Vanessa and Kris
August 14, 2011
Vineyard Caterers • Aquebogue, NY
Although their families had been good friends for over two decades, it wasn’t until August of 2007 that Vanessa and Kris met while at a family dinner. They defied the odds of a long distance relationship and three years from their initial meeting, Kris proposed. “I knew Kris was planning something special when he surprised me with a trip to Disney World,” mentioned Vanessa. They immediately began planning their August 14, 2011 wedding. Guests were invited to Vanessa and Kris’ celebration with ivory invitations embellished with a translucent overlay and ivory bow. Fat Cat Paperie designed the additional stationary including ceremony programs, menu cards, signature drink cards, and table name cards, all of which were written in an elegant script font to coordinate with the invitations.
Located in the couple’s hometown, the ceremony was held at their families’ parish, Most Holy Trinity Church. Vanessa walked down the aisle wearing a lace Maggie Sottero gown with intricate detailing and chapel-length train. She held ivory roses, stephanotis, and touches of greenery with pearls strung throughout the bouquet. Kris sported a beige tuxedo with an ivory vest and tie, while his groomsmen wore beige tuxedos with cream vests and ties to coordinate with the bridesmaids’ turquoise chiffon dresses.
When Vanessa and Kris visited Vineyard Caterers, they were immediately impressed with their incredible outdoor views and landscaping, along with the professionalism from the staff. Bill, the manager of Vineyard Caterers and John, their maitre d’ invited them into the facility like family and the couple agreed the staff was professional and courteous. “They went above and beyond our expectations,” commented the bride. For dinner, guests had a choice of Chateaubriand, panko crusted stuffed breast of chicken, Shrimp Wellington, or Farfalle. Vanessa added, “The food and wine selections at the reception were from local farms and wineries.” Their three-tiered wedding cake from Create-a-Cake included a white intricate design with fresh flowers and three butterflies, symbolizing the couple and good fortune.
Tony and Thomas from ADA Studios captured each sentimental moment perfectly which helped to make Vanessa and Kris’ wedding truly unforgettable. They liked ADA’s quality of work, efficiency, and their photography styles combining both photojournalism and traditional portraits. “ADA captured stunning photos of us together at the beach, vineyards, gazebo, and pond,” said Kris. Following Vanessa and Kris’ first dance to “Mille Lune Mille Onde” by Andrea Bocelli, guests danced the night away to a wide range of music from classic rock to current dance hits. Absolute Entertainment, along with Charles Notturno Band, was upbeat and played genres that appealed to all of their guests. While the emcee, Kevin did a great job with mash-ups and smooth transitions, Charles, George, and Robert entertained with live music. At the end of the reception, Vanessa and Kris escaped to Disney World, Florida for their honeymoon where they stayed at the Beach Club Resort for ten days.
Ceremony Location: Most Holy Trinity Church • Officiant: Father Donald Hanson
Reception Location: Vineyard Caterers • Photographer: ADA Studios
Entertainment: Absolute Entertainment and Charles Notturno Band
Limousine Service: Serenity Limousine • Florist: With All My Heart Florist
Cake Designer: Create-a-Cake • Bridal Salon: Something Blue Bridal
Veil and Headpiece: Handmade by Bride’s Grandmother • Shoes: Diane Lynn by Saugus
Formal Attire: Rico’s Clothing • Invitations: Laural Party Shop and Fat Cat Paperie
Hair Stylist: Melissa Ford • Makeup Artist: Kristen McDonnell
Candelabras and Linens: Party Rental Limited
Honeymoon Location: Disney’s Beach Club Resort- Walt Disney World, Florida
To read more about Vanessa and Kris’ big day, pick up the latest New York edition of Contemporary Bride Magazine!