The Wedding of ...
Amanda Echevarria & Julian Castellanos
Ceremony & Reception: Park Château
Estate & Gardens, 732.238.4200, parkchâteau.com
Gown: Eve of Milady, at Bridal Reflections, NYC
Tux: Sal Lauretta for Men
Photographer: Jaymo Jaymes
Cinematographer: LVL 13
Cinematography, Chris Antice
Makeup: Make Me Up by Eva Gerapetritis
Hair: Senada K. Ceka
Florist: Wedded Events, Nada Khairullah
Cake: Calandra's Bakery
DJ: Magic Moments, Jorge Hernandez
Officiant: Rev. Ben Hickey
Dance Floor Wrap: SHOUT
"Everything We Wanted"
Julian and I met during the summer through mutual friends. On our first date, Julian picked me up on his motorcycle and we went for dinner and ice cream. It was sweet, thrilling, and fun! We continued spending a lot of time together and after six years, Julian proposed while we were on vacation in Thailand. We were at our hotel getting ready for dinner and as we were going to the restaurant, he asked if I wanted to walk down to the beach to see the sunset. As we were walking, he stopped, asked me to close my eyes, count to 10, and then walk down to the beach.
After counting to 10, I opened my eyes and he was gone, I began walking down to the beach and then I saw Julian, down on one knee with a ring in his hand and written in the sand, it said, "Will you marry me?" I said, “Yes!” That night was surreal and magical. Afterwards, we had a private dinner on a cliff overlooking the beach and ocean. It's a night we'll always remember.
Nothing compares to Park Château and everything they offer! From the moment we met with Elizabeth Marino, manager, she was welcoming, friendly, and helpful. We loved the grounds, the beauty and aesthetic of Park Château, and the fact that they host only one wedding at a time. We absolutely loved the chapel, so we could have both our ceremony and our reception on-site.
The food options were endless, the staff’s attention to detail and the venue itself provided everything we needed and wanted to have an amazing wedding. We loved the bridal and groom suites and the way our wedding day would flow. It felt organized and comforting to know they would help us throughout the entire process and day. While planning our wedding, Elizabeth was there for us, even during the pandemic. She answered all our questions, provided endless support, and worked with us to personalize our wedding.
Our ceremony took place at the chapel within Park Château’s grounds. It was beautiful and intimate. Immediately following, our guests walked over to cocktail hour, which was both indoors and outdoors. They all loved it! There were so many delicious options to choose from. We had live chef stations and everyone loved the outdoor grill station. The sushi and miniature crab cakes were also a hit!
We wanted a romantic, timeless, natural, garden-like ambiance. We chose a white and green theme to keep it classic, clean, modern, and chic. We wanted to bring nature inside and our florist was able to bring that vision to life by creating some of our centerpieces as tree-like structures with real greenery, tree bark, and white flowers. We created an intimate mood with a lot of candles as well.
Dinner was amazing! We absolutely loved the food and our guests couldn't stop talking about how amazing the food was at cocktail hour and dinner. Everything from the salad to the dessert platter was delicious. We were able to try one of each amazing entrée, the Chilean sea bass, the chateaubriand, and the chicken à la park stuffed with roasted peppers, spinach, and aged provolone. We had a late-night snack station outside. so as guests were leaving they could pick up sliders, French fries, Colombian empanadas, and Cuban sandwiches. That was personalized for us since I'm Cuban and Julian is Colombian. It was amazing that the chef was able to make it happen and that Elizabeth helped coordinate it all.
We want to thank our family and friends for their endless support and love. A special thank you to Park Château staff, especially Elizabeth and Devin, for helping us through the whole process and making it effortless, seamless, and fun. The entire Park Château staff was amazing and the bridal and groom attendants were awesome. Thank you to all our amazing vendors who brought our vision to life and made our wedding that much more amazing. We couldn't have picked a better team to help us create our dream wedding!
Park Château Estate and Gardens, East Brunswick, NJ, 732.238.4200, parkchâteau.com