Real Weddings

Giselle and Dariusz at The Brownstone

Posted on October 19, 2020 by Ariana Baio

How did you meet?
We met on a dating app called Plenty of Fish. Dariusz was a busy restaurant owner and I was a busy mom/photographer.Giselle and Dariusz at The Brownstone

At Dariusz’s apartment on an intimate setting on Christmas Eve. His plan was to put the ring on his fur baby’s (Paige) collar but she loved the ring so much she was trying to bite it off. He proceed to plan B which was to grab the ring, go on his knee and asked me to be his wife. I, of course, said “yes!”Giselle and Dariusz at The Brownstone

My vision was romance all around with a touch of sophisticated glam, yet timeless at the same time. We used pink and white flowers, tons of greenery and pops of gold. Being that the ceremony was outdoors and the reception took place in a conservatory, I wanted all that pretty light to filter through all the details. So I chose clear and gold plates with all-white linens and napkins.Giselle and Dariusz at The Brownstone

We chose The Brownstone because of its conservatory. They also had great reviews on the food and drinks. They were also able to host a smaller more intimate wedding.Giselle and Dariusz at The Brownstone

Our menu started with a choice of salad and a choice of penne a la vodka or al ceppo broccoli rabe and sausage. For our entrees guests could choose between filet mignon, chicken Francaise or grilled salmon. Our cake was vanilla with chocolate custard filling.Giselle and Dariusz at The Brownstone

My gown was a gorgeous mermaid Pnina Tornai dress with modern lace and sparkle. I knew it was the one when I fell chills all over my body the moment I tried it on. I knew my husband would want to see me on a gown that accentuated my curves.Giselle and Dariusz at The Brownstone

Definitely the ceremony. While I was walking towards him with the violin and cello were playing, I felt like I was part of a fairytale. I also loved hearing his vows and of course, our first kiss as husband and wife.Giselle and Dariusz at The Brownstone

Our photographer!Giselle and Dariusz at The Brownstone

Nothing ever goes perfectly as planned. We took longer than expected with the hair styling and we were very tense, and the cake was crooked. Still it was the most perfect day!Giselle and Dariusz at The Brownstone

“Lover” by Taylor Swift and Shawn Mendez.Giselle and Dariusz at The Brownstone

Arrive earlier than planned to get ready and make sure your vendors align with your energy.Giselle and Dariusz at The Brownstone

Due to Covid, we are postponing our honeymoon until next year.

the details


Belleville New Jersey

Reception Location

The Brownstone




Anthonny Zecca

Bride’s Gown

Pnina Tornai

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