The Wedding of ...
Francine Hyman & Abraham George
Ceremony: St. Abanoub and St. Antonius Church
Reception: Hudson House, 866.683.3586, landmarkvenues.com
Gown: Sareh Nouri, at Kleinfeld, NYC
Tux: Calvin Klein
Photographer: Danny Weiss
Cinematographer: Peter Ferriero
Makeup & Hair: Mercedes Crescimbeni
Florist: A Touch of Elegance
Cake: Palermo’s Bakery
Band: The Troy Curtis Band, On the Move
Event Planner: Jenny Orsini
Officiants: Rabbi Dennis Tobin; Father Vijay Thomas
Abe and I met at The Beekman Hotel after a few weeks of talking on a dating app. He arranged everything and I walked in to see this handsome, tall man standing at the bar. Within five minutes, I knew I had met someone very special.
About a year later we met for drinks after Abe had a busy day at court and I had a lovely day off from my career as an OBGYN physician. We left the bar and I asked where we were going. He said he forgot, but Abe never forgets anything. A minute later we entered Le Bernardin. The hosts expected our arrival and brought us to our table where the waiter brought our menus and a letter for me. I opened the letter and began crying at the loving note Abe had written, asking me to be his wife. Abe pulled out my stunning engagement ring and I immediately said yes!
We began looking for venues on the water that were easily accessible for our New York, New Jersey, and out of town guests. Hudson House had everything we wanted and more. They’re the only venue with a view of both Manhattan and Brooklyn from the ballroom; something breathtakingly unique. Landmark Hospitality, the parent company, has a reputation for excellence, amazing food, and memorable occasions. Jeanne Cretella, the president of Landmark Hospitality, and the entire Landmark family, were incredibly professional and invested in our wedding. All our vendors vouched that Landmark was a company of their word and that they put on the most amazing weddings with food your guests will talk about for years to come. They were right!
Our day began early, with hair and makeup for me, followed by our photos before the ceremony. We had an Orthodox church ceremony in the early afternoon followed by a Jewish ceremony on the lawn outside Hudson House just as the sun was setting. The backdrop was incredible, with the lower Manhattan skyline as our view.
Cocktail hour had endless hors d’oeuvres, carving stations, gourmet Indian appetizers, and even a caviar station. We asked the chef to use his creativity and it was wonderful how open the team was to incorporating personalized items for us. We had chickpea fritters, black lentil salad, mini lamb chops, small pasta plates, and more. After cocktail hour, we walked up to the ballroom and the décor blew our minds! Each table had high flower arrangements, low light candles, and linens that created a romantic atmosphere. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcased the gorgeous backdrop of the city. The lavender color scheme matched my bridesmaid dresses for a dramatic yet not-too-frilly feel. It was a modern wonderland!
For dinner, we began with a fall garden salad, followed by a choice of pan-roasted chicken, pasta primavera, or surf and turf where each guest could request an extra lobster tail if they so desired. There was a plethora of lobster tails! The band kept us dancing all night with a buoyant energy. We’d taken lessons from a dance instructor and after training for months, we enjoyed his company so much, we invited him to be one of our guests. At the end of the night the band transitioned to traditional Indian music and I changed into a sari. Dancers came and performed traditional dances from Kerala, the province where Abe’s family is from. Additionally, we had a priest and my uncle do a blessing over the bread. It was an awesome display of multiple cultures coming together.
This wedding has so many people to thank. Jeanne was unbelievable. She runs every wedding as if the bride is her own daughter. I was so impressed, we then had my father’s 75th birthday celebration at a Landmark venue. I knew right away our wedding planner, Jenny Orsini, was the woman to put everything together from invitations to working diligently with our florist. Our photographer gave us photos we will love forever, and my big advice to other brides is make sure you find a photographer you love as much as we did. Our parents, my grandmother, and our family, some coming from India to celebrate with us, all made our day beautiful, with memories we will cherish for a lifetime.
Hudson House, Jersey City, NJ