Leora & Jason

Leora & Jason met at a bar a few summers ago. That night, Jason asked Leora out on a date. Their first date was truly wonderful – so wonderful in fact that Leora knew they would one day be married. A fact of which Leora was so confident that she called her mother and all her friends to tell them about her future husband!

Jason was still very much enjoying his bachelorhood at this point and didn’t reciprocate Leora’s feelings. The couple ran into each other again a few years later at a party and Jason asked Leora out for a second date. Leora was very hesitant at first because of their earlier interaction but said yes eventually. She was so glad that she did because the couple hasn’t looked back since. Once Jason committed he did it with 100% enthusiasm. The couple became serious pretty quickly and was engaged the following summer!

Leora knew she was in love after their very first date. But it took Jason a bit longer. The couple had tickets for a Michael Buble concert on a Sunday night. They almost didn’t go because they didn’t know his music and Jason had to leave early the next day for a business trip. They went into the concert planning to leave early, but stayed until the very end because it was so good! They randomly got chosen for upgraded seats and were about 5 feet away from Michael Buble. It was such a fun and romantic concert. The couple danced and twirled in their section and Leora knew in her heart that something had changed for both of them that night. At the end of the concert they said an extended goodbye because they knew they wouldn’t see each other for 4 days and then went to their respective subways to go home. While Leora was walking to her subway, she found herself lost in a reverie re-living the wonderful happy evening and feeling simultaneously sad after their goodbye. She was startled out of her day dreaming when she felt a tap on her shoulder. Leora turned around and there was Jason! Breathlessly, Jason told Leora he couldn’t leave for his trip without first telling her he was in love with her. The whole night felt like it was straight out of an 80’s love movie. It was perfect.

The Proposal.
Last August Jason asked Leora to meet him for a Happy Hour one night. As the couple had an upcoming trip planned, they had to pack but Leora agreed because who was she kidding- she never turns down Happy Hour! Jason took Leora to the bar they went to on their first date all those summers ago and told her how although he wasn’t ready to commit back then, he had known in his heart that one day they would be together. It was the perfect happy hour but they had to rush to get packing! While walking to Leora’s apartment they passed by a small & magical community garden that Leora loves. She felt rushed but Jason was being so sweet and cute that he successfully convinced her to spare a few more minutes to walk around the garden. Small acting troupes and musicians often practice there so she didn’t find it odd that there was a trumpet player practicing off to the side. The couple was just walking around when Leora heard the first few notes of their favorite sound “Trumpets” by Jason Derulo. Leora turned to Jason excitedly that they were playing their song when he got down on one knee and proposed. Leora got so excited that she dropped down to her knees too! In fact, Leora was so giddy she forgot to even say, “YES” or look at the ring- she just stayed on the floor hugging Jason so hard. She obviously said YES! To top it off, the couple left for a week in Italy right afterwards so it felt like a honeymoon!

Wedding Date: May 10, 2015
Venue: Temple Emanuel in Closter, NJ

Dress: Zuhair Murad

Thank you Leora & Jason for sharing your special day and amazing love story with us!

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Emily & Uri

Emily & Uri were an accidental set up. Emily was supposed to meet Uri’s older brother, but he was seeing someone at the time. Their father decided to pass Emily’s number along to his other son – Uri!

Emily knew Uri was the one from their first date, even though he took her to a French bakery and she’s allergic to gluten. Emily was not the type of dater who got excited about people easily, so she knew this was special. It took Uri a bit longer!

Uri proposed in the Conservatory Gardens in Central Park. The couple often takes walks there, and that is where Uri told Emily he loved her for the very first time.

On their wedding day, Uri walked down the aisle to “For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her” by Simon & Garfunkel

Wedding Date: March 29, 2015
Venue: Temple Emanuel in Closter, NJ
Dress: Angel Sanchez
Florist: Atlas
Band: Neshoma Orchestra

Thank you Emily & Uri for sharing your love story with us!

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Rachel & Chris

Rachel & Chris met at Fordham University. What started out as a friendship was soon taken to the next level during their junior year. Fast forward 7 years later and now they are married! They were young and in love and the best part about their relationship was that they grew up together from wild adolescents to fully functioning adults.

The first time Rachel & Chris knew they loved each other, was about 3 weeks into their relationship. They ventured into the city and were hanging out at Columbus Circle and it just clicked! That was the day they said those 3 big words and talked about all the pie in the sky ideas, house, kids, car, puppies.

The New York Botanical Gardens is across the street from Fordham’s campus. The couple would always go for a run or walk around there during their college days. One day Chris told Rachel to meet him in the gardens and as they were walking around, he got down on one knee and asked Rachel to marry him. The surprises didn’t stop there! After he proposed, Chris arranged for a surprise lunch with their entire family, followed by drinks with all of their friends at their favorite college bar.

Something Old: Engagement ring
Something New: Dress/Shoes/Hair piece
Something Borrowed: Rachel’s mom’s diamond flower earrings
Something Blue: Chris got Rachel a diamond tennis bracelet as a wedding gift and replaced 2 of the diamonds with blue sapphires

Wedding Date: April 26, 2015
Ceremony: The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in NYC
Venue: Pleasantdale Chateau
Dress: Ines Di Santo
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Makeup: Stacie Ford Weddings

Thank you Rachel & Chris for sharing your special day with us!

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Gina & David

Gina & David met on Match.com. Their first date was in the summer of 2013 in the Greenwich Village. When asked what made you realize it was love? Gina said, “We were dating for about 3 months when I knew, He said he knew after the 4th date.”

David asked Gina to marry him on Halloween, which happens to be Gina’s favorite holiday! He proposed in their kitchen as they were preparing to go to a party. Gina was dressed in a sexy nurse costume and he said (while getting down on one knee), “You look great, but you know what you should go as next year? You should go as my wife.” Gina said, “I was shocked.” She laughed and said, “I generally knew we’d be engaged soon, but had no idea he was choosing Halloween night!”

“We had such a beautiful day! Ashley and Valerie (from AV) were amazing.”- Gina. Thank you to Gina & David for sharing your amazing day with us! After the wedding, the couple spent their honeymoon in gorgeous Hawaii!

Wedding Date: March 21, 2015
Venue: The Vineyards in Aquebogue, New York
Cake: A Simple Cake NYC
Music: Terrance LeGrady – Beyond the Music Productions
Videographer: Edwin Valentin
Make up: Chante Makeup
Hair: Tamara NY
Bride’s Dress: Pronovias
The Shoes: Christian Louboutin

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Jaclyn & Michael

High School sweethearts still going strong! Jaclyn & Michael met through mutual friends during their sophomore year of high school. Although they went to different schools, the couple continued to cross paths at social gatherings. This was young love, in fact Michaels mother drove them to the movie theater on their first date because they were too young to drive! Fast-forward to a few years later, they went separate ways and off to college. Despite doubts that a long distance relationship wouldn’t work, Jaclyn and Michael continued to talk to each other everyday. They spent their weekends visiting each other at college and college breaks together in their hometown.

What started off as a day of Christmas shopping turned into a proposal! Jaclyn was picking mike up at his house to go shopping, as she walked in she heard “Everything”, by Michael Buble playing. This song was very meaningful throughout their relationship (then later became their wedding song.) Jaclyn continued through the foyer to see rose petals all over the floor, pictures of the couple throughout the years spent together hanging from the ceiling and a large poster that said, “Will you marry me?” Jaclyn said, “ I have never been more surprised in my life! When I saw Mike on one knee, my eyes immediately teared up. I cried in his arms for a little, and then eventually said yes!”

Thank you Jaclyn & Michael for sharing your special day and amazing love story with us!

Wedding Date: March 21, 2015
Venue: Larkfield
Flowers: Pedestals
Music: Big Hits Entertainment
Makeup: Ashlee Glazer
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Dress: Sareh Nour

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