Jennifer and Robert met in 2002 through mutual friends, and it didn’t take long for certainty to set in. Their friendship turned into a loving relationship which led to a proposal at Robert Moses Beach, field 5, on April 18, 2008. “We sat down near the ocean, and Robert began to tell me how much he loved me. He started to put his jacket around me when he pulled a custom-made engagement ring from A & A Jewelers out of the pocket and kneeled in the sand and asked me to be his wife. I, of course, said yes and couldn’t wait to spread the news,” shared Jennifer.
With about two years until their big day, the newly engaged couple had plenty of time to plan their wedding. Jennifer and Robert called on wedding coordinator, Michelle from Classic Event Design to help ease any stress and to make most of the arrangements. She was available to answer any questions, refer vendors, and assist with keeping the two organized.
After months of planning, their April 9, 2010 wedding finally arrived. The ceremony took place at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, which is conveniently located in Robert’s neighborhood. The couple liked the modern décor, open floor plan, warm and intimate feel, and how the pews wrap around the altar. Jennifer walked down the aisle donning a diamond white Casablanca gown that she described as “classic and elegant.” It was made of silk satin, had a sweetheart neckline, diagonal ruching along the top bodice, and a slight pick-up style skirt. She held a bouquet of white calla lilies, hydrangea, dendrobian orchids, with one white rose tucked behind to represent her Grandma Rose. The groom sported a Ralph Lauren tuxedo with a white shirt, diamond white vest, and tie. Robert reminisced, “Reciting our vows was my favorite memory of the day. We were able to write our own, which made the ceremony that much more special.”
The reception was held at the Venetian Yacht Club, chosen for its classic and quaint atmosphere and welcoming staff. From the gorgeous ballroom with windows overlooking the Robert Moses Bridge and sunset views, marble dance floor, to the overall décor of the facility, Jennifer knew this was the perfect facility to host her wedding from the moment she walked into the Venetian Yacht Club. In addition, the staff treated the couple like royalty.
Chris from LI Sound DJ had guests out on the dance floor all night. Not only did the couple like the selection of music and how personable Chris was, but he also set the mood by providing lighting that changed colors throughout the evening. The newlyweds shared their first dance together as husband and wife to “History In The Making” by Darius Rucker. They also participated in the traditional parent dances.
Guests enjoyed a multitude of food during cocktail hour, from passed hors d’oeuvres to a variety of stations of pasta, carving, and seafood arrangements. A choice of glazed Atlantic salmon, filet mignon, duck jubilee, lemon roasted chicken, or grilled vegetable lasagna was served for dinner.
Designed by The Rolling Pin Bake Shop, the wedding cake was four-tiered with a satin, dark purple ribbon on the base of each tier. Cappuccino, espresso, and after-dinner cordials were also served during dessert, in addition to petite fours, chocolate covered strawberries, and truffles. Robert commented, “My mouth still waters to this day when I think of everything I ate.” Jennifer added, “The food was excellent and the selection was never ending. None of our guests went home hungry.”
Throughout the day’s events, Dennis of Denisimo Photography captured the special moments in a photojournalistic approach. Dennis’ artistic eye and modern style allowed him to take many creative pictures, while still providing Jennifer and Robert plenty of time with their guests. The couple was also impressed working with JPI Films. “Our wedding video is going to be the most memorable thing from our wedding. Joe used new techniques that made our wedding video priceless,” noted the bride. “Our video not only makes me cry, but it brings me back to relive our wedding every time I watch it.” Following the reception, Jennifer and Robert escaped to the Riviera Maya, Mexico for a honeymoon in paradise.
Jennifer & Robert
April 9, 2010
Venetian Yacht Club • Babylon, NY
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony Location: Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Celebrant: Father Bob Scheckenback
Reception Location: Venetian Yacht Club
Photographer: Denisimo Photography & Video
Videographer: JPI Films • Entertainment: LI Sound
Florist: Flowers by Brian
Limousine Service: Cruise Control Limousines
Cake Designer: The Rolling Pin Bake Shop
Bridal Salon & Veil: Village Bridal & Boutique
Shoes: Nina Shoes • Formal Attire: Ralph Lauren
Invitations: Classic Event Designs
Favors: Donation to the American Cancer Society
Hair Salon: Bella Sposa • Makeup Artist: Jill Harth
Jeweler: A & A Jewelers
Honeymoon Location: Secrets Capri- Riviera Cancun, Mexico