The Wedding of ...
Noel Artigliere & Max Forlenza
Ceremony: St. Vincent’s Martyr
Reception: Birchwood Manor,
Gown: Justin Alexander at i do… i do…
Bridesmaids: Bill Levkoff at Bella Bridesmaid
Tux: Prima Tuxedos
Photographer: Edmund M. Kramer Photographers
Cinematographer: Martin’s Video
Makeup: House of Luciano
Hair: Heaven Hair Boutique
Florist: Floral Designs by Milena
Cake: Birchwood Manor
Band: Platinum Band Music
A Glamorous Dance Floor
Max and I met in kindergarten and went to the same school through 12th grade. We even went to junior prom together as friends. Eventually, we both went away to different colleges, but we remained in touch. When we came back home after graduation, we started hanging out more and began dating. Now I work in finance and Max owns a landscape business.
Four years later, Max and I bought a house together. We were standing in what is now our living room with our dog, planning where the furniture would go, when Max got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!
We were looking for a venue with an old-school classic charm. The large windows, exquisite chandeliers, crisp linens, and massive dance floor in the breathtaking ballroom at Birchwood Manor were just what we wanted for our large wedding. We instantly clicked with Michael Marino III, the banquet manager. Michael was so helpful and his years of experience put us and our parents at ease. Michael, Farrell Holleran, the assistant banquet manager, Jason Deer, the maitre d’, the chefs, and the whole Birchwood crew truly outdid themselves.
We had a full mass, officiated by Father George, at a beautiful gothic church. Then off to Birchwood! As guests entered our cocktail hour, they were offered champagne with fresh berries. We had several butlered hors d’ouevres including beef teriyaki brochettes, coconut chicken, bacon-wrapped sweet-chili chicken, and more. We also had a wide variety of food stations including a carving station with suckling pig and flank steak, a shish kabob flambé station, and even a seafood ice carving boat display! People went crazy over the frozen vodka station.
Instead of having a set color scheme for our ballroom, we used an array of jewel- toned colors throughout the room. We had alternating centerpiece decorations on the tables. Half the tables were decorated with low floral centerpieces and the other half had candelabras. Our 11-piece band was awesome and everyone was dancing the whole time! Angel, the owner and singer, worked closely with me and Max on our music. She created a sample playlist, where we could add and delete songs, even a week before the wedding.
Dinner began with a mesclun salad and a small dish of penne alla vodka. Then guests could choose from prime rib, Birchwood’s special chicken Mark Anthony, red snapper provencal, and eggplant parmesan. For dessert, we served our custom tiered wedding cake with cannoli filling, along with pastries, a bananas foster station, an Italian ice cream wagon, and a coffee and espresso bar.
A huge thank you to our friends and family for celebrating our wedding day with us, especially to our parents for all their help creating it. Thanks to all our vendors, Birchwood, and the Marino family, our day was better than we dreamed!