Danielle & Jonathan | Florentine Gardens | River Vale, NJ

Danielle & Jonathan's Wedding at The Estate at Florentine Gardens (Milton Gil Photographers)

The Wedding of ...
Danielle Gaier & Jonathan Goodman

Their Vendors
Ceremony & Reception
: The Estate at Florentine Gardens,
201.666.0444, www.florentinegardens.com
Gown: Impression Bridal
Tux: Men’s Wearhouse
Photographer: Milton Gil Photographers,
973.771.9700, www.miltongil.com
Cinematographer: Soloffilms at The Estate at Florentine Gardens
Makeup: Agnes Barnat
Hair: Beau Monde Salon and Spa
Florist: Broderick’s Flowers  
Cake: Palermo’s Cafe & Bakery
Band: House Band at The Estate at Florentine Gardens

Enchanting & Royal

Jonathan: Danielle and I worked at the same law firm in different departments. After a work party one night, we all went to a karaoke bar. When Danielle started singing, I was blown away. I walked Danielle back to her apartment that night and kissed her.

A few months later, I missed a firm dinner at Peter Luger Steak House because my team and I were closing the acquisition of a prestigious pen company account that we had been working on for months. Danielle surprised me at the office with two bags of food from the restaurant and even got me a pen from the company I had been working with. Coincidentally, it was the exact pen I had purchased for myself and my two associates as a thank you for their hard work!

Danielle: At a romantic dinner a year and a half later, Jonathan presented me with another pen similar to the one we both purchased. This one had “Danielle Goodman” engraved on it — my now married name. Then he got down on one knee and proposed with his grandmother’s engagement ring!

We knew we found our wedding venue because we felt enchanted and royal when we walked into Florentine Gardens. The ambiance was elegant and tasteful and the staff was incredible. Michael Huxtable, the event consultant, was on point with every suggestion he made. Sal Travis, the director of entertainment, did a great job coordinating our music and lighting for the night. Jeffrey Lepselter, the maitre d’, and Lauren Lupo, the bridal attendant, were by our sides to help us every moment of the night. The Florentine’s list of preferred vendors made everything easier too, because many of the vendors had already worked at the venue and knew exactly how to set up.

Danielle & Jonathan's Wedding at The Estate at Florentine Gardens (Milton Gil Photographers)

Danielle & Jonathan's Wedding at The Estate at Florentine Gardens (Milton Gil Photographers)

The view of picturesque trees with Christmas lights from the ballroom’s large windows was perfect for our ceremony. I’ve been attending barre fitness classes with Bergen Wheeler at Exhale Spa in NYC for years, and her classes have become almost a religion to me. So we asked her to marry us! Her energy and charisma made for a very personal and memorable ceremony.

J: Every bit of food at our cocktail hour was amazing. We had exquisite passed hors d’oeuvres such as coconut-crusted shrimp with pineapple jam, potato pancakes with apple chutney, and chicken satay with peanut sauce. Our guests raved about the martini ice fountain and the seafood ice sculpture. Our favorite food stations were the Italian station with tortellini alfredo and penne alla vodka and the steakhouse station that served rib-eye steaks with various toppings, including Peter Luger’s steak sauce!

D: Our ballroom was classic and elegant. Candles lined the windowsills and spotlights shined on each of our centerpieces, which were clear vases of purple flowers, with purple roses floating in the water at the bottom. For dinner, we offered chateaubriand with shallot merlot sauce, chicken stuffed with spinach and cheese, and miso-glazed salmon.

Danielle & Jonathan's Wedding at The Estate at Florentine Gardens (Milton Gil Photographers)

Danielle & Jonathan's Wedding at The Estate at Florentine Gardens (Milton Gil Photographers)

J: Our band brought great energy to the room, but nothing quite compared to when Danielle jumped on stage and led them in an impromptu song! Every guest was on the dance floor in awe. Danielle’s singing inspired me to get up there too and sing my heart out!

S & J: Thank you to our parents for supporting us through this entire process. Thank you to our friends and family for spending the best day of our lives with us. Thank you to Michael, Sal, Jeffrey, and Lauren for helping us every step of the way and exceeding our expectations.

The Estate at Florentine Gardens
97 Rivervale Road, River Vale, NJ 07675
201.666.0444, www.florentinegardens.com