I love getting to know my couples and really getting into the nitty gritty of how they met, how they proposed and the special things they share. Melissa and Jerry are my borough couple.
He’s from Queens, she’s from Brooklyn and they decided they wanted an outdoor themed wedding in NYC…now that’s a CHALLENGE! It broke my heart that a year ago they had to cancel their wedding two weeks before the date because Melissa’s father passed away. I lost my father too and immediately felt a connection to her. My first priority was to incorporate Melissa’s father into the service …I didn’t know how but I was hell bent on making it happen. So I started brainstorming with the girls about possible locations and how to personalize their wedding. THEY ARE not the couple you find on top of the cake, THEY ARE hip and cool and slightly edgy. They like vintage cars and steel structures (well New York has a lot of that) hmm…OK!
Well we were so excited; we FINALLY nailed her wedding location. In NYC you practically need a permit to go to the bathroom, and trust me I’m a New Yorker; it can be a lot of red tape getting the perfect location legally locked down. Melissa and Jerry were going to be married with the most beautiful view of all of New York City. Then we got the e-mail about the sink hole… helloooo?! I’m a wedding planner I didn’t even know what a sink hole was and I still don’t but someday I’ll Google it. All I’m thinking about now is plan B. BTW, seriously I had no idea there was a pebble beach in Brooklyn, and I used to be a NYC tour guide. At the end of the day it wasn’t THEIR first choice and it wasn’t their second choice, but it ended up being the PERFECT location for Melissa and Jerry’s wedding. More importantly we got to pay tribute to her father, and I have to admit part of me was thinking about my dad when we let those balloons go. It was a very emotional moment for everyone.
Congratulations, Melissa and Jerry!
Lisa and Ross, what can I say, I LOVE THIS BRIDE! Even though it was her 4th wedding she acted like it was her 1st …good for her! Whether it was selecting her wedding dress, location or flowers, she never made a decision that she didn’t change later. When she finally settled on the right dress (I still loved mine Lisa!!!) the right flowers and a flawless hairstyle, she got it all right. Here’s a new Gino rule: if you are a guest at a wedding, don’t RSVP on Facebook as most brides are too busy to check their page! So when the day finally arrived, Lisa had a big surprise, there were 25 more guests, ugh! I seriously thought that the fire Marshall was going to shut us down, and I think I lost 5lbs worrying about it. This was a wedding with a lot of beautiful moments. I think one of the most touching was when Lisa asked her son Anthony to walk her down the aisle. She might have been married before but Anthony loves and believes in his mom and so do I. Lisa and Ross’s wedding vows were very real, they spoke from their hearts and I don’t think you got to see but everyone got really emotional … even the waiter cried! To me what really makes a wedding intimate is when you can stand there in front of the person you’re going to spend the rest of your life with and all of their guests including that fire Marshall and speak from the heart!
I know Lisa finally found her soul mate; I could feel it …couldn’t you?