More from Brittany & Kevin’s New Years Eve wedding…
When was the moment you knew you wanted to marry your spouse?
Kevin: About three or four months into dating, I chose to start passing up things that I would normally never pass up (aka late nights out with friends) in order to spend more time with Brittany. I always pictured this was some sort of major sacrifice that would be extremely difficult for me to make. But once I fell in love with Brittany – it wasn’t some sort of sacrifice, but a conscious choice to spend time with somebody you love. Once that happened, I knew she was the one.
Brittany: It’s funny because I had a very similar thought process that happened after three months or so of dating… I guess this explains we are married today.
How does it feel different being married?
Brittany: Hahaha, I’ll echo Kevin’s sentiment of it being awesome. I can’t really say that much has changed for me personally, other than the new last name. Kevin and I have been living together for over 3 years, have a dog (for the past 2.5 years), and own a condo in Philly. We may have done things a bit out of order, but I think all of those things fell into place before getting engaged/married because we had a shared sentiment of wanting to spend the rest of our lives with each other.
What was the one thing you were most stressed about before the wedding and how did it turn out?
Kevin: That a mix of alcohol and various personalities mixing for four hours would cause some type of disturbance. Nothing at all happened (or if it did we didn’t notice) – everyone was there to have a good time.
Brittany: Weather was a big concern for the few months leading up to the wedding, given that we picked New Years Eve for the big day. We really lucked out though with the warm front that came in the week before the wedding. Not a snow flake in sight day of the wedding.
Now that you’re married, and you’ve been through planning a wedding together, what advice would you give to other couples who are just starting the process?
Kevin: Try to pace yourself and work together as a team. There’s a desire to get things out of the way and do all the planning at once, but it’s a process and things take time. Also, be able to compromise – there are going to be a number personalities involved in the process. Being able to compromise where needed is necessary.
Brittany: Talk about what you both want out of the day! Big or small, venue, music… make sure you are on the same page as your significant other and it will save you a lot of unnecessary stress.
Tell us about your cake.
Kevin: The cake was beautifully decorated and also very delicious.
Brittany: It was a four-tier cake – two tiers of white cake with chocolate pudding, 2 tiers of chocolate cake with whipped cream, and yes it was delicious! The colors of the cake matched my dress – bone / off-white.
What was your favorite part of planning your wedding and why?
Brittany: Choosing the band. The band was probably one of the wedding items that we spent the most time with. We wanted a band that would kill it day of the wedding, and they did. Kevin and I went to see the Drop Dead Sexy on his birthday and we had a bunch of friends join. Everyone was blown away by them and could not express how excited they were that this was our wedding band.
What’s next for the two of you?
Finish my MBA (Brittany), complete my CFA studying (Kevin), buy a house, and few concerts sprinkled in the middle (Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen).
Venue: Inn at Fox Hollow – Woodbury, New York
Dress shop: Pronovias – New York, New York
Suit: My Suit – New York, New York
Hair & make up: GC Salon and Spa – New York, New York
Flowers: Pedestals Floral Decorators – New York, New York
Cake: Francesco’s Italian-American Bakery – Hicksville, New York
Officiant: Jimmy Dunbar
Band / DJ: Drop Dead Sexy – Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
Invitations: Carolyn Verdi – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
New York wedding photographer – Leslie Barbaro