The Wedding of ...
Rachel Goldman & Darren Adler
Ceremony & Reception: Metropolitan Room
Gown: Stella York
Bridesmaids: Multiple Designers
Tux: Hugo Boss
Makeup & Hair: Dawn Sweigart
Florist: Chuppahs Are Us
Cake: Palermo’s Bakery
Photographer & Cinematographer: Treasured Memories
Band & DJ: D’Amico Entertainment
Photo booth: Charm City Photo Booths
Cocktail Style Reception
After spending a whole night laughing with my girlfriends and their charming boyfriends, I said to them, “I need to find a goofball like you all have.” Ironically, that night on a dating website, I saw Darren’s profile with “goofball” as his description, so I had to contact him. I am a psychologist and he is a sales account manager. We met for dinner and ended up talking for hours.
Two and a half years later, Darren’s sister, Lori, asked me to meet her after work. When I went to my elevator to meet her, I was stopped by a sign that read: “Rachel Goldman, go to the roof.” On the rooftop, there was Darren with about three dozen roses and a bottle of champagne with “Will you marry me?” printed on it. The security camera on the roof captured the whole proposal! He surprised me again with reservations at Banc Cafe, where we had our first date. A few days later we saw our families for Mother’s Day, so the weekend turned into a mini engagement celebration.
We wanted a NJ wedding venue with NYC views. Darren’s mom remembered visiting The Metropolitan Room for a wedding, and after we saw the space and met Maria Phillips-Smith, the social sales manager, we knew it was going to be our venue. The ballroom floor-to-ceiling windows showcased the city backdrop we were looking for. It also was big enough to accommodate our 200+ guest list. Maria, Harry Prott, the general manager, Artie Wassif, the corporate sales manager, and Cookie, my bridal attendant, were a pleasure to work with. Whatever we wanted, Maria made sure it happened. She always knew exactly what I was talking about and would just say, “Let’s do it!”
As I began walking down the aisle, I surprised Darren with the song “Love Walks In” by Van Halen. Then, about halfway down the aisle, switched to “Marry Me” by Bruno Mars and the entire wedding party put sunglasses on while Darren and I danced our way up to the chuppah hand in hand! Our cocktail hour was downstairs in the atrium, a beautiful space with marble floors and high ceilings. A saxophone player and a pianist played throughout.
Along with several passed hors d’oeuvres, we had a Jersey fresh farm-to-table station, a Mediterranean station, a sushi station, and more. Some of our favorite items were the grilled marinated vegetables, hummus and pita wedges, and avocado toast with sun-dried tomatoes and sprouts. My mom, my friend Kris, and I handmade our Great Gatsby theme décor. We put together vases of varying heights with black ostrich feathers and glittery peacock feathers, filled with silver and gold Christmas ornament balls.
Darren and I ran through our “RD Best Wedding Ever” banner for our grand entrance to the reception. Then we separated to go around the room and high five everyone. With Darren being a sports fanatic and me being a runner, it was the perfect entrance for us. We performed our choreographed first dance to Billy Joel’s “This is the Time.” Our band and DJ kept the night going from one song to the next. Rather than a sit-down dinner, we had several kosher style food stations spread throughout the room. Each food station was designed after a different New York neighborhood.
The Chinatown station had dishes like lo mein noodles with lemongrass chicken and Thai veggie spring rolls. Maria even painted a Buddha statue gold to add to the station! Another favorite was the Coney Island station that resembled a New York deli, offering foods like hot pastrami and corned beef sandwiches and kosher hot dogs. For those who wanted to keep kosher all night, we also had dairy-free wedding cake along with other desserts.
Thank you Maria, Harry, Artie, and Cookie and all the staff for being so helpful and attentive. Thank you to all our talented vendors! A special thanks to my mom and Kris for helping us do everything! Thank you to all our friends and family for celebrating the day with us!