Details of the Day: From the moment we walked into the Park Savoy Estate, we knew it was exactly what we had been looking for. From the elegant garden setting overlooking the rolling hills of a neighboring golf course, to the timeless 19th century architecture of the mansion, cozy fireplaces and exquisite bridal suite—it was everything I dreamed of. It has an enormous wooden dance floor, ceiling lined with three large, stunning chandeliers, and floor to ceiling windows that overlook the magnificent gardens and golf course.
On our wedding day, my three sisters and mom helped me put on my Martina Liana dress–a vintage-inspired corded lace and tulle dress over dolce satin trumpet gown with a scalloped hem and sweetheart neckline. The back had covered buttons extending all the way down. The dress was strapless, which was a concern of mine, but a seamstress created a custom detachable lace off the shoulder neckline to go with the dress. My bridesmaids wore emerald luminescent Noir by Lazaro dresses with beautiful rhinestone belts.
The ceremony: They created a stunning archway—filled with white and blush hydrangeas and roses and beautiful crystals hanging down. The aisle was lined with rose petals and clusters of cylinder vases with candles. Just as the sun was starting to set–around 5:30 PM, with the string quartet playing Canon in D, my father walked me down the aisle. We asked my oldest sister–Alexis–to marry us (note: her daughter/my niece was our adorable flower girl)- Andrew and I decided to write our own vows, and my absolute favorite part of the entire day was reciting those vows to one another in front of all our family and friends.
The reception: The tables were decorated with beautiful alternating high and low centerpieces. The high centerpieces consisted of fluted vases with floating white orchids inside, then filled on top with white and blush hydrangeas and roses. The low centerpieces consisted of 5 cylinder vases with submerged orchids, filled with white and blush hydrangea and roses. All of the tables also featured stemmed vases with submerged orchids and a floating candle in the top, and tons of small votives all around.
Other details: I wore my mother’s diamond necklace that my two older sisters both wore on their wedding day (after I took off the detachable neckline), my sister’s headpiece that she wore on her wedding day, and my family friend’s incredible 10 foot cathedral length Pnina Tornei custom veil. For my something blue– I had a patch made with my new name and wedding date and my moms name and wedding date. I got the patch sewn into the inside of my dress and I surprised her with it on my wedding day. My guestbook was also unique–my husband and I love to travel and be adventurous– I got this sign made that said: “A bucket list for the bride and groom– leave a note, an idea, but most importantly an adventure. We promise to complete this list in a lifetime. Love, Amanda and Andrew.” I had little cards printed that said Amanda and Andrew’s bucket list. In lieu of a guestbook, our guests filled out a bucket list for us! It was so much fun to read what people said
Favors: We gave out Koufeta– which are 5 white jordan almonds– it is a Greek tradition that we did in honor of my Yiayia (Greek grandmother) who passed away a few years ago. Each had a little tag on it that said: Five sugared almonds for each guest to eat, to remind us that life is bitter and sweet. Five wishes for the new husband and wife–health, wealth, happiness, children, and a long life! Andrew and Amanda ~ October 16, 2015.
Officiant: Bride’s sister- Alexis Laufer Konkus, Esq.
Videographer: Your Cinematic Wedding
Band: Russ Bennett Band from Hank Lane Productions
Flowers: Jardiniere Fine Flowers
Cake: Conca D’Oro
Invitations: William Arthur from Papyrus Short Hills
Hair and Makeup: Ten Hair & Makeup
Dress: Martina Liana
Veil: Pnina Tornai
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bride’s jewelry: Mother’s diamond necklace, Nadri earrings and Bracelet
Rings: The Goldtinker (Red Bank, NJ)
Bridesmaids dresses: Noir by Lazaro from Elizabeth Johns
Favors: Koufeta (Greek wedding favor- 5 jordan almonds with poem)
Honeymoon: South Africa