Day of Event Management: Cloud Nove Events Catering, Tents, Valet: Meadowbrook Club Photography: Silverfox Photography Florist: Little Flower House Officiant: Rev April Gismondi Entertainment: Roosevelt Dime
Please help me welcome our new intern Amy, and welcome BACK intern Jess. Jess
We are thrilled to have Jess continue her internship with us this year. She wanted to share with you: "I am beyond thrilled to be coming back for a second round. Having the opportunity to continue learning from the CNE team is a honor and I am excited to further my knowledge in the wedding planning industry."
Amy Amy graduated from Villanova University in 2011 with a B.A. in Communications and Minor in English. In 2010, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Australia where she worked with the Sydney Writers' Festival to execute the annual literary festival in the heart of Sydney. This week-long event is the fourth largest of its kind in the world. After graduating from college, Amy worked at top public relations firm, Finn Partners, where she developed a strong PR background and gained more event planning experience across various fields. In June 2013, she tied the knot with her now husband - a process that expanded her vision to the world of weddings. Thus, through her event experience in PR and love for weddings she finally decided to turn her career to a new direction in wedding planning. Today she continues to build a successful career through Cloud Nove Events.
Have you ever considered Queens Theatre in the Park as an
event space? Though rarely publicized, this venue has multiple spaces that accommodate
events of all sizes and styles. I had the opportunity to tour the space with
its Managing Director, Taryn Sacramone, recently, and can’t wait to spread the
word to my couples about this fabulous secret space in Queens!
From intern Jess:
It all starts at a young age for every bride-to-be, usually with Disney. Girls fantasize about their own Prince Charming thanks to princesses like Cinderella and Snow White. They dream of the perfect proposal and perfect wedding day...darn you Disney! Many are led to disappointment as the background orchestra that perfectly accompanies said moments, manipulating your emotions, never sounds. Many of today's average brides lack the Hollywood budgets to pull off the weddings they have been planning on Pinterest. So let's live vicariously through these top 11 TV and movie weddings.
11. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry- With the legalization of same sex marriages, Hollywood moves to include such marriages in their repertoire. Hollywood decided to take the cliche Vegas wedding route. While the marriage between Larry and Chuck is really a hoax to ensure Chuck's children will be provided for should something happen to him in the line of duty; the marriage between Frank and Kevin just melts my heart. They seem so in love and I could just die of laughter from the circle speech. "A ring is like a circle, it goes on forever. It's not like a triangle, triangle have corners. It's like a circle."
10. Kim Kardashian- I am definitely not a Kim fan and I would rather not talk about her 72 day nuptials; however I have to hand it to the girl...I mean her planner pulled off one hell of a wedding. Forget the star-studded guest list, I am talking about the magic of this wedding. The quick turn-over of the ceremony space into the reception room. The glitz and glam of the black and white decor. The three Vera Wang wedding gowns! The crystal everything. Love
9. Courtney Mazza & Mario Lopez- Yet another start studded wedding however I love the multicultural aspect of these nuptials. The couple made a personal statement by hosting their wedding in Mexico and saying parts of their vows in Lopez's native language, Spanish. They made this a family affair by including their daughter in the bridal party. With many couples today saying "I do" with children by their side, this wedding represents the new norm.
8. Rachel Berry- Glee- Glee's almost courthouse wedding! We all know Rachel idolizes Barbara Streisand and that she is into the Old Hollywood type looks. It was no surprise that she showed up to marry Finn Hudson in a demure tea length gown with cap sleeves, reminiscent of an Audrey Hepburn look.
7. Buttercup & Westley- Princess Bride- “Mawwage. Mawwage is what bwings us together today." Another almost wedding, yet this is one of the most quoted wedding scenes of all time and the wedding isn't even between Buttercup and Westley?!? The couple endures various obstacles throughout the film and they show us what true love really is. Guys take note, please your lady with these three words, "As you wish".
6. Bella Swan- Twilight- Without a doubt the most romantic and beautiful wedding scene filmed to date. The fashion, the wooded ceremony space, the flowers, tablecloths, and lighting. This is a Hollywood wedding that many of us would like to emulate!
5. Bridesmaids- Let's be honest this has to be the most real wedding movie out there. This stuff happens all the time. There is always that one bridesmaid who hates the dress or the bridesmaid who tries to usurp the maid of honor... it happened in my own bridal party! Something almost always goes wrong, but the bride who can laugh about it will have the best memories and the best photos.
4. NeNe Leakes- This woman is hilarious! I actually want to be best friends with her, if she would have me. Pulling out all the stops NeNe hired Tony Conway to plan her over the top wedding in just three weeks! I would love to have been serenaded by an entire choir or wear three gowns on my big day. In keeping with today's trends to dress up ceilings, NeNe had 20,000 crystals hanging from the ceiling. Overboard? I think not.
3. Carrie Bradshaw-Sex in the City- This classic wedding scene has me crying every time. First, no one could pull off that Vivienne Westwood gown like Sarah Jessica Parker nor could anyone rock the blue bird she wore in her hair, topping off her couture look. 2. Hosting her wedding at NY Public Library is so iconically New York and beyond romantic. 3. Hands down best bridesmaids dresses...if she had asked, I would have been in her bridal party in a heartbeat.
2. Portia & Ellen- The complete opposite of a Hollywood wedding! These two wed in front of just 19 of their closest family and friends at their private home. The couple rocked differing wedding looks for their special day. Ellen sported all white linen pants and shirt while Portia donned a romantic full tulle halter-neck ballgown. As an advocator for equal rights I am glad to see them still going 9 years strong! Love is love, no matter what.
1. Kate Middleton- The Royal Wedding- This is the real life Cinderella wedding! A commoner snags the Prince and they lived happily ever after. Just look at the similarities; the carriage ride, the dress & veil, the church, the prince's attire...Jealous much?
Just these few words of advice from someone who has gone through the planning stages. Never forget what a wedding is all about. At the end of the day if you and your love are married then everything else is minor.
"Like a perfect scene from a movie screen, we're a dream come true, suited perfectly for eternity. Me and you." ~Kenny Chesney
From intern Gina: Black and white themed weddings can be used in any season.
They are so versatile and could be done in many different ways. You can
incorporate these colors in every aspect of your wedding.
If you are a bride
who wouldn’t mind stepping out of the box, find a dress that makes a statement.
Add some black to an all white gown! Dyal has so many
different black and white wedding gowns for inspiration. Typically no bride
wants their bridesmaids wearing white, but try having your bridal party wear a
two-tone dress to go with your theme, visit Raining
Blossoms for unique black and white bridesmaid dress options. Instead of
just white linens with a black candle centerpiece, make it feel grand and
elegant! Get a bold black table runner to make the silverware pop, and find a
centerpiece that will make heads turn. Check out All
Weddings On Sugar and Pinterest for a
centerpiece with white flowers and some bling! Invitations are one of the first
things your guests will see, make a good impression. Chose invites that are
classy and sophisticated, but still go along with your colored theme, Mackburry
has some great options on black and white wedding invitation packages. Many
people are used to the traditional white wedding cake, make yours fun! Add
black and white details to your cake to tie in your theme. Visit Dyal again to see
ways you can custom make black and white details for your cake. Last but not
least are your wedding favors, it’s usually of those items that guests gravitate
towards first. Personalize your favors by adding your names to black and white
candy and place them in interchanging black and white boxes. These will look
very neat while they are presented, yet they bring you back to childhood. Bitsy Bride shows what
can be placed on these candies to make them yours.
From intern Jessica: While this was my last wedding for my CNE internship, this was my first without Regina. After fighting the traffic from Brooklyn to Midtown I finally made my way to the bride's side! She looked breathtaking in her fitted gown and cathedral length lace veil. We readied for the moment where she would see her groom for the first time. The photographer and I planned to have her descend from the top of the stairs in true princess fashion. The moment between them was tender and emotional. They looked so in love. We proceeded to move the party to the library for some portraits. As we were headed to the limo we caught glimpse of a wooded area, beautifully lit just outside the hotel. After getting some additional shots we loaded up into the limo. Once we arrived at the venue we instantly whisk the bridal party into their private suite for the Ketubah signing. This had to be my favorite part of the wedding. I have never witnessed a Ketubah signing before, but the Rabbi was so passionate and you could feel the love and support from their family and friends. Moments later the ceremony started. It was beautiful and heartfelt. Once finished the newlyweds made their way back up the aisle and were escorted to the bridal suite. They indulged in some private time to take in all that had happened as they were now a newlywed couple! During cocktail hour Patryk, Gina and myself were hustling to change over the ceremony space into a reception space. Tables were draped in crisp white linen adorned with red rose centerpieces, petals and candles. Menus and Peruvian chocolate favors were placed at every seat. Peruvian dancers entertained the guests as we finished setting up the tables. The reception began with the introduction of the bridal party and the Mr & Mrs first dance. Shortly after it was time for the CNE team to bid adieu. This was another fun wedding to work. I again felt a sense of accomplishment because the CNE team trusted me to ensure the bride was happy and where she need to be at the appointed time. It saddens me that the internship has come to an end but I am sure you will hear from me again somewhere, someday.
From intern Gina: Sunday
was my first New York City wedding. It was so different than the
weddings that we have done here on the island. It was my first time
taking subways to get to different locations throughout Manhattan. My
first stop was to pick up all that was needed for their ceremony and
reception. After a few trips up the stairs everything was brought in to
their wedding location. I met Patryk and a team of workers to help set
up for their ceremony. Here we had to split the space into where the
ceremony was going on as well as their cocktail hour. Their decor was
very elegant but simple. Fresh red roses were placed in abundance. The
ceremony was a Jewish ceremony, something I am not used too. It was very
nice to see a different religion.
The Rabbi was great and kept all the
guests interested with his humor. Immediately after the ceremony was
done, guests were brought to the cocktail hour. This was the time that
Jess, Patryk and I quickly flipped the room to be ready for their
reception. We made sure the number of tables and chairs were correct for
their guests, as well as table numbers, red rose centerpieces and
petals that we scattered along the white linen table. Once the bridal
party was announced, so were the bride and groom. They did a great
choreographed dance. After that the brides father gave them a blessing
following the Jewish tradition. Soon after, toasts were made to the new
married couple. Once we knew everything was correct and on schedule, we
headed out. It was great to see and compare the
differences in a wedding in Manhattan and one on Long Island. I cant
wait for the next wedding which also is going to be in NYC!
A wedding ceremony reading does not always have to have a religious or serious aspect incorporated into it. Every bride and groom have their own beliefs that could be different from any one else. Take a look at different options when it is time to choose readings for your wedding ceremony. Try looking through current and old literature and poems to find inspiration. Watch clips of movies and you might find a dialogue that works perfectly for you. Turn on some music and you will find lyrics that speak right to your souls. Lastly, do your research on brilliant role models in our past, you may find that even though it is not your typical reading, what they say can sum up your love in a very interesting way. Here’s our top 5 list of alternative wedding ceremony readings!
A Piece of Literature: "The Irrational Season", by Madeleine L'Engle
"Ultimately there comes a time when a decision must be made. Ultimately two people who love each other must ask themselves how much they hope for as their love grows and deepens, and how much risk they are willing to take. It is indeed a fearful gamble. Because it is the nature of love to create, a marriage itself is something which has to be created. To marry is the biggest risk in human relations that a person can take. If we commit ourselves to one person for life this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession, but participation. It takes a lifetime to learn another person. When love is not possession, but participation, then it is part of that co-creation which is our human calling."
A Poem: "Union" by Robert Fulgham
“You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married”, and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.” Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these past few years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same. For after today you shall say to the world – This is my husband. This is my wife.
A Movie: Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – by Louis Bernieres
“Love is a temporary madness; it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.”
A Song: From Lovesong- by The Cure
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am home again
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am whole again
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am young again
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am fun again
How ever far away, I will always love you
However long I stay, I will always love you
Whatever words I say, I will always love you
I will always love you
Historical Genius – Albert Einstein
“Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That's relativity.”