How did you meet?
Vincent and I met in high school. We were a part of the same friend group. Vinny had a party on New Year’s Eve leading into 2011 and we were each other’s New Year’s kiss—we have been together ever since. We started dating when I was a senior in high school and he was a freshman in college. We have been together for the past 11 years.
For about the last year of our relationship prior to the wedding, Vinny would jokingly ask me to marry him. We would watch a cute movie or binge watch episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and he would say, “Will you marry me?” I would respond, “You’re not serious” and that would be the end of that. Vinny proposed on June 30, 2018. We were getting ready to go out to dinner to our favorite restaurant Brick Oven in Westfield. As we were getting ready, Vinny was playing all different country love songs. As I was putting on my shoes, he put on the song, “Whatever It Is,” by Zac Brown Band. He said, “this would be a nice first dance song”. I again said, “who is getting married?” As I turned around he asked, “Will you marry me?” of course my response was “You’re not serious, you don’t have a ring.” At that moment, he pulled out a little purple box with a ring in it and asked again, “Will you marry me?” Obviously I said “Yes”, after I stopped saying “Are you serious?” 50 times.
We got married on October 19, 2019, at The Madison Hotel in Morristown. I would describe the venue as having Southern charm. We wanted the style of our wedding to be elegant and match the venue. Although we chose a fall wedding, we did not incorporate any fall colors into our theme besides the bridesmaid dresses. My bouquet was roses and mini calla lilies, and the bridesmaid had roses and mini Picasso calla lilies to tie in their purple dresses to the flowers. The centerpiece also consisted of a white flowers.
I am terrible at making decisions, but this one was not hard. The minute we saw the conservatory at The Madison Hotel we knew. The glass room, the natural light and the gorgeous flowers throughout the room took our breath away. At that moment we knew this was the place for us.
Our wedding menu consisted of a variety of different foods. The cocktail hour had several different stations that our guests raved about. Our cake was vanilla white to match the overall color scheme of our day.
All about your gown!
I went to the bridal store I Do I Do in Morristown. Prior to going, I looked in different magazines and online to get an idea of different styles. I thought I wanted something that was all-lace. When I went to the store, I was very open minded and told my consultant I wanted to try on all different styles so I knew what style I liked best. I tried on at least 20 dresses. The last dress I tried on was the one. The minute I stepped into it I knew; the way I felt being in my gown made me so excited to walk down the aisle. My dress was a V-neck, with lace at the top and butterfly shape opening on the back. I truly felt like the dress was made for me.
My favorite moment of the whole day was our first dance. The whole summer before our wedding we took dance lessons at Arthur Murray. I was so excited to show off our hard work to all our friends and family.
There are so many details of our wedding that were important to us it is so hard to choose one! I would have to say the two portions of our ceremony. Vinny is Greek Orthodox and I am Jewish. I love that we were able to join our traditions together in our ceremony by incorporating the stefana’s and the breaking of the glass.
Nothing went wrong the day of. However the day before our wedding, Vinny went to get our wedding bands and my engagement ring cleaned. On the way to the rehearsal dinner, he realized that he left the jewelers without my engagement ring. I was so nervous we were not going to be able to get it in time before the rehearsal dinner. Thankfully we did, and it was more sparkly than ever!
“I’ll Be,” by Edwin McCain.
Some advice I have for other brides is to take it all in. The whole process of being engaged, planning a wedding and getting married is so exciting, but it goes by fast. Take a moment while your planning and at your wedding to appreciate it all and all the people who are sharing your love and happiness with you.
Vinny and I went on a mini-moon to Miami, Florida, after our wedding. We had to reschedule our California honeymoon due to Covid-19, but we are grateful that we were able to celebrate on our mini-moon!