Details of the day: For our wedding, we created a mash-up of East/West Coast vintage themes, mixing New York Art Deco with Classic Hollywood hoping to make our guests feel like they’ve stepped right into the Roaring 20’s. Good eats, lots of champagne, the striking New York City skyline across the harbor, Lady Liberty lighting the night. I wore a champagne mermaid gown with all over sequin fabric, light gold lace appliques and sheer cap sleeves; accessories included a necklace with the diamond from my Grandma’s engagement ring and diamond earrings I got as a gift from my husband-to-be. I wore my hair in a wavy updo adorned with an ivory and gold flower and pearl hair clip. Brad wore a classic black tux with a champagne vest and tie to match and a black on black Movado watch.
The bridesmaids wore long black ruffle-backed dresses with custom champagne sashes covered in gold appliques, the junior bridesmaids wore fun hi-low black dresses and the groomsmen wore black tuxes with champagne vests and black ties. We had our first looks by the Liberty Landing Marina, which was absolutely gorgeous. Our photographers took great shots of the bridal party and us down the pier and by the 9/11 memorial. Our ceremony was in one of the Liberty House gardens with the Freedom Tower dominating the horizon. And soon after, the party began! Brad and I had our first dance as husband and wife to It Was Written in the Stars by Ella Fitzgerald, because we honestly believe it was fate that brought us together. Brad and his mom had a special Mother-Son dance to It’s a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong and I had a touching Mother-Daughter dance with my mom to You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban sung by a close family friend.
Our signature drink was the French 75 and we had a buffet-style dinner with so much delicious food, it’s impossible to name everything. We had a custom cake from Carlo’s Bakery and was 4 tiers of tasty chocolate cake with chocolate mousse, raspberries and chocolate ganache. We concluded our evening by taking a walk down the pier where Nikki and Chip captured some of my favorite photos of the whole day!
Your favorite part: My favorite part of our wedding was definitely first looks. It was moment just for me and my soon-to-be husband that I’m so glad we were able to share without the pressure of hundreds of eyes staring us down! The marina filled with beautiful boats and in-bloom cherry blossoms just made the moment so magical. When he turned around and our eyes met, any anxieties I had just washed away. I knew for a long time he was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with, but this made it so real – and so perfect.
Advice for other brides: Remember, your wedding day is all about you AND your husband-to-be. I know many grooms aren’t much interested in the wedding planning, but always be willing to listen and ready to compromise – you may just be pleasantly surprised with the outcome! I was one of the lucky ones where Brad was willing to help out every step of the way, from choosing the venue to the invitations and decor to food selection and everything else in between. We worked as a team, had an amazing time doing it and it really paid off in the end when we had a really incredible wedding surrounded by those we love and hold dear to us. You are going to spend the rest of your life with this guy, always making important and potentially life-altering decisions, why not start now?
Officiant: Manuel Figueiredo (Mayor of Union, NJ)
Bride’s Gown: Galina Signature (David’s Bridal)
Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade
Bride’s Jewelry: Necklace from her mom made with the diamond from her grandma’s engagement ring. Her earrings were a gift from Brad for their wedding day.
Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Flowers: Santo’s Florist
Cake: Carlo’s Bakery
Invites: Ink & Bristol
Music: Elite Sound Entertainment