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Nicole and AJ :: Married :: Nanina’s in The Park Wedding

April 4, 2018

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Nicole and AJ :: Married :: Nanina’s in The Park Wedding

Winter is technically over but I’m finally catching up to share Nicole and AJ’s Nanina’s in the Park wedding! I know, I know, we don’t want anymore snow or cold weather — but I can’t help but LOVE these NJ winter wedding photos! Nicole wore a beautiful and timeless Liancarlo wedding gown with GORGEOUS embellishments! Her wonderful bridesmaids stood by her in Hayley Paige Occasions gowns in a soft blue and finished their outfits off with some lovely fur shawls!

Nicole and AJ chose to do their first look at Kip’s Castle in Verona, New Jersey. The moment was so sweet – and we got some amazing images of the newlyweds and their bridal party where they were able to say their vows and exchange rings. I could have sworn we saw Manly Bands here but we were mistaken . Did I mention how amazing the sun was that day?! It is was luck that we had a good photographers like somewhere similar to wedding photography Portland, it was exciting to explore the day.

After the first look we headed to Mount Saint Mary Academy for their ceremony. Family and friends came to witness these two recite their vows and it was beautiful.

After the ceremony it was time to party! Nanina’s In The Park did an amazing job decorating their venue for the Holiday season. I can’t help but love working with their venues every year.

Congratulations Nicole and AJ! It was a JOY being a part of your big day!

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I met AJ at work. I was a writer for the Fox News morning show Fox & Friends and AJ was a producer. I remember being introduced to AJ on my first day, thinking he was really cute. Fast forward four years and our friendship finally blossomed into romance. AJ orchestrated the most epic way to propose. He planned what I thought was an ordinary date night in NYC, but it was so much greater than that. He created a video that appeared to be a promotion for DailyMail.com, the company where I work, and rented out one of the largest digital billboards in Times Square – and that’s where the video would play. But he knew getting me there at the right time would be tricky. So he coordinated with my boss, who told me I needed to check out a promotional video on the big screen at a specific time that night, to make sure it ran without any problems. The night of Saturday, May 14, 2016, members from both of our families blended into the crowd at Times Square, waiting for us to show up. We arrived right on cue, and as we gazed up at the giant screen above us, our families moved into place. When it got to the “marry me?” screen, I burst out a scream of excitement as AJ got down on one knee and popped the question. Without hesitation, I said yes!

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AJ and I had been several weddings together so from the moment he proposed I knew immediately what I wanted on our big day. Many of the decisions we made, we made together – and we found out we had very similar taste! He was there supporting me every step of the way which shows a lot about our relationship

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What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme?
AJ and I decided on our wedding date of December 1, 2017 instantly because it fell right in the middle of our favorite time of the year – the holidays! The theme I envisioned was classic, winter elegance. My bridesmaids wore the color cornflower as I loved the light blue shade mixed with the beaded appliques on the back of their dresses. My Liancarlo gown was unlike anything I had seen before and when I tried it on for the first time, I burst into tears as I envisioned myself walking down the aisle. The delicate illusion neckline and Swarovski crystals adorning the front and back were stunning. Our florist Perla & Company installed two tiers of beautiful crystals to hang from the ceiling of our venue, Nanina’s In The Park in Belleville, NJ. It reminded me of icicles and completely transformed the ballroom. Last but not least, all our flowers – white hydrangeas, white nerine lilies, white anemones, ranunculus, dusty miller – complimented and completed my vision.

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We had a traditional Roman Catholic church ceremony but opted for a first look at Kips Castle Park in Verona, NJ. I was so excited to see AJ and could not wait for his reaction to seeing me in my gown. As I walked out of the Rolls Royce and closer to him, I couldn’t help but smile ear to ear. He quickly turned around and in that moment, I felt a calm come over me. All my planning and hard work was complete. I was about to marry the man of my dreams and he looked so handsome.

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The most important decision you make is who you marry. When our children look at our beautiful wedding photos from Vanessa Joy I know they will see the love their parents still have for each other. When I woke up on Friday, December 1, 2017, I could not wait to finally marry their father. It was the the best day of my life. My wish for them is to feel the same way about someone the way I feel about AJ.

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Nanina’s in the Park wedding by Luxury Wedding Photographer, Vanessa Joy
Venue: Nanina’s In The Park // Entertainment: Limelight Entertainment // MUA: Melissa D’Aloia // Video: Rob Adams Films/ Hair: Kelly O’Neil // Floral: Perla & Company // Stationery: Carlson Craft // Limo: Santos VIP Limos // Wedding Gown and Veil: Liancarlo // Bridesmaids Dresses: Hayley Paige Occasions // Wedding Shoes: Stuart Weitzman // Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Dante Zeller Tuxedos By Sarno Ike Beha // Cake: Conca D’Oro Italian Pastry Shop // Jewelry: Elizabeth Johns Couture & Kendra Scott // Favors: Crate & Barrel