Vanessa & Joseph | Metropolitan Room | Newark, NJ

Metropolitan Room at the Newark Club

The Wedding of ...
Vanessa Lusant & Joseph Angelo

Their Vendors
Ceremony:
 St. James Church   
Reception: Metropolitan Room
Gown: Allure
Bridesmaids: Bill Levkoff
Tux: Vera Wang
Makeup: Stefanie Savino
Hair: Simply GorJess
Florist: Floral Expressions
Cake: Palermo's Bakery
Photographer: John Pacetti
Videographer: Kaan Tulgar
DJ: All Star DJ Productions

Gorgeous City Views

I’m a teacher and Joe is a police officer. Our love story began when my uncle introduced the two of us at a local sports bar. Neither of us realized at the time that this was the start of something special. Joe and I quickly became the best of friends, and what started as a friendship turned into something more. I still remember to this day the moment we became a couple. We went for a walk one day after dinner, and Joe put his arms around me and said, “You and me.” When we told our friends and family, they were hardly surprised! 

Joe wanted the proposal to be perfect and perfect it was. We were at his house and Joe decided that there was no better time to ask. We celebrated with our friends and family that following Sunday at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and at the end of the month enjoyed a week in Disney World.

Metropolitan Room at the Newark Club

Metropolitan Room at the Newark Club

We started planning when we returned from Florida. After viewing only one other venue, we fell in love with The Metropolitan Room. The room, the view, and most importantly, the staff, were exquisite. We met Artie Wassif, catering manager, who took care of each and every detail and even helped us choose our wedding cake and décor. He helped us coordinate with all our vendors so everything would run smoothly on our big day!   

Before we knew it, our wedding day was here! The ceremony went beautifully and was everything we had ever imagined. After the ceremony, we could not wait to begin the celebration. The cocktail hour, which included a Mediterranean and antipasto station, three carving stations, and an amazing array of seafood and pasta, was to die for! Artie helped us create the most delicious menu. Our guests were greeted with wine and champagne and an incredible selection of hors d’oeuvres upon their arrival.

Metropolitan Room at the Newark Club

Metropolitan Room at the Newark Club

When Joe and I walked into the ballroom for our reception, we couldn’t believe our eyes. The lighting, provided by our DJ, was phenomenal. Our centerpieces were crystal trees which glistened from the candles surrounding them. They were breathtaking. Dinner began with a chicken, spinach, and ricotta cannelloni with pink vodka sauce. Next was a salad of assorted baby field greens. Our main course was a choice of grilled black angus New York shell steak with a cognac peppercorn sauce; breast of chicken layered with eggplant, prosciutto di Parma, and fresh mozzarella with marsala wine sauce and shiitake mushroom; Cajun tilapia; and sun-dried tomato ravioli in pesto cream sauce. 

For dessert we had a Viennese table, an ice cream sundae bar, a chocolate fountain, a crêpe station, and international coffee bar. Our wedding cake was gorgeous! It was simple but elegant, and overflowing with cannoli filling. Our wedding day was perfect. Artie and the staff exceeded our every expectation. We laughed and danced the night away with the ones we love. Joe and I would like to thank our family and friends, who traveled near and far to help us celebrate our unforgettable day, and especially my parents, because none of this would have been possible without you.