Name:Danielle + Lev
Ceremony: St. John's Ukrainian Catholic Church Whippany New Jersey
Reception: Olde Mill Inn Wedding Basking Ridge New Jersey
Tuxedo: Cozy Formalwear
Hair: Tammy (Melissa D'Aloia's Hair Partner)
Makup: Melissa D'Aloia
Entertainment: Ariel Music and Events
Limos: NJ Limobus & Limousine
Florist: Bella Fiori Floral & Event Design
New Jersey Wedding Photographers: Caroline Rizzo and Patrick Cox
Tell us about the bride Where you grew up went to school, where you work.
Danielle grew up in Randolph, NJ and went to public school from Kindergarten through 8th grade. She decided to switch things up for high school and went to Morris Catholic HS in Denville, NJ, where she met Lev! She went to Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA and dual majored in Psychology and Media & Communications.
Now, she works at Coyne PR in Parsippany, NJ as a publicist representing clients in the Beauty, Fashion & Wedding industries.
Tell us about the Groom Where you grew up went to school, where you work.
Lev grew up in Randolph, NJ (only three minutes away from Danielle!). He went to Catholic school through 8th grade and ended up in the same Freshman class at Morris Catholic High School with Danielle! He attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT and majored in Marketing.
He now works as a digital strategist in SEO at 360i in New York City.
Tell us how you first met? Who what when where why? Give us the dirty Details.
Rewind the clock back 12 years… Danielle and Lev were two kids barely two years into their teenage hood, embarking on the first few days of high school. And they were stuck together for each class. Every day. Lev wasn’t much a fan of Danielle's, because she was a little too much of a “goody two-shoes” for him. Yet, even as she did her history homework in last period study hall, while he nonchalantly played with his then-trendy Palm Pilot, she wanted to be his friend and make him like her. As she did most people.
Danielle and Lev went to several homecoming dances together and even Junior prom, before he pseudo asked her out on March 25th 2006. The setting was their Spring Fling dance during Senior year; the magical ambiance: a dimly lit room that, by day, was their cafeteria and by nightfall a makeshift dance floor. As they slow danced like all awkward teens do, Lev leaned in and said “so, umm, would you ever go out with me?” Days later, Danielle asked him if “going out” meant she could decorate her AIM profile with the iconic he-asked-me-out date, and their initials enclosed in a
When did you know he/she was the one? Was there something he/she did?,etc.
I (Danielle) knew he was the one when he surprise visited me at Muhlenberg during our first semester of Freshman year. He showed up with my favorite things - including a carton of Pina Colada ice cream :)
I (Lev) knew she was the one when she fell asleep on my shoulder on the bus ride home from a field trip we took in the Spring of our senior year of high school.
Tell us about the proposal. (Did you see it coming, how long was it in the planning?, how did you feel? nervous, excited, freaking out?)
On September 22nd 2012 – 9-22-2012 – the bride and groom went back to Danielle's college for Homecoming Weekend. Lev endured an entire day of being bombarded by Danielle's old college besties asking when they'd get engaged. He kept her gorgeous ‘princess cut’ diamond in his FLANEL long-sleeved shirt pocket while she was sweltering in a lightweight sundress. Upon every urging she made for him to take off his “stupid” unseasonal shirt, he dismissed it and powered on. He met her professors, spent a LOVELY dinner with her sorority sisters. And hours later, when they had retired back to their hotel room, with a bottle of Riesling and Top Chef in the background, he finally got to ask her the question she'd wanted to hear for 6.5 years at the time. She said YES. And that was just the beginning to their forever.
Tell us the one thing you love most about each other.
I (Danielle) love that Lev loves me for everything that I am. I'm emotional, I'm kind, I'm obsessive compulsive, I'm high-maintenance. No matter what, he loves me unconditionally.
I (Lev) love that Danielle wears her heart on her sleeve. She makes it so easy to love her, because she puts all of her effort into everything she does - whether that's work, relationships or having fun. She's the most genuine person I know.
Besides getting married -What is the one thing you are looking forward to on your wedding day?
Our wedding cake! Red velvet with Cannoli filling. And dancing the night away!
What is your favorite trend for weddings right now?
Personalization. Nothing about our wedding will be cookie cutter. It'll have our names written all over it!
I think one of the cutest trends I've seen to date are the personalized treat bars that couples are having at the reception. Whether it's a make-your-own cocktail, a make-your-own caramel apple or bag of popcorn (sweet or salty)!
What inspired your decor or theme?
The idea of a fairy tale... all grown up. I think whimsy really gets at that.
Lots of soft pinks, rich gold metallics and flourished fonts. I (Danielle) really love Lauren Conrad, and all that she does inspires my choices. Cute, feminine and sophisticated.
What is one thing you wish you would have known earlier in regards to planning?
Not to underestimate the small details. They make a BIG impact.
Why did you pick your Wedding Venue, What Attracted you.
It was the first venue we saw, and the one that epitomized our relationship the most. We fell in love with the Olde Mill at first sight. It's sweet, and quaint. Beautiful and charming.
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