On April 10, 2009, Monique and Avi were just two strangers playing blackjack in Atlantic City. They began talking and realized they had a lot in common, and even lived in the same town. When Avi left the table, Monique didn’t think she would see him again, but they passed each other later that night and exchanged phone numbers. He contacted her the next day; they immediately began spending time together, and soon became a couple. In February of 2010, Monique and Avi were watching television together when Avi suddenly got up, saying he needed a pair of socks. After pulling something out of the dresser, he walked over to Monique, got down on one knee, and asked her to marry him. “I was going to propose at a restaurant, but then it wouldn’t have been such a personal, private moment,” Avi recalled. Monique was thrilled and couldn’t wait to tell their family and friends about the engagement.
The couple then faced a difficult decision: they wanted to get married as soon as possible, but Monique also wanted time to plan the perfect late-summer wedding she’d always wanted. They finally decided that the only solution was to have two separate weddings. Monique and Avi had a small destination wedding at Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa on September 28, 2010 so they could be legally married, but still take their time planning their dream wedding back home. Nearly one year later on September 4, 2011, the couple was married again and held a beautiful ceremony and reception at Channel Club.
When their wedding day arrived, Monique met her husband at the dock wearing a strapless off-white dress with a ruched top and beading around the trim, train, and corset back. A rhinestone-embellished headband and fingertip-length veil with pearls completed her attire. Avi sported a classic black tuxedo with a silver vest and tie.
Monique and Avi immediately knew Channel Club was the perfect location for their wedding. They both wanted a beachside ceremony, and loved that Channel Club had a dock so they could get married right on the water. The couple was impressed with the breathtaking view of the boats and the sunset from inside the facility, as well as the accommodating staff. “They were attentive and did whatever needed to be done. Everything was perfect; we couldn’t have asked for a better staff,” noted the bride.
Following the ceremony guests went inside for cocktail hour, where they were served a large selection of butler-passed hors d’oeuvres, along with sushi, a mashed potato bar, and a carving station. Chicken Francaise, stuffed sole, and Chateaubriand were offered as entrée choices.
Monique and Avi chose Lamar Wedding Center to take care of the photography and videography for their big day. “They were great! They really did an excellent job,” Monique commented. The couple agreed that the Lamar team went above and beyond their expectations.
Channel Club created a three-tiered vanilla-and-chocolate cake filled with cannoli cream, which featured chocolate seashells and crumbled graham crackers to complement the couple’s beach theme. “I didn’t get to eat much, but everything I had was really good,” said Monique.
In addition to the wedding cake and tartuffo, a custom groom’s cake was also served for dessert.
Jay from Elite Entertainment kept guests on the dance floor with a wide variety of music, from pop and current hits to Motown and Spanish songs. “He was full of life and got the crowd going, which is exactly what we wanted,” noted the bride. The couple held the spotlight to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis for their first dance, followed by the traditional parent dances.
Monique and Avi were the lucky winners of Contemporary Bride Magazine’s Honeymoon Sweepstakes, and enjoyed an eight-day, seven-night all-inclusive trip to the Riu Vallarta Resort in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. They are currently looking forward to starting a family.
Monique & Avi
September 4, 2011
Channel Club • Monmouth Beach, NJ
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony & Reception Location: Channel Club
Officiant: Rabbi Patz
Photographer & Videographer: Lamar Wedding Center
Entertainment: Elite Entertainment
Florist: Floral Designs by Cindy
Limousine Service: Tru Limousine
Cake Designer: Channel Club
Bridal Salon: Jefre Bridals • Headpiece: Edward Berger
Veil: Wedding Star • Shoes: Nine West
Formal Attire: Tony’s Formal Wear
Jeweler: Tiffany’s and Bailey, Banks & Biddle
Favors: Donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
Honeymoon Location: Hotel Riu Vallarta- Riviera Nayarit, Mexico