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Louisa and Michael - 08.14.2015

By Sandra Mardenfeld
Photography By Sherwood-Triart Photography

 

FOR LOUISA AND MICHAEL IT WAS FATE. A mutual friend wanted them to meet so they made plans in May 2012 to visit Fire Island. The friend left her phone in the car before getting onto the ferry. While they split up for a while Louisa and another friend spoke to two cute guys -although no names or numbers were exchanged. When Michael followed up with the mutual friend, she showed him Louisa's photograph. He recognized her immediately - he was one of the guys Louisa spoke to the day before. They had met after all, without anyone introducing them!

The couple got engaged on March 8, 2014 after a day spent at the Museum of Natural History. They visited each floor, then exited through the outdoor garden. Michael got down on one knee and proposed. A hired photographer captured every moment and later spent time taking pictures of the newly engaged couple in front of the Museum.

Michael and Louisa had two ceremonies. The first was an intimate one in front of immediate family at Our Lady of Lourdes in Massapequa. Another ceremony occurred at The Inn at New Hyde Park. Our officiant asked the two of us to write our own "Why" essay, said Louisa. "I had to explain why Michael was the one for me, and Michael had to explain why I was the one for him. We did not know that these would be read aloud during the ceremony, but listening to it, we realized just how lucky the two of us were." 

A string trio played "A Thousand Years" as the bridal party walked down the aisle. The bridesmaids dazzled in full–length coral-colored peplum dresses that featured a sweetheart top similar to Louisa's wedding gown. The couple rented a Victorian baby carriage/parasol so Louisa's sister/matron of honor could push her daughter, the flower girl, down the aisle.

 Photo: Sherwood-Triart Photography 

The bride's dress, an lnes DiSanto wedding gown, was all lace, with a low back. Accessories included a pearl necklace, earrings, and bracelet as well as her grandmother's gold wedding band. Michael and the groomsmen wore midnight blue, three-piece suits by Jean Yves. "The deep blue went beautifully with the coral bridesmaid dresses," said Louisa.

Louisa and her mother along with the florist designed every floral arrangement, discussing color schemes, designs, and arrangements together. The bride's bouquet included David Austin patience and Juliet garden roses, white ranunculus, and cascading ivy and stephanotis. The bridesmaids' bouquets were similar. Michael and the groomsmen wore boutonnieres made of David Austin garden roses.

The cocktail hour took p lace in the Tuscany room at the Inn at New Hyde Park. There were passed hers d'oeurves and stations, including a mashed potato and martini bar, and wok, peking duck and fajita stations.

The reception took place in the Georgian Ballroom. Louisa wanted things to be simple, yet elegant so she kept the colors the same for everything - the bridesmaid's dresses, the centerpieces, bouquets, the favors and the linens. Everything was in shades of corals, ivory and gold. There were high and low centerpieces in the ballroom. The high centerpieces were in gold pedestals, and included white stock, peach and cream roses, white hydrangea, Queen Anne's lace, and cascading ivy. Lower centerpieces contained the same flowers, but were placed in mercury-glass pedestal bowls. 'The most unexpected addition for our guests was the painter who captured our first dance," said Louisa. "Over the course of the night she painted every minor detail of the room and of our first dance. Guests left in awe!"

For dinner, guests chose from grilled salmon, pork chop Milanese, chicken Monaco and black-angus strip steak. The wedding cake was a four-tiered chocolate cake decorated with clustered garden roses that cascaded downward. In addition to cake and martini fruit cups, dessert included a milk shake and cookie bar and a Nutella crepe station.

Guests enjoyed the percussionist that played along with the music, and were welcome to play along on the bongos. "Our guests did not sit down the entire night!" said Louisa. The music started with a mandolin player for the cocktail hour. The DJ, MC and percussionist dominated during the reception, except during dinner when a vocalist sang and played the keys.

The couple honeymooned at Disney World in Florida, staying at the Grand Floridian. "We spent our days at different parks and spent our nights watching fireworks. When we first arrived, Michael and I had a couple's massage at the spa at the Grand Floridian. A massage after the wedding is highly recommended!"

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FOR LOUISA AND MICHAEL IT WAS FATE. A mutual friend wanted them to meet so they made plans in May 2012 to visit Fire Island. The friend left her phone in the car before getting onto the ferry. While they split up for a while Louisa and another friend spoke to two cute guys -although no names or numbers were exchanged. When Michael followed up with the mutual friend, she showed him Louisa's photograph. He recognized her immediately - he was one of the guys Louisa spoke to the day before. They had met after all, without anyone introducing them!

The couple got engaged on March 8, 2014 after a day spent at the Museum of Natural History. They visited each floor, then exited through the outdoor garden. Michael got down on one knee and proposed. A hired photographer captured every moment and later spent time taking pictures of the newly engaged couple in front of the Museum.

Michael and Louisa had two ceremonies. The first was an intimate one in front of immediate family at Our Lady of Lourdes in Massapequa. Another ceremony occurred at The Inn at New Hyde Park. Our officiant asked the two of us to write our own "Why" essay, said Louisa. "I had to explain why Michael was the one for me, and Michael had to explain why I was the one for him. We did not know that these would be read aloud during the ceremony, but listening to it, we realized just how lucky the two of us were." 

A string trio played "A Thousand Years" as the bridal party walked down the aisle. The bridesmaids dazzled in full–length coral-colored peplum dresses that featured a sweetheart top similar to Louisa's wedding gown. The couple rented a Victorian baby carriage/parasol so Louisa's sister/matron of honor could push her daughter, the flower girl, down the aisle.

 Photo: Sherwood-Triart Photography 

The bride's dress, an lnes DiSanto wedding gown, was all lace, with a low back. Accessories included a pearl necklace, earrings, and bracelet as well as her grandmother's gold wedding band. Michael and the groomsmen wore midnight blue, three-piece suits by Jean Yves. "The deep blue went beautifully with the coral bridesmaid dresses," said Louisa.

Louisa and her mother along with the florist designed every floral arrangement, discussing color schemes, designs, and arrangements together. The bride's bouquet included David Austin patience and Juliet garden roses, white ranunculus, and cascading ivy and stephanotis. The bridesmaids' bouquets were similar. Michael and the groomsmen wore boutonnieres made of David Austin garden roses.

The cocktail hour took p lace in the Tuscany room at the Inn at New Hyde Park. There were passed hers d'oeurves and stations, including a mashed potato and martini bar, and wok, peking duck and fajita stations.

The reception took place in the Georgian Ballroom. Louisa wanted things to be simple, yet elegant so she kept the colors the same for everything - the bridesmaid's dresses, the centerpieces, bouquets, the favors and the linens. Everything was in shades of corals, ivory and gold. There were high and low centerpieces in the ballroom. The high centerpieces were in gold pedestals, and included white stock, peach and cream roses, white hydrangea, Queen Anne's lace, and cascading ivy. Lower centerpieces contained the same flowers, but were placed in mercury-glass pedestal bowls. 'The most unexpected addition for our guests was the painter who captured our first dance," said Louisa. "Over the course of the night she painted every minor detail of the room and of our first dance. Guests left in awe!"

For dinner, guests chose from grilled salmon, pork chop Milanese, chicken Monaco and black-angus strip steak. The wedding cake was a four-tiered chocolate cake decorated with clustered garden roses that cascaded downward. In addition to cake and martini fruit cups, dessert included a milk shake and cookie bar and a Nutella crepe station.

Guests enjoyed the percussionist that played along with the music, and were welcome to play along on the bongos. "Our guests did not sit down the entire night!" said Louisa. The music started with a mandolin player for the cocktail hour. The DJ, MC and percussionist dominated during the reception, except during dinner when a vocalist sang and played the keys.

The couple honeymooned at Disney World in Florida, staying at the Grand Floridian. "We spent our days at different parks and spent our nights watching fireworks. When we first arrived, Michael and I had a couple's massage at the spa at the Grand Floridian. A massage after the wedding is highly recommended!"

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Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony & Reception: The Inn at New Hyde Park
Photography & Videography: Sherwood-Triart Photography
Wedding Gown/Veil: Bridal Reflections
Invitations: Platinum Affairs
Transportation: All Star Limousine Service Ltd.
Uplighting: The Inn at New Hyde Park
Guest Accommodations: Viana Hotel & Spa
Bridal Registry: Bloomingdale's