Real Weddings

Maureen and John at The Mill at Lakeside Manor

Posted on July 13, 2020 by Ariana Baio

We met at a restaurant for the first time. Later on our first date realized we have mutual friends but somehow never crossed paths all these years.Maureen and John at The Mill at Lakeside Manor

The proposal was unforgettable! I was told we were going to our friend’s house for a BBQ, on the way there he said he wanted to drive by our future house that we were closing on later that week. He asked me to get out so we can take a look around and make sure the property has been appropriately maintained. Right at the door of our future home, he got down on one knee and said that he wanted to ask me here because it signified the start of our new lives together. He had coordinated with his friends who were parked up the block, and they arrived to capture the moment and had a bouquet of flowers for me. He had also planned out champagne and decorations at our friend’s house when we arrived later on for the BBQ.Maureen and John at The Mill at Lakeside Manor

The inspiration for our decor was just us and our style. The wedding venue was on a lake and the theme of the wedding was a rustic-chic elegant style with lots of natural elements, greenery and dusty rose tones. We also had a belly dancer performance to incorporate my culture.Maureen and John at The Mill at Lakeside Manor
Our flowers complimented our theme and style; we incorporated eucalyptus, succulents for a lot of greenery and garden roses and peonies in white, cream and dusty rose tones. We had personal flowers for all members of the bridal party and parents, church decorations, venue decorations and the same flowers were incorporated into our wedding cake. The flowers were a huge part that tied my entire theme and style together and they were absolutely beautiful.Maureen and John at The Mill at Lakeside Manor

I knew exactly the style of dress I wanted from day one. In fact, at my very first dress appointment the first dress I picked out and tried on was the winning dress. Of course, my bridesmaids, mother and mother in law selected many other dresses which I proceeded to try on, however, I ultimately went back to the first one I tried on. My dress was lace trumpet-silhouette with a sweetheart neckline and a cathedral train exactly how I envisioned. My husband wore a light gray tuxedo with a white bow tie and brown/tan shoes which complimented the colors and theme throughout the rest of the wedding.Maureen and John at The Mill at Lakeside Manor

One of our favorite parts of the day would definitely be when we fed the ducks. At sunset we went outside- just me, John husband, our photographer and the Maitre’ D . They have a beautiful dock on the lake and they give you popcorn to feed the ducks. It was such a beautiful and magical moment and it was really nice to step away from the party for just a couple minutes and enjoy each other as newly married husband and wife. Working with our photographer was also one of our other favorite parts of the day. He was so amazing and so much fun to work with. He had us laughing the whole time and just made the whole experience so memorable.Maureen and John at The Mill at Lakeside Manor

Definitely the first look! For my husband-to-be to see me in my wedding dress for the first time was so exciting.Maureen and John at The Mill at Lakeside Manor

As stressful as it might get remember the reason you are planning it all in the first place and refocus on the ultimate goal and your love for one another.Maureen and John at The Mill at Lakeside Manor

Santorini, Greece & Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Ceremony Location

St. Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church - East Brunswick

Reception Location

The Mill at Lakeside Manor


Charming Images


Fr. Mina and Fr. Markos

Bride’s Gown


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