Just like a wedding ring, the search for their perfect wedding location came full circle for state trooper Deanna Vecchio, 32, and teacher Becky Francisco, 29. After looking at a wide variety of New Jersey venues to find the right blend of urban modern atmosphere (Becky’s choice) and outdoor park-like setting (Deanna’s choice), the Matawan-based couple went back to where they became engaged—the Jersey City waterfront—and fell in love with Liberty House. “We couldn’t find a better view, better outdoor and indoor space with modern décor, firepits and just the ambience we wanted,” Becky says.
That ambience played into the couple’s wish for a fun and simple event for their civil union on August 17, 2012, where they could enjoy each other and spend every moment with their closest friends and family.
Their friends played an enormous part in their lives, since they had shared a mutual circle of friends for five years before they began dating, and were together three years before marrying.
The cocktail reception had no assigned seating, which Becky says “turned out great as guests mingled in the various spaces.” And they chose a bright shade of green as a motif, which could be found on the cake, flowers, candy bar, bridesmaids’ hair and their own shoes.
As a special touch, “our rings were passed down our bridal party with each person putting their good thoughts and wishes into them prior to us exchanging our rings,” Becky says. “We also recognized our parents and the example of long-lasting marriages that they set for us by giving them each a rose to symbolize our appreciation.”
Their 100 guests dined on monkfish, red and white sangria and lemon-mousse wedding cake. To close the ceremony, Becky says they wanted a fun, meaningful song that would bring a smile to everyone’s face, so they chose the song ‘Smile’ by Uncle Kracker.
Now residents of Bear, Delaware, Becky and Deanna say their guests are still raving about the food and their fun celebration, which is certainly reason for both of them to “Smile” throughout their happily ever after.