Like any focused bride, Hillari knew exactly how she wanted her wedding day to be. She had a clear vision - from the attire to the details, the decor to the entertainment and they all came together to create a classic, romantic wedding - a complete reflection of Hillari herself. All of the details of the day provided glimpses into Hillari's personality. Her Modern Trousseau gown overflowing with ruffles, made it clear to anyone that had any doubt, Hillari was a hopeless romantic. Throughout the entire reception were little notes and gifts for her guests, gestures that showed her thoughtful nature and reminded their friends and family just how much they mean to them. Of course, there was one person she had thought of in particular: her groom, Danny. For him, she had a very special detail: a specially made groom's cake in the shape of a plane done by DiMare Pastry Shop. It was a nod to his hobby and especially significant to them as a couple since he had proposed using his airplane (to read that story, click here). But if there was one thing evident throughout the whole day, it was that all the work and planning that went into the wedding were the result of just how much Hillari loves Danny. And when they were on the dance floor together during the reception and Hillari looked around at the room, you could tell she knew the day was even better than she could have ever hoped it would be. Because at the end of the day, Danny was now her husband and the wedding ring on his finger was the very best detail of all.
Like any smart groom, Danny knew that his number one goal that day was to make sure Hillari was happy. And that he did - walking to greet her and take her hand as she walked down the aisle in the church, remarking over and over again about how stunning she looked that day, grabbing and swinging her around on the dance floor throughout the night. He was the vision of the perfect groom, not just because of all the things he was doing, but because of how he was doing them. Every gesture was an honest expression of how he felt. Taking her hand in the church, letting her know that he will be by her side and protect her from now on. Telling her how beautiful she looked - he knew she would, but it was important for him to let her know just how much she wowed him that day, as she does every day. Grabbing her and swinging her around on the dance floor - reminding her that she makes him happier than he has ever been before, free to express his joy and let all his family and friends know that this is the one woman in the world that makes me feel this way.
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We started the day with Hillari and her girl's at her Maid of Honor's house where we were greeted the way we like the best - with the offer of sandwiches and snacks. Hillari already looked gorgeous, having recently returned from Shades of Beauty in Mamaroneck, NY, where her hair and make-up had been done. While she relaxed with her girls for a few minutes, Rob and I spent some quality time with Hillari's fabulous Modern Trousseau gown. We had some company too, Hillari & Danny's videographer Glen from GM Elliott Videography , who didn't even think it was weird we were so excited to photograph her dress. When we headed back inside, we were happy to discover that the flowers had arrived - ivory, green and pink bouquets done by Diane Gaudett. When it came time for Hillari to put her dress on, her bridesmaids and sisters gathered around and helped her into it. It was a sweet moment - with laughter and another detail for Danny, a special pendant she had pinned onto the bottom of her dress.
Before we knew it, it was time to head over to Blessed Sacrament Church in New Rochelle for the ceremony. As usual, we headed out shortly before Hillari and her girls, so we could get set up in the church and introduce ourselves to the officiant. This also gave us the chance to meet up with Danny and his groomsmen. We took our usual places - Rob at the front of the church waiting to capture Hillari's walk down the aisle and me outside the church awaiting Hillari's arrival and walk into the church. After the ceremony, when Hillari and Danny walked out of the church, Danny promptly walked to the curb and hailed a cab to take them over to the The Waveny House for the reception. Of course, it was a special cab - a classic 1950's checkered taxi, one of Danny's special touches in the day.
When we arrived over at the The Waveny House, we were wowed by all the gorgeousness put together by Hillari & Danny's wedding planner, Andrea Martin-Seaman of Event Creations. Andrea and her staff were incredibly attentive all night - making sure Hillari & Danny had everything they needed, and that the room looked meticulous. While the guests were enjoying cocktail hour, we spent some quality time with the happy couple - even getting the chance to grab some shots with Danny flying his plane around the grounds by the Waveny. Soon, the staff from Ciao Catering were all set for the reception to kick off and Hillari and Danny were introduced to some lively music provided by the Charles St. Paul Band from Cliffside Park, NJ. They kept the room rocking all night long, keeping the dance floor packed and party going well into the night. Of course, the sugar high we all had from the insanely packed dessert table (another thoughtful detail from Hillari) probably helped contribute to that as well!
I have to admit, I totally fell in love with Hillari's gorgeous Modern Trousseau gown. We could have easily done a whole session with the dress by itself.
The bouquet done by Diane Gaudett complimented Hillari's gown perfectly - soft, romantic and classic.
We found some amazing window light on the table right next to the chair we used for the flowers, a great spot for Hillari's shoes.
Hillari's bridesmaids gathered around to help her into the dress - not only did they take care of all the buttons, they also made Hillari laugh. Always a good trait in a friend.
The day before the wedding, Danny's mother went to the house where Hillari was getting ready and decorated the banister - a very sweet little touch we wanted to incorporate.
We headed out back behind the house to spend a few minutes with just Hillari. She was totally relaxed and excited to get to the church.
Hillari's cathedral length veil carried through the romantic tone of her attire.
The bridesmaids came out to join us and, of course, made Hillari laugh even more.
Diane Gaudett does amazing work - I was in love with the mix of textures in the bouquets.
Before heading over to the church, we all took to the streets. Thankfully they weren't too busy!
Danny actually said "Wow" outloud when he say Hillari at the end of the aisle. After the ceremony, he said he knew she would look good but she totally blew him away.
Danny walked part of the way down the aisle to greet Hillari and escort her the rest of the way.
I'm always impressed by how priests & officiants can mix a bit of humor into a ceremony - it makes that ceremony that much more enjoyable.
Rob was loving the architecture of the church, showing it off a bit with the shot on the left.
There was a boisterous round of applause when Hillari and Danny went in for their very first kiss as husband and wife...
which continued as they walked down the aisle together.
Following the ceremony, Danny went to the curb and hailed this cab - a beautifully restored yellow checkered cab that would escort them over to The Waveny House.
What's a ride over to your ceremony with a glass of champagne? (One of my favorite moments from our own wedding!)
The Waveny is gorgeous location - historic with lots character and details and a virtual blank space that you can make completely your own.
After a quick stop up in the bridal suite to freshen up, Hillari headed down the dramatic staircase to head out for some photo time.
Of course, we were totally loving using the cab as a backdrop. This is my shot of Hillari and Danny cuddling in front of the car.
And this is Rob's of Hillari channeling her inner model and leaning on the front.
Of course, we had to bring Danny back in because a) he couldn't get enough of being next to his wife and b) it was the fastest way to make Hillari smile.
Rob snapped this shot as Hillari and Danny cuddling once again.
And this was the angle I had of the same moment.
The wedding party came out to join us and continue the love fest we were having with the cab.
We finally pulled ourselves away from the taxi and headed over to the back of the Waveny House to have some more time with just the happy bride & groom.
I think this was one of Danny's favorite moments - he was loving getting to swing Hillari around.
It probably goes without saying that the cake would fit in with all the other details of the day. The ivory cake, decorated with green and pink flowers, was made by DiMare Pastry Shop in Stamford.
While Hillari and Danny spent some time with their guests, we headed in and grabbed shots of the centerpieces by Diane GaudettEvent Creations.
Members of the band, Charles St. Paul Band from Cliffside Park, NJ, entertained the guests during the cocktail hour on the patio of the Waveny.
As the sun started to set, we grabbed a few more shots of Hillari & Danny on the lawn behind the house.
Of course, Danny's model airplane had to make an appearance on their wedding day. He brought it out for the cocktail hour and flew it around while all the guests gathered on the patio and cheered them on.
One of her first very thoughtful wifely actions, Hillari ran out (in heels, no less) to catch Danny's plane as be brought it down for landing.
Hillari and Danny had some impressive dance moves, let's just say there were several dips. As there should be! :)
Danny was completely surprised by Hillari's groom cake - modeled after the plane he used to propose to her. DiMare Pastry Shop did a great job putting it together.
Hillari & Danny, we had a wonderful time with you both - from your engagement session to your wedding day. We really enjoyed getting to know you both and felt honored to capture all the amazing moments of your wedding day. We hope you had an amazing time in California on your honeymoon!