After John moved to Long Island, New York to start a new job at an automobile dealership, it didn’t take long for him to meet Erin. “John’s smile caught my attention immediately and I started asking my coworkers about him,” Erin shared. She introduced herself to him a few weeks later and even offered to show John around town. Following their initial meeting, the two began to spend time together and soon their relationship grew into love. On October 28, 2010, which marked their two year anniversary, Erin and John were walking on the Long Beach boardwalk with their dog, Casey. John got down on one knee and proposed at the location where their love began. With a little less than a year until their wedding day, Erin and John immediately began planning.
The ceremony was held outside at dusk in the lush gardens of the Fox Hollow. Seeing Erin for the first time was the groom’s favorite memory of the day. Erin walked down the aisle in a trumpet-style Priscilla of Boston gown with a double layer of cascading fabric along the side of her dress. A vintage inspired brooch accented its natural waistband while a simple elbow length veil and a gardenia flower hair clip completed her look. John sported a black tuxedo with silver vest and black tie.
The couple was also pleased with their photographer, Tina from Bella Pictures. “She understood that we wanted a modern twist on classic pictures,” commented Erin. “Tina was able to adapt to our large wedding party and capture the best moments,” added John. Exhale Productions captured the wedding day from beginning to end on video. The bride and groom agreed they were treated with professionalism and patience and are happy with the finished product.
From the moment they stepped onto the grounds of Fox Hollow they knew it was the perfect place to host their wedding. They loved the Winter Garden Pavilion room which features a cascading waterfall, fireplace, and atrium ceilings with skylight windows. Additionally, they were pleased with the professionalism of the staff. “They understood the importance of being involved in every aspect of the celebration,” noted the groom. Cocktail hour immediately followed where guests enjoyed a variety of food from seafood fra diavolo and crab quesadillas to spanakopita and honey smoked Virginia ham. As they ate and mingled, music from contemporary to jazz played in the background. Dinner began with baked shrimp stuffed with Fontana cheese wrapped in bacon followed by lemon intermezzo. Guests had a choice of seven entrées including duck l ‘orange, land and sea duet, shrimp scampi, Chateaubriand, grilled salmon, or North Fork vegetables.
The ballroom was decorated flawlessly with the help of Pedestals Floral Decorators who designed centerpieces in silver bowls with deep purple hydrangea, purple lisianthus, blue bird roses, navy delphiniums, and green berries. Votive candles, flower petals, and handmade table numbers made by Erin and her mother topped each table perfectly for a romantic ambiance. Steve from LIDJ knew exactly what music to play throughout the course of the night. Guests danced the night away from classic Italian to Kanye West and with Steve’s energy the dance floor was never empty. For their first dance as newlyweds, Erin and John held the spotlight to “Sideways” by Citizen Cope.
Following their wedding day, Erin and John escaped to Maui, Hawaii for their honeymoon. When asked if they had any advice for any future couples planning their wedding, Erin mentioned, “Don’t get wrapped up in the wedding; it’s about the marriage.” John added, “It’s important for couples to plan their marriage and expectations while planning their wedding so you’re not in for a rude awakening when the honeymoon is over.”
Erin and John
September 9, 2011
Fox Hollow • Woodbury, NY
Ceremony & Reception Location: Fox Hollow
Officiant: Pastor Steven Milazzo
Photographer: Bella Pictures • Videography: Exhale Productions
Entertainment: LIDJ • Florist: Pedestals Floral Decorators
Cake Designer: Francesco’s Bakery
Bridal Salon & Veil: Priscilla of Boston
Headpiece: Etsy.com • Shoes: Touch Ups
Formal Attire: Joseph A Bank
Invitations: wedding paper divas • Favors: Kate Aspen
Hair Salon & Makeup Studio: Essa Salon & Spa
Jeweler: Anna Bellagio and Etsy.com
Honeymoon Location: Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa― Maui, Hawaii