It’s pure magic when the groom (yes, we said groom) is an event consultant and helps his bride plan the wedding of a lifetime. Honestly! Rachel and Michael’s wedding at The Estate at Florentine Gardens is ahhhhh-mazing! From the sophisticated Georgian-style setting to the lavish florals and the bride’s stunning Eve of Milady gown, this is one New Jersey wedding that’s filled to the brim with distinctive style, class, and elegance. Just one look and we’re positive you’ll be staring at these images captured by Stark Studio Photography for days.
Choosing a facility to host their ceremony and reception was an easy decision for the couple. Being an event consultant at The Estate at Florentine Gardens, Michael already knew the professionalism of the staff and the even quality they would receive. In addition, Chef Jamie was accommodating to not only Rachel’s allergy to gluten, but more than happy to incorporate Rachel’s requests of seafood and healthy choices within their menu. “Michael and I are true foodies and we were blown away,” noted the bride.
The Proposal: He proposed the night before Thanksgiving at his best friend’s restaurant named Prime in Long Island. It was in a private area in front of a very large fire place. I was really surprised!
Bride’s favorite memory of the day: During the reception, Michael surprised Rachel by singing “Come to Me” by The Goo Goo Dolls, making this her favorite memory from the wedding.
Groom’s favorite memory of the day: Seeing Rachel for the first time.
Advice for engaged couples: Take a pre-honeymoon a couple weeks before the wedding. It was the best thing we did. All the stress of planning disappeared when we went to San Diego for a week. It was a true blessing.
Ceremony & Reception Location: The Estate at Florentine Gardens / Officiant: Father Rick Nelson / Photographer: Stark Studio Photography / Videographer: soloffilms / Entertainment: Sal Travis Entertainment / Florist: Broderick’s Flowers / Cake Designer: Palermo’s Bakery / Groom’s Cake: A Little Cake / Wedding Gown Designer: Eve of Milady / Headpiece: Thomas Knoell Designs / Shoes: Ivanka Trump and Kenneth Cole / Formal Attire: Biltmore Tuxedo / Invitations & Menu Cards: Parties & Papers / Favors: Drop Stop / Hair Salon & Makeup Studio: Beyond Beauty by Evelyn Abanto / Jeweler: Jared, The Galleria of Jewelry / Live Painter: Katherine Gressel / Cigar Roller: La Casa Grande Tobacco Co. / Honeymoon Location: The Ritz-Carlton―San Juan, Puerto Rico