Susan & Anthony | Florentine Gardens | River Vale, NJ

The Estate at Florentine Gardens

The Wedding of ...
Susan Migliarini & Anthony Mastrolia

Their Vendors
Ceremony:
 Our Lady of Perpetual Help 
Reception: The Estate at Florentine Gardens, River Vale, NJ,
201.666.0444, florentinegardens.com
Gown: Pnina Tornai
Bridesmaids: Watters
Tux: Michael Andrews Bespoke
Makeup: Shades of Beauty
Hair: Jeffrey Stein Salon
Florist: Westchester Floral Decorators
Cake: Palermo's Bakery
Photographer: Milton Gil Photographers
Band: Sal Travis Entertainment

A Banquet That Is "Michelin Star-Worthy"

I met the man of my dreams in a place that isn’t always noted for everlasting love: Las Vegas! Anthony and I were both vacationing with friends when we bumped into one other on a Friday night. A friend from each of our parties recognized one another so we all decided to meet up that Sunday. Turns out we were on the same flight on the way home and we worked 10 blocks from each other in Manhattan. Our relationship was truly meant to be! I’m a fashion product manager and Anthony works in real estate development.

The night Anthony proposed was an unseasonably warm December evening. He brought me to a cliff overlooking the Hudson River with Manhattan’s skyline as a backdrop, and on bended knee he asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. Afterward we went to dinner where our parents were waiting for us, followed by a celebration with friends in Manhattan that Anthony had thoughtfully arranged.  

The Estate at Florentine Gardens

The Estate at Florentine Gardens

In planning our wedding, our main concern was selecting a venue that not only symbolized our personalities but also exuded our mutual love of life, family, and friendship. I had been to a wedding at The Estate at Florentine Gardens and I always remembered it as one of the best celebrations I’d attended. The food was Michelin star worthy and the main ballroom and manicured grounds were fit for a palace. I brought Anthony there and the second we walked in, he said, “This is where we’re meant to celebrate our wedding.” We worked with Michael Huxtable, event consultant, who guided us every step of the way. He was fun, accommodating, and very helpful! We also worked closely with Sal Travis, director of entertainment services, who was warm, inviting, and completely understood our taste. 

Our wedding was nothing short of amazing. Anthony and I exchanged our vows surrounded by a church full of family and friends in my hometown of Pelham Manor. Following the ceremony, we made our way to The Estate. From the minute we entered, the staff and service were extraordinary, unassuming yet attentive at all times. During the cocktail hour, an outstanding assortment of food was presented, included carving and pasta stations, a whipped potato bar, chilled seafood, a sushi bar, and more.

Being married in the middle of May, I kept the décor in the main ballroom full of bright, vibrant spring colors, opting for a rich gold to accent the room’s intricate detailing and breathtaking chandeliers. Our centerpieces had a mix of bright fuchsia, pale pink, and orange flowers that matched perfectly with the light pink accent lighting Sal recommended. 

The Estate at Florentine Gardens

The Estate at Florentine Gardens

For dinner we decided on a four-course menu that began with a cold appetizer of vine-ripened red and yellow tomatoes with fresh mozzarella followed by penne alla vodka. For the entrée, we offered our guests a choice of chateaubriand of beef, French-cut chicken breast stuffed with spinach and fontina cheese, or miso-glazed halibut. After dinner, everyone had a ball on the dance floor, and we sated all the sweet tooths with a Viennese display as well as crêpe and sundae stations. But that wasn’t the end of the night. We kept the celebration going with an after-party. With late-night pub snacks such as sliders and fries, and a cigar roller on hand, everyone continued to dance the night away. 

This amazing celebration could not have been possible without all the incredible vendors who turned our dream into a reality. A very special thank you to Michael Huxtable and Sal Travis at The Estate at Florentine Gardens and the staff for all their help, guidance, and expertise. Most importantly, we want to thank our family, bridal party, and friends for making our day truly fit for a king and queen.

The Estate at Florentine Gardens
97 Rivervale Road River Vale, NJ, 07675
201.666.0444
www.florentinegardens.com