s lap in the taxi to “make extra room.” They stayed in touch and became good friends, but it was nearly a year before they realized that this taxi ride was the beginning of such a significant relationship.


Nearly five years later on Saturday, October 1st, 2016, Frank and Jennifer made plans with Frank’s sister, Cristina, and her husband, Joe, to go into the city. While they were en route, Cristina “canceled” their plans, and they decided to go on alone. While walking across the Brooklyn Bridge it was a little chilly and Frank took off his jacket and asked a tourist if they could take a photo. As she backed up to snap the shot, Frank dropped to one knee, and Jennifer answered with a resounding “YES!”

 

And just like that, less than two years later, Frank and Jennifer sent out save the-date bookmarks, utilizing photos from their engagement shoot with Tony Lante Photography. The invitations were a classic taupe with a chandelier design.

 

The ceremony was held at Saint Isidore Church in Riverhead, New York. The procession included seven bridesmaids and nine groomsmen, along with one flower girl. Jennifer’s father escorted her down the aisle to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” and Jennifer’s godmother played all the procession songs on the violin. Father Gregory Rannazzisi, a close friend of Frank’s, officiated the ceremony.

 

Jennifer was dressed in an A-line Anna Campbell dress, handmade in Melbourne, Australia. Her white cathedral style veil was from Village Bridal & Boutique, and to complete the look she wore silver Badgley Mischka shoes. Her jewelry was made by her father-in-law, and her bouquet consisted of cascading orchids with white and ivory roses and eucalyptus.

 

The bridesmaids wore different styles of Bill Levkoff dresses in petal pink, champagne, and cashmere. The maid of honor wore a Hayley Paige pink dress with rhinestone straps. The groomsmen wore navy-blue suits, while Frank wore a darker blue and all with white polka-dot and navy-blue ties.

 

The wedding reception was at Giorgio’s, for 215 guests. The 19th-century French style inspired their “Phantom of the Opera” vs. “Beauty and the Beast” theme. The color scheme included pink and ivory, plus gold and white accents. The style was minimalistic, with different centerpieces of cylinder candles, Sahara roses, and eucalyptus, along with repurposed books as table numbers.

 

The favors were olive oil with rosemary, all shipped from Frank’s family olive farm in Italy. The cocktail hour included short ribs, along with sushi and mashed potato bars, followed by the full reception menu of filet mignon, pistachio crusted salmon, parmesan-crusted chicken, and Long Island Duck. Signature cocktails included a twist on both the Cape Cod and the Old Fashioned. The wedding cake was 4 tiers, each tier with a different mix of vanilla cake, chocolate fudge, chocolate cake and vanilla pudding, topped with vanilla buttercream.

 

The first dance was “Sparks” by Coldplay, followed by an evening full of dancing, along with a custom photo slideshow. In addition to the DJ from Vivo Entertainment, the couple also hired a Frank Sinatra singer. Frank is a first-generation Italian, so they were sure to incorporate classics like “Ti Amo” by Umberto Tozzi and “L’Italiano” by Toto Cutugno. They arrived and departed in a coach bus from M&V Limousines.

 

Four months later, Frank and Jennifer took an 11-day European cruise for their honeymoon. They went on to Italy, France, Spain, and Gibraltar. For other couples who are quickly approaching their wedding days, Frank and Jennifer suggest that they do their best to live in the moment, forget about what could go wrong and just breathe.

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In 2010, Frank and Jennifer met at what they thought would be a regular birthday party for a mutual friend. When it came time to leave the party, Jennifer sat on Frank’s lap in the taxi to “make extra room.” They stayed in touch and became good friends, but it was nearly a year before they realized that this taxi ride was the beginning of such a significant relationship.


Nearly five years later on Saturday, October 1st, 2016, Frank and Jennifer made plans with Frank’s sister, Cristina, and her husband, Joe, to go into the city. While they were en route, Cristina “canceled” their plans, and they decided to go on alone. While walking across the Brooklyn Bridge it was a little chilly and Frank took off his jacket and asked a tourist if they could take a photo. As she backed up to snap the shot, Frank dropped to one knee, and Jennifer answered with a resounding “YES!”

 

And just like that, less than two years later, Frank and Jennifer sent out save the-date bookmarks, utilizing photos from their engagement shoot with Tony Lante Photography. The invitations were a classic taupe with a chandelier design.

 

The ceremony was held at Saint Isidore Church in Riverhead, New York. The procession included seven bridesmaids and nine groomsmen, along with one flower girl. Jennifer’s father escorted her down the aisle to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” and Jennifer’s godmother played all the procession songs on the violin. Father Gregory Rannazzisi, a close friend of Frank’s, officiated the ceremony.

 

Jennifer was dressed in an A-line Anna Campbell dress, handmade in Melbourne, Australia. Her white cathedral style veil was from Village Bridal & Boutique, and to complete the look she wore silver Badgley Mischka shoes. Her jewelry was made by her father-in-law, and her bouquet consisted of cascading orchids with white and ivory roses and eucalyptus.

 

The bridesmaids wore different styles of Bill Levkoff dresses in petal pink, champagne, and cashmere. The maid of honor wore a Hayley Paige pink dress with rhinestone straps. The groomsmen wore navy-blue suits, while Frank wore a darker blue and all with white polka-dot and navy-blue ties.

 

The wedding reception was at Giorgio’s, for 215 guests. The 19th-century French style inspired their “Phantom of the Opera” vs. “Beauty and the Beast” theme. The color scheme included pink and ivory, plus gold and white accents. The style was minimalistic, with different centerpieces of cylinder candles, Sahara roses, and eucalyptus, along with repurposed books as table numbers.

 

The favors were olive oil with rosemary, all shipped from Frank’s family olive farm in Italy. The cocktail hour included short ribs, along with sushi and mashed potato bars, followed by the full reception menu of filet mignon, pistachio crusted salmon, parmesan-crusted chicken, and Long Island Duck. Signature cocktails included a twist on both the Cape Cod and the Old Fashioned. The wedding cake was 4 tiers, each tier with a different mix of vanilla cake, chocolate fudge, chocolate cake and vanilla pudding, topped with vanilla buttercream.

 

The first dance was “Sparks” by Coldplay, followed by an evening full of dancing, along with a custom photo slideshow. In addition to the DJ from Vivo Entertainment, the couple also hired a Frank Sinatra singer. Frank is a first-generation Italian, so they were sure to incorporate classics like “Ti Amo” by Umberto Tozzi and “L’Italiano” by Toto Cutugno. They arrived and departed in a coach bus from M&V Limousines.

 

Four months later, Frank and Jennifer took an 11-day European cruise for their honeymoon. They went on to Italy, France, Spain, and Gibraltar. For other couples who are quickly approaching their wedding days, Frank and Jennifer suggest that they do their best to live in the moment, forget about what could go wrong and just breathe.

Diana & Robert

09.30.2017

Photography By Deja Vu Studios

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Date: Aug 30, 2017
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom
  • Category: 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. 

No matter what, though, writing and voicing your own personal vows in front of your soon-to-be spouse and closest family and friends will add a deeply personal touch to the event and will be a highlight of your wedding day. 

View our digital magazine for more helpful tips. 

Justine & Nicholas

07.07.2017

Photography By Silverfox Photography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cassarino Studios
  • Date: Jul 03, 2017
  • Author: Sam Milam
  • Category: Articles   

When you daydream about your wedding reception, is your overall vision an atmosphere of fun and energy? You want your guests (and yourself) to have a blast, to dance, to laugh, to eat delicious food, and to remember it as a part for the ages! One huge contributing factor to consider to achieve a successful reception is the music. You can choose between a live band and a DJ, or even a little bit of both. The music creates the energy, so the choice of music is a critical decision! A DJ is a great option for wedding reception music; they are a lot more than just someone playing music over some speakers. They can make or break a party.

CONSIDERING A DJ

A DJ isn't the vision of disc jockeys from yesteryear. They are artists in their own right, and a really good DJ will be capable of carrying your reception effortlessly from beginning to end. They are typically booked 12 months in advance, so finding your music should be a top priority! When choosing a DJ, you can filter through the good and the bad with a few considerations. You will want to consider the type of music that you want played at your reception. Most DJs should be able to obtain any songs that are on your must have list, as well as a variety of music that runs from contemporary to your grand mother's childhood favorites.

Many people will say that a DJ is more affordable than a live band, but that really depends on who you choose. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for, so be wary of someone trying to give you a lowball offer. It is enticing to save money, but not at the cost of the quality of your entire reception. In Long Island, DJ costs run anywhere from $1,500 to $2,000 for a basic package, and of $4,000 or more for a DJ with high-end equipment and technology. Some DJs also offer the options to hire live musicians, as well. Plan for an additional $600 to $800 per musician. Coming to terms with the cost of the most important aspect of your party will pave the way for choosing a high quality wedding professional. You will know what to expect as far as prices go and be more open to higher end DJs.

A DJ is what you are after, now the search begins. An excellent way to find quality music is to ask around for referrals and recommendations from friends and other wedding professionals. Maybe you attended one of those wedding receptions where you thought, "that was the best wedding I've ever been to!" Those weddings always have top -notch music. Another place to continue your search is right here in Long Island Bride and Groom magazine where you will find top-rate DJs.

Once you've narrowed it down to some potential options, the next best thing to do is meet them in person and see them perform at an event or showcase, like bridal shows and wedding expos. Make sure they have the charisma to keep the energy up at their events, that you have a good chemistry and vibe from them and that their style fits with what you are looking for in a DJ.

You want someone that is an excellent MC, is creative, and is flexible. After you have chosen and booked your DJ, you can negotiate a fixed rate for your reception to reduce costs that are sometimes accrued from additional, unplanned hours of service.

DJ ADD ONS

Many Long Island DJs have tons of options that you can include in your music package. Most will have an assortment of lighting options. Lights and music can set an energetic and upbeat ambience. You can choose intelligent lights that move to the beat of the music, disco lights, laser lights and fog machines, color kinetics to create a club-like atmosphere, or LED uplighting that casts shades of whatever color you want across the venue; like shades of pink, red, and violet. A DJ can work with the lighting to add drama and energy to the dance scene. They can manipulate the lights to highlight certain tables and remarkable architecture in the venue, highlight the floor and ceiling to amp up the energy during a nighttime event, or project shadows of shapes or words using a metal stencil called a gobo; stars, snowflakes, or the bride and groom's name wrapped up in a heart are some shape options.

There are a ton of unique extras that you can ask your potential DJ about. Consider adding a percussionist, vocalists, or a real brass section to take your party to the next level of sophistication and entertainment. Some DJs offer plasma TVs (at least two) that are set up so that guests can view a video montage of the bride and groom as they are introduced, teaser footage shot earlier in the day by the videographer, or even images and video photographed by guests during the reception. A couple of other interesting options are shadow screens that people can dance behind and cubes that they can dance on. Whatever you choose to add on will add another element of energy and fun to the party.

DJ vs A LIVE BAND

Choosing between a DJ or a live band can be a tough decision. Both have some pros and cons, but each are great options if you hire a quality wedding professional. Live bands typically require more space than a DJ. They usually won't be able to play quite the range of songs that a DJ can, but they can still play a huge variety. They bring a high level of energy if done right, and you can request songs from either. Some additional pros of hiring a DJ are that they can keep the music going throughout the entire event and they can help with the flow of the reception by acting as an MC.

Music is often what people remember most from your wedding day. The music sets the tone and vibe of the event. It allows people to let loose and have a great time. Always sign a contract with your DJ (if they don't offer or agree to one, choose someone else.). Ask about any questions or concerns that you have. Some DJs might want to promote their services at weddings. If this bothers you, feel free to communicate with them about your wishes. You are the client, so your needs should be their top priority. Hiring a stellar DJ will give you peace of mind during your celebration, and allow you to confidently dance the night away knowing that everyone is having a great time!

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When you daydream about your wedding reception, is your overall vision an atmosphere of fun and energy? You want your guests (and yourself) to have a blast, to dance, to laugh, to eat delicious food, and to remember it as a part for the ages! One huge contributing factor to consider to achieve a successful reception is the music. You can choose between a live band and a DJ, or even a little bit of both. The music creates the energy, so the choice of music is a critical decision! A DJ is a great option for wedding reception music; they are a lot more than just someone playing music over some speakers. They can make or break a party.

CONSIDERING A DJ

A DJ isn't the vision of disc jockeys from yesteryear. They are artists in their own right, and a really good DJ will be capable of carrying your reception effortlessly from beginning to end. They are typically booked 12 months in advance, so finding your music should be a top priority! When choosing a DJ, you can filter through the good and the bad with a few considerations. You will want to consider the type of music that you want played at your reception. Most DJs should be able to obtain any songs that are on your must have list, as well as a variety of music that runs from contemporary to your grand mother's childhood favorites.

Many people will say that a DJ is more affordable than a live band, but that really depends on who you choose. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for, so be wary of someone trying to give you a lowball offer. It is enticing to save money, but not at the cost of the quality of your entire reception. In Long Island, DJ costs run anywhere from $1,500 to $2,000 for a basic package, and upwards of $4,000 or more for a DJ with high-end equipment and technology. Some DJs also offer the options to hire live musicians, as well. Plan for an additional $600 to $800 per musician. Coming to terms with the cost of the most important aspect of your party will pave the way for choosing a high quality wedding professional. You will know what to expect as far as prices go and be more open to higher end DJs.

A DJ is what you are after, now the search begins. An excellent way to find quality music is to ask around for referrals and recommendations from friends and other wedding professionals. Maybe you attended one of those wedding receptions where you thought, "that was the best wedding I've ever been to!" Those weddings always have top -notch music. Another place to continue your search is right here in Long Island Bride and Groom magazine where you will find top-rate DJs.

Once you've narrowed it down to some potential options, the next best thing to do is meet them in person and see them perform at an event or showcase, like bridal shows and wedding expos. Make sure they have the charisma to keep the energy up at their events, that you have a good chemistry and vibe from them and that their style fits with what you are looking for in a DJ.

You want someone that is an excellent MC, is creative, and is flexible. After you have chosen and booked your DJ, you can negotiate a fixed rate for your reception to reduce costs that are sometimes accrued from additional, unplanned hours of service.

DJ ADD ONS

Many Long Island DJs have tons of options that you can include in your music package. Most will have an assortment of lighting options. Lights and music can set an energetic and upbeat ambience. You can choose intelligent lights that move to the beat of the music, disco lights, laser lights and fog machines, color kinetics to create a club-like atmosphere, or LED uplighting that casts shades of whatever color you want across the venue; like shades of pink, red, and violet. A DJ can work with the lighting to add drama and energy to the dance scene. They can manipulate the lights to highlight certain tables and remarkable architecture in the venue, highlight the floor and ceiling to amp up the energy during a nighttime event, or project shadows of shapes or words using a metal stencil called a gobo; stars, snowflakes, or the bride and groom's name wrapped up in a heart are some shape options.

There are a ton of unique extras that you can ask your potential DJ about. Consider adding a percussionist, vocalists, or a real brass section to take your party to the next level of sophistication and entertainment. Some DJs offer plasma TVs (at least two) that are set up so that guests can view a video montage of the bride and groom as they are introduced, teaser footage shot earlier in the day by the videographer, or even images and video photographed by guests during the reception. A couple of other interesting options are shadow screens that people can dance behind and cubes that they can dance on. Whatever you choose to add on will add another element of energy and fun to the party.

DJ vs A LIVE BAND

Choosing between a DJ or a live band can be a tough decision. Both have some pros and cons, but each are great options if you hire a quality wedding professional. Live bands typically require more space than a DJ. They usually won't be able to play quite the range of songs that a DJ can, but they can still play a huge variety. They bring a high level of energy if done right, and you can request songs from either. Some additional pros of hiring a DJ are that they can keep the music going throughout the entire event and they can help with the flow of the reception by acting as an MC.

Music is often what people remember most from your wedding day. The music sets the tone and vibe of the event. It allows people to let loose and have a great time. Always sign a contract with your DJ (if they don't offer or agree to one, choose someone else.). Ask about any questions or concerns that you have. Some DJs might want to promote their services at weddings. If this bothers you, feel free to communicate with them about your wishes. You are the client, so your needs should be their top priority. Hiring a stellar DJ will give you peace of mind during your celebration, and allow you to confidently dance the night away knowing that everyone is having a great time!

Mina & Taylor

02.26.2017

Photography By Tony Lante Photography

  • Date: May 10, 2017
  • Author: Ivette Manners
  • Category: R