The Wedding of ...
Gary Torcasso & Mark Robles
Ceremony & Reception: Glen Cove Mansion
Tux: Victor Talbots
Photographer & Cinematographer: Glenmar Studio
Makeup: Darvell Freeman
Florist: Dalsimer Spitz & Peck Floral & Event Decorators
Cake: Saint Honore Pastry Shop
DJ & Lighting: After Hours Music & Entertainment, Inc.
Stationary: Always Impressive Inc.
Officiant: Reverend Louis A. Olivieri
A Grand Estate
Mark and I met at the gym and for our first date, we went to a restaurant in Manhattan. Mark works in finance and I work in special events. Three years later, while we were living in our apartment together in Times Square, I surprised Mark with commitment rings. This was back in 2003, before same-sex marriage was legal.
When same-sex marriage was legalized, even though we already considered ourselves married for years, we knew we wanted to have a wedding to celebrate. I grew up on Long Island and heard a lot about the Glen Cove Mansion. We loved the space, from the beautiful grounds and grand fountain outside to the modern style ballroom. We could make the mansion ours for the entire day, and have our guests stay on-site, which was the one-stop-shop we wanted in a venue. Dina Semprini, senior catering sales manager, was so attentive and helpful in all aspects of planning; it was like planning with a close friend.
The large lawn and stunning fountain made for a beautiful setting for our wine ceremony. Our officiant was wonderful and took the effort to learn as much about us as possible, personalizing the ceremony with special readings.
Cocktail hour was in an elegant room with oak wood walls and high ceilings, as well as on the outdoor patio space by the pool. We customized our menu to include cuisine that celebrated both my Italian background and Mark’s Puerto Rican heritage. The passed hors d’oeuvres included Maryland crab cakes with remoulade, chicken marsala pot pie, risotto rounds with mozzarella, and more. Some of our favorite dishes from the various food stations were the Valencia style paella, rigatoni alla vodka, and peppercorn-crusted beef sirloin.
Our ballroom had a classic, modern look. On the tables, we had white linens and our centerpieces were glass cylinder vases filled with white flowers, greenery, and floating candles. We created a customized playlist with our excellent DJ and his crew, which included everything from salsa to disco to freestyle to rap to 80’s music, with accompanying percussions! Everyone was on the dance floor all night, and even the staff looked like they wanted to join in!
Dinner started with the classic “Mansion Salad” in cabernet vinaigrette. For the main course, guests could choose from French-cut chicken stuffed with mushroom and Boursin cheese, panko-crusted Alaskan salmon with beurre blanc, grilled rib-eye steak with port wine reduction, or mushroom ravioli in mushroom cream sauce. All the choices were delicious.
For dessert, we had an elaborate Viennese station with a sundae bar, chocolate fondue, French and Italian pastries, and more. Dina also customized a display of dessert shots. Our favorite was the mini mousse dessert cups. We and our guests who stayed at the venue overnight loved the newly renovated décor in the rooms and all the accommodations.
Thank you to our friends and family for their love and support and for celebrating our special day. Thank you to all our incredible vendors; we would recommend every single one. And thank you to Dina and the Glen Cove Mansion for making our day magical.