Wednesday the 27th of May
May 16th seems to be a lucky date for us ~ We have done a wedding on that date in 2008, 2009 and am scheduled for one in 2010!
Elinor and Donny wed at the beautiful Church of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield, NJ with a reception following at the Women's Club of Glen Ridge. Based on Filipino traditions, the bridal party was very large and included several sponsors chosen by the bride and groom to perform different responsibilities throughout the ceremony. Elinor and Donny asked 12 sponsors to participate in their culturally rich ceremony. Their duties consisted of carrying the coins, lightings candles, draping a veil over the couple and tying a cord around their shoulders, signifying the uniting of their lives together.
After a full Catholic mass, Elinor and Donny exited and headed to Kips Castle in Verona to take pictures with their Bridal Party. Within a hidden and gorgeous small park, Kips Castle is literally an old dark-brick castle, which provides interesting and fun photo-ops. The Bridal Party celebrated with a champagne toast to the bride and groom, compliments of their limo driver of America's Best Limousines.
After pictures, all headed to the Women's Club of Glen Ridge for cocktail hour and were greeted with pink Cosmopolitans, green Appletinis and delicious hors d'oeuvres. The Women's Club hosts a great ballroom which acts as a fresh canvas with white walls, pillars and wood floors. To capture Elinor's vision, the team from The Finishing Touch, working with Flowers by Connie Riemer, decorated the room with Champagne Pintuck linen, tall clear vases with a bloom of hydrangeas, orchids and white roses on top and a single orchid hanging inside the vase. The reception was catered by Encore who put an elegant spin on a buffet-style dinner. They used zen-inspired chafing dishes, river rocks, wheat grass and brick to decorate the buffet table. The best part of course was that the food was absolutely delicious.
Elinor and Donny hired Jason-Craig Entertainment to provide music for the evening. During dinner guests were delighted and surprised as they were treated to a live performance by the DJ who can also sing! The guests laughed and cheered as Jay the DJ swooned one of the bridesmaids while singing 'New York State of Mind'.
After dinner, the Wedding turned into a true dance party. Guests danced the night away and participated in a traditional Filipino wedding dance.
In addition to wedding cake from Palermo's Bakery, Encore Catering provided an elaborate international coffee bar. As a special touch on the evening, Elinor and Donny presented Junior's Cheesecake Pops to each guest as a favor. Guests LOVE edible favors!
The night was truly wonderful and we were so glad to send Elinor and Donny off knowing how happy they were with the evening.
A special thank-you to the vendor team involved in making such a great wedding day:
Nicole & Leah