The Wedding of ...
Dawn Collet & Vincent Macri
Ceremony & Reception: The Olde Mill Inn,
Gown: Anne Barge
Bridesmaids: Dessy Group
Tux: Banana Republic & Vera Wang
Photographer: 1314 Studio
Cinematographer: GR Productions
Makeup & Hair: The Salon at Warren
Florist: Jardiniere Flowers
Cake: Palermo’s Café & Bakery
DJ: Chuck Russo
Whimsical & Rustic
I met Vin at a dog-friendly bar in Brooklyn. He asked me on a date a few weeks later, which turned into an epic seven-hour lunch! Now Vin is a family law attorney and I am in public relations. During Winter Storm Jonas, seven years later, Vin and I decided to venture out into the snow. After an intense snowball fight, we rested on a boulder in Carroll Park. Vin grabbed my ski-gloved hand, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him!
Vin’s family lives in New Jersey, including his 95-year-old grandma Macri, and most of my family lives out-of-state and even country, so we wanted an affordable venue in a convenient location close to the city. Olde Mill Inn had it all. It had plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces big enough to accommodate our large families, an elegant ballroom, and a beautiful courtyard with a gazebo, which added the rustic charm we wanted. Marien Barker, our wedding coordinator, greeted us the first time we visited the Inn and we loved her from the start. She and the staff took care of everything, from recommending talented vendors to coordinating decorative details to providing a complimentary wedding cake of our choosing! Marien and all the staff truly went out of their way to make life easy for us and ensure we had every detail we wanted.
Our courtyard ceremony was like a dream. White chairs with flowers lined the aisle and I walked down to the Jurassic Park theme song. Our string quartet played from the gazebo and Vin and I stood under a large arch decorated with colorful flowers. We personalized the ceremony with readings from “Winnie the Pooh” and “Wild Awake,” as well as reading our self-written vows. Our guests were blown away by the amount, variety, and quality of food at our cocktail hour. Some of the favorite dishes were the Mason Dixon Station with classics like shrimp po-boys, pulled pork paninis, and jambalaya; Vin’s favorite, the Korean BBQ station; and the South of the Border station complete with margaritas. Marien made a special plate for us to enjoy alone before making our entrance in the reception.
Incorporating a Scottish tradition, a bagpiper led us into our reception. The centerpieces were filled with coral peonies and the pink uplighting created a warm and whimsical ambiance. Marien did an incredible job decorating all the tables, including a memory table with photos of our grandparents. Our DJ had our guests dancing all night, playing something for everyone.
Dinner started with an arugula salad in white balsamic vinaigrette and an intermezzo sorbet. For the main course, guests could choose Cajun-spiced chatham cod in buerre blanc, three-cheese cannelloni, herb-seared filet of beef, or chicken medallions with vegetable risotto. We had two wedding cakes, a vanilla sponge cake with strawberry and cream filling and a chocolate sponge cake with Oreo cream filling. In addition to our cakes, we also had assorted miniature Italian pastry platters given to each table.
Thank you to our family and friends for their love and support. Thank you to all our vendors, with a special thank you to our photographer and videographer for capturing fabulous moments and to Chris from my hair salon for opening just for us that day. Thank you to Marien for ensuring the day went smoothly and perfectly, and for keeping us fed! And an extra special thanks to our parents for their love and guidance.