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Anna & Pietro’s Westmount Country Club Wedding

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

April 16, 2008 is a day that both Anna and her new husband Pietro will always remember. It was when everything changed!

They had known each other through mutual friends, but it was while at a friend’s barbeque they found themselves sitting together talking about life when Pietro asked Anna out to dinner.

The rest, as they say, is history!

Bridal Styles real bride Anna & Pietro, image by Studio D NYC

Anna & Pietro, unique bridal hair comb and vintage inspired jewelry – Bridal Styles, image by Studio D NYC

Two years later in February, Anna was headed to the gym. Meanwhile, Pietro had arrived at their home from work to get everything set for the special night in which he planned to propose.

However, Anna found herself stuck in traffic, missed her gym class, and headed home. “I walked into a kitchen and saw a bouquet of beautiful red roses. I thought they were for our second year anniversary but then he pulled a little black box and said ‘I have something else for you!’”

Bridal Styles real bride Anna & Pietro, image by Studio D NYC

Anna & Pietro, heirloom bridal jewelry – Bridal Styles, image by Studio D NYC

When she opened the box, for a moment Anna was too shocked and excited to speak! But by the time Pietro asked for her hand, she recovered enough to say ‘yes.’

Since they wanted to start a family right away, Anna and Pietro decided to wed by the end of the year, choosing November 13, 2010 for their date.

Bridal Styles real bride Anna & Pietro, image by Studio D NYC

Anna & Pietro, vintage inspired bridal accessories – Bridal Styles, image by Studio D NYC

As a bridal coordinator with her own wedding planning and coordinating company, A Touch Of Posh, Anna had taken care of many brides and their weddings! So she knew exactly what she wanted to do and the top vendors to choose. It wasn’t long before she and Pietro had chosen Sacred Heart of Jesus in Bayside and Westmount Country Club for their ceremony and reception, along with all the professionals that would help make their dream wedding come true.

Bridal Styles real bride Anna & Pietro, image by Studio D NYC

Anna & Pietro, vintage inspired bridal hair comb and jewelry – Bridal Styles, image by Studio D NYC

Next on her list were her wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses!

“I always wanted to have a big, beautiful wedding. I knew exactly what dress I was going wear and the dresses I envisioned my brides in. My dress was by Maggie Sottero ‘Sabelle’ custom encrusted with Swarovski crystals, and my bridesmaids wore dresses by Bill Levkoff. My favorite color is Burgundy/wine, which is prefect for Fall, so it became the color theme of my wedding.”

Bridal Styles real bride Anna & Pietro, image by Studio D NYC

Anna & Pietro, bridal hair comb and jewelry – Bridal Styles, image by Studio D NYC

Bridal gown chosen, Anna began to search for her bridal accessories. “I wanted to get a unique headpiece and vintage looking accessories, but couldn’t find the one I LOVED, until a friend suggested that I go to Bridal Styles Boutique. Once there, I knew it was the place to find one of a kind headpieces and accessories. There were so many headpieces my eyes were all over the store. With all that amazing stuff I was able to find a headpiece I LOVED and vintage style accessories – just what I was looking for. My accessories made me look different, unique! I couldn’t wait to wear them!”

Bridal Styles real bride Anna & Pietro, image by Studio D NYC

Anna & Pietro, vintage inspired bridal hair comb and jewelry – Bridal Styles, image by Studio D NYC

To Anna and Pietro, the sunny skies and 65 degree weather that greeted them and their 300 guests on their wedding day was just icing on the cake. It meant so much to “celebrate the beginning of our lives together with friends and family – it was very special to us! We put our hearts into making the wedding of our dreams!”

Bridal Styles real bride Anna & Pietro, image by Studio D NYC

Anna & Pietro, vintage inspired CZ jewelry – Bridal Styles, image by Studio D NYC

Even among all those great memories, for Anna and Pietro some will always remain vivid. “Walking down the aisle and seeing the man I love standing by the aisle waiting to spend the rest of his life with me was the most memorable part of my wedding. The first dance was my husbands, besides the surprise grooms cake. I got him a 3D deer cake since he’s a big hunter!”

Bridal Styles real bride Anna & Pietro, image by Studio D NYC

Anna & Pietro, vintage inspired bridal hair comb and jewelry – Bridal Styles, image by Studio D NYC

Now newlyweds, Anna and Pietro have the following advice for engaged couples planning their weddings:

“Have the wedding of your dreams! Plan it the way you always envisioned it to be, because it is the most memorable day of your life! There are so many great vendors that would work with you and your budget, just remember to choose them carefully. We had the best experience with all the vendors we chose! It is very important to work with professional people who care about your day! Remember it’s your big day and you should be treated like a princess, have fun planning your wedding and the most important don’t get too stressed out! Enjoy every minute of your wedding day, because it goes too quick! Hire a wedding coordinator to do all the work for you the day of your wedding so you and your bridal party can enjoy the best day of your life!”

Thanks so much, Anna and Pietro, for sharing your images and day with us, and best wishes!

Anna and Pietro’s wedding vendors:

Anna’s wedding planning and coordination company: A Touch of Posh

Flowers: Pedestals florist

Invitations: Events Couture

Cake: Palermo Bakery

Photography: Studio D NYC

Reception: Westmount Country Club

Angelica and Lorenzo

Friday, February 12th, 2010


A Couple Destined to be Together


The Beginning

Angelica and Lorenzo’s fathers served in the Italian army together. When Lorenzo’s family moved to New Jersey, the fathers reconnected and the families became good friends. It was at a Fourth of July celebration, that Angelica and Lorenzo spent the whole night together, talking and getting to know each other. “I was only fourteen and he was seventeen, but we both knew we were going to spend the rest of our lives together” remembers Angelica.  They were so young that they decided to take things slowly but two years later, Angelica got tired of being “just friends” and asked Lorenzo what he saw for their future. His answer was simple “I see you as my wife and the mother of my kids”. They weren’t ” just friends” after that!

The Proposal

On October 20th 2007, Lorenzo took Angelica to their favorite sushi restaurant for lunch, then to Serendipity for dessert, followed by a walk in Central Park, where he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him! “I was never in more shock in my entire life and as if the day wasn’t perfect enough, he had ALL of our family and friends waiting for us for a huge celebration at home!” recalls Angelica

The Bride’s Look

Angelica knew that she wanted something different for her wedding day, a dress that was “simple” or “typical” was not an option. “I had seen a picture of a dress in a magazine before I was even engaged and fell IN LOVE! I hung on to the picture and when it was time, I knew where to go! Bridal Reflections in Manhattan was one of the few places that carried St.Pucci dresses. I tried on about twenty dresses but in my heart I knew I had already found my dress! “Her dress was definitely not typical, a gorgeous Victorian gown with yards and yards of rich silk and beautiful intricate embroidery.

A gown as unique as this needed a very unique headpiece to compliment it. “I heard Bridal Styles Boutique had a huge, beautiful selection so I knew I’d find what I was looking for there. When I showed Edward a picture of my dress, he knew just what to bring out! He brought out two stunning pieces and after much thought, me, my mother and Edward chose my piece. It was a custom, handmade piece; therefore if my goal was to be different, then this piece was definitely for me! While I was there he also designed a short veil edged with Swarovski crystals for the reception. I bought beautiful jewelry for my bridesmaids and flower girl there as well. Their products are like nothing I have seen before! They really have something for everyone!” recalls Angelica


The Wedding

Almost two years of planning and preparing passed before the big day arrived. It started at Mt. Virgin Church in Garfield New Jersey. There in the church where the bride had grown up, stood Angelica and Lorenzo at the altar, surrounded by a 28 member bridal party filled with brothers and sisters, cousins and closest friends. After the cousins recited a reading and a sister-in-law sang, the bride and groom exchanged their vows and the young sweethearts finally became husband and wife. The church filled with applause!

A beautiful reception followed at the picturesque Westmount Country Club in West Paterson New Jersey. Atlas Floral Decorators transformed the elegant ballroom into a paradise.”When the matre’d escorted Lorenzo and me into the ballroom, we were completely speechless, everything I had envisioned and much more surrounded me! They truly went above and beyond!” The 320 guests enjoyed an Italian feast and danced the night away to the sound of MGM Band from Staten Island NY. “There were a few songs that meant a lot to me and Lorenzo, and they had no problem learning them and surprising us at the wedding!” remembers Angelica. All of the priceless moments were captured beautifully by ESP Photographers from Hasbrouck Heights in NJ. “After seeing what beautiful work they did for a good friend I knew I had to hire them. Their albums are just so personal and romantic and Deon is just the sweetest person to work with! When the wedding highlights that Classic Video Productions made me cry, I knew they were the ones I wanted to shoot my wedding! Two other extremely helpful vendors were Jaynee’s Party in Englewood NJ, who made my wedding and shower invitations and Towne Limo from LyndhurstNJ. My driver had everything from safety pins, to umbrellas, to mints in his bag!!!” Planning a wedding can be very stressful but Angelica, with the help of her “amazing” mother and many excellent vendors got to experience the wonderful day that she and Lorenzo had dreamed about since they were kids.


The Most Memorable Moment

For Angelica- “My most memorable moment had to be our first dance. We danced to “Endless Love” surrounded by our entire bridal party, as well as our family and friends. The feeling of dancing for the first time with your husband and knowing that everyone who loves you and believes in your love was there to witness it, was a wonderful feeling.”

For Lorenzo- “The most memorable moment was our exchange of vows. I waited for this moment for seven years and couldn’t have been more ready to become husband and wife!”


Words of Advice from the Newlyweds

“There’s a lot that goes into planning a wedding that can drive you nuts, but when it’s all over you’re going to miss the excitement and the special treatment, so make sure you have fun with it! Don’t let ANYONE (family, friend or vendors) ruin your wedding planning experience! In the end, everything falls into place. The worries are natural but when you truly love one another, you stay focused on the end result…spending your lives with one another…and that makes all the sacrifice and stress worth it!”


Photographs provided by ESP Photography Studio