REAL WEDDINGS

Inspirational Stories From Real Long Island Weddings

Mina & Taylor

02.26.2017

By Ivette Manners
Photography By Tony Lante Photography

Mina and Taylor became fast friends after meeting in their English 101 class at college. That summer, Taylor invited Mina and her sister Anissa to a baseball game he was playing in where he greeted Mina with a rose and a baseball. And that was the beginning of their love story.

Taylor and Anissa’s boyfriend Steven knew how inseparable the two sisters were and how they shared all of their biggest milestones together, so Taylor and Steven decided on a double proposal on the same day. Taylor made a plan to take Mina on a limousine ride to her favorite restaurant on the beach in Bayville. 

After dinner, they took a walk on the shore to watch the sunset, just like they always did. “I had no idea he was going to propose,” says Mina. “We were laughing and joking as we walked to the beach, and then I saw an aisle made out of rose petals, tiki torches, and tea lights in the sand. 

When I saw the setup, I assumed it was for someone else and thought how cute it was.” As they got closer, Mina noticed framed photos of her and Taylor and tea lights in the shape of a giant heart. “The first thing I saw was a picture frame with a photo of Taylor and I and I immediately began to cry,” says Mina. 

As they walked down the aisle, they held hands while Taylor told Mina how much she meant to him and how much he loved her. When they got to the end, Taylor got down on one knee in the heart. “The moment he asked ‘Mina will you marry me?’ I fell to the sand crying and hugging him and said yes!” Taylor had a videographer and photographer secretly capture the proposal, so they were able to share the special moment with families. 

Because Taylor and Mina came from different religious backgrounds they planned a non-denominational ceremony, which was officiated by Mina’s cousin. The ceremony space had an outdoor feel with white chairs decorated with ivory rose kissing balls and dramatic greenery draping the chairs that lined the aisle.

The bride wore an ivory long-sleeved ball gown by Sophia Tolli that was accessorized by a crystal-embellished veil, Jimmy Choo pumps, and a white gold diamond necklace that was a wedding gift from Taylor. Her bridesmaids wore Tiffany-blue floor-length gowns and carried bouquets of white, ivory, pink and peach blooms. The groom wore a white tuxedo with black lapels accessorized by black suspenders and a bowtie; and his groomsmen complemented his dapper look with grey tuxedos with black lapels, also styled with black suspenders and bowties. 

After the ceremony, 300 beloved guests were hosted to a “winter royal wedding” reception, which started with a full cocktail hour. In the main ballroom, white linen-covered tables were accompanied by gold chivari chairs and were decorated with candelabras and light pink and-ivory cherry blossom trees with crystals dangling from the branches.

A romantic ambiance was set with blue, pink, and amber up lighting and pictures of the couple were displayed around the venue, including photos from the proposal that were placed in the lobby along with a scrapbook that the bride had created. 

The reception kicked off with the couple’s grand entrance from a revolving
door and their first dance to “I Love You this Big” by Scotty McCreery. “It’s our song,” says Mina. “Taylor sang it to me on one of our first dates.” During the evening, Taylor surprised his bride by singing “Your Man” by Josh Turner.

Throughout dinner, guests enjoyed an open bar with signature cocktails like the “Taylor’s Grand Slam” and “Mina-the-Briderita Margarita”. The feast was highlighted by a 4-tier ivory-and-blush cake embellished with sugar flowers, ribbon, and crystals.

After saying goodnight to all of their guests, the newlyweds left the venue with some of the bridal party and immediate family members in a party bus. Looking back on the big day, the groom’s favorite memory was when he first saw his bride at her reveal. “Our bridal party and immediate family all lined up to witness this special moment,” says Taylor.

The bride’s most memorable moment of the day was when they took some time from the reception to have photos taken with their photographer. “We were able to take in what we have been waiting for since the moment we met,” says Mina. “It was so surreal that the picture-perfect day we’ve been looking forward to, was just that, perfect.”

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Mina and Taylor became fast friends after meeting in their English 101 class at college. That summer, Taylor invited Mina and her sister Anissa to a baseball game he was playing in where he greeted Mina with a rose and a baseball. And that was the beginning of their love story.

Taylor and Anissa’s boyfriend Steven knew how inseparable the two sisters were and how they shared all of their biggest milestones together, so Taylor and Steven decided on a double proposal on the same day. Taylor made a plan to take Mina on a limousine ride to her favorite restaurant on the beach in Bayville. 

After dinner, they took a walk on the shore to watch the sunset, just like they always did. “I had no idea he was going to propose,” says Mina. “We were laughing and joking as we walked to the beach, and then I saw an aisle made out of rose petals, tiki torches, and tea lights in the sand. 

When I saw the setup, I assumed it was for someone else and thought how cute it was.” As they got closer, Mina noticed framed photos of her and Taylor and tea lights in the shape of a giant heart. “The first thing I saw was a picture frame with a photo of Taylor and I and I immediately began to cry,” says Mina. 

As they walked down the aisle, they held hands while Taylor told Mina how much she meant to him and how much he loved her. When they got to the end, Taylor got down on one knee in the heart. “The moment he asked ‘Mina will you marry me?’ I fell to the sand crying and hugging him and said yes!” Taylor had a videographer and photographer secretly capture the proposal, so they were able to share the special moment with their families. 

Because Taylor and Mina came from different religious backgrounds they planned a non-denominational ceremony, which was officiated by Mina’s cousin. The ceremony space had an outdoor feel with white chairs decorated with ivory rose kissing balls and dramatic greenery draping the chairs that lined the aisle.

The bride wore an ivory long-sleeved ball gown by Sophia Tolli that was accessorized by a crystal-embellished veil, Jimmy Choo pumps, and a white gold diamond necklace that was a wedding gift from Taylor. Her bridesmaids wore Tiffany-blue floor-length gowns and carried bouquets of white, ivory, pink and peach blooms. The groom wore a white tuxedo with black lapels accessorized by black suspenders and a bowtie; and his groomsmen complemented his dapper look with grey tuxedos with black lapels, also styled with black suspenders and bowties. 

After the ceremony, 300 beloved guests were hosted to a “winter royal wedding” reception, which started with a full cocktail hour. In the main ballroom, white linen-covered tables were accompanied by gold chivari chairs and were decorated with candelabras and light pink and-ivory cherry blossom trees with crystals dangling from the branches.

A romantic ambiance was set with blue, pink, and amber up lighting and pictures of the couple were displayed around the venue, including photos from the proposal that were placed in the lobby along with a scrapbook that the bride had created. 

The reception kicked off with the couple’s grand entrance from a revolving
door and their first dance to “I Love You this Big” by Scotty McCreery. “It’s our song,” says Mina. “Taylor sang it to me on one of our first dates.” During the evening, Taylor surprised his bride by singing “Your Man” by Josh Turner.

Throughout dinner, guests enjoyed an open bar with signature cocktails like the “Taylor’s Grand Slam” and “Mina-the-Briderita Margarita”. The feast was highlighted by a 4-tier ivory-and-blush cake embellished with sugar flowers, ribbon, and crystals.

After saying goodnight to all of their guests, the newlyweds left the venue with some of the bridal party and immediate family members in a party bus. Looking back on the big day, the groom’s favorite memory was when he first saw his bride at her reveal. “Our bridal party and immediate family all lined up to witness this special moment,” says Taylor.

The bride’s most memorable moment of the day was when they took some time from the reception to have photos taken with their photographer. “We were able to take in what we have been waiting for since the moment we met,” says Mina. “It was so surreal that the picture-perfect day we’ve been looking forward to, was just that, perfect.”

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