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
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