Primavera Regency Wedding

Apr 23

Melissa & Frank

portrait of bride and groom inside lobby of Embassy Suites Berkeley Heights NJ with bride on cognac colored leather sofa and groom standing in front of brick wall

Melissa and Frank’s wedding at the Primavera Regency was full of love and laughter – just my kind of day! From our start at the Embassy Suites Berkeley Heights and their incredibly restaurant, The Grain and Cane with it’s rustic brick wall to the super fun grooms gift, everyone had tons of fun! And you MUST read on to see their incredible advice to other soon to be married couples!

I adore this couple – I mean, they are dog lovers, just like me! In fact, that’s how Melissa and I initially connected: she follows me on social media and we all know I post pics of my precious puppy all the time, so we immediately became fast friends. Melissa and Frank are an incredible couple, and their family and friends are exactly like them: super warm and welcoming. I love when I arrive at a couple’s big day and I get the warm fuzzies from everyone!

We started the day at the Embassy Suites Berkeley Heights, which was an amazing location to shoot everyone getting ready, as well as Melissa and Frank’s super “cheeky” booty pinch first look! When we arrived at the Primavera Regency, I immediately fell in love. The chandeliers and ballroom are glamarous. The grounds are perfect for an outdoor ceremony, just like Melissa and Frank’s, and make for stunning photos. Melissa and Frank loved their options for cocktail hour seating – and I have to agree! Plus, the ice sculpture was amazing!.

We had an incredible day and I can’t wait to see Melissa and Frank grow old together! Thank you both, and your family and friends, for allowing me to be there for your big day!


Vendors

Venue: Primavera Regency // Officiant: Rev. Michael Savage // Stationery: Minted // Florals: Petal Pushers // Hair: Katherine Mohammed // Makeup: Michelle Rivera // Bridal Gown: Casablanca // . Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Andres the Tailor // Bridesmaids Gowns: Bill Levkoff // DJ: Supreme Productions // Cinematographer: Electric Love Films // Photobooth: Supreme Productions

brides shoes and accesories displayed around the wedding invitation and jewelery
close up photo of brides round diamond engagement ring with channel set band, grooms black wedding band, and brides diamond eternity wedding band
close up of grooms accessories of brown shoes and white bow tie
brides crystal covered heels positioned in front of brides bouquet of greenery and peach colored flowers
close up of grooms accessories of brown shoes and white bow tie, belt, cufflinks and sunglasses
close up of brides dangling rhinestone earrings on a cream rose
brown grooms sunglasses with boutenierre in background
close up of the brides grandmothers rosary wrapped around the base of her bouquet with a photo of her grandmother next to it on her wedding day
grey tuxedo hanging against a mirror on an art deco wall
brides wedding gown hanging from a personalized hanger in front of window
bride in a white robe sitting on the bed in a light filled hotel room surrounded by her bridal party in coordinating floral silk robes
candid of groomsmen enjoying drinks and having laughs
groom putting on his vest with the assistance of a groomsmen
close up of grooms white patterened bow tie being adjusted by a groomsmen
black and white photo of bride putting in her earring
groom tieing the shoelace of his brown shoe
black and white photo of bridesmaid assisting bride with her shoes
groom buttoning his grey tuxedo jacket
casual photo of groom and groomsmen sitting around hotel room
bride holding her bridal bouquet while standing by a window, surrounded by her bridal party
groom and groomsmen cheersing their Fireball liquor shots before drinking them
bride holding her bridal bouquet while standing by a window, surrounded by her bridal party
overhead shot of groom holding a gift box full of red swedish fish with one green fish "of all the fish in the sea"

How did you two meet and fall in love?

Frank and I met through mutual friends in September 2007 , but I had noticed him about six months earlier when he came in to the restaurant where I worked with his then-girlfriend.  By the time we were introduced, he was single and I was thrilled!  We went on a few dates and it was not long until we were official.  I can’t pinpoint an exact time when I fell in love with Frank.  It was a build up of feelings, an overwhelming sense of joy when we were together and the inability to picture my future without him in it.  For him, he’d probably say, “The first time she helped clean the gaskets or fold the parachute on my funnycar.”  

black and white candid photo of bride and her mom opening a gift, laughing
3/4 shot of groom sitting down when opening the wooden box containing his personalized Leatherman tool
grooms gift of a personalized Leatherman tool
bridal portrait under the veil, smiling and looking up
3/4 shot of bride sitting holding her bridal bouquet at her waist
3/4 shot of bride sitting holding her bridal bouquet at her waist

Was there a theme behind your wedding day? What colors did you choose? What ‘feeling’ were you going for?

We aimed for an overall feeling of romance – soft hues of peach and grey with ivory. Our floral arrangements were unstructured, bouquets were hand-tied and filled with Juliet roses, white anemones and loose greens.

full length formal bridal portrait in front of white patterned wall
portrait of groom in lobby of Embassy Suites Berkely Heights standing in front of painted brick wall and cognac colored leather couch
bride pinching grooms butt during first look
bride and groom laughing with one another during first look
full length photo of ride and groom embracing, holding hands and kissing in front of white patterned wall
full length formal bride and groom portrait in front of white patterned wall
bride and groom embracing with noses together in front of white patterned wall
bride and groom hugging in front of white patterened wall
bride and groom portrait in front of painted tile wall in lobby of Embassy Suites hotel
wide angle photo of bride and bridal party in grey gowns in a casual photo
groom and his groomsmen in grey tuxedos with peach bowties in a formal serious photo in the lobby of the Embassy Suites in Berkeley Heights
full length photo of bride and bridal party in grey gowns in formal photo
close up shot of bride holding bridal bouquet of greens and peach and ivory florals
3/4 shot of bridesmaid in grey gown holding bridesmaid bouquet of greens and peach flowers
candid shot of groom in grey tuxedo with a few of his groomsmen in grey tuxedos with peach ties around him
formal wedding party photo inside hotel lobby in front of white patterned wall
informal fun wedding party photo with bridal party on brides side, groomsmen on grooms side while bride and groom kiss
informal fun wedding party photo
bride and groom on aisle of outdoor ceremony location holding hands looking back at the camera
photo of bride and groom from behind with bride looking back over her right shoulder
Bride and groom on aisle of oudoor ceremony location from back, kissing while holding the bouquet in the air
bride and groom outdoors from the back, rubbing noses
Bride and groom on aisle of oudoor ceremony location from back, with bride squeezing the grooms butt while looking back smiling
bride and groom portrait outdoors, kissing each other while holding bouquet
bride and groom with groom wrapped around his bride
focus on brides hands wrapped around the groom
bride kissing groom on cheek
formal bride and groom portrait outdoors
bride and groom portrait kissing with bouquet in the air
ceremony sign telling people where to sit
wide angle shot of ceremony location of white chairs, white pergola decorated in white fabric with greenery and peach florals in top left corner of perola and right column
ceremony table of wine box, bible, roses and unity candle
ceremony pergola details of greenery and peach florals
engraved wine box on ceremony table
details of ceremony table including prayer book and wine box
ceremony pergola details of greenery and peach florals
unity candle

bride being walked down the aisle by her mother
wide angle of bride and groom during ceremony with members of the wedding party on either side, under a fabric draped white pergola with the top left decorated with greenery and blush florals
wide angle of bride and groom during ceremony with members of the wedding party on either side, under a fabric draped white pergola with the top left decorated with greenery and blush florals
a reading by an older family member during the ceremony with bride and groom on right and bridal party on left

What was your favorite memory from your wedding day?

Our wedding day went by unbelievably fast, but a few moments stand out.   My favorite and most meaningful memory was when Frank and I were standing at the alter, my hands in his, a few moments before we were pronounced husband and wife.  I subtly traced the words, “I LOVE YOU,” in his palm with my index finger.  He then gave me a reassuring wink and squeezed my hands tighter.  Although we were surrounded by family and friends, it felt like we were the only people there.

the bride and groom share their first kiss as mr and mrs
the new mr and mrs walking down the aisle
welcome to the wedding sign on mirror
vegetable display during cocktail hour
ice sculpture of kissing doves on a heart with pink uplighting
food displays during cocktail hour of grilled veggies and deviled eggs

What was most important to you when planning your wedding?

Being present at cocktail hour. This may sounds silly, but it was most important because it allowed us to thank our guests for coming, enjoy a few bites of food and relax with a drink before the evening reception started.

guest place cards on a side table in front of a mirror decorated with candles and greenery
guest book instructions to sign on a grill
guest book on a mirror on a grill
wide angle photo of chandelier hanging from ceiling in reception at the Primavera Regency
low floral arrangement of various greenery with sporadic spring colored peonie and rose flowers
bud vases with small blush and white florals
fireplace mantle decorated with Mr and Mrs sign and candles
bud vases with small blush and white florals
chocolate bonbon favor in focus on table
bride and groom chairs with signs
bud vases with small blush and white florals in focus with ballroom in background
sweetheart table with greenery in front of fireplace mantle
wide angle of ballroom with tables in white linens and gold chivari chairs

What made you choose your specific venue for your wedding day?

Primavera Regency assisted us in carrying out our “theme goal” through to fruition. Their manicured gardens and elegant gazebo radiated a feeling of seclusion and intimacy.  Sufficient seating in cocktail hour was another “must-have” on our venue list.  Who wants to be stuck standing with a drink in one hand, plate of delicious appetizers in the other and no where to go?  Primavera had bistro seating and high-top tables throughout their cocktail rooms, so everyone was able to enjoy their food.  Their newly-renovated ballroom hit it out of the park for us.

bride and groom making their grand entrance into their reception
black and white photo of bride and groom dancing in fog
wide angle black and white photo of bride and groom dancing in fog
close up black and white photo of bride dancing with her mother
black and white photo of bride dancing with her mom
black and white full length photo of groom dancing with his mom
black and white photo of father of bride dancing with her
maid of honor giving her speech while bride looks on, gasping
bride and groom laughing while sitting at the sweetheart table
best man giving his speech
the mothers dancing during the reception
bride dancing with her mom during the reception
member of the bridal party in a grey gown dancing during the reception
man in green teal shirt singing his heart out during reception for the videographer
bride getting low during reception
bride and groom formal cake cutting photo with four tier semi nude cake with blush florals

What piece of advice would you give to future couples planning their big day?

Two key pieces of advice for future couples – Accept the help.  Controlling every aspect of your wedding is nearly impossible and will quickly lead to an unpleasant, stressed-out Bride-to-be.  Delegate tasks with specific instruction.  If you know someone is a natural crafter or has a knack for organization, allow them to assist accordingly.  Allowing my detail-oriented, sister-in-law to coordinate and decorate our rehearsal dinner space was a no-brainer.  Secondly, ask yourself – Will anyone actually notice?  Pay close attention to the things people remember – good music (ultimately leading to a packed dance floor), delicious cuisine and whether or not a good time was had by all. No one will notice that you opted out of centerpiece upgrades.  Stick with the necessities for a great party.    After all, your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration.  

bride smashing cake on grooms face during cutting of the cake
bride and groom kissing under smoke bomb tunnel of the wedding party
bride and groom outside in a stone gazebo at the Primavera Regency with pink uplighting in the background

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