Real Wedding of Marisa & Michael at Ariana’s Grand

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Marisa and Michael
October 28, 2011
Ariana’s Grand • Woodbridge, NJ

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Marisa and Michael attended school together and although Michael always had a crush on Marisa, the two didn’t start dating until their senior year of high school. After they graduated college, their relationship became more serious and Marisa soon realized Michael was “the one”. “Things just kept getting better with each passing year and I knew there was no one else out there for me. We fit each other perfectly and I couldn’t imagine my life without him,” she mentioned. Michael began planning the proposal about two months in advance and really wanted to surprise Marisa. On April 9, 2010 he took her out to dinner and during their meal, Michael’s younger sister called asking for a ride home from a nearby beachfront hotel where her friend had been staying. Following dinner, they headed to Ocean Place and when they walked into the hotel room, Marisa was surprised to see an incredible display of candles, rose petals, and pictures. As their song played in the background, Michael got down on one knee and proposed. The wedding date was set for October 28, 2011.

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Marisa walked down the aisle at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church in a diamond white Maggie Sottero gown with sweetheart neckline, ruched bodice, embellished with lace and beading. A crystal tiara and veil with beaded edging completed her wedding day attire. Watching his bride walk down the aisle was Michael’s favorite memory of the day. He commented, “I was so nervous up until that point, but seeing her calmed me down completely.”

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While the newlyweds and bridal party took their formal photographs at Pier Village with the help of John and Lauren of Timeless Studio, guests headed to Ariana’s Grand for the reception. When Marisa and Michael visited Ariana’s Grand for the first time, they were pleased with what the facility had to offer including the large dance floor, granite countertop bars, and outdoor patio with fireplace. Additionally, they liked how Ariana’s Grand holds only one event at a time.

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Guests enjoyed a wide selection of food during cocktail hour from hors’ d’oeuvres to various stations consisting of a raw bar and cold antipasto display. A main entree choice of chicken champagne, pesto salmon, or roasted prime rib was offered to guests for dinner. Marisa and Michael both agreed the food was excellent and they received many compliments from their guests. In between dancing and socializing, guests enjoyed a chocolate fountain, assorted cakes, Italian pastries, cookies, and ice cream bar, along with their three-tiered wedding cake for dessert. “The staff at Ariana’s Grand was incredible. Everyone was attentive and made sure our guests were accommodated,” Michael said.

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Following their first dance as husband and wife to “This I Promise You” by N’Sync, Kevin and Sal from Platinum Entertainment got the party started. They played a variety of music throughout the evening and provided projection screens and percussionist for a live entertainment feel.

At the end of the reception, Marisa and Michael escaped to St. Lucia for their honeymoon where they stayed at Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa and Beach Resort and Ladera.

Ceremony Location: Saint Michael’s Catholic Church • Officiant: Father Alex Enriquez
Reception Location: Ariana’s Grand • Photographer: Timeless Studio
Videographer: Action Media Productions, Inc. • Entertainment: Platinum Entertainment
Limousine Service: Action Limousine • Florist: Daisy Lane Florist and Gift Shop
Cake Designer: Piece O’Cake • Bridal Salon, Veil, and Headpiece: True Love Bridal • Shoes: Touch Ups •
Formal Attire: Tuxedo Park Formal Wear • Invitations: Birchcraft
Favors: Cassiani Collection Favors • Hair Salon and Makeup Studio: Salon CoCo Bond
Honeymoon Location: Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa and Beach Resort

To read more about Marisa and Michael’s big day, pick up the latest New Jersey edition of Contemporary Bride Magazine!

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