There’s something totally timeless about Marjorie and Dominick’s New York wedding at Raphael Winery. From their elegant invitations to the bride’s retro glam style, from the groom’s classic tux to the getaway car, if you want a wedding that will be as beautiful today as it will be looking back fifty years from now, then you’re sure to find plenty of inspiration here.
Marjorie and Dominick’s elegant wedding invitations were accented with a gold edge and romantic floral envelope liner.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Make sure to carve out times during the day where you and your spouse can take private moments and just enjoy one another and take everything in.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Just breathe! Try to always remember what this day is truly about and don’t let minute details overshadow that. Take things one at a time and work through them day by day.
Did you include any unique traditions in your wedding? I used a piece of my mom’s wedding dress to wrap around my bouquet.
“Getting married in a church was important for us and for our families. We both loved St. Patrick’s as soon as we saw it because it is so charming and serene. It reminded us of a quaint countryside chapel and fit in perfectly with our rustic vineyard reception. Both the church and our vineyard even had matching terra cotta roofs which transported our minds somewhere far away from Long Island.”
Your ceremony in three words. Religious, but romantic.
How did you go about planning your ceremony? Father Peter and his staff helped guide us through the planning process. The framework of the ceremony was laid out for us but we were able to personalize it with our choices for the readings and the music played. The most important thing to us was exchanging our vows.
What was your ceremony music?
Bridal Party Entrance: Jesu Joy by Bach
Bridal Entrance: Canon in D by Pachelbel
Recessional: Prelude from Te Deum by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
What were your vows like? We chose to use the traditional church vows for our ceremony. To us, they are very powerful words and promises and we really felt drawn to go with the classic and traditional way of exchanging them.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? The ceremony was the most memorable part of the entire day. The entrance was a moment that neither one of us will ever forget – so emotional and memorable. Exchanging vows with each other was another highlight of the ceremony. We really felt like we were the only two people in the world during those moments.
Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? We each chose to have our godmothers do the readings during the ceremony, which was very special to us both.
“Dom and his family love classic cars and we were able to use his dad’s Alpha Romeo as our bride and groom getaway car.”
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Less worrying.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Coming up with a budget without having any clue where to begin is a daunting task. Make a list of must-haves and things that you are okay without. Do some quick research on pricing for vendors, venue and any other items on your list. This will give you a general idea of how much you should budget for the total package. It is also very easy to get carried away with small additions, which start to add up very quickly. Make sure you track everything. This will help in staying within range of your original budget.
“Throughout our relationship we always took trips out to the North Fork wine trail because we loved the area and the environment. Also because we love wine! Our first date was at a wine bar and neither of us knew a single thing about wine or even how to pronounce some of their names, but through the years we’ve developed a love and appreciation for it. Last year we went on a wine tasting in a region just outside of Florence and Raphael reminded us so much of that experience. We felt like we were transported into a Tuscan villa and we wanted our guests to have that same experience. Plus, we loved that they had a sophisticated and elegant dining room and dancing room inside so that our reception wasn’t dependent on the weather.”
How would you describe your reception? Elegant and rustic. One of a kind and unique.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? We both enjoyed sitting down at dinner time and eating, and just looking around the room to take it all in.
First dance: “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake (we had our band slow the song down and sing it as a male/female duet)
Father/daughter dance: “Daddy’s Angel” by T. Carter
Mother/son dance: “93 Million Miles” by Jason Mraz
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Our cake was half chocolate cake with salted caramel frosting, and half almond cake with hazelnut frosting. We also served cookies, pastries, mini pies, cinnamon sugar doughnuts, macarons, fruits, cake pops, etc. We also served meatballs and a play on chicken and waffles during dessert too.
Did you have a signature cocktail? Our signature drink was a pomegranate margarita because of the color, and because it is our go-to drink at our favorite Mexican restaurant.
Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. We loved that our reception was split into two parts: dinner and dancing. We feel that this allowed both us and our guests to truly enjoy and savor each moment. During dinner our guests were able to converse with one another and not be constantly interrupted or pulled away by music and dancing. During the dancing part we were able to totally commit to just having an amazing and fun time, and letting loose.