The Wedding of ...
Michelle Chmieleski & Paul Margeotes
Ceremony: Parish Community of St. Helen
Reception: Nanina’s in the Park,
Bridesmaids: Jim Hjelm
Tux: Calvin Klein
Photographer: Charles Anthony Studio
Cinematographer: Kaan Tulgar Productions
Makeup: Kira Makeup Artistry
Hair: Pin it up Bridal
Florist: Santos Florist
Cake: Conca D'Oro Italian Pastry Shop
DJ: Elite Sound Entertainment
White Christmas Wedding
I noticed Paul at our high school orientation and thought he was cute. We had a lot of classes together and we quickly became friends. Eventually, we started dating but lost touch after high school. I went off to college in Pennsylvania and Paul stayed local to start his career as a police officer. Paul reached out to me when I returned home after graduation, around the same time he was diagnosed with Hogkin’s Lymphoma. We essentially picked up where we left off and began dating again. Thankfully, Paul made it into full remission, and he is back on the job as a police officer! Seven years later, we are now stronger than ever.
Paul surprised me by booking a trip to Punta Cana. On our first night there, Paul walked me out to the gorgeous veranda with stunning views of the courtyard and tropical flowers. I was shocked when the sunglass box he gave me had a diamond ring inside! Of course, I said yes!
When we pulled up to Nanina’s, we were blown away! We loved the lounge ambiance in both cocktail hour spaces, the giant chandeliers and white marble dance floor in the ballroom, the bridal suite with its own bar and the groom’s suite with leather couches and flat screen TV’S. We wanted a December wedding with a Christmas theme, so we were excited to learn that Nanina’s decorates extensively for holidays with extra lighting, a 12-foot Christmas tree in the lobby, and large ornaments hung around the venue. We scheduled a tasting for the next day, and their food was out of this world!
We had a two-year engagement so we had plenty of time to work with Nanina’s on every little detail. We worked with Julian Reyes, general manager, and he promptly answered every email and returned every phone call. Vicky Iandoli, our maître d’, anticipated our every need and took excellent care of us and our guests. Their attention to detail was above and beyond and they were one step ahead of us the entire time.
We were married by our priest, who is also a family friend, in the church where I had my communion and confirmation. We personalized the ceremony by selecting special music and having our loved ones read scripture. Our cocktail hour had a giant “Love” ice sculpture and several food stations all around the room. Butlers served hors d’oeuvres like spicy shrimp arrabbiata, assorted sushi, maple glazed scallops, and more. Some of our favorite stations were the mac and cheese served in martini glasses with lobster, buffalo chicken, bacon, and more, and the All-American station with mini Angus burgers and beef hot dogs.
Our ballroom décor was elegant and traditional, with a touch of chic. To complement the ballroom’s high ceilings, we had tall centerpieces filled with white hydrangeas in spheres with white sparkly winter branches. The room was lit with white lighting and the windows were decorated with garland and white Christmas lights. We worked closely with our DJ to create a varied playlist, including a few classic Christmas songs, and guests were on the dance floor all night. Our DJ also included a spotlight and a light show that added to the ambiance.
We received many compliments on the food at Nanina’s. For dinner, we served a Tuscan salad for an appetizer and then a Romeo and Juliet duet dinner of chateaubriand and shrimp Nanina’s. For dessert, we had our delicious wedding cake and a Viennese display with Italian and French pastries, a homemade cannoli station, a chocolate fondue fountain, and more.
Thank you to our parents for making this all possible and to our friends and family for joining our celebration. Thank you to all our talented vendors. And thank you to Julian and the wonderful staff at Nanina’s. Our big day exceeded all our expectations.