The Wedding of ...
Kristen Wardrop & Jonathan Valencia
Ceremony & Reception: The Brownstone,
Gown: Dorothy Wolfe Custom Gown
Bridesmaids: Say I Do Bridals
Tux: Sal Lauretta
Photographer & Cinematographer: John Agnello Photography and Video
Makeup & Hair: Cafface Beauty Bar
Florist: Morningside Greenhouse
Cake: The Brownstone
Band: Time Machine Entertainment
Wedding Planner: SCE Event Group
Invitations: Once Upon A Time
Linens & Chargers: Party Rental Ltd
Jonathan and I were working as caterers at The Brownstone and became good friends. Eventually, our friendship developed into a romance. Now I am a school counselor and he still works as a caterer. After six years of dating, we bought a house together next door to my mom’s house. One night a few months later, Jonathan said he was working late and suggested I go to my mom’s house to wait for him. When I pulled into the driveway, Jonathan was on one knee next to roses that spelled out “Will you marry me?” in the snow. Both our families were waiting inside to celebrate!
We loved The Brownstone’s elegant ambiance, delicious food, and excellent staff that we had become close with over the years. My cousin also got married there several years before and my family remembered how special her wedding was. Albert Manzo, the owner, and Denise Limone, the banquet manager, were so helpful in coordinating the layout and flow of the evening from start to finish. Tommy Manzo, also an owner, helped us put together a creative and unique menu that we loved.
On the Saturday morning of our wedding, there was a big snowstorm and many of our vendors had to cancel, but I was determined to get married that day. After The Brownstone said they could still accommodate us, a few close family members traveled to The Brownstone for a small blessing and mini cocktail hour. Jonathan and I will never forget our first look, standing knee deep in snow in front of the beautiful mansion. The snow cleared up that night and we were able to reschedule with our vendors and guests for the following day. On Sunday morning, we got married again in front of all our friends and family.
Our hour and a half long cocktail hour was spectacular. We incorporated Peruvian cuisine for Jonathan’s family and Italian cuisine for mine. Some of our butlered hors d’oeuvres included mushroom truffle risotto puffs, artichoke beignets, rack of lamb, and Maine lobster rolls. We also had several stations including a tomahawk carving station, a raw bar with various seafood selections, a suckling pig, a pasta station, and even a special “Valencia” ice carving. The food was endless and delicious!
We decorated our ballroom with an earthy, organic ambiance. There was lace overlay on all the tables and our centerpieces were made of moss, succulents, and mini trees with rose-colored balls attached to the branches. For appetizers, each guest received a personal brick-oven goat cheese pizza, accompanied by a choice of salad or beef carpaccio and a choice of pasta, spicy blue crab, or rigatoni veal bolognese.
For the main course, we offered a choice of filet mignon, free range chicken, Chilean sea bass, or veal oussi bucco. Later we had an elaborate Viennese table with everything from carrot cake to a waffle sundae bar to a crepe station, and our favorite, our funfetti wedding cake! Our band for the reception and our DJ for the after-party both played a good mix of the classics, modern hits, and traditional Spanish and Italian music. Albert helped us coordinate a surprise during our first dance — when Jonathan dipped me, fireworks displayed behind us!
Thank you to Albert, Denise, and Tommy at The Brownstone for going above and beyond for us. Thank you to our friends and family for all their support in not one, but two weddings, in one weekend! It meant the world to us to share our special day with our loved ones.
351 West Broadway, Paterson, NJ 07522