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Bride and groom outside in the gardens at Nanina's In the Park

Kristen and Evangelos at Nanina’s In The Park

Details of the day:  My bridesmaids and I stayed at the hotel the night before, we woke up bright and early and started the day with hair and makeup and lots of champagne and mimosas! After my girls and I were done with hair and makeup it was time to get into my dress, and that’s when it finally felt like my wedding day. The dress I wore for our wedding ceremony was a strapless satin ball gown with a sweetheart neckline and crystal encrusted bodice. I made my way to the church with my mom and dad in Rolls Royce Phantom, while Evangelos and our bridal party took the party bus over. Once in the church, before heading to the back, I caught a quick glimpse of the church beautifully decorated in all white flowers, with our personalized aisle runner and altar candles, everything looked perfect! It was time for my girls to line up, and finally it was my turn! They closed the church doors, I lined up with my dad and step-dad, and I heard the harpist start playing “From This Moment” as I watched the doors open and saw everyone standing up waiting for me to walk down the aisle. My eyes quickly meet Evangelos, whose eyes were already filling with tears. The ceremony was a traditional Greek Orthodox Ceremony, once the ceremony was finished, Evangelos and I headed over to the reception venue at Nanina’s in the Park.

Guests started to arrive for cocktail hour, which consisted of almost anything and everything you could imagine! Our guests still talk about how good the food was, their only complaint was that they were too full to sample everything. We were escorted to the bridal suite to enjoy some alone time, where they had a private cocktail hour waiting for us. Before the reception, I changed into my second dress, which was a strapless sheath gown beaded from top to bottom with crystals and pearls. After our entrance, we enjoyed our first dance to “God Gave Me You” and it was non-stop dancing from then on! Our guests watched a photomontage from our DJ during dinner and enjoyed a photo/video booth. We’re still looking back and laughing at some of the not so sober video messages that some of our guests left. For dessert we had a Viennese hour that consisted of every kind of dessert, including zeppoles with different fillings, a chocolate fountain, fried Oreos, fresh Crème Brulee, and dessert martini’s, including my personal favorite, chocolate peanut butter. It was truly the most memorable day of our lives!

Your favorite part: When the doors of the church opened and I saw Evangelos for the first time, while walking down the aisle, and saw his eyes filling with tears. I had to try and hold back tears of my own.

Advice for other brides: Hire a day of coordinator! That was the single best decision I made for my wedding day, she really made my day completely stress free. I had debated the decision for a few months and decided to go with it, since everyone told me beforehand the day was going to fly by (and it does!) and I wanted to enjoy it as much as possible and not be stressed over and bogged down with fixing the little and inevitable mishaps that were bound to occur that day. My day of coordinator was by my side the entire day, if I needed something she grabbed it, if there was problem, she solved it!

  • Hometowns:Bride- South Plainfield, NJ; Groom - Edison, NJ
  • Wedding Location:Saint Nicholas Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Roseland, NJ
  • Reception Location:Nanina's In the Park
  • Photographer:Jac N Jules
  • Officiant: Father George Khitiri
    Wedding Planner: Day of Coordinator: Carla Friday from Details Made Simple
    Bride’s Gown: Allure
    Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm
    Hair: The Beauty Bar in Somerset
    Makeup: The Beauty Bar in Somerset
    Flowers: Adam Leffel Productions
    Cake: Palermo’s
    Invites: Stephanie Somodi
    Music: Ceremony Harpist – Erin Hill; Reception – Platinum Entertainment
    Videographer: Above and Beyond Wedding Studios
    Transportation: Town Limousine Service
    Favors: Nanina’s In The Park Gourmet Pasta Sauce
    Honeymoon: French Polynesia (Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora)

  • One of our favorite weddings ever to do! Congrats Kristen and Angelo! XOXO

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