Katie + Aaron “Let Love Sparkle”

July 25th, 2014

Katie and Aaron did it right. Not only are they the quintessential high school sweet hearts 11 years in the making, but their wedding was absolutely perfect too. Katie and Aaron got married at the Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City. The venue overlooks the New York skyline – the creme de la creme of photo opportunities I might add. Katie’s bouquet and shoes were the perfect pop of bright pink – which I’ve noticed is much like her personality!

Read below for more details on what an amazing couple these two are and some funny mishaps that made for an even better wedding story:

Q’s for Katie:

How did Aaron propose – did you see it coming? 

Aaron and I were dating for 11 years before he proposed. So, I did have a feeling that it was coming since we had been talking about it all the time. However, Aaron proposed on a random Tuesday night, so that definitely threw me off! That night, Aaron and I went for a walk on the boardwalk and then went to dinner and a movie. When we got back to our apartment, I walked in and Aaron turned on the lights. In the middle of our coffee table was a huge jewelry box. I opened it and that’s when he asked me to marry him.

What was your favorite part of your wedding – besides getting married of course.

My favorite part of the wedding was just being with all of our friends and family and finally being able to relax and enjoy ourselves. I was so stressed before the wedding, and even the day of, but I think after the ceremony was when I was finally able to just calm down and really enjoy the day. That is, until someone lit all of the sparklers on fire and caused a huge fire. At least it made for a funny story!

What (if anything) did you worry about the most on your wedding day?

I worried about everything and anything! Mostly, I worried about everything coming together smoothly. Planning the wedding, I had this vision of how I wanted everything to look and flow. However, I always second guess myself, so on the day of the wedding, I was so nervous that everything was not going to look how I had envisioned it to look. I was worried that the florist wasn’t going to show up or the cake was going to be the wrong flavor. I was nervous that I was going to trip while walking down the aisle. However, once the hair and makeup girls came, then the florist (early, I might add!)I was able to relax. After that, everything else fell into place. I didn’t even have any time to worry anymore because I was so busy with hair and makeup and then photos, so it took my mind off of everything. Everything was perfect the day of.

Q’s for Aaron:

As the guy, did you have any “must haves” 

I really didn’t have much to do with planning the wedding (thank you, Katie!) , however, I have a huge sweet tooth, so I was really involved in choosing the cake flavor and deciding to have an ice cream bar at the wedding.

How did you know she was the one? Was it a specific moment in time or gradual inkling?

Katie and I started dating when we were juniors in high school. However, I knew she was the one I wanted to start dating our sophomore year in high school. I was in geometry class, and Katie transferred into my class and sat right next to me. She looked so beautiful and I chased her around for a year until she finally agreed to go out with me. I knew she was the one I wanted to marry when we went away to college. We went to separate colleges in Pennsylvania. I couldn’t stand not being with her, and we figured out ways to see each other almost every weekend.

What did you have the biggest deciding factor in? (Venue, clothing, dessert? …etc).

From the beginning, I always wanted to have a videographer at our wedding. For Katie, it wasn’t top on her priority list. I really wanted our future children and grandchildren to be able to see our wedding day, not only through pictures, but through our video, too. After seeing the videos from our wedding, it was definitely the best decision we made!

What part of the planning process did you enjoy the most? 

Cake tasting! Katie and I got our cake from Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken. We got to try so many different types of cake.  We ended up making our decision, and I convinced the lady who worked there to give me several pieces to take home :)

Sheera + Zack “Stay Silly”

July 23rd, 2014

I don’t even know where to begin with Zack and Sheera. Every detail of their wedding was absolutely awe-inspiring.  Her bouquet was simply stunning with white anemones, snap dragons and peach garden roses. Her hair was flawlessly effortless but stunning all the same with soft curls. Their venue couldn’t have been more perfect at The Roundhouse in Beacon Falls. The railroads, bridges and moving water made for perfect scenic backgrounds for both still film and cinematography.  But what I loved more than anything about this wedding was the uncommonly personal touch of having one of their best friends officiate their wedding.

“Probably the biggest thing that I knew I wanted from the beginning was that I wanted a friend to officiate our wedding to make it personal.  Sheera was totally on board with that, but we had to convince our parents.  We eventually compromised and had both a friend and a cantor officiate and everyone was really happy with it.

Some great advice I can give a couple is to go with your gut. Everyone else might think your ideas seem a little off the wall at first – but the most important thing is that your wedding needs to be about the two of you. So my motto is, “GO FOR IT!” I also have to give Sheera the gold medal for having her groom be part of the planning process as much as he was. I don’t think I know any other groom who had as much influence as Zack. Sometimes guys can think of some great original ideas since they haven’t been tainted from a million wedding blogs or Pinterest boards.

I actually had more input than most grooms.  I actually designed most of the invitation myself.  We got engaged at the Bedford Post Inn and they had these really cool coasters in the room that looked like vintage stamps.  I knew Sheera loved that stuff, so I told her to keep one as a model for the invite and then I made a design off that.  I wrote most of the ceremony.  I also picked all of the music, which I think is a typical groom’s job, for some reason.

I had to ask Zack a few more questions just because he was so dang cute on film I knew his answers would be a hoot! Be sure to read below for a few giggles and heart flutters.

As the guy, did you have any “must haves”?

I had a couple of smaller, stupid “must haves” like, for example, I really didn’t want to wear a white shirt, even though several people told me I should.  But I think I ended up looking prett-y cool!  I waged a battle against the Hora, but we ended up doing it and my friends actually dropped me.  So, that’s what you get when you try to have must-haves as a groom.

How did you know she was the one? Was it a specific moment in time or gradual inkling?I can’t really recall a specific moment in time when I knew she was the one.  I remember the time I first saw Sheera and I thought she was the cutest girl I had ever seen.  And I remember when we first started dating I was totally obsessed with her.  I think we saw each other every day for the first month we were dating.  But after that, we just kind of became this couple and I realized I never wanted to be apart from her.  So to answer your question:  gradual inkling.

What part of the planning process did you enjoy the most?The end!  Seriously, planning was generally not that fun.  Super time consuming, you have to make tons of compromises to keep everyone happy, and everything costs more than it should.  In the end though, it was all TOTALLY worth it.  Our wedding weekend was ridiculously fun and romantic and meaningful and special and all of the crazy planning Sheera did really paid off in the end.

Shannon + Matt “Never Letting You Go”

July 21st, 2014
I’m not sure if I laughed or cried more during this film. Either way I was left with my fiancé staring at me asking if I was okay. Between Shannon’s parent’s pure love and affection for their new son and the reading of her old emails to her maid of honor during their first few weeks together, I was left a complete blubbering mess. Shannon’s smile was absolutely contagious, I couldn’t help but feel the love radiating through my computer screen between her and Matt. The line that left my keyboard drenched was when her father said, “He stole her away.” – but after hearing what a heartwarming letter Matt wrote her I don’t think she could have found a better man.
Since I wasn’t present for their big day I just had to ask this amazing couple just a few questions:
Q’s for Shannon:
How did Matt propose – did you see it coming?
He proposed at home– I thought we were just getting take out- little did I know! He played our favorite song by Michael Buble-Everything. He had secretly planned a dinner that night with both our families to celebrate :). He also secretly planned a trip to Fort Lauderdale that was leaving the next day! Such a great trip to celebrate our engagement! I didn’t see it coming at all!
What was your favorite part of your wedding – besides getting married of course.
There was so many special and memorable parts of our day- I would have to say being around all the people that we love and care about who were there to celebrate “us”. The venue was perfect and exactly as I envisioned. It all came together perfectly and having the pictures/video to capture it is amazing.
Did you have any idea your MOH was going to pull out old emails?
Haha NO! not at all. That was was such a great idea on her part though! I remember writing those emails like it was yesterday. It was funny to hear how giddy in love I was (and still am ;) ).
What was your biggest splurge for your wedding day – looking back was it worth it?
Honestly, I’d have to say the video by PF films. We were on the fence about getting a video because we thought the pictures would be enough footage. The pictures are amazing, but they are also still. The video shoots us right back to the day and shows how every little detail played out. I’m obsessed with it and it was totally worth it.
Did you have a “must be filmed moment” – if so what was it?
I hadn’t expressed a ” must be filmed moment”, but I knew I wanted my dad and I walking down the aisle and Matt seeing me for the first time. I also knew I wanted us getting ready in the morning before the ceremony/reception. That was all obviously filmed and it came out amazing! I hadn’t thought about it at the time, but my grandparents and parents are filmed a lot throughout the video. I think this is so special and it’s awesome that I’ll have them on video forever.

Q’s for Matt:

As the guy, did you have any “must haves”?

Not really – maybe having the ceremony in a church – I think that’s the classiest way for Catholics to marry – Other than that – just keeping my bride happy!

How did you know she was the one? Was it a specific moment in time or gradual inkling?

I would have to say gradual inkling – topped off during our 4th of July vacation in 2011 – We were just having so much fun together during different activities and spending time together that i wanted it to continue forever!

What did you have the biggest deciding factor in? (Venue, clothing, dessert? …etc).

I think I helped out a lot in the wedding planning, but I was most concerned with having the reception at a nice venue.  Other than that, once again, whatever made Shannon happy, I was ok with.

Written by: Lauren