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Stefanie & Tomislav

November 26th, 2016


The love story:

Tom and Stefanie met in November 2012, on an online dating app! After just a few dates, they knew that they wanted nothing more than to be together. Flash forward to July 25th, 2015, when Tom asked Stefanie to be his wife in the most incredible New York City proposal. Tom rented out the rooftop of the Marriot Hotel in Battery Park and hired a photographer to capture every moment. There were plenty of rose pedals and ample amounts of champagne, followed by a photoshoot and delicious dinner.  A week later, they were booking our dream wedding at The Estate at Florentine Gardens, and the rest is history!


Details of the day:

“Our wedding day could not have been more perfect,” said bride Stefanie. From start to finish, everything felt like a dream come true.  Stefanie spent the morning getting pampered with her bridesmaids, while Tom got ready at his childhood home, surrounded by friends and family.  It was a beautiful November day when they walked down the aisle at Church of Presentation.  One of their favorite moments was exchanging their vows and walking down the aisle as husband and wife; it was very emotional and quite surreal!  When they arrived at Florentine Gardens after the ceremony, They were greeted by the staff who made the couple and their bridal party feel like royalty. The guests could not stop raving about the exquisite ballroom, abundance of incredible food, and the incomparable level of service.  The Estate at Florentine Gardens was everything they both had envisioned for their wedding day.





The Decor: 

The wedding day theme was timeless elegance, with a touch of bling!  Tom and Stefanie’s flowers and décor consisted of crystals, all-white flowers, and hints of navy blue. They especially loved the mirrored sweetheart table, fit with crystal goblets, dimly lit candles, and elegant rose pedals.  Stefanie’s bouquet was inspired by her mom’s wedding bouquet, white roses and stephanotis set with crystal accents. They chose neutral linens, with a hint of shimmer, to compliment the magnificent ballroom at Florentine Gardens.










Advice for other couples planning a wedding:


Stefanie’s advice to couples planning a wedding, “Your wedding day should be the best day of your life, so do not waste any time being stressed out about the little things!  It is important to enjoy every moment of the day and try to really soak it in.  Remember to stay organized from the very beginning; keep a binder or notebook with deadlines and information and do not wait until the last minute for anything.  Lastly, HAVE FUN and SMILE!”




Additional Details:

Florentine Gardens Event Consultant- Denise Downing

Floral Designer- Amore Weddings, Hawthorne, NJ

Entertainment: Elite Sound Entertainment (DJ) and Sal Travis Entertainment

Favors: Your Own Winery, Riverdale, NJ

Invitations: Smitten Paper Co.

Wedding Gown: Allure Bridals. Sisters Bridal Boutique, Garfield, NJ

Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang, David’s Bridal, Paramus, NJ

Tuxedo: Calvin Klein, Men’s Warehouse

Makeup Artist: Justine Gigante

Hair Stylists: The Parlour, Montvale, NJ

Photographer- Linda Stark, Stark Studios