The Wedding of…
Johnna Graziano & Jaime Valencia
Ceremony & Reception: The Brownstone
Gown: Pollardi at Jaehee Bridal Englewood, NJ
Tux: Vero Uomo
Photographer & Cinematographer: John Agnello
Photography and Video
Makeup: Gina Ritacco Makeup LLC
Hair: Leena's Hair Studio
Florist: Creations by Fran
Cake: The Brownstone
DJ: SCE Event Group
Entertainment: Klearview Studios
Officiant: Judge Ray Reddin
Jeweler: Kevin’s Fine Jewelry
Photo Booth: Klearview Studios
Food Truck: Empanada Mania
Event Planner: Legacy Events, Bashar Baghdadi
Pianist: Isaac Ezekiel Del Rosario
"Beyond Our Wildest Imagination"
When I began working at The Brownstone, Jaime had worked there for several years. We had an instant connection, always talking and joking around. It was only a matter of time before we couldn’t deny our attraction to each other and our friendship became more.
A few years later, on a much anticipated trip to Disney, Jaime got down on one knee and proposed in front of Cinderella’s Castle. He timed it to perfection, so that the firework show was going off behind us when I shouted a clear, enthusiastic, “Yes!”
Choosing to be married at The Brownstone was another effortless decision. Working with the staff is always a professional experience mixed with relatability and open-mindedness.
Everyone at The Brownstone understands each couple has unique needs, and they strive to fulfill every one! We set our wedding date for October 31st, and were thrilled at the idea of a fun, not-so-traditional, 100% us, special day.
Then, 2020 being the year no one expected, we were nervous that our day wouldn’t happen at all. Denise Limone, the banquet manager, Albert Manzo and Tommy Manzo, owners, kept us comforted and reassured us that we had options. They kept us posted every step of the way, and that extra care went a long way during such an uncertain time.
The big day came and all our worries were forgotten. Our ceremony took place in the stunning grand conservatory room. The room is spectacular and we easily achieved the magical, whimsical look we hoped for. We simply added candles along the aisle and carefully chose meaningful songs to complete the effect. My brother, Tino, escorted me down the aisle after our bridal party and family, and our officiant did a magnificent job.
Cocktail hour was plentiful and truly top-of-the-line. The talented Isaac Ezekiel Del Rosario played soft music on the piano. We had a dozen different butler-passed hors d’oeuvres, a live slider, a Philly cheese steak station, a raw bar, a live taco station, sushi, carving stations, fresh made mozzarella, and so much more! Our guests were full before the reception even began.
We incorporated a touch of Halloween in the grand ballroom for our reception. Black, white, and gold fulfilled the spooky, yet ultra-chic vibe I wanted. White flowers adorned the tables, and our sweetheart table was a focal point, positioned on the stage.
Dinner was delicious, and we had it served buffet style to allow guests to eat at their own pace and come up for seconds, or thirds! Some favorites were the lobster station, the grilled seasoned skirt steak, the tomahawk steak, the veal osso bucco, and the famous Brownstone short ribs. We also had some cultural highlights like pernil with arroz con gandules and pork chops with Italian hot peppers.
Our wedding cake was gorgeous with four tiers of gold and marble hand-painted accents. We chose funfetti cake for the inside! Some additional Halloween touches were added to The Brownstone dessert hour, such as an “orange” chocolate fountain and candy apples, and we had ghost and Frankenstein cookies brought in as well.
Our guests ate, drank, and danced the night away with our amazing DJ. There were surprises that had everyone on their feet, like an LED dancing robot from Klearview Studios, our Photo Booth company, and we had an empanada truck parked outside for guests to wrap up the night.
Jaime and I are filled with overwhelming joy and gratitude! We extend our warmest thanks to The Brownstone, our vendors at the forefront and behind the scenes, and our incredibly loving and supportive family and friends. You helped make our wedding day meaningful beyond our wildest imagination!
The Brownstone, Paterson, NJ