Deanna and Craig met as freshmen while attending Rutgers University. Although they lived on the same floor in their dormitory, it took a few weeks for the two to get to know each other, and a couple of months later they started dating. “Craig’s sense of humor was what first attracted me to him,” Deanna shared. Following graduation, Deanna moved to Rhode Island to continue with her ambitions of attending law school, and it didn’t take long for both to realize how much they missed each other. Craig began planning the proposal about four months prior to popping the question. During the week of teacher’s convention, Craig surprised Deanna in the library with numerous signs for her to read. As she read, “So I came here to ask you,” Craig got down on one knee and asked Deanna to be his wife.
Guest’s were requested to attend Deanna and Craig’s wedding with red and purple invitations featuring a flourish design.
When the newly engaged couple began planning their wedding, they knew they wanted a Sunday night celebration, so choosing Labor Day weekend gave the couple more time to spend with their out-of-town guests. After visiting The Newark Club, they were impressed by the views of the New York City skyline and Jersey City view from the 22nd floor ballroom. Additionally, the facility was large enough to accommodate their large guest list comfortably. “From day one, Artie Wassif was helpful, honest, and friendly. Throughout the planning process, Artie gave us great advice and always provided us with recommendations,” noted the bride.
Deanna walked down the aisle in The Newark Club’s lobby wearing an A-line Sottero and Midgley gown with sweetheart neckline, ruched bodice, corset-style back, and beaded embellishment. Purple peep-toe shoes with a silver adornment completed the bride’s look. Craig and his groomsmen wore three-button tuxedos with silver vests and ties that coordinated with the bridesmaids’ floor-length purple chiffon dresses.
From the wedding day preparations throughout the ceremony and reception, Heyn Photography captured the day’s events flawlessly in a photojournalistic style. The bride had always admired Heyn Photography’s previous work, so when it came time to hire a photographer, it was a no-brainer. John, Marissa, and Cara made the couple feel comfortable in front of the camera and took pictures at Stephen R. Gregg Park in Bayonne and throughout The Newark Club. Deanna and Craig were equally pleased working with Daniel Lee Videography, who blended in with their guests and caught the special moments on film.
Low glass vases filled with red gerbera daises, roses, purple lisianthus, and calla lilies, along with candles and one single red rose (placed on each side of the centerpiece), completed the tablescape designs..
Cocktail hour served a variety of selections, including hors d’oeuvres, cold displays, and hot chafing dishes of eggplant rollatini, Spanish seafood paella, and Asian-style braised short ribs. For dinner, guests had a choice of Black Angus shell steak, potato-crusted tilapia, or French-cut breast of chicken. “There was such a large variety of menu options, and each item was better than the previous,” the groom raved. In between dancing and socializing, guests indulged in sweet treats of chocolate-covered strawberries, an ice-cream sundae bar, crème brûlée, and berry crepes, in addition to the wedding cake. Designed by Palermo’s Custom Cakes & Bakery, the four-tiered design featured purple pipe work, swirl patterns, and white Swiss dots. Its flavor consisted of chocolate with hazelnut filling and yellow cake with dulce de leche filling.
Following the celebration the newlyweds escaped on a ten-day Mediterranean cruise for their honeymoon aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line.
Deanna & Craig
September 4, 2011
The Newark Club • Newark, NJ
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony & Reception Location: The Newark Club
Officiant: Father Richard Berbary
Photographer: Heyn Photography
Videographer: Daniel Lee Videography
Entertainment: The Ultimate Entertainment
Florist: Anything Florist
Cake Designer: Palermo’s Custom Cakes & Bakery
Bridal Salon & Veil: Nicole’s Boutique Shoes: Wild Diva
Formal Attire: Men’s Wearhous
Invitations: Invitation Consultants
Favors: Donations made in honor of Family Member
Hair Stylist: Jenna Coddington
Makeup Artist: Makeup by Agnes Barnet
Jeweler: Jewelry by Peter
Honeymoon Location: Norwegian Cruise Line