Dana and Nicholas met through mutual friends at a New York City nightclub on May 14, 2005. After dancing together all night, they exchanged phone numbers and Nicholas called Dana the next day. They soon began dating and officially became a couple several months later. Exactly five years from the day they met, Nicholas and Dana were having dinner at Baronda, the restaurant where they had their first date. Nicholas had arranged for the waitress to pretend his credit card had been declined so that Dana would have to look at the bill to pay. “There was a handwritten note from him inside that said, ‘You can eat for free if you say yes’,” recalled Dana. When she looked up, Nicholas was on his knee asking her to marry him. Dana said yes, and the couple began planning their modern version of a classic Italian wedding.
On June 17, 2011, the couple’s family and friends gathered at St. Rosalia-Regina Pacis Parish in Brooklyn, New York for a beautiful ceremony. “It has the feeling of a miniature cathedral with old wooden pews, high ceilings, and a long aisle, as well as an amazing staircase in front, perfect for taking pictures,” said Dana. Donning a Pnina Tornai satin A-line dress with sweetheart neckline and crystal embellishments, the bride walked down the aisle carrying a gorgeous bouquet of miniature calla lilies. She also wore a headband adorned with Swarovski crystals and a fingertip-length veil with crystal embellishments to match her dress. Nicholas waited at the altar with his groomsmen, all sporting classic black tuxedos with navy blue ties to complement the navy blue chiffon gowns worn by Dana’s bridesmaids. The bride was extremely pleased with her wedding day attire, noting that Debra and Marissa from Kleinfeld helped her choose the perfect gown and that Eddie and Elaine from Bridal Styles Boutique spent a lot of time making sure her headpiece was the right fit. “I have referred so many recently engaged friends to Bridal Styles. The pieces are handmade and you can really tell the quality of their work. They truly are the best in Brooklyn!” said Dana.
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and bridal party took a party bus provided by Double Diamond Limousine Company to Times Square for pictures. It was Dana’s favorite moment of the day; the exhilaration of feeling like a celebrity as tourists watched Jessie from Patken Photographer capture everything in a photojournalistic style. Patken also served as the couple’s videographer for the day.
After the photoshoot, everyone headed to Glen Island Harbour Club for the reception. When visiting this facility, Dana and Nicholas were impressed with the breathtaking view of the Long Island Sound from the all-window wall of the reception room, and the beautiful indoor/outdoor cocktail area. They were also very pleased with Glen Island’s helpful staff. “The staff was very accommodating. I never needed to ask for anything. The banquet manager, Rocco really helped us throughout the whole wedding planning process,” commented the bride.
Set on white organza overlay linens were large arrangements of curly white willow with white dendrobium orchids, suspended candles, and crystal strands. Votive candles completed each tablescape design.
The couple’s guests enjoyed various cocktail stations like a Coney Island station (miniature knishes, hot dogs, and pastrami sandwiches), an Asian buffet, a pasta station, and a raw seafood bar, followed by an entrée choice of Chateaubriand, mustard-crusted chicken mignon (roasted chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto with Madeira sauce), or baked tilapia. Glen Island designed a four-tier vanilla cake with cannoli cream decorated with orchids, ribbons, and crystals, along with a trio plate of fruit tart, chocolate mousse, and cheesecake for dessert.
Dana and Nicholas didn’t have to think twice about hiring Steven Retas, owner of CSE Productions, who came from the groom’s neighborhood. “I’ve been to other weddings where Steve was the DJ, and he always gets the crowd going,” Dana said. He played a mix of new house, top 40, classic dance, hip hop, and classic Italian music. The couple’s first dance was “Halo” by Beyonce, followed by parent dances to Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up” and “In My Life” by the Beatles. After their big day, the newlyweds escaped to the Hawaiian islands of Maui and Honolulu for their honeymoon. Dana and Nicholas recently moved into a new apartment and look forward to decorating it together. When asked if she had any advice for couples planning their wedding, the bride said, “Take your time making important decisions, and don’t rush into the first good deal that comes along.”
Dana and Nicholas
June 17, 2011
Glen Island Harbour Club • New Rochelle, NY
Ceremony Location: St. Rosalia-Regina Pacis Parish
Celebrant: Father Al Barozzi
Reception Location: Glen Island Harbour Club
Photographer & Videographer: Patken Photographer
Entertainment: CSE Productions • Florist: Arcadia Floral Co.
Limousine Service: Double Diamond Limousines
Cake Designer: Glen Island Harbour Club
Bridal Salon & Veil: Kleinfeld • Headpiece: Bridal Styles Boutique
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman • Formal Attire: Phil’s Tuxedo
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Hair Salon & Makeup Studio: David James Salon
Jeweler: Bridal Styles Boutique & Kleinfeld
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