Elizabeth and Dominick
October 2, 2011
The Brownstone • Paterson, NJ
After Elizabeth and Dominick’s first date over Carvel milkshakes in July 2003, the two had an instant connection and didn’t take long for Elizabeth to realize Dominick was the one. “He always made me feel comfortable when I was with him. Just by looking into Dominick’s eyes, I could tell he had a heart of gold.” About six years later the two planned a trip to Lake George, New York to celebrate Dominick’s birthday. She took him out for his favorite dinner and while enjoying a walk following their meal, Dominick got down on one knee and proposed. The wedding date was set for October 2, 2011. “We wanted a date with special significance so in choosing October, we were able to have beautiful fall weather. We would also be getting married in the same month as my grandparents, who were married for 58 years. It just felt right,” Elizabeth noted.
The wedding day began early for the bride and her bridesmaids who were pampered at her parent’s house. Elizabeth’s hair was styled in long loose curls while her makeup was applied flawlessly by Melissa D’Aloia. Once they were ready to leave, Elizabeth’s neighbors, family, and friends, gave her a beautiful send off as they left for St. Lucy’s Church. The bride walked down the aisle in an ivory Alencon lace Monique Lhuillier gown with a sweetheart neckline, fit to flare silhouette and ivory satin sash. Handmade by her mother, the mantilla veils not only complemented her gown beautifully, but were described by Elizabeth as “an extremely sentimental” part of her wedding day attire. Dominick sported a black one button Calvin Klein tuxedo with an ivory vest and tie. His groomsmen wore the same tuxedo with gray vests and ties, which coordinated with the bridesmaid’s charcoal gray dresses.
When the couple visited The Brownstone, they were warmly greeted by Denise, one of their banquet managers. “When we walked into the facility, my mind was made up before we even talked business,” noted Dominick. Additionally, the couple was impressed with the beautiful decor, menu options, and The Brownstone’s overall reputation. Raspberry mojito’s, the couple’s signature drink of choice, were available during cocktail hour, in addition to a variety of food including crab cakes, cheeseburger sliders, braised short ribs, and broccoli rabe won tons. For dinner, guests had a choice of chicken marsala, salmon with spinach in a mustard glaze, or prime rib. “The food was fresh, tasty, and exactly how we envisioned. Each dish represented something about us or our journey as a couple,” Elizabeth added. Guests indulged in a chocolate fountain, Italian pastries, cookies, bananas foster, and a four-tiered wedding cake for dessert. The bride also surprised Dominick with a red velvet New York Yankees inspired groom’s cake.
Throughout the ceremony and reception, Gabelli Studio captured special moments in photography and on video. They liked John’s photojournalistic approach and his passion for his career, while they were pleased with how Teddy and Freddy blended in throughout the day. Following their big day, the newlyweds escaped to Italy for two weeks, where they visited Venice, Florence, Rome, and Sorrento.
Ceremony Location: St. Lucy’s Church • Officiant: Father Paul Donahue
Reception Location: The Brownstone • Photographer and Videographer: Gabelli Studio
Entertainment: ESP Entertainment • Limousine Service: America’s Best Limousines
Florist: Wine and Roses • Cake Designer: The Brownstone • Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld
Veil: Handmade by Bride’s Mother • Headpiece: Haute Bride • Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Formal Attire: Men’s Wearhouse • Invitations: Paper Works and Events
Favors: Candy Buffet and Donations to St. Jude’s Children Hospital
Hair Stylist: Shanna Veniero • Makeup Artist: Melissa D’Aloia and Co.
Jeweler: Arlington Jewelers • Chiviari Chairs: Content Party Rentals, Inc.
Photo Booth: ESP Entertainment • Honeymoon Location: Italy
To read more about Elizabeth and Dominick’s big day, pick up the latest New Jersey edition of Contemporary Bride Magazine!