Nicole and Stephen were set up on a blind date by his brother and sister-in-law. Following an evening in Hoboken on November 3, 2006, they hit it off and began dating. About four years later, Stephen proposed while they were on vacation in New Hampshire. “I was planning this moment for months and had the ring in my pocket all week. It was one of the most stressful weeks of my life, but it was perfect,” shared Stephen.
After months of planning, the wedding day arrived. Guests were invited to the celebration with custom invitations featuring an eggplant bow, flower, and rhinestone embellishments designed by Jaynee’s Party. “Choosing our invitations was my favorite part of planning and made the wedding come to life,” commented the bride.
Nicole and Stephen were married on the day of Nicole’s grandparents’ anniversary at St. Margaret of Cortona Roman Catholic Church during an unseasonal snowstorm. Escorted by her father, the bride walked down the aisle donning an exquisite Kenneth Pool trumpet-style gown. A cathedral-length blusher veil and double headband completed her wedding day attire. Stephen sported a classic black Calvin Klein tuxedo, while the groomsmen wore wine-colored vests that coordinated with the bridesmaids’ dresses.
The reception was held at The Estate at Florentine Gardens, which was chosen for its grand architecture, pristine grounds, and welcoming staff. “Our coordinator, Denise Downing, was fabulous. She never said the word no, and we left our first meeting feeling well taken care of,” commented Nicole. The couple also liked how the facility offered only one event at a time. The grand ballroom was decorated beautifully with the help of Metropolitan Plant and Flower Exchange. Crystal candelabras topped with white and green floral arrangements, five pillar candles, and scattered rose petals made up each tablescape design. Blue uplighting added just enough color to the décor for an added romantic touch.
From cocktail hour throughout dinner, guests were served a variety of food to satisfy their palate. Dinner began with a crab cake appetizer over organic micro greens, red and yellow tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella drizzled with balsamic and herb oil. Following a lemon sorbet, guests were given the choice of filet mignon, French-cut chicken breast, or Chilean sea bass for the main entrée. Dessert served a selection of sweet confections during the Viennese hour, including zeppoles and waffle sundaes, in addition to the wedding cake designed by Palermo’s Bakery.
Milton Gil Photographers captured the day’s events flawlessly with many candid photographs taken throughout the grounds of Florentine Gardens. The couple even braved the snowstorm for outdoor photographs, which Nicole mentioned were “the most magical pictures I’ve ever seen.” The newlyweds were equally pleased working with Sal Travis Entertainment, who caught the most memorable moments on film.
After seeing Platinum Band Music perform at a friend’s wedding a month before, Nicole and Stephen were impressed by the band’s high energy. “Just by watching the band members you can tell they have fun too,” noted Stephen. For the first dance as newlyweds, Nicole and Stephen danced to “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers.
Rather than providing traditional wedding favors, the couple opted to surprise guests with a sweets truck. As guests exited the Florentine Gardens, they were given a bag to fill with delectable treats from White Castle burgers to Dunkin Donuts and candy to enjoy for the ride home. Following the reception, the newlyweds escaped to Maui, Hawaii for their honeymoon. They are currently enjoying their time together as a married couple and look forward to traveling in the near future.
Nicole & Stephen
October 29, 2011
The Estate at Florentine Gardens • River Vale, NJ
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony Location: St. Margaret of Cortona Roman Catholic Church
Officiants: Father Art Humphrey and Deacon John Del Giudice
Reception Location: The Estate at Florentine Gardens
Photographer: Milton Gil Photographers
Videographer: Sal Travis Entertainment
Entertainment: Platinum Band Music
Florist: Metropolitan Plant & Flower Exchange
Limousine Service: Town Limousine
Cake Designer: Palermo’s Custom Cakes & Bakery
Bridal Salon & Headpiece: Jaehee Bridal Atelier
Veil: Kenneth Pool • Shoes: Bridal by Butter
Formal Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations & Favors: Jaynee’s Party
Hair Stylist: Cathy Morin • Makeup Artist: Carol Hanna
Jeweler: Devon Fine Jewelry • Candelabras: Regal Candelabra
Honeymoon Location: Kula Lodge and Restaurant & Kaanapali Alii― Maui, Hawaii