Wow. I don’t even know where to start. Our wedding on October 18th, 2017 was the best day of my life. Ansley and I have not been able to quit talking about how amazing it truly was. I’ll just start out with the fact that I thought it would be a disaster since the few days leading up to the wedding were the most stressful of my life. I had heard that no wedding week could go perfectly, but I didn’t expect SO many things to go wrong. Let’s just say at one point we didn’t think we could even get married due to the fact that I left my birth certificate at the New York Passport Agency (that’s a whole different story). Basically, I also realized how forgetful I am and I seriously need to work on that.
Looking back at everything now, I am happy that things went the way that they did because it honestly made us appreciate and cherish our day so much more. It was finally happening and everything went PERFECTLY the day of. We both have agreed that we would re-do that day 1,000 times if possible. From the incredible music, to the weather, to all of our family and friends being there, it just couldn’t have gone better.
One of the main reasons everything went so well is because I had such an incredible team that all worked together perfectly. Each of these vendors came into our path for a reason, I truly believe that. They were all so professional, patient, friendly, and most importantly, very good at what they do. I have introduced you all to our incredible photographer, Donny Zavala, our stunning and talented florist, Kelly Lenard, and my wedding planner who is one of the sweetest people I have ever met and handled our crazy schedule like a champ, Cortney McClure of Linen and Rust, and the highlight of the evening: Cal Morris, the violinist. I have not introduced you all to a very big part of our day and one that several of you asked about: our VIDEOGRAPHER: NST Pictures.
After looking around at different cinematographers, I just didn’t know if it was important enough to me to spend the extra money on and I knew the photographs were going to be incredible and I thought that maybe that would suffice. One day, my Mom, who has a special talent for finding things on social media, came across NST pictures and said that I had to check them out. I did just that and I knew instantly that they were a team of incredibly talented people and I loved the style of each video. What stood out to me the most is that they have actually filmed at our venue, Oheka Castle multiple times! I was so excited that they were familiar with the venue. You can click here to see their previous films there. Allison and Slavatore’s wedding is definitely one of my favorite films they have done.
Aaron was our cinematographer for the day and he was a pleasure to be around. He was never too pushy or in our face during important moments, which was very important to me. There are some moments that are just more special in cinematic form and I know that Aaron captured those moments perfectly. I cannot wait to see our film and to share it with all of you, soon!
Let’s talk about the dress since it was my favorite detail next to my handsome husband. 😉 This dress was designed by Chana Marelus. Chana is a designer who lives in Israel and her beautiful sister Nellie (I hope I spelled that correctly) lives in Brooklyn, NY. We flew to NY in April while she was having a 20% off trunk show in a NYC penthouse. This was the second dress I tried on and I instantly fell in love. I didn’t need to see any other dresses. Chana and her team were all so kind and they made us feel right at home. I cannot wait to get pictures back from our photographer to show you all more details of this dress!
A BIG Thank You goes to WeddingWire, a company that I have been working with throughout this entire process. The staff there is so friendly and they have went above and beyond to grant any needs that I have. Their website has so many useful tools that helped me tremendously throughout the planning process and they made finding groomsmen suits, and vendors such as Oheka Castle and NST Pictures possible. If you are newly engaged, in the middle of the journey, or even in your last stretch, I highly recommend checking out the WeddingWire website. They will more than likely have something to make your job easier.
Last but not least, I am so thankful for parents who wanted this wedding to be perfect just as much as I did. I cannot imagine loving them more and I am blessed beyond words to have them in my life. Thank you Mom and Dad for everything. I could never put my gratitude into words.
I will be sharing more about our perfect day soon, but for now, I am going to continue to enjoy our honeymoon in Italy! Arrivederci!