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Annalisa and Vincent - 09.06.2015

By Ivette Manners
Photography By Deja Vu Studios

SOMETIMES YOU MEET YOUR MATCH through the people you've known for years. "A friend of mine was having a get together at her house one night and her boyfriend was b ringing a friend everyone else in the group knew, but I hadn't yet met," says Annalisa. "Once I met him I knew there was something special about him."

Vincent knew that there was something special about Annalisa as well, and after six years of dating he was ready to pop the big question. "Whenever we had free time and the weather was nice, Vincent and I would take walks through Eisenhower Park," says Annalisa. "One particular spring day after work, Vincent suggested that we go for a walk in the park."

Annalisa and Vincent strolled to the rose garden and relaxed on a bench, where Vincent began to express how badly he felt about not giving her a gift for her birthday the previous week.

Vincent proceeded to take his iPad out of his backpack and played a slideshow of photos of the two, over the past 6 years that he had put together. The photo montage, was accompanied by romantic music, such as John Legend's "All of Me". The last photo was of Vincent and Annalisa's father which had been taken the day he asked her father permission to marry Annalisa. "After the photos, the screen showed a message saying how much he loved me and then he got down on one knee and proposed. With lots of tears, I said 'Yes'!"

Annalisa and Vincent had a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony that was in both English and Italian. "Our heritage is very important to us, especially since I was born in Italy," says Annalisa. "My godmother came in from Italy for the wedding and recited a reading in Italian."

Annalisa wore a custom-made gown by Galia Lahav, which featured a detachable dramatic ball gown overskirt that she took off for the reception. Her dress was accessorized by pearl stud earrings given to her by her godmother, a bracelet borrowed from her sister who wore it on her own wedding day, and Christian Louboutin shoes.

 
Photo: Deja vu Studios

The bride's attendants included her bridesmaids, dressed in graphite trumpet-silhouette dresses with a sweetheart neckline. The flower girl complemented the bride's look in a tulle, lace tea-length dress and carried a mini version of Annalisa's bouquet. Her handsome groom wore a b lack Hugo Boss tuxedo and a white bowtie. His groomsmen were decked out in black Michael Kors tuxedos and bowties.

After the ceremony, the couple rode off in a white Bentley Flying Spur to the reception at Harbor Club at Prime in Huntington. The reception started off with a cocktail hour on the balcony overlooking Huntington Harbor and followed with dinner and dancing in the main ballroom. The decor's theme was white, gray, and silver with lace accents. The tables were decorated with tall centerpieces of white Phalaenopsis orchids and hydrangeas accompanied by floating candles.

 
Photo: Deja vu Studios

"We were introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Cice and then the party officially started!" says Annalisa. The newlyweds shared their first dance to "You & I" by John Legend and later did a spotlight dance to the English/Italian song, "I Belong to You" by Eros Ramazzotti and Anastacia. The bride and her father danced to the Italian song "Un'Emozione Per Sempre" by Eros Ramazzotti, and halfway through the dance Vincent and Annalisa's mother joined them. Vincent then danced with his mother to "Count on Me" by Bruno Mars and Annalisa and Vincent's father joined them on the dance floor. 

The guests dined on appetizers of warm goat cheese salad and crab cakes with a choice of Chilean sea bass, roasted chicken, veal osso buco, and prime New York strip steak for the main course. They were then treated to a three-layer funfetti wedding cake with vanilla buttercream filling. The party continued until the couple made their exit to prepare for their 1 0-day Hawaiian honeymoon. "We spent five days in Kauai and five days in Maui, says Annalisa.

Annalisa and Vincent had been planning their big d ay for almost a year and a half. This was the moment they've been waiting for. "My favorite memory of the d ay was walking down the aisle of the church and seeing Vincent and his beyond happy expression at the end waiting for me," says Annalisa.               

Vincent's words of advice to other husbands-to -be? "Happy fiancé, happy wedding planning!" 


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SOMETIMES YOU MEET YOUR MATCH through the people you've known for years. "A friend of mine was having a get together at her house one night and her boyfriend was b ringing a friend everyone else in the group knew, but I hadn't yet met," says Annalisa. "Once I met him I knew there was something special about him."

Vincent knew that there was something special about Annalisa as well, and after six years of dating he was ready to pop the big question. "Whenever we had free time and the weather was nice, Vincent and I would take walks through Eisenhower Park," says Annalisa. "One particular spring day after work, Vincent suggested that we go for a walk in the park."

Annalisa and Vincent strolled to the rose garden and relaxed on a bench, where Vincent began to express how badly he felt about not giving her a gift for her birthday the previous week.

Vincent proceeded to take his iPad out of his backpack and played a slideshow of photos of the two, over the past 6 years that he had put together. The photo montage, was accompanied by romantic music, such as John Legend's "All of Me". The last photo was of Vincent and Annalisa's father which had been taken the day he asked her father permission to marry Annalisa. "After the photos, the screen showed a message saying how much he loved me and then he got down on one knee and proposed. With lots of tears, I said 'Yes'!"

Annalisa and Vincent had a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony that was in both English and Italian. "Our heritage is very important to us, especially since I was born in Italy," says Annalisa. "My godmother came in from Italy for the wedding and recited a reading in Italian."

Annalisa wore a custom-made gown by Galia Lahav, which featured a detachable dramatic ball gown overskirt that she took off for the reception. Her dress was accessorized by pearl stud earrings given to her by her godmother, a bracelet borrowed from her sister who wore it on her own wedding day, and Christian Louboutin shoes.

 
Photo: Deja vu Studios

The bride's attendants included her bridesmaids, dressed in graphite trumpet-silhouette dresses with a sweetheart neckline. The flower girl complemented the bride's look in a tulle, lace tea-length dress and carried a mini version of Annalisa's bouquet. Her handsome groom wore a b lack Hugo Boss tuxedo and a white bowtie. His groomsmen were decked out in black Michael Kors tuxedos and bowties.

After the ceremony, the couple rode off in a white Bentley Flying Spur to the reception at Harbor Club at Prime in Huntington. The reception started off with a cocktail hour on the balcony overlooking Huntington Harbor and followed with dinner and dancing in the main ballroom. The decor's theme was white, gray, and silver with lace accents. The tables were decorated with tall centerpieces of white Phalaenopsis orchids and hydrangeas accompanied by floating candles.

 
Photo: Deja vu Studios

"We were introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Cice and then the party officially started!" says Annalisa. The newlyweds shared their first dance to "You & I" by John Legend and later did a spotlight dance to the English/Italian song, "I Belong to You" by Eros Ramazzotti and Anastacia. The bride and her father danced to the Italian song "Un'Emozione Per Sempre" by Eros Ramazzotti, and halfway through the dance Vincent and Annalisa's mother joined them. Vincent then danced with his mother to "Count on Me" by Bruno Mars and Annalisa and Vincent's father joined them on the dance floor. 

The guests dined on appetizers of warm goat cheese salad and crab cakes with a choice of Chilean sea bass, roasted chicken, veal osso buco, and prime New York strip steak for the main course. They were then treated to a three-layer funfetti wedding cake with vanilla buttercream filling. The party continued until the couple made their exit to prepare for their 1 0-day Hawaiian honeymoon. "We spent five days in Kauai and five days in Maui, says Annalisa.

Annalisa and Vincent had been planning their big d ay for almost a year and a half. This was the moment they've been waiting for. "My favorite memory of the d ay was walking down the aisle of the church and seeing Vincent and his beyond happy expression at the end waiting for me," says Annalisa.               

Vincent's words of advice to other husbands-to -be? "Happy fiancé, happy wedding planning!" 


Wedding Professionals:
Reception Site: Harbor Club at Prime
Photography & Videography: Deja Vu Studios
Photo Location: Old Westbury Gardens
Wedding Gown/Veil/Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal Reflections
Invitations: Long Island Wedding & Event Planners Boutique
Bridal Registry: Macy's Wedding & Gift Registry