The Wedding of ...
Nicole Rigolini & Thomas Vallario
Ceremony & Reception: Harbor Club at Prime, 631.271.5600, www.harborclubatprime.com
Gown: Stella York
Bridesmaids: Bill Levkoff
Photographer: EXO Photography
Makeup: Gina Noel Makeup Artist
Hair: Monroe Dean Salon
Cake: Fanny Cakes
DJ: Barattini Productions
Tom and I knew each other from high school, but hadn’t seen each other in almost 18 years. I am now a patient care coordinator and he is a compliance analyst. Thanks to Tom’s persistence on social media, our first date was at Thom Thom Steak and Seafood in Wantagh, NY. About a year and a half later, Tom proposed on our first night in our new home together!
Both of us being Italian, food was of huge importance to us. We are big foodies and both big fans of all the Bohlsen group restaurants. I put a great amount of time into researching venues that could meet our culinary standards and Harbor Club came out way ahead of the competition.
My feelings about Harbor Club were further validated when we met with Michael Huxtable, the director of sales. He shared the same excitement about turning our vision for an elegant and modern winter wedding into a reality. He was so helpful and responsive in helping us brainstorm ideas and actualize them too.
Our ceremony was held indoors at Harbor Club. Even with over 100 guests, the ceremony space never felt cramped or uncomfortable. Joseph and his team of floral designers did the most amazing job decorating the room. Cocktail hour was one of my favorite parts of our wedding. The food, the presentation, and the service were impeccable. We had everything from an antipasto station to mini lobster rolls to a pasta and risotto bar. Our guests are still talking about the size of the shrimp at the seafood station! It honestly was the best cocktail hour I’ve ever been to, and I’m not just saying that because it was our wedding.
We wanted our reception to reflect a modern, elegant winter wedding vibe, and that’s exactly what we got. Our florist and Harbor Club worked so well together to make our visions come to life! The large dance floor accommodated all our guests comfortably and having the bar nearby in the same room ensured it was never empty!
One great feature in the Harbor Club’s ballroom, that I hadn’t seen anywhere else, was the in-house sound and lighting systems. That made it very easy for our DJ to control the sound level near each table and to customize the lighting to match our décor.
The food, oh the food! I cannot say enough about how wonderful the food and the service was. By far the best I have experienced. The appetizer was a duet course of burrata caprese and spring pea ravioli in lemon-basil butter sauce. We had several entrée options to fit every guest’s preferences, these included hazelnut-parmesan crusted swordfish in lemongrass beurre blanc, filet mignon, seared duck breast with citrus glaze, pork chop Milanese, or a vegetarian creamy quinoa.
In addition to our half-almond and half-chocolate wedding cake, desserts were passed out on the dance floor and included cookies with shots of milk, mini milkshakes, chocolate covered pretzels, and more.
Thank you to all our wonderful vendors and to Michael and the Harbor Club team for not only meeting, but exceeding, our expectations in every way. To all our friends and family, we cannot thank you enough for all your continued love and support. We are so incredibly blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives and look forward to making many more wonderful memories together!