Tricia & Ralph’s Beautiful Summer Wedding!

The night Bridal Styles bride Tricia met a handsome guy on his motorcycle outside the Blue Zoo in Bay Ridge changed everything.

“I knew he was the one from the first night we met. There was something about it and I couldn’t pin point it exactly. Then he met my whole family and he was so cool about it and fit right in with everyone, like we knew each other for several years and we were friends before we started dating. I knew then that I would marry him!”

Bridal Styles Bride Tricia & Ralph, photo  - Visual Image Photography

 Tricia & Ralph, crystal encrusted veil and bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photo – Visual Image Photography

Tricia’s intuition that day was proven right a year and five months later on March 10, 2010, when Ralph surprised her by getting down on one knee at the Central Park Boat House.

“Ralph told me that we hadn’t gone out in a while and we should celebrate our anniversary by having a romantic lunch. He kept where we were going a surprise (but everyone else in my family knew, of course). As soon as we pulled up I knew where we were going and I was so excited!!! He was so nervous the whole day. Towards the end of lunch, right before dessert, he told me to come closer – that he wanted to be closer to me. Then, he told me he loved me so much and that I have made him so happy, the happiest he has ever been and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. He kneeled on one knee and PROPOSED TO ME!!! It was so romantic and planned out. He gave the camera to the host ahead of time so they could capture the whole moment!”

Bridal Styles Bride Tricia & Ralph, photo - Visual Image Photography

 Tricia, elegant veil and crystal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photos – Visual Image Photography

Almost right away, Tricia and Ralph began planning their ceremony at Good Shepherd Church and dream wedding reception at the Riviera…with a little help from Tricia’s mom and sister.

“My mom was there every step of the way. From going with Ralph to pick out my stunning engagement ring, to picking out our wedding invitations. She really was there for it all. Everything we wanted and asked for she and my father made sure that it happened. We truly could not and would have not done it without her by our sides!!!

Bridal Styles Bride Tricia & Ralph, photo - Visual Image Photography

 Tricia & family, crystal veil, custom Swarovski crystal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photos – Visual Image Photography

“Planning the wedding was extremely fun, exciting and stressful at times. I wanted everything to sparkle, and everything down to the Table Numbers did! It definitely was very time consuming and I searched online for everything I needed and wanted. If I saw something and couldn’t find it I made sure to find another way to have it! I was very particular about everything and neat. I kept all of my contracts, papers, print-outs, cut outs, in a folder with separate sections that way I knew where everything was when I needed it. Planning a wedding is a lot of work and when you are as perfect and detailed as I was, keeping a folder is the way to go!”

Bridal Styles Bride Tricia & Ralph, photo - Visual Image Photography

 Tricia & Ralph, bridal veil and dramatic custom crystal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photo – Visual Image Photography

One of the biggest decisions on any bride’s to-do list is her wedding gown, and for Tricia it was no different! She had a vision of how she wanted to look and set out to find The Dress:

“I envisioned myself to look classy and traditional. I wanted a white satin dress, and for it to sparkle when it came down the aisle. I knew that I didn’t want it to be strapless. Eve of Milady designed my dress to perfection. I took one top from one gown and a bottom from another gown and put it together. My dress was gorgeous and sparkled all over. I wish one day I could wear it again.”

Bridal Styles Bride Tricia & Ralph, photo - Visual Image Photography

 Tricia, custom crystal veil, elegant bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photos – Visual Image Photography

Before she even walked through our doors, Tricia was a Bridal Styles customer – her communion headpiece had been a Bridal Styles creation!

“My headpiece was custom made from none-other than Bridal Styles! I knew that I would always go back to them. My Aunt got her bridal headpiece from there and I had gotten my communion headpiece from there. My mom always told me that when I get married I would be going back there for my wedding headpiece and sure enough, that is where I got my custom sparkling Swarovski crystal headpiece. Medina and the staff there were so helpful as always and knew exactly what I wanted. I think that I loved my headpiece more than my dress. I think to myself every day ‘When I will be able to wear it again?’!”

Bridal Styles Bride Tricia & Ralph, photo - Visual Image Photography

 Tricia, glittering bridal veil, dramatic custom crystal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photo – Visual Image Photography

Finally, April 21, 2012 arrived!

“It was truly the most amazing day that we have experienced yet! Everything was perfect from the minute I woke up to the minute we went to bed. In the morning I went for my hair and make-up at Concept Elite with my Maid of Honor which of course was my sister, my mom and two of my bridesmaids, my cousin Melissa and best friend Juliana. It was an amazing morning! Concept Elite did an amazing job on all of us, I wouldn’t have chosen anywhere else. After that, I came home to a beautiful display of over hundred roses from my husband-to-be! Next, the rest of my bridesmaids arrived along with family, and the photographer arrived for pictures. My sister and mom helped me get ready to go and meet my future husband at the church. It was all a dream come true and I wish we could do it all over again! A bride plans for years with her fiancé for their wedding day and it is all gone and finished in one day! We enjoyed our day to the fullest and have a video and tons of pictures for the memories!!!”

Bridal Styles Bride Tricia & Ralph, photo - Visual Image Photography

 Tricia, Ralph & family, bridal veil and  crystal bridal headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photos – Visual Image Photography

But before leaving the house to walk down the aisle, Tricia did one very important thing:

“When I was a little girl, my grandma always kissed a penny saying that meant good luck, and that I would be happy as long as I had her penny with me by my side! So that day I taped a penny on the bottom of each of my shoe soles. This reminded me of my grandmother and that she was always by my side throughout the day!”

Bridal Styles Bride Tricia & Ralph, photo - Visual Image Photography

 Tricia & Ralph, elegant veil, spectacular crystal bridal hair accessory – Bridal Styles Boutique, photos – Visual Image Photography

Though filled with many wonderful moments, to Tricia and Ralph, two stand out as extra special. They both remember:

“Sitting at our reception, looking at each other and thinking to ourselves that all these people are celebrating our love. We just grasped the moment and really enjoyed it! Another memorable part of was saying our vows to each other!! Expressing your love to one another in front of tons of people is definitely something we will never forget!”

Bridal Styles Bride Tricia & Ralph, photo - Visual Image Photography

 Tricia & Ralph,  striking Swarovski crystal headpiece  and bridal veil- Bridal Styles Boutique, photos – Visual Image Photography

As happily married newlyweds, Tricia and Ralph have the following advice for other couples planning their weddings:

“Enjoy everything to the fullest. Planning a wedding is extremely stressful and takes a lot out of couple. There are definitely ups and downs that you’re going to come across, and something – not matter how hard you try – will not be perfect. Remember that no matter how much stress you or things you come across in the end all that matters is you and your husband-to-be’s happiness and how much you love each other. Also, at some point of the day just take a few minutes look around at everything and breathe it all in. That feeling, that experience that look will never be there again! Make it Last and make the absolute BEST of it!!”

Bridal Styles Bride Tricia & Ralph, photo - Visual Image Photography

 Tricia & Ralph, crystal encrusted veil and  headpiece – Bridal Styles Boutique, photo – Visual Image Photography

Thank you so much for sharing your day with us, Tricia and Ralph! Best wishes!

 

Tricia and Ralph’s wonderful wedding vendors:

Reception- The Riviera
Headpiece- Bridal Styles Boutique
Hair and make-up: Concept Elite
Bridesmaids and family gowns- Doris Fashions
Flowers- Flowers by Emil
Limousine Transportation- A-Class Limousine

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