Their Love Story : Lindsay Belfatto and Marcus Tabani met through their jobs in the food industry. Although they went on their first date during the summer of 2014, the relationship didn’t get serious until New Year’s Eve of that year. In October 2015, Marcus took Lindsay on a trip to Montreal for her birthday and proposed there.
The Date: The couple chose to have a black-tie wedding on December 31, 2016, since New Year’s Eve was a significant date in their dating history. They celebrated by passing out gold and silver mini champagne flutes to their nearly 200 guests, as well as traditional party hats, glasses and horns.
The Venue: Lindsay grew up in Maplewood and then lived in Summit, but when it was time to figure out where to wed, the couple fell in love with Weylin in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. “It is the original Williamsburg Savings Bank and has been restored,” says Lindsay. “I always knew I wanted to get married in a place with a lot of history and an old New York feel.”
The Dress: Lindsay walked down the aisle in a Monique Lhuillier two-piece gown, with a fitted underlayer adorned with beautiful lace appliqué and completed by a tulle bottom. “I used to be a figure skater and the top reminded me a bit of the outfits I would wear,” says the bride. She then changed into a David Koma short white dress with details on the cuffs. Her mother, Deborah, who is the founder of the New Jersey affiliate of the nonprofit Susan G. Komen organization, was the matron of honor and wore a gown by Elizabeth Kennedy.
Small Details: Lindsay and Marcus sought special ways to make their wedding stand out. The bride and her dad arrived in a vintage taxi, and guests were greeted by an acapella group that Lindsay found while walking through SoHo. A close friend of the Belfattos married the couple, and a string quartet and singer performed “Auld Lang Syne” during the ceremony.
The Decor: The venue was decorated to look like a winter wonderland with tall white branches, candles and greenery that gave off a romantic vibe. The couple hung a chalkboard where guests could write New Year’s resolutions, but most chose to jot down well wishes for the bride and groom, who plan to hang it in their new home.
The Menu: During the cocktail hour, the couple honored their respective hometowns—Lindsay has lived in NYC for years, while Marcus is from Chicago—with special food stations celebrating each city’s cuisine. And they went an untraditional route by serving an Ample Hill Creamery ice cream cake for dessert.
The Favors: Guests partied until 2 a.m. and were sent home with a to-go bag—labeled “Have a schmear in the New Year”—that contained bagels, cream cheese and smoked salmon. There was also a note announcing that a donation had been made to Tie the Knot, a nonprofit that fights for LGBTQ rights and marriage equality worldwide.
Wedding Planner: Leslie Mastin Events, NYC
Bride’s Gowns: Ceremony gown: Monique Lhuillier, NYC; Reception Dress: David Koma from Intermix
Bride’s Shoes: Ceremony: Christian Louboutin; Reception: Aquazurra from Bergdorf Goodman
Bride’s Hair: Krish Jones
Bride’s Makeup: Barbara Stone
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaids, Florham Park
Groom’s Attire: John Varvatos and Ted Baker, Bloomingdale’s
Groom’s Shoes: Stubbs and Wooten
Groomsmen Attire: Robbie & Co., NYC
Acapella Group: Spank, NYC
Ceremony Music: Highline String Quartet, NYC
Reception Music: 45 Riots, NYC
Flowers: Jerry Rose Floral and Event Design, Maplewood
Stationery: Regas Studio, NYC
Cake: Ample Hill Creamery, Brooklyn