How did Chris propose? My family has a beach house in Longport, NJ. We spend every weekend there in the summer. The weekend of August 12th was like any other beach weekend or so I thought… On Sunday I was tired and a little grumpy and Chris asked to go for a walk to the Point (the end of the island). Normally I would have had no problem going but I had no desire when he asked me and put up a fight. Chris finally convinced me to go but I insisted my parents or my sister go with us. Of course things weren’t going as planned but my dad started to walk with us and luckily was able to escape by saying he was going to stop by his friend’s house. I dragged my feet most of the long walk there. We got to the end and there on the rocks was a bike (my family loves to take bike rides and I had been asking for a new bike) with a beautiful bouquet of flowers in the basket (and my ring!). Chris got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! My sister Hannah and Chris’s brother Danny popped out from behind a house where they had been taking pictures, along with my Dad who ran from the “fake friend meeting” to see the proposal. After some more pictures they told us to walk back and meet them at the house. When we got there we were surprised by my mom, Chris’s family, and all our closest friends. My mom planned a beautiful party and we had the best time celebrating all night.
Standout Memory of the night: There were so many amazing memories it is hard to pick just one. Dancing with all our friends and family was a favorite. Looking around at everyone smiling, laughing, and dancing the night away was the best feeling in the world. Our band was incredible!!! One of our last songs was “We Are Young” by Fun. Everyone circled around with their arms around each other as Chris and I danced together and then our families joined in. It was a special way to bring everyone together to end the night.
Honeymoon Location: We went to Maui and stayed the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea.
One piece of advice that you could give to other couples: Relax and enjoy your day! You have a prepared, planned and stressed plenty leading up to the wedding but the day of there is nothing more you can do. Leave it to the professionals. We had amazing coordinators (Brian Kappra from Evantine Design and the amazing staff from the Four Seasons) and trusted them to handle all the details. Enjoy all the special moments leading up to the ceremony and reception: getting ready with the bridal party, the reveal, taking pictures. I had such a good time during the day, lots of laughs, some tears and was completely in the moment. My bridesmaids kept asking if I was okay because I was so calm. My response, ” What is there to be nervous about? This is going to be the best day of my life”.
Something borrowed and something blue: My something borrowed and something blue was the same thing. It was my grandmother’s (passed away when I was in 6th grade) handkerchief that was mom’s but she gave to me to have sewn into my wedding dress. It had a blue A on it for her name Arlene. Whenever my sister gets married we will take it off my dress and she will have it sewn into her dress. It was a special moment when I had my final fitting at Bergdorfs and the seamstress lifted up the dress to show where she had sewn it. My mom, the bridal consultant, seamstress, and I all started to cry. Side story: The seamstress was from Odessa, Russia which is where my grandmother’s family was from. It was nice having this connection and made the dress experience even more special.
Testimonial: We loved working with Hermin and Carlos. From the second they walked into the bridal suite until the last photo taken they were amazing. They immediately made us feel comfortable, knew everyone’s names, provided great direction ,and were fast and efficient during the family portraits and bridal party shots. During the ceremony and reception they were quietly in the background and not in your face. They were also conscious of getting all the shots I requested. We had such a great time with them that we invited them to our after party. They were an absolute pleasure to work with! We LOVE LOVE our photos!