The Wedding of ...
Taylor Tremonte & John Selser
Ceremony & Reception: The Park Savoy Estate, 973.377.7100, www.theparksavoy.com
Gown: Hayley Paige
Bridesmaids: Needle and Thread; Jarlo London
Tux: Biltmore Tuxedos
Photographer: Olli Studio
Makeup: Monica Clarke, Makeup By Monica LLC
Hair: Melissa Gorga, Bridal by Missy
Florist: Crest Florist
Cake: Palermo Custom Cakes & Bakery
DJ: Elegant Music Group
Live Painter: Captured on Canvas
John and I were high school sweethearts. We went to elementary school together and sat next to each other in first grade. After knowing him almost my whole life, we began dating on New Year’s Eve in our senior year of high school. Little did we know, exactly 10 years later, on New Year’s, we’d be saying I do!
John’s proposal was perfect. He booked a private tour of one of our favorite wineries, Beneduce Vineyards. As we strolled through the middle of the vineyard, John bent to one knee and asked me to be his wife. We couldn’t wait to begin planning!
We chose The Park Savoy Estate for its charm and mansion feel. The venue exudes elegance. I got goosebumps when we walked into the ballroom imagining our wedding in such a spectacular space. Once we knew our date was available, the decision was made. Everyone at The Park Savoy proved to be absolutely attentive to all our needs leading up to and including our special day. Johanna, our bridal attendant, was so sweet. I always had a drink waiting for me at my table and I could count on her to help with anything I might have needed the entire evening. Victor, our maître d’, kept the entire day and night on schedule flawlessly. He even coordinated televisions coming down at midnight, so our guests could watch the ball drop. It was a great touch to our New Year’s Eve wedding!
John’s father is a judge, and he’s married all three of John’s siblings, so we were delighted it was our turn to ask him to officiate our ceremony. It was incredibly meaningful. We also had our golden poodle, Frankie, dressed in a tuxedo, and had him drive down the aisle in a toy Lamborghini. He stole the show, and was even featured later on The Today Show.
For our ballroom décor, we chose three different centerpieces. Our sweetheart table was enhanced by a big, beautiful flower arch, adorned with hanging candles and lanterns. We lined the fireplace with candles and gave the whole room a warm, romantic glow. As a twist on traditional escort cards, we had stick stirrers made with our guests’ names and respective table numbers, and placed them in champagne glasses.
For dinner, we selected the estate signature salad as a first course and a duet entrée of shrimp à la park and chateaubriand. We also had a chicken saltimbocca and a vegetarian eggplant tower available upon request. For dessert, we had a Viennese table with an array of sweets and decadent desserts.
The most notable surprise for us was our best man’s speech. It turned into a flash mob! Our friends, family, and even parents were all in on it. They stood up and started doing the same dance in unison. We were blown away knowing how much practice and thought must have gone into pulling that off! During our first dance, a live painter captured the moment for us, and we’re so glad we have something made in the moment to remember our wedding.
We’d like to extend our thank you to everyone who helped make our day so special. Thank you to our vendors for working together so well and thank you to our parents for all you’ve done for us. Thank you to the entire staff at The Park Savoy for making our wedding experience the best imaginable.
The Park Savoy Estate, Florham Park, NJ