WEDDING STYLE BLOG

Inspiration for the Long Island Bride

  • Date: Nov 30, 2020
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom - Katerina Belales
  • Category: Health & Beauty   
Deciding on your wedding makeup is one of the final steps in completing your look for the big day. However, figuring out what makeup look is right for you can be tricky for many brides. Whether it is soft and natural or bold and colorful, your wedding makeup should make you feel beautiful as you are. If you're looking for the best examples of your desired natural makeup look, smokey eye, or pop-colored lip, take a look at eight of our favorite wedding makeup looks for your big day!

1.  Bold Red Lip

Nothing says love like red. Traditional bright red lips are among the most popular wedding makeup looks. If you have a fairer complexion, try a brighter orange-red; and if you have a darker complexion, a blue-toned red is the perfect color choice for you. No matter what type of red you decide, your makeup will sure to look gorgeous as it pops against your white gown.

2. Wedding Makeup Tip – The Classic Smokey Eye
 
Looking for something as dramatic as a bold red lip, but want to take it a step further? Go for the sultry and intense smokey eye. Pairing a charcoal-hued eye look along with either smudged or winged black eyeliner is the perfect makeup look to keep all eyes on you.
 
3. Neutral Brown Looks
 
If you’re interested in the dramatic smokey eye, but don’t want the harsh black lines, why not try neutral colors? Going all natural with brown-toned eye make-up gives a fresher, edgier look while still keeping a smokey makeup style. It also looks great with any eye color, and is sure to make your eyes pop.
 
4. Natural Wedding Makeup
 
 If you prefer as natural makeup as possible, using dewy foundation is perfect to achieve that flawless skin look. Pair it up with some light, neutral-colored eyeshadow and a nude lip to get that no-makeup makeup look.
 
5.  Soft Glam/Blushing Bride
 
This wedding look is for brides that want a more natural look, but also want soft glam with a pop of color.  Incorporating peachy, rosy tones into your makeup (such as blush) gives your face a splash of color to get that romantic, angelic wedding makeup look.
 
6.  Pop of Color 
 
If you want to take it a step further, try adding some brighter pops of color into your wedding makeup. Colors like purple and green can help accentuate the eyes, while reds and bright pinks can bring focus to your lips. You can even slip in “something blue” with a bold or pastel blue eye!
 
7.  Metallic Wedding Makeup
 
What better way to incorporate pops of color than to have a metallic wedding makeup look? Whether it’s silver, gold, or pearl, you can add these colors through sparkly glitter eyeshadow or highlighter for an illuminated, pearlescent look. Make sure you keep the rest of the look simple to really accentuate the metallic features.
 
8.  Matte Wedding Makeup
 
This look is for the brides that want to keep it as simple as possible. The key to this look is having a smooth, flawless skin finish. Since highlighting and sparkles accentuate skin texture, it’s best to stay away from those products in this case. However, matte makeup looks can certainly be either more natural, or can incorporate many pops of color!
 
No matter what makeup style you choose, make sure it’s what represents you the best!  
 
Call and schedule an appointment with one of the Elite Wedding Professionals on our website that specialize in hair & makeup. 
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Deciding on your wedding makeup is one of the final steps in completing your look for the big day. However, figuring out what makeup look is right for you can be tricky for many brides. Whether it is soft and natural or bold and colorful, your wedding makeup should make you feel beautiful as you are. If you're looking for the best examples of your desired natural makeup look, smokey eye, or pop-colored lip, take a look at eight of our favorite wedding makeup looks for your big day!

1.  Bold Red Lip

Nothing says love like red. Traditional bright red lips are among the most popular wedding makeup looks. If you have a fairer complexion, try a brighter orange-red; and if you have a darker complexion, a blue-toned red is the perfect color choice for you. No matter what type of red you decide, your makeup will sure to look gorgeous as it pops against your white gown.

2. Wedding Makeup Tip – The Classic Smokey Eye
 
Looking for something as dramatic as a bold red lip, but want to take it a step further? Go for the sultry and intense smokey eye. Pairing a charcoal-hued eye look along with either smudged or winged black eyeliner is the perfect makeup look to keep all eyes on you.
 
3. Neutral Brown Looks
 
If you’re interested in the dramatic smokey eye, but don’t want the harsh black lines, why not try neutral colors? Going all natural with brown-toned eye make-up gives a fresher, edgier look while still keeping a smokey makeup style. It also looks great with any eye color, and is sure to make your eyes pop.
 
4. Natural Wedding Makeup
 
 If you prefer as natural makeup as possible, using dewy foundation is perfect to achieve that flawless skin look. Pair it up with some light, neutral-colored eyeshadow and a nude lip to get that no-makeup makeup look.
 
5.  Soft Glam/Blushing Bride
 
This wedding look is for brides that want a more natural look, but also want soft glam with a pop of color.  Incorporating peachy, rosy tones into your makeup (such as blush) gives your face a splash of color to get that romantic, angelic wedding makeup look.
 
6.  Pop of Color 
 
If you want to take it a step further, try adding some brighter pops of color into your wedding makeup. Colors like purple and green can help accentuate the eyes, while reds and bright pinks can bring focus to your lips. You can even slip in “something blue” with a bold or pastel blue eye!
 
7.  Metallic Wedding Makeup
 
What better way to incorporate pops of color than to have a metallic wedding makeup look? Whether it’s silver, gold, or pearl, you can add these colors through sparkly glitter eyeshadow or highlighter for an illuminated, pearlescent look. Make sure you keep the rest of the look simple to really accentuate the metallic features.
 
8.  Matte Wedding Makeup
 
This look is for the brides that want to keep it as simple as possible. The key to this look is having a smooth, flawless skin finish. Since highlighting and sparkles accentuate skin texture, it’s best to stay away from those products in this case. However, matte makeup looks can certainly be either more natural, or can incorporate many pops of color!
 
No matter what makeup style you choose, make sure it’s what represents you the best!  
 
Call and schedule an appointment with one of the Elite Wedding Professionals on our website that specialize in hair & makeup. 

When it comes to choosing hairstyles and accessories for your wedding day, the possibilities are endless. Choices can depend
on the style of your dress, your face shape, and the possible theme or season of your wedding (if you want to correlate the two).
What matters most, however, is how they fit your personality. Here are some fun ideas and suggestions on how to style your hair
for the big day.

(*Note: Each wedding hairstyle will have one or two pictures correlated to its number for your viewing).

1. Chignon Hairstyles

The chignon, more commonly known as the “low bun,” is one of the most popular wedding hairstyles. With many different variations to choose from (such as incorporating braids and curls), there are endless possibilities for accessories. Crystal hairpins with any-length veil (or if you want to be a little different, try a birdcage veil) will be a great combination for this do!

2.  Half Up/Half Down Looks

This hairstyle is perfect for the bride that doesn’t want to fully commit to an updo, but still wants the intricate details of one. Classic and elegant, you can twist your hair or braid it in the back, and then add some voluminous curls to the bottom. We recommend using a pearl hairpin in the back to connect to your veil and complete the look!

3.  Hollywood Curls

Speaking of voluminous curls, few wedding hairstyles can compete with the glamour of old Hollywood curls. This retro style can be either loose and pretty or defined and striking. For accessories, what can be more glamorous than a dazzling tiara or rhinestone headpiece? Pair them with a cathedral-length veil, and this hairstyle will be perfect for you to live your red carpet fantasy!

4.  Ponytail Hairstyles

If you want your hair out of your face, but don’t want a complete updo, ponytails are another great option! Whether it's a high, low, sleek, or messy ponytail, this hairstyle is an absolute classic. If you want to showcase this style even more, go for a birdcage or blusher veil. Adding a crystallized hairpiece on the side will also really get that unique look.

5.  Braided Looks

If you’re looking for another bohemian look that is a bit more detailed than loose waves, why not try braids? Whether it's a single braid
or mixed into another hairstyle, this look works for both classic and modern weddings. We also suggest pairing this look with a more fun accessory, like an embellished hairpin or flowers!

6. Loose Waves/Curls

Do you want your hair to be down, but don’t want the exaggerated curls that come with the Hollywood look? Why not try simple loose waves? This style is perfect for more laid-back or bohemian weddings. Add a flower crown and shoulder-length veil, and you've got the ultimate bohemian wedding look that's simply to die for.

Each hairstyle and accessory offers a different, unique, and stunning look; but remember, your choice is ultimately what you feel most beautiful in!

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When it comes to choosing hairstyles and accessories for your wedding day, the possibilities are endless. Choices can depend
on the style of your dress, your face shape, and the possible theme or season of your wedding (if you want to correlate the two).
What matters most, however, is how they fit your personality. Here are some fun ideas and suggestions on how to style your hair
for the big day.

(*Note: Each wedding hairstyle will have one or two pictures correlated to its number for your viewing).

1. Chignon Hairstyles

The chignon, more commonly known as the “low bun,” is one of the most popular wedding hairstyles. With many different variations to choose from (such as incorporating braids and curls), there are endless possibilities for accessories. Crystal hairpins with any-length veil (or if you want to be a little different, try a birdcage veil) will be a great combination for this do!

2.  Half Up/Half Down Looks

This hairstyle is perfect for the bride that doesn’t want to fully commit to an updo, but still wants the intricate details of one. Classic and elegant, you can twist your hair or braid it in the back, and then add some voluminous curls to the bottom. We recommend using a pearl hairpin in the back to connect to your veil and complete the look!

3.  Hollywood Curls

Speaking of voluminous curls, few wedding hairstyles can compete with the glamour of old Hollywood curls. This retro style can be either loose and pretty or defined and striking. For accessories, what can be more glamorous than a dazzling tiara or rhinestone headpiece? Pair them with a cathedral-length veil, and this hairstyle will be perfect for you to live your red carpet fantasy!

4.  Ponytail Hairstyles

If you want your hair out of your face, but don’t want a complete updo, ponytails are another great option! Whether it's a high, low, sleek, or messy ponytail, this hairstyle is an absolute classic. If you want to showcase this style even more, go for a birdcage or blusher veil. Adding a crystallized hairpiece on the side will also really get that unique look.

5.  Braided Looks

If you’re looking for another bohemian look that is a bit more detailed than loose waves, why not try braids? Whether it's a single braid
or mixed into another hairstyle, this look works for both classic and modern weddings. We also suggest pairing this look with a more fun accessory, like an embellished hairpin or flowers!

6. Loose Waves/Curls

Do you want your hair to be down, but don’t want the exaggerated curls that come with the Hollywood look? Why not try simple loose waves? This style is perfect for more laid-back or bohemian weddings. Add a flower crown and shoulder-length veil, and you've got the ultimate bohemian wedding look that's simply to die for.

Each hairstyle and accessory offers a different, unique, and stunning look; but remember, your choice is ultimately what you feel most beautiful in!

  • Date: Nov 16, 2020
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom - Lauren Brill
  • Category: Planning Tips   
During these times, couples are having to get creative with their wedding planning. As a result, many couples are deciding to have a micro wedding in order to get married and celebrate, but under the new circumstances put into place in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A micro wedding has all of the usual aspects of a wedding, however, it has 50 or fewer guests. Here are some examples for planning a micro wedding on Long Island during a pandemic.

Picking the right micro wedding venue
The first step to planning your special day is finding the venue of your dreams. When selecting the setting for your micro wedding, try to find a place that will accommodate a smaller group. Since many couples are re-scheduling their weddings to a later date there are many options at various venues that would fit what you are searching for. 

Outdoor weddings are popular right now, however, be mindful of what season you are getting married in. If the weather is colder, you might have to consider looking into indoor venues. Another way to celebrate a micro wedding is in your backyard, but catered by all of your vendors. For instance, renting a tent and working with your florist to decorate the backyard is a great way to personalize your traditional wedding on a smaller scale.  

Make it a sweet experience
Every great wedding includes great food, but there’s always room for dessert. When it comes to your wedding cake, you can speak to your baker in order to customize your desserts. A popular idea is supplementing your cake with cupcakes.

Capture the intimate moments 
Even with a small number of guests, you will want to have memories of this day with family and friends. One way is to hire a photographer and videographer to capture the day’s events. 

Although your affair is on a smaller scale this does not mean that you have to compromise having the wedding of your dreams. There are many ways you can plan your micro wedding to make it unique and enjoyable, but still Covid friendly.
 
Click here to view Long Island's finest wedding professionals for more inspiration.



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During these times, couples are having to get creative with their wedding planning. As a result, many couples are deciding to have a micro wedding in order to get married and celebrate, but under the new circumstances put into place in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A micro wedding has all of the usual aspects of a wedding, however, it has 50 or fewer guests. Here are some examples for planning a micro wedding on Long Island during a pandemic.

Picking the right micro wedding venue
The first step to planning your special day is finding the venue of your dreams. When selecting the setting for your micro wedding, try to find a place that will accommodate a smaller group. Since many couples are re-scheduling their weddings to a later date there are many options at various venues that would fit what you are searching for. 

Outdoor weddings are popular right now, however, be mindful of what season you are getting married in. If the weather is colder, you might have to consider looking into indoor venues. Another way to celebrate a micro wedding is in your backyard, but catered by all of your vendors. For instance, renting a tent and working with your florist to decorate the backyard is a great way to personalize your traditional wedding on a smaller scale.  

Make it a sweet experience
Every great wedding includes great food, but there’s always room for dessert. When it comes to your wedding cake, you can speak to your baker in order to customize your desserts. A popular idea is supplementing your cake with cupcakes.

Capture the intimate moments 
Even with a small number of guests, you will want to have memories of this day with family and friends. One way is to hire a photographer and videographer to capture the day’s events. 

Although your affair is on a smaller scale this does not mean that you have to compromise having the wedding of your dreams. There are many ways you can plan your micro wedding to make it unique and enjoyable, but still Covid friendly.
 
Click here to view Long Island's finest wedding professionals for more inspiration.



Want to plan your wedding colors based on the season you’re getting married in? If so, check out some popular wedding color schemes, floral and décor ideas for 2020-2021 that are sure to make your special day the event of the season!
 
Fall In Love 
 
If you’re planning a fall-themed wedding, you’re in luck! Autumn allows for tons of gorgeous wedding color ideas, especially with the beautiful fall foliage. Trending colors include fired brick, maroon, pumpkin spice, or rust. These colors are also perfect to add into your bouquet with lots of sunflowers, peonies, roses, or other wildflowers. Additionally, fall foliage alone can make a visually appealing case for your bouquet or backdrop for an outdoor wedding. Even your bridesmaid dresses or venue decorations can combine these colors; a beautiful maroon or burnt orange would tie everything together and have your guests falling in love. 
 
 
 
Winter Wonderland Colors
 
Is there anything quite as magical as a winter wedding? Deck the halls with these winter wedding ideas that are bound to make you and your guests as merry as can be. We all know that winter can be pretty chilly, but if you’re set on wearing a short-sleeved or strapless wedding gown, how about adding a faux fur coat? As for color scheming, you can select the traditional classic red and green color palette with variations of evergreen, crimson, and burgundy. However, if you want to create more of a winter wonderland, the icy snowfall and midnight blues, sparkling silvers, or the all winter whites will fully embrace the magical scenery. Finally, adding a little bit of winter décor (like evergreen trees, snowflakes, or holly) would the perfect addition to create that winter wonderland. 
 
 
 
“I Do” to Spring Wedding Colors
 
As spring comes into full bloom, the best way to go about planning your wedding colors is to fully embrace the season! For example, with its pastel and lighter palettes, some wedding colors could include dusty rose, sky blue, mint, petal pink, lilac, and seafoam green. Between bridesmaid dresses, wedding décor, or your bouquet, these colors can be incorporated into all aspects of the wedding. Additionally, speaking of bouquets and floral arrangements, you can embrace springtime to the fullest with the season’s beautiful, vibrant flowers (like tulips, garden roses, and hyacinths) as a way to create the wedding of your dreams.
 
 
 
Fun in the Summer
 
With its sunny skies and warm weather, summer is the most popular season for weddings. Therefore, some décor ideas to capture your guests’ attention may include gorgeous lush greenery and bright, colorful flowers cascading along the altar or seating. As for wedding colors, bright, jeweled-tones like royal blue, amethyst, magenta, or marigold are perfect to make your wedding pop. However, if you’re looking for more of a beach-themed wedding, think of using ocean-inspired colors like Tiffany-blue or mint green. Pairing these colors alongside white or light blue flowers is the perfect way to go.
 
 
 
All photos courtesy of the following photographers. View more from each studio here.

Cassarino Studios

Déjà vu Studios

Jakub Redziniak Photography

Janelle Brooke Photography

One Fine Day Photographers

Silverfox Photography

Tino Photography

Tony Lante Photography


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Want to plan your wedding colors based on the season you’re getting married in? If so, check out some popular wedding color schemes, floral and décor ideas for 2020-2021 that are sure to make your special day the event of the season!
 
Fall In Love 
 
If you’re planning a fall-themed wedding, you’re in luck! Autumn allows for tons of gorgeous wedding color ideas, especially with the beautiful fall foliage. Trending colors include fired brick, maroon, pumpkin spice, or rust. These colors are also perfect to add into your bouquet with lots of sunflowers, peonies, roses, or other wildflowers. Additionally, fall foliage alone can make a visually appealing case for your bouquet or backdrop for an outdoor wedding. Even your bridesmaid dresses or venue decorations can combine these colors; a beautiful maroon or burnt orange would tie everything together and have your guests falling in love. 
 
 
 
Winter Wonderland Colors
 
Is there anything quite as magical as a winter wedding? Deck the halls with these winter wedding ideas that are bound to make you and your guests as merry as can be. We all know that winter can be pretty chilly, but if you’re set on wearing a short-sleeved or strapless wedding gown, how about adding a faux fur coat? As for color scheming, you can select the traditional classic red and green color palette with variations of evergreen, crimson, and burgundy. However, if you want to create more of a winter wonderland, the icy snowfall and midnight blues, sparkling silvers, or the all winter whites will fully embrace the magical scenery. Finally, adding a little bit of winter décor (like evergreen trees, snowflakes, or holly) would be the perfect addition to create that winter wonderland. 
 
 
 
“I Do” to Spring Wedding Colors
 
As spring comes into full bloom, the best way to go about planning your wedding colors is to fully embrace the season! For example, with its pastel and lighter palettes, some wedding colors could include dusty rose, sky blue, mint, petal pink, lilac, and seafoam green. Between bridesmaid dresses, wedding décor, or your bouquet, these colors can be incorporated into all aspects of the wedding. Additionally, speaking of bouquets and floral arrangements, you can embrace springtime to the fullest with the season’s beautiful, vibrant flowers (like tulips, garden roses, and hyacinths) as a way to create the wedding of your dreams.
 
 
 
Fun in the Summer
 
With its sunny skies and warm weather, summer is the most popular season for weddings. Therefore, some décor ideas to capture your guests’ attention may include gorgeous lush greenery and bright, colorful flowers cascading along the altar or seating. As for wedding colors, bright, jeweled-tones like royal blue, amethyst, magenta, or marigold are perfect to make your wedding pop. However, if you’re looking for more of a beach-themed wedding, think of using ocean-inspired colors like Tiffany-blue or mint green. Pairing these colors alongside white or light blue flowers is the perfect way to go.
 
 
 
All photos courtesy of the following photographers. View more from each studio here.

Cassarino Studios

Déjà vu Studios

Jakub Redziniak Photography

Janelle Brooke Photography

One Fine Day Photographers

Silverfox Photography

Tino Photography

Tony Lante Photography


  • Date: Oct 21, 2020
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom - Lauren Brill
  • Category: Wedding Fashion   
When it comes to looking for the perfect wedding dress, we have your back. Here are four wedding designers we have selected to highlight the backs of various styles of gowns that are sure to help Long Island Brides find their dream dress.

The Justin Alexander Stretch Mikado A-line gown with a deep V-neck back is a great choice for a minimal dress that creates a distinctive look.
 
Rita Vinieris’ Rivini fall 2021 Jerry fit and flare mock neck lace dress offers voluminous long sleeves that go into an open back. Also, from Rita Vinieris Alyne fall 2021 is the Faye dress. This V-back dress with cap sleeves, small buttons, and lace detail looks simple from afar. It has intricate lace, which is perfect if you want a detailed back on your wedding dress.
 
Following the trend of lace detail, Anne Barge’s Lula ballgown has a sheer back with rose and bud embroidery appliques with pearl buttons down the middle. This style gives your gown a unique illusion that will wow all your guests.
 
All eyes will be centered on you in the Aire Barcelona’s Elizabeth mermaid wedding dress with a deep plunging open back that includes lace and cascading double straps. This dress will give an elegant look on your wedding day. Aire Barcelona also offers the Quebec gown. This dress has a classic sheath-style shape, but with a twist. Dotted tulle and beaded lace is the ideal style for your special day.
 
There are many different ways Long Island Brides can personalize their wedding dresses and make them unique and unforgettable. Whether you like a dramatic or simple gown, the back of the dress is where you can make it yours to look stunning on your big day.
 
For more information, take a look at some of Long Island’s finest wedding professionals. 

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When it comes to looking for the perfect wedding dress, we have your back. Here are four wedding designers we have selected to highlight the backs of various styles of gowns that are sure to help Long Island Brides find their dream dress.

The Justin Alexander Stretch Mikado A-line gown with a deep V-neck back is a great choice for a minimal dress that creates a distinctive look.
 
Rita Vinieris’ Rivini fall 2021 Jerry fit and flare mock neck lace dress offers voluminous long sleeves that go into an open back. Also, from Rita Vinieris Alyne fall 2021 is the Faye dress. This V-back dress with cap sleeves, small buttons, and lace detail looks simple from afar. It has intricate lace, which is perfect if you want a detailed back on your wedding dress.
 
Following the trend of lace detail, Anne Barge’s Lula ballgown has a sheer back with rose and bud embroidery appliques with pearl buttons down the middle. This style gives your gown a unique illusion that will wow all your guests.
 
All eyes will be centered on you in the Aire Barcelona’s Elizabeth mermaid wedding dress with a deep plunging open back that includes lace and cascading double straps. This dress will give an elegant look on your wedding day. Aire Barcelona also offers the Quebec gown. This dress has a classic sheath-style shape, but with a twist. Dotted tulle and beaded lace is the ideal style for your special day.
 
There are many different ways Long Island Brides can personalize their wedding dresses and make them unique and unforgettable. Whether you like a dramatic or simple gown, the back of the dress is where you can make it yours to look stunning on your big day.
 
For more information, take a look at some of Long Island’s finest wedding professionals. 

While many brides were looking for a glamorous look on their wedding day, others just want something subtle. Look below to get some inspiration for some simple, delicate looks.

 

 

 

1. Sydney Evan Love Bracelet

2. Caroline Castigliano I Believe in Love Collection ‘Jourdan’ Bridal Gown

3. Modjewel ‘Bare Bag’ Clutch

4. Badgley Mischka ‘Kiara’ Peep-Toe Pump



  

Bride and groom pose in front of a Jelly Apple stand.
Tony Lante Photography
  • Date: Sep 22, 2020
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom - Katerina Belales
  • Category: General   

‘Tis the season for fall-ing in love! Whether you’re planning a fall wedding or are looking for some fun autumn activities to do, Long Island Bride and Groom has plenty of ideas to spice up the romance with the apple of your eye! 

  • Date: Sep 21, 2020
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom Lauren Brill
  • Category: Planning Tips   
Small, casual ceremonies are growing in popularity during these times. An informal setting for your wedding may urge you to go for a laid-back look. Here are nine styles brides can pick to stand out on their big day.

Short dresses are a great casual style that still gives you the feel of a wedding dress. Oscar de la Renta’s fall collection features a tiered layered dress and a Saffron bubble dress that put a spin on the classic wedding dress. If you are looking for a simple dress, Reem Acra features a strapless lace dress with a fishtail train. For a more casual look, you the strapless body con dress with a triangle-shaped sweetheart neckline. 

If you’re looking for a tea-length dress, Justin Alexander’s Lillian West collection includes a dress with a tulle skirt. The venice lace and trim give the dress a boho look perfect for an outdoor wedding. 

Halfpenny London’s Songbird collection includes a layered high-low skirt paired with a simple cami and a puff sleeve top.  
 
 
 
For a completely different look, switch it up with a pair of trousers. The Songbird collection from Halfpenny London features Henson Trousers which are paired with the Oliver Corset and the Campagne Cape, which still gives you the flow of a wedding dress. You can also pair the trousers with a blazer and blouse. Galia Lahav showcases another way to style trousers by including a satin overskirt paired with a sheer corset and a metallic belt.

No matter what your style is, you can still find the perfect attire for your wedding day.
 
 
 

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Small, casual ceremonies are growing in popularity during these times. An informal setting for your wedding may urge you to go for a laid-back look. Here are nine styles brides can pick to stand out on their big day.

Short dresses are a great casual style that still gives you the feel of a wedding dress. Oscar de la Renta’s fall collection features a tiered layered dress and a Saffron bubble dress that put a spin on the classic wedding dress. If you are looking for a simple dress, Reem Acra features a strapless lace dress with a fishtail train. For a more casual look, you the strapless body con dress with a triangle-shaped sweetheart neckline. 

If you’re looking for a tea-length dress, Justin Alexander’s Lillian West collection includes a dress with a tulle skirt. The venice lace and trim give the dress a boho look perfect for an outdoor wedding. 

Halfpenny London’s Songbird collection includes a layered high-low skirt paired with a simple cami and a puff sleeve top.  
 
 
 
For a completely different look, switch it up with a pair of trousers. The Songbird collection from Halfpenny London features Henson Trousers which are paired with the Oliver Corset and the Campagne Cape, which still gives you the flow of a wedding dress. You can also pair the trousers with a blazer and blouse. Galia Lahav showcases another way to style trousers by including a satin overskirt paired with a sheer corset and a metallic belt.

No matter what your style is, you can still find the perfect attire for your wedding day.
 
 
 

  • Date: Jun 16, 2020
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom
  • Category: Style Files   

Something Blue

 

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  • Date: Apr 24, 2020
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom
  • Category: Real Weddings   

 

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Looking for some wedding gown inspirational ideas? Below we are showcasing some bridal fashions from the runway. 

  

 

Checkout Long Island Bride and Groom’s Gown Search of designers and view thousands of wedding dresses, plus hundreds of bridesmaid dresses and accessories.

Many of the designers will include a store locator to help you find the Bridal Shop offering their gowns.  Find the perfect wedding gown and the Long Island Bridal Boutique that carries it.

1. Peter Langner Bridal Collection ‘Coco” One-Shoulder Gown
2. Lihi Hod ‘Amber’ Embroidered A-line Gown
3. Matthew Christopher ‘Christiana Brocade Trumpet Gown 
4. Atelier Pronovias ‘Orbit’ Mermaid Gown 
5. Julie Vino Couture Haute Bellagio Lace Gown and Tulle Cape

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Looking for some wedding gown inspirational ideas? Below we are showcasing some bridal fashions from the runway. 

  

 

Checkout Long Island Bride and Groom’s Gown Search of designers and view thousands of wedding dresses, plus hundreds of bridesmaid dresses and accessories.

Many of the designers will include a store locator to help you find the Bridal Shop offering their gowns.  Find the perfect wedding gown and the Long Island Bridal Boutique that carries it.

1. Peter Langner Bridal Collection ‘Coco” One-Shoulder Gown
2. Lihi Hod ‘Amber’ Embroidered A-line Gown
3. Matthew Christopher ‘Christiana Brocade Trumpet Gown 
4. Atelier Pronovias ‘Orbit’ Mermaid Gown 
5. Julie Vino Couture Haute Bellagio Lace Gown and Tulle Cape

                                                                                 Click Here to View the Digital Magazine!

  • Date: Mar 12, 2020
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom
  • Category: Real Weddings   

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  • Date: Feb 27, 2020
  • Author: Sandra Mardenfeld
  • Category: Wedding Cakes   

Cakes celebrate your wedding, the engagement party, the shower and even the groom. With so many cakes in your future, how do you decide which ones to choose? 

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  • Date: Jan 13, 2020
  • Author: Ivette Manners
  • Category: Real Weddings   
Dejan invited me to dinner at Grimaldi’s, our favorite pizzeria in Dumbo, but I hesitated at first because I had a terrible cold and it was a bitter January day. However, he was persistent and I gave in,” says Zorana. “While dressing for dinner, I noticed that he was acting a bit strange. He was being a little too nice for all the fuss I was making over what I should wear and I thought hmm, maybe he’s going to propose.”

While waiting on line outside of the restaurant, Zorana and Dejan felt the frigid wind blowing from the East River. “It was the most unforgiving winter night,” says Zorana. Half an hour later, they were finally escorted into the warm and buzzing restaurant. Zorana was happy to be there because Dejan had read that Grimaldi’s offered gluten-free pizza and Zorana recently learned that she could no longer eat gluten, so she was excited to be able to eat her favorite pizza again. However, when the waiter arrived to take their order he informed them that they must have been mistaken because they didn’t serve any gluten-free dishes. “I felt bad for Dejan because he looked completely gutted at the fact that his plan for our romantic evening was falling apart,” says Zorana. “We left the restaurant and started walking to the car, but Dejan stopped and asked if I wanted to take a walk to the carrousel since it was only
a block away and we didn’t 
get a chance to go to Dumbo often." At that point, Zorana was sure that he was planning on proposing, so of course, she agreed. When they got to the carousel, Dejan tapped Zorana on her shoulder and when she turned around she saw him standing behind her with a ring box in his hand. “I knew it was coming,” says Zorana. “After I said yes and kissed him, we ran back to the car and went to another Italian restaurant that served gluten-free dishes to celebrate.”

Zorana and Dejan decided on a traditional Serbian wedding, complete with a Kum and Kuma (the best man and maid of honor to the couple/godparents to their future children); a flag bearer; Cuture (wooden flasks) which wedding guests customarily drink Rakija (fruit brandy) from; and lots of Kolo (circle dancing). Zorana walked down the aisle in a Hayley Paige sequined gown, jewel-encrusted Manolo Blahnik heels, and sparkling jewelry from Two by London; and Dejan waited at the altar for her wearing a classic tuxedo and custom shirt. Instead of bridesmaids and groomsmen, their bridal party consisted of three adorable flower girls and three charming ring bearers. After the I Do’s, everyone headed to Westbury Manor for the reception. The spacious ballroom was decorated in an autumn English country theme with centerpieces featuring blush, burgundy, and violet-hued flowers, along with small white pumpkins and votive candles on the tables.

Their celebration kicked off with a cocktail hour and an open bar that lasted throughout the night. “Westbury Manor gave us so many options to choose from while planning our reception menu,” says Zorana. After dinner, the couple cut a three-tier, vanilla wedding cake, from Francesco’s Bakery, with whipped cream icing and alternating raspberry cream and fresh cream-and-raspberry fillings. 

The guests danced to music played by DJ Spaz, a well-known Serbian-American DJ from Chicago whom the couple flew in for their party. Another great detail Zorana and Dejan decided on was having a photo booth. “It was a highlight of the event,” says Zorana. “We went back and forth on whether or not we should have one, but it turned out to be so much fun.”

“What I loved the most about that day was being able to share the night with all of our friends and family,” says Zorana. “I didn’t expect to be overcome with emotion seeing all the people we care about together in one room.”

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Dejan invited me to dinner at Grimaldi’s, our favorite pizzeria in Dumbo, but I hesitated at first because I had a terrible cold and it was a bitter January day. However, he was persistent and I gave in,” says Zorana. “While dressing for dinner, I noticed that he was acting a bit strange. He was being a little too nice for all the fuss I was making over what I should wear and I thought hmm, maybe he’s going to propose.”

While waiting on line outside of the restaurant, Zorana and Dejan felt the frigid wind blowing from the East River. “It was the most unforgiving winter night,” says Zorana. Half an hour later, they were finally escorted into the warm and buzzing restaurant. Zorana was happy to be there because Dejan had read that Grimaldi’s offered gluten-free pizza and Zorana recently learned that she could no longer eat gluten, so she was excited to be able to eat her favorite pizza again. However, when the waiter arrived to take their order he informed them that they must have been mistaken because they didn’t serve any gluten-free dishes. “I felt bad for Dejan because he looked completely gutted at the fact that his plan for our romantic evening was falling apart,” says Zorana. “We left the restaurant and started walking to the car, but Dejan stopped and asked if I wanted to take a walk to the carrousel since it was only
a block away and we didn’t 
get a chance to go to Dumbo often." At that point, Zorana was sure that he was planning on proposing, so of course, she agreed. When they got to the carousel, Dejan tapped Zorana on her shoulder and when she turned around she saw him standing behind her with a ring box in his hand. “I knew it was coming,” says Zorana. “After I said yes and kissed him, we ran back to the car and went to another Italian restaurant that served gluten-free dishes to celebrate.”

Zorana and Dejan decided on a traditional Serbian wedding, complete with a Kum and Kuma (the best man and maid of honor to the couple/godparents to their future children); a flag bearer; Cuture (wooden flasks) which wedding guests customarily drink Rakija (fruit brandy) from; and lots of Kolo (circle dancing). Zorana walked down the aisle in a Hayley Paige sequined gown, jewel-encrusted Manolo Blahnik heels, and sparkling jewelry from Two by London; and Dejan waited at the altar for her wearing a classic tuxedo and custom shirt. Instead of bridesmaids and groomsmen, their bridal party consisted of three adorable flower girls and three charming ring bearers. After the I Do’s, everyone headed to Westbury Manor for the reception. The spacious ballroom was decorated in an autumn English country theme with centerpieces featuring blush, burgundy, and violet-hued flowers, along with small white pumpkins and votive candles on the tables.

Their celebration kicked off with a cocktail hour and an open bar that lasted throughout the night. “Westbury Manor gave us so many options to choose from while planning our reception menu,” says Zorana. After dinner, the couple cut a three-tier, vanilla wedding cake, from Francesco’s Bakery, with whipped cream icing and alternating raspberry cream and fresh cream-and-raspberry fillings. 

The guests danced to music played by DJ Spaz, a well-known Serbian-American DJ from Chicago whom the couple flew in for their party. Another great detail Zorana and Dejan decided on was having a photo booth. “It was a highlight of the event,” says Zorana. “We went back and forth on whether or not we should have one, but it turned out to be so much fun.”

“What I loved the most about that day was being able to share the night with all of our friends and family,” says Zorana. “I didn’t expect to be overcome with emotion seeing all the people we care about together in one room.”

  • Date: Dec 06, 2019
  • Author: Ivette Manners
  • Category: Real Weddings   
Antonio invited Nicole to a casual lunch as a ploy for his marriage proposal to her. "Antonio told me that one of his good friends was shooting a short video and asked us to be extras," said Nicole. "I said, 'No' right away because I'm too shy and hate being on camera, so he told me we would go to lunch instead." After arriving at the picturesque Cedarmere Park in Roslyn Harbor, the supposed lunch location, Nicole asked why they were there because there wasn't a restaurant in sight. Antonio kept up the charade and told her they had to walk over a bridge to get to the restaurant. "As we walked over the bridge, I saw a little husky puppy tied to a bench all by herself," Nicole said. "Then Antonio turned to me and said, 'She's yours! Go get her."' Nicole ran up to the puppy and right away Antonio asked, "What's her name? Check her nametag!" But, Nicole was "too excited about the dog to even check her tag." After Antonio asked her several times for the puppy's name Nicole finally looked at the heart-shaped tag on her collar that read "Will you marry me?" When Nicole turned around, "Antonio was down on one knee and of course, I said, 'Yes!"'

Nicole and Antonio sent out save the dates featuring an engagement photo of them with Stella, the husky Antonio gifted Nicole with when he proposed. They held a traditional church ceremony at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Roman Catholic Church in Deer Park surrounded by their closest family members and friends. "We didn't need to decorate much because the church was so pretty, so we kept it simple and added white tulle bows with baby's breath to the church pews," said. The bride wore a Blush by Hayley Paige beaded, fit-to flare gown with a cathedral-length veil and crystal-embellished light pink satin pumps. The groom wore a custom-made navy tuxedo. "As we left the church, our bridal party set off white confetti cannons, and we all drove away in a party bus," she said.

The reception was held at Larkfield in East Northport, with the ballroom decorated in a romantic and rustic theme. The alternating centerpieces featured white-and-gray rustic lanterns with pillar candles and baby's breath, as well as silver julep cups with roses, baby's breath, and votive candles. At the cocktail hour, guests were served a lavish spread of appetizers that included coconut shrimp, crab cakes, chicken and waffles, sushi, fried dumplings, sliders, Reuben sandwiches, a mac-and-cheese bar, pasta station, Mediterranean station and carving station. For the main course, guests dined on penne alla vodka, filet mignon, chicken marsala, shrimp scampi and rack of lamb. After dinner, the newlyweds cut the round, naked cake with flowers that matched the centerpieces. Guests were also treated to a Viennese hour with a variety of Italian pastries, cannoli, cookies, chocolate fountains, deep-fried Oreos, tiramisu, a Frappuccino station, and other decadent treats.

After the big day, Nicole and Antonio jetted off to a seven-night honeymoon at an adults-only, all-inclusive resort in Antiqua. “One of our highlights of the trip was the floating pool tapas experience in the private pool that we received as a gift from my bridesmaids,” said Nicole. “We enjoyed tapas and champagne on a handmade, floating tray while watching a beautiful sunset.”

“The entire wedding day was incredible, but our favorite part was dancing and having a good time with our family and friends,” Nicole said. “It all came out better than we expected.” 

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Antonio invited Nicole to a casual lunch as a ploy for his marriage proposal to her. "Antonio told me that one of his good friends was shooting a short video and asked us to be extras," said Nicole. "I said, 'No' right away because I'm too shy and hate being on camera, so he told me we would go to lunch instead." After arriving at the picturesque Cedarmere Park in Roslyn Harbor, the supposed lunch location, Nicole asked why they were there because there wasn't a restaurant in sight. Antonio kept up the charade and told her they had to walk over a bridge to get to the restaurant. "As we walked over the bridge, I saw a little husky puppy tied to a bench all by herself," Nicole said. "Then Antonio turned to me and said, 'She's yours! Go get her."' Nicole ran up to the puppy and right away Antonio asked, "What's her name? Check her nametag!" But, Nicole was "too excited about the dog to even check her tag." After Antonio asked her several times for the puppy's name Nicole finally looked at the heart-shaped tag on her collar that read "Will you marry me?" When Nicole turned around, "Antonio was down on one knee and of course, I said, 'Yes!"'

Nicole and Antonio sent out save the dates featuring an engagement photo of them with Stella, the husky Antonio gifted Nicole with when he proposed. They held a traditional church ceremony at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Roman Catholic Church in Deer Park surrounded by their closest family members and friends. "We didn't need to decorate much because the church was so pretty, so we kept it simple and added white tulle bows with baby's breath to the church pews," Nicole said. The bride wore a Blush by Hayley Paige beaded, fit-to flare gown with a cathedral-length veil and crystal-embellished light pink satin pumps. The groom wore a custom-made navy tuxedo. "As we left the church, our bridal party set off white confetti cannons, and we all drove away in a party bus," she said.

The reception was held at Larkfield in East Northport, with the ballroom decorated in a romantic and rustic theme. The alternating centerpieces featured white-and-gray rustic lanterns with pillar candles and baby's breath, as well as silver julep cups with roses, baby's breath, and votive candles. At the cocktail hour, guests were served a lavish spread of appetizers that included coconut shrimp, crab cakes, chicken and waffles, sushi, fried dumplings, sliders, Reuben sandwiches, a mac-and-cheese bar, pasta station, Mediterranean station and carving station. For the main course, guests dined on penne alla vodka, filet mignon, chicken marsala, shrimp scampi and rack of lamb. After dinner, the newlyweds cut the round, naked cake with flowers that matched the centerpieces. Guests were also treated to a Viennese hour with a variety of Italian pastries, cannoli, cookies, chocolate fountains, deep-fried Oreos, tiramisu, a Frappuccino station, and other decadent treats.

After the big day, Nicole and Antonio jetted off to a seven-night honeymoon at an adults-only, all-inclusive resort in Antiqua. “One of our highlights of the trip was the floating pool tapas experience in the private pool that we received as a gift from my bridesmaids,” said Nicole. “We enjoyed tapas and champagne on a handmade, floating tray while watching a beautiful sunset.”

“The entire wedding day was incredible, but our favorite part was dancing and having a good time with our family and friends,” Nicole said. “It all came out better than we expected.” 

  • Date: Dec 04, 2019
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom
  • Category: Planning Tips   

 

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  • Date: Dec 03, 2019
  • Author: Ivette Manners
  • Category: Real Weddings   
Ever the romantic, Anthony wanted his proposal to Nikky to be meaningful and unique, so he decided to pop the question on a surprise vacation. “Anthony told me when we were going away, but not where,” said Nikky. “Two days before we left, Anthony told me that I didn’t need to pack a coat, hat or gloves,” she said. Anthony had told her to pack both summer and winter clothes to make it even more difficult to figure out where they were going. “When we arrived at the airport, we walked up to the departure gate for Miami and I realized he had been quietly paying attention when I mentioned that I hadn’t been to Miami’s Art Basel in years and wanted to go back.” Once in Miami, Nikky and Anthony checked into the Fontainebleau, a hotel that Nikky had always loved from afar. 

While heading out for dinner that evening, Anthony told Nikky that their reservation wasn’t ready yet and suggested that they take a stroll around the hotel and a walk on the beach. “I was appalled at the idea of getting sand in my expensive heels, but at this point, I knew something was up,” Nikky said. She thought that if Anthony was going to propose, it would be during dinner and he was stalling because the restaurant was still setting up the table for them. “So, I dilly-dallied, stopping to check out every little thing during our walk, not realizing that Anthony was in a panic because the sun was setting,”  she said. “When we finally got to the beach I saw a big, beautiful heart made out of red rose petals in the sand. Anthony pulled me into the center of the heart, got down on one knee and asked, ‘Will you spend the rest of your life with me?’”

Nikky and Anthony celebrated their nuptials with a fall wedding at an apple orchard and farm in Peconic, located in Long Island’s North Fork Wine Country. Nikky looked stunning in a Galia Lahav beaded-lace gown and a crystal-embellished, cathedral-length veil as she walked down the aisle with her father to a slow, acoustic version of Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” The bride and groom stood under a wedding arch decorated with flowers, lush greenery and small hanging glass vases with tea light candles perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean on the farm’s private beach.
 
 
 
 
With the sound of the waves crashing in the background, they exchanged personalized vows in front of 180 close family members and friends.

The newlywed couple hosted their cocktail hour in the farm’s domed barn and guests mingled outside around firepits and a seating area set up with vintage furniture before heading to the reception, which was held in a vaulted sailcloth tent. Befitting the wedding’s “Night Under the Stars” theme, the orchard’s apple trees near the tent were lit up with fairy lights. Guests were seated at rectangular farm tables set with celestial- designed plates, gold chargers, gold-rimmed champagne glasses and table cards bearing the names of constellations, such as Ursa Major and Draconis. Low tea lights and tall candlesticks in amber glass bottles on the tables, along with hanging chandeliers, created a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Guests dined on a land-and-sea duet of grilled lobster tail with chimichurri butter and filet mignon over mashed and roasted baby potatoes, grilled summer corn and zucchini pappardelle gremolata. The couple displayed a faux wedding cake designed to match their celestial plates and served a creamy vanilla cake after dinner. In addition to the cake, as well as an assortment of freshly baked cookies and apple galettes, guests were treated to a gelato truck serving hazelnut, peanut-butter-and-jelly, mascarpone-and- fig, and malted-chocolate gelato flavors.

Seeing their guests enjoying themselves is one of the couple’s favorite memories of the reception. “Our band, Code Bleu, of Skyline Orchestras, was amazing,” Nikky said. “They did a phenomenal job of keeping everyone dancing under the stars the entire night!” 

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Ever the romantic, Anthony wanted his proposal to Nikky to be meaningful and unique, so he decided to pop the question on a surprise vacation. “Anthony told me when we were going away, but not where,” said Nikky. “Two days before we left, Anthony told me that I didn’t need to pack a coat, hat or gloves,” she said. Anthony had told her to pack both summer and winter clothes to make it even more difficult to figure out where they were going. “When we arrived at the airport, we walked up to the departure gate for Miami and I realized he had been quietly paying attention when I mentioned that I hadn’t been to Miami’s Art Basel in years and wanted to go back.” Once in Miami, Nikky and Anthony checked into the Fontainebleau, a hotel that Nikky had always loved from afar. 

While heading out for dinner that evening, Anthony told Nikky that their reservation wasn’t ready yet and suggested that they take a stroll around the hotel and a walk on the beach. “I was appalled at the idea of getting sand in my expensive heels, but at this point, I knew something was up,” Nikky said. She thought that if Anthony was going to propose, it would be during dinner and he was stalling because the restaurant was still setting up the table for them. “So, I dilly-dallied, stopping to check out every little thing during our walk, not realizing that Anthony was in a panic because the sun was setting,” she said. “When we finally got to the beach I saw a big, beautiful heart made out of red rose petals in the sand. Anthony pulled me into the center of the heart, got down on one knee and asked, ‘Will you spend the rest of your life with me?’”

Nikky and Anthony celebrated their nuptials with a fall wedding at an apple orchard and farm in Peconic, located in Long Island’s North Fork Wine Country. Nikky looked stunning in a Galia Lahav beaded-lace gown and a crystal-embellished, cathedral-length veil as she walked down the aisle with her father to a slow, acoustic version of Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” The bride and groom stood under a wedding arch decorated with flowers, lush greenery and small hanging glass vases with tea light candles perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean on the farm’s private beach.
 
 
 
 
With the sound of the waves crashing in the background, they exchanged personalized vows in front of 180 close family members and friends.

The newlywed couple hosted their cocktail hour in the farm’s domed barn and guests mingled outside around firepits and a seating area set up with vintage furniture before heading to the reception, which was held in a vaulted sailcloth tent. Befitting the wedding’s “Night Under the Stars” theme, the orchard’s apple trees near the tent were lit up with fairy lights. Guests were seated at rectangular farm tables set with celestial- designed plates, gold chargers, gold-rimmed champagne glasses and table cards bearing the names of constellations, such as Ursa Major and Draconis. Low tea lights and tall candlesticks in amber glass bottles on the tables, along with hanging chandeliers, created a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Guests dined on a land-and-sea duet of grilled lobster tail with chimichurri butter and filet mignon over mashed and roasted baby potatoes, grilled summer corn and zucchini pappardelle gremolata. The couple displayed a faux wedding cake designed to match their celestial plates and served a creamy vanilla cake after dinner. In addition to the cake, as well as an assortment of freshly baked cookies and apple galettes, guests were treated to a gelato truck serving hazelnut, peanut-butter-and-jelly, mascarpone-and- fig, and malted-chocolate gelato flavors.

Seeing their guests enjoying themselves is one of the couple’s favorite memories of the reception. “Our band, Code Bleu, of Skyline Orchestras, was amazing,” Nikky said. “They did a phenomenal job of keeping everyone dancing under the stars the entire night!” 

  • Date: Nov 01, 2019
  • Author: Ivette Manners
  • Category: Real Weddings   
There were instant fireworks when Brianna met Donato (Danny) at a Fourth of July party their mutual friend, Annie, invited her to. When Brianna pulled up to the party at Danny’s house, Annie and Danny went outside to greet her. “She stepped out of her Jeep and I was immediately hooked by her baby blue eyes and the way she blushed at meeting me for the first time,” says Danny. “We smiled at each other and walked into the party. It turned out to be one of the most memorable days of our lives.”

The Fourth of July was special to Brianna. In addition to it being the anniversary of the day she and Danny met, she loves the holiday more than Christmas, so it was a no-brainer for Danny to choose the celebratory summer day to pop the big question. About a month prior to the proposal, Danny asked Brianna’s mom for Brianna’s hand in marriage since her dad had passed away when she was 17. Her mom was over the moon and she and Danny planned a Fourth of July barbecue at the house Brianna grew up in. Brianna’s two sisters who lived in other states would come for the event and her entire extended family attended as well. Her mother was bursting at the seams to keep the secret.

“I thought nothing of the day,” says Brianna. “Actually, I was a little mean to Danny that morning because it was our 5-year anniversary and it seemed that he didn’t have a gift for me. Little did I know that a diamond ring was coming that afternoon.” In the middle of the barbecue, Danny stopped the festivities and asked for Brianna’s attention. “He called me over and he had something for me, says Brianna. “He handed me a red card and I thought he was gifting me a vacation because we had been talking about going on one for the past year.” But inside of the card read ‘Brianna, will you marry me?... P. S. Please say yes!’ When Brianna looked up he was down on one knee holding a diamond ring and Brianna said yes between happy tears.

Brianna and Danny had a traditional Catholic ceremony where a few of their family members did readings. Brianna walked down the aisle wearing a Paloma Blanca A-line gown and a cathedral-length veil. “I walked down the aisle by myself because I felt that no one could fill my father’s shoes on my special day,” says Brianna. “I carried a bouquet of flowers with a photo of my dad and a blue jay feather in it because I am convinced that he visits me via a blue jay.” After the ceremony, the newlywed couple dashed in a Rolls Royce to their reception at The Vineyards at Aquebogue on Long Island’s North Fork. The celebration started off with a wine tasting of local wines, followed by the cocktail hour with a farm-to-table station, raw bar, antipasto table, cigar table, and outdoor games. The reception began with the couple’s first dance and went right into everyone dancing to “Brick House” by The Commodores, Brianna’s father’s favorite song. “We asked that everyone dance to it and it was the perfect way to kick off the party,” says Brianna. After the first and second courses, the maid of honor, one of Brianna’s sisters, made a speech and toasted with Budweiser beer in honor of the way their dad always made his toasts. Then it was dancing all night long to the DJ and a saxophone player.

“The entire day was so memorable. It’s hard to pick just one of my favorite memories,” says Brianna. “But if I were to pinpoint my best part of the day it would be the hour we had together taking pictures alone at the farm. It gave us five minutes to enjoy being married, enjoying the moment, and enjoying each other. 

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There were instant fireworks when Brianna met Donato (Danny) at a Fourth of July party their mutual friend, Annie, invited her to. When Brianna pulled up to the party at Danny’s house, Annie and Danny went outside to greet her. “She stepped out of her Jeep and I was immediately hooked by her baby blue eyes and the way she blushed at meeting me for the first time,” says Danny. “We smiled at each other and walked into the party. It turned out to be one of the most memorable days of our lives.”

The Fourth of July was special to Brianna. In addition to it being the anniversary of the day she and Danny met, she loves the holiday more than Christmas, so it was a no-brainer for Danny to choose the celebratory summer day to pop the big question. About a month prior to the proposal, Danny asked Brianna’s mom for Brianna’s hand in marriage since her dad had passed away when she was 17. Her mom was over the moon and she and Danny planned a Fourth of July barbecue at the house Brianna grew up in. Brianna’s two sisters who lived in other states would come for the event and her entire extended family attended as well. Her mother was bursting at the seams to keep the secret.

“I thought nothing of the day,” says Brianna. “Actually, I was a little mean to Danny that morning because it was our 5-year anniversary and it seemed that he didn’t have a gift for me. Little did I know that a diamond ring was coming that afternoon.” In the middle of the barbecue, Danny stopped the festivities and asked for Brianna’s attention. “He called me over and said he had something for me, says Brianna. “He handed me a red card and I thought he was gifting me a vacation because we had been talking about going on one for the past year.” But inside of the card read ‘Brianna, will you marry me?... P. S. Please say yes!’ When Brianna looked up he was down on one knee holding a diamond ring and Brianna said yes between happy tears.

Brianna and Danny had a traditional Catholic ceremony where a few of their family members did readings. Brianna walked down the aisle wearing a Paloma Blanca A-line gown and a cathedral-length veil. “I walked down the aisle by myself because I felt that no one could fill my father’s shoes on my special day,” says Brianna. “I carried a bouquet of flowers with a photo of my dad and a blue jay feather in it because I am convinced that he visits me via a blue jay.” After the ceremony, the newlywed couple dashed in a Rolls Royce to their reception at The Vineyards at Aquebogue on Long Island’s North Fork. The celebration started off with a wine tasting of local wines, followed by the cocktail hour with a farm-to-table station, raw bar, antipasto table, cigar table, and outdoor games. The reception began with the couple’s first dance and went right into everyone dancing to “Brick House” by The Commodores, Brianna’s father’s favorite song. “We asked that everyone dance to it and it was the perfect way to kick off the party,” says Brianna. After the first and second courses, the maid of honor, one of Brianna’s sisters, made a speech and toasted with Budweiser beer in honor of the way their dad always made his toasts. Then it was dancing all night long to the DJ and a saxophone player.

“The entire day was so memorable. It’s hard to pick just one of my favorite memories,” says Brianna. “But if I were to pinpoint my best part of the day it would be the hour we had together taking pictures alone at the farm. It gave us five minutes to enjoy being married, enjoying the moment, and enjoying each other.