Ceremony: St. Mary of Mount Virgin Church
Reception: The Westin Governor Morris Hotel,
Gown: Martina Liana
Photographer & Cinematographer: Gabelli Studio Photography and Cinema
Makeup: Divya B Professional Makeup Artistry
Hair: Bloom Salon & Spa
Florist: Conroy’s Florist
Cake: Glen Island Harbour Club
DJ: Raffael De Luca
Calligrapher: Allyssa Birth
Pizza Truck: Lombardi Pizza Co
Photo Booth: TapSnap 1008
Travis and I met in college and were friends for a long time before we began dating. Our first date was at a quaint restaurant in New Jersey. Now, I work in cyber security and Travis works in tech distribution. One weekend a year and a half later, we visited my family in Pennsylvania. After dinner at our favorite restaurant on the lake, we took a boat ride and docked at an island. My brother-in-law had weed-whacked a special pathway, lined with roses and candles. In the center, there was a blanket, a bottle of champagne, and a big frame that said, “Will you marry me?” My sister stood on the other side of the lake and filmed the proposal. Then we celebrated with everyone back at the house!
We knew about The Westin Governor Morris Hotel because it was close by our college and we always loved its historic elegance. The two-tier ballroom is so unique and the chandeliers are breathtaking.
I instantly clicked with Julie Olsen, the catering sales manager, and David Lombardi, the director of catering. I am a very detail-oriented person and they made me confident everything would be taken care of. Julie was on top of her job and was very proactive. She kept us up to date with all the options the venue offered and gave advice that complemented our vision. All the staff was so helpful. On our wedding day, Susan Richardson, the director of operations, helped me get ready and even wiped the limo off for me when it rained so my dress didn’t get wet.
We were married at Travis’ family church. My three nieces were adorable flower girls and they each held a custom sign as they walked down the aisle. Then to The Westin for cocktail hour, where we had a little of everything. The hors d’oeuvres were delicious, including potato and cheese pierogis, mini grilled pizzas, and everyone went crazy over the lamb quesadillas! The Westin also just added a new fun gourmet Jersey Station with fancy Italian hot dogs, French fries, pork and cheese sandwiches, and more.
I wanted our ballroom to have as much bling as possible. Our alternating centerpieces were tall silver candelabras with Swarovski crystals and silver mercury glass vases with hot pink garden roses.
Food was so important to us and we wanted our dinner to really stand out, which it did. Guests raved about the first course, which was a caramelized onion tart with boursin cheese, bacon, and spinach. For the entrée, guests chose between blue cheese-crusted filet mignon in a red wine reduction or seared salmon in a lemon thyme sauce. I had a mix of both and it was the best meal I have ever eaten. Our guests agreed.
As a family wedding tradition, my mom dedicated the song “Jump in Line” by Harry Belafonte to me, which turned into a huge conga line with our guests that took up the dance floor! The dance floor was full all night. For dessert, we had our wedding cake and large platters of Italian pastries brought to each table. Outside, we had an international coffee station and Julie surprised us with a donut station, where guests could request whatever toppings they wanted!
Thank you Julie, David, and Susan at The Westin for working with me through every step of the day. I could not have done it and remained calm without you. A special shout out to our photographers for going above and beyond for us. And thank you to our families for their love and support!