If there’s one thing we love, it’s vintage weddings with old-world glamour reminiscent of a bygone era. We’ve spent quite some time gathering “gatsby-esque” inspiration for our latest photo shoot in our Fall/Winter 2013 edition, so when this beauty was sent our way we just couldn’t resist. We must admit, it’s the perfect way to start off a new week. The grandeur that comes to life [with the help of Milton Gil Photographers] throughout Jennifer and Elliott’s wedding is one that has us traveling back to the decade that influenced so many. Not only do we absolutely LOVE the sophisticated details, but how the couple incorporated 1920s and 1930s music (from Ella Fitzgerald and Billy Holiday to Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole) that “showered” guests with classic elegance and romance.
“I have always loved the month of April because it exudes the Spring season filled with new beginnings and new growth. We were deciding between Saturday the 20th or Saturday the 27th. Having some time to think about our final decision, my Grandma Mary came to me in a dream and repeatedly stated the number 7 to me. Loving my grandmother with all my heart, the decision was quickly made once I had this dream. Elliott is very easy-going, so he agreed with the date that I decided upon.”
This STUNNING Lazaro dress has everything a vintage bride looks for in a dress. The art-deco detailing and ruffle-tiered A-line skirt is to die for! Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Jennifer changed into an equally jaw-dropping Jenny Packham dress for the reception. (Check out the last photo and we’re sure you’ll swoon over both of these beauties for days.)
“Elliott and I wanted to make the day convenient for our guests, so we wanted to keep the church, hotel, and reception location all within minutes of one another. Upon walking into Saint Lucy’s [enchanting] church, we knew it was meant to be. The architecture mimicked that of The Mezzanine’s marble pillars and old-world feel. The church was not too large, but instead, a perfect size. I also felt like I had been transported back in time to a small Italian village. Having studied abroad in Italy between my junior and senior year in college, I got such a wonderful feeling in the pit of my stomach. The church speaks for itself with its elegance and its beauty. Amazingly, the church is located on 7th Avenue in Newark, which also goes back to my grandmother’s dream to me when she repeated the number 7. It was the perfect fit for us.”
“We chose Milton Gil because of their outstanding reputation as well as the fact that my co-workers used them and really loved their work. Our photographers were very easy going and took charge at the same time. They took numerous pictures of Elliott and I; therefore, capturing the special day between us as bride and groom. Milton Gil Photographers’ artistic abilities outshine any other photographer’s work I have ever seen before.”
“We looked at many different locations from country clubs to waterfront locations along the Hudson; however, no location stood out to us like The Mezzanine. When you walk in, you are greeted by a double staircase that transports you back to the 1920s and 1930s with the building’s Art Deco design. Hand painted ceilings along with marble columns and marble floors. It evoked old-world elegance and charm, and I wanted a vintage-feeling wedding.
Also, Elliott working in banking. The Mezzanine used to be a bank in the 1930s. Therefore, a converted bank into a reception hall was a perfect fit for us….both for Elliott’s career path and for my love of all things old, glamorous, and classic.”
In an effort to bring guest’s eyes upward to appreciate the hand-painted details of the ceiling, the couple chose six-feet tall centerpieces. The cherry blossoms with suspended votive candles created a soft, romantic feel throughout the reception.
The newlyweds shared their first dance to the Everly Brother’s redition to Elvis Presley’s, “Let It Be Me.”
The Proposal: Elliott proposed on September 11th, 2011 in Westerly, Rhode Island. We were living on the Upper East Side in Manhattan at the time and wanted to get away from the city for the 10th anniversary of 9-11. His uncles have a beautiful home in Westerly, so we decided to get away for the weekend and visit them. On Sunday, the 11th, Elliott asked me if I wanted to go for a bike ride. Wearing a casual outfit with hardly any makeup on and my hair thrown up, I agreed. We biked around for a little and it was a gorgeous day. Arriving at the private beach at Quonnie Beach, we parked our bikes and walked onto the secluded beach. No one was around except for the two of us and a large piece of drift wood. As we were talking and looking out into the ocean, my mind wandered and as I turned around to face him, he was on one knee. He stated, “Jennifer Noel Occhiuzzi, I love you. Will you marry me?” It was so romantic. We hugged and I, of course, said yes! Afterward, Elliott stated that although 9-11 had been seen as a day of sadness, he views it as a day in which we can look forward to positive changes and a bright future together. It was so romantic. We quickly rode back to uncles’ place and called our parents!
Bride’s favorite memory of the day: I would have to say the mass itself was my favorite memory. It was the moment where Elliott and I officially became husband and wife and I truly felt blessed and very loved during the entire mass ceremony. St. Lucy’s church is beautiful, but with the added music from our trio and being married by a family member, I thought it could not get better than this.
Groom’s favorite memory of the day: Watching Jennifer walk down the aisle knowing my dreams were coming true.
What was the most exciting part of planning your wedding? Seeing all of your hard work displayed on the day of your wedding for the first time.
Do you have any advice for couples that are planning their wedding? It’s a really stressful time in your life; therefore having people around you who will keep your spirits high is vital. Also, staying organized, keeping a budget and planning ahead is extremely important for things to run smoothly on the day of your wedding.
What are you currently enjoying or looking forward to as a couple? We are currently enjoying settling into our new home and a suburban lifestyle after having lived in NYC. We look forward to growing old together and enjoying each other’s company.
Ceremony Location: Saint Lucy’s Church / Celebrant: Reverend Marc Mancini / Reception Location: The Mezzanine / Photographer: Milton Gil Photographers / Entertainment: Sumar Entertainment / Florist: Colony Florist / Limousine Service: Bergen County Limo / Cake Designer: Frungillo Caterers / Bridal Salon & Veil: JaeHee Bridal Atelier / Wedding Shoes: Charles David / Formal Attire: Biltmore Tuxedos / Invitations: Mar-Lisa Specialties / Favors: Donations to Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge / Hair Salon: Public Image / Makeup Artist: Nancy Desics / Honeymoon Location: Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort, Aruba