Melissa and Anthony met while working at Lincoln Annex Kindergarten Center. Three years later after their initial meeting on a beautiful sunny day, Anthony took Melissa to Central Park to celebrate her birthday. While on a romantic gondola ride around the lake, Anthony got down on one knee and proposed. “It was the best birthday I ever had,” reminisced Melissa. After about two years of planning, the big day finally arrived. Guests received custom invitations created by Jaynee’s Party, which set the tone of the event with gold trimming, silk ribbon, and a beautiful tulle flower with a crystal in the middle. Melissa noted, “Jaynee was our wedding angel.”
The ceremony took place at First Presbyterian Church, where the bride walked down the aisle donning an ivory Enzoani gown with a mermaid silhouette, lace straps, a cathedral length train, and embellished with Swarovski crystals. A cathedral length veil scalloped with sequins and Swarovski crystals and Swarovski crystal Christian Louboutin shoes completed Melissa’s stunning look. Anthony waited at the altar sporting a black tuxedo, white shirt, and ivory bowtie. Once announced as husband and wife, the newlyweds rang the tower’s bells at the end of the ceremony- an old tradition said to bring good luck.
Chosen for its modern design, beautiful grounds, exceptional food, and reputation, the reception was held at Westmount Country Club. “When I first saw the Westmount Country Club, I was pleased with the overall appearance both inside and out from the Continental room with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the mountains and garden area with a fountain, stone patio tables and benches with umbrellas,” commented Melissa. Cocktail hour began with an abundance of food including butler passed hors d’oeuvres, a pasta station, carving station, hot seafood grill, sauté station, raw seafood bar, an Asian station, and the couple’s signature drink choice of frozen margaritas. For dinner, guests had a choice of Chateaubriand, roasted French breast of chicken, summer seafood bake, or eggplant parmigiana, served with seasonal vegetables and potato.
Designed by Palermo’s Bakery, the four tiered chocolate and white wedding cake was embellished with crystals on the bottom of each layer, two large bows with a brooch, and an initial cake topper made of Swarovski crystals. Guests danced the night away with the help of Ultimate Entertainment DJ’s. Alex played a variety of music genres from Spanish and Italian to today’s top hits. For their first dance as newlyweds, Melissa and Anthony held the spotlight to “All the Way” by Frank Sinatra, sung by the bride’s father. The couple also participated in the traditional parent dances.
Abbey Photography captured the special moments from the wedding in photography and video. The couple’s photographer, Neal was accommodating, answered their questions, made them feel comfortable, and took both classic and photojournalistic pictures. In lieu of traditional favors, Melissa and Anthony informed guests that donations were made to the American Cancer Society and Diabetes. A truck was also set up outside with good-bye treats for guests to enjoy on their ride home. Following the wedding, the newlyweds escaped on their honeymoon to Hawaii and Las Vegas.
Melissa and Anthony
July 3, 2011
Westmount Country Club • Woodland Park, NJ
Ceremony Location: First Presbyterian Church
Officiants: Reverend Richard Hong & Reverend Richard J. Mucowski, OFM, PH.D. Pastor
Reception Location: Westmount Country Club
Photographer & Videographer: Abbey Photographers
Entertainment: Ultimate Entertainment DJ’s
Florist: Atlas Floral Decorators Inc.
Limousine Service: Danaro Limousine
Cake Designer: Palermo’s Custom Cakes & Bakery
Bridal Salon: RK Bridal Salon • Headpiece: M & J Trimmings
Headpiece: Made by Bride’s Grandmother • Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Formal Attire: Kleinfeld • Invitations: Jaynee’s Party
Favors: Donations to the American Cancer Society & Diabetes
Hair Salon: Salon 5 • Makeup Studio: Jacqueline Pasquale Beauty
Jeweler: Minas Jewelry
Honeymoon Locations: Four Seasons Resort― Maui at Wailea, Hawaii and Wynn― Las Vegas, NV