“Elegant, romantic, abundant, spectacular, FUN.” That’s how our lovely, classic bride Victoria summed up her wedding day! Together, she and Nick, her sweet groom, planned a fairy tale wedding at Pleasantdale Chateau whose regal navy and gold color scheme and rich details were straight out of a storybook, as was Penny, the full-lace gown Victoria chose.
To make this gorgeous celebration filled with love and laughter happen, though, Nick had to propose, and his sweet plans were transformed into a charming ask straight out of a classic rom-com!
How did your sweetie propose?
“Nick’s proposal was very intimate and sweet, but also not without some laughs along the way. I was leaving work on a rainy Friday night in December, and had texted Nick to decide what we would be doing for dinner. He told me he had decided to cook that night (not out of the ordinary because he is an amazing cook) and to come to his house.
When I arrived for dinner there were a few indications that this night was going to be “different.” For starters, the house was completely empty, or at least I thought (we were both living at home with our families at the time, so a quiet dinner alone was a rare anomaly) – I’m pretty sure Nick may have bribed his family to leave us alone for a few hours. Secondly, he made me a delicious meal, paired with the “fancy wine” that we only drink on special occasions, and my favorite dessert. I spent the entire dinner feeling anxious for what was going to happen.
So we have dinner… and I’m waiting, and waiting, and waiting…. we finish dinner and he says, “Ok let’s go watch TV” – so we head up to his room for our usual Friday night Netflix binge. At this point, I was thrown off and thought that maybe what I thought was going to happen was not happening that night. In the middle of an episode of “The Office”, Nick starts talking about our relationship, etc, building up to that proposal moment, and right before he is about to pop the question his nephew, Sean, burst through the door of his room and said, “Whatcha guys doing???” Nick “politely” told him to get out, and let out a deep sigh and said, “It was almost perfect….” So he starts over again, leading up to this amazing moment, and right before he’s about to propose for the second time, his sister walked through the door of his room to talk to us. Poor Nick couldn’t catch a break, and I just sat there laughing hysterically with each interruption. At that point, Nick turned and handed me the ring box and said “…here.” In between the laughs and tears Nick asked me to make him the happiest man in the world. I love telling the story of his proposal because the entire experience was just so authentic to our relationship, and our perfectly imperfect life together.”
How did you choose your gown?
“I feel like I was one of those lucky brides that found her dream dress on the very first try. I made an appointment at Exquisite Bride sort of on a whim, just to try a few things on to see if I could narrow down some styles that I liked. Penny was the third dress I tried on, and I just got that overwhelming feeling that this was “the one.” The simplicity of the gown is what makes is so timelessly elegant. The French Alencon lace was so romantic, the cut so flattering to my figure, and the jeweled belt coordinated perfectly with my crystal accented royal blue Badgley Mischka shoes (my something blue!) My consultant paired the dress with the coordinating LAB cathedral veil – and I was in love. I said “yes to the dress” and never looked back!”
Tell me a little about your day! Did you have a theme or style in mind?
“I wanted the wedding to feel romantic and timeless. We got married at the Pleasantdale Chateau, a beautiful forty-acre European style estate in West Orange, New Jersey. The estate is simply breathtaking, with so many unique aesthetic elements lending itself to that true “fairytale” feeling. We went with a very regal color scheme of navy with gold accents. We had acrylic invitations custom designed by Rachel Durante of Durante New York that were housed in a gold and navy brocade fabric box – needless to say, they really set the tone for our event when our guests received them in the mail. Our bridesmaids wore dark royal blue dresses, and the guys wore navy tuxes. Our florals were a beautiful mix of white roses and orchids with some pops of blue and purple tones throughout. The weather that day was simply perfect for our outdoor ceremony overlooking the picturesque grounds of the estate, the food was incredible and plentiful, the entertainment was fabulous, and we were surrounded by everyone that we love. The entire day truly did feel like a magical fairytale. It was definition of absolute perfection.”
What’s your funniest wedding day memory?
“Oh boy, this is a tough one because I feel like we spent the entire day laughing. I have to say though the best memories are of our guests rockin’ out on the dance floor all night. We had the most amazing 14-piece band (The Rhythm Shop) that kept everyone on their feet the entire night. At one point, during “Shout” I looked around and some of our guests were getting so low they were LAYING DOWN on the dance floor! Between that, and everyone’s awesome air guitar moves during “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Nick and I were constantly cracking up as we danced the night away. As a bonus, we have some amazing photographic evidence of these antics to keep us laughing for years to come.”
Three words that best describe your significant other (you or both of you can answer!):
“I describe Nick as “thoughtful, passionate and supportive.”
Nick describes me as “loving, funny and competitive.”
Any advice for future brides/grooms?
“Enjoy the process. At times it can feel stressful and overwhelming, but you need to remember at the end of the day you’re marrying the love of your life and that’s all that truly matters. And most certainly, day-of you need to take a few moments just to sit back and take everything in. The day goes by in a blink of an eye, so absorb as much of that that abundant feeling of love as you can, and carry it with you through your life.”
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“We actually haven’t decided yet! We are both very busy with our careers, and are still settling into the new home we purchased together, so we’re going to take some time before we eventually decide where we would like to jet off to.”
Victoria + Nick’s Pleasantdale Chateau Wedding Vendors
wedding dress: Lea-Ann Belter Penny via Exquisite Bride | photographer/videographer: Gabelli Studio | venue: Pleasantdale Chateau | florals/event design: Debbie’s Designs | invitations: Durante New York | makeup: House of Luciano | hair: Melanie Daisey-Belford | officiant: Beverly Sullivant Ceremonies | entertainment: The Rhythm Shop