The Wedding of ...
Daniela LaCara & Karol Kwiatkowski
Ceremony: Our Lady Star of the Sea Church
718.477.2400 x 5, www.eventabove.com
Gown: Dennis Basso
Tux: Calvin Klein
Photographer & Cinematographer: Premier Digital Photography
Makeup & Hair: House of Trends
Florist: Eltingville Florist
Cake: Jackie’s Cake Boutique
DJ: Sound Explosions
A Sophisticated Bar
Karol and I went to senior prom together and have been inseparable ever since. For college, I went to Queens for a rigorous physician assistant program and Karol went to a different college two hours away to study business management. We sought other paths after college for a few years, but quickly rekindled our relationship and started where we left off. Years later, eating a romantic dinner on the beach in Punta Cana, Karol proposed!
We wanted a modern NYC style wedding and fell in love with Above — it was in the borough where we grew up and had the NYC ambiance without the commute into the city, plus it had an amazing skyline view and delicious food. The Nicotras, the owners, and Jennifer Finch, the event planner, were wonderful to work with. They helped us personalize our wedding by allowing us to be creative with our menu, décor, and color scheme. Above treated our wedding like it was the most important one in the world!
We had a Roman Catholic mass at a church nearby and then headed to Above. Our cocktail hour was held on the rooftop, allowing guests to move freely between the indoor room and the outdoor balcony. We had an antipasto display with items like octopus carpaccio, shrimp calamari, and risotto with mushrooms and artichokes. We also had a modern harvest station with vegetable ravioli and salmon as well as an elaborate wood oven pizza station. The butlered hors d’oeuvres included lobster mac and cheese, spinach and feta aracini, bacon-wrapped shrimp, and more.
Our modern ballroom was decorated with white flowers, silver linens, and crystal candles. The large, sophisticated bar in the ballroom was our favorite area, which was decorated with hundreds of champagne bottles.
Dinner was on par with a five-star restaurant. It began with Tuscan flatbread topped with arugula salad, prosciutto, and cheese along with a small dish of spinach and ricotta gnocchi. Then guests had a choice of beef filet with a zinfandel glaze, miso-glazed sea bass, or French-cut chicken with Sicilian rice stuffing.
Our band kept the party going non-stop. We danced the “tarantella,” a traditional Italian dance in which guests dance in a circle holding hands, and threw in a modern twist by sending others to the center to show off their moves.
Thank you to our amazing friends and families for their support and encouragement. Thank you to all our vendors, especially our photographer and cinematographer, our florist, and our priest for making our wedding day a success. A special thank you to Jennifer, the Nicotras, and the Above team for their knowledge and guidance that always kept us at ease and comfortable!
1100 South Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10314
718.477.2400 x5, www.eventabove.com