The Wedding of ...
Jessica-Lee Ramsay & Joseph Ruggiero
Ceremony: Immaculate Conception Church
Reception: Falkirk Estate & Country Club, 845.928.8060, www.falkirkestate.com
Bridesmaids: Joanna August
Tux: My Suit
Photographer: The Ramsdens
Cinematographer: DJ Broccoli
Hair: Brianna Kelly
Florist: Dramatic Innovation
Cake: A Little Cake
DJ: Jimmy Dee Entertainment
Romantic & Elegant
Joey and I met in Lake George when I was 15 years old on our family vacation. It wasn’t until a couple of years later when I started college at FIT that Joey invited me out to dinner. After graduation, I went on to be a makeup artist and he is a senior project manager.
After six years of dating, we were planning a vacation to Jamaica with our family and friends. Joey thought I had an inkling he was going to propose there, so he decided to surprise me and do it on the flight. He coordinated with the flight attendant and when we landed, the pilot told everyone to remain in their seats. Joey got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, with all our friends and family aboard cheering!
I knew several people who had gotten married at Falkirk and it was number one on my list. Once we saw it in person and met with Tommy Spinelli, general manager, who has been a family friend for years, we were sold.
We loved everything about Falkirk, from the venue’s overall ambiance to the food and the service. Working with Tommy and his staff was a dream. I didn’t need to hire a wedding planner like I originally planned because of him! Tommy made planning completely stress-free. On the day of, everyone went above and beyond to accommodate us and no details were missed. Every bride dreams of a fairy tale wedding of romance, elegance, beauty, and charm – and Falkirk was all of that, and more!
We were married at the church in the town where I grew up. Walking down the aisle with my dad and then seeing Joey’s face as I walked through the doors was truly indescribable. Cocktail hour at Falkirk had everything you could possibly think of. Butlers passed hors d’oeuvres such as risotto croquettes, spinach and feta spanakopita, baby lamb chops, and more.
We had all kinds of food stations: a “Peter Luger” steak station, a New York style deli cart, and even a shrimp and crab cold seafood bar on an ice sculpture. The indoor/outdoor set up was so convenient. When it began to rain, guests could look through the windows and see the beautiful double rainbow outside arching over the gorgeous grounds.
Beautiful gold lanterns illuminated the stunning ballroom. The lanterns, paired with our gorgeous centerpieces of greenery, succulents, and white flowers, created a very romantic atmosphere. With a final headcount of 300 people, the space was large enough to fit everyone comfortably eating, drinking, and dancing throughout the night.
Dinner began with a duet course of buffalo mozzarella and beefsteak tomato and an intermezzo lemon sorbet. For the main entrée, guests could choose from chateaubriand with red wine demi-glace, Chilean sea bass, or French-cut chicken stuffed with spinach and Asiago. For dessert, we served our wedding cake along with dessert towers of cannolis, chocolate-covered strawberries, tiramisu, and more.
After we cut our cake, our guests were invited to join us on the terrace for a surprise fireworks display! Our DJ kept our guests dancing all night, from the reception to the after-party. Our night didn’t end after the reception; all our guests were then invited downstairs to keep the party going! Our guests danced, drank more, smoked cigars, and enjoyed late night snacks such as hot pretzels and chicken fingers.
Thank you to Tommy and his staff for going above and beyond and for making our dream wedding come true. Thank you to our wonderful bridal party, family, and friends for celebrating with us. We love you all! Thank you to my amazing husband for making me the happiest girl in the world, not only on our wedding day, but every day. Thank you for bringing nothing but love and happiness into my life. I love you Joey!
Falkirk Estate & Country Club, Central Valley, NY