The Wedding of ...
Alexa Esposito & Blair Allen
Ceremony & Reception: VIP Country Club
Gown: Rita Vinieris, at Kleinfeld Bridal, NYC
Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo
Tux: Brooks Brothers
Cinematographer: Michael Justin Studios
Makeup: Angela Make Me Up
Hair: Beauty Entourage
Florist: Arcadia Floral Company
Cake: VIP Country Club
DJ: Jimmy Dee Entertainment
Floor Wrap & Backdrop:
Royal Backdrops, Mimoza
"The Very Best"
Blair and I met on a dating app and our first date was brunch at a popular spot in Boston. When we first started dating, we worked a block away from each other. After work, we would take walks through the Boston Public garden and since then, it always felt like “our spot.” A few years later, Blair proposed to me there after taking me to brunch at the exact spot we met for our first date. I was thrilled, and the surprises kept coming. Later that evening, we went to dinner and our family and friends were there waiting for us. It was indeed a magical day.
We chose to have our wedding at VIP Country Club because we could expect the very best, and it perfectly fit our wedding vision. Working with VIP was great from start to finish. From our first tour with Tiffany Hogan, private events manager, we loved everything. She gave us a menu to review and the cocktail hour selection alone wowed us. Vinston Joy, assistant general manager, did an amazing job of keeping us on schedule the day of, and I was grateful to him for keeping us on track. Wendy, my bridal attendant, was truly there for my every need! From doing some major bodyguard type work to making sure I was not seen before my first look, to carrying my train while I walked, she was a true MVP that day!
Our ceremony was outdoors at the VIP’s gazebo, where the views of the sound are beautiful. Arcadia Floral created a breathtaking flower arch for the ceremony and had flower boxes going up the aisle. Our guests really appreciated how easy it was to get from the ceremony to our cocktail hour and reception.
The cocktail hour – where to begin! Our guests were so impressed by all the food stations. The biggest hit was the sushi, which was better than the sushi I’d get at my favorite sushi spots. Our guests couldn’t get enough of it! The raw seafood bar was also a highlight, with oysters, lobsters, clams, shrimp, and all the works. We were so grateful we attended our cocktail hour! It was way too good to miss!
Our ballroom was truly a dream. My vision was Garden of Versailles with lots of florals and wisteria. I wanted a “royal” touch as opposed to a rustic garden wedding. All our vendors rose to the occasion. We had a stunning initialed floor wrap and a gorgeous backdrop for our table, and our centerpieces couldn’t have been more perfect. We chose a variety of three different centerpieces, which kept the room interesting. Our favorite was the bridge centerpiece. We also absolutely loved the hanging lights that our florist hung on the ceiling. The room was more beautiful than we could’ve imagined!
Our guests chose from a selection of entrées as if they were in a restaurant. For an appetizer, we had a truly addicting creamy tortellini dish with a salad topped with grilled vegetables. Our dinner options were filet mignon with grilled shrimp, cod puntanesa, balsamic-roasted chicken, and a special of stuffed lamb. Our guests raved about the food! For dessert, we had a Venetian so there was a variety of desserts in addition to the wedding cake, which was devil’s food with cannoli filling made in-house by VIP. There was a s’mores station, a crème brûlée station, and a crêpe station.
Two stars of our reception were the bourbon station and the tequila station. VIP offers two premium bar stations that serve only the very best bourbons and tequilas. You can even get your bourbon smoked at the bourbon station. Our guests are still talking about this. It turned our wedding into an experience! We had an awesome after-party held on-site in the new 600 Lounge, complete with comfort food.
We want to thank my parents, Tom and Juliann, for giving us such a gorgeous wedding that we will always remember. Thanks to all our fabulous vendors for giving us the wedding we always dreamed of and more. A special thank you to VIP for making us feel like royalty on our wedding day and to Michael Justin Studios and Michael Ngo who captured every moment of our wedding. Arcadia Floral, we thank you for taking our breath away with lush, romantic flowers. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Royal Backdrops. Thank you for making our ballroom feel like a royal wedding! To Angela of Angela Make Me Up, thank you for making me feel flawless on my wedding day! All of you are the best of the best!
VIP Country Club, New Rochelle, NY, 914.235.1500, vipcountryclub.com