Ceremony: Holy Name of Jesus Church
Reception: Glen Island Harbour Club,
Gown: Pnina Tornai
Tux: Ralph Lauren
Photographer: Ricky Restiano Photography,
Cinematographer: Moving Pictures LLC
Makeup: Glam Art by Rosa Russo,
Hair: Knotz Hair Studio
Florist: Arcadia Floral Company
Cake: Glen Island Harbour Club
DJ: Next Generation DJ Entertainment,
Photo Booth: Mashbooths Modern Photo Booth Rentals
Candy Table: Treat Me Sweet
My close friend Brittany married Mike’s brother Dom, so we had a mutual group of friends growing up. We never really got to know each other until our friends’ birthday party in Atlantic City. A few months later, he asked me to be his girlfriend.
My brother, also named Michael, and I have birthdays three days apart and it was going to be his 21st birthday and my 26th birthday. Boyfriend Mike had me under the impression that I was planning my brother’s surprise party. I picked the restaurant and called all our family. On the morning of my brother’s party, Mike said he had a surprise for my birthday too. A limo was waiting with all my best friends and both our moms inside! He arranged for us all to have brunch and then go to a spa for massages. That night, we drove my brother to the restaurant, and we all yelled “Surprise!” when he walked in the door. Michael told me to look around the room again. This was my party with all my friends! A photo montage that Mike had made, with photos of me growing up, started playing. At the end, there was a video of Mike asking my parents for permission to marry me. At that point, Mike got down on one knee and proposed!
From the minute Mike and I saw Glen Island Harbour Club, we knew it would be our wedding venue. The grounds and décor are stunning and elegant and the waterfront views are breathtaking. Fifty years ago, my grandparents were married there, when it was Glen Island Casino. Rocco Agostino, the general manager, Rodney Gonzalez, the banquet manager, and James Marrone, our day of maître d’, were amazing to work with. They were so accommodating and helpful in creating our dream wedding. On the day of, James made sure that me, Mike, our families, and all our guests had everything we needed.
We were married at my family’s parish and I have known the priest who married us my whole life. A guitarist and violinist played a soft romantic tune. We had white bouquets on every pew and Mike surprised me, yet again, by having ivory rose petals placed all down the runner. We lit a unity candle and saved the candle to burn on our anniversary every year!
Cocktail hour was unlike anything I have ever seen! Glen Island recreated some of the candy drinks from NYC’s famous Sugar Factory. We had several passed appetizers, including Alsatian pizzas, wild mushroom burgers, firecracker shrimp, and more. We had food stations representing cuisines from all over the world, like the Mediterranean seafood station with clams and mussels and the Roman Feast station with chicken portobello and eggplant rollatini. Each station was decorated to represent that culture. The Tex-Mex station, with fajitas and quesadillas, was decorated with sombreros, maracas, and more!
Our ballroom had a light lavender to create a romantic and elegant ambiance. We had white hydrangeas and roses in alternating high and low centerpieces, each with cascading crystals and jewels. Our DJ played a great mix of music to keep guests of all ages dancing all night!
For dinner, we offered a choice of filet mignon au poivre, chicken mignon wrapped in prosciutto in a tomato beurre blanc, or black sesame glazed salmon in a champagne vinegar buerre blanc. Our guests are still talking about how delicious everything was! Our Viennese hour had every dessert you could name. We had a sorbet and ice cream bar, French and Italian pastries, a candy table, and an elaborate cake station with everything from strawberry shortcake to key lime pie.
Thank you to our family and friends for their love and support. Thank you to Rocco, Rodney, and James at Glen Island for understanding our vision and making our dream wedding come true.