Archive of ‘Venue Spotlights’ category
We’re so excited to be sharing part 2 of Tanya and James’ romantic wedding at Nanina’s In The Park. When we asked them to describe their special day, the couple said it was “perfect and the day went off without a hitch.” Not only was the weather perfect, their vendors all worked well together to make their wedding better than the couple ever imagined. Tanya and James’ wedding reception looked like so much fun, their photos make us want to get up and dance! Thank you to Daniel J Photography who caught all the fun in a photojournalistic style.
Choosing a reception location was an easy decision for Tanya and James. Upon visiting Nanina’s In The Park for the first time, the couple was impressed by the pristine grounds, stellar ballroom, reputable service, and the delectable cuisine, which was an important factor for the bride’s large Italian family. “After meeting with Tom Casella, we knew all of our wishes and dreams would be taken care of,” noted the bride. The staff went above and beyond the couple’s expectations. “They promised we wouldn’t have to worry about a thing, and they were absolutely correct,” James mentioned.
The couple admitted they are not very good dancers, but through their dance lessons with Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Greenbrook, they were able to learn a basic routine right before their big day. “We didn’t look like professions but we knew the steps that worked with our song, and we had a great time performing it!” exclaimed Tanya. “It was a great experience and the lessons proved to be a nice break [from wedding planning], ” added James.
Following their first dance to “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat, Groove Place got the party started with live entertainment. Their band played music for all generations, including classic rock to today’s hits.
Working with Le Petit Gateau was so much fun! The cake tasting was delicious and because my grandmother wasn’t able to attend, they actually gave us an additional tasting to bring home to her. Our wedding cake was four tiers, consisting of red velvet with cream cheese, vanilla cake with chocolate ganache and strawberries, and vanilla cake with cannoli filling.
Tanya tossed her bouquet to “Single Ladies” by Beyonce.
Bride’s favorite memory of the day: My favorite memory of the day was standing up at the altar and professing my vows to James.
Groom’s favorite memory of the day: I really enjoyed our first dance together but my favorite memory of the day had to be seeing Tanya walk in to the church for the first time.
Where did you go on your honeymoon? We decided on Hawaii because we wanted to go to an island that was different from all the Caribbean. We went to Maui first and stayed at The Fairmont Kea Lani and then Oahu for one night at The Royal Hawaiian. To break up the trip home we stayed at The Carneros Inn in Napa California, which was the most luxurious place I have ever stayed at! In Hawaii we did a lot of excursions and activities and in Napa is when we really just relaxed as though we didn’t have a worry in the world.
Do you have any advice for couples that are planning their wedding? Don’t get too caught up in all the details of planning a wedding. Be sure to not lose site of the overall picture and remember that it will be one of the most amazing days of your entire life regardless of what color table clothes you choose.
Tanya & James
August 24, 2013
Nanina’s In The Park • Belleville, NJ
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony Location: St. Teresa of Avila Parish / Celebrant: Monsignor Raymond J. Kupke / Reception Location: Nanina’s In The Park / Photographer: Daniel J Photography / Videographer: Joe Minnella Cinematography / Entertainment: Groove Place / Florist: Floral Designs by Cindy / Limousine Service: Asher’s Limo / Cake Designer: Le Petit Gateau / Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld / Veil: I Do, I Do / Shoes: Kate Spade / Formal Attire: Cozy Formalwear / Invitations: Invitations by Danielle / Favors: Nanina’s In The Park / Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: My Cinderella’s Dream / Jeweler: George Press Jewelers / Dance Lessons: Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Greenbrook / Photo Booth: Elite Sound Entertainment / Honeymoon Locations: Hawaii and Napa, CA
Although Hurricane Sandy made made landfall almost five months ago, many are still greatly affected as they continue to clean up the aftermath. For those brides and groom’s who had to put their special day on hold, World Yacht is generously helping couple’s have the wedding of their dreams. New York City’s premiere destination on the Hudson River announced they will apply a couple’s full deposit (up to $5,000) as a discount toward a ceremony and/or reception aboard a World Yacht vessel. Experience New York through a one-of-a-kind experience from the water with breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. For more information visit http://www.worldyacht.com.
Happy Valentine’s Day! We’re so excited to share Maggie and Artur’s enchanted garden wedding submitted by Juliet Events. Not only does this wedding feature some breathtaking details, but the love these two share is exquisitely portrayed through the photos captured by Matthew Sowa Photography. Maggie and Artur met in 2004 while on a Lake George camping trip with a group of friends. The two hit it off and following the trip they exchanged phone numbers and went on their first date. Maggie and Artur were so head over heals for each other that Artur even told Maggie that she will be his wife. (Now that’s certainly love at first sight!) Blissfully agreeing, the couple dated for six years before Artur proposed with a custom-made two-carat cushion-cut engagement ring, which to this day, Maggie can’t stop admiring. The details of this wedding are so infectious you’ll want to tie the knot all over again.
“We had an elaborate three day wedding planned, with the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner on Friday, the wedding on Saturday and a tented “after party” for 130 guests on Sunday. We thought that a long weekend would work best for this and that people could still have Monday to recuperate after the weekend. We chose September because it is one of the most beautiful months of the year, has a small amount of rain and the weather is usually fair by then.”
Maggie’s Gucci wedding shoes is what began the overall inspiration for her wedding day. Navy blue and gold were the main colors of the wedding with accent shades of pink and blush.
The bridesmaids wore various style dresses in French blue luminescent chiffon, designed by Jim Hjelm Occasions. “I had eleven bridesmaids and quickly learned it was impossible to find just one dress to fit them well. I wanted them all to look beautiful individually. As a thank you gift, I got the girls personalized 18k gold jewelry to wear on the day of the wedding and to keep as a memento. They all received a monogram necklace and a monogram bracelet from Marinette Jewelry and a pair of gold Swarovski crystal earrings with a golden shadow stone color.”
Artur sported a black Brooks Brothers fitted suit with white shirt, and dark gray tie with diagonal black stripes. He wore custom black and white converse sneakers with the word groom embroidered on the back, as well as custom sterling silver Iron Man cufflinks from MAVA Style Jewelry. ”They were my gift to him on the wedding day and a total surprise. He loves Iron Man and he is the super hero in my life, so they were a perfect fit.”
To ensure their wedding vision would be implemented exactly how they wanted, the couple called upon Angela and Alida of Juliet Events to help with the planning. ” From the moment we met with them, they were always very professional, punctual, understanding, patient and so creative. They always listened to everything we said and always kept our wishes as a priority. The email reminders definitely helped keep me organized and on top of things. They introduced us to excellent vendors who were kept within our budget and our visions. We really had nothing to worry about at all during our planning since we knew we could count on them to help us through it all. It was a wonderful experience.”
After working with Matthew Sowa Photography in the past for a friend’s wedding, Maggie and Artur knew they wanted Mattew to capture their wedding day. “His photos really speak for themselves. Most importantly, to me, he made me feel really comfortable in front of the camera. I usually hate getting my photos taken and with him all my inhibitions went away and I was able to really show my true feelings,” commented the groom. The couple was equally pleased working with Sunnyville Films who caught the special and most exciting moments in a high action, well edited film.
The place card table was designed with various crystal candleholders, gold julep cups with coordinating floral arrangements, and a dramatic display of rose petals. Each escort card was attached by a navy ribbon to a Victorian key, with a framed sign that read, “Please find the key to our hearts.”
“We visited a lot of venues before finding the Skylands Manor. As faith would have it, we found this one totally by accident. One Sunday, we went hiking with a few friends and we left quite late. The original place we wanted to go hiking was at full capacity when we got there and we decided to google another place near us. We ended up in Ringwood. As soon as we walked past the beautiful gardens and saw the Manor, I wondered if they hosted weddings there. We thought it was breathtaking. As soon as I got home that night I researched the Skylands Manor and emailed them to make an appointment. We got an appointment on Thursday and booked on the spot. It was destiny.”
Tablescape designs consisted of two various styles of oval and round tables. On each oval table were three centerpieces of roses, dahlias, hydrangea, queen Anne’s lace, accents of dusty miller, and other seasonal coordinating blooms for fullness and texture. Cascading crystals, gold cylinder vases with floating candles, votive candles, and rose petals completed the tablescape for a romantic ambiance. Each place setting had a menu card enclosed within a navy taffeta napkin, which was placed on top of a gold charger plate.
Since the couple opted for a weekend affair, guests were given edible breakfast parcel favors that they could enjoy the next morning. “Each navy gable box had a label on it that was designed by me to match the rest of the graphics of the wedding and said “breakfast was on us”. Inside were 6 mini cocktail rolls, each a different flavor, from the renowned Hudson Bread Bakery. They were preordered and ready for us the day before, so they were very fresh. Also included, were 2 mini jars of French Bonne Maman jellies and jams, in an assortment of flavors. The favors were a hit!”
Tell us about your wedding proposal: We were together for eight years before we got married, six at the point of the engagement. Truthfully, I knew I was going to marry him from the beginning and the engagement wasn’t too much of a shock. We talked about wanting to finish school and getting all our ducks in a row and then we would move forward with our engagement and wedding. I loved the way he proposed; it was exactly how I pictured it in my head. I happened to be helping his sister with her resume and as a thank you she really wanted to take me out for a drink. She took me to a local lounge, which also happened to be the place where Artur and I had our first date. As soon as we got our drinks, she went to the bathroom and I sat there waiting. From the corner of my eye I saw someone approach me, and all of the sudden, I realized it was him, dressed up really nice and holding a box. He knelt down and asked me if I would marry him (while his sister took pictures), it was really romantic. I said YES of course! We spent the rest of the night at the lounge, having dinner and drinks.
Bride’s favorite memory of the day: When the bridal party did a choreographed dance to the YMCA song, they really go the party started.
Groom’s favorite memory of the day: Seeing my bride for the first time as she walked down the aisle, I couldn’t stop smiling.
Where did you go on your honeymoon? We went to France (the love capital of the world) for our honeymoon.
What are you currently looking forward to as a couple? I am pregnant with our first child and we recently received the confirmation that it is a boy! I am 19 weeks pregnant as of January 1st, 2013. We got pregnant in Paris! We are very excited!
Do you have any advice for couples that are planning their wedding? Make sure to look past anything anybody tells you you “should” do and do whatever YOUR dreams desire. You and your husband are the only two people whose opinion should matter when choosing what you want your wedding to look like. There are no rules.
Maggie & Artur
September 1, 2012
Skylands Manor • Ringwood, NJ
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church
Celebrant: Father Stanley Lesniowski
Reception Location: Skylands Manor
Wedding Coordinator: Juliet Events
Photographer & Photo Booth: Matthew Sowa Photography
Videographer: Sunnyville Films
Entertainment: Esteem Entertainment
Florist: A Touch of Elegance
Limousine Service: Diamond Limo
Cake Designer: Skylands Manor
Bridal Salon: Weddings by Wade
Veil: Michael Wade Bridal • Shoes: Gucci
Formal Attire: Brooks Brothers
Invitations: DIY by Bride
Favors: DIY Gable Boxes
Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Melissa D’Aloia & Co.
Jeweler: Golden Classics NYC
Cigars: La Rosa Cubana Cigars
Lighting: JB Lighting Design
Honeymoon Location: France
Jennifer and Greg met during a sales training class in New York City, and although they were attracted to each other they remained friends before dating. “I found Jen attractive, but thought she was all business and slightly intimidating,” Greg shared. They spent more time together and shared many memories down the Jersey shore, making Long Branch, New Jersey the perfect proposal location. Jennifer and Greg enjoyed dinner at Sirena (one of their favorite restaurants overlooking the ocean), followed by a romantic walk on the beach where Greg got down on one knee and proposed.
The ceremony took place at St. Teresa of Avila Church where Jennifer walked down the aisle wearing a beautiful Jim Hjelm gown embellished with a white vintage sash. The groom sported a black tuxedo with white shirt and vest, while the groomsmen coordinated with the bridesmaids short black dresses from J. Crew Bridal.
Throughout the ceremony and reception, Dean Michaels Studio captured the special moments in photography and on video. When Jennifer and Greg first met with Dean, they were impressed by his artistic style, as well as the prints and albums. “Dean made some great suggestions on photos before and after the wedding,” noted the groom.
After attending a wedding at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge, Jennifer and Greg knew this was the perfect locale to host their wedding celebration. Not only did the couple love the overall modern decor with open ballrooms and beautiful large windows, but they also enjoyed working with the staff. “They were great to work with and following a tasting, we were blown away,” noted Greg. Cocktail hour began with a variety of passed hors d’oeuvres, a Mediterranean and pasta station, and a taste of Tuscany antipasto table. For dinner, guests had a choice of Porcini crusted Chilean sea bass or a grilled filet mignon. “The food was delicious and guests raved about the choices,” Jennifer noted.
In between dancing and socializing, guests were treated to a three-tiered wedding cake with cannoli filling, in addition to chocolate-covered strawberries.
The ballroom was decorated beautifully with high and low centerpieces of ranunculus, roses, orchids, and hydrangeas in various shades of pink, orange, and green. Phase One of Craig Scott Entertainment had guests dancing the entire night. The band played a variety of songs from 80s to today’s top hits including Lady Gaga. For their first dance as newlyweds, Jennifer and Greg danced to “Everything” by Michael Buble.
Following the reception, the newlyweds escaped to Hawaii for their honeymoon in paradise. Jennifer and Greg are currently enjoying time together and look forward to making new traditions and purchasing their first home. When asked if they have any advice for couples getting married, Jennifer said, “Enjoy every second. It goes by quickly so have fun with the planning.” Greg added, “Don’t get too consumed with stress and enjoy this time in your life.”
Jennifer & Gregory
June 29, 2012
Stone House at Stirling Ridge • Warren, NJ
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony Location: St. Teresa of Avila Church
Celebrant: Father Peter
Reception Location: Stone House at Stirling Ridge
Photographer & Videographer: Dean Michaels Studio
Entertainment: Phase One of Craig Scott Entertainment
Florist: Schweinfurth Flowers
Limousine Service: Bergen Limo
Cake Designer: Rudys Pastry Shop
Bridal Salon: Something Special • Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Formal Attire: Calvin Klein
Invitations: Greetings From Hoboken
Hair Salon & Makeup Studio: Davida Hair
Jeweler: Very Best Diamond
Honeymoon Location: Hawaii
Nicole and Stephen were set up on a blind date by his brother and sister-in-law. Following an evening in Hoboken on November 3, 2006, they hit it off and began dating. About four years later, Stephen proposed while they were on vacation in New Hampshire. “I was planning this moment for months and had the ring in my pocket all week. It was one of the most stressful weeks of my life, but it was perfect,” shared Stephen.
After months of planning, the wedding day arrived. Guests were invited to the celebration with custom invitations featuring an eggplant bow, flower, and rhinestone embellishments designed by Jaynee’s Party. “Choosing our invitations was my favorite part of planning and made the wedding come to life,” commented the bride.
Nicole and Stephen were married on the day of Nicole’s grandparents’ anniversary at St. Margaret of Cortona Roman Catholic Church during an unseasonal snowstorm. Escorted by her father, the bride walked down the aisle donning an exquisite Kenneth Pool trumpet-style gown. A cathedral-length blusher veil and double headband completed her wedding day attire. Stephen sported a classic black Calvin Klein tuxedo, while the groomsmen wore wine-colored vests that coordinated with the bridesmaids’ dresses.
The reception was held at The Estate at Florentine Gardens, which was chosen for its grand architecture, pristine grounds, and welcoming staff. “Our coordinator, Denise Downing, was fabulous. She never said the word no, and we left our first meeting feeling well taken care of,” commented Nicole. The couple also liked how the facility offered only one event at a time. The grand ballroom was decorated beautifully with the help of Metropolitan Plant and Flower Exchange. Crystal candelabras topped with white and green floral arrangements, five pillar candles, and scattered rose petals made up each tablescape design. Blue uplighting added just enough color to the décor for an added romantic touch.
From cocktail hour throughout dinner, guests were served a variety of food to satisfy their palate. Dinner began with a crab cake appetizer over organic micro greens, red and yellow tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella drizzled with balsamic and herb oil. Following a lemon sorbet, guests were given the choice of filet mignon, French-cut chicken breast, or Chilean sea bass for the main entrée. Dessert served a selection of sweet confections during the Viennese hour, including zeppoles and waffle sundaes, in addition to the wedding cake designed by Palermo’s Bakery.
Milton Gil Photographers captured the day’s events flawlessly with many candid photographs taken throughout the grounds of Florentine Gardens. The couple even braved the snowstorm for outdoor photographs, which Nicole mentioned were “the most magical pictures I’ve ever seen.” The newlyweds were equally pleased working with Sal Travis Entertainment, who caught the most memorable moments on film.
After seeing Platinum Band Music perform at a friend’s wedding a month before, Nicole and Stephen were impressed by the band’s high energy. “Just by watching the band members you can tell they have fun too,” noted Stephen. For the first dance as newlyweds, Nicole and Stephen danced to “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers.
Rather than providing traditional wedding favors, the couple opted to surprise guests with a sweets truck. As guests exited the Florentine Gardens, they were given a bag to fill with delectable treats from White Castle burgers to Dunkin Donuts and candy to enjoy for the ride home. Following the reception, the newlyweds escaped to Maui, Hawaii for their honeymoon. They are currently enjoying their time together as a married couple and look forward to traveling in the near future.
Nicole & Stephen
October 29, 2011
The Estate at Florentine Gardens • River Vale, NJ
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony Location: St. Margaret of Cortona Roman Catholic Church
Officiants: Father Art Humphrey and Deacon John Del Giudice
Reception Location: The Estate at Florentine Gardens
Photographer: Milton Gil Photographers
Videographer: Sal Travis Entertainment
Entertainment: Platinum Band Music
Florist: Metropolitan Plant & Flower Exchange
Limousine Service: Town Limousine
Cake Designer: Palermo’s Custom Cakes & Bakery
Bridal Salon & Headpiece: Jaehee Bridal Atelier
Veil: Kenneth Pool • Shoes: Bridal by Butter
Formal Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations & Favors: Jaynee’s Party
Hair Stylist: Cathy Morin • Makeup Artist: Carol Hanna
Jeweler: Devon Fine Jewelry • Candelabras: Regal Candelabra
Honeymoon Location: Kula Lodge and Restaurant & Kaanapali Alii― Maui, Hawaii
Although it took Dimitri a month to call Lauren after their initial meeting at a friend’s party, the two went on their first date to a restaurant in Brooklyn, New York. “We were both nervous, yet excited,” reminisced Lauren. After spending hours getting to know each other, the two hit it off and dated for a little over three years before taking their relationship to the next level. “I wanted the proposal to be unique and a surprise,” shared Dimitri. The two traveled to Florida for what Lauren thought was to celebrate Dimitri’s 30th birthday. After spending the day in Disney, Dimitri surprised Lauren with a magical evening on a private yacht. As the fireworks lit the sky behind Cinderella’s castle, Dimitri proposed. When Lauren and Dimitri began planning their wedding, they knew they wanted to give their out-of-town guests time to spend a few days in the area. Choosing December 30, 2011 gave them the opportunity to enjoy time with family during the holidays. Guests were invited to the marriage celebration with custom invitations designed by Kelly of RSVP to Me. With a beautiful iridescent design, the invitations set the tone for Lauren and Dimitri’s winter wonderland wedding.
Image Above by Anna Hurt Photography for RSVP to Me
Lauren walked down the aisle at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church wearing a sweetheart strapless, dropped-waist gown adorned with intricate beading. A Reem Acra cathedral-length veil and silver Manolo Blahnik shoes completed her look flawlessly. Dimitri sported a Calvin Klein pinstriped tuxedo with a Gucci tie.
Following a beautiful ceremony officiated by Father James Moulketis and Father Damaskinos Ganas, the newlyweds and their guests headed to The Grove for an extravagant reception. Upon visiting The Grove for the first time, Lauren and Dimitri were warmly welcomed into the facility and were taken care of by a professional staff. “When we chose The Grove it was just being built. The staff walked us through the entire project and helped us understand what the facility would be like. We were confident that The Grove would be first class and stellar,” mentioned Lauren.
From passed hors d’oeuvres to carving stations and a fresh seafood bar, guests were served a variety of selections to satisfy everyone’s palate. Dinner began with a cold salad with crab meat, followed by a main entrée choice of sea bass or filet mignon accompanied with fresh vegetables. In addition to the vanilla wedding cake designed by Palermo’s Bakery, individual plates of crème bûlée, raspberry chocolate, ice cream, and baklava were served for dessert.
Joy Glenn Photography captured the day’s events in a photojournalistic style. Lauren and Dimitri were impressed by Joy’s previous work, their engagement session, and wedding day execution. The couple also enjoyed working with Peter Ziffer Studios, who caught the special moments on film.
High centerpieces in one of two designs featuring various white blooms of hydrangeas and calla lilies were set on white table linens, along with candles for a romantic glow.
Guests danced the night away with the help of Bounce Music and Entertainment featuring East Side Mix. The group played a variety of songs from ‘50s to today’s top hits, and Greek music to accommodate the couple’s heritage. For their first dance as husband and wife, Lauren and Dimitri held the spotlight to “Original of the Species” by U2. Lauren’s sister also arranged to have the bride’s childhood friend sing “Marry Me” while her sister-in-law played the piano, making this one of Lauren’s favorite memories of the wedding day.
Lauren and Dimitri thanked their guests for being a part of their special day with Verdi champagne. Tied to each bottle was a small bag containing five almonds and a tag stating a donation had been made to the American Cancer Society. Following the reception, the newlyweds escaped to the Viceroy Hotels and Resorts in Anguilla for the honeymoon.
Lauren & Dimitri
December 30, 2011
The Grove • Cedar Grove, NJ
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony Location: Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Celebrants: Father James Moulketis and Father Damaskinos Ganas
Reception Location: The Grove
Photographer: Joy Glenn Photography
Videographer: Peter Ziffer Studios
Bounce Music and Entertainment featuring East Side Mix
Florist: Crest Florist
Limousine Service: Danaro Limousines
Cake Designer: Palermo’s Custom Cakes & Bakery
Bridal Salon: Priscilla of Boston
Veil: Reem Acra • Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Formal Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations: RSVP to Me
Favors: Donations to The American Cancer Society
Hair Salon: A Cut Above
Makeup Artist: Jillian Emma
Honeymoon Location: Viceroy Hotels and Resorts― Anguilla
It was through the help of Match.com and a simple “wink” that brought Jenna and Tom together. After their first date on December 10, 2009 at Ruby Tuesday’s, Jenna and Tom hit it off and had a second date planned before leaving the restaurant. “I knew Jenna was the one two weeks into meeting her when she stepped through the door at Hemingway’s Café,” Tom shared. For a surprise proposal about two years later, the two ventured into New York City for dinner and to see Broadway’s American Idiot. Upon arriving home, Jenna was surprised to see “Will You Marry Me?” displayed across the garage door of their home as they drove up into their driveway. The date was set for March 31, 2012.
Jenna walked down the aisle of Church of the Visitation, wearing a diamond white A-line gown with strapless bodice, full skirt, and crystal embellishment. A two-tiered elbow-length veil and ivory satin Ivanka Trump peep-toe shoes completed her look. During the mass, the bride and groom included Tom’s heritage by having Father Leszek recite part of the ceremony in Polish, which allowed Tom’s family to feel welcome.
Ivanka Trump peep-toe shoes embellished with rhinestone detailing and a bouquet consisting of Picasso calla lilies adorned with crystals and two jeweled cuffs attached to the stems completed Jenna’s style perfectly.
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds, along with their guests, headed to Crystal Point Yacht Club for their reception. When the couple visited the facility, Jenna and Tom were warmly welcomed by Denise and impressed by the reputation for outstanding service and Atlantic ballroom overlooking the Manasquan River. A variety of food was served during cocktail hour, including an Italian display, pasta station, mashed potato bar, and passed hors d’oeuvres. For dinner, guests had an entrée choice of chicken Crystal, Chateaubriand, or Chilean sea bass.
“The staff at Crystal Point were incredibly accommodating to anything requested,” Jenna commented. For dessert, every guest was given a slice of vanilla wedding cake with raspberry mousse filling, along with a chocolate-covered strawberry and a shot of a chocolate milk shake, in addition to a plate of pastries set on each table.
Following Jenna and Tom’s choreographed first dance to “Everything” by Michael Bublé, which was the couple’s favorite memory of the day, guests danced the night away to a variety of songs. Jay Tompson of Elite Entertainment went above and beyond for the couple and even sang a few songs during dinner for a live entertainment feel. Rather than the customary bouquet and garter toss, Jenna and Tom presented the couple married the longest with these items and asked them to share in a special anniversary dance to “Only You” by The Platters.
From the wedding preparations, ceremony, and throughout the reception, Contemporary Image captured the special events in photography. “I loved the creative thinking Emil and Michelle put behind each shot, as well as taking the traditional family pictures,” noted Jenna. The couple was equally pleased working with Videos by Trish, who caught their wedding on film.
In lieu of traditional wedding favors, guests were sent home with chocolate cake pops from Cappy’s Custom Cakes. They were decorated in the couple’s color scheme of purple and gray, and included labels letting each guest know that a donation had been made to the Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Following the reception, Jenna and Tom escaped to Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort for their honeymoon.
Jenna & Tom
March 31, 2012
Crystal Point Yacht Club • Point Pleasant, NJ
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony Location: Church of the Visitation
Officiants: Reverend Leszek Tymoszuk and Deacon David Kohut
Reception Location: Crystal Point Yacht Club
Photographer: Contemporary Image Photography
Videographer: Videos by Trish
Entertainment: Elite Entertainment
Florist: Purple Iris Flower & Gift Shop
Limousine Service: Santos VIP Limousine
Cake Designer: The Tinton Falls Pastry Chef
Bridal Salon & Veil: Sales Unlimited
Headpiece: Sunshine Daydream • Shoes: Ivanka Trump
Formal Attire: ChazMaTazz Formalwear
Invitation Designer: Jessica Bell
Donations to Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation & Cappy’s Custom Cakes
Hair Stylist: Lauren Johnson • Makeup Studio: MAC Cosmetics
Jeweler: Good as Gold Jewelers
Photo Booth: Boardwalk Photo Booths
Dance Lessons: Shall We Dance Studio
Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort- St. Lucia
Deanna and Craig met as freshmen while attending Rutgers University. Although they lived on the same floor in their dormitory, it took a few weeks for the two to get to know each other, and a couple of months later they started dating. “Craig’s sense of humor was what first attracted me to him,” Deanna shared. Following graduation, Deanna moved to Rhode Island to continue with her ambitions of attending law school, and it didn’t take long for both to realize how much they missed each other. Craig began planning the proposal about four months prior to popping the question. During the week of teacher’s convention, Craig surprised Deanna in the library with numerous signs for her to read. As she read, “So I came here to ask you,” Craig got down on one knee and asked Deanna to be his wife.
Guest’s were requested to attend Deanna and Craig’s wedding with red and purple invitations featuring a flourish design.
When the newly engaged couple began planning their wedding, they knew they wanted a Sunday night celebration, so choosing Labor Day weekend gave the couple more time to spend with their out-of-town guests. After visiting The Newark Club, they were impressed by the views of the New York City skyline and Jersey City view from the 22nd floor ballroom. Additionally, the facility was large enough to accommodate their large guest list comfortably. “From day one, Artie Wassif was helpful, honest, and friendly. Throughout the planning process, Artie gave us great advice and always provided us with recommendations,” noted the bride.
Deanna walked down the aisle in The Newark Club’s lobby wearing an A-line Sottero and Midgley gown with sweetheart neckline, ruched bodice, corset-style back, and beaded embellishment. Purple peep-toe shoes with a silver adornment completed the bride’s look. Craig and his groomsmen wore three-button tuxedos with silver vests and ties that coordinated with the bridesmaids’ floor-length purple chiffon dresses.
From the wedding day preparations throughout the ceremony and reception, Heyn Photography captured the day’s events flawlessly in a photojournalistic style. The bride had always admired Heyn Photography’s previous work, so when it came time to hire a photographer, it was a no-brainer. John, Marissa, and Cara made the couple feel comfortable in front of the camera and took pictures at Stephen R. Gregg Park in Bayonne and throughout The Newark Club. Deanna and Craig were equally pleased working with Daniel Lee Videography, who blended in with their guests and caught the special moments on film.
Low glass vases filled with red gerbera daises, roses, purple lisianthus, and calla lilies, along with candles and one single red rose (placed on each side of the centerpiece), completed the tablescape designs..
Cocktail hour served a variety of selections, including hors d’oeuvres, cold displays, and hot chafing dishes of eggplant rollatini, Spanish seafood paella, and Asian-style braised short ribs. For dinner, guests had a choice of Black Angus shell steak, potato-crusted tilapia, or French-cut breast of chicken. “There was such a large variety of menu options, and each item was better than the previous,” the groom raved. In between dancing and socializing, guests indulged in sweet treats of chocolate-covered strawberries, an ice-cream sundae bar, crème brûlée, and berry crepes, in addition to the wedding cake. Designed by Palermo’s Custom Cakes & Bakery, the four-tiered design featured purple pipe work, swirl patterns, and white Swiss dots. Its flavor consisted of chocolate with hazelnut filling and yellow cake with dulce de leche filling.
Following the celebration the newlyweds escaped on a ten-day Mediterranean cruise for their honeymoon aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line.
Deanna & Craig
September 4, 2011
The Newark Club • Newark, NJ
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony & Reception Location: The Newark Club
Officiant: Father Richard Berbary
Photographer: Heyn Photography
Videographer: Daniel Lee Videography
Entertainment: The Ultimate Entertainment
Florist: Anything Florist
Cake Designer: Palermo’s Custom Cakes & Bakery
Bridal Salon & Veil: Nicole’s Boutique Shoes: Wild Diva
Formal Attire: Men’s Wearhous
Invitations: Invitation Consultants
Favors: Donations made in honor of Family Member
Hair Stylist: Jenna Coddington
Makeup Artist: Makeup by Agnes Barnet
Jeweler: Jewelry by Peter
Honeymoon Location: Norwegian Cruise Line
Tracee and Rick met on eHarmony, and following their first date at Mahogany Grill in Manasquan, New Jersey, the two knew they would one day tie the knot. “I knew Tracee was the one when she easily accepted my faults and encouraged me in my goals,” reminisced Rick. After dating for several months and with Tracee’s birthday on the horizon, he wanted to make it a celebration she would never forget. On September 13, 2010, Rick took Tracee back to Sea Girt Beach―the location where they shared their first kiss―and presented her with a solitaire emerald-cut engagement ring. “I was completely shocked and excited,” exclaimed Tracee.
Guests were invited to the celebration with booklet-style invitations designed by the bride.
When the couple visited The English Manor for the first time, they were impressed by the well-maintained grounds, including the back patio, overall décor, marble dance floor, and Lisa Truesdale’s high energy. Additionally, they liked the warm and welcoming ambiance of the foyer room with the ability to add personal touches to it.
Tracee walked down the aisle at her family parish, Corpus Christi Church, wearing a simple satin A-line gown adorned with a sash. A large satin flower headpiece and a birdcage veil completed her look beautifully. Rick sported a traditional black tuxedo with charcoal vest, silver necktie, and pocket square. The two exchanged vows, wedding bands, and concluded the ceremony with their first kiss as husband and wife, which was the couple’s favorite memory of the day.
Following a heartfelt ceremony, the guests headed to The English Manor for the reception, while the newlyweds, along with their bridal party, went to Casino Pier in Asbury Park for pictures.
Emil from Contemporary Image captured each moment in a photojournalistic style. The couple liked his artistic eye and eagerness to provide ideas. Photographs were also taken at the carriage house and throughout the garden at The English Manor.
The outside cocktail hour took place on the back patio at The English Manor, where guests enjoyed a variety of food from miniature crab cakes and sweet potato puffs to several specialty tables. Guests had a choice of prime rib or sole stuffed with crabmeat for dinner. “The food was amazing,” Tracee commented. “There was such a variety at cocktail hour, and all of the main dishes were all very consistent and delicious.” In between dancing and socializing, guests were treated to miniature ice-cream cones and a three-tiered vanilla and chocolate wedding cake with cannoli filling. The bride commented, “The staff at The English Manor were excellent and were very accommodating.” The groom added, “They were professional and anticipated our needs before they occurred.”
Following their first dance as newlyweds to “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin, Hoi Polloi Band got the party started. Guests danced the night away to a variety of songs, including rock music. “They have a versatile set list and willingness to play what we asked, as well as the ability to play towards the crowd,” noted Rick. Following their wedding day, the newlyweds escaped on their European honeymoon. They spent three days in Barcelona, Spain, seven days sailing on the Silver Spirit cruise line, and concluded their honeymoon with two days in Lisbon, Portugal. Tracee and Rick are currently enjoying being married and look forward to starting a family.
Tracee & Rick
October 9, 2011
The English Manor • Ocean Township, NJ
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony Location: Corpus Christi Church
Celebrant: Reverend John L. Brundage
Reception Location: The English Manor
Photographer: Contemporary Image Photography
Ceremony Music: Reid Masters
Entertainment: Hoi Polloi Band
Florist: Whole Blossoms
Limousine Service: D&G Limousines
Cake Designer: The English Manor
Bridal Salon: Jenny Yoo Collections
Headpiece: Hearts For You • Shoes: Touch Ups
Formal Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations: Made by Bride
Favors: Broadway Photo Booths
Hair Salon: Makeup by Caramia
Makeup Studio: About Faces by Nicole
Honeymoon Location: Barcelona, Spain and Silversea Cruise
Tara and Chris met at work on July 7, 2007. They had an instant connection, and although Tara was hesitant, their attraction was inevitable. “Chris had a gorgeous smile that was contagious. He has the best personality and made me laugh constantly,” Tara shared. After the two began dating, they enjoyed spending time together, especially while on several ski vacations. Chris had planned the proposal about three months prior, and as Tara and Chris reached the top of the mountain for a day of skiing, Chris asked to take a picture. As Tara stood there posing for the camera, Chris got down on one knee and proposed. “I was beyond shocked. We have so many great memories, and our proposal location has meaning behind it,” Tara reminisced
When the couple began planning their wedding, Tara and Chris knew they wanted to tie the knot during the fall, as they both love the weather during this time of year. Additionally in choosing October 9, 2011, Columbus Day weekend provided guests the best availability for travel arrangements.
The ceremony was held at the groom’s parish, Our Lady of Sorrows. Seeing each other for the first time as the doors opened to the church was Tara and Chris’ favorite memory of the day. “It was an unbelievable rush of emotions and a level of happiness I hadn’t experienced before,” Chris mentioned. “I was filled with anticipation as I waited to see my future wife.”
Tara walked down the aisle wearing an ivory silk taffeta Essence wedding gown, embellished with lace appliqués and beadwork. A fingertip blusher veil and Manolo Blahnik shoes completed her look flawlessly. Chris sported a Joseph Abboud tuxedo, Tiffany’s cuff links, and a Breitling watch.
Located on private woodlands and set for secluded and exclusive events, along with the facility’s storybook ambiance, renowned cuisine, and impeccable service, the Pleasantdale Château was the perfect locale to host Tara and Chris’ reception. “Every room was different from the next and even more breathtaking,” commented the bride. The architecture, pristine grounds, estate style, and one-wedding-at-a-time service factored into the couple’s decision.
Cocktail hour provided a lavish presentation, including coconut chicken, duck and cranberry salad, lobster cream puff, potato and camembert cheese croquettes, along with various stations and displays. For dinner, guests had a choice of tilapia meuniere or roasted filet of dry-aged Black Angus beef with roasted shallot and béarnaise sauce. Each entrée was served with risotto or whipped potatoes and vegetables. “We couldn’t have asked for better service. The Pleasantdale Château staff were there assisting before we could even ask,” noted Chris. In addition to the five-tiered octagonal hazelnut wedding cake, guests were treated to warm chocolate molten cake, French and Italian pastries, and petit fours.
Throughout the day’s events, Milton Gil Photographers captured the special moments in photography and on video. Tara and Chris liked Milton and Lou’s photojournalistic approach, as well as their creative eye, professionalism, and how wedding stories unfolded while looking at album samples. They were equally pleased working with their videographers, who blended in with their guests.
The décor of the ballroom beautifully set the tone for the reception. High centerpieces included curly willow branches decorated with magenta orchids with suspended glass votives holding tea light candles, while orchids submerged in three cylinder vases at varying heights topped with a floating candle completed the low centerpiece design.
Following Tara and Chris’ first dance to “You and Me” by Dave Matthews Band, guests danced the night away with the help of Barry Herman Entertainment. The emcee and disc jockey for the evening played a variety of songs from many genres.
At the end of the reception, the newlyweds escaped to Hawaii for their honeymoon, where they stayed at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa and Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. Tara and Chris look forward to starting a family and buying their first home together.
Tara & Chris
October 9, 2011
Pleasantdale Château • West Orange, NJ
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony Location: Our Lady of Sorrows
Celebrant: Father Richard Pfannenstiel
Reception Location: Pleasantdale Château
Photographer & Videographer: Milton Gil Photographers
Entertainment: Barry Herman Entertainment
Florist: Flower Elegance
Limousine Service: D&G Limousines
Cake Designer: Pleasantdale Château
Bridal Salon & Veil: Ally’s Bridal • Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Formal Attire: Joseph Abboud
Invitations: Birchcraft Studios
Favors: Photo Booth Pictures & Frames
Hair Salon: Brushez • Makeup Studio: Facez
Jeweler: West Orange Jewelers
Photo Booth: Photo Illusions, LLC
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa―Kauai and Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea―Maui, Hawaii