The first thing Danielle Tullo, 29, of Englewood Cliffs, noticed about Nick La Testa, 30, of Wood Ridge, was his smile. In 2007, they had both convened with separate groups of friends at Giants Stadium for their high schools’ championship football game. After a mutual friend tapped Nick on the shoulder, the pair began the back and forth of a budding relationship; writing on each other’s Facebook walls, flirting on Instant Messenger and eventually exchanging numbers for their first three-hour phone call. After a few months of courting at the mall and movie theaters, Nick officially asked Danielle to be his girlfriend. Later, while attending separate colleges, the couple allowed themselves the freedom to enjoy their first adult years and determine their own direction while remaining committed to one another.
Will you marry me?
September 13, 2019, was the first night of Danielle’s 26th birthday weekend, and one that she will never forget. “It was just the two of us and a deck of cards like any other night,” she says. But then, while sitting in the courtyard of her Hoboken apartment complex overlooking the Manhattan skyline, Nick got down on one knee. Danielle’s engagement ring was a total surprise; earlier that year, during a trip to Santa Barbara, the couple had spotted a pavé diamond ring with halo detailing in the window of a jeweler. On the day they got engaged, Danielle was overwhelmed when the same ring was placed on her finger. She later learned that Nick had booked a return trip to California just to buy it.
Details of the day:
A former deputy editor at Seventeen magazine and current co-founder of letspartier.com, Danielle’s life work has been combining one million little details to create something beautiful—and her wedding day was no exception. With the overarching traditional color palette of black and white with gold accents, Danielle incorporated unexpected textures and styles such as acrylic, velvet and leather to put a glamorous yet modern spin on the stunning ballroom at Shadowbrook.
The couple added a custom-designed monogram to the aisle runner, dance floor and edible drink toppers for their signature cocktails, taking the atmosphere up a notch.
Their seating chart vision was a team effort by Copper + Chloe and Wile Events, the couple’s wedding planner and floral/graphic design teams: three mirrored columns standing over six feet in height, covered in fresh flowers, adorned with candles, and double-sided to produce a 360-degree experience.
Danielle visited Pronovias while traveling to London a few months before the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown began. The third dress she tried on was one she couldn’t live without—and later, in New York, she sealed the deal by making it her own. Come March of that year, Danielle was grateful to have had the chance to find her gown when she did.
Guests are still raving about the towering raw and fresh seafood, Peter Luger’s steak, and the “tacos and tequila” stations.
A remix of “Lover,” by Taylor Swift, featuring Shawn Mendes.
After 13 luxurious days soaking up the sun in Maui, the couple is now home in Hoboken.