Real Weddings

Casey and Stephen’s Wedding at Rock Island Lake Club


Details of the Day:
 The wedding party got ready at the Hanover Marriot in Whippany, New Jersey. The bridesmaids wore long, navy, lace, and chiffon dresses and the groomsmen wore dark grey suits. Sunflowers were paired with blue hydrangeas. and mini daisies for a summer-y look. In lieu of favors, a donation was made to the CTC Academy (a school for students with disabilities) in honor of a local police officer who lost his life. Stephen is a police office, and I am a special education teacher, so it was a perfect fit.

The Venue: I wanted a scenic venue that wasn’t your typical “wedding factory.” I admired the beautiful lake and indoor/outdoor options for the cocktail hour and reception at Rock Island Lake Club, and I loved the hardwood floors and rustic elements.

The Menu: Our cocktail hour was 90 minutes and included creative stations such as a slider station and pub station serving up cheesesteaks and waffle fries. Our dinner menu included chicken, filet mignon, salmon, and a vegetarian option. Our cake was a 4-tier round creation by Palmero’s Bakery. Two tiers were vanilla cake with cannoli cream filling and two tiers were chocolate cake with coconut cream filling. It was decorated with sunflowers and a custom cake-topper.

The Gown: My gown was a fit-and-flare, sweetheart neck, strapless lace gown with a tiered bottom. It fit like a glove and showed off all the hard work I put in at the spin studio. I had a lace veil, beaded belt, and navy blue heels to accompany it.

Favorite Moment: My favorite moment was seeing Stephen at the alter for the first time that day.

Couldn’t Live Without: Besides my groom, I couldn’t have lived without my dad walking me down the aisle. My dad is never without a hat on so he wore a fedora down the aisle, but switched to a baseball cap that said “Father of the Bride” at the reception!

First Dance: “From the Ground Up” by Dan + Shay

Advice for Other Brides: Relax, stay organized, and don’t let people sway you away from the things that you really want for your big day!

  • Hometowns:Midland Park
  • Reception Location:Rock Island Lake Club
  • Photographer:Photography by Harrison
  • Officiant: Mr. Ronald Binaghi
    Bride’s Gown: Sophia Tolli
    Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
    Bride’s Jewelry: Arthur Groom
    Bride’s Accessories: Hot Jewelry Box
    Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung
    Hair: Unbridaled Beauty
    Makeup: Unbridaled Beauty
    Groom’s and Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang
    Flowers: Flowers by Yumila
    Cake: Palmero’s
    Invites: Custom
    Music: Rockland Lighting and Sound
    Videographer: Rockland Lighting and Sound
    Transportation: My Limo
    Favors: Donation to the CTC Academy in Midland Park
    Honeymoon: Bora Bora, French Polynesia


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