The Wedding of…
Gerri Ann Vedovino & Vinston Joy
Ceremony: Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour
Reception: VIP Country Club, 914.235.1500, vipcountryclub.com
Gown: David’s Bridal
Tux: Poonolil Designs
Photographer: Fantasy Flash
Florist: Arcadia Floral Designs
Cake: VIP Country Club
DJ: Jimmy Dee Entertainment
Gerri Ann and I met when we saw each other out at a bar. We knew of each other because I worked at the member’s only club her family belongs to. We started talking, and I asked her on a date. We went to a steakhouse in Greenwich and dated for two years. I proposed on Thanksgiving Day, incorporating her nieces and nephews into the proposal. Her niece gave her a box with a note saying, “Will you marry me?” Gerri Ann thought it was a joke until she saw me on my knee in the living room. I work at the VIP Country Club, and Gerri Ann is finishing nursing school.
I knew firsthand everything that sets VIP Country Club above the rest. The food is served restaurant style and everything is prepared in front of the guests so they can customize their entrée as they please. There is always a chef special and an entire wine list, all served by waiters trained at our private school for waiters. The uniforms worn by the staff are custom-made to have a military style and we offer valet parking. VIP is a well-maintained, private estate set on the water, creating the perfect place for photos. The privacy ensures no one will be in the background and couples can use the entire grounds as they wish. When a couple has their tour, they are shown the whole venue and how everything will flow on the wedding day.
Thomas Esposito, the general manager, is always there the day of your wedding. It was important to our families that we have a religious ceremony. So, we were married in the Greek Orthodox Church of Our Savior before heading to VIP for our cocktail hour and reception.
Everything in the cocktail hour was held in the newly renovated 600 Lounge, equipped with custom tables and bouquets, intelligent lighting for customized ambiance, and a terrace available in every room, so our event could be indoors and outdoors. The stations were all our favorites, including a NY Deli station, a slider station, a carving station, a breads station, and a seafood soiree with someone shucking the oysters in front of us.
For our reception, we rented square tables. We had a neutral palette with very large, high centerpieces of white orchids and tall branches with votive candles suspended from them. We put a scotch and bourbon station on the patio, which is accessible from the ballroom. It was an elaborate display with the various specific glassware and the smokers for “smoked” drinks. The patio is covered, so it can be used even in the rain. The flow of our wedding was unique.
We began with a traditional Greek salad, then a rigatoni Bolognese for an appetizer. Our guests then ordered their entrée. The server announced the chef’s special, and they were given a wine list with 14 wines and a variety of beers. Our options for entrées were the NY strip steak, a halibut risotto, chicken capricciosa, and a crusted rack of lamb as our special. We then opened the dance floor for 45 minutes before guests sat back down for their dinner. Working with the in-house bakery, we had cookies, Indian desserts, an ice cream station, and gelato. We hired Jimmy Dee entertainment as our DJ. They were great at playing different genres of Indian and contemporary music. They also brought a sparkler machine for our first dance and provided our photo booth.
Thank you to VIP Country club for hosting our wedding. Everything was incredibly well thought out. I thank everyone for their amazing communication with each other, with me and Gerri, and with our vendors. Everyone did their part, from Thomas – thank you for helping us design our menus – to the dishwashers. Everyone participated in making our wedding day top notch. Thank you to our photographer, our florist, our transportation, and our DJ’s for making sure all our expectations were met, and of course, a big thank you to our family and friends for being there with us to have a great time!
VIP Country Club
New Rochelle, NY, 914.235.1500, vipcountryclub.com