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The Wedding Guide

The Wedding Guide

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The Wedding Guide

a rivertown look at all things weddings + special celebrations

Ring shots are a staple at every wedding. When I started it, was always done in someone’s palm, or on the fingers of the bride and groom. We quickly became bored with that. Nothing a little pyrotechnics can’t fix!  
This was shot with a leftover sparkler from  
the bride and groom send-off at the end of  
the wedding.
Saying “yes” is just the beginning.

Once the heart is moved, the brain has to get busy—dreaming things up, planning them out, then changing them all around until they’re perfect. You can’t do it alone! Organizing your dreams into one big day takes a team. To make your job easier, we’ve asked some regional experts to share their wedding wisdom with you.

THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

My toughest catering gig was a wedding during a hurricane. No power, everything was going wrong, but I knew I couldn’t tell the bride that we would have to cancel. So I worked with a generator in the kitchen, and sent the staff out to buy as many candles as they could find to light the tables. Once we got it set, the room was so romantic—candelabras everywhere. Everyone embraced the moment and enjoyed themselves. Then, just as we served dessert, the lights came back on, and everyone cheered and toasted!

Anthony Accomando
Halo & Horns Catering

THE HEART OF THE HEART.

The photographic process has historically been about finding the right light, and setting best composition. My process includes allowing the organic interaction to lead the camera to the unspoken narrative from the heart of the heart–the story as it unfolds and the spaces between. Choosing the iconic Garner Arts Center as the location for this bride and family shoot set the tone for the coming festivities. Carried out over two days that included two ceremonies, the event was a celebration of traditions both old and new, and the potent act of choosing each other—everyday.

Nina Skowronski
Photographer

Semi-Naked Summertime Cakes
Tiered semi-naked cakes with fresh flowers and a custom topper by The Cake Fairy in Harrington Park.

The Cake Fairy, LLC. 
88 La Roche Ave, Harrington Park, NJ 
(201) 660-7897 
Thecakefairyllc.com 

The Cake Fairy is an appointment-only cake purveyor whose specialty delivers the sweet magic of three-dimensional fondant characters and sculpted wedding cakes. They are known best for taking the difficulty out of planning big events. Whether you’re planning classic confections for your big day or require a more specialized dessert, The Cake Fairy delivers.

Kelli Teglas Events 
Tri-State Area 
(201) 321-7022 
kellieteglasevents.com 

LCR Events 
1 Red Oak Trail, Cortlandt, NY 
(914) 646-4514 
Lcrevents.com

Lovely Event Planner
New York & Connecticut 
(718) 730-4984 
lovelyplanning.com

Chére Rosalie
Westchester & Hudson Valley 
(845) 458-1187 
Chererosalie.com

Small Shindigs
NY, NJ, Hudson Valley, Catskills 
(973) 943-6884 
smallshindigs.com

BV’s Grill 
400 High Ave, Nyack, NY 
(845) 675-8740 
Bvsgrillny.com

Five Alarm Pizza Company
Westchester | Bergen | Dutchess 
(914) 825-8950 
5alarmpizzacompany.com

Halo & Horns Catering
Sparkill, NY 
(845) 825-8950 
Haloandhorns.com

Hand Crafted Catering & Events
25 Drake Ave, New Rochelle, NY 
(646) 392-7417 
Handcraftednyc.com

Nisa Lee Events
129 Wolfs Lane, Village of Pelham, NY 
(914) 552-5258 
nisalee.com

My Savory Gourmet
Rye, NY 
(914) 912-1737 
Mysavorygourmet.com

Purdy’s Farmer & The Fish
100 Titicus Rd, North Salem, NY 
(914) 617-8380 
farmerandthefish.com

Town and Country Caterers 
922 Route 9W, Congers, NY 
(845) 268-9291 
Website

The Cake Fairy, LLC. 
88 La Roche Ave, Harrington Park, NJ 
(201) 660-7897 
Thecakefairyllc.com 

Carousel Cakes 
5 Seeger Dr, Nanuet, NY 
(845) 627-2323 
Carouselcakes.com 

Nyack Sweets
Nyack, NY
(347) 267-6675
lisa@nyacksweets.com
Nyacksweets.com

Sweet Grace, Cake Design
312 St. Nicholas Ave, Haworth, NJ
sweetgrace.net

Christopher Kelly Studios
Tri-State Area
(845) 300-1057
chriskellystudios.com

Dreamlife Wedding Photo & Video
216 East 39th St, New York, NY
(917) 388-2835
Dreamlifewedding.com

Jean-Pierre Photography
Garnerville, NY
(347) 444-0697
Jeanpierrecreates.com

Joanne Giannetti Photography
651 Main Street, Sparkill, New York 10970
(845) 680-8888
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Lush Photography
187 North Frank Street, Nyack, NY
(845) 358-7986
Lushphotography.com

Nina Skowronski Photography
Tri-State Area
(201) 259-4216
Ninaskow.com

Ricky Restiano Photography
Tri-State & On-Location
(914) 961-1650
Rickyrestiano.com

Samantha Finch Photography
Tri-State Area
(845) 492-7739
Website

Diego Stuart Films 
New York & Worldwide 
(954) 865-7170 
diegostuartfilms.com 

Infinity Frames 
NY, NJ, CT 
(914) 233-4641 
infinityframes.co

Secret Fire Media
Greater Hudson Valley 
(845) 240-8627 
secretfiremedia.com

Angela Civale Abate
Photo by Tom Harmon

Amaryllis Event Décor 
35 Industrial Pkwy, Northvale, NJ 
(201) 914-3969
Amaryllisdecorators.com

Amaryllis Event Décor is the recipient of numerous high-ranking industry awards. With over 25 years of experience, Amaryllis Event Décor is considered a leader in event and wedding planning. They have the industry knowledge and experience to make each event magical and unique. This team of professionals will work tirelessly to turn your vision into a reality.

One Heart Ceremonies 
Tri-State Area 
(845) 354-2157 
Oneheartceremonies.com

One Heart Personalized Ceremonies creates beautiful and memorable customized wedding ceremonies for couples in New Jersey, New York City, Long Island, and beyond! Each wedding ceremony is carefully planned around religious or non-religious beliefs, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as well as personality and preferences. One Heart Ceremonies designs the
ultimate ceremony to reflect the very special qualities of each and every couple.

Amaryllis Event Décor 
35 Industrial Pkwy, Northvale, NJ 
(201) 914-3969
Amaryllisdecorators.com

Heart and Soil 
4 Clark St, Newburgh, NY 12550 
(909) 224-8238 
heartandsoilflowers.com

Ned Kelly & Co 
456 Piermont Ave, Piermont, NY 
(845) 359-4480 
nedkellyandco.com
 
Norwood Florist
1313, 55 Oak St Suite B, Norwood, NJ 
(201) 224-3227 
norwoodfloristnj.com

West Nyack Florist
726 W Nyack Rd, West Nyack, NY 
(888) 353-2203 
westnyackflowers.com

Angela Civale Abate 
Westchester & On-Location 
(914) 879-4161 
Angelamakemeup.com

Ashley Lauren Beauty Lounge
Westchester, NYC, NJ, CT 
(914) 361-1265 
Ashleylaurenbeauty.com

Euphoria Hair Gallery
740 W. Nyack Rd, West Nyack, NY 
(845) 512-8961 
Euphoriahairgallery.com

JKFlashy Makeup Service, Inc. 
Tri-State, NY, NJ, CT, World Wide 
(914) 630-7970 
Jkflashy.com

Maureen’s Hair Studio 
646 Main St, Sparkill, NY 
(845) 365-3257 
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SKC Beauty 
200 East Eckerson Rd, Suite 280 
New City, NY 
(914) 980-4701 
skcbeauty.com

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Bari Braun Wedding Officiant
NY & NJ 
(201) 693-2156 
Baribraun.com

Pastor Stephen Francis
NY, CT & NJ 
(860) 416-6192 
Valleyny.cc

Rabbi Linda Portnoy Goldberg
White Plains, NY 
(914) 479-9716 
Rabbilinda.com

One Heart Ceremonies
Tri-State Area 
(845) 354-2157 
Oneheartceremonies.com

Our Wedding Officiant
300 W 23rd St, New York, NY 
(917) 523-1438 
Ourweddingofficiantnyc.com

Letitia’s Bridal 
730 Route 304, New City, NY 
(845) 425-3330 
Letitasonline.com

The experienced team at Letitia’s believes that every special occasion is as unique as you! Letitia’s exquisite collection of gowns features a wide array of sizes and price points. The expert seamstresses can customize any gown to meet your individual needs. Call to book your appointment at Letitia’s where “It’s all about YOU!”

Aleana’s Bridal Shop 
852 NJ-17, Paramus, NJ 
(201) 444-1500 
Aleanasbridal.com

Alluring Brides
35 S Middletown Rd, Nanuet, NY 
(845) 507-0289 
Alluringbridesofny.com

Letitia’s Bridal 
730 Route 304, New City, NY 
(845) 425-3330 
Letitasonline.com 

Rana Bridal 
485 Slyvan Ave, #1, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 
(201) 503-9611 
Ranabridal.com 

Falkirk Estate & Country Club, Photo by Ricky Restiano

Falkirk Estate & Country Club 
206 Smith Clove Rd, Central Valley, NY 
(845) 928-8060 
Falkirkestate.com

Breathtaking Ramapo Mountain views and world-class service set the backdrop for your wedding at Falkirk Estate. This boutique style venue hosts only one wedding at a time, so your ceremony and reception are private to you and your guests. With its lush landscaping, waterfalls, and elegant ballroom, Falkirk Estate is an extraordinary venue for your wedding or special celebration.

DoubleTree by Hilton
DoubleTree by Hilton

DoubleTree by Hilton
425 E. Route 59 Nanuet, NY 
(845) 623-6000 
Hilton.com/doubletree 

Create your perfect wedding day at this Nanuet, NY hotel with beautiful grounds and customizable services. Doubletree by Hilton brings flair, elegance, creativity, and exclusivity to every wedding affair; they book only one wedding at a time. The experienced Doubletree team executes events impeccably to ensure that your celebration is a wonderful memory for a lifetime.

The Nyack Seaport
21 Burd St, Nyack, NY 
(845) 353-3200 
Nyackseaport.com 

With reception rooms that offer sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Mario Cuomo (Tappan Zee) Bridge, outstanding customer service, and custom-created menus, Nyack Seaport will build your dream wedding. They book one event at a time so that the professional and courteous staff can assist you with all your event needs—from food, to flowers, to entertainment.

The Nyack Seaport, Photo by Nina Skowronski
The Nyack Seaport, Photo by Nina Skowronski

14 & Hudson
457 Piermont Ave, Piermont, NY 
(845) 680-0014 
14andhudson.com

Abigail Kirsch
at Tappan Hill Mansion 
81 Highland Ave, Tarrytown, NY  
(914) 631-3030 
Abigailkirsch.com

Bear Mountain Inn
99 Service Rd, Tomkins Cove, NY  
(845) 786-2731 
Visitbearmountain.com

Blue Hill at Stone Barns
630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY  
(914) 366-9600 
Bluehillfarm.com

Boscobel House & Gardens
1601 NY-9D, Garrison, NY 
(845) 265-3638 
Boscobel.org

DoubleTree by Hilton
425 E. Route 59 Nanuet, NY 
(845) 623-6000 
Hilton.com/doubletree

Falkirk Estate & Country Club
206 Smith Clove Road Cental Valley, NY 
(845) 928-8060 
Falkirkestate.com

Lyndhurst Castle
635 S Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 
(914) 631-4481 
Lyndhurst.org

Maritime Parc
84 Audrey Zapp Dr, Jersey City, NJ 
(201) 413-0050 
Maritimeparc.com

New York Country Club
103 Brick Church Rd, Spring Valley, NY  
(845) 362-5800 
Nycountryclub.com

The Nyack Seaport 
21 Burd St, Nyack, NY 
(845) 353-3200 
Nyackseaport.com

The Old Tappan Manor
137 Orangeburgh Rd, Old Tappan, NJ 
(201) 768-3292 
Oldtappanmanor.com

Paramount Country Club
60 Zukor Rd, New City, NY 
(845) 634-4626 
Paramountcountryclub.com

Rockland Country Club
380 Rte 9W, Sparkill, NY  
(845) 359-3440 
Rocklandcountryclub.org

The Rockleigh
26 Paris Ave, Rockleigh NJ 
(201) 768-7171 
Therockleigh.net

Tarrytown House Estate
on the Hudson 
49 E Sunnyside Ln, Tarrytown, NY  
(914) 591-8200 
Tarrytownhouseestate.com

Terrace on the Hudson
 21 S, Rte 9W, Haverstraw, NY 
(845) 271-4932 
Terrace-on-the-hudson.com

The Time Nyack Hotel
400 High Avenue Nyack, NY 
(845) 675-8700 
thetimehotels.com

The View on the Hudson
101 Shad Row, Piermont, NY  
(845) 365-0009 
Theviewonthehudson.com

Valley Rock Inn
27 Mill St, Sloatsburg, NY   
(845) 618-9123  
valleyrockinn.com

Around Town Entertainment
New York & Metro Area 
(917) 679-8636 
Aroundtownent.com

Cafe Wha? Band
115 McDougal St, New York, NY 
(212) 254-3706 
Cafewhaweddings.com

Doug Winters Music
Tri-State Area 
(914) 588-7286 
Dougwintersmusic.com

The Glorious Unknown 
MA, CT, RI, NH, VT, ME, NY 
(413) 848-4002 
Tguband.com

Live Music Pros
NY, NJ, CT & Beyond 
(800) 249-6874 
livemusicpros.com

Big Apple Entertainment
68 Purchase St, 3rd Floor, Rye, NY 
(914) 833-0001 
Bigappleent.com

Jimmy Dee Entertainment
402 Claremont Ave, Thornwood, NY 
(914) 428-9231 
Jimmydee.com

Music Masters
Tri-State Area 
(877) 879-6874 
Trymusicmasters.com

Total DJ Entertainment Group
Tri-State Area 
(845) 628-2800
Totaldjny.com

Twin Sounds Entertainment
West Nyack NY 
(845) 535-9088 
Twinsoundsentertainment.com

The Artist’s Palette
52 Omni Ct, New City, NY 
(845) 721-9529 
Theartistspallete.net

Creating custom invitation designs throughout the tri-state area, the Artist’s Palette, is dedicated to providing a wide variety of tailored-made items for smaller intimate events to the grand.  Well-known for their attention to detail and making the experience of planning any event an easeful one.

The Artist’s Palette
52 Omni Ct, New City, NY 
(845) 721-9529 
Theartistspallete.net

Katie Fisher Design
12 E 49th St, Floor 11, NY 
(212) 390-8385 
Katiefischerdesign.com

Rockland County Invitations
45 Delongis Ct, Sparkill, NY 
(845) 398-1605 
Rocklandcountyinviations.com

RSVP to Me Invitations 
625 Franklin Tpk, Allendale, NJ 
(201) 825-7787 
rsvp-to-me.com

Barry’s Estate Jewelry
295 NY-304 Bardonia, NY 
(845) 624-7100 
Barrysestatejewelry.com

Bourghol Brothers Jewelers
73 Lake Rd, Congers, NY 
(845) 268-9752 
Bourgholbrosjewelers.com

Callahan Jewelers
220 Closter Dock Rd, Closter, NJ 
(201) 768-6136 
Callahanjewelersdiamondrings.com

Mamari Jewelers
35 S Middletown Rd, Nanuet, NY 
(845) 624-3159 
Mamarijewelers.com

Somos Desginer Jewelry
78 S Broadway, Nyack, NY 
(845) 348-0800 
somosjewelers.com

Blissful Spa of Nyack
198 Main St #2, Nyack, NY 
(845) 353-6439 
blissfulnyack.com

Castle Hotel & Spa
400 Benedict Ave, Tarrytown, NY 
(914) 524-6392 
Castlehotelandspa.com

Cloud 9 Skin Wellness Spa
7 W Central Ave, Pearl River, NY 
(845) 641-1025 
Cloud9skinspa.com

Iris Makeup and Spa
2071 Lemoine Ave #303, Fort Lee, NJ 
(201) 313-7200 
Irisnj.com

Lazur La Vie Laser Spa
267 A Main St, Nyack, NY 
(845) 623-6140 
Lazurlavie.com

Mani & Pedi
490 Piermont Ave, Piermont, NY
(845) 848-2219
Mani-and-pedi.hub.biz

Rockland Med Spa
2 Medical Park Drive #4 West Nyack, NY
(845) 358-8878
Rocklandmedspa.com

SoJo Spa Club
660 River Road Edgewater, NJ
(201) 313-7200
Sojospaclub.com

Spa J
207 Livingston St, Northvale, NJ
(201) 768-6666
Spa-j.com

Spavia Day Spa
379 NJ-17 S, Ridgewood, NJ
(201) 639-2288
Spaviadayspa.com

Magic 2 Go Travel Services 
(201) 768-2417 
Magic2gotravel.com

Let Magic 2 Go Travel work their expertise when you are imagining your dream honeymoon, saving you both time and money. In addition to perks and personalized touches, your agent handles every aspect of your vacation—airline tickets, lodging, ground transportation, activities, tours, and more. And if things go awry, the Magic 2 Go Travel team will do the work for you.

Advanced Limousine Service 
294 Harrington Ave, Closter, NJ 
(201) 768-7900 
Advancedcarservice.net 

For more than a decade, Advanced Car Service in Bergen County, NJ has provided dependable and affordable transportation solutions–(use em dash)offering clean late model cars, driven by an experienced and friendly local driving team as a staple of its services. Count on them for your limousine, party bus, and taxi cab needs.

Advanced Limousine Service
294 Harrington Ave, Closter, NJ 
(201) 768-7900 
Advancedcarservice.net

GK Limousine Service
15 Bell Ln, Tappan, NY 
(845) 422-7683 
Gklimioservice.net

Moonlight Limo & Party Bus
250 Pehle Ave, Saddle Brook, NY 
(201) 254-0126 
moonlight-limo.net

Liberty Travel
52 E Route 59, Nanuet, NY 
(845) 623-8027 
Libertytravel.com

Magic 2 Go Travel Services
(201) 768-2417 
Magic2gotravel.com

WAC Travel – Italy & Greece
70 S Broadway, Nyack, NY 
(845) 535-1300 
italygreece.com

YOUR DAY

Family and friends can be a big voice, but this is the day about you. You only get to do it once, so enjoy the journey as well as the destination. Also, remember that your guests will have a great time even if you didn’t have time to order those Jordon almonds for their table.

DOMINIQUE BORZOMATI
Battello, Jersey City

THE BEST LAID PLANS

What I often tell clients when we first speak is that you don’t need to hire a planner. Anyone can plan their own wedding. But, it’s great if you have room for one in your budget. Many couples don’t realize how many last-minute details must be coordinated between vendors, family, friends, and guests. This is the job of a wedding planner.

LAUREN STANCO
Wedding Planner
LCR events, Cortlandt Manor

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