Staci & PJ

Staci & PJ’s story began well before their love story. The two met through Staci’s brother probably about 7-8 years ago. They’ve picked their brains numerous times to try and figure out where it was that they first met, but they couldn’t put their finger on it. It might have been at a Zog Sports kickball game in Central Park or at a bar in Murray Hill where PJ and Staci’s brother watched Sunday football. Approximately 5 years ago, Staci and PJ were on the same intramural kickball team in Central Park and Staci would jokingly ask PJ “how are we going to dance at our wedding?” Little did either of them know that just a few short years later this little joke would turn into a reality. It was during the summer of 2011 in Ocean Beach, Fire Island that their romance began. Since one of PJ’s best friends was Staci’s brother, he took it VERY slow and after about two months, finally asked Staci on a date. One date turned to two and then three and soon after, Staci and PJ knew their feelings for one another were different than anything they had ever felt before.

Staci & PJ

Staci & PJ

Staci & PJ

PJ says he knew it was love by how excited he would get to see Staci and how she made him smile just by being near him. Staci knew it was love when the pitter patters (what her mom always called them) never went away. Every time the two would hang out, whether it was for dinner and a movie, going out with friends or watching a Wisconsin Badgers football game (their alma mater) they always had a blast together and everyone around them could tell this was it…and it was!

Staci & PJ

Staci & PJ

Staci & PJ

Staci was coming home from a work trip in Boston and PJ told her to meet him inside Grand Central to walk home together. When Staci approached the information booth, she couldn’t find PJ, so called him, only to get interrupted by a police officer asking if she was looking for someone. Staci said, ‘Yes’, and the cop said, ‘Come with me’. Staci walked a few steps before looking up to see a banner on top of one of the famous Grand Central balconies that said “Will You Marry Me?” and then 5 random people held up signs of “S-T-A-C-I”. Staci saw the sign and looked down to see PJ standing there. PJ walked over, got on one knee…and the rest is history!

This is too good not to share!

Oh and you may be wondering why PJ decided to do this on a Tuesday, but he had a VERY good reason. Staci’s family was throwing a BBQ for her grandma, Bubbie, so what better night than before the BubBBQ!

Staci & PJ

Staci & PJ

Staci & PJ

The wedding took place September 13, 2014 at The Grove in Cedar Grove, NJ. The Bride was stunning in an Anne Barge gown and makeup by Jen Heinowitz, Jen.elle32@gmail.com. The couple celebrated with Hank Lane/ Michael Hart Band. The room was decorated beautifully with the help of Atlas Flowers.

Thank you Staci & PJ for sharing your incredible story and day with us!

Ivonne & Eric

Ivonne & Eric’s love interest began at work. She walked up to Eric and said hello and in his words, “gave me a really big cheese smile and then walked away.” She left an impression on him after that moment and he knew he was interested in getting to know her. Eric realized this was the woman for him after they shared their first kiss! They went to dinner to Tony’s Restaurant in City Island for their second date. After dinner they were parked outside her apartment. Eric said, “When I leaned in and kissed her I kissed her like 4 or 5 times and she said I was a thief for stealing so many kisses. “ As they say, the rest is history!

Ivonne & Eric

Ivonne & Eric

Ivonne & Eric

Eric proposed on January 3, 2013, after having dinner at Crab shanty, a restaurant located again in City Island. They were outside on the street and he got down on one knee and pulled the ring out from his pocket. She then said YES!!!!

Ivonne & Eric

Ivonne & Eric

Ivonne & Eric

The Wedding took place on 10/10/14 at Tappan Hill Mansion – Abigail Kirsch
The Bride looked exquisite in two dresses, both by Allure. The bride wore Jimmy Choo shoes. The Grooms suit and shoes were by Brook Brothers.
The Couple got ready at the Ritz Carlton Westchester.

Ivonne & Eric

Ivonne & Eric

Thank you to Ivonne & Eric for sharing your special day with us!

Melissa & Jake

This love story started in middle school! Melissa & Jake met for the very first time in 6th grade math class. Naturally they fell into a similar circle of friends and they went to the Senior Prom together. It was around the time of the Prom that they started unofficially “dating”.

Melissa & Jake

Melissa & Jake

Melissa & Jake

After high school the two parted ways and went off to college. Jake went to Colby in Maine, and Melissa went to GW in DC. They spoke a few times here and there, but then reconnected freshmen year over Thanksgiving break. After opening up a dialogue again they couldn’t stop talking and realized that their feelings for each other were very serious.

Melissa & Jake

Melissa & Jake

Melissa & Jake

How he proposed?

Jake proposed in the apartment that the two have been sharing for 3 years together in the Flatiron. He popped the question on Friday June 21, 2013 as soon as she got home from work. He was waiting with a dozen peonies (Melissa’s favorite flower) and champagne.

The Wedding took place September 6, 2014 at Studio Square in Long Island City. Quinn Florist helped decorate the gorgeous space. The coupled celebrated with Around Town Entertainment.
Officiants: Rabbi Steven Blane and Rev. Johann Bosman

The Bride was breathtaking in her Monique Lhuillier gown!

Melissa & Jake

Melissa & Jake

Thank you Melissa & Jake for sharing your special day & story with us!

Melissa & Jake

Jessica & David

This story is a rare one! The couple met at 17 years old and it took 12 years for the two to realize that the bond they formed was a truly special one. Jessica said, “We already had the basis of our relationship, which was our strong friendship and everything else just fell into place. It’s hard to imagine a time when David and I weren’t in each other’s lives.”

Jessica and David met when he was visiting his best friend at her college. Jessica went to the University of Maryland while David went to Indiana University. Jessica happened to be in a relationship at the time but when they met they immediately felt a certain comfort with each other. Two years later, David came back to visit her school again and Jessica wasn’t in a relationship. They immediately began a special “something” that would go on and off until May 2013.

Jessica & David

Jessica & David

Jessica & David

Jessica and David always felt a certain attraction and comfort with each other. After graduating college they stayed in touch. The two even lived around the block from each other in the city but again the timing to get together wasn’t right. Fast forward years later they ran into each other at a friend’s birthday party. The second she walked in they were inseparable the entire night. The two continued to speak on and off again until one random evening David asked Jessica to get drinks and to no surprise, the date started off great and he asked why they never tried to “actually date”. Before they knew it, things were moving full speed ahead and October 19th 2013 rolled around where David took her to Central Park and proposed with her entire family standing behind her ready to surprise her. Jessica said, “It was so surreal.”

Jessica & David

Jessica & David

The couple got married on September 6, 2014 at the Roosevelt Hotel. They saw every hotel in the city but both fell in love with the old 1920’s ballroom. They planned the wedding date around the band, Faze 4 “The Next Faze” because they knew how amazing the band was. Their birthdays are September 11th and 13th, so that week will always be extra special for Jessica and David.

The bride was stunning in an Anne Barge lace ball gown, which was not at all what she initially expected to wear, but she felt like when else can she wear this gorgeous big gown! She wore Badgley Mischka Royal Blue shoes for her pictures but then changed into her Tom wedges.

Jessica & David

Jessica & David

Jessica & David

You plan for what feels like a long year for this one day and sometimes the night doesn’t always go as planned. Jessica’s one small piece of advice would be “to roll with it and make the best of it.” There were a few mishaps but they didn’t let that ruin their day. It was 90 degrees out and the AC broke at the venue but it didn’t matter because the band had amazing energy and was the true highlight of the evening. Jessica said, “No one sat down, they were so on point with the songs they played and their voices were incredible.”

“Our cake was amazing-, we already ate the top tier, which you are supposed to save for a year later but we couldn’t wait. It was made by Sylvia Weinstock. It had chocolate mousse and raspberry filling. It was decorated extremely simple and elegant with sugar flowers exactly how I wanted. David and I enjoyed our ceremony so much, our rabbi was amazing, and truly expressed the love and connection we had.”

Details:
Venue: The Roosevelt Hotel- New York, New York
Flowers: Flowers by Bryan
Cake: Sylvia Weinstock
Band: Faze Four- The Next Faze
Dress: Anne Barge
Shoes: Badgley Mischka and Tom’s
Men’s Attire: Victor Talbots
Hair Dresser: Hana Chung – Frederic Fekkai
Makeup: Charles Douglas

Jessica & David

Thank you Jessica & David for sharing your special day with us! What an incredible love story.

Lauren & Michael

Lauren and Michael met out one Thursday night in the meatpacking district. This wasn’t really their type of scene, but they were persuaded to go out by their mutual friends. They began talking and quickly realized that Michael went to school with Lauren’s sister. They spoke the entire evening and I think it was safe to say that sparks were flying.

Lauren & Michael

Lauren & Michael

Lauren & Michael

Lauren & Michael

When asked what made you realize it was love? Lauren answered, “How natural and easy our relationship was from the start. We really balance each other out and make each other better people. We enjoyed so many of the same things that we spent a lot of time together and fell in love pretty quickly.”

Lauren & Michael

Lauren & Michael

Michael told Lauren that they were going to the museum with his mom to see an exhibit. They took the subway uptown and walked across through Central Park. Her sister and his brother had a “Will You Marry Me” sign along with champagne by Bethesda fountain in the park. People were clapping and cheering, Lauren said, “ It was unforgettable.”

The wedding took place on 9/6/2014 at Preakness Hills Country Club in NJ. The room was stunning with the help by Ron from Wildflowers. The couple danced the night away to the Dylan Matthews Band by Hank Lane (Henry Marks Agency). The Bride looked breathtaking in a Romona Keveza gown!

Lauren & Michael

Lauren & Michael

Thank you Lauren & Michael for allowing us to capture your special day!

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