Lisa and Michael’s Elegant, Regal Fall Wedding

Serendipity struck for Lisa and Michael over lunch one May day!

“I went to a restaurant called Marina Cafe located on Staten Island on May 21, 2009 and ran into someone I knew from college who introduced me to Michael. We hit it off right away.”

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Lisa and Michael, spectacular bridal jewelry and  headpiece – Bridal Styles New York, photography – Riccardo Studios

After such a delightful first meeting, Lisa and Michael both knew they wanted to spend more time together…and soon discovered they were meant for one another.

“When we went on our first date to Cebu restaurant in Brooklyn we both felt an instant connection. We felt so comfortable with each other. Our relationship grew more and more as time went by. I felt something special inside and I knew deep down inside he was the one.”

Lisa, bridal headpiece and jewelry - Bridal Styles New York

Lisa, bridal headpiece and jewelry – Bridal Styles New York, photography – Riccardo Studios

That introduction so many months ago wasn’t the only wonderful mealtime surprise in store for Lisa – Michael had one more in store.

“Michael took me to a restaurant named Dylan Prime located in Tribeca, NYC. We were having such a great time and as we were having dessert he popped the question. This was such a shock but a beautiful surprise because I didn’t expect it. This is a moment that i will never forget. We were both in tears because we were both so happy. We couldn’t wait to share the news with our family and friends.”

Lisa and Michael, bridal headpiece and jewelry - Bridal Styles New York

Lisa and Michael, elegant bridal headpiece and jewelry – Bridal Styles New York,  photography – Riccardo Studios

Happily engaged, with the help of their parents, Lisa and Michael began planning the wedding of their dreams by choosing their venue.

“Michael and I decided that the month of October would be a beautiful time of year to have our wedding because of all the beautiful fall colors and scenery. We started to look at the different venues. After a few weeks, we selected Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, NJ. The minute we stepped into the hall we knew it was the place for our beautiful and elegant wedding. From the grand ballroom with its floor to ceiling windows and beautiful view to the gorgeous grounds it was perfect. It was everything we wanted.”

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Lisa and Michael, bridal hair jewelry and jewelry – Bridal Styles New York,  photography – Riccardo Studios

Next, the two began setting the scene for their romantic, sophisticated wedding celebration:

“We knew we wanted the wedding to have an elegant look, so we chose to have tall trumpet vases topped with all ivory roses, hydrangeas, and calla lilies. There were crystal strands hanging from each vase along with candles all around the tables that were covered in a diamond wrap which gave it a romantic feel.”

Lisa and Michael, bridal headpiece and jewelry - Bridal Styles New York

Lisa and Michael, custom Swarovski crystal bridal headpiece and jewelry – Bridal Styles New York,  photography – Riccardo Studios

With everything in place, Lisa dove into the best part of the planning process – choosing her own wedding look, starting with the dress.

“Every girl dreams of this special day in her life when she walks down the aisle. The gown that I chose was designed by Amalia Carrara. It was sophisticated, eminently beautiful and exactly how I envisioned myself to look. The style I chose was a ball gown with a strapless, sweetheart neckline and long train. The gown was embellished with Swarovski crystals and lace along with a scalloped hem and I paired it with a cathedral veil that looked perfect with my gown.”

Lisa and Michael, bridal headpiece and jewelry - Bridal Styles New York

Lisa, elegant bridal necklace, bracelet, earrings and headpiece – Bridal Styles New York, photography – Riccardo Studios

Spectacular wedding gown chosen, Lisa was ready for the icing on the cake – her accessories!

“I selected my headpiece and jewelry at Bridal Styles Boutique in Brooklyn. Embedded with Swarovski crystals, my custom-made headpiece was breathtaking. My necklace, bracelet, and earrings matched with the headpiece’s design…Everything looked stunning.“

Lisa and Michael, bridal headpiece and jewelry - Bridal Styles New York

Lisa and Michael, bridal headpiece and jewelry – Bridal Styles New York,  photography – Riccardo Studios

Finally, October 29 arrived, and like the day they met, there was a surprise in store.

“The morning of the wedding it started to flurry. As the day went on we had a snowstorm. Even though it snowed everything was perfect and everyone came and had a great time. Everything was covered in white but it looked lovely! Officiated by Father Richard Guastella, our ceremony took place at the Church of St. Clare on Staten Island. The church looked absolutely beautiful decorated with all the flowers. The organist and violinist played beautiful music, giving our ceremony such a special touch.

We will never forget exchanging vows on the altar with each other. Both of us shed tears of happiness and were so excited to be husband and wife.”

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Lisa and Michael, spectacular bridal headpiece and jewelry – Bridal Styles New York,  photography – Riccardo Studios

Following their ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests headed to Westmount Country Club  to celebrate!

“Our Wedding day was a day that we will always remember. Everything was perfect from the beginning to the end. It was everything I hoped it would be.”

Lisa and Michael, bridal headpiece and jewelry - Bridal Styles New York

Lisa and Michael, gorgeous Swarovski bridal headpiece and jewelry – Bridal Styles New York,  photography – Riccardo Studios

After such a magical day, Lisa and Michael have this advice for other soon-to-be weds planning their weddings:

“This is a day that you will always remember so plan it the way you envisioned it to be. Enjoy every moment because it is over before you know it. “

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Lisa and Michael, bridal headpiece and jewelry – Bridal Styles New York,  photography – Riccardo Studios

Thank you so much for sharing your wedding and story with us – best wishes to you both!

Lisa and Michael’s wedding vendors:

Bridal Reflections: The staff were wonderful, especially Sara, my bridal consultant. She was extremely helpful in helping me to find the look that I’d envisioned for myself.

Bridal Styles: Was amazing. They helped me find the perfect headpiece and jewelry for the big day. They were wonderful and helped me put together the look that I wanted.

Atlas Florist: Did a beautiful job with all our flowers. Everything was picture perfect.

Riccardo Studio: Handled my photography and video. Their crew was great and took amazing pictures that will last me a lifetime.

Hank Lane Productions: Our band did an outstanding job and had the right mix of songs that everyone enjoyed all night long.

Sedette from Salon Illusion: Gave me a loose updo and my hair looked beautiful. She did a great job.

Debbie from Makeovers: Made sure my makeup was flawless. She made me look natural with all the right colors & shades.

Bridal Assistant/ Day of Coordinator: Loren Avellino was a huge help. She made sure everything was perfect, took care of all the vendors and ensured they were all prepared and everything was right. She was a life -saver!


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