Saturday, February 14, 2015

My Wedding Day - Our 1st Anniversary

Happy Valentine's Weekend to all our lovely Lushies! For me though, this weekend is beyond sweet chocolates and dead presidents. Because some Valentine's will probably come and go, and we all know dead presidents can never buy happiness. But Holy matrimony is a bond that not even death could break! I can hardly believe exactly one year has already passed, and it feels so good to be all settled down with hubby in our new house. We deserve it!

So many memories come to my mind from that day, little bits and pieces. Overall, it was the most beautiful day of my life, although I've come to learn that weddings don't always run the way you expect them to. This isn't a call to panic, but brides, do be warned that things will go wrong on the big day. We see it all the time at other weddings and now even at my own. After spending hours getting pampered and ready, I was eager to head out to Addison Park to get dressed for our first look. My bridesmaids started stalling me and asking me to retouch my hair [for the 50th time,] I mean, it was beyond perfect at this point, I don't know how much more perfect it could have been, but I'm a perfectionist, so their distraction was quite fitting. I knew the limo was early and waiting outside but I heard sirens, so I looked out the window and saw an ambulance. My heart dropped. They were clearly isolating me away from the panic.

Someone very near and dear to my heart had a minor heart attack and fainted. Thankfully the ambulance came in time. Thankfully he was feeling better and it could have been worse. And once everything was ok, we headed out. God was definitely beside us that morning.

My life revolves around weddings 24/7. When I get my brides ready, it's like I rehearse what it would be like on my wedding morning every single time. I had timelines and I had planners, but these things happen. I've seen similar situations happen to others; people get sick, sometimes the flowers come out the wrong way, sometimes the ride is late, and sometimes the wedding favors go missing. It happens.

My point is that this day is so rare and so precious. Don't let these things take the moment away from you. Be prepared to accept these dilemmas so that you aren't left in a shock factor for the rest of the day and miss out on taking everything in. We lost our picture taking time, but frankly I don't care. We took some during the reception and it was okay. We were missing half the time, but our guests still had a blast. The ceremony and reception were flawless. The room was gorgeous. The lighting and centerpieces, stunning. The staff catered to our every need. We all looked and felt amazing; our makeup & hair, flawless of course! The band didn't miss a beat. It was beautiful. I wanted to share this little tid bit with you so you can realize that all those perfect weddings you see online aren't always executed flawlessly. However, your day will be perfect in it's own way. Here are some pictures of ours, and the funny thing is..you wouldn't even be able to tell...

I've been anxiously awaiting to share these memories with all of you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do...

ERENY & MINA - FEBRUARY 16, 2014


Our Wedding Vendors
I'd like to thank all our wedding vendors who truly made this celebration everything we always dreamed of. Especially our wedding reception venue, Addison Park, for paying attention to every detail and request, and Lord knows I am the most detail oriented person on the planet. I have to say if there is such a thing as a "wedding vendor award" that each bride gets to give out at the end of her wedding and planning, it would definitely be going to them. Not a single flaw. Thank you so much to their outstanding staff!!!

VENUES
Ceremony: Saint Mina Coptic Orthodox Church of Holmdel, NJ
Reception: The gorgeous Addison Park of Aberdeen, NJ

BEAUTY
Make-up & Hair: Lush Bridal of Milltown, NJ
Morning Massages for Bride & Bridal Party: SPARTIES Mobile Day Spa

ATTIRE
Bridal Veil, Tiara, & Jewelry: Lush Bridal of Milltown, NJ
Bridal Gown: Allure Bridals purchased at RK Bridal, NYC, NY
Bride's Shoes: Nanci II by Ivanka Trump purchased at Macy's
Bridesmaids Dresses: Camille La Vie purchased at Group USA, Elizabeth, NJ
Bridesmaids Robes: Lush Bridal of Milltown, NJ
Flowergirl Dresses: Purchased Online - search "rose petal dresses"
Flowergirl Baskets & Ring Bearer Pillows: Hobby Lobby of Princeton, NJ
Groom's & Groomsmen Tuxes: Men's Warehouse, East Brunswick, NJ

PHOTOGRAPHY
Abella Studios of East Brunswick, NJ

VIDEOGRAPHY
Live Picture Studios of Jersey City, NJ

UPLIGHTING
Ultrafonk Entertainment of Union City, NJ

WEDDING CAKE

BAND
Eslam Farouk & Band of NYC, NY

LIMOS
Bravo Limo of Stroudsburg, PA

FRESH FLOWERS/ BOUTONNIERES & CORSAGES
Dee's Flowers & Gifts of North Brunswick, NJ

FLORAL BROOCH BOUQUETS
For the Bride & Bridesmaids: Handmade by Ereny from Lush Bridal

CHAMPAGNE FLUTES
Vera Wang - [Thank you, Diana!]

HANDMADE CUSTOM FABRIC CARD BOX
Lush Bridal

FAVORS: CUSTOM WINE BOTTLES & BOXED CHOCOLATES
STATIONARY: INVITATIONS, PROGRAMS, DINNER MENUS, TABLE NUMBERS, SEATING CHART, WEDDING WANDS,  CAKE TOPPER & THANK YOUS
All handmade by Ereny from Lush Bridal


Wishing all my 2015 brides the most beautiful wedding day ever. May you remember the true meaning of the celebration and cherish the vows of your unity above all the little details.
Happy Valentine's Day!

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