Details of the Day: We planned our wedding in 4.5 months (without a planner!). Even though we were getting married in the winter I wanted the feel to feel like spring with soft colors and intimate details. As it turned out we had beautiful spring weather in December-70 degrees! Which was great because we were able to take pictures at a special spot for both of us (the duck pond) and The Mansion on Main Street where I had my bridal shower (they were so wonderful to work with!)
The Venue: I grew up going to Temple Beth Sholom so it was very special to get married in the same place where I had my Bat Mitzvah and share it with my family and my husband’s family.
The Menu: Our caterer was out of this world! He was simply fantastic and we still hear reviews about how great our food was. We had a sushi station, pasta, Chinese food, Jewish deli, and caviar and vodka station. I highly recommend them! The presentation was beautiful as well. Our main dishes were encrusted chilean sea bass and chateaubriand and chicken wellington.
The Gown: I wore a custom Lazaro dress. I had seen it online and was one of the few I tried on (I didn’t have much time to decide). Once it was on I knew it was perfect-I wanted to wear a large ballgown and we were able to do a custom rhinestone encrusted belt.
Favorite Moment: My favorite moment was seeing my husband for the first time. I had been nervous all day and once I saw him I was soooo happy-I felt completely at ease. We danced the night away and really soaked each moment in.
Detail You Couldn’t Live Without: Besides the groom? I would have to say my wedding shoes. Last minute I decided they needed something extra and ended up glueing 6000 swarovski crystals on them. They came out phenomenal and I still wear them all the time. Also, our live painter Katherine Gressel was simply phenomenal. Everyone loved the painting and we still look at it everyday in our home. It is something we will cherish forever.
Something That Went Wrong: Unfortunately, we were pretty disappointed with our decor. Our flowers were just not the right color and missing in many places and were suppose to be lit up and weren’t. Our biggest letdown was the lighting. The room was suppose to be gold (amber). Before I walked down the aisle I noticed the room was green-it looked awful. Apparently, the amber lights didn’t work and turned the room green. My other vendors tried to help and fix it and all they could do was turn it blue. As disappointed I was since the design was my favorite part of planning it taught me a valuable lesson. Things will always go wrong, either you can accept it or let it ruin your night. I wasn’t going to let it ruin our wedding and just danced the night away with my love and had the best time.
First Dance Song: Can you feel the love tonight by Elton John
Advice for Other Brides: Something will always go wrong. At the end of the day, enjoy every moment with your husband and loved ones.
Officiant: Rabbi Steven Lindemann
Bride’s Gown: Lazaro
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Bride’s Jewelry: Jenny Packham
Bride’s Accessories: Headband-Jennifer Behr
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Hair: Susan Thoder
Makeup: Kathryn Sparacio
Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein
Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein
Invites: Checkerboard Invitations
Music: Big RIc Rising
Videographer: Be Films
Honeymoon: French Polynesia-Tahiti, Moorea, Tahaa, Bora Bora
Favors: I am from south jersey, my husband from boston and we met in NYC. We gave away a treat from each city. Saltwater Taffy (Jersey), Soft Pretzel (NYC), Boston Cream Pie (Boston)