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Contents FALL/WINTER 2016
FEATURES & ARTICLES 14
COVER COUPLE & FINALISTS Meet our cover couple and see our finalists
RECENTLY ENGAGED Five couples share how their fiancÃ© popped the question
WEDDING PLANNING TIMELINE Our easy-to-follow guide to help you through the planning process
PUERTO RICO: MADE FOR ROMANCE Learn why this destination should be on your honeymoon or destination wedding radar
NEW JERSEY & NEW YORK RECEPTION SITE GUIDE The best wedding facilities in the tri-state and metro areas
MARRIED IN MEXICO Destination daydreams come true in Puerto Vallarta
COLORFUL CAKES Wedding cake creations beyond your wildest wedding day vision
HONEYMOON SWEEPSTAKES Enter to win a romantic honeymoon at the upscale CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
UNBROKEN WEDDING BLISS KSS Photography gifts an Aruban local cancer survivor the opportunity to be a bride
A LITTLE SLICE OF LUXURY Begin your forever after in Boca Raton, Florida
DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT Exclusive interview with local New Jersey gown designer, Michael Cosentino
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Contents FALL/WINTER 2016
45 REAL WEDDINGS
18 Amanda & Dan at Rock Island Lake Club
68 Dazzling Diamonds
30 Tina & Albert at The Estate at Florentine Gardens
88 Beautiful Bouquets
46 Maria & Frank at Pleasantdale Château 54 Jacqueline & Adam at Perona Farms
93 Lovely Ladies 162 Sign Language
60 Liz & Adam at Channel Club 96 Michelle & David at Versailles Ballroom 108 Jacqueline & Frank at The Venetian 114 Erika & Eric at The Mill at Spring Lake Heights
IN EVERY ISSUE 45 OUR FAVORITE THINGS Products and trends our staff currently loves 95 GIFTS FOR YOUR BRIDAL PARTY A fine selection of items for your entourage
124 Stephanie & Dustin at Westmount Country Club 130 Andrea & Domenic at Clarks Landing Yacht Club - Delran 134 Sydney & Kyle at Crystal Ballroom
148 HONEYMOON HOTSPOTS Romantic destinations for your honeymoon getaway 185 INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Wedding merchants & reception sites
138 Dana & Enzo at Nanina’s In The Park 142 Ashley & Salvatore at Clarks Landing Yacht Club 164 Jennifer & Justin at Fairmont Southampton Bermuda
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country love Amanda loves participating in country line dancing and karaoke in her spare time, but little did she know she would be dancing right into love when a local bar started having a country night. “My friends and I made it a regular occasion to go every Thursday night, and I would always lock eyes with this really tall guy that went every week too,” Amanda shared. After a few weeks, Dan finally made the first move, and after chatting for a while, the pair went their separate ways. Every week thereafter, Amanda found herself looking forward to seeing Dan, and the following Thursday, they talked again, but this time, they spent the entire night together. Upon heading out for the night, Dan walked Amanda to her car, and when the song “Then” by Brad Paisley came on, Dan asked Amanda to dance right there in the parking lot. “It was so sweet and romantic, and I knew at that moment he was “the one.” Center Stage Surprise: In 2014 Amanda was crowned Miss Rodeo New Jersey and spent the year traveling the country to take part in some of the largest rodeos in the United States. At the end of her reign, Amanda was asked to sing the National Anthem and run sponsor flags at the annual First Frontier Circuit Finals Rodeo in Harrisburg, PA. While she was taking her final sponsor flag across the arena, she noticed the rodeo judge closed the exit gate, who then asked her to step down from her horse. Completely confused, Amanda turned to see Dan in the center of the arena with a microphone in hand. It was then Dan dropped down to one knee and proposed in front of thousands of people. “I wanted the proposal to be really special for Amanda, and since her passion is rodeo, I couldn’t think of a better place.
Rustic Romance: The pair share a love for all things outdoors, so it was fitting they went with a rustic and elegant theme. Shades of peach ombré and navy beautifully paired together, while jute and burlap made lovely accent colors. Setting the Scene: When Amanda and Dan began searching for the perfect facility to host their wedding, an outdoor setting was a must-have on their list. Upon arriving at Rock Island Lake Club (nestled in the Sparta Mountains), the couple was immediately able to picture themselves exchanging vows under the white birch arbor overlooking the lake. Additionally, they liked the idea of having the day’s events in one location, which made it convenient for guests, and the accommodating staff, who went above and beyond to make sure every detail was how they envisioned. “Rock Island Lake Club [fit] exactly the kind of wedding I had always dreamed of, and it truly fit who we are as a couple,” Amanda raved.
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Photo Fun: Amanda and Dan loved working with KSS Photography, who flawlessly captured every moment on camera. Not only did Kiamarie and her assistant Steve make them feel comfortable in front of the camera but, through their fun-loving personalities, made the couple feel like they had known them for years. The couple agreed “Kiamarie takes pride in her work and truly enjoys what she does. It’s nice to see someone get just as excited for your wedding as you do.” Bouquet Breakdown: Amanda carried a statement bouquet featuring a colorful selection of garden roses, peonies, hypericum, berries, and lots of greenery all wrapped up in burlap and lace. Her grandmother’s favorite peach parrot pin was attached to the bouquet, which served as her something old. Sentimental Dreamer: The bride incorporated her love of romance novels by wrapping some of her favorite books in lace and placing them on each table. A table number was displayed in a small wood round on top of each stack of books. The Future: After honeymooning in the Bahamas, the newlyweds are looking forward to building a life together and starting a family.
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Announce your engagement and have an engagement party n Compile your preliminary guest list and organize addresses n Set a wedding budget n Discuss and decide wedding budget financials n Consider hiring a wedding planner n Start a wedding binder to keep all ideas, contracts, and info in one place n Choose a wedding date n Search and book your ceremony and reception site and secure date with deposit(s) n Begin to discuss wedding style n Enter the Honeymoon Sweepstakes and start your search for local vendors on ContemporaryWeddingsMagazine.com
Book your engagement session with your photographer n Order and send out your save the dates n Shop and order bridesmaid dresses n Book ceremony musicians n Research and book wedding transportation n Start planning and book your honeymoon (this includes hotel accommodations and airfare) n Start researching invitations, hire an invitation designer, and begin the selection process
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the perfect setup A sneaky setup by Tina’s cousin, Vincenza, ended up as a lifelong match for Tina and Albert. Convinced she was going to a party in Seaside, New Jersey, Tina was surprised to find no one at the party location but Vincenza, Albert, and his brother; her cousin had set her up to meet Albert. Although Tina didn’t think Albert was her type, he proved her wrong after their first date at a local Applebee’s. Looking back on their first date, Tina said, “I had a wonderful time with Albert on our dinner date, and from that moment on, it was the beginning of our together.” On August 17, 2012, Albert surprised Tina with a date night to Seaside Heights, where he led her to Lucky Leo’s, an arcade the couple went to each Sunday. As Tina played “The Wizard of Oz” game at the arcade, Albert dropped down on one knee next to her with a custom ring from Venzio Jewelers in a ruby slipper, and Tina said yes. “The minute I laid my eyes on her, I knew there was something special about her,” Albert said. “And from that moment on, it was the beginning of the rest of my life.” Playing Favorites: Tina’s favorite number is fifteen, so it came as no surprise that she opted for a three-year engagement just so she could get married in 2015. The sequence of their wedding date (5-10-15) is also the same when it’s flipped backward. Love at First Sight: Tina was twelve years old when she first fell in love with The Estate at Florentine Gardens while attending a surprise 80th birthday party for Tom Daidone’s mother. “Everything from the grand piano in the foyer to the three crystal chandeliers in the ballroom, with the most amazing floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the manicured gardens, stood out to me,” Tina reminisced. “Our first appointment with Maria Daidone was great, and she’s amazing at what she does. I’m super grateful to her and the entire Florentine Gardens family for helping me and my husband have the wedding of our dreams made into a reality.”
Regal Romance: The couple’s color palette of dark purple, lavender, gold, and ivory fit the regal romance theme perfectly for their big fat Italian wedding. On Cloud Nine: Tina and Albert shared their first dance as husband and wife to “I Belong to You” by Eros Ramazzotti and Anastacia while they danced on the clouds. Capturing the Moment: From the wedding day preparations to the couple’s first look, throughout the ceremony, and reception, Milton Gil Photographers was on hand, capturing the moments in beautiful imagery. Tina loved their quality of work, as well as their professionalism, calm demeanor, and sense of humor.
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Bouquet Breakdown: Ivory peonies, garden roses, and accents of lavender roses, freesia, stephanotis, Swarovski crystals, and a gold crystal brooch made up the bride’s bouquet. All in the Family: The couple framed wedding photographs from relatives and placed them on the fireplace in the lobby and surrounding tables where guests walked in. Tina and Albert also honored loved ones by displaying various pictures on an in-lovingmemory-of table in the ballroom. Something Old: Tina wore her mother’s cathedral lace veil for her something old. Groom’s Favorite Memory: Seeing Tina for the first time during their first look was Albert’s favorite memory of the day. “I felt such intense emotion and excitement about this incredible moment in our lives,” he shared.
Behind The Scenes
Ceremony & Reception Location: The Estate at Florentine Gardens Officiant: Rick Nelson • Photographer: Milton Gil Photographers Cinematographer: Soloffilms • Entertainment & Photo Booth: Sal Travis Entertainment Floral Designer: Floral Sentiments • Limousine Service: Ramstar Transportation Cake Designer: Palermo’s Bakery • Wedding Gown: Stella York Veil: Mother’s Veil • Headpiece: Sunshine Daydream • Shoes: J. Reneé Formal Attire: Men’s Wearhouse • Invitations: The American Wedding Favors: Lenox • Hair Salon: Exotic Designs by Fatima Makeup Studio: Stunning Beauty by Doria • Jeweler: Venzio Jewelers Honeymoon Location: Majestic Elegance Punta Cana
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fairy tale wedding It was love at first sight for Maria and Francesco, who met at a mutual friend’s barbeque in 2006. “I was instantly attracted to Francesco,” reminisced Maria. The pair hit it off and dated for eight years before taking their relationship to the next level. Maria and Francesco were on their way home from a Yankee game when Francesco wanted to stop and take a walk on the promenade. When they couldn’t find parking, Maria suggested they go to the Chocolate Room in Brooklyn to get a piece of their homemade chocolate cake. “After our dessert I was in a rush to leave because I had work early the next morning. Although we asked for the check, it took our waitress a little longer to bring it over. Restless and anxious to drive back to Staten Island, I was ready to get out of there,” Maria shared. Upon her rushing out, the waiter chased after her and insisted that she had left something in the shop and needed to return. As she re-entered the shop, Maria was greeted by staff holding a plate of strawberries with the phrase “Will you marry me?” written in chocolate. Completely shocked, she turned to find Francesco on one knee with a ring in hand.
Pretty Palette: Soft shades of blush pink romantically decorated their wedding day, along with dreamy candlelight and rich décor. Captivating Château: The minute Maria and Francesco drove through the front gates of the Pleasantdale Château, they knew they had found their fairy tale reception location. From the Norman-style architecture to the inviting ambiance and extensive grounds with meandering paths and manicured gardens, the Pleasantdale Château proved to be everything the couple dreamed of. Not only were they enamored by the estate, but they found Laura Madden, their senior catering sales manager, to be professional and organized throughout the entire planning process.
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Make It Look Different: From the morning preparations throughout the ceremony and reception, Philip Siciliano Photography captured the day’s events on camera and blended traditional and unique with an emphasis on composition, lighting, and background. Philip and his assistant, Anthony, worked from a must-have list, ensuring that they covered all of the elements the couple requested, and even successfully faded into the background, which allowed them to capture candid shots that made their wedding imagery look different. Meaningful Melody: Maria and Francesco kicked off their reception with a beautiful first dance to “Take My Hand” by Emily Hackett featuring Will Anderson of Parachute, which was chosen for its meaningful lyrics. Practical Keepsake: The pair thanked their guests for being a part of their special day with useful keepsakes. Each couple was gifted a bottle of merlot, Chianti, or cabernet sauvignon presented in a sheer bag personalized with a thank you note. Wise Advice: When asked if the newlyweds had any advice for couples planning their wedding, they both agreed communication is key throughout the planning process.
Behind The Scenes
Ceremony Location: Saint Henry Roman Catholic Church • Celebrant: Father Alfie Reception Location: Pleasantdale Château Photographer: Philip Siciliano Photography Cinematographer: Majestic Creative Films Entertainment: Extreme Rhythm DJ Entertainment Floral Designer: June Florist • Cake Designer: Pleasantdale Château Limousine Service: Romantique Limousines • Wedding Gown: Ines Di Santo Veil: Boutique De Voile • Shoes: Badgley Mischka • Formal Attire: Giorgio Armani Hair Salon & Makeup Studio: French Twist Salon • Invitations: Elle NY Favors: Wine • Jeweler: Christine Jewelers Honeymoon Location: Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino
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naturally rustic Jacqueline was a sophomore when she met Adam (a senior) while attending Pace University in fall of 2007. The two were partnered up to play beer pong together, and it was a perfect match in not only this favorite college pastime, but in love as well. “As soon as I saw Jacqueline, I thought she was one of the most beautiful girls I’ve ever met. Then, after talking to her for a bit, she made me laugh and I knew I wanted to take her out,” Adam shared. Throughout their time dating, Jacqueline recognized that her happiness and safety were a priority for Adam. “It reminded me how my grandfather always treats my grandmother, and I knew that was the man I wanted to be with for the rest of my life,” Jacqueline recalled. Adam really wanted the proposal to be special, and March 28, 2014 turned out to be a day Jacqueline would never forget. Upon arriving home from having a girls’ night in the city with her sister, Jacqueline was surprised with dinner, a romantic fire, roses, and a marriage proposal.
First Look: The pair decided to see each other for the first time as Jacqueline walked down the aisle of Our Lady of Mercy, making this Adam’s favorite memory from their wedding day. Rustic Elegance: By the time Jacqueline became engaged, she was no stranger to wedding planning, as she’s been helping her mother, Brenda Ferrarini of Elegant Bridal Productions, at bridal shows for years. After visiting Perona Farms several times, Jacqueline initially fell in love with the facility for its rustic esthetic, the elegance of the ballroom, and most importantly, the rich history of family ties behind the facility. “Everything about Perona Farms reflected what was important to us, and it was a natural fit for our wedding,” the groom raved. Squad Goals: Jacqueline’s eight bridesmaids wore floor-length, plum-colored dresses designed by Mori Lee. Each bridesmaid chose their own style for a perfect mismatched look.
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Radiant Rings: Two wedding bands beautifully match Jacqueline’s custom princess-cut, halostyle engagement ring. Light Up The Night: As the newlyweds cut into their wedding cake, the fireworks display started, completely surprising guests during the end of the reception. Honeymoon Heaven: Following the wedding, Jacqueline and Adam escaped on their honeymoon to Barbados, a location they had never been to. During their stay at Sandals Barbados, the pair went on some island excursions, such as a booze cruise, and snorkeling.
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Ceremony Location: Our Lady of Mercy • Celebrant: Father Sean Reception Location: Perona Farms • Photographer: D. Becker Photography Cinematographer: Marquee Studios • Entertainment: SCE Event Group Lighting: JBLighting • Floral Designer: Floriography • Limousine Service: Action Limousine Cake Designer: Palermo’s Bakery • Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero Veil: Bridals by Sandra • Headpiece: Amazon • Shoes: Adrianna Papell Formal Attire: Biltmore Tuxedo • Invitations: Sofia & Abbie Favors: Candy Bar and Photo Booth • Hair Salon: Visage Hair Studio Makeup Artist: Faces by Mary • Jeweler: Bellagio Jewelers Fireworks: Celebration Fireworks • Live Event Painting: Live Event Paintings by Jessica Cigar Roller: Nelson Cigar • Honeymoon Location: Barbados
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down by the sea Although Liz and Adam went to middle school and high school together, they didn’t bump into each other until years later, while they both were working at not-for-profits. Liz offered to help Adam work on a grant, and the two started to spend more and more time together. The rest was, as they say, history. Liz was working from home in their kitchen on a normal Thursday when Adam came home from work. Upon walking in the door, he proposed, completely surprising Liz and catching her off guard. To celebrate, Adam took Liz to dinner, and she was ecstatic to see both of their families there waiting. “Family is so important to us, and we were thrilled to be with everyone on this special occasion,” Liz reminisced. To make the event even more memorable, their engagement day also marks the last day before her parents’ wedding anniversary and the first day of theirs. “I hope our marriage is as happy and successful as theirs!” Liz added. Behind the Inspiration: Painting is one of the bride’s favorite hobbies, so the soft floral-patterned fabric on the Ted Baker bridesmaid dresses became the inspiration for the couple’s spring soiree.
Waterside Romance: Liz and Adam loved the Channel Club from their very first visit. Although the month of April isn’t warm enough for a full-on beach wedding, the couple was able to carry out the style since the facility is right on the water. Additionally, the full-length windows were an immediate attraction for Liz and Adam. “Since the Channel Club faces the west side, we loved the idea of having a beautiful sunset over the water. It was also only one mile away from the church, so that made it easy for our guests to get from one place to the next,” Liz added. Capturing Love and Happiness: After meeting with Susan Tibak of Something Blue Wedding Photography, Liz and Adam knew right away she was the photographer who they wanted to capture their wedding day. “She was thoughtful and meticulous about every detail and lots of fun to spend time with,” Liz mentioned. And, although it rained throughout the day’s events, you would never know it because Susan flawlessly made it look like the sun was shining in the photos captured.
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Bouquet Breakdown: To complement the floral-patterned bridesmaid dresses, the bouquets were designed with seeded eucalyptus and cascading leaves, along with a few white and pink blooms for a soft and organic look. Something Old, Borrowed, and Blue: The bride’s mother surprised Liz with a blue heirloom earring that was her grandmother’s. The earring was incorporated as a pin and added into her bouquet, which served as just one of Liz’s something old, borrowed, and blue. Let Love Grow: Guests were sent home with lovely memories and a miniature floral canvas that was hand-painted by the bride. The back of the painting was stamped with the phrase, “Let love grow.” New Traditions: The couple incorporated Adam’s Jewish heritage by including the traditional breaking of the glass into the ceremony. Liz’s cousin had a special glass for Adam to smash at the end of their ceremony that they’ll now use to create a traditional mezuzah for their home. “It was fun to hear everyone shout mazel tov when I smashed the glass, and the priest did an excellent job making sure everyone felt welcome,” Adam shared.
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Ceremony Location: Church of the Precious Blood Celebrant: Father Robert Kaeding • Reception Location: Channel Club Photographer: Something Blue Wedding Photography • Entertainment: Daddy Pop Floral Designer: Sunset Florist • Limousine Service: Chelsea Limousine Favors: DIY • Cake Designer: Glenda Petruzzelli Wedding Gown: Allure Bridals • Veil: Made by Bride’s Mother • Shoes: Nine West Hair Salon: High Maintenance Studio 62 • Makeup Artist: Chelsea Hoagland Formal Attire: Black by Vera Wang • Jeweler: House of Diamonds Honeymoon Location: Thailand
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This reference guide provides you with information of the finest New Jersey and New York wedding venues. All information is subject to change without notice. Please contact the facilities for more details.
BERGEN COUNTY Biagio’s and The Terrace
299 Paramus Road • Paramus, NJ (201) 652-0201 • www.biagios.com Bergen County's premier wedding & special event venue. Featuring color-lit waterfalls, unique rooftop terrace perfect for photos and ceremonies, magnificent Italian marble, luxurious bathrooms and bridal suite and a grand ballroom.
The Empire Club
136 Mehrhof Road • Little Ferry, NJ (201) 641-2892 • www.theempireclub.com Whether it’s a fairy tale wedding, gala social occasion or high-level corporate meeting, at The Empire Club our goal is to create an event that will be remembered as exceptional, from beginning to end. Each affair is treated like the original it is and hosted with signature style.
The Estate at Florentine Gardens
97 Rivervale Road • River Vale, NJ (201) 666-0444 • www.florentinegardens.com Enjoy floor to ceiling, stunning panoramic views of the well manicured fairways of the Galloping Hill Golf Course, fine cuisine, on-site expert event planning, and unsurpassed services and amenities. Hosting only one wedding at a time.
26 Paris Avenue • Rockleigh, NJ (201) 768-7171 • www.therockleigh.net The Rockleigh, as stately as a Georgian mansion, welcomes your family and friends. High ceilings, marble floors, crystal chandeliers, palladium windows and more add to the old-world charm and sense of feeling at home.
The Royal Manor
454 Midland Avenue • Garfield, NJ (973) 478-8590 • www.theroyalmanor.com The Royal Manor earned its reputation by providing personalized service and superb cuisine through extensive experience in the restaurant and catering industry. Our professional staff, fabulous cuisine, and marvelous décor will bring the wedding you always dreamed of right before your eyes.
Season’s Catering Facility
644 Pascack Road • Washington Township, NJ (201) 664-6141 • www.seasonscatering.com Our talented team of award-winning chefs, sushi chef 's, professional ice carvers and outstanding pastry chefs will combine their culinary expertise to provide a wedding worthy of "Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous" at a reasonable price.
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BERGEN COUNTY (cont’) The Venetian
546 River Drive • Garfield, NJ (973) 546-2250 • www.venetiannj.com Upon entering the cultivated beauty and grandeur of the palatial lobby you are greeted with Italian marble, majestic columns and 35 foot cathedral ceilings. Be assured that every detail of your exceptional day is addressed in our quest to maintain a legacy of extraordinary service.
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BURLINGTON COUNTY The Bradford Estate
1910 Marne Highway • Hainesport, NJ (609) 261-8778 • www.thebradfordestate.com Hosting only one wedding at a time, The Bradford Estate assures our undivided attention is given to your family and friends. The Ballroom has a breathtaking wall-to-wall of palladian windows giving the illusion of bringing the outdoors in.
Clarks Landing Yacht Club
63 Saint Mihiel Drive • Delran, NJ (856) 461-2700 • www.theyachtclubcaterers.com South Jersey's premier wedding destination. This newly renovated venue with its full panoramic waterside views of the Historic Delaware River and its Stunning Sunsets truly creates an unforgettable special day with only one wedding at a time.
ESSEX COUNTY The Brookside
41 Broughton Avenue • Bloomfield, NJ (973) 748-6590 • www.thebrooksidebanquets.com With a unique blend of modern beauty, exceptional cuisine and professionally trained staff, The Brookside promises to set the new standard for an inspired, one of a kind event.
691 Pompton Avenue • Cedar Grove, NJ (973) 239-0270 • www.thegrovenj.com This premier banquet hall offers magnificent architecture, elegant decor and state of the art technology. Where breathtaking elegance, attentive service, unsurpassed professionalism and meticulous attention to detail are unrivaled, setting the highest standard of excellence.
Eagle Rock Reservation • West Orange, NJ (973) 731-3100 • www.highlawn.com Sweeping panoramic views of NYC, sophisticated elegance, and awardwinning cuisine make the Highlawn Pavilion one of northern NJ's most magical and romantic wedding venues. Whether a lavish ceremony for hundreds or an intimate event, we offer everything for your celebration.
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ESSEX COUNTY (cont’) The Manor
111 Prospect Avenue • West Orange, NJ (973) 325-2060 • www.themanorrestaurant.com For more than 50 years, The Manor, flagship of the acclaimed Knowles' restaurant and event properties, is known throughout the region for our fine dining and our absolute commitment to making each wedding memorable and unique.
Nanina’s in the Park
540 Mill Street • Belleville, NJ (973) 751-1230 • www.naninasinthepark.com Providing a backdrop that will transport you to a timeless villa in Tuscany, you will be immersed in a combination of lush outdoor gardens, grand interior ballrooms, marble staircases, classically sophisticated amenities and meticulously detailed ceilings and chandeliers.
757 Eagle Rock Avenue • West Orange, NJ (973) 731-5600 • www.pleasantdale.com With a stunning setting, an unparalleled kitchen, and an absolute commitment to our clients, it’s easy to see why so many couples in northern New Jersey make the Pleasantdale Chateau, one of the renowned Knowles Restaurants’ properties, their wedding venue of choice.
420 Bloomfield Avenue • Verona, NJ (973) 239-6234 • www.richfieldregency.com The Richfield Regency, renowned for its impeccable catering for weddings in the metropolitan area, provides expansive menu options, beautiful facilities and an attentive staff. Picturesque Verona Park across the street offers a charming waterfall and stone bridge perfect for wedding photographs.
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MERCER COUNTY Windsor Ballroom at the Holiday Inn East Windsor 399 Monmouth Street • East Windsor, NJ (609) 443-8000 • www.windsorballroom.com
We pride ourselves in being one of the most highly rated Mercer County wedding venues. Our entire staff knows how important this day is to you and your family and friends, so we do our absolute best to make sure everyone’s experience exceeds their expectations.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY Ariana’s Grand of Woodbridge
800 Rahway Avenue • Woodbridge, NJ (732) 326-1400 • www.arianasgrand.com One-of-a-kind venue with professional staff, exquisite cuisine, and marvelous décor. We bring the wedding you always dreamed of and the experience you have always wanted to reality. Add an evening fireworks extravaganza that will wow your guests!
A 50-year tradition of excellence makes Richfield Regency an ideal choice to host any of lifeâ€™s most memorable events. Not only do we offer incomparable and unsurpassed hospitality, services and cuisine, but its elegant and festive atmosphere makes it an exceptional selection for all occasions.
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MIDDLESEX COUNTY (cont’) The Cranbury Inn
21 South Main Street • Cranbury, NJ (609) 655-5595 • www.thecranburyinn.com It is our purpose to provide service to you and give you a true commitment to fulfill all of your needs for this important day. We ensure you are happy on your special day while creating the wedding reception you have always wanted. We are waiting to help you arrange the wedding of your dreams.
1550 U.S. Route 9 South • Old Bridge, NJ (732) 679-5700 • www.grandmarquiscaterers.com Your fairy-tale wedding will be addressed in our quest to maintain a legacy of extraordinary service and impeccable culinary experience. Our unparalleled attention to detail, our impeccable ballrooms and our awardwinning culinary team will make your affair, the affair to remember.
The Pines Manor
2085 Route 27 • Edison, NJ (732) 287-2222 • www.pinesmanor.com At the Pines Manor, you will experience the wedding of your dreams. The exquisite marble and granite lobby, accented with walls upholstered in rich imported fabrics, sets the stage for your event while our team of culinary experts rise to the challenge of pleasing the most discerning palates.
Park Chateau Estate & Gardens
678 Cranbury Road • East Brunswick, NJ (732) 238-4200 • www.parkchateau.com The Park Chateau will uphold the superior service, exceptional cuisine and spectacular setting that our clients have always experienced from our other top-rated catering locations. Our new venue will present the authentic style and setting of a vintage French chateau with classic gardens.
240 Y N Y N $110 58
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MONMOUTH COUNTY Bella Vista Country Club
100 School Road • Marlboro, NJ (732) 308.4600 • www.bellavistacc.com Bella Vista Country Club is one of the premier venues for weddings, showers, civil unions and events in Monmouth County. Our sprawling golf course sets the stage for a memorable event from our wedding pavillion or our tastefully designed clubhouse.
The Channel Club
2 Channel Drive • Monmouth Beach, NJ (732) 229-3131 • www.channelclubnj.com Begin your wedding with a cocktail hour in our waterfront Regency Room, a glass atrium. Then continue with a gorgeous reception, of up to 250 guests, in our Terrace Room featuring large windows on three sides overlooking the water and evening sunsets.
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MONMOUTH COUNTY (cont’) Colts Neck Inn
Route 34 and 537 • Colts Neck, NJ (732) 462-0383 • www.coltsneckinn.com The Colts Neck Inn specializes in hosting your next special occasion. We offer a full-range of private rooms and a banquet hall that is suitable for any need or size. Come view our newly renovated Grand Ballroom & Outdoor Garden Patio for your next special event.
Crystal Ballroom at the Radisson Hotel Freehold 50 Gibson Place • Freehold, NJ (732) 780-3405 • www.crystalballroomnj.com
Glamorous venue for your wedding reception. With gorgeous crystal chandeliers, indoor and outdoor ceremony areas, gourmet catering, and an expert team of event coordinators, it’s easy to see why the Crystal Ballroom is a Monmouth County favorite.
101 Old Mill Road • Spring Lake Heights, NJ (732) 449-1800 • www.themillnj.com The Mill's beautiful Waterview Room seats up to 220, overlooks a scenic lake with large picture window walls and features a spacious atrium for cocktails. For a more intimate wedding, the Sienna Café seats 40 to 70 and offers an outdoor lakeside deck for cocktails.
Nauvoo Grill Club
121 Fair Haven Road • Fair Haven, NJ (732) 747-8777 • www.nauvoogrillclub.com Lodge-inspired haven providing a perfect mix of luxury and laid-back mission style ambiance. Surrounded by rich woods, and soaring windows warmed by accents of fireplaces, glowing lamps, and earth-toned accessories, your guests will enjoy the experience along with delicious cuisine.
Raven and The Peach
740 River Road • Fair Haven, NJ (732) 747-4666 • www.ravenandthepeach.net The Casablanca Ballroom, located on the second floor of Raven & the Peach, has been decorated in the richest woods and finest fabrics dressed with luxurious table appointments held underneath a skylit ceiling and surrounding windows affording a desirable view of Fair Haven.
Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury
1 Obre Place • Shrewsbury, NJ (732) 747-0200 • www.shadowbrook.com Upon entering the historic beauty and grandeur of the Shadowbrook mansion you are greeted by the elegance of old world charm. Our lush estate provides an exquisite setting for the most private gathering to grand scale celebration in all seasons with outstanding service and world-class cuisine.
South Gate Manor
260 South Street • Freehold, NJ (732) 431-1500 • www.southgatemanornj.com The newly redesigned and exquisitely decorated banquet facility is adorned with rich mahogany woodwork, fine alabaster lighting, elegant granite and an outdoor pavilion especially designed for cocktail reception. Tradition of catering excellence and personal attention.
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MONMOUTH COUNTY (cont’) Spring Lake Manor
415 Route 71 • Spring Lake, NJ (732) 449-6630 • www.springlakemanor.com A beautiful Victorian mansion located in the tranquil Jersey Shore community of Spring Lake hosting picture perfect weddings with an elegant ballroom, private cocktail room, bridal suite and outdoor courtyard. With one wedding at a time, you will have exclusive access to all we have to offer.
Sterling Ballroom at the Doubletree by Hilton Tinton Falls - Eatontown 700 Hope Rd • Tinton Falls, NJ (732) 544-9305 • www.sterlingballroomevents.com
From the chic, simplistic elegance of the Doubletree hotel and Sterling Ballroom lobby, to the understated glamour of the ballroom, you’ll find the same high-level of taste in every detail of your wedding day.
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MORRIS COUNTY Casa Bianca
5266 Berkshire Valley Road • Oak Ridge, NJ (973) 697-9704 • www.casabiancabanquets.com Personalized experiences, exquisite details and lasting impressions create an extraordinary celebration inspired by your every wish. From “I will” to “I do”, the most wonderful memories begin with the most detailed arrangements.
Knoll Country Club West
Knoll and Greenbank Roads • Parsippany, NJ (973) 257-0122 • www.knollccwest.com It's a magical place where your guests travel scenic winding roadways to be enchanted by a Grand Ballroom of stunning elegance. Panoramic windows frame the views of nature’s beauty and let the sunlight or moonlight envelope your affair. Our skillful chefs prepare your entire menu to perfection.
The Park Savoy
236 Ridgedale Avenue • Florham Park, NJ (973) 377-7100 • www.theparksavoy.com Step back to an age of glamour and elegance. The gracious and elegant Park Savoy Estate presents more than 50 years of catering tradition, re-envisioned with a spectacular multi-million dollar renovation and restoration. Lavishly manicured grounds for outdoor ceremonies and cocktail hours.
OCEAN COUNTY Clarks Landing Yacht Club
3900 River Road • Point Pleasant, NJ (732) 295-7000 • www.clarkslandingcaterers.com In a little over five years, Clarks Landing Yacht Club Point Pleasant has established itself as the “Best of the Best” wedding venue at the Jersey shore. Stunning sunsets, unparalleled ambiance, and five-star food and service all combine to provide the perfect setting for your wedding day.
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OCEAN COUNTY (cont’) Versailles Ballroom at the Ramada Toms River 2373 Route 9 • Toms River, NJ (732) 719-1206 • www.versaillescaterers.com
With our dramatic high ceilings, large dance floor, expansive bar, Veranda for cocktail hour, and outdoor area for photos, there’s ample space for everyone to strut their stuff beneath the cascading crystal chandeliers.
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PASSAIC COUNTY Westmount Country Club
728 Rifle Camp Road • Woodland Park, NJ (973) 256-2700 • www.westmountcc.com Our pictorial ambiance, awe inspiring table settings, artistically prepared exquisite cuisine, the finest sophisticated suburb service and our captivating blend of splendor and grace will make the start of your new life together nothing less than extraordinary.
SUSSEX COUNTY The Barn at Perona Farms
350 Andover-Sparta Road • Andover, NJ (973) 729.6161 • www.peronafarms.com Your wedding may begin with a ceremony at one of our five unique locations or cocktails on our patios. Plan a classic sit-down dinner or buffet with dancing and dessert; or choose a variety of stations and cocktails. At Perona Farms anything is possible and you are only limited by your imagination.
Rock Island Lake Club
485 Glen Road • Sparta, NJ (973) 512-3995 • www.rockislandlakeclub.com Specializing in weddings hosted one at a time to ensure complete dedication to your special day. Have your ceremony alongside a private lake with breathtaking views of the foliage wrapped around the water. Indoor and outdoor space available for both cocktail hour as well as the full reception.
UNION COUNTY The Gran Centurions
440 Madison Hill Road • Clark, NJ (732) 382-1664 • www.thegrancenturions.com As one of the best Union County NJ banquet halls, Gran Centurions will be the perfect venue for your special occasion. Explore our beautiful grounds, including our charming gazebo and our patio area. Our three spacious banquet halls can host between 50 to 350 guests.
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NEW YORK Jericho Terrace
249 Jericho Turnpike • Mineola (516) 742-5251 • www.jerichoterrace.com Our elegant catering hall nestled in the heart of Long Island is accented with romantic bridal gardens, glorious patios and spectacular atriums. Amaze your guests with our award-winning cuisine, highly attentive staff and majestic surroundings.
Verdi’s of Westbury
680 Old Country Road • Westbury (516) 334-4552 • www.verdis.com Verdi’s has established an impeccable reputation as one of New York and Long Island’s Premier Catering Halls. With recently renovated elegant banquet rooms, outstanding cuisine and impeccable service, Verdi's of Westbury is a perfect place for your most special day.
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149-58 Cross Island Parkway • Whitestone (718) 746-6000 • www.verdis.com Verdi's of Whitestone is the perfect setting for smaller, more intimate weddings for up to 150 guests. Outstanding cuisine, impeccable service, and elegant banquet rooms that have been recently renovated, Verdi's of Whitestone is a perfect place for your most special day!
500 Y N Y Y $65+ 66
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worth the wait Elementary school sweethearts Michelle and David beat the odds when they fell in love at a very young age. Despite some bumps along the way, the two knew they were meant to be, and David even admitted he had planned to marry Michelle since the age of fifteen. On their thirteenth anniversary, after a year of planning, David made his longtime girlfriend’s childhood dream come true. As the two drove through their development, they saw brightly colored signs displayed on their front lawn. While Michelle first thought it was a prank, she quickly realized otherwise. Each sign had a short poem written on it, with the last revealing the surprise of a lifetime. As they got to the front door of their house, David got down on one knee and proposed, making Michelle the happiest woman ever. To make the engagement even more special, 65 of their closest family and friends were waiting inside to celebrate.
Anchored in Love: Michelle and David grew up by the beach, so they knew they wanted a beach-themed wedding. They incorporated an anchor motif into the design and used the color scheme of navy blue and gray. No Guest Traveling Required: When it came time to choose a facility to host their ceremony and reception, Michelle and David kept their guests in mind and looked no further than the Versailles Ballroom. “We didn’t want our guests to travel from church to venue to hotel, so we had our ceremony and reception in the hotel,” Michelle mentioned. Not only did the couple like the idea of having their day’s events in one location, but they also loved the modern style of the ballroom, large dance floor, and the accommodating staff who helped bring their vision to life. Practice (Almost) Makes Perfect: The couple practiced their first dance in their kitchen for about two weeks prior to their wedding. And although David forgot half of the moves the night of the wedding as they danced to “Mean to Me” by Brett Eldredge, they still made this special moment one to remember.
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Ceremony & Reception Location: Versailles Ballroom Officiant: Father John Photographer: Nicole Klym Photography Entertainment: Off the Chart Entertainment Floral Designer: Black-Eyed Susans • Limousine Service: Starlight Cake Designer: Chocolate Carousel Wedding Gown Salon: Carla’s Bridal Closet Shoes: Athena • Formal Attire: Macy’s Invitations: Exclusively Weddings Favors: Wineglass Charms • Hair Stylist: Laura Kirk Makeup Artist: Terese Ronan • Jeweler: Saxon’s Diamond Center Honeymoon Location: Regal Princess
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unbroken Wedding Bliss Love and happiness found in the smallest gesture from KSS Photography By Meghan Chalfant We all seek happiness and have dreams of finding love. For some, that dream may be a longing to find a special someone to spend the rest of your life with or simply to find compassion in a friend. Bride Pierangely Wever, an Aruban local, was lucky to discover both, all while battling the hardest fight she’ll ever face–breast cancer. Aruba doesn’t have aggressive treatment for cancer, so when Wever flew to Colombia to get the help she needed, she not only received treatment, but also ended up meeting her future husband. The pair planned to marry, but with limited funds they couldn’t have the wedding they always dreamed about. As fate would have it, Kiamarie Stone of KSS Photography—who was traveling with her family to celebrate her mother’s life, who was battling stage four pancreatic cancer—was lucky enough to meet Wever. Upon hearing her story, Kiamarie put a plan into motion and was able to give this Aruban local the gift and opportunity of being a bride. After receiving permission to borrow a stunning Maggie Sottero gown from Forever Yours Bridal in Aruba, Kiamarie invited Wever to the Divi Aruba Phoenix where she, her assistant, and daughters did her makeup, complete with false eyelashes. To make Wever feel even more beautiful, they dressed her with a flower crown for a perfect beach bohemian look, and she carried a beautiful silk bouquet from Afloral.com that Kiamarie had on hand. As they walked the resort, guests cheered, whistled, and congratulated Wever, making this experience truly special. “Towards the end of the shoot, she even let me photograph her without her wig,” Kiamarie shared. “There wasn’t a dry eye on the beach. I used to think you had to be a supermodel to be beautiful. As I get older, I realize beauty is in strength, humility, and courage.”
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MICHAEL COSENTINO New Jersey born and raised, designer Michael Cosentino is ready to take the bridal world by storm and will sure to be turning heads with his stunning bridal gown collection. The 29-year-old designer is a true artist at heart who has taken his love for all things style straight down the wedding aisle. Lucky for you, we had a chance to chat with the designer to talk all about his line of gowns, which pay homage to the strong women in his life. While the company only opened its doors in November 2015, Cosentino has big plans, including new, modern lines and a flagship storefront. Cosentino, who started designing as a hobby, is excited for his new designs, and he is eager to get his name out into the market, as his favorite part of designing wedding dresses is being part of such a big and sentimental moment in a person’s life. Before you become completely captivated by Michael Cosentino’s modern, chic, a little bit sassy, and completely romantic gowns, we’re putting this upcoming designer in the spotlight with a Q&A, so continue reading to find out what inspires Cosentino, the influences behind his collection, and tips when it comes to finding your wedding gown.
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Michael Cosentino of Michael Cosentino Designs (www.mcosentinodesigns.com)
1. How did you get started in the industry? I started making and designing clothes as a hobby a few years ago. I’ve always been a hands-on, creative person. I have a background in fine art, and I’ve always been fascinated by fashion, so I bought a few fashion draping textbooks and dove right in. I started out making dresses for my girlfriend at the time (now my wife), and it spread to some friends and started growing from there. 2. Who is the Michael Cosentino bride? The Cosentino bride is fun, modern, chic, and a little sassy. She’s a strong woman who knows what she wants but loves options. Our debut collection features sleek, simple dresses that are beautiful on their own but also serve as the perfect canvas to layer colorful lace tops or fluid skirts over for a personalized look that fits each of our brides’ unique styles.
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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT 3. What is the inspiration for your wedding gown collection(s)? I am inspired by bold and dynamic personalities. Each of the designs in my collection is named after a person in my life who has left a strong impression because of their vibrant, multi faceted personality, hence the “be vibrant” message which carries through the core of the brand. My designs pay homage to these women and celebrate their unique outlook on life and personal style. 4. What got you involved in wedding dress designing? For my wife’s bridal shower (fiancée at the time), as a part of the surprise, I made her a simple white dress with a separate navy lace top (something blue), and it was a hit at the shower. My fiancée ended up wearing the pieces again and again but separately–in fact, she still wears them to this day and always gets compliments. Many women buy a different dress for each bridal event and end up never wearing them again because they look too bridal. We realized there was a real opportunity for giving your bridal pieces a new life simply by styling them differently–bridal separates that could be mixed and matched in different ways and integrated into a bride’s wardrobe after the wedding. 5. What was the process of developing your line? I love the idea of a colorful bride, so it was natural to add multiple color options for the lace tops when designing the collection. I source all of the fabrics from Manhattan and make all of the pieces by hand in my studio.
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6. Do you only offer custom wedding gowns or do you plan on launching collections? I have a spring 2016 line and a fall 2016 line in the works which are fresh, modern, and easy to wear–each design is made to order. I also offer custom design services where I consult with the bride to discuss her vision, create design sketches, select fabrics, and ultimately construct her custom wedding gown. 7. In addition to wedding gowns, do you design any other coordinating wedding fashion pieces, such as veils, headpieces, bridal belts, or accessories? We do make belts and custom veils. One veil that we worked on was made from silk organza, and a calligrapher friend of mine did her amazing hand-lettering all over it. The finished product was stunning. We will eventually add accessories to our line to complement our dresses. 8. If you were able to design a wedding gown for any woman from the past or present, who would it be and why? What would this design look like? I am a huge Audrey Hepburn fan–particularly obsessed with her Givenchy look from Sabrina that was a strapless column dress with a huge embroidered overskirt. I would love to play on that silhouette but with modern materials–layering lace and hand-painted silk for a delicate and timeless look because it fits with the Cosentino brand of high quality and unexpected details. 9. Can you offer any piece of advice for a bride who is shopping for her dream gown? Pinterest and magazines are great for gathering ideas and inspiration, but be open to trying on different styles–sometimes a dress looks completely different on rather than on a hanger.
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Visit the Contemporary Weddings Magazine blog to read the full interview and to find out what Michael Cosentino's wedding gown predictions are for 2017.
Aren’t his designs just lovely? Michael Cosentino Designs proudly operates in New Jersey and happily serves the tri-state area. His pieces can also accommodate bridesmaids and can even be made “mini” for flower girls. For more information or to book a consultation, visit www.mcosentinodesigns.com or to shop online visit www.cosentinodesigns.etsy.com and follow on Instagram (@mcosentino_designs) for a behind-the-scenes look into his creations.
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ENGAGED: December 24, 2015 HOW THEY MET: Through mutual friends CHRISTMAS MAGIC: Ricky knew it wouldn’t be easy to surprise Megan, so by making dinner reservations on Christmas Eve, he knew Megan would be dolled up for the occasion. Following dinner, the two walked the pier in Island Heights, where Ricky got down on one knee and asked Megan to be his wife. To make the engagement even more special, Ricky had his friend Tim capture the entire proposal on camera, and he gifted the photos to Megan on Christmas Day. WEDDING DATE: March 24, 2017 WEDDING LOCATION: Clarks Landing Yacht Club, Point Pleasant COLOR PALETTE: Champagne, mint green, and blush WEDDING THEME: Rustic SOMETHING SENTIMENTAL: A piece of the bride-to-be’s little brother’s navy uniform will serve as her something blue for a sentimental wedding day touch PHOTOGRAPHER: Something Blue Wedding Photography
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ENGAGED: June 14, 2015 FRIENDS FIRST: The two were classmates at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and although they were friends, they didn’t start dating until their last year of classes. LOVE AT THE SHORE: The day after celebrating Nicole’s combined family graduation party, the pair was moving to Pittsburgh, where Joe would start medical school and Nicole would begin pharmacy residency. Before their drive west, they took a quick drive down to Spring Lake beach, where Joe gifted Nicole with another graduation gift. By the time Nicole pulled a ring box out of the large gift bag, Joe was on one knee proposing, and shortly after, they celebrated with their families. WEDDING DATE: July 3, 2016 WEDDING LOCATION: Eagle Oaks Country Club COLOR PALETTE: Coral, navy, and gold glitter FIRST DANCE SONG: “Mean to Me” by Brett Eldredge PHOTOGRAPHER: Tina Elizabeth Photography
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Macy & Shane ENGAGED: April 11, 2015 YOUNG LOVE: High school sweethearts THE PROPOSAL: Following a long walk on the beach with their dog. Shane even planned for Macy’s mom to visit, and she was able to capture their special moment for them on camera. WEDDING DATE: March 4, 2017 WEDDING LOCATION: The Oyster Point Hotel COLOR PALETTE: Gray scale with purple accents WEDDING THEME: Modern FIRST DANCE DECISIONS: “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett PHOTOGRAPHER: McKay Imaging
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Katie & Eric ENGAGED: April 4, 2015 HOW THEY MET: While in middle school the pair had friends who happened to be siblings, so they always found themselves spending time at the same house. THE NEXT CHAPTER: Since sharing their first kiss on the front steps of Ragin’ Cajun (the restaurant where they had their first date), Katie and Eric revisit the location from time to time. One Saturday night they returned to the steps to reminisce about where their story began and Eric got down on one knee to propose. WEDDING DATE: September 23, 2016 WEDDING LOCATION: The Oyster Point Hotel PRETTY PALETTE: Pewter gray, dusty blue, and ivory PHOTOGRAPHER: Heyn Photography
Gianna & Joseph ENGAGED: July 30, 2015 LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT: Gianna and Joseph met on the beach through mutual friends. A PERFECT MATCH: What could have been a summer fling turned out to be a match made in heaven for Gianna and Joseph. After initially meeting, the pair spent the first few days texting constantly, and although they had their first official date planned two weeks later, Joseph decided to drive an hour and a half to surprise Gianna after work one evening. Following their trip to Bermuda that July, Joseph took Gianna back to the location where they first met and proposed. WEDDING DATE: January 7, 2017 WEDDING THEME: Happily Ever After WEDDING LOCATION: The Palace at Somerset Park PHOTOGRAPHER: Meely Photography
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fall romance Though Jacqueline and Frank were mere acquaintances, Frank (who was Jacqueline’s brother’s friend) made quite the first impression. “His sense of humor and his eyes [immediately] stood out to me,” Jacqueline shared. “On Tuesdays my brother would bartend and I would waitress at a tavern called Duffy’s in Staten Island.” As time went on, Frank started spending more time there, the pair secretly began dating, and it took only a few months of dating for Jacqueline to realize Frank was “the one.” On October 17, 2014, while Jacqueline was waitressing at Duffy’s, the location where their love story began, Frank proposed amongst their family and friends.
Fall Opulence: Although it took the couple about four months to begin their search for a banquet facility, Jacqueline and Frank were happy they waited. From the very first moment they visited The Venetian, they were warmly greeted and catered to, and luckily, their flexibility in choosing a date allowed them to tie the knot within the year of their engagement. “The service can’t be beat and they were able to accommodate my family’s gluten-free needs and special requests,” the bride raved. Behind the Lens: “Philip and I were teaching at the same school before he left to pursue his career in photography. I watched his business blossom, recognized his unique photos, and knew he was the person to call when it came time to book my wedding photographer,” Jacqueline shared. Throughout the entire day, Philip and his assistant were behind the lens making the couple feel comfortable in front of the camera, while capturing their day with unique details.
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You’re Invited: Guests were invited to the wedding with silver foil printed invitations wrapped in titanium gray laser-cut gatefold bases. A matching belly band and silver wax seal featuring a custom monogram held the invitation together. Beauty Note: Jacqueline’s hair, styled by About You Salon, was parted down the side and worn down with cascading curls. A jeweled hair clip was fastened behind her right ear for a classic and vintage look. Anjali Artistry flawlessly captured the pin up style the bride was going for. Her eye makeup was applied in warm golden tones, while Jacqueline opted for vibrant red lips. Last Dance: After spending many summers together down the shore, it was only fitting that the couple selected, “Summer Wind” by Frank Sinatra as their last dance of the evening. Looking Forward: The newlyweds are excited to start a family, and are expecting their first child in early September.
Behind The Scenes
Ceremony Location: St. Peter’s Church • Celebrant: Monsignor Peter Finn Reception Location: The Venetian • Photographer: Philip Siciliano Photography Cinematographer: Joey G’s Memories Video • Entertainment: Music to the Max Floral Designer: Carroll’s Florist • Cake Designer: Palermo’s Bakery Limousine Service: Romantique Limousines • Wedding Gown: Watters Headpiece & Veil: Basia Custom Headdresses • Shoes: Badgley Mischka Formal Attire: The Bridal Boutique at Always a Bridesmaid Invitations: Plum Paperie • Hair Salon: About You Salon Stylist Makeup Studio: Anjali Artistry • Jeweler: Jimmy’s Fine Jewelry Honeymoon Location: Aruba
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coastal connection Eric contacted Erika through a number of multiple dating websites, and although she played hard to get at first, Eric’s persistence eventually paid off. Their first date quickly turned into a second date, where they went out for a hibachi dinner. “We bonded over our mutual love of all things Disney, saw that Saving Mr. Banks was playing, so a dinner date became dinner and a movie,” Erika reminisced. After dating for only eight months, Eric knew Erika was the one and began planning their happily ever after. The pair, who was on vacation in Walt Disney World, had just finished a behind-the-scenes tour when Erika became anxious to get on some rides since they had Fast Pass reservations. “Eric slowed us down by Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom, saying we needed to take some pictures. It was then Eric got down on one knee and delivered a beautiful proposal in front of a crowd of cheering Disney guests and cast members,” Erika shared. To make the proposal even sweeter, Erika’s brother (and his boyfriend) captured the entire proposal in pictures and on video.
Sophisticated Setting: Erika and Eric were driving home after looking at two other banquet facilities when they drove past The Mill at Spring Lake Heights and decided to stop in. They loved the ballroom with spectacular lake views, as well as location and accommodating staff. Down the Aisle: The pair opted to stick with tradition and had their first look as Erika walked down the aisle during their ceremony. Picture Perfect: Erika and Eric loved KSS Photography from their very first meeting. “Kiamarie Stone made us feel like friends instead of clients. She was also very professional and helpful in choosing the perfect package for us. I don’t think we could have chosen a better wedding photographer,” the couple raved. Simple Centerpieces: Displayed on ivory table linens with champagne table runners were tall floral arrangements of fuchsia orchids and white hydrangeas. Blue napkins, votives and gold chiavari chairs completed the tablescape design.
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Coastal Details: Rather than assigning table numbers, Erika and Eric named each table after a coastal town to tie in their nautical theme. Each card was written on either a sailboat or lighthouse model. Epic Escape: Following their reception, the newlyweds escaped to New Zealand for thirteen days. During their honeymoon (which was made possible through their Honeyfund Registry), the pair visited the location where Lord of the Rings was filmed, took a helicopter ride, and hiked Franz Josef Glacier, among many other adventurous excursions.
Behind The Scenes
Ceremony Location: St. James Roman Catholic Church Celebrant: Father Mark Nillo • Reception Location: The Mill at Spring Lake Heights Photographer: KSS Photography • Cinematographer: Blue Moon Video Productions Entertainment: DJ Your Way with Chris Matthews Photo Booth: Jersey Shore Photo Booths • Floral Designer: Designs by Dara Ellis Cake Designer: Chocolate Carousel • Limousine Service: Long Branch Trolley Co. Wedding Gown: David Tutera • Headpiece: AllureWeddingJewelry.etsy.com Veil: Castle Couture • Shoes: Betsey Johnson • Formal Attire: Pronto Uomo Invitations: Minted • Hair Salon: Anchor Salon • Makeup Studio: Make Me Up Eva Jeweler: Jared • Honeymoon Location: New Zealand
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reconnected at last Cooties didn’t stop Stephanie from falling for Dustin in the third grade. When Stephanie first told him she liked him, all he did was run away, and then he and his family ended up moving away. In their senior year of high school though, a mutual friend reconnected them, and from there, they were inseparable. On April 13, 2013, the couple’s 7.5-year anniversary, Dustin planned out a day to explore Central Park, where he would guide Stephanie around. To end the day, the two went out on a rowboat, and on the water, just the two of them, Dustin proposed. Ten minutes after the question was asked, Stephanie started crying tears of happiness. “I couldn’t believe that this was actually happening,” she said. “My third-grade crush was going to be my future husband.” Setting the Scene: Upon visiting the Westmount Country Club for the first time, Stephanie and Dustin immediately knew they’d found what they were looking for in a facility to host their wedding. Not only were they impressed by the overall décor, including the large cocktail hour room, tall windows with expansive views, and grand ballroom with modern chandeliers, but also the ability to have their ceremony on-site, which made it more convenient for guests. Additionally, they loved working with Bobby, who accommodated all of their requests and ensured they were happy with each and every decision that was made.
First Look: The couple opted for a first look before their ceremony, which allowed them to have more time for photos and spend more time with guests during the reception. Not only did it put them at ease knowing their bridal party pictures were taken care of, but they also had a moment to themselves, making this moment a favorite for the groom. Lovely in Lace: Stephanie had tried on about ten different dresses when she narrowed it down to her top three during her first appointment at Hearts for You. Although she didn’t make a decision that day, Stephanie couldn’t stop thinking about one particular gown designed by Kitty Chen, and that’s when she knew she would say “I do” in this lace gown with sweetheart neckline. Dapper Guys: Dustin sported a light gray suit with a white shirt, gray vest, and tie, while his groomsmen wore the same attire, but with gray bow ties.
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Bridal Beauty: Styled by Michelle Avetria, Stephanie wore her hair in an elegant chignon off to the side with loose curls, while her makeup was applied in neutral tones with a light brown smoky eye. Letting Loose: During the reception, balloons, masks, and hats were distributed to guests who were on the dance floor for the La Hora Loca (Spanish for “The Crazy Hour”), which helped kick up the party vibe. Adventure Seekers: Following the wedding, Stephanie and Dustin traveled to Italy for their first vacation alone together. During their honeymoon, they visited Rome, Sorrento, and Pompeii and explored the Vatican, the coliseum, St. Peters, Mt. Vesuvius, and Capri.
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Ceremony & Reception Location: Westmount Country Club • Officiant: Jeffrey Goldstein Photographer: Erin Nicastro Photography • Cinematographer: Rock Life Studios Entertainment: SCE Event Group • Floral Designer: Pedestals Cake Designer: Palermo’s Bakery • Wedding Gown: Kitty Chen • Shoes: David’s Bridal Formal Attire: Dante’s Tuxedos • Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas Favors: Hershey’s Kisses • Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Michelle Avetria Jeweler: Jangmi Jewelry • Honeymoon Location: Italy
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waterside wedding When Domenic walked up to Andrea in seventh grade and started rapping “Boombastic” by Shaggy, she never would have thought they would tie the knot twenty years later. “I instantly thought Domenic was so cool and cute,” Andrea reminisced. Domenic, too, was immediately smitten by Andrea and even knew at that very moment, he would one day marry her. When it came time to plan the perfect proposal years later, Domenic knew he wanted to catch Andrea off guard. So, on Christmas morning in 2013, Andrea got the surprise of a lifetime when Domenic asked her to be his wife. “I was so in shock. I just sat down and started to cry (happy tears, of course),” Andrea mentioned. First Look: The couple wanted the opportunity to enjoy their reception and spend time with guests, so they decided to share a first look prior to the ceremony at the same location where they first met in seventh grade.
Waterside Wedding: When Andrea and Domenic first became engaged, they made a list of five banquet facilities they had never been to, along with a list of non-negotiable things they were looking for. Every facility they visited had pros and cons, but just weren’t right. The bride’s mother recommended Clarks Landing Yacht Club in Delran, and from the very first meeting, Elisabeth Nolan made Andrea and Domenic feel like a part of the Clark’s Landing Yacht Club family. During their tour of the manicured grounds, the couple fell in love with the beautiful gardens, waterside views, floor-to-ceiling windows, and overall ambiance. “We realized right away Clarks Landing Yacht Club was where we wanted to spend one of the biggest days of our lives,” Andrea shared. Family Roots: “Dena is an absolutely amazing writer who is passionate, eloquent, and takes pride in her work. We couldn’t think of anyone else in the entire world that could reiterate the love Dom and I have for each other in front of our loved ones,” Andrea shared on choosing her sister to officiate the ceremony and marry her and Domenic.
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Please Be Seated: Guests found their seats by viewing a large antique picture frame, with guests’ names and table numbers, that served as not only a seating chart, but a lovely décor piece. Bride Tribe: Andrea’s eight bridesmaids wore floor-length crepe and charmeuse dresses designed by White by Vera Wang in their choice of halter or one-shoulder neckline. Sun Seekers: The newlyweds escaped to Nassau, Bahamas for a romantic honeymoon, where they stayed at the Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island.
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Ceremony & Reception Location: Clarks Landing Yacht Club Officiant: Dena Merlino Scott • Photographer: Silver Image Photo, LLC Cinematographer: Martin’s Accent Wedding Videos Entertainment: Ceremony & Sweet Harmony, LLC and DiNardo Brothers Floral Designer: Leigh Florist • Cake Designer: DiBartolo’s Bakery Limousine Service: VIP Limousine of Cherry Hill & Hillman’s Bus Service Wedding Gown: Coco Anais • Shoes: Menbur Formal Attire: Black by Vera Wang • Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas Calligraphy & Seating Chart: Sealed with a Kiss Favors: Photo Booth • Hair Stylist: Techniques Salon and Spa Makeup Artists: Jamie Leigh & Angie Elwell • Jeweler: Morton & Rudolph Honeymoon Location: Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island
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high school sweethearts It was love at first sight for high school sweethearts Sydney and Kyle, who locked eyes and became enamored with each other. Sydney, who was three years younger than Kyle, even thought to herself that this was going to be the man she would marry. Kyle, too, was immediately taken by Sydney’s beauty, and the two instantly connected. Their love continued to flourish over the years, and it didn’t take long for them to realize they had found “the one” they would spend the rest of their lives with. When Kyle decided it was time to propose, which only took about six months to plan, he knew there was no other way to propose than in the comfort of their home. “It was such an awesome and intimate proposal that I will remember for the rest of my life,” Sydney shared. To make the proposal even more special, Kyle set up a video camera to capture the engagement on film. Happy Hosts: Sydney and Kyle might have toured sixteen venues, but nothing compared to the experience and hospitality they received at the Crystal Ballroom. “The ballroom exceeded our expectations, and the package just couldn’t be beat.” Additionally, Sydney and Kyle liked the idea of having the ceremony on-site, as well as hotel accommodations all in one central location, which made attending their wedding convenient for traveling guests. Bouquet Breakdown: Roses and orchids made up the bride’s bouquet. Two of her grandmother’s pins were also included as a sentimental embellishment.
Something Borrowed: Sydney borrowed her friend’s fur shawl and another friend’s bracelet, which they both wore on their wedding day. Magnificent Maids: Sydney’s eight bridesmaids wore floor-length lace dresses designed by Mori Lee. Favorite Memory: The newlyweds agreed that seeing each other for the first time during their first look was their favorite memory of the day.
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Ambient Atmosphere: Although the couple’s wish of wedding day snow didn’t come true, Off the Chart Entertainment brought the snow indoors so Sydney and Kyle could share their first dance under a romantic and elegant snowfall. Sweet Send-Off: In addition to the couple’s wedding cake, guests were served decadent desserts including their wedding cake, fresh cannolis, and cream puffs, along with a s’more love station, freshly made popcorn, soft pretzels, ice cream, and a hot chocolate bar. One Happy Island: After hearing many great things about Aruba from friends, Sydney and Kyle found that choosing to escape to this island for their honeymoon was an easy decision.
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Ceremony & Reception Location: Crystal Ballroom • Officiant: Bijan Mirtolooi Photographer: Inspire Me Imagery • Cinematographer: Mateo Studios Ceremony Music: Live Violinist and Guitarist • Entertainment: Off the Chart Entertainment Limousine Service: Concorde Limo • Floral Designer: Ariemma’s Garden Center Event Rentals: Aviance Lounge Furniture & Decor • Favors: Amazon.com Cake Designer: Chocolate Carousel • Invitations: Invitations by Lindsay Wedding Gown: Custom Made • Veil: Casablanca • Headpiece: Swarovski Shoes: BCBG • Formal Attire: Tuxedo Park • Cigar Roller: Tony Santana Cigars Hair Stylist: Molly Kastner • Makeup Studio: All Dolled Up Makeup Jeweler: Christin Jewelry • Honeymoon Location: Hyatt Regency Aruba
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you + me = us While striving to get their math teaching certification at New Jersey City University, Dana and Enzo were rewarded with much more than a certificate at the end of the program; they both received a life partner as well. The two always arrived first to class, which presented the opportunity for them to get to know each other. With each conversation, their initial attraction grew, and they soon began to date. On July 18, 2015, Enzo decided to pop a question that would forever change their relationship. The two took a boat ride on the lake in Central Park, while The Little Mermaid’s “Kiss the Girl” played in the background―a detail that Disney fan Dana thought was a great touch to the day. Enzo then gave Dana a pouch that held a delicate chain with an envelope charm. The groom-to-be instructed Dana to open the envelope; inside, it read “Marry me.” Surprised, Dana looked to Enzo, who was holding a ring, waiting for her answer. “I had no idea he was going to propose,” Dana said. “He’s a romantic guy, so I just thought he was being his usual Enzo self. I was not expecting a ring at all. Enzo and I would always go out and have the best time, but one night we decided to stay at my house and hang out. We played cards and board games and just talked all night, and I remember thinking that I could do this forever and be completely content. He is my best friend and someone I can just have fun with doing anything.” While Enzo was nervous about the proposal, he was sure Dana was the one for him. “I always knew Dana was special and that I always wanted to be around her,” he said. “I enjoy every second of our time together. The moment I realized that she was the one is not all that romantic or glamorous. We were out and one of my friends wasn’t okay to drive home. So, when we went back to her apartment, long story short, a huge mess was made. Instead of getting angry, she calmly and graciously helped clean up and tend to him. She really showed me how good of a friend she could be and how caring she was; traits of a partner for life and someone that could raise my future children.”
The Date: When the couple became engaged, they knew they wanted a short engagement, and the weekend of February 5, 2016 ended up being their three-year dating anniversary. Wedding Dream Come True: Growing up, Dana lived very close to Nanina’s In The Park and always dreamed of getting married there. Upon visiting the facility for the first time, the couple was warmly greeted by Vicky, who took Dana and Enzo on a tour and went over each and every detail with them. From the stunning ballroom with chandelier to the lighting effects, manicured grounds, and the fact that Nanina’s only holds one event at a time, Dana and Enzo were able to easily imagine getting married there. In The Details: The couple incorporated their love of travel throughout some of their details. Guests signed a personalized globe for an alternative guest book and took home DIY coasters with scenery photos from four locations the couple traveled to.
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Posy Party: Dana’s bridal bouquet was a soft French floral clutch of white hydrangea, roses, and stephanotis with rhinestone accents. The stems were wrapped in white double satin ribbon, rhinestones, and her grandfather’s blue and white handkerchief. Getting Social: Displayed on each tablescape was a double-sided frame that held a thank you to their guests, as well as an I-Spy game which asked guests to take various pictures and Instagram them using the hashtag #danzosaysido. Signature Drinks: Guests were treated to three signature drinks throughout the evening, including the couple’s favorite cocktail, “The Danzo” (Tito’s vodka and club soda). Travel Diaries: Following the wedding, the new Mr. and Mrs. traveled to New Orleans for a mini-moon and will be cruising the Mediterranean over the summer.
Behind The Scenes
Ceremony & Reception Location: Nanina’s In The Park Officiant: Oscar Gonzalez • Photographer: AnyaFoto Cinematographer: Melinda Martinez & Shanna Dempsey Entertainment: Jam Music, Inc. • Floral Designer: Perla & Co. Cake Designer: Conca D’Oro • Wedding Gown: Sposabella Veil: Demetrios • Shoes: Camille La Vie • Formal Attire: Men’s Wearhouse Invitations: Carlson Craft • Favors: DIY • Hair Salon: The Originals Salon Makeup Studio: Under The Veil Makeup • Jeweler: Eric Jewelry Honeymoon Locations: New Orleans, LA. and Mediterranean Cruise
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clarks landing yacht club point pleasant, nj photography by artist european photography
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Despite Ashley not being initially interested in Salvatore when a mutual friend tried to set them up, Salvatore quickly made his way into Ashley’s heart. “She was beautiful and I was very excited to get to know her,” Salvatore reminisced. Ashley, too, saw something special in Salvatore, and after talking during that party in August of 2010, they became inseparable. From the time Ashley and Salvatore started dating, Salvatore knew he would one day marry her. Five years later, when Salvatore decided it was time to ask Ashley to be his wife, he knew he wanted to take her back to the locale where they shared their first date. Following an evening strolling the Point Pleasant beach and boardwalk, the two enjoyed some time on Salvatore’s family boat, where he dropped to one knee and proposed.
Behind the Inspiration: Boating and recreational fishing have always been favorite pastimes for both families, so it was only fitting that Ashley and Salvatore chose nautical-inspired details throughout their wedding. Love at First Sight: After visiting several banquet facilities throughout New Jersey, Ashley was enamored by the overall beauty and waterside location of Clarks Landing Yacht Club. Not only did the facility fit perfectly with their nautical theme, but the manicured grounds, picturesque views, and romantic ambiance were exactly what the couple had in mind for their wedding day.
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Nautical Notions: Classic white table linens with navy napkins beautifully enhanced the centerpieces provided by Clarks Landing Yacht Club. Nautical knots and anchors were also used throughout the tablescape design. Dress Decision: Although Ashley went to two bridal shops and tried on ten dresses, she immediately knew her gown search had come to an end when she stepped into her Allure Bridals gown. The satin ball gown featured a sweetheart strapless neckline and crystal beading on the bodice. Magic on the Dance Floor: With the help of Fred Astaire Dance Studio, the newlyweds danced to a choreographed number to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli. All in the Family: Ashley and Salvatore honored all of their extended family by displaying wedding pictures throughout the library at the reception. Travel Diaries: Following the wedding, the newlyweds escaped to California and Hawaii for a honeymoon in paradise, where they stayed at the Fairmont in Maui and the Grand Hyatt in Kauai.
Behind The Scenes
Ceremony Location: St. Denis Church • Celebrant: Father William Lago Reception Location: Clarks Landing Yacht Club Photographer: Artist European Photography • Cinematographer: Endless Wave Studios Entertainment: Elite Entertainment • Dance Lessons: Fred Astaire Dance Studio Floral Designer: John’s Riverside Florist • Limousine Service: Santos Limousine Cake Designer: Bovella’s Pastry Shop • Wedding Gown: Allure Bridals Veil: Bel Aire Bridal • Shoes: Betsey Johnson • Formal Attire: Joseph A. Bank Invitations: Kate’s Paper Tree • Favors: MyWeddingFavors.com Hair Stylist: Hair by Lindsay Herring • Makeup Studio: Makeup Artistry by Denise Jeweler: Trio Jewelers • Honeymoon Locations: California and Hawaii
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Sugar Bay Club Suites & Hotel
(800) 524-0512 • www.oceanterraceinn.com Set in magnificent tropical gardens; breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea; 65 guest rooms, each with a private patio or balcony; three swimming pools; man made lagoon; free wi-fi.
(869) 466-1200 • www.stkittsmarriott.com Unparalleled experience; 393 luxurious guest rooms and suites; world-class amenities; fine dining to casual poolside fare; Vegas-style casino; nightclub; island explorations.
(869) 465-8037 • www.sugarbayclub.com Five acres of landscaped gardens; 89 suites and rooms; Atlantic Ocean; 80-foot pool with waterfall; lush landscaping; exhilarating excursions such as zip-lining, ATVs, and island tours.
ST. LUCIA Calabash Cove Resort & Spa
Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa
Ti Kaye Resort
(800) 917-COVE • www.calabashcove.com Panoramic Caribbean views; swim-up jr. suites and sunset ocean view jr. suites; luxurious amenities; signature Windsong restaurant; steps away from Bonaire Bay.
(877) 352-8898 • www.cbayresort.com 85-acre, all-inclusive resort; palm-fringed pool; intimate cabanas; adults-only oasis; waterslides; lazy river; swim-up bars; four lighted tennis courts; three swimming pools; outdoor whirlpool.
(758) 456 8101 • www.tikaye.com Nestled along the cliffside overlooking the serene waters; each cottage is built into the landscape; modern amenities; personal pools; hammocks on balconies; unwind and unplug for total relaxation.
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ST. CROIX The Buccaneer
Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino
(800) 255-3881 • www.thebuccaneer.com Premier destination resort; pristine beaches; snorkeling; kayaking; scuba; two swimming pools; golf course; tennis courts; complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily.
(877) 773-9700 • www.divicarina.com Privacy and relaxation with modern style and amenities; four restaurants; two freshwater swimming pools; fitness center; nightly entertainment; resort casino; on-site PADI five-star dive center.
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The Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa (340) 778-3800 • www.marriott.com Luxury Caribbean resort; outdoor adventure or low-key relaxation; play golf at nearby Carambola Golf Club; snorkel & dive; The Spa at Carambola.
ST. MAARTEN Atrium Resort & Spa
Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten
(866) 933-7848 • www.festiva-atrium.com Rolling hillsides, blue lagoons; breathtaking views; two pools; half mile of natural beach and an array of nearby water sports; adjoining the resort’s pool area is the Greenhouse Restaurant.
(800) 367-3484 • www.divilittlebay.com White sandy beaches; spacious hilltop suites; beachfront guest rooms; three restaurants; three freshwater swimming pools; shopping promenade including gift shops, jewelry, and crafts.
(866) 716-8108 • www.westinstmaarten.com Island treasure featuring 310 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and 15 suites; spa; scuba diving; Vegas-style casino; largest freshwater infinity swimming pool on the island.
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(888) 543-1277 • www.bocaresort.com Situated on 356-acres in fabled South Florida, this eclectic, private village offers the best of all worlds: an award-winning spa, championship golf and tennis, expansive beach and luxury marina.
(888) 564-1312 • www.bocaresort.com Spacious guest rooms, dazzling ocean views, and offers infinite opportunities for enjoyment and relaxation. Full access to exclusive activities and dining at Boca Raton Resort & Club.
(877) MTAIRY-1 • www.mountairycasino.com Located in the Pocono Mountains; luxury accommodations; casino; spa services; indoor and outdoor pool; nightly entertainment; championship golf course; nearby activities.
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Puerto Rico Made for Romance By Meghan Chalfant
Nestled in the northeastern Caribbean, you’ll find a destination where vibrant ethnicity beckons honeymooners and travelers alike through the island’s infinite blue waters and white sand beaches that make up more than 270 miles of beautiful coastline. It’s a location famed for eclectic cultural experiences, historical sites, gourmet gastronomy, charming hospitality, and a peaceful lifestyle with an undeniable sultry vibe. After all, they don’t call it the island of enchantment for nothing. If thoughts of basking under the warm Caribbean sunshine, island adventures, romantic sunset walks, and intimate dinners for two conjure up visions of a serene (and sexy) atmosphere, it’s time to put Puerto Rico on your honeymoon or destination wedding radar. El Conquistador Resort
Idyllic Escape From the moment you fly into Puerto Rico—Spanish for “Rich Port”—you’ll be captivated by aerial views of the island, where crystal-clear water harmoniously fades into piercing blue skies and gracefully embraces powder-white beaches. This destination may be 100 miles long and 35 miles wide (the smallest and most eastern of the Greater Antilles Islands), but it has so much to offer. From its close proximity (about 1,000 miles southeast of Miami, Florida) to its no-passport-needed locale and old-world charm boasting cobblestone streets and Latin flare, Puerto Rico has become a very popular place to travel to. Not to mention, Puerto Rico’s tropical climate has near perfect year-round weather, with average temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees. Pick Your Oasis Situated only fifteen minutes from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport and five minutes from historic Old San Juan in the prestigious and posh Condado area is the Condado Plaza Hilton—the only hotel in San Juan where you can experience spectacular views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Condado Lagoon. It’s here where cosmopolitan sophistication will greet you with sweeping panoramic water views, tranquil ocean breezes, and world-class amenities. Within the 571 Leo Dalydesigned deluxe guest rooms and suites, guests will enjoy modern, spacious accommodations with Caribbean charm, featuring complimentary Wi-Fi, LCD El Conquistador Resort
flat-screen televisions, floor-to-ceiling windows, and most with private balconies. Five restaurants―including Pikayo, the flagship of acclaimed Puerto Rican Chef Wilo Benet, and casual dining at Café Caribe―ensure a setting to satisfy every palate, while the secluded beach, four swimming pools, fully equipped fitness center, and on-site activities (such as kayaking, paddle-boarding, and snorkeling) are perfect for those who want to do it all or nothing at all. Thirty-one miles east of San Juan is El Conquistador Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, perched high above the sea and spread across 500 acres in the quaint fishing village of Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Accommodations at this Waldorf Astoria resort are divided into five villages, including Las Casitas Village, a separate luxury resort that shares its grounds, featuring one-, two-, and three bedroom style villas as well as 24-hour resort butler service. Rooms are designed with comfort and elegance in mind, from full ocean views to spacious garden rooms with in-room amenities such as plasma flat-screen televisions with iHome stereo, alarm, and docking stations, and Wi-Fi Internet access. During your stay, enjoy 23 restaurants, bars, and cafés, including four fine-dining restaurants, such as the signature Chops Steakhouse. Experience thrill-seeking activities like snorkeling and Jet Skiing at Palomino Island—the resort’s private 100acre island, cool off at the Coqui Water Park, play a round of golf at the championship Arthur Hills 18-hole, par-72 golf course, or bask under the Caribbean sun at one of four freshwater swimming pools. www.CWeddingsMag.com
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Island Activities While there are endless on-site activities to participate in at both the Condado Plaza Hilton and El Conquistador Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, Puerto Rico has so much more to offer than just its expansive picturesque landscapes. By day, stroll the cobblestone streets of historic Old San Juan, lined with vibrant-colored colonial architecture, boutiques, and art galleries. Approximately an hour from San Juan and just 30 minutes from El Conquistador Resort, journey into El Yunque National Forest—the only U.S. tropical rain forest—where you can hike to breathtaking waterfalls. Tucked into the northwest coast of Puerto Rico, venture to one of the world’s largest underground caves, Parque de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy. When you’re not enjoying live music or salsa dancing the night away at nightclubs, be sure to experience the bioluminescent bay in Fajardo, an amazing natural phenomenon only found in four other places on earth, where visitors kayak their way through the shimmering glow of bioluminescent waters.
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Celebrate Love From beautiful stretches of white-sand beaches paired with some of the most unforgettable sunsets, tying the knot in Puerto Rico provides a breathtaking backdrop for every type of wedding. With its unique location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the tranquil lagoon, the Condado Plaza Hilton is one of the most sought-after choices for destination weddings in San Juan. Whether you’re planning an intimate soiree of ten or a celebration for as many as 1,200 guests, the Condado Plaza Hilton offers spacious ballrooms and sun-kissed terraces, along with a team of wedding professionals to ensure your event goes off without a hitch. Weddings at El Conquistador Resort & Las Casitas Village are vibrant, diverse, and naturally beautiful. Whisk guests away by catamaran to the resort’s 100-acre private Palomino Island for a beachfront celebration, accommodating up to 1,400 guests or opt for an intimate soiree at the beautifully manicured Casitas Garden, located atop a 300-foot bluff and offering exclusive, sweeping ocean views. Getting married in Puerto Rico is now easier than ever with couples only needing to comply with their hometown requirements to tie the knot in this pristine locale. In addition to bringing valid identification, couples will need to obtain a license from the Demographic Registry office in San Juan and will also need to have a blood test.
How to Get Here With over 588 direct and nonstop flights available to Puerto Rico and only a three-and-a-half-hour flight from New York City, traveling to this destination couldn’t be easier! It’s home to more than a dozen airlines, and most U.S. air carriers, such as American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, and United, are available to fly to and from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport from most major U.S. cities. Also considered the cruise capital of the Caribbean, Puerto Rico welcomes thousands of visitors traveling via cruise lines daily. Although a passport isn’t required, U.S. cruise travelers are urged to bring one, as the rules vary slightly. Visit www.seepuertorico.com for additional information or be sure to ask your travel agent any questions you may have. From pristine stretches of sandy shores to rich history and island adventures, Puerto Rico will have you dreaming of rhythms of love as you begin your happily ever after in the isle of enchantment. For more information or to book your destination wedding or honeymoon, visit www.condadoplaza.com, www.elconresort.com, or www.lascasitasvillage.com.
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Wedding signage may be a small wedding day-of detail, but it sure does pack a big punch when it comes to adding personality into your special day. From welcoming guests to your wedding to asking family and friends to capture the love through your thought out hashtag, thereâ€™s so many darling ways to incorporate signage throughout your wedding. Hereâ€™s a few of our favorite wedding day signs from recent weddings to inspire you.
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destination bermuda While Jennifer and Justin may disagree on how they met―Jennifer remembers meeting him after a close friend’s bridal shower, while Justin is certain he had tried to flirt with her before the event―there’s no doubt the two found a happily ever after with each other. From day one, Justin knew he had found the girl of his dreams, and to prove that, on the day he proposed, he created what Jennifer referred to as a “Princess Day” for her. Justin did not originally spend much time planning the proposal ahead of time, as he was more focused on finding the perfect ring for his future bride. To set the stage though, he surprised her with a trip to Bermuda. On the day of the proposal, he took her to the spa and brought her snorkeling. He capped off the night with a horse-drawn carriage ride to look at the lighthouses before returning to the hotel. There, the balcony of the couple’s room at the Fairmont Princess, which looked out at the ocean, was covered in roses and candles; it was there that Justin asked Jennifer to be his best friend forever. “I think it was from the very beginning [that he was the one],” said Jennifer. “He’s my best friend; we laugh and have so much fun together.”
Beachy Backdrop: When it came to the inspiration for their wedding, Jennifer and Justin didn’t have to look far. They used the natural scenery, full of vibrant colors, surrounding the resort as the focal point, while accenting with shades of white, silver, and gold. Wedding Weekend: With family located across the United States, the couple knew family and friends would have to travel regardless of where they hosted their wedding, so they decided to make their destination wedding a weekend getaway for all who attended. After Justin proposed to Jennifer at the Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda, there was no question the couple would return with 100 guests to continue their happily ever after at the pristine destination where this chapter all began. Full-Service Details: Jennifer and Justin didn’t think they would need to hire a wedding planner, but they quickly learned that planning with limited local vendors in another country was more difficult than they initially anticipated. The couple called upon Meredith and Ashley of GLDN Events, who not only took the pressure off planning, but assisted with the overall logistics and design aspects of their special day.
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On the Menu: When it came time to choose their menu, the couple opted for live food stations for an interactive reception. Guests enjoyed a raw bar, slider bar, and even a live fish station, where family and friends were able to choose a piece of fish and have it seasoned and cooked to their liking. Something Old: “Justin’s mother very sweetly gave us the lace from his christening dress that she saved just for our wedding. We pinned it to the inside of my dress.” Mismatched Maids: Jennifer’s maid of honor wore a re-designed Adrianna Papell dress with intricate sequin detailing, while her four bridesmaids wore blush Jenny Yoo dresses in various styles. Gifts from the Heart: “I wanted to give my bridesmaids something that really represented our individual friendships. I had Coordinates Collection make them bracelets that had the date we met engraved on the inside, along with the coordinates of where we were when we met,” the bride shared. The Future: The newlyweds are excited to build their life together and look forward to starting a family.
Behind The Scenes
Ceremony & Reception Location: Fairmont Southampton Wedding Planner: GLDN Events • Photographer: Alexander Masters Entertainment: DJ Hannah Bronfman • Floral Designer: Petals On-Site Trolleys: Fairmont Princess Southampton Cake Designer: Fairmont Princess Southampton Wedding Gown: Pronovias • Veil: Carolina Herrera Shoes: Christian Louboutin • Formal Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label Invitations: GLDN Events • Favors: Gift Bags • Hair Stylist: Jordan Sparkes Makeup Artist: Afroditi Makeup • Jeweler: Nally Jewels
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Married in Mexico Destination daydreams come true in Puerto Vallarta By Meghan Chalfant
Honeymoons in Puerto Vallarta are pretty spectacular. After all, this paradise is all about sun-kissed beaches, vibrant culture, and, of course, romance. Imagine a locale where infinite blue waters gracefully embrace stretches of white sand beaches, and clear skies give way to some of the most awe-inspiring sunsets that can instantly set your soul on fire. Whether youâ€™re looking to tie the knot in paradise or escape to a honeymoon in paradise, youâ€™ll find a perfect path to love, relaxation, and adventure in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
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Beachside Retreat Located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast—just 670 miles from San Antonio, Texas, and 1,100 miles from San Diego, California—you’ll find a sun-kissed locale boasting 25 miles of romantic coastline and cobblestonelined streets paired with the excitement of Latin flare. Before John Huston’s 1964 film, The Night of the Iguana, this destination was known as a peaceful fishing village, but when Liz Taylor went to keep an eye on her lover, Richard Burton, who was filming with Ava Gardner, word spread, quickly putting Puerto Vallarta on the tourist must-visit map. It’s here in Puerto Vallarta where several destinations with distinct characteristics roll into one, making this charming city a sight to be seen for more reasons than one. With near perfect year-round weather, Puerto Vallarta is an ideal locale for romantic sun-drenched holidays. It’s also ideally located on the same latitude as the Hawaiian Islands, offering visitors similar weather with more than 300 days of sun a year and an average temperature of 77 degrees. While in Puerto Vallarta, you’ll meet some of the most hospitable people during your visit, so it’s no wonder this city welcomes an average of 3.7 million visitors to their town each year. Although most residents speak Spanish, the official language of the country, you’ll find that many people are multilingual and speak and understand English.
The Suite Life Nestled on a sandy strip between the Sierra Madre Mountains and Banderas Bay–the 7th largest bay in the world, is a beachfront resort where sultry romance meets relaxed luxury with an authentic Mexican vibe. Catering to the discerning traveler, the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa is located just two miles from Puerto Vallarta’s international airport (Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport). Situated away from the crowded hotel zone, this upscale resort, just steps from the beach, boasts world-class accommodations and amenities. With 433 stylish guest rooms featuring private balconies or terrace, guests can peacefully sleep with luxe linens and fluffy pillows, while floor-to-ceiling windows reveal panoramic tropical views. Upgrade your room experience to one of 29 spacious suites that include a separate living area, or book the ambassador suite complete with a whirlpool Jacuzzi. Whatever accommodations you choose, rest assured you’ll have a private balcony or terrace with views of the bay beyond the infinity pool and colorful bougainvillea. Traveling between November and April? There’s a chance you can even spot humpback whales right from your balcony! Home to one of Mexico’s best destinations for gastronomy, CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta will delight with culinary menu options. Whether you’re craving midday snacks or full-course meals, your palate is sure to be satisfied at any of the onsite restaurants. Dine at La Estancia for bountiful buffets and à la carte options, including traditional Mexican-inspired dishes like made-to-order chilaquiles with green sauce. Enjoy salads, prime-cut steaks, and fresh seafood at Las Casitas for breezy beachfront dining; casual all-American fare at Champions Sports Bar; or an authentic Japanese table-side hibachi dinner with a show at Mikado.
The City and the Sea From beachside relaxation to island adventures and city scenes, travelers are in for an all-encompassing taste of Mexico. At CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, bask under the warm Mexican sun on the pristine stretch of sandy golden beach or go for a swim in the infinity pool. Unwind at the 22,000-square-foot Ohtli Spa, offering guests a full menu of signature treatments. Jungle canopy zip-line
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tours, ATV jungle treks, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing, and boat tours to Las Caletas (a private cove for swimming with sea lions) or Marietas Islands for snorkeling are all exhilarating activities perfect for the thrill-seeker. Beyond the beach, winding cobblestone streets perfectly blend architecture and the vibrant culture highlighted by local festivals such as the Puerto Vallarta Gourmet Festival and the Guadalupe Processions, honoring the town’s patron saint.
Oceanfront Nuptials Whether you dream of an intimate ceremony or a grand celebration with spectacular backdrops and famed sunsets, CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa can set the stage for an unforgettable destination wedding. Walk down the aisle on the jetty, where the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre Mountains create a romantic ambiance; exchange vows within the Las Casitas Garden; or say “I do” beachside with your toes in the sand. The ballroom space at CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa also offers a state-of-the-art facility and a beach patio with exquisite views of the city. With impressive views, paired with the experience of the on-site certified wedding coordinator, the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta is sure to create wedding memories that will last forever. Delectable cuisine options, event signage, setup layout and table assignment, and your choice of table linens, silverware, and glassware are just some of the complimentary amenities you’ll receive when you host a destination wedding here.
Pack Your Bags Puerto Vallarta is known for its casual vibe and near-perfect tropical climate. When packing your bags, bring items you know you’ll use, such as swimwear, cover-ups, hats, sunglasses, shorts,
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T-shirts, cocktail attire for fine dining restaurants, and a pair of sandals that can easily be dressed up or down. Planning on going on an excursion or two? Don’t forget sneakers for off-road adventures or any other exhilarating activities. If you’ll be traveling during the cooler season, you may need a light jacket or sweater. You’ll also need your travel documents (passport, boarding passes, photo ID, and traveler’s insurance papers if purchased), basic toiletries, sunblock, and any medications or health supplements.
How to Get Here Puerto Vallarta can be easily reached from most major cities on the Eastern Seaboard. Approximately a four-and-a-half-hour flight from the New York metro area, twelve major air carriers (Aeromexico, American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, and US Airways) fly into Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport. From miles of idyllic coastline to verdant rolling hills, endless activities, and diverse culture, it’s time to put Puerto Vallarta on your destination wedding or honeymoon radar. For more information about CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa or to book your honeymoon or destination wedding, visit www.puertovallartamarriott.com. Images couresy of CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
Know Before You Go 1. Entry Requirements: A valid passport and a tourist card or visa 2. Language: Although the official language is Spanish, many people speak and understand English 3. Flight Time: Approximately four and a half hours from NJ and five and a half hours from NYC 4. Currency: The peso is the national currency, but you may find that the US dollar is widely accepted 5. Time Zone: Central Time Zone
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Enter to Win a Honeymoon in Paradise at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa** The honeymoon of your dreams is a whim away in a charming locale that’s all about sun-kissed beaches, vibrant culture, and romance. Imagine a destination that’s home to stunning coastlines encompassing picture-perfect backdrops, spectacular sunsets, crystal blue water, and the perfect amount of relaxation and adventure. Begin your perfect path to love at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. This luxury oceanfront resort, nestled between the Sierra Mountains and Banderas Bay, boasts world-class accommodations featuring authentic Mexican design and upscale amenities in each of its 433 stylish guest rooms, 29 spacious suites, on-site restaurants, and more. From relaxation and adventure to endless activities and diverse culture, Puerto Vallarta offers options for both the thrill-seeker and the more laid-back guest. Participate in water sport rentals like deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, swimming with sea lions, or bask under the Mexican sun at the resort’s infinity pool. When you’re not swimming or daydreaming the day away, choose to unwind at the Ohtli Spa or seek adventure through various nearby activities. Your prize includes a seven-night stay at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa with luxury accommodations for two adults, daily breakfast, two dinners, and nonmotorized water sports and activities.*
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A Little Slice of Luxury Begin your forever after in Boca Raton, Florida By Tara DeLorenzo
Piercing blue skies, sparkling clear waters, and powder beaches are just a whim away in the Sunshine State, where uninterrupted panoramas of crimson sunsets, exquisite cuisine, and endless activities are made for romance. With its easy-to-reach location paired with laid-back island vibes and year-round tropical climates, it’s here in Florida you'll find a little slice of paradise right in your own backyard. Not to mention, Boca Raton (located in South Palm Beach County) is also home to one of the nation's premier resort destinations, the Boca Raton Resort & Club and the Boca Beach Club, Waldorf Astoria Resorts. Boca Beach Club
A Little Slice of Luxury Situated on 356 acres in Boca Raton, just 4.5 miles south of Boca Raton Executive Airport, is the prestigious Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. Characterized by its hidden gardens, barrel tile roofs, archways, ornate columns, intricate mosaics, and serene fountains, the resort—built in 1926 with SpanishMediterranean, Moorish, and Gothic influences in mind—provides an effortless picturesque setting for destination weddings and unforgettable honeymoons. Choose the perfect room or suite in one of five onsite locations where timeless sophistication is presented through luxurious amenities and design. Enjoy peaceful accommodations within the iconic Cloister building— the original structure of the resort estate—centrally located in the heart of the resort. Historical ambiance of old-world charm meets modern luxury with expansive bedrooms, extravagant furnishings, and new rainfall showers. Reminiscent of the Venetian palace, the Yacht Club features 112 luxury guest rooms and seven suites offering stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. From the 27-story Tower above Florida’s Gold Coast, discover some of the resort’s most spacious rooms and suites, which also provide unparalleled water views. Savor the sun while experiencing true tranquility at the exclusive oceanfront property of the renowned Boca Beach Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. Enjoy contemporary décor in a standard room, indulge in a newly refurbished pool view balcony room overlooking the Pool Oasis or in a poolside Lanai room with furnished
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patio and direct access to the beach. The Boca Bungalows, located at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, are perfect for longer stays and offer residential-style accommodations with the exclusivity, services, and amenities of a private club. The Boca Raton Resort & Club and the Boca Beach Club also offer their guests every opportunity to indulge. While the resorts include room service dining options, they also have a variety of restaurant options. From fine dining and cocktails to grab-and-go snacks, you’ll find a myriad of options to choose from, all with the resort’s quintessential “True Waldorf Service.” Enjoy burgers and American cuisine at 501 East Kitchen and Bar, Italian fare at Lucca, sushi and Asian cuisine at Morimoto, tacos at Shaka Bar & Grill, and innovative, unexpected flavors at The Blue, where modern takes on classic dishes await you.
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Beyond the Beach Sunny beach days are perfect for surfing lessons at the Boca Beach Club, as well as enjoying various watersports like paddle boarding, Jet Skiing, and catamarans along South Florida’s coastline. The Boca Raton Resort & Club is also home to the exclusive FlowRider, a dual-sided wave simulator that offers the ultimate surf-on-land experience. Bask in the sun at one of six on-site pools or participate in other recreational activities, such as biking, croquet, volleyball, and basketball. From complimentary access to two state-of-the-art fitness centers to world-class golf, and seeing Boca beyond the beach via the marina, there are activities to suit every type of guest. Boca Raton is also home to a vivid town center and a variety of shops and boutiques, all within five miles of the resort. For art lovers and those looking to immerse themselves in the culture and history, there is the Boca Raton Museum of Art, as well as the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Other off-site excursions include airboat rides through the Everglades, interactive displays at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, and nightly entertainment. A Waldorf Wedding Interested in tying the knot in Florida? The Boca Raton Resort & Club and the Boca Beach Club have picture-perfect settings across the resort. Whether you dream of saying “I do” barefoot on the beach during an intimate ceremony or a grand affair complete with formal details, the wedding team at the resort can bring your vision to life. The Cathedral Room (designed by the resort’s founder and inventive architect, Addison Mizner) offers couple’s soaring coffered ceilings, gold-leafed pillars, and striking stained glass windows, while the ocean-inspired Dunes Ballroom at Boca Beach Club features expansive floor-to-ceiling windows and a contemporary sparkling chandelier. Intimate wedding ceremonies or vow renewals can also be held on the private beach or within the secluded Cloister Garden among lush greenery and unique tile fountains. The resort offers creative catering options to help craft a delectable menu complete with a confectionary masterpiece wedding cake.
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