Wedding date: October 9, 2010
Venue: Ceremony at St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church, Reception at Giando’s on the Water. Giando’s definitely gets 5 stars! I can’t bring myself to rate a church, since that seems a big sacreligious, but St. Stan’s is gorgeous!
Caterer: Giando’s on the Water, 5 stars. Great food, large portions, and very attentive staff!
Coordinator: Hollie Holmes of Exquisite Affairs Productions (although I think she has since left the company) 5 Stars! She was a huge help in keeping me organized before the wedding, and made sure everything ran smoothly the day of, so I had nothing to worry about.
Photographer: Ryan Brenizer. Absolutely amazing! I’d give him 10 stars. Everyone raves about our photos! Ryan is so easy to get along with, and was like an unobtrusive ninja capturing our day.
DJ/Band: Carol Moore of A Starry Night. 5 Stars! LOVE her! So many DJ’s out there are totally in your face and obnoxious. Carol is not one of those types. She was so nice and tasteful, and knew how to keep the party going without getting into guests faces.
Florist: 3 stars. We used Pedestal’s, per our venue’s recommendation. Our first floral designer that we worked with, Vito, was great. Unfortunately, he got into an accident a few months before our wedding, so we had to switch to Virgil. Virgil does amazing work, and I loved our bouquets and centerpieces, but he was incredibly hard to get in touch with, and it was difficult for us to travel out to the LI showroom to see him.
Cake: Penny of Sugar Couture. Hands down, the most beautiful, best tasting cake I’ve ever had. We got SO many compliments on our cakes. I had several guests call me up after the wedding to get her contact info.
Penny also introduced us to the idea of using cookies that double as escort cards as the favor. They were a huge hit, and tons of people complimented me on such a unique idea!
Officiant: Father Curley, a priest from my childhood parish in Manhattan, was gracious enough to come out to Brooklyn to precide over our ceremony, which was in my husband’s parish. He was awesome!
Dress: 4 Stars! My dress was a Lazaro, bought at Kleinfeld’s. I had a great experiance at Kleinfeld’s! Dianne, my consultant, was wonderful, as was Mariella, who did my alterations. I wish I could wear my dress all the time!
Shoes: Eddy, by Bagdley Mischka. Bought on sale on Ideeli.com! 4 stars. Super comfortable, and gorgeous! Only 2.5 inches high, so I didn’t tower over people too much.
Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress: By Jim Hjelm, bought from Pearl’s Place. My girls loved it, and Pearl’s Place has great service! 4 stars! (photo by my mom, not our photographer)
Hair & Make-up: I used Maureen Pedala for makeup, and her sister, Claudia Pedala for hair. I absolutely loved them both, and I highly recommend them! I loved them both so much that I hired them for the full day, and treated my mom and bridesmaids to their services as well! 🙂
(we switched up my hairstyle for the reception!) 🙂
Invitations: I made our invitations myself, using pocketfolds from CardsandPockets. They also did the printing on the invite and inserts for me. Highly recommend them! 5 Stars!
Rings: My engagement ring was custom made by Little King with lots of input from my now husband. I got the sapphire and diamond ring of my dreams! Although it did take them longer than anticipated for the ring to finally be complete, so my husband had to delay the proposal unfortunately. 🙁 3 stars, due to delays, but the ring itself is 5 stars!
My husband and I orded our wedding rings from Brilliant Earth. I give them 5 stars!