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The Park Savoy Estate Wedding – Gabrielle & Joseph

“I met my husband our freshman year of college. My roommate went to high school with him. He also happened to be in my major. We had the same physics class. I had asked him to be my physics partner. The rest is history.”

When it came to Gabrielle and Joseph’s proposal, she said, “Joey knew I wanted to be proposed to on vacation. We had first told each other we loved each other on a beach. I loved to travel. After about 6 years of dating, we went on our first vacation together alone to the Caribbean. We flew into Puerto Rico and spent a few days there prior to boarding the boat. The first day I was so excited for my husband to see the ship as it was his first cruise. I also couldn’t wait to show him the sunset as I love seeing the sunset on the ocean. Originally he was planning on proposing the second day on the cruise because it was the “fancy night” but my mention of the sunset changed his mind. Also, this would allow me to tell my family before we left port. He had the idea of having someone videotape the entire proposal. The problem was once we went to see the sunset, everyone he asked to “take a picture” didn’t speak English so he couldn’t explain what he actually wanted. After many failed attempts, I told him to stop asking and just enjoy the moment (I was clueless). However, he persisted and did find someone that spoke English. At this time the sun had set however the whole city of San Juan was lit up when he got down on one knee. We spent the remainder of our engagement cruise enjoying every moment.”

“I always wanted a December wedding. Christmas is my favorite holiday and wanted a nod to Christmas without being over the top. I loved the idea of red and gray as my colors. My bridesmaids wore red and my junior bridesmaids were in gray. The guys were in a dark gray tux. My decor was minimal as the venue we got married in spoke for itself. It was an estate and they decorated for Christmas with trees and wreaths throughout. My tables had poinsettias in red and white with cream linens. We were also very lucky with beautiful real Christmas trees that a bride set up the day before. We invited 260 guests to the wedding. 230 guests attended on the big day. We had about a $30,000 budget. We did have DIY projects that we completed. My one aunt made a stocking that served as my wedding card holder. Another aunt made my kissing balls that my junior bridesmaids carried. My cousin made myself and my bridesmaids muffs to carry down the aisle as well as my Belle cape.”

“The wedding day was everything I dreamed of. I always wanted snow on my wedding day. I hoped for pictures in the snow and it was also a week before Christmas. When I awoke on the wedding day, I was blessed with snow. I thank my late grandpa and my husband’s late father for that because they knew how much that meant to me. All my vendors showed up on time despite the weather. The only hiccup was that the limo was an hour late picking up myself and my parents due to the road conditions. Our priest was amazing and kept our guests entertained. I got my dream pictures in the snow which came out beautifully. The food and the music were amazing. We both got so many compliments. This day was everything we dreamed of and more.”

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Photographer: George Street Photo & Video // Venue: The Park Savoy Estate // Dress: Justin Alexander Signature Collection // Hair & Makeup: Amazing Face Hair and Makeup // Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo // Music: Colorblind Productions // Cake: Palmeros Bakery // Catering: The Park Savoy Estate // Flowers: Flowers by Susan Marie // Rings: Forever Ideal // Tuxes: Vera Wang // Shoes: I.N.C

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