Although every wedding is a memorable occasion, the big day for Cara Schultz of Holmdel and Craig Tabatchnick of Livingston coincided with an event that will forever live in the history books. The wedding took place on October 29, 2011—the day of the infamous “Halloween snowstorm” that crippled New Jersey and surrounding states.
Early that day, as Cara was having her hair done, the skies still looked fine at the Eagle Oaks Country Club in Farmingdale. “I was pretty relaxed because nobody expected the storm to be as big as it was—and that was a good thing or I would have freaked out,” Cara says.
Fortunately, many of the 175 guests arrived early; some already had booked rooms, so they didn’t have to venture out that night. “The number-one comment I heard from everybody that day was ‘They say it’s good luck when it rains on your wedding day, so you guys are really lucky!’” Craig says. “At the end of the day, it didn’t matter, because I was marrying my best friend,” Cara adds.
The couple met at Quinnipiac University during a fraternity formal in 2003, then reconnected the following year and began dating. She, a social media marketer, and he, a futures broker at an investment bank, chose Eagle Oaks as the site for their ceremony and reception after falling in love with its old-world charm.
Cara was especially happy because they were married by the same cantor who officiated at her bat mitzvah.
The wedding party included five bridesmaids, six groomsmen, a two-year-old flower girl and the couple’s beloved shih tzu, Coco, who stole the show as an honorary maid. “She had her hair done, wore a pretty dress and ‘worked the room,’” Cara says.
The cocktail hour featured a raw seafood bar, carving stations, sushi and pasta stations and passed hors d’oeuvres, while dinner entrées included filet mignon, Chilean sea bass and chicken. Guests enjoyed chocolate-dipped strawberries, wedding cake, Viennese pastries, a chocolate fountain and an international coffee station.
“We definitely recommend having a wedding planner present on the actual day so that you can enjoy your ceremony and reception without any worries,” Cara says. Following a one-week Mediterranean cruise, Cara and Craig spent seven days touring Tuscany, Siena, Florence and Rome. They are at home in Jersey City.