“I was lucky enough to retake chemistry in the summer of 1999. If I hadn’t, I never would have met Rachel’s brother, and never would have met, Rachel, the love of my life,” Daniel reminisced. Throughout the years, Rachel continued to have a crush on Daniel, but it wasn’t until 2004 the two officially became a couple and dated for four years. Daniel planned on proposing for a couple of months before popping the question on a romantic getaway in Cape May, New Jersey on June 26, 2009. After climbing the stairs to the top of the Cape May Lighthouse, Daniel got down on one knee and asked Rachel to be his wife. Without hesitation, Rachel said “Yes!” and the two began planning their big day.
Located on 40-acres of woodlands, meadows, gardens, and ponds; combined with its old world charm and its professional staff, the Pleasantdale Chateau was the perfect locale to host the couple’s wedding. ”The Pleasantdale Chateau is a magical facility and takes your breath away upon arriving,” noted the bride. Rachel walked down the aisle in front of the serene lake during sunset, wearing a white silk organza mermaid-style Rivini gown accented in lace and crystal detailing. Her cathedral length veil scattered with crystals completed her look along with diamond earrings and necklace given to Rachel from her grandmother. During the ceremony the couple exchanged heartfelt vows and ended the service with the breaking of the glass for good luck.
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds had a private cocktail hour in the library, while guests enjoyed a variety of food from a carving station, sushi and seafood bar to a Mediterranean display, and an array of passed hors d’oeuvres. Dinner began with a citrus salad and a blood orange and ginger sorbet intermezzo, followed by entrée choices of halibut meuniere or molasses and sherry marinated filet of beef. “The food was outstanding and something you would expect to get from a five-star restaurant,” noted the groom. Rachel and Daniel were pleased with not only the presentation, variety, and taste of the food, but the staff as well. “The staff was by our side the whole day and went out of their way to make sure everything went smoothly,” commented the bride.
Guests were entertained by Soul Solutions- an eleven-piece band who played a variety of music including 80s, 90s, and current hits. For their first dance as husband and wife, Rachel and Daniel surprised their guests as they performed a choreographed number to “You and Me” by Dave Matthews. The couple also participated in the traditional parent dances to “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion and “I Turn to You” by Christina Aguilera.
Laura Bruen Photography captured the day’s events flawlessly in a photojournalist approach. Rachel and Daniel loved Laura’s creative eye, artistic techniques, and extensive background in photography. They were equally pleased working with Bitcon Productions, who filmed their wedding video. Dan was easy going, fun to work with, and was as unobtrusive as possible. When asked what their favorite memory is from the wedding, Rachel said, “When Daniel and I were standing side by side during the ceremony. This was what we were waiting for, for so long.” Daniel added, “Being able to enjoy our own private cocktail hour. This gave Rachel and me a chance to absorb everything.” Following a magical evening, the newlyweds escaped on their honeymoon to Riviera Maya, Mexico where they stayed at an intimate boutique hotel.
Rachel and Daniel
April 30, 2011
Pleasantdale Chateau • West Orange, NJ
Ceremony & Reception Location: Pleasantdale Chateau
Officiant: Cantor Bill Walton
Photographer: Laura Bruen Photography • Videography: Bitcon Productions
Entertainment: Soul Solution of Total Entertainment
Florist: Crest Florist • Cake Designer: Pleasantdale Chateau
Bridal Salon & Veil: Exquisite Bride • Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Formal Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations & Favors: Lori Mausner Designs
Hair Salon: Phyllis Borum NJoy Hair
Makeup Artist: Jeanine Mangan Makeup Designs
Honeymoon Location: Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita― Riviera Maya, Mexico