How They Got Engaged: We went on a family vacation Labor Day weekend 2014 to Ogunquit, Maine. After the first day of scoping out the town, Guy knew how he was going to propose. The next morning, we took a walk down a rocky, scenic path, overlooking the ocean and watched the sunrise together. Thereafter, he asked me if I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him, got down on one knee, tears in his eyes, and asked me to marry him.
The Wedding: The theme of our wedding was an antique theme. I thought it went well with the history of the Berkeley and I wanted to stay true to its architectural beauty.
The Details: I loved my dress! I found my gown at Caste Couture in Manalapan, NJ. After only being to one other store and thinking I had found the one there, I tried one more store just to be sure. Once I tried on the Matthew Christopher gown, I instantly knew this was my gown. It was unlike anything I had ever tried on or seen. Typically, gowns are all white with silver or white gold accessories and jewelry. I, however, wanted different. My dress had a mocha colored silk underlay with white lace on top, strapless, low back, and sweetheart top. It was perfect and it even matched the two-toned colors of the main ballroom at the Berkeley. I found a gold, sparkly headpiece and gold earrings that I wore for the reception. For the ceremony, I wanted something a little more elegant and wore beautiful teardrop chandelier earrings. My hairdresser pulled it all together by doing my hair down for the ceremony and gave me an old Hollywood look and then for the reception, she pulled my hair to the side. SHOES! This part, my concern was not for comfort, but for once in a lifetime ability to wear some amazing shoes. Does is get better than Manolo Blahnik?! My shoes were stilettos and champagne colored silk with the buckle embellishment in pearls and gold. Guy wore a head-to-toe custom made tuxedo made my Michael Duru. We wanted him to stick out amongst the other guys in their black tuxedos, so Guy wore a navy blue and black paisley jacket. Navy blue pants to match with the black pin-stripe down the sides as well as a matching paisley bow tie and suspenders. His look was finished with gold embellishments, buttons, and cuff links. Lastly, of course his name inscribed on the inside of his jacket, ULTRAFAB.
The Location: I fell in love with the Berkeley the moment I saw the ballrooms. I loved the high ceilings, art-deco ambiance, and how each room was unique and beautiful. I also thought that the fact that it was also a hotel and that it would be convenient for guests, as well as for myself and Guy since we only lived down the road!
Favorite Part: Our favorite part was dancing to our wedding song as husband and wife. We danced to “Book of Love” by Peter Gabriel. It was romantic and meant so much to us to have all of our loved ones surrounding us during that special moment.
Special Details: One thing I wanted to incorporate was a memoir to our late grandparents. We each had lost them and wanted to commemorate them somehow. I ended up finding an old window in which I attached pictures of each of our grandparents on their wedding day. You could look through the window and see the old black and white photos of them with their names and wedding dates. In the middle, I attached a black and white photo of Guy and I and our wedding date to tie it all together.
Advice for NJ Brides: My advice would be to do one thing at a time and go with your instincts. Remembering that this is your day and it should be about what you and your partner want. Everything will fall into place the way it should and you should to soak it all in because looking back now, it was a lot of fun planning.
Honeymoon: We were scheduled to go to St. Lucia and stay at 2 resorts on the island (we had to change our plans due to the pregnancy). One was a beach front, swim-out suite and the other high up in the mountains overlooking the water and island. I wanted to stay at boutique resorts where I could have exclusivity and romance with just my husband and me. We couldn’t have done this planning without the help from our friend, Sally at TravelSmiths.