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It’s a beautiful day in New Jersey! We’re so excited that spring has arrived and that mother Nature finally is gifting us with warm weather. As you all enjoy the outdoors today, here’s a breathtaking Beach Chic wedding that will have you dreaming of an oceanfront oasis.
Tara wore a stunning Suzanne Neville wedding gown made of French Chantilly lace and a sewn-in corset.
From the morning preparations, ceremony, and throughout the reception, Shira Weinberger captured the special moments in a photojournalistic approach. “Shira perfectly captured the day without being intrusive or demanding, and we felt she managed to capture every single moment that brought us joy,” commented Tara. The couple was also pleased with their videographer, Exo Photography, who caught their wedding day on video.
Tara and Joe’s 8-pound Shih Tzu trotter made the perfect flower girl, along with two-year old Sophia.
Chosen for its beachfront property with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful décor throughout the facility, the ceremony and reception were held at the Westhampton Bath and Tennis Club. Tara and Joe also liked that the facility was centrally located for their guests who were traveling from New York City and Westchester. It was a beautiful day for a beach wedding [just one week before Hurricane Sandy made landfall].
“Our ceremony was held on the beach, in the sand behind the Westhampton Bath and Tennis Club. It was the most beautiful backdrop you could imagine. The sun was shining bright and the waves were crashing behind us, all of this…just one week before Hurricane Sandy struck! All of our guests were given sandals and matching, engraved pashminas as they were seated onto the white wicker chairs lined with baby blue cones filled with petals…and placed alongside gorgeous lanterns with candles. One of my favorite parts of the ceremony was when we signed our Ketubah, which was anything but traditional! My younger sister made it from a picture from the Hubble telescope, knowing how much I love NASA and efforts to explore the final frontier!”
“Our cocktail hour was held outside near the pool area of the Bath and Tennis Club. It was a wonderful ambiance under the stars, with music from our brass quintet lighting up the night. Our guests couldn’t stop raving about the food and many stations. There was a raw food bar and pasta station among many others. The stations were decorated very beach chic and it felt like we were transported to an island in the Caribbean!”
“We really wanted to keep things beach-chic, not too traditional! So some our flowers were put in mason jars on the tables, alongside iron baskets and other rustic containers!”
Dinner began with a warm goat cheese and leek tart, followed by a choice of breast of chicken roulade or filet mignon for the main entrée. Guests were treated to miniature key lime pies, chocolate-dipped strawberries, doughnut holes with dipping sauce, and miniature ice-cream cones served butler style, in addition to their red velvet with gianduja mousse wedding cake.
After being announced into the ballroom as the new Mr. & Mrs., the couple participated in the traditional Horah, while Hank Lane Music & Productions got the party started with live entertainment. They played a variety of music that had guests dancing the entire night. In order to incorporate a feel of local music, Joe surprised Tara with a special guest appearance from Taylor Dayne, who serenaded the couple.
Tell us about your wedding proposal: I am a lifelong advocate of space, nasa and exploration of the final frontier. It is my great passion outside of journalism. So Joe filmed the 30-second commercial inside the Hudson River museum planetarium in Yonkers. As I was about to get off the anchor desk on 3-10-12, my director told me in my ear…oh don’t leave! There is a big mistake with the show that we have to correct. They said watch the monitor and we’ll play back the mistake. It was Joe’s commerical that aired instead! In 30 seconds, he compared our love to all the coolest miracles in the universe, but said of all the ‘stars’ I shine the brightest for him and would I accept his hand in marriage. Next thing I knew, Joe, my co-workers and my boss all came pouring into the studio. He got down on one knee and popped the question. Everyone at work knew, I have no idea how they were able to keep the secret. I was stunned but thankfully had enough wits to say yes! He had apparently asked my parents permission to wed weeks before!
Bride’s favorite memory of the day: Looking out in the ballroom after we were announced and realizing everyone I had ever loved our cared about for the past 34 years was in one room, to share in our joy!
Groom’s favorite memory of the day: The beach ceremony and seeing my wife for the FIRST time in her wedding dress.
Where did you go on your honeymoon? Joe wanted to explore his roots and I wanted to go somewhere that was off the beaten path. We decided to start out in the picturesque Amalfi coast where Joe’s parents were born. It was his first time and very emotional for him. We met cousins of his that he’d never met! It was so special. Then we did the 20-hour trek to Mauritius! What an unbelievable island and worth the shelp! We did everything from water sports to private meals on the ocean to ziplining to walking with lions! Next it was off to Cape Town. We enjoyed trips to lovely vineyards and before we knew, it was time to head home!
Do you have any advice for couples that are planning their wedding? It became very overwhelming at times trying to manage all the planning for such a large, detailed event. Best advice I ever got was from a friend who told me to make a simple list of everything that had to be done (my list had 59 items) and tackle 1 maybe 2 tasks per week! Also, do your research on your honeymoon planning. We did not know it was a national holiday in France when we booked our Mauritius honeymoon and the place was filled to the brim with children and young families!
Tara & Joe
October 20, 2012
Westhampton Bath & Tennis Club • Westhampton Beach, NY
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony & Reception Location: Westhampton Bath & Tennis Club / Officiant: Rabbi Mallamy / Caterer: Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs / Wedding Coordinator: Unforgettable Hamptons Events / Photographer: Shira Weinberger / Videographer: Exo Photography & Cinema / Entertainment: Hank Lane Music & Productions / Florist: House of Flowers / Limousine Service: Capricorn Limousines / Cake Designer: Martine’s Fine Bake Shoppe / Bridal Salon & Veil: Wedding Atelier / Shoes: Gianfranco Ferre / Formal Attire: Joseph Abboud / Invitations: Passion Paper / Favors: Pashmina’s & Sandals / Hair Salon: DM Luxury / Makeup Artist: Denny / Jeweler: Cartier / Photo Booth: Photobooths by NY Digital Memories / Dove Release: Lasting Memories by Sharon / Honeymoon Locations: Amalfi Coast- Italy & Africa
Gina and Christopher met when they were children and even dated for two weeks as young teenagers, but it wasn’t until the two reconnected 11 years later that they began to date. While on vacation in Florence, Italy, Christopher decided it would be the perfect opportunity to surprise Gina. As they were standing on their hotel balcony drinking wine, Christopher proposed with a solitaire engagement ring.
With approximately two years until March 25, 2011, Gina and Christopher had plenty of time to plan their wedding and enjoy their engagement. Once all of the details were finalized, the big day finally arrived. Chosen for its reputation and delectable food, the ceremony and reception was held at Fox Hollow. The couple also chose Fox Hollow as they were able to have everything at one location, which made it convenient for their guests.
Gina walked down the aisle wearing an A-line Maggie Sottero gown embellished with Swarovski crystals. She held a bouquet of white flowers mixed with brightly colored blooms. The groom looked sharp in a classic black Calvin Klein tuxedo with a black and white tie and converse sneakers. “He looked timeless,” commented Gina. The groomsmen also sported Calvin Klein tuxedos with gunmetal vests, which coordinated nicely with the bridesmaids, who wore black Bill Levkoff dresses. During the ceremony the couple exchanged vows and participated in a unity wine ceremony.
Once announced as the new Mr. and Mrs., the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed an elaborate cocktail hour including several hot hors d’oeuvres, hot buffet stations, displays of cheese, fruit, and seasonal garden vegetables. For dinner, guests had a choice of Chateaubriand, shrimp scampi, chicken, grilled salmon, duck al’orange, land and sea duet, or a vegetarian dish. Waffles and ice cream were served for dessert along with their red velvet wedding cake. “The staff at Fox Hollow were helpful and on point throughout the night,” noted Christopher.
Bryan McNulty from Lost Artist Studios captured the day’s events flawlessly in photography. Gina mentioned that she loved Bryan’s photojournalistic style and thought their wedding story was told perfectly through their photographer’s candid shots. Gina and Christopher were also pleased with how their video turned out thanks to their videographer from The Pros Entertainment Services.
From the first consultation through the planning process, Joe ZiColello of Dash of Class Entertainment was helpful and made Gina and Christopher comfortable. He gave them ideas and informed the couple on all of their options. For their first dance, the newlyweds held the spotlight to “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys. They also participated in the traditional parent dances to “The Times of Your Life” by Paul Anka and “If Not For You” by George Harrison. “Our reception was awesome. Since Christopher and I grew up together and were from the same neighborhood, we invited a lot of friends and family who all knew each other. It seemed like everyone was happy to be there as we were,” commented Gina.
At the end of the night, guests took home black and white cookies that went along with their color scheme. Following their big day, Gina and Christopher escaped to Riu Vallarta in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico that they won through Contemporary Bride Magazine’s Honeymoon Sweepstakes.
Gina & Christopher
March 25, 2011
Fox Hollow • Woodbury, NY
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony & Reception Location: Fox Hollow
Officiant: Reverend Nick Montanino
Photographer: Lost Artist Studios • Videographer: The Pro’s
Entertainment: Dash of Class DJ Entertainment
Florist: Flowers by Burton & Son
Cake Designer: Fox Hollow
Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero • Veil: WeddingVeil.com • Shoes: Nina Shoes
Formal Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations: Jean M. Wedding Invitations & Stationary
Favors: Angel’s Bakery
Honeymoon Location: Hotel Riu Vallarta- Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Claire and Michael met through mutual friends during their sophomore year of college. “I immediately recognized that Michael had a very friendly and easygoing way about him,” Claire recalled. The two were dating other people at the time and although they lost touch, they were reconnected again the very last week of college in May of 1999. Claire and Michael began dating and a decade later, Michael presented Claire with a solitaire engagement ring from Jay Roberts Jewelers.
Finally August 27,, 2011 arrived and brought with it a big surprise. Although Hurricane Irene was on her way, Claire remained calm and was excited to begin prepping for her wedding. Claire was on the phone with the coordinator at 3 West Club finalizing last minute seating changes as Jeanine of Jeanine Mangan Makeup Designs flawlessly applied her makeup and Handri Gunawan styled her hair into a traditional chignon. Claire and her bridesmaids then met up with Michael and his groomsmen for pre-ceremony photos, shot by Chae Kihn of Harold Hechler Photographers. Kihn shot a mix of classic portraits, candid and posed shots, and black and white photos that the couple absolutely loved.
The ceremony was held at Cathedral of Saint Patrick in New York City where Claire’s parents had been married. Claire walked down the aisle in an off-white Alencon lace gown designed by Tomasina and a cathedral-length veil. Gold peep-toe Jimmy Choo heels and Swarovski crystal drop earrings completed the bride’s look. She carried a bouquet of white and cream roses. Claire’s bridesmaids wore navy blue silk chiffon gowns and carried bouquets of lavender sterling roses. Michael sported a traditional black tuxedo, as did his best man and groomsmen.
The bridesmaids’ carried lavender sterling roses to complement their navy blue chiffon dresses, which coordinated nicely with the groomsmen attire.
The reception was held at 3 West Club, which is a private club built in 1921 on the site of Andrew Carnegie’s former home. Claire and Michael were pleased with the overall service from the staff. The bride commented, “They were so efficient and exacting that I didn’t need to focus on them at all, which is the way it should be!” During cocktail hour, guests enjoyed a variety of hors d’oeuvres in addition to passed champagne in flutes. Dinner began with a sea scallop risotto with porcini mushrooms, followed by salad and a duo intermezzo of lemon and lime sorbets, garnished with fresh fruit and mint. For their main entrées, guests had a choice of filet mignon in perigourdine sauce or sautéed halibut.
The reception décor was traditional, with intricate centerpieces of amnesia roses, pink and green hydrangea, silver brunia, lavender lisianthus, and delicate variegated ivory. The room was tastefully lit by Stortz Lighting. There were pin spots on each table composition, a color wash on the dance floor, some uplighting throughout the ballroom, and a soft spotlight on the band.
Hank Lane Music played a mixture of standards and swing with contemporary pieces mixed in. The band performed “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen” for Michael and Claire’s first dance as husband and wife. The bride commented, “Hank Lane’s reputation precedes them. They are one of the most highly recognized entertainment companies in Manhattan.”
The wedding cake was a three-tiered masterpiece of alternating layers of chocolate raspberry and vanilla with a raspberry cream designed by Madame Butterfly Cakes.
Claire and Michael thanked their guests for being a part of their special day by sending them home with a personal favorite, blueberry, lemon, vanilla, and chocolate flavored macaroons from Bouchon Bakery. Following their wedding day, the newlyweds escaped on their honeymoon to Capri and Rome.
Claire & Michael
3 West Club • New York, NY
In The Spotlight
Ceremony Location: Cathedral of Saint Patrick
Celebrant: Reverend Christopher Pliauplis
Reception Location: 3 West Club
Photographer: Hechler Photographers
Entertainment: Hank Lane Music and Productions
Florist: Chestnuts in the Tuileries
Limousine Service: Silver Star Limousine
Cake Designer: Madame Butterfly Cakes
Bridal Salon: Exquisite Bride & Designer Loft
Veil: Exquisite Bride • Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Formal Attire: Coleman’s Tuxedos
Invitations: Dempsey & Carroll
Favors: Bouchon Bakery
Hair Salon: Marie Bové Salon • Makeup Artist: Jeanine Mangan Makeup Designs
Jeweler: Jay Roberts Jewelers • Lighting: Stortz Lighting
Honeymoon Location: Rome Cavalieri, Rome & Hotel Punta Tragara, Capri― Italy
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
Dana and Nicholas met through mutual friends at a New York City nightclub on May 14, 2005. After dancing together all night, they exchanged phone numbers and Nicholas called Dana the next day. They soon began dating and officially became a couple several months later. Exactly five years from the day they met, Nicholas and Dana were having dinner at Baronda, the restaurant where they had their first date. Nicholas had arranged for the waitress to pretend his credit card had been declined so that Dana would have to look at the bill to pay. “There was a handwritten note from him inside that said, ‘You can eat for free if you say yes’,” recalled Dana. When she looked up, Nicholas was on his knee asking her to marry him. Dana said yes, and the couple began planning their modern version of a classic Italian wedding.
On June 17, 2011, the couple’s family and friends gathered at St. Rosalia-Regina Pacis Parish in Brooklyn, New York for a beautiful ceremony. “It has the feeling of a miniature cathedral with old wooden pews, high ceilings, and a long aisle, as well as an amazing staircase in front, perfect for taking pictures,” said Dana. Donning a Pnina Tornai satin A-line dress with sweetheart neckline and crystal embellishments, the bride walked down the aisle carrying a gorgeous bouquet of miniature calla lilies. She also wore a headband adorned with Swarovski crystals and a fingertip-length veil with crystal embellishments to match her dress. Nicholas waited at the altar with his groomsmen, all sporting classic black tuxedos with navy blue ties to complement the navy blue chiffon gowns worn by Dana’s bridesmaids. The bride was extremely pleased with her wedding day attire, noting that Debra and Marissa from Kleinfeld helped her choose the perfect gown and that Eddie and Elaine from Bridal Styles Boutique spent a lot of time making sure her headpiece was the right fit. “I have referred so many recently engaged friends to Bridal Styles. The pieces are handmade and you can really tell the quality of their work. They truly are the best in Brooklyn!” said Dana.
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and bridal party took a party bus provided by Double Diamond Limousine Company to Times Square for pictures. It was Dana’s favorite moment of the day; the exhilaration of feeling like a celebrity as tourists watched Jessie from Patken Photographer capture everything in a photojournalistic style. Patken also served as the couple’s videographer for the day.
After the photoshoot, everyone headed to Glen Island Harbour Club for the reception. When visiting this facility, Dana and Nicholas were impressed with the breathtaking view of the Long Island Sound from the all-window wall of the reception room, and the beautiful indoor/outdoor cocktail area. They were also very pleased with Glen Island’s helpful staff. “The staff was very accommodating. I never needed to ask for anything. The banquet manager, Rocco really helped us throughout the whole wedding planning process,” commented the bride.
Set on white organza overlay linens were large arrangements of curly white willow with white dendrobium orchids, suspended candles, and crystal strands. Votive candles completed each tablescape design.
The couple’s guests enjoyed various cocktail stations like a Coney Island station (miniature knishes, hot dogs, and pastrami sandwiches), an Asian buffet, a pasta station, and a raw seafood bar, followed by an entrée choice of Chateaubriand, mustard-crusted chicken mignon (roasted chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto with Madeira sauce), or baked tilapia. Glen Island designed a four-tier vanilla cake with cannoli cream decorated with orchids, ribbons, and crystals, along with a trio plate of fruit tart, chocolate mousse, and cheesecake for dessert.
Dana and Nicholas didn’t have to think twice about hiring Steven Retas, owner of CSE Productions, who came from the groom’s neighborhood. “I’ve been to other weddings where Steve was the DJ, and he always gets the crowd going,” Dana said. He played a mix of new house, top 40, classic dance, hip hop, and classic Italian music. The couple’s first dance was “Halo” by Beyonce, followed by parent dances to Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up” and “In My Life” by the Beatles. After their big day, the newlyweds escaped to the Hawaiian islands of Maui and Honolulu for their honeymoon. Dana and Nicholas recently moved into a new apartment and look forward to decorating it together. When asked if she had any advice for couples planning their wedding, the bride said, “Take your time making important decisions, and don’t rush into the first good deal that comes along.”
Dana and Nicholas
June 17, 2011
Glen Island Harbour Club • New Rochelle, NY
Ceremony Location: St. Rosalia-Regina Pacis Parish
Celebrant: Father Al Barozzi
Reception Location: Glen Island Harbour Club
Photographer & Videographer: Patken Photographer
Entertainment: CSE Productions • Florist: Arcadia Floral Co.
Limousine Service: Double Diamond Limousines
Cake Designer: Glen Island Harbour Club
Bridal Salon & Veil: Kleinfeld • Headpiece: Bridal Styles Boutique
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman • Formal Attire: Phil’s Tuxedo
Invitations: RSVP Today
Hair Salon & Makeup Studio: David James Salon
Jeweler: Bridal Styles Boutique & Kleinfeld
The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui & The Royal Hawaiian, Honolulu- Hawaii
Contemporary Bride’s latest Fall/Winter 2012 editions were recently printed and will be hitting newsstands soon. You can look forward to reading new real wedding stories shared by newlyweds, feature stories, and become inspired by new style pages. To get the full list, click on New Jersey Edition or New York Edition at http://www.ContemporaryBride.com. Tell us what you’re looking forward to reading in this issue by leaving a comment below. We would love to hear your feedback!
After John moved to Long Island, New York to start a new job at an automobile dealership, it didn’t take long for him to meet Erin. “John’s smile caught my attention immediately and I started asking my coworkers about him,” Erin shared. She introduced herself to him a few weeks later and even offered to show John around town. Following their initial meeting, the two began to spend time together and soon their relationship grew into love. On October 28, 2010, which marked their two year anniversary, Erin and John were walking on the Long Beach boardwalk with their dog, Casey. John got down on one knee and proposed at the location where their love began. With a little less than a year until their wedding day, Erin and John immediately began planning.
The ceremony was held outside at dusk in the lush gardens of the Fox Hollow. Seeing Erin for the first time was the groom’s favorite memory of the day. Erin walked down the aisle in a trumpet-style Priscilla of Boston gown with a double layer of cascading fabric along the side of her dress. A vintage inspired brooch accented its natural waistband while a simple elbow length veil and a gardenia flower hair clip completed her look. John sported a black tuxedo with silver vest and black tie.
The couple was also pleased with their photographer, Tina from Bella Pictures. “She understood that we wanted a modern twist on classic pictures,” commented Erin. “Tina was able to adapt to our large wedding party and capture the best moments,” added John. Exhale Productions captured the wedding day from beginning to end on video. The bride and groom agreed they were treated with professionalism and patience and are happy with the finished product.
From the moment they stepped onto the grounds of Fox Hollow they knew it was the perfect place to host their wedding. They loved the Winter Garden Pavilion room which features a cascading waterfall, fireplace, and atrium ceilings with skylight windows. Additionally, they were pleased with the professionalism of the staff. “They understood the importance of being involved in every aspect of the celebration,” noted the groom. Cocktail hour immediately followed where guests enjoyed a variety of food from seafood fra diavolo and crab quesadillas to spanakopita and honey smoked Virginia ham. As they ate and mingled, music from contemporary to jazz played in the background. Dinner began with baked shrimp stuffed with Fontana cheese wrapped in bacon followed by lemon intermezzo. Guests had a choice of seven entrées including duck l ‘orange, land and sea duet, shrimp scampi, Chateaubriand, grilled salmon, or North Fork vegetables.
The ballroom was decorated flawlessly with the help of Pedestals Floral Decorators who designed centerpieces in silver bowls with deep purple hydrangea, purple lisianthus, blue bird roses, navy delphiniums, and green berries. Votive candles, flower petals, and handmade table numbers made by Erin and her mother topped each table perfectly for a romantic ambiance. Steve from LIDJ knew exactly what music to play throughout the course of the night. Guests danced the night away from classic Italian to Kanye West and with Steve’s energy the dance floor was never empty. For their first dance as newlyweds, Erin and John held the spotlight to “Sideways” by Citizen Cope.
Following their wedding day, Erin and John escaped to Maui, Hawaii for their honeymoon. When asked if they had any advice for any future couples planning their wedding, Erin mentioned, “Don’t get wrapped up in the wedding; it’s about the marriage.” John added, “It’s important for couples to plan their marriage and expectations while planning their wedding so you’re not in for a rude awakening when the honeymoon is over.”
Erin and John
September 9, 2011
Fox Hollow • Woodbury, NY
Ceremony & Reception Location: Fox Hollow
Officiant: Pastor Steven Milazzo
Photographer: Bella Pictures • Videography: Exhale Productions
Entertainment: LIDJ • Florist: Pedestals Floral Decorators
Cake Designer: Francesco’s Bakery
Bridal Salon & Veil: Priscilla of Boston
Headpiece: Etsy.com • Shoes: Touch Ups
Formal Attire: Joseph A Bank
Invitations: wedding paper divas • Favors: Kate Aspen
Hair Salon & Makeup Studio: Essa Salon & Spa
Jeweler: Anna Bellagio and Etsy.com
Honeymoon Location: Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa― Maui, Hawaii
Megan and Jose’s wedding day began with a light snowfall on January 7, 2011, which was the perfect addition to their winter wonderland themed wedding. From the flawless white centerpieces set on crystal stands and ambient uplighting to the suspended snowflakes on the ceiling and snowflake patterns projected around the room, Megan and Jose’s wedding encompassed romance from the day they fell in love while on the ski slopes. When the couple began planning their wedding, they knew they wanted to host their celebration at the Fox Hollow- the location where they met and had worked together years before. Megan and Jose especially liked the warm fireplaces, holiday lights and decorations that provided a welcoming feel. Jose added, “The hotel next door made it convenient for all of our guests.” After the wedding ended, Megan shared advice for couples planning their wedding. “Enjoy every part of the planning process and make decisions together. It will make your day that much more special knowing that not only you both put your heart into planning this special day, but it’s everything you both wanted.”
Megan and Jose
January 7, 2011
Fox Hollow • Woodbury, NY
Ceremony Location: St. Frances de Chantal Church
Officiant: Father Lito • Reception Location: Fox Hollow
Photographer & Videographer: Sherwood-Triart Photography
Entertainment: Elegancia Entertainment • Florist: Perfect Wedding Planner Florals
Limousine Service: Royalty Limousines
Cake Designer: Francesco’s Italian-American Bakery
Bridal Salon: Helen’s Private Collection • Headpiece & Veil: Barron’s
Formal Attire: Helen’s Private Collection & Tuxedo Park
Hair Salon: Debbie’s • Makeup Studio: Lola Loves Makeup
Invitations: Zazzle.com • Favors: Gold Mark Promotions
Jeweler: Else Wedding Jewelry • Lighting: Studio 4
Live Entertainment: Long Beach Irish Step Dancers
Honeymoon Location: Sandals, St. Lucia
Michelle and John’s love story began in 2007 when court reporter Michelle set her eyes on attorney John. He asked her out to dinner and the rest was history. One of our favorite details from today’s “throwback” real wedding was Michelle’s taffeta wedding gown designed by Atelier Aimee. It was beautifully embellished with ruffles, which the design of the wedding cake was inspired by. “My favorite memory of the wedding was when I saw my wife-to-be first entering the aisle of the church in her gown and veil,” stated John. From the lavish cocktail hour and variety of dinner entrees to the dancing and socializing throughout the evening, Michelle and John’s wedding day was hit among guests!
Michelle and John
Giorgio’s at Fox Hill • Baiting Hollow, NY
Ceremony Location: Greek Orthodox Church of Port Jefferson
Reception Location: Giorgio’s at Fox Hill
Photographer & Videographer: InVision Photography & Video
Entertainment: Long Island Sound DJ • Florist: James Cress Florist
Limousine Service: M&V Limousines • Cake Designer: La Bonne Boulangerie
Bridal Salon: Atelier Aimee • Headpiece & Veil: Solotu Custom Bridal
Formal Attire: Gino’s Fashion Tuxedos • Hair Salon: Rapunzel’s Hair Salon
Wedding Coordination, Invitations & Favors: Classic Event Designs
Honeymoon Location: Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort
Laura and James
February 19, 2011
Colony Hall • Staten Island, NY
Laura and James were seniors in college when had their first date on December 31, 2005. They met as students at Fordham University and shortly after their New Year’s Eve date they officially became a couple. About four years later, Laura and James were spending the day together, and after a romantic dinner they found themselves under the Brooklyn Bridge. James then asked Laura to marry him and she couldn’t have been more thrilled. “I thought it would be an unforgettable moment and perfect complement to starting our life together in Brooklyn,” James reminisced.
The couple set the date for February 19, 2011 and immediately began planning their classic-modern celebration. “We wanted timeless with a twist of today,” said Laura, who chose dark grays, black, deep purples, and magenta as the color scheme for their winter wedding. When it came time to choose a reception location, family members recommended Colony Hall. According to the bride, she and James wanted somewhere truly unique that was fit for a big party; Colony Hall was just what they were looking for. “It was the perfect space to accommodate our tastes and vision,” she commented.
The morning of the wedding began early for Laura and her bridesmaids, who had a lot of prepping to do before the 3:00 PM ceremony. Matt from Cozmo’s Hair Salon and Design Studio and Jeanine from Jeanine Mangan Makeup Designs arrived at Laura’s parents’ house at 6:30 AM to get the girls ready for the big day. “Jeanine is truly an artist. I have never felt more beautiful, thanks to her. The makeup lasted the whole wedding without a worry,” noted the bride. Once everyone was ready, First Class Limousine Service took Laura, her parents, and the bridal party to The Shrine Church of St. Bernadette, James’ family’s parish. Laura wore an off-white strapless trumpet-fit LaSposa gown with ruching and an A-line train with a hair comb from her mother-in-law and a plain floor-length veil. James waited at the altar in a wool tuxedo with a classic black bow tie.
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and their wedding party braved the cold February winds for photos taken by John Arcara Photography, who also filmed the wedding. “John and his team are pros. Their ability to be everywhere and capture everything in the most beautiful way will never cease to amaze me. These are photos we will cherish forever,” Laura commented. After pictures everyone gathered at Colony Hall for an extravagant cocktail hour, which featured some of the couple’s favorite foods. In addition to numerous passed hors d’oeuvres, guests also enjoyed a baja taco bar, a raw bar, and snacks like truffle oil popcorn and pretzel bites at the bar and cocktail tables. The entree was a modern take on traditional surf and turf: a beef tenderloin and crab cake combination served with cheddar potato gratin and corn pudding. “We got rave reviews on the food for months after the wedding! It was truly gourmet,” said the bride. Mother Mousse designed the couple’s wedding cake, which was white with cascading black, gray and purple dots. The white chocolate raspberry-filled vanilla and chocolate cake was served for dessert with espresso drinks, cordials, and trays of cookies.
Michael and Anthony from Eclipse Entertainment worked with the groom to create a playlist that kept guests up and on the dance floor. The couple agreed that they were incredibly impressed by the team from Eclipse, who was flexible and accommodating. Laura and James’ first dance, “When I Saw You” by The Ronettes, was followed by traditional parent dances, with Laura and her father’s dance ending in their favorite dancing pastime, “The Twist.” After their big day, the newlyweds escaped to Antigua for their honeymoon. Laura and James felt their wedding was exactly how they envisioned it and wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. They are looking forward to starting their life together as a married couple.
Ceremony Location: The Shrine of St. Bernadette • Officiant: Monsignor Casserta
Reception Location: Colony Hall
Photographer and Videographer: John Arcara Photography
Entertainment: Eclipse Entertainment LLC • Wedding Coordinator: Guide the Bride
Limousine Service: First Class Limousine Service • Florist: Flowers by Bernard
Cake Designer and Favors: Mother Mousse
Bridal Salon, Veil and Headpiece: Wedding Atelier • Formal Attire: Jack Silver Formal Wear
Invitations: Holland Designs
Hair Salon: Cozmo’s Hair Salon and Design Studio
Makeup Artist: Jeanine Mangan Makeup Designs
Jeweler: Gerald Peter’s Goldmine and Sassy Chic Boutique
Honeymoon Location: Antigua
To read more about Laura and James’ big day, pick up the latest New York edition of Contemporary Bride Magazine!