Leslie and Randy
May 28, 2011
Season’s Catering • Washington Township, NJ
Leslie had just moved to New Jersey from the Philippines when a girlfriend introduced her to Randy. Leslie recalls, “We definitely liked each other right away but obviously there were some cultural differences.” The two dated for six years before Randy popped the question. Leslie was getting ready to go out to dinner one Saturday night in October when Randy came into the bedroom and got down on his knees, pulling the jewelry box from his pocket. Leslie recalls, “I was in tears when I said Yes.”
Chosen for its grand ballroom and beautiful outdoor grounds, the ceremony and reception were held at Seasons Catering. Rabbi Geri Zeller performed the solemn ceremony, which included Jewish traditions of Kiddush cups, blessed wine vessels, and a Ketubah, a traditional Jewish marriage agreement. Also included was the veil and cord ceremony, a Filipino tradition. Leslie wore an ivory, satin strapless gown by Priscilla of Boston from Jaehee Bridal Atelier with Swarovski crystals on the bodice and chapel-length veil. She carried a bouquet of stephanotis in various shades of pink and ivory with crystal embellishments. The groom wore a classic tuxedo with an ivory shirt, vest, and tie from Men’s Wearhouse. Randy’s groomsmen wore the same tuxedo with white shirts and charcoal vests and ties, while Leslie’s bridesmaids wore pink Bari Jay dresses.
Every moment of the ceremony and reception was captured in a photojournalistic style by John of John Agnello Photography. The bride commented, “John always knew what to say to get a smile or laugh out of us.” The bride and groom were equally as impressed with their videographer, Alex, from Unique Video Productions. Leslie and Randy surprised their guests with a choreographed first dance to “All My Life” by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville. The couple incorporated rumba and fox trot into their dance, giving their guests a real treat. For the rest of the night, Mike Albanese from Gemini Productions kept guests on the dance floor. Leslie recalled, “Our disc jockey also did a photo montage of pictures of Randy and I growing up and took pictures of our guests that showed on the Plasma televisions all night long.”
The cocktail hour featured a lavish seafood display including lobsters, succulent shrimp, oysters and scallops. Fresh pastrami sandwiches, steak, sliders, sushi, pizza, and a spectacular cheese display were also available to nibble on. For their main entree guests had the choice of Chateaubriand, a Norwegian salmon tower, or French cut chicken. The bride raved, “The food was unbelievably good. Seasons Catering does a truly remarkable job.” The Viennese display featured freshly-made crepes, cotton candy, milkshakes, and chocolate fountains. The vanilla and chocolate wedding cake was a four tier, ivory masterpiece with pink detailing created by Le Petit Gateau.
After the wedding, the newlyweds honeymooned in Oahu and Maui, Hawaii and enjoyed being surrounded by the breathtaking scenery. Leslie and Randy advise, “If you are planning to have both the ceremony and the reception in one place, make sure that you pick a reputable place like Seasons.”
Ceremony and Reception Location: Season’s Catering • Officiant: Rabbi Geri Zeller
Photographer: John Agnello Photography • Videographer: Unique Video Productions
Entertainment: Gemini Productions •Limousine Service: NJ Wedding • Florist: Flower Elegance • Cake Designer: Le Petit Gateau • Bridal Salon and Headpiece: Jaehee Bridal Atelier
Shoes: Badgley Mischka • Formal Attire: Men’s Wearhouse • Invitations: RSVP to Me • Hair Salon: In Style Down the Aisle • Makeup Artist: Donna Massa• Jeweler: Absolute Brilliance
Honeymoon Locations: Hyatt Regency- Oahu and Ritz Carlton- Maui, Hawaii
To read more about Leslie and Randy’s big day, pick up the latest New Jersey edition of Contemporary Bride Magazine!