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!
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
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