Brantwyn Estate Wedding of Margaux & Marco |Wilmington, Delaware

After spending time with Margaux & Marco (and Piper) for their engagement session at the University of Delaware, I knew their wedding day would be elegant, joyful, and most importantly to the couple, fun! More photos from the reception coming soon. Enjoy!

About the couple…
Marco is German. He was recruited to the University of Delaware to play football in 2003. He studied Marketing and later went on to earn an UD MBA in 2011. He works for a British company as the International Marketing Director. Margaux also attended the University of Delaware, studied Fashion Merchandising and works in retail. They live in Pike Creek (Wilmington, DE) with their “absolutely perfectly adorable” 7-year-old cocker spaniel, Piper.

How did you meet?
Blame it on our Texas upbringing or my dad’s good influence, but in my family we celebrate and commiserate with Margaritas. So of course, I rarely miss a Cinco de Mayo party. It was May 5, 2011 and I blew off a match.com blind date to go celebrate Cinco de Mayo with my sister Andrea at Border Café.

We walked through the front door, and it was packed, but out of the corner of my eye to my left, I saw Marco sitting at the bar. Not a moment later when he stood up, my sister immediately said, “Do you see how tall that guy is? You should date him, so you can wear high heels”, which of course is the basis for all great relationships!

Try as I did, he paid me absolutely no attention. Until I happened to drink 10 too many margaritas and stopped him in passing to ask how tall he was. He said 6’8” and told me his name was Marco. I made him show me his driver’s license, because I thought he was making it all up (Margaux and Marco? Seriously?). I also proceeded to put on my sister’s heels to see just how tall he really was. Despite all of these shenanigans, we ended up discovering a common interest in fitness and exchanging numbers. The next day, he texted me at 5am to prove he had woken up early and made it to the gym for his morning workout. He was surprised when I too responded before 7am.

Our first date was later the next week; we met at Scratch Magoo’s for a drink. It was a little like a scene from 50 first dates because I had so many margaritas on Cinco de Mayo I was asking a lot of the same questions. Marco said, “Let’s start over. I’m Marco, I work in marketing”.

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Tell us about your dress…
I went dress shopping alone. I visited a small boutique and had a young girl helping me. I went through the racks, selected a few typical strapless, long, basic gowns. I tried on what I had and was about to get redressed when she said to me, “Wait, you didn’t try on the dress I took of the mannequin for you.” Slightly confused, I didn’t notice the dress draped over the chair in the fitting room. I would have never selected it on my own, and didn’t want to hurt her feelings so I tried it on. It was about a size too small, but we got it zipped and I actually kind of liked it. Being alone, I wanted a second opinion, so I had her take a picture, and I left. Everyone has that one friend, the one who will be honest with you no matter what; the friend who will tell you the truth, even if it’s not what you want to hear. For me, that’s my friend Tracey Greenwood. I texted a photo of me in the dress and asked for her famously honest opinion, she didn’t text a reply, she called, and all she said was “I love it, that’s the dress.” A day later I went to Claire’s on Philadelphia Pike and bought it! I give my MOH Tatyana credit for the bridesmaid’s dresses, I selected the color and she selected the gown. It looked great on everyone.

Bridal portrait at Brantwyn Estate in Wilmington Delaware

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What was your favorite part of the wedding day?
For me, it was walking down the long aisle with my dad. It meant so much to me that he was there. It was such a special part of the day, the part you always envision as a little girl. I also really loved that our dog Piper was part of our ceremony, she even wore her pearls. Additionally, it was really special that without knowing it, Marco and I selected the same wedding day card for each other. His best man, Manuel, delivered mine to me, and I snuck his into the inside pocket of his tux jacket the day before. For Marco, it was when the sun came out (for the first time in 11 days) and he saw me walking the down the aisle smiling.

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When was the moment you knew you wanted to marry Marco?
We had taken a day trip to the beach. Piper (who was only my dog at the time) was with us and she injured her leg running around playing fetch on the sand. She was walking, but limping just a bit. Without saying anything, Marco bent down, picked her up, and carried her. That’s when I realized how compassionate and caring and loving this really big guy was. I knew then the size of his heart matched the size of his presence and I was really lucky to have him.

Who proposed to who and how? 
Every January, we take an Island vacation. First of all, to escape winter and secondly, it’s a nice break for me after the retail holiday. In 2015 we visited Aruba. We had a great time. We planned a horseback riding trip and a snorkeling trip. On the horseback excursion, my horse tripped on the rocks and fell, and I fell off with it. I was covered in scrapes and cuts and told Marco I didn’t want to go into the ocean, because with my shark week education, I knew sharks were attracted to blood. He insisted we go. I was so scared. We made our way to Aruba Bob’s snorkeling adventures. Picked out our masks and fins, we piled into a van and our guide Stewart took us out into the water. We were exploring the ocean and Marco picked up a conch shell under water and handed it to me. Inside was written, “Will you marry me?” He even tied the ring to his swim trunks using fishing line. So right there in the middle of Caribbean Sea, we decided to spend the rest of our lives together. Fortunately, Stewart, who was in on the entire plan, captured the moment on video. You can watch it on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEbDWZUKzuo

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How does it feel different being married?
It’s really wonderful! It was so great to share that moment surrounded by family and friends. Everyone was genuinely happy for us. We are so lucky to have so many wonderful people in our lives.

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Venue: Brantwyn Estate – Wilmington, Delaware
Dress shop: Claire’s – Wilmington, Delaware
Suit: Calvin Klein
Hair: Salon by Dominic – Hockessin, Delaware
Make-up: LaVonne Coker – Wilmington, Delaware
Flowers: Ramone’s – Wilmington, Delaware
Officiant: Ian Stevenson
Band/DJ: EBE – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Delaware wedding photographer: Leslie Barbaro

Spring Lake Golf Club wedding reception of Roshan & Dave |Spring Lake, New Jersey

Roshan & Dave’s vision for their wedding was an elegant & fun party. They chose to get married in the New Jersey Shore town they describe as their home away from home – Spring Lake.

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When was the moment you knew you wanted to marry your spouse?
We both had different moments early in the relationship when we knew but we first told each other we wanted to get married, 6 months after we met, in the backyard of my parent’s house in Spring Lake.

What were you were most stressed about before the wedding and how did it turn out?
Roshan: I was constantly worried that people weren’t going to have fun or that my wedding wasn’t going to be cutesy enough. That’s the hardest part – realizing that people aren’t going to care about ‘tablescapes’. They want good food, good drink, and good music. I was stressed about the tiniest logistics. How will I know it’s time to walk down the aisle? Will people know where to sit? Will they get a copy of the program? Who is going to do a final check of the space to make sure it’s perfect? It all turned out wonderful. My bridesmaids were fantastic and the wedding coordinator at the golf club handled everything, I had nothing to worry about.

Tell us about your decor, flowers, etc.
Roshan: I wanted everything to be simple and elegant. I didn’t have a set theme or color or anything like that. Linens were all white; table numbers had a gold accent and were made by my bridesmaid Abbey Wells; flowers were gorgeous and bright. I left it up to Pam Newell to decide what to do and she did the greatest job. My bridesmaids were told to wear whatever they wanted, in whatever color they wanted. In the end, my disinterest in all wedding design and coordinating turned into something spectacular.

Wedding Party in Spring Lake New Jersey

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Tell us about your dress.
I got my dress at Lovely Bride in NYC.  Again, my goal was simple and elegant. I wanted something bridal but wanted to look like myself. I noticed that so many dresses this season had either very low fronts or very low backs. When I bought the dress it was backless. I loved everything else about it and was giddy when I put it on. I knew it was my dress but needed to have it seriously altered to work for me. I ended up having the back of the dress reconstructed and it turned out to even better than the original.

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Tell us about your cake and/or dessert.
Unfortunately we were so busy socializing we didn’t take advantage of the dessert as much as we would have liked! The cake was three tier, chocolate & vanilla, with buttercream frosting. The design was very simple and the cake topper was a Lego creation customized by Dave Leslie. There was a sundae bar featuring the famous Hoffman’s Ice Cream, and plates of cookies on each table.

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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?
Roshan: Relax. It’s just one day. It’s a fantastic day. But it’s just one. And have fun! No one cares about your tablescapes.
Dave:  Don’t procrastinate on the small tasks and eat your cake.

What’s next for the two of you?
Living in Brooklyn Heights, eating pizza & ice cream without panicking about THE DRESS.

Venue: Spring Lake Golf Club – Spring Lake, New Jersey
Dress shop: Lovely Bride – New York, New York
Suit: My Suit – New York, New York
Hair: Vanity 18 Hair Studio – Lake Como, New Jersey
Make-up: Cindi Marrero
Flowers: Pam Newell – Westfield, New Jersey
Cake: Chocolate Carousel – Wall, New Jersey
Officiant: Carol Haag
Band/DJ: Fantasy Productions DJ – North Jersey, New Jersey
Invitation: minted.com

New Jersey wedding photographer: Leslie Barbaro

Spring Lake wedding ceremony of Roshan & Dave |Spring Lake, New Jersey

I first met Roshan when I photographed her sister’s wedding and it was an honor to be asked back by the family to document Roshan & Dave’s day.

About the couple…
Roshan & Dave met online in 2012 while living in NYC. They connected over the fact they had both lived in Tokyo as children. Turns out they went to the same school (The American School in Japan) but missed each other by a year. Dave left Japan and moved to England in 1998 and Roshan arrived in 1999. They immediately started dating and a year and a half later, they both moved to Denver for new jobs. They returned to NYC in the winter of 2016 and now live in Brooklyn Heights.

Who proposed and how?
Roshan: A little more than three years after we met, Dave made a ring out of a starburst wrapper, got down on one knee at our favorite spot – the top of the mountain at Winter Park Ski Resort – and asked if he could ask my parents and if we could look at real rings together. Six weeks later he proposed again at Mount Falcon with a real ring. I accepted… both times. The second ring had diamonds and a sapphire. I wear the second ring but still have the first.

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About the ceremony…
Roshan & Dave’s service combined themes from Unitarian Universalism and a traditional Persian wedding ceremony. Dave’s parents played two musical compositions during the ceremony and the couple was seated at a Sofreh-Aghd, a Persian wedding spread with items of special significance. The mirror of fate reflects the united image of the couple and signifies light, happiness and the bright future ahead. The hand-woven Persian cloth symbolizes family and tradition. Flatbread, panir cheese and herbs symbolize prosperity for feasts. A bowl of crystallized sugar and other sweets symbolically sweeten life for the newlyweds. Gold coins represent wealth and prosperity. Wild rue is an incense to bring health and ward off the evil eye. Decorated eggs, walnuts, pomegranates and apples represent fertility and unity. The Qur’an and a prayer spread show reverence and ask for god’s benediction. And during the ceremony, married women selected by the couple grind Kalleh Ghand (sugar cones) over the bride and groom to sweeten the newlyweds’ lives.

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What was your favorite part of the wedding day?
Roshan: The ceremony from start to finish was my favorite. I know it sounds cliché but my favorite part of the day was walking down the aisle with my parents to Dave. Because of the type of ceremony we had, we were able to sit facing all of the people that came to celebrate us. It was very humbling to look out and see everyone who had traveled to my small town in New Jersey just for us.
Dave: When Roshan walked down the aisle.

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How does it feel different being married?
Roshan: Great! It’s fun to have people compliment your rings but not ask about your wedding planning. When you’re engaged everyone looks at your ring and then asks you ten questions.

Bride and groom depart their Spring Lake, NJ wedding ceremony

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Venue: Spring Lake Golf Club – Spring Lake, New Jersey
Dress shop: Lovely Bride – New York, New York
Suit: My Suit – New York, New York
Hair: Vanity 18 Hair Studio – Lake Como, New Jersey
Make-up: Cindi Marrero
Flowers: Pam Newell – Westfield, New Jersey
Cake: Chocolate Carousel – Wall, New Jersey
Officiant: Carol Haag
Band/DJ: Fantasy Productions DJ –  New Jersey
Invitation: minted.com

New Jersey wedding photographer: Leslie Barbaro

May 27, 2016 - 7:45 pm

Ashlee - That meme is AWESOME! So cute and clever! Love this Spring Lake wedding. Beautiful work!

May 26, 2016 - 8:54 pm

Melanie Weitzenkorn - Very nice wedding photos! I love all the information you give and all the details of the Persian wedding ceremony. I’ve never experienced one so it’s very cool to learn about it. Wedding gif on the lake, hilarious!

May 24, 2016 - 10:17 am

Carly Fuller - Oh my gosh that wedding meme of them is amazing! haha Love it! What a beautiful wedding at Spring Lake, love the story you shared.

May 18, 2016 - 10:53 am

sydney - Lovely images! You captured their wedding day perfectly, I also love the GIF at the end, so cute!

Mendenhall Inn Wedding of Gina & Ryan – sneak peek |Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

Congrats to Gina & Ryan!

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Venue: Mendenhall Inn – Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Dress shop: Claire’s Fashion – Wilmington, Delaware
Suit: Jos A Banks
Hair: Gloss Salon – Wilmington, Delaware
Make-up: Mollie Denham
Flowers: Belak Flowers – Wilmington, Delaware
Cake: The Master’s Baker – West Chester, Pennsvlvania
Officiant: Father Roger DiBuo
Band/DJ: D & J DJ Service – Bear, Delaware
Invitation: ZZ House Design Studio – Newark, Delaware

Chester County wedding photographer: Leslie Barbaro

Brantwyn Estate Wedding of Margaux & Marco – sneak peek |Wilmington, Delaware

Congrats to Margaux & Marco who married yesterday at Brantwyn Estate – under the clearest skies we’ve seen all week!

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Venue: Brantwyn Estate – Wilmington, Delaware
Dress shop: Claire’s – Wilmington, Delaware
Suit: Calvin Klein
Hair: Salon by Dominic – Hockessin, Delaware
Make-up: LaVonne Coker – Wilmington, Delaware
Flowers: Ramone’s – Wilmington, Delaware
Officiant: Ian Stevenson
Band/DJ: EBE – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Delaware wedding photographer: Leslie Barbaro

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