RA Beauty Bar: An Upscale Beauty Salon in Los Angeles

Ra Beauty Bar Los Angeles


We recently had the pleasure of attending an exclusive wedding planner event hosted by Ra Beauty Bar in West Hollywood in Los Angeles.  This impeccable salon is owned by a trio of inspiring and incredibly talented women–Audrey, Whitney and Kennedy–who lead a team of amazing stylists and artists.  They had quite the amazing day of beauty planned for us!

The morning started with some delicious cocktails and a yummy selection of bite sized brunch treats, provided by the Scrumptious Cafe Bakery.

Ra Beauty Bar West HollywoodDSC01999 Ra Beauty Bar Wedding Hair Salon


In between sips and nibbles, we experienced some pretty stellar treatments!  I started off with their exclusive Oil Deep Conditioning Treatment, made with a special blend of oils.  It smelled divine!  Afterwards, I got a blow out by Audrey–my hair had never felt softer.

Ra Beauty Bar Wedding Salon


Next up, I was treated to a delightful experience with a scent specialist from Jo Malone who blended some amazing oils and creams to create a custom lotion for me.  The smell was absolute divine and left my skin so soft and smooth.

Ra Beauty Bar Los Angeles

Ra Beauty Bar Wedding Makeup and HairFor the rest of the morning, we all received a variety of treatments.  From makeup touch-ups and table massages, to eyelash extensions and even tanning!

Ra Beauty Bar West Hollywood Los Angeles Wedding Hair Stylist Makeup Artist

Los Angeles Wedding Hair Stylist Makeup Artist Los Angeles Wedding Hair Stylist Makeup ArtistRa and their incredibly talented stylists offer an unparalleled and luxurious experience for a bride and her bridal party looking for upscale hair and makeup services for her wedding day.  If you’re hosting your wedding in Beverly Hills or West Hollywood, it is so worth bringing you and your girls to the salon the morning of your wedding for this stellar experience.  But if not, for an additional fee, the stylists are happy to travel to your wedding location whenever your wedding may be (whether in Southern California or beyond)!

Ra Beauty Bar Los Angeles Ra Beauty Bar Los Angeles



Rustic Wedding at the Washington Club in Washington, CT

Dog in Wedding


I am just THRILLED to share the amazing wedding of two of the most fabulous brides, Brooke & Lauren!  I knew from the very first consultation via Skype with Lauren and their adorable dog Jelly that these two would be SO much fun to work with.  While they both live in NYC, they decided on the beautiful Washington Club in Washington, CT as the perfect location for their September wedding, a venue just minutes from where Brooke’s father lives.  In fact, their rehearsal dinner was hosted at Brooke’s dad’s amazing house, and the girls were kind enough to invite me and my husband to join them for the pre-wedding festivities, where we got the chance to meet many of their guests.

The brides had both their ceremony and reception at the Washington Club, which was decked out with beautiful lighting and gorgeous, elegant flowers which gave the venue a rustic and quintessentially New England look and feel.  The florist even created a custom floral collar for Jelly, who the girls lovingly included within their ceremony.  The love that these two so clearly have for each other and the fact that they were surrounded by the most loving, kind and fun friends and family made their wedding day even more special!

From the couple in regards to working with This Modern Love Events;

“We are so delighted to have found Martine as a month-of coordinator. She’s super organized, very on top of deadlines, friendly, and all of our vendors raved about her. They loved working with her as much as we did. Martine did a lot of research and found the vendor for our rentals (linens, etc.), which was a huge thing off of our plate and so so helpful. There were quite a few times where I’d overlooked something or hadn’t thought it all the way through, and Martine took my idea and made it better and more guest & vendor friendly. It was so helpful and needed.

Plus, we had a last minute crisis with the catering company (they had not hired staff) and Martine graciously negotiated the price and handled the deal with the catering manager, which was something she did not have to do. She put together an incredibly detailed timeline of both the wedding day and the days leading up to it, which was helpful to us, the vendors and the wedding party. If you are looking for someone who is super organized, extremely knowledgeable about weddings, and easy to work with, Martine is your woman! If you want someone who will be a bride or groom-zilla on your behalf, look elsewhere. She’s just too nice! Everything we didn’t know to think of, Martine thought of. We can’t say enough good things about her. We love her so much, that we invited her to our rehearsal dinner!! We highly recommend her and our day was seamless, enjoyable and effortless because she was around.”

Photography by Jenna Bascom Event and Editorial Photography.

Same Sex Wedding Planner (5) Same Sex Wedding Planner (3) Same Sex Wedding Planner (2)

Same Sex Wedding Planner (6) Same Sex Wedding Planner (7) Same Sex Wedding Planner (8) Same Sex Wedding Planner (1)Litchfield County Wedding - 01 Washington Connecticut Wedding- 04 Connecticut Wedding Planner Connecticut Wedding Planner - 02 Connecticut Wedding Planner- 04 Same Sex Wedding Washington Connecticut

Dog in Wedding (3)Solange Wedding Photo InspirationSame Sex Wedding Ceremony Washington Club (2) Same Sex Wedding Ceremony Washington Club (11) Same Sex Wedding Ceremony Washington Club (12) Same Sex Wedding Ceremony Washington Club (14) Same Sex Wedding Ceremony Washington Club (16) Same Sex Wedding Ceremony Washington Club (17) Wedding Ceremony Washington Club Connecticut (6) Wedding Ceremony Washington Club Connecticut (8)

Connecticut Wedding Planner (17) Connecticut Wedding Planner (16) Connecticut Wedding Planner (15) Connecticut Wedding Planner (14) Connecticut Wedding Planner (13) Connecticut Wedding Planner (10) Connecticut Wedding Planner (25) Connecticut Wedding Planner (30) Connecticut Wedding Planner (26) Connecticut Wedding Planner (31) Connecticut Wedding Planner (32) Connecticut Wedding Planner (20)Connecticut Wedding Planner (6) Connecticut Wedding Planner (9) Connecticut Wedding Planner (41) Connecticut Wedding Planner (36)Washington Club Connecticut (13) Connecticut Wedding Planner (6) New York Wedding DJs Washington Club Wedding Planner (6) Washington Club Wedding Planner (8) Washington Club Wedding Planner (9) Washington Club Wedding Planner (11)

Washington Club Wedding Planner (3) Washington Club Wedding Reception (5) Washington Club Wedding Reception (1) Washington Club Connecticut (7) Washington Club Connecticut (3) Washington Club Connecticut (2)

Top Luxurious Los Angeles Wedding Venues

Since we are relatively new to the Los Angeles area, we decided to scope out some of the most incredible wedding venues that Los Angeles has to offer. These venues provide a sense of elegance and luxury for your wedding day and while definitely venues for high budget brides, these venues are worth it. From super unique wedding spaces for both ceremonies and receptions to dynamite culinary offerings, your wedding guests will be absolutely blown away every minute of your wedding day. Here are some of our top picks!

The Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, CA

Photography by Lin & Jirsa

This luxurious wedding venue is a historic location, dating back over 100 years to 1907. The Langham Huntington Hotel has been featured on hit television shows and movies, and features a number of Japanese Gardens and elegant ballrooms that you can book for your wedding day. It’s an absolutely stunning wedding venue located in close proximity to the San Gabriel mountains, and is one of Southern California’s premiere wedding venues. Since the venue itself is also a hotel, your guests can stay on location, making your wedding day that much more of a seamless experience for them.

Vibiana in DTLA

Vibiana Los Angeles Wedding Venue
Photography by Katie Beverley


Vibiana is a stunning and unique wedding venue in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.  An architectural masterpiece, Vibiana was the first Catholic cathedral in Los Angeles, which opened its doors in 1876.  Now it is used for weddings and events, with catering provided by Redbird, one of LA’s most popular restaurants (which is right next door to Vibiana!).  They also offer an enchanting enclosed garden space where you can host your ceremony and/or cocktail hour outdoors if you so choose–however getting married inside the venue will provide you with some stunning photos as well.

Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica

Casa del mar santa monica wedding venue
Photography from Casa Del Mar Hotel Site

With stunning views of the ocean and Santa Monica, Casa Del Mar is an amazing wedding venue location for any beach loving couple.  They offer six different locations within the hotel where your elegant wedding can be held, including two outdoor terraces that provide stunning ocean-side views.  Imagine the amazing photos you’ll be able to take right on the beach!

Pixar Inspired Styled Wedding Shoot

Up Themed Wedding


For those of you who were big fans of the adorable, emotional animated film “Up” by Pixar, I’ve got some photos that will make your hear melt!  I worked on this styled shoot with the super creative Marie Canieso of Mary Tony Photography back when I was based in New Haven, Connecticut.  We choose Chetstone, a beautiful 19th century Victorian Gothic style home right in New Haven as the perfect location for our real life Ellie & Carl.  For this gorgeous shoot, we played with lots of colors, utilized both the beautiful indoor space to create our reception table and dressed the backyard up as a playful take on an English garden.  And of course the element that ties the theme together– a HUGE bunch of colorful balloons!  Check out our masterpiece below :)

All photos by Marie Tony Photography.  Styling by This Modern Love Events.

Ellie Carl Married-up edited-0002 Ellie Carl Married-up edited-0006 Ellie Carl Married-up edited-0010 Ellie Carl Married-up edited-0011 Ellie and Carl Details Ellie Carl Married-up edited-0029 Ellie Carl Married-up edited-0025


Ellie Carl Married-up edited-0033Ellie Carl Married-up edited-0174 Ellie Carl Married-up edited-0051 Ellie Carl Married-up edited-0060 Ellie Carl Married-up edited-0054Ellie Carl Married-up edited-0068 Ellie Carl Married-up edited-0092 Ellie Carl Married-up edited-0102 Bouquet Ellie with balloons Ellie and Carl flowers Ellie Carl Married-up edited-0212 Ellie Carl Married-up edited-0202 Ellie Carl Married-up edited-0241 Ellie Carl Married-up edited-0245

Ask Primpy: Should I Hire a Day-of Coordinator?

Elegant wedding at Spiaggia in Chicago, Illinois
Elegant wedding at Spiaggia in Chicago, Illinois


So what is the biggest regret couples have after their wedding day? According to a recent study, a whopping 72% of recently married couples regret not hiring a day of coordinator for their wedding day. 72%!!! Anne, a bride who got married in Connecticut last year, very much regretted not hiring a DOC and had this to say; “Day of coordination is very important. We had some issues with the venue and the buses that were out of my control that day. I realized how frustrated I was that I had to worry about some small details [on my wedding day]…”

For most couples who have never planned a wedding before, it’s hard for them to grasp how insanely busy and hectic things become in the weeks and days leading up to your wedding day. This is where a day of coordinator can save you countless hours of frustration, stress, heartache and worry prior to your wedding and on your wedding day. A DOC works for YOU and knows every single detail of your wedding day both big and small. From the officiant, to the photobooth you rented, to the special table settings from the rental company that you just MUST have on your big day, a day of coordinator makes sure all of your vendors show up on time, set everything up on time and in the case of transportation, ensures that you and your guests actually arrive for the ceremony/reception/other wedding day events on time!

You may have some questions as to why you need a DOC, so I will answer the most frequent questions we hear from engaged couples.

What exactly is a day of coordinator?

Day of coordination is a service that many wedding planners offer and typically includes key coordination between all of your wedding vendors in the month/weeks leading up to your wedding day (this service is often referred to as “Month of Coordination). This service is usually more affordable than hiring a wedding planner to plan your entire event from day one.

But my venue offers a “wedding coordinator” as part of my venue package. Isn’t that basically the same thing?

This is where most couples get confused. Unless your venue offers full wedding planning services as part of your wedding package (which is very, very rare—I only know of one such venue that offers this service), it is not the same thing. Not even a little bit! While the venue provided coordinator is there on the day of your wedding to make sure everything flows—they work for the venue and not for you.   So for example, if your photographer becomes MIA four weeks before your wedding and you’ve already paid in full, or the florist you hired all of a sudden has a shortage of the perfect blooms you’ve requested for your big day, this venue coordinator will not be the person to track your vendor down, renegotiate your contracts or find alternate vendors in case you need a plan B (and in some cases, a plan C).  This is something that you and your fiance(e) would have to do yourselves and having to deal with any potential last minute changes the month of your wedding is extremely stressful.

A day of coordinator sounds great and all, but I heard that wedding planners are super expensive, so it’s just not in my wedding budget.

This is simply a misconception–most wedding planners offer a number of different services beyond Full Planning (which does tend to be on the pricier side because of how labor intensive it is).  Many planners offer Partial Planning, Month-of/Day-of Coordination, and other custom services.  We here at This Modern Love Events exclusively offer a 3rd tier of wedding planning called Digital Pre-Planning–learn more about it here; TML Events Digital Pre-Planning.  It never hurts to have an initial conversation with a planner, to discuss your wedding planning needs and which service would benefit you the most. We always offer a free consultation if you aren’t sure where to start.

Hindsight is 20/20, which is why again, 72% of couples regret not hiring a day of coordinator. Think ahead—not hiring a day of coordinator is like trying to put on a play without a director. You and your spouse to-be are the actors and stars—it’s not your job to manage lighting, sound, and the rest of your cast!

Whimsical Wedding at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, CT

07_Cocktail Hour-0484


This blog post has been a long time coming!   With the start of 2016, I want to relive some of the wonderful weddings I had the honor of being part of in 2015.  And what better way to start it off then with featuring one of my favorite couples to work with!  These two were the sweetest, most charming guys with an incredibly fun and warm group of friends and family.  Their wedding was SUCH a blast and I’m so excited to finally share the photos of their big day at Lighthouse Point Park!

The wedding ceremony kicked off at Christ Church in New Haven and then guests were transported to the amazing Lighthouse Point Park (also in New Haven) for the wedding reception complete with cocktails, costumes and the infamous historical carousel, which guests enjoyed all night long!

From the couple in regards to working with This Modern Love Events;

“Martine is the BEST. We really cannot recommend her highly enough. I was initially skeptical of the wedding planner thing, but I have to say that every meeting we had with her she thought of something that we had not or suggested a fix to a problem that we never would have thought of. It was crucial to have her input throughout the process. Also, setting up meetings with her was a great way to keep ourselves on schedule. I almost feel like I need to have two reviews here though because, while her services were valuable during the long-term planning and in the months leading up to the wedding, her help in the last few weeks before the wedding and her day-of services were a whole other level of awesomeness.

She is like a machine! She kept track of so many details and was four steps ahead of everyone and everything. Our actual wedding day went off without any problems, and I really believe it was primarily due to Martine’s help and guidance on the day of. We were able to just sit back and experience the day. It’s like having a genie on hand that you can just ask to go deal with some problem that’s developing or some scheduling issue that has arisen. Really great stuff. I should add in all of this that Martine’s really a pleasure to work with. She’s not overbearing or crazy, even when she’s organizing and directing all this stuff. That being said, she was also willing to play bad cop with vendors when necessary, which I am thankful for because I am not super good at that. But with us, we always felt like she was on our team – or maybe a calm and wise coach for our team. We really highly recommend Martine for whatever wedding or event you need help with. She is the real deal.”

Photography by Studio Foto.

02_The Couple-0094
02_The Couple-0146
03_Wedding Party-0181
03_Wedding Party-0192
04_Ceremony-0282 04_Ceremony-0296 04_Ceremony-0297 04_Ceremony-0303 06_Newlyweds-0379 06_Newlyweds-0412 07_Cocktail Hour-0449 07_Cocktail Hour-0466 07_Cocktail Hour-0485 07_Cocktail Hour-0502 08_More Newlyweds-0543 09_Friends Groups-0557 09_Friends Groups-0567 09_Friends Groups-0586 09_Friends Groups-0594 05_Family Groups-0328 05_Family Groups-0341 06_Newlyweds-0362 06_Newlyweds-0367 06_Newlyweds-0369
10_Toast and Dances-0684 10_Toast and Dances-0691 10_Toast and Dances-0740 10_Toast and Dances-0822

10_Toast and Dances-0830 10_Toast and Dances-0863 10_Toast and Dances-0873 11_Carousel-0911 11_Carousel-0928 11_Carousel-0936 11_Carousel-0963 11_Carousel-0980

12_Costume Dance-1001 12_Costume Dance-1008 12_Costume Dance-1017 12_Costume Dance-1020 12_Costume Dance-1024 12_Costume Dance-1026 12_Costume Dance-1035

12_Costume Dance-1038 12_Costume Dance-1053

TML Events Vendor Spotlight: Barcelona Wine Bar in New Haven, CT

TML Events Vendor Spotlight: Barcelona Wine Bar in New Haven, CT


For those of you who may not know, New Haven, CT is a foodie’s paradise.  With world-renowned pizza places and an incredible array of ethnic restaurants, the options for a delicious meal are endless!  That’s why we were THRILLED to learn that one of our favorite New Haven eateries Barcelona, an amazing wine and tapas restaurant, provides catering for special events and weddings all throughout Connecticut.

Warning–these food images may cause you to drool all over your smartphone or keyboard so proceed with caution!

I was invited by Barcelona New Haven’s event manager Helen to come in for a tasting of some old favorites as well as some new additions to the menu.  I was super impressed to learn that they don’t actually have a separate catering menu–any of their dozens of tapas and entrees can be served at events both big and small.  Some of my new favorites included the Smoked Trout Pate with pickled onions, the Shrimp Escabeche and the Potato Tortilla served with chive sour cream.  Delicis!!

Smoked Trout Pate on the left, Shrimp Escabeche on the right
Potatoes Tortilla w/ chive sour cream
These dishes were incredibly tasty, especially the Potato Tortilla.  For as many years as I’ve been dining at Barcelona, I realized that I had never once ordered dessert (and anyone who knows me knows that dessert is my favorite part of any meal!). So we decided on a dessert sampler which included Flan Catalan, Crepas Salguero, Warm Chocolate Hazelnut Cake and of course Churros.  Each dessert was spectacular and I can’t believe I had been missing out on them for all of these years!
Awesome desserts!
If you’d like a refreshing and modern break from the chicken/beef/fish entrees that are standard fare at most weddings, I think Barcelona offers fantastic options that will wow your guests–leaving them thoroughly satisfied and super impressed.  Not only are they located in New Haven, but they have several locations throughout CT too, from Hartford to Stamford.  Barcelona has also expanded to Boston, Atlanta and the DC area.
What I also learned is that they have another restaurant called Bartaco , a taco bar with a laid back beachy theme.  Any one of these restaurants can cater your wedding–whether you are looking for tapas style dishes, custom tacos or a giant paella dish that can feed around 80 people each!


Huge paella pan that can feed up to 80 people per dish
Tacos galore

Depending on the size of your wedding, you can also choose to have your wedding at their locations as well if you have your heart set on a restaurant reception.  In addition to weddings, they of course also cater any type of event, including corporate events, dinner parties, etc.  We hope these photos didn’t leave you too hungry and if they did, you now know where you must have your next meal :)

Photographer Credits: Troy Lilly for Barcelona food photos, Manny Vargas for Bartaco food photos, me for Barcelona tasting food photos (aka the ones obviously taken from a cell phone!)

Exciting News for This Modern Love Events!

Exciting News for This Modern Love Events!

Wedding season has begun!  In the midst of coordinating a wedding with over 200 guests for this coming weekend and coordinating a 2-day corporate event a few days later, we thought we’d throw yet another project in to the mix (because we’re clearly not busy enough as it is!!)  We are thrilled to reveal that we are working on a complete branding and website redesign for This Modern Love Events!!  We are so excited to be working with the super talented GoldenFox Design :)  Here is a teaser of our new company logos–we are seriously in love with them all!

We just love how the colors pop and how my favorite colors (teal and gold) are so beautifully integrated.  Goldenfox also created a custom brand board for us which will be used to design our marketing materials and new website.  We LOVE it!

There will be more reveals in the weeks to come so stay tuned!!  What do you think of our new logos and colors?

This Modern Love Events Real Weddings: Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford, CT

This Modern Love Events Real Weddings: Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club Branford, CT


When bride Liz reached out to me for day-of coordination services four weeks before her October nautical-themed wedding at the Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club in Branford, CT, I knew we’d have our work cut out for us!  But nonetheless, we were very excited to help her and fiance Ed have a beautiful and flawless wedding day.

We got to work right away and ironed out all of the details (both big and small) that always seem to materialize in the few weeks leading up to the big day.  We introduced ourselves to each vendor they had booked, reviewed and confirmed the details of each signed contract, established set-up/delivery times, created a budget sheet to keep track of final payments and created a meticulously detailed itinerary (seven pages long!) for the wedding weekend.  We also accompanied the mother of the bride on a final meeting with the florist and helped the couple book last minute limo transportation for the bridal party and coach buses for the hotel guests.

Ed and Liz were a joy to work with–they were such a sweet, easygoing couple with a loving and supportive group of family and friends to help them celebrate their big day.  We also got the chance to work with some fantastic local vendors who helped execute a beautiful wedding day for the happy couple–we had such a blast working with them all!


All photos by John-Paul Teutonico Photography

Liz and her bridal party were primped and pampered at JoBella Salon at the Omni Hotel in downtown New Haven, while the guys got ready in the best man’s room at the hotel.  My fabulous assistant Katie held down the fort at the Omni, making sure the hair and makeup team got the girls done on time, while I was over at Pine Orchard Union Chapel and the Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club to start setting up for the big day.


The entire bridal party was then transported to the Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club for Liz and Ed’s romantic first look as well as photos with the bridal party.


Guests then started to arrive at the historic Pine Orchard Union Chapel where the ceremony was to be held.  The bride’s uncle officiated the wedding which put such a heartfelt and personal touch to the ceremony.

Pine Orchard Union Chapel Branford, Connecticut
Pine Orchard Union Chapel Branford, Connecticut

The Chapel was a five minute walk from the Country Club, so while Liz and Ed took off towards the reception venue in a golf cart (how cute is that!?), the bridesmaids led guests in a procession towards the venue.  In the meantime, Kati and I collected all of the floral arrangements in the Chapel to bring them over to the Country Club, adding some additional decor to the space while guests mingled during cocktail hour.

Nautical theme wedding, navy and white wedding
Nautical theme wedding, navy and white wedding
Nautical theme wedding, navy and white wedding
Nautical theme wedding, navy and white wedding

nautical theme wedding, navy and white wedding

By the evening, the reception was in full swing with dinner, drinks, heartfelt speeches from Liz’s mother, sister/MOH and Ed’s brother/best man.  The band kept the dance floor hopping all night and provided the perfect backup when one of Ed’s groomsmen did an impromptu performance!

We wish Liz & Ed a lifetime of happiness and were honored to have been a part of their special day!

From the bride Liz via WeddingWire;

“Choosing to work with Martine at This Modern Love Events was one of the best decisions that we made during the whole wedding planning process! From the very first consultation meeting we could tell that she was the right planner for us, and so we hired her on the spot. We chose the “Month Of / Day Of” planning services, which was so helpful as we came down to the most stressful part of the planning process – trying to pull all the final pieces together….
We really cannot say enough about Martine. She is very professional while still keeping it all fun, and she is extremely patient! No matter how many times I changed my mind or put off a decision until the last minute she was always calm and supportive, which helped me to keep my anxiety in check. Her expert advice along the way helped us to make some of the most difficult last minute decisions. She definitely went above and beyond our expectations a number of times.
Most importantly, working with This Modern Love allowed my husband and me to feel confident before our wedding weekend and to enjoy a stress-free wedding day. TML was crucial in the days before our wedding coordinating the vendor services. The help that Martine and her assistant offered during the set-up, the rehearsal, and the day-of was invaluable.
We had initially been on the fence about whether or not we needed to use a coordinator or if we could just handle things ourselves, and after my experience I cannot imagine any other way. Choosing to work with This Modern Love was a great investment and we wholeheartedly recommend their services!”

The Wedding Team
Wedding Planner/DOC: This Modern Love Events
Ceremony Venue: Pine Orchard Union Chapel
Reception Venue: Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club
Photographer: John Paul Teutonico Photography
Band: Cracked Ice
Florist: Myers Flowers
Hair & Makeup: JoBella Salon

Primp My Bride Real Weddings: Classic Elegance in New Rochelle, NY

Primp My Bride Real Weddings: Classic Elegance in New Rochelle, NY

Today’s real wedding is very special to me because the bride Marilyn is one of my oldest friends in the world.  We’ve been best friends for 18 years and I was luckily able to witness the beginning of her and her awesome husband Joey’s love story, which began in high school.  It was an honor to be standing by their side as a bridesmaid and watch them start a new chapter in their lives as husband and wife (cue the tears)!

All photos by Forged in the North Photography.

Okay now that I’m done being sentimental, their wedding was gorg, fun and full of awesome surprises…Giant vodka ice luge?  Check.  Cigar and whiskey bar? Check.  Live drummer alongside the DJ?  Check!!  Here’s our Q&A with the bride.

When was your wedding and where did it take place?
Joey and I were married on September 12, 2014 at St. Luke’s Church in Whitestone, NY.  The reception was at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, NY.  The weather was absolutely picture perfect that day!

When did you know that your wedding dress was “the one”?

I had a pretty clear idea of the dress style I wanted, so that helped narrow down the options when I went dress shopping–I also knew that I would definitely be a Pronovias bride (since they specialize in lace), so booked my only dress appointment at their beautiful flagship store in NYC.  I only tried on three dresses before I found “the one” (which was dress style Leroig).  I felt stunning in the gown, but what really sealed it for me was the look on my mother’s and sister’s face–I knew then and there that it was the one!

Rank your top 10 favorite memories from your wedding day!

#10 – Seeing our vision and personal touches come together. I have a Type A personality, so making sure every little detail was perfect was crucial.  Since I’m all about the personal touches, walking into our decorated reception venue for the first time was definitely one of the highlights of my night. From the candlelit orchid centerpieces, the perfect placement of the beautifully wrapped favors and the sixty-eight hurricane candles that lined the bay windows to the vintage birdcage card holder, everything was absolutely perfect.

Choosing a DJ for the wedding was also very important to us as we both LOVE to dance. We decided to go with DJ Serg, a DJ we’ve seen spin since we started going to clubs as teenagers!  He had also DJ’ed at some of our favorite weddings, so hiring him was a no-brainer and one of our best wedding decisions.  He kept the dance floor packed and provided the amber uplighting for the entire room. He also prepared our wedding slideshow, which was one of the most emotional parts of the wedding for us.  Seeing pictures of us as children with our dearly departed grandparents as well as pictures of us at the Prom was truly special.

Last but not least, the vodka ice luge was not included in the original plan–it was actually a last minute gift from our banquet manager.  Anyone who knows me knows that there are few things I love more than drinking and reminiscing about college, so of course proving to everyone that I could still chug ice cold vodka from an ice luge shaped like a martini glass without choking was one of my favorite wedding moments!


 #9 – Cutting the wedding cake. Cutting the wedding cake was a lot of fun because it showed what a pair of spazzes we are.  We started cutting the cake and couldn’t get the knife through–turns out we were cutting a layer that wasn’t actually cake!  After the maitre d’ took over and showed us how to properly cut the cake, we had a blast taking huge spoonfuls of cake and force feeding them to each other.  Yet another reason we are perfect for each other!


#8 – Opening my wedding morning gift. I will honestly say I was not expecting a wedding gift from Joey.  I thought my engagement ring and wedding band were more than enough so I was extremely surprised when my matron of honor gave me a gift from him.  The box was almost too stunning to open! But of course I did, and inside was an exquisite gold swarovski elephant.

Not only am I completely obsessed with collecting elephants but it was gold, one of our wedding colors.  From the moment I received that beautiful symbol of good luck, I knew the wedding would be perfect.

#7 – Getting ready with my friends and family.  I chose to get ready in a hotel suite rather than my childhood home for several reasons–location, comfort, and because it would guarantee that my family wouldn’t be late!  We had two makeup artists and three hairstylists to help me, my mother, several of my 10 bridesmaids and flower girl get ready.  I also had the hotel set up a breakfast buffet in the suite so we could drink champagne and eat while we got ready.   My best friend Martine set up the coolest playlist which had us all singing and dancing.  Getting ready in that room with my closest friends and family was one of my favorite memories from my wedding day.

#6 – When my mothers buttoned the back of my dress.  When Pronovias told me I could alter my wedding dress to have buttons run all the way down the back of my dress, I was over the moon!  But of course I didn’t realize how much work would go into buttoning the entire dress, so it became quite a task on the day of the wedding.  Originally, my mother tried but she only got halfway through, so my stepmother stepped in and buttoned the rest.   Having both my mothers help me get ready was such a touching and personal moment.

#5 – Taking pictures!  One of the reasons I think our wedding was so perfect was definitely the weather.   It was neither hot nor cold and there was not a cloud in the sky.  This stroke of good luck, combined with our super talented photographers and the most scenic wedding venue ever resulted in the best wedding pictures we could have asked for.   I’m pretty sure a lot of brides wouldn’t say that taking pictures is one of the highlights of their wedding day, but it actually was for me.

It was so fun hanging out with our bridal party near a stone castle in the woods and our photographers turned it into quite the adventure–they even had me and Joey climb rocks!  It was a lot of fun but it was also one of the few private moments that Joey and I got to spend together on our wedding day.  Even though we had our videographer and photographers with us, it still felt very intimate. I think you can truly see how much we love each other in those particular photos.


#4 – Sparkler Send Off.   I was definitely a Pinterest bride–I actually can’t imagine what planning a wedding without Pinterest is like!  So of course a lot of my ideas came from there. One idea that I saw on Pinterest quite a lot was the Sparkler Send Off.  It looked like a lot of fun and the pictures always turned out so awesome but putting it into practice was a lot harder than I thought.   I had so many questions! How many sparklers did I need? How do I let the guests know when it was supposed to happen? Where will it take place? How do I make sure it happens before everyone leaves?

Luckily, my amazing banquet manager Rocco and superstar photographers, Forged in the North, knew exactly how to make it happen. It turned out perfectly and was so much fun that we ran through the “guard of honor” twice! Not to mention, the photos were pretty amazing!

#3 – Dancing with my father. They say weddings are about the bride, but I believe that they are also about the father of the bride.  Not only was he at my side for the biggest day of my life, but he was glowing just as much as I was. My father and I have come a very long way in our relationship so having the perfect father/daughter dance was very important to me.  I actually chose the song we would dance to before I was even engaged.  My father’s favorite band is Guns N’ Roses so I wanted to dance to one of their songs but it was very difficult finding a song that wasn’t too fast or rock-and-rollish.   With the help of my fabulous DJ, we were able to find a rare acoustic version of “Sweet Child of Mine“. The look on my father’s face when the song started playing was priceless. It was truly a perfect moment.

#2 – Our First Dance. There were many songs in the running for our first dance as husband and wife. I always imagined that my wedding song would be “Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS but that was before I was even with Joey.  It dawned on me that I should probably include my future husband in the decision for our first dance song, and he actually surprised me with the perfect choice.  He told me that when we were together as teenagers, he always thought of me when “The Scientist” by Coldplay came on. I realized that I too always thought of him when that song played.

Even though the song may seem like an odd choice for a first dance (since it’s about a breakup) given our history, it was the perfect song for us. With lyrics like, “I had to find you/ tell you I need you/ Tell you I set you apart” and “Tell me you love me/ come back and haunt me/ Oh and I rush to the start/ Running in circles/ Chasing our tails/ coming back as we are“, it was literally our song.  I still get teary-eyed when I think of us dancing to that song.

#1 – Walking down the Aisle. I loved our wedding ceremony so much but walking down the aisle was one of the most nerve-wrecking moments of my life (comparable only to walking on stage to get my law school diploma).  I did not expect the church to be filled to capacity nor did I anticipate what it would feel like to have all those eyes on me. However, once I got over the initial shock and found Joey through the crowd, we just locked eyes and I pretty much floated towards him. We didn’t have a first look, so seeing him at the altar with that look of happiness on his face was truly one of the best moments of my life.

Wedding Vendors 

Photographer: Forged in the North Photography
ReceptionVenue: Glen Island Harbour Club
Ceremony Venue: St. Luke’s Catholic Church
Florist: Arcadia Floral
DJ: DJ Serg
Videographer: Patken Photographer
Limos: Ultimate Class Limo
Bridesmaid Dresses: My White Wedding Bridals
Photobooth: Send in the Clowns
Favors: Casa del Corredo

Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest Google-+ Email