The Wedding of ...
Deirdre Cerrati & Steven Kopcko
Ceremony: Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Reception: The Westin Governor Morris Hotel,
Gown: Paloma Blanca
Tux: Calvin Klein
Photographer: Erin Dwyer Photography
Makeup: Maria Mikowski & Kailia Roman
Hair: Party at Dolores
Florist: Crest Florist
Cake: Palermo’s Café & Bakery
Band: Almost Easy Entertainment
Favors: Old Williamsburgh Candle
Steven and I met through our mutual friend, Carly, while we were in college. We started dating after graduation and then both began working in sales. After seven years of dating, Steven planned a day for us to go out with our friends for Cinco de Mayo. Before meeting with our friends, he surprised me and stopped in Fort Nonsense. As the park was closing, we were unexpectedly chased out by a park ranger so he popped the question on the corner of a street intersection on the way out! It ended up being the perfect spot, with a beautiful church steeple in view a few blocks away.
We had attended an amazing wedding at The Westin Governor Morris years prior and we knew that was the place we wanted to get married. It was in a local and convenient location, the venue is a beautiful rustic space, and the food was spectacular. Julie Olsen, the senior catering manager, made sure we were taken care of from start to finish. She was attentive, responsive. and willing to work with us on anything that we wanted.
We had a beautiful wedding ceremony in the church where I am a parishioner and then headed to Westin. Our guests said they had never seen a cocktail hour as amazing as ours! Butlers passed hors d’oeuvres such as beef carpaccio on parmesan crisps, chicken sate with pineapple peanut sauce, spinach spanakopita with citrus sauce, and more. We had Mediterranean and antipasto display tables and a live-action carving station with marinated lamb and prime rib au jus. Everyone loved the mashed potato bar which offered all kinds of toppings, with each dish served in a martini glass.
Our ballroom had a rustic elegant ambiance. My dear friend, Jaclyn Perez, designed a beautiful wood sign that acted as a guest book at the entrance to our reception. Our table cards were made of pinecone and our centerpieces were filled with a variety of flowers such as black magic roses, burgundy amaranthus, and seeded eucalyptus. Our band played soft music while guests enjoyed our delicious dinner, which started with an arugula salad and for the main entrée, guests could choose from chicken breast stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes and arugula, filet mignon in a red wine reduction, or Szechuan peppercorn tuna in shitake mushroom broth.
Our guests were on the dance floor all night! It was the party vibe we wanted for our wedding. Later on, we offered our wedding cake as well as coffee and an assortment of Italian pastries and cookies at each table. At the end of the night, we gave out wooden wick candles as favors!
Thank you to Julie and the Westin staff and to all our vendors, especially our band, florist, and photographer, for understanding our vision and making our wedding exactly the way we wanted it. Thank you to both our parents for all their help and support and thank you to our friends and family for sharing this day with us.