Holly & Matt

How did Matt propose?  My husband, Matt, proposed in St. Maarten.  We were spending a long weekend on the island with my parents.  He and my dad had some errands to run after our day on the beach, so my mom and I stayed back at our house.  We decided we would meet back up at the house and head out for drinks and dinner (later I found out he was actually setting up the location for the proposal).  My dad came back to pick us up, however he was without Matt.  He said we would pick Matt up on the way.  As we drove to pick Matt up, I knew something was going on, but didn’t want to get my hopes up, as this moment was 6 years in the making.  We drove down to the Lowlands in St. Maarten (the complete opposite direction of our dinner plans), which is a quiet, romantic, and secluded area with only a few beaches.  My parents and I pulled over to the side of the road, and my dad parked the car.  I could see a path leading to the beach, and it was lined with candles.  My heart was racing with excitement and anticipation.  As I walked down the sandy, dimly-lit path, I could see Matt waiting for me.  We exchanged hellos and small talk; then he led me down near the water to a white blanket covered with candles and what appeared to be champagne chilling (he apparently had no doubt what my answer would be).  Without getting into every detail of his speech, he eventually got down on one knee, opened a small red box, and popped the question, just as the raindrops started to fall.  I, of course, accepted and we moved the celebration back to my parents place, and then had dinner at our favorite restaurant, Temptation.  We traveled over to Viceroy Anguilla the next day to start planning our wedding.

Standout Memory of the night: I honestly cannot say there was one standout memory of our wedding night.  The entire night was a dream come true for both of us, however if I had to mention a few moments, I would start with my dance with my dad.  It was a tear-filled moment in my life I will treasure for as long as I live.  We also had fireworks after dinner, which were a big highlight for everyone.  We had the time of our lives at our reception with all of our favorite people in the world, dancing, laughing, and making lasting memories which we will cherish forever!

Honeymoon Location: We stayed an extra week at Viceroy Anguilla once all of our guests left.  We also ventured to St. Barths and Pinel for the first time.

One piece of advice that you could give to other couples:  Be in the moment.  Take a second to stop and look around and appreciate all of the little intricacies & details that took so much time to plan and organize.  Look at the centerpieces, the place cards, the programs, the cake, the napkins, the room, the décor, the flowers, etc.  Live in each minute of the night!

Wedding Dress:  Peter Langner – purchased at Mark Ingram Atelier, NYC

Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss – purchased through the Short Hills Mall, NJ location

Bridesmaids’ Gift and Groomsmen’ Gift: Bridesmaids’ Gift – Shoes to be worn for the wedding. Groomsmen’s Gift – Ties to be worn for the wedding

Something borrowed and something blue: My something borrowed was a money bag that my great-grandmother sewed by hand and gave to my cousin for her wedding (one of my bridesmaids).  My great-grandmother made one for each of her grandchildren and my cousin was the baby in the family and was the last to receive a money bag.  My great-grandmother was the heart of our family so it was a very sentimental and special piece for me to have with me on my wedding day.  My something blue was a small Judith Leiber crystal heart which held our wedding rings for the ceremony.

Why did you choose this location: We traveled to St. Maarten many times during our relationship and were originally going to look to have or wedding there.  However, there was not an ideal location which met all of our wishes for our wedding.  We traveled to Anguilla as a family for lunch one afternoon during one of our St. Maarten trips and fell in love with the island.  Friends of ours recommended looking at the Viceroy after traveling there for a family vacation.  As soon as we set foot on the property, we knew this was where we wanted to have our wedding.  It was our perfect paradise:  the décor, the rooms, the amenities, the landscape, the pools, the restaurants, the location… the Viceroy is our version of heaven on earth.

Tips for a destination Wedding: We had our rehearsal dinner on Meads Bay Beach.  We did wish lanterns on the beach and had steel drums playing in the background.  We also had a bonfire with smores and rum punches be served throughout the night.  It really was an incredible night and the wish lanterns were an absolute hit for all ages.  Some great spots on Anguilla are Blanchards, the Straw Hat, Veya, and Bankie Banks.  We also swam with dolphins (a somewhat new attraction on Anguilla); it was definitely a worthwhile experience.

Testimonial: If we were to say one thing about our experience with Fred Marcus, it would be that the guys really became part of our group.  Andy, Alex, Jayson & Edwin were all very professional and personable.  Even though they were working, they took the time to get to know us more than just taking our picture.  They were extremely friendly to all of our guests and a true pleasure to work with.


Allison & Marc

How did Marc propose?  Our engagement couldn’t have been more fitting…I had dinner reservations with a friend of mine who was in from out of town. I was rushing to get home from work so I could get ready and be on time (for once haha). I called Marc to tell him that I was on my way home and to come downstairs so we could walk Ace before I went upstairs to get ready for dinner (Marc was in Business School at the time at Columbia so he was home before I was on this day). Marc asked me to come upstairs instead and I said, absolutely not, I am running late and need to get moving. He insisted and I remember hanging up the phone on him after saying not so nicely that he was being very annoying and that I was not happy about it.  When I got to our apartment and walked inside, I saw Marc in the living room surrounded by seven dozen roses, one dozen for each year we had been together. Marc was dressed in a nice suit and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was in such shock that I don’t think I said anything…after all, I had just finished yelling at him over the phone for making me late for my dinner reservation with my friend. Of course when I got my bearings I said yes! He then told me that we had a 9pm dinner reservation at the restaurant where we had our first date, seven years earlier – Gotham Bar and Grill. When we got to the restaurant, I walked in to see both of our families there to celebrate with us. I was shocked that Marc had put together such an elaborate plan but it made for one of the most memorable moments in my life. After eight years together, we got married on June 1, 2013 at the Four Seasons Restaurant in NYC. It had been a long time coming and was truly one of the best days of our lives.

Standout Memory of the night: Walking down the isle during the ceremony and my dance with my dad.

Honeymoon Location: We went to Capri and the Amalfi Coast in Italy. We spent 5 nights in Capri, about 8 nights in Positano and Ravello and then finished the trip in Rome before heading home. It was an absolutely spectacular honeymoon. Our favorite hotel was Il San Pietro in Positano…one of the most beautiful places either of us had ever been.

One piece of advice that you could give to other couples:  Plan accordingly and stay VERY organized but don’t confuse yourself with too many options! Once you find a vendor or location that you love, STOP looking (especially when it comes to your dress)! Also, pick your location/venue first, book it EARLY, and plan everything else around it to coordinate properly.

Wedding Dress: Wedding Dress was Vera Wang. My gown was the Eliza by Vera Wang and we purchased it at the Vera Wang Boutique on Madison Avenue in NYC. This was one of my favorite experiences during the entire wedding process!

Groom’s Tux:Hickey Freeman

Bridesmaids’ Gift and Groomsmen’ Gift: I got all of my bridesmaids floating pearl necklaces (which they all wore for the ceremony) and Marc got all of the groomsmen Salvatore Farragamo ties.

Something borrowed and something blue: My something blue was my mom’s garter that she wore for her wedding day and my something borrowed was my mom’s diamond bracelet. My something old was the cake topper that my mom and dad used at their wedding and my something new was a pair of beautiful diamond drop earrings that my parents bought me for the big day.

 

 



Randi & Mike

Standout Memory of the night: It was all perfect…but watching my husband and all of his friends jump into the pool, with all of their clothes on, before dinner was served, was definitely a memorable moment!!

Honeymoon Location: We got married in Anguilla, in paradise, so we stayed there for an extra week after the wedding was over.

One piece of advice that you could give to other couples:  Enjoy every minute, it goes too fast.

Wedding Dress:  Oscar De La Renta, Mark Ingram

Why did you choose this location: The Viceroy Anguilla is like paradise…we chose it for that reason.