The Wedding of ...
Taryn Lupinacci & Jabari Prince
Ceremony & Reception: Metropolitan Room
Gown: Jacqueline Evening Wear
Bridesmaids: Various Designers from Weddington Way
Tux: Calvin Klein
Photographer: Charles Anthony Studio
Makeup: Jennifer Greig and Danielle Boyer
Hair: Beauty & The Bride
Florist: Hanna’s Florist & Gift Shop
Cake: Palermo’s Bakery
DJ: Gemini Productions
Event Designer: Crystal’s Custom Creations
Jabari and I were good friends for over a year while I was living in Hoboken and working as a teacher and he was living in New Hampshire. When Jabari accepted a position as a personal trainer in New York, we finally met in person and the chemistry between us was undeniable. One of our most memorable first dates was when he took me to the Empire State Building and then a rooftop bar for dinner.
For our anniversary, Jabari took me back to the Empire State Building. At the top, with the skyline view and sunset behind us, he got down one knee, pulled out the ring, and proposed! Then he drove us back to New Jersey to celebrate with my family.
Our biggest priority was to find a venue with a view of the city where we fell in love. The skyline views from the ballroom’s floor-to-ceiling windows at The Metropolitan Room were exactly what we wanted. We also loved how they only host one wedding at a time. We had a six-month engagement, but with Maria Phillips-Smith, the social sales manager, taking care of us, we never felt stressed. She was so helpful every step of the way. On our wedding day, Cookie, my bridal attendant, was by our side helping us the whole night. With their thoughtful planning and attentiveness, the day was seamless and we did not have to worry about a thing. Several of our guests commented how welcoming and friendly the staff was.
Our guests walked into our ceremony on a red carpet! The aisle was lined with gold candles and the altar was decorated with candles and gold mirrors. Pastor James Roberson did a beautiful ceremony, combining both our cultures. “Jumping the broom” is an African-American tradition, where the bride and groom will jump over a broom, to symbolize new beginnings. After our vows, Irish bag pipes cued, we “jumped the broom” together, and walked out as husband and wife.
For our winter wedding theme, our cocktail hour tables were decorated with candles and mini trees with white lights. We had various passed hors d’oeuvres such as pecan chicken tender brochettes, crispy vegetarian spring rolls, and more. We also had a cold station with everything from chilled seafood salad to orzo pasta with goat cheese, a carving station which served flank steak with chimichurri sauce and baked ham with balsamic syrup, and a pasta station with rigatoni in a pomodoro sauce and tortellini with shrimp in creamy alfredo sauce.
Our ballroom was so glamorous. The room was lit by various high and low gold or crystal candles. Our sweetheart table, lit by candelabras and votives, had gold “J” and “T” letters on it and embroidered Mr. and Mrs. signs. The grand piano next to us was decorated with pictures of our parents and our grandparents.
For dinner, we offered a choice of pine nut crusted salmon; chicken breast stuffed with eggplant, prosciutto, and mozzarella; black Angus NY strip; or grilled eggplant. I’m pretty sure Jabari had more than one entrée! Our reception was complete with a lot of Caribbean reggae and modern dance music.
Thank you to our friends and family, especially our parents, for their support and love. Thank you to our pastor, our event designer, my hair and makeup artist, and all our vendors for making everything perfect. Thank you to Maria, Cookie, and the staff for being so on top of everything and making this wedding happen!