The Estate at Florentine Gardens wedding of Kevin & Peter – sneak peek | River Vale, New Jersey

Congratulations to Kevin & Pete who made it official yesterday after thirteen years of partnership!

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Venue: The Estate at Florentine Gardens – River Vale, New Jersey
Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Cake: Palermo’s Bakery – Little Ferry, New Jersey
Flowers: Bill O’Shea’s Florist – Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
Invitations: You’re So Invited – Westwood, New Jersey
Venue Coordinator: Denise Downing
Officiant: Matthew M. Morales
Band/DJ: Sal Travis Entertainment – River Vale, New Jersey

New Jersey wedding photographer: Leslie Barbaro

Downtown Club wedding reception of Bailey & Gerry|Philadelphia, PA

More from Bailey & Gerry on their wedding day. And make sure to read to the end – there’s an amazingly moving poem by John & Jeani Hansford that appeared in the wedding program.

How does it feel being married?
Pretty much the same, but more fun. We get to eat a lot more of each others food and wear each others clothes under the excuse of “what’s mine is yours!”

What was your favorite part of the wedding day?
Aside from the food, which we didn’t get much of a chance to taste, we really enjoyed having all of our closest family and friends together in one place to have a big party!

How did you choose The Downtown Club?
We chose The Downtown Club for a few reasons: 1) we really liked the “one-stop-shop” service they offer. It was great to not have to coordinate between several different individual vendors, 2) the location is spectacular. The history and architecture of Independence Mall is unlike any other place. Plus we had a lot of family come into town for our wedding and we thought they would get a kick out of the incredible view.

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Tell us about your cake!
We wouldn’t know where to begin. The Cake was four layers with each layer a different flavor. It was decorated in a 1920s Gatsby style which just added to the feel for the whole evening.

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What was the one thing you were most stressed about before the wedding and how did it turn out?
We were terrified of the first dance. We had taken lessons in the weeks leading up to the wedding, but that didn’t help assuage our anxiety. But the dance turned out to be a big hit. We finished with the petal cannon going off which added to the fun and excitement of the night.

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Tell us about your decor, flowers, etc.
Flowers: This was the big area where we wanted to be classy, but bold. We opted for all white arrangements made of long stem calla lillies or hydrangeas but our favorite piece was in the cocktail lounge. We had a giant 8 foot diameter, 4 foot tall arrangement of various white flowers. It made for a really dramatic entrance piece and backdrop for many family moments.

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Finally, this beautiful poem by John & Jeani Hansford:

Back in our day, we could not be here
Some love was hidden regardless of how dear
At that time, no one wanted to see
That love could be between a him and a he

You are our Son, we’re proud of who you are
For pushing forward no matter how hard
Today is your day to stand up and say
That back in our day we did things the wrong way

Love has no path, no schedule, no school
You love who you love, there is no rule
We gather today to celebrate that love
How beautiful it is and blessed from above

As we can see, ignorance is still here
It’s driven by hate and acted on by fear
Don’t let it cloud your happiness this day
Live your live and live it your way

Bailey and Gerry thanks for making us see
That this is exactly where you should be
There for each other, no matter the need
Always side by side – no one in the lead

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Venue: Down Town Club– Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Suit: My Suit – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hair: Elizabeth Terenchin – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wedding Planner: Kelsey Hill of Cescaphe Event Group – Philadelphia, PA
Flowers: Beautiful Blooms – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cake: Cescaphe Event Group – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Officiant: Kobie Xavier
Band/DJ: The Love Jones Band – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Invitations: Papery of Philadelphia – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia wedding photographer: Leslie Barbaro

Downtown Club wedding of Bailey & Gerry|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bailey and Gerry were surrounded by an incredible group of family and friends for their summer wedding at Cescaphe’s Downtown Club in Philadelphia.

The Grooms wrote this moving message to their guests in their ceremony program:

We want to express our sincerest gratitude for joining us on this special day. We know that you have very busy lives and schedules and we appreciate you taking time to be with us.

In light of recent events, days like today, and moments like this are increasingly important. It shows that we will not give in to hate, fear, intolerance, or any other of humanity’s worst traits. It sends a message that there are things in this world that are more powerful. Like Love.

Love is something that we all have in common. It’s a great unifier. A universal truth. No matter who we are, where we’ve come from, or what we believe, we have come to realize one thing.

Love is what we all do right.

About the couple…

Bailey and Gerry met in early 2009 during a swim team practice at Philadelphia’s Fins Aquatics Club. Bailey had just joined the team that year, after deciding that his new year resolution was to get into shape (the start of what would become the same resolution every year thereafter). Gerry had been on the team since 2007, was the resident world record holder in one of the competitive relay races, and just enjoyed the sport.

After the intense workout and a quick introduction by the team captain, a group of teammates went out for Chinese food. Although there were 20 people that went to dinner, chance sat Bailey and Gerry across the table from each other. The two immediately dove headfirst into conversation, joking and telling stories, hardly noticing they were surrounded by others. To this day, they have a hard time remembering that there were almost 20 people at dinner.

A few more post-swimming Chinese food meals, bonding over their shared love of travel, sports, and being foodies, Bailey and Gerry decided to make it official during the 2009 Superbowl.

Neither Gerry nor Bailey have been back to the pool since.:)

Who proposed and how?

We kinda proposed to each other over brunch at Dos Caminos in Northern Liberty. Its safe to say we had a few margaritas before hand. It wasn’t fancy or overly romantic but it was special to us.

When was the moment you knew you wanted to marry your spouse?:

Bailey: For me, it was a few months in to dating when he agreed to go on a spontaneous last-minute vacation to Ireland. I had found really great airfare and didn’t want to lose the deal. For Gerry, it was the moment he saw me (just kidding… but that’s what I tell myself).

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What was your favorite part of planning your wedding and why?

Bailey’s favorite part was planning the whole thing. Bailey is a project manager by career, and therefore loved getting into the details. Unfortunately, many of Bailey’s family did not find his planning their favorite part. Gerry’s favorite part was tasting the deserts.

What was the most challenging part of planning your wedding and why?

Bailey’s biggest challenge with the wedding was incorporating Gerry’s requests into the big day. When they originally started to plan the wedding, Gerry was fine to leave the planning and decisions up to Bailey, however that quickly went away after their first planning meeting. Gerry had a lot more decisions than he let on.

Tell us about your dog!

Winston is probably the biggest joy in our lives, and has been a part of Gerry’s and my family for four years. We adopted him at 8 weeks old. Given that we talk, act, and treat Winston like he’s our son, we thought it was only proper that he have a starring role in the wedding by being our ring-bearer. And he did a wonderful job, we couldn’t have been prouder puppy parents.

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Venue: Downtown Club – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Suit: My Suit – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hair: Elizabeth Terenchin – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wedding Planner: Kelsey Hill of Cescaphe Event Group – Philadelphia, PA
Flowers: Beautiful Blooms – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cake: Cescaphe Event Group – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Officiant: Kobie Xavier
Band/DJ: The Love Jones Band – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Invitations: Papery of Philadelphia – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia wedding photographer: Leslie Barbaro

The Addy Sea Wedding Reception of Jackie & Bryan|Bethany Beach, Delaware

Final blog post from Jackie & Bryan’s awesome Delaware beach wedding. Enjoy!

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?
We were engaged for more than a year, and attribute that to our low stress levels. I strongly encourage people to select vendors carefully – ask questions and negotiate for things you do and don’t want. Also, picking a venue that comes with some of the vendors can help tremendously. Our location included the venue (including tables, chairs, and linens), food and drinks, flowers, and cake. It’s easy to get caught up in tiny details, and things like Pinterest or wedding Q&A boards can make things feel overwhelming. At some point you have to step back and say – here is what we want, and it doesn’t matter if other people have done it this way before. Oh, and if you’re going on a honeymoon right away, take a few days off after the wedding. You’ll be happy you did!

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Tell us about your décor, flowers and details…
The wedding was at a bed & breakfast built in 1902, with the beach as the backdrop, so we left the décor simple and let the location speak for itself. The centerpieces were either terrariums with succulents and ground seashells or round glass vases with sand and candles.

The flowers were absolutely perfect – soft pinks and ivories with green succulents and velvety blue leaves (lambs ear) mixed in. I told the florist how much I loved Ranunculus, and they included some beautiful ones in the bouquets.

The morning of the wedding, I was up before everyone else, so I walked down to the beach. I took two steps onto the beach, looked down, and found a piece of deep blue sea glass right at my feet. It was beautiful! I’m not really superstitious, but I thought finding such a beautiful “something blue” like that meant we were in for a great day. And we were!

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Tell us about your cakes…
We had two cakes – a three-tiered cake as the official ‘wedding’ cake, and a cake we called our ‘Grandparents’ Cake’. Both cakes were delicious, and the almond cake with buttercream frosting was the most popular flavor. For us it was the Grandparents’ Cake that was most special. We got pictures of our grandparents from their weddings or when they were younger and had them framed by the Grandparents’ Cake. On top was the cake topper from my (Jackie’s) grandparents’ wedding in 1946, 70 years before our wedding. Our grandparents are no longer with us, and Bryan’s grandmother passed last October, making it that much more important to us that they be a part of the day.

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We spent nine days driving around Ireland – truly the trip of a lifetime! Now we’re enjoying the summer weather and having more free time. We took a break from some of our home renovations and projects, so they’ll start up again soon.

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Venue: The Addy Sea – Bethany Beach, Delaware
Dress shop: Morilee by Madeline Gardner
Suit: Perry Ellis
Hair: Valerie Clarke & Associates
Make-up: Valerie Clarke & Associates
Flowers: Blossoms Inc. – Dagsboro, Delaware
Cake: Sweet Disposition – Selbyville, Delaware
Officiants: Men in Black Deacon Kenneth Warne, Rev Msgr. Michael K. Carroll
Band/DJ: Mike Reilly
Invitations: Vistaprint

Rehoboth Beach Delaware wedding photographer: Leslie Barbaro

Addy Sea Wedding Ceremony of Jackie & Bryan|Bethany Beach, Delaware

Thinking back to early in your relationship, when was the moment you knew you wanted to marry your spouse?
Bryan: I saw Jackie for the first time while she was on the dance floor, line dancing. At that moment I knew she was someone I wanted to talk to. I tried to casually send her a drink, but the bartender yelled for her instead, making for an awkward moment. But we made the best of it and spent the night talking and laughing. About a week later I knew we’d spend our lives together.

Jackie: I knew within a week or so of meeting Bryan that this was it. The night we met we told each other some of the most embarrassing stories about ourselves. There was no judgment and there was no holding back. I was instantly comfortable with him, and was struck by how honest and sincere he was. You hear people say things like “when you know, you know,” and I didn’t understand what that meant until I met Bryan. A little more than 6 years later, here we are!

Who proposed to who and how?
Bryan proposed on the beach in Punta Cana while we were on vacation. He’d had the ring loose in his pocket at dinner (!) and after we ate we took a walk on the beach. We sat side-by-side in some beach chairs and he looked at me and said “so, did you still want to get married?” And when I turned to look at him he was on his knee with the ring in his hand. A year earlier we went on vacation and he told me at the outset he wasn’t planning on proposing during the trip. He didn’t want me to spend the week anxiously wondering if it was going to happen. After he proposed in Punta Cana, I realized he hadn’t given the same warning.

What was your favorite part of the wedding day?
We loved having a beach wedding weekend. A lot of our family and friends came to town the day before, and we were able to enjoy some beach time, have our rehearsal dinner, and then meet up with our friends. The wedding day started with us spending time with our friends and family on the beach, relaxing and playing games, and that flowed right into the wedding.

What was the one thing you were most stressed about before the wedding and how did it turn out?
The weather was on our minds a lot in the weeks leading up to the wedding. So far the season had been pretty rainy, and we checked the weather every day to see how things would be for us. It ended up being an absolutely perfect day!

How does it feel different being married?
We joked leading up to the wedding that it probably wouldn’t feel any different after, but we were wrong. It’s tough to explain, but being able to refer to each other as spouse/husband/wife feels like the last piece of the puzzle.

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Venue: The Addy Sea – Bethany Beach, Delaware
Dress shop: Morilee by Madeline Gardner
Suit: Perry Ellis
Hair: Valerie Clarke & Associates
Make-up: Valerie Clarke & Associates
Flowers: Blossoms Inc. – Dagsboro, Delaware
Cake: Sweet Disposition – Selbyville, Delaware
Officiants: Men in Black Deacon Kenneth Warne, Rev Msgr. Michael K. Carroll
Band/DJ: Mike Reilly
Invitations: Vistaprint

Delaware wedding photographer: Leslie Barbaro

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