Dina & Joseph
November 21, 2009
Russo’s On The Bay • Howard Beach, NY
From the flawless black and red tablescapes and wedding day attire, to the precise attention to detail including live entertainment, Dina and Joseph’s wedding was nothing but dramatic and eventful for their guests. The two met in September 2007 at a christening for their mutual friend’s daughter, and after dating for about a year, Joseph proposed following a romantic dinner at The Chart House. “I was so shocked and thrilled! I couldn’t have been happier, and the ring was exactly as I had imagined it to be,” noted Dina. The couple immediately began planning their wedding.
After a yearlong engagement, the big day was finally here. Dina and her father arrived at St. Helen’s Church in a black 1949 Cadillac. As she stepped out of the car onto a red carpet, the bride immediately felt and looked like a movie star, from her hair, styled in a high updo that mimicked a Mohawk, to her gorgeous form-fitting Ines DiSanto gown.
The reception took place at Russo’s On The Bay and was decorated dramatically with black linens and two variations of centerpieces created by Pedestals Floral Decorators. Set in large black candelabras were balls of black baccara and black magic roses with hanging tea lights that illuminated the room. The second arrangement consisted of the same flowers sitting on top of three different sized candelabras. To enhance the dramatic look, deep red uplighting was used around the ballroom. During the full Venetian hour, a living table that was dressed in drag as a punk rocker, walked around with candy and cigars for guests, in addition to the sweet treats and red velvet wedding cake that guests indulged in. During the reception, a Michael Jackson impersonator entertained guests with a half an hour show.
The couple was pleased with the professionalism and creativity of Riccardo Studios who captured their wedding in photography and on video. For their pictures, Dina and Joseph went to Central Park and Belvedere Castle, which turned out to be the perfect setting for what the couple was looking for. At the end of the celebration the couple honeymooned in California and visited San Francisco, Napa Valley, and Los Angeles; from there they took a cruise to Mexico. Dina and Joseph are currently enjoying their son, Frankie and looking forward to more children in the future.
Ceremony Location: St. Helen’s Church • Reception Location: Russo’s On The Bay • Officiant: Father Robert Keighron • Photographer & Videographer: Riccardo Studios • Entertainment: The Caleps Band • Limousine Service: Now Star Limousine • Florist: Pedestals Floral Decorators • Cake Designer: Russo’s On The Bay • Bridal Salon: Bridal Reflections • Veil & Headpiece: Bridal Styles Boutique • Formal Attire: The Tux Shop by Flowerama • Invitations: Panache Printing • Favors: Casa del Corredo • Hair Stylist: Julie Rollo • Jeweler: Diane Sampieri • Hot Dog Stand: Send In The Clowns • Living Table & Michael Jackson Impersonator: Screaming Queens
To read more about Dina & Joseph’s big day, pick up the New York Edition of Contemporary Bride Magazine today!!