How did the two of you meet? We met through Michelle’s brother Tom. John was one of his good friends.
What happened the day he proposed? How did he do it? The day John proposed we were on our way back from a Washington Redskins football game. We went to Michelle’s parents house for family dinner when John’s parents came to the door. Michelle turned to go get her mother (not knowing that John was on one knee to the left of her). So, John had to propose “twice”!
What were the main influences behind the style of your wedding, it’s location and your venue choice for your big day? The style of our wedding was simple and classic. We wanted a lot of white with hints of gold. We chose Twin Ponds because John is a golf pro and Michelle liked the venue inside and outside.
How did you approach wedding planning? did you use any computer systems, apps or social media? Michelle relied on her wedding planner as well as her mother, sister, bridesmaids, and mother-in-law for help planning and making decisions.
What made you decide to hire a videographer? I wanted to remember the day, since it goes by too fast.
Did you have any surprises for each other, or for your guests on your wedding day? A surprise on our wedding day was when the electricity went out in New Hartford for a few hours! Otherwise, Michelle surprised John with football tickets and John surprised Michelle with dinner in Disney World.
What would your top tips be for somebody planning their wedding? Don’t let anyone talk you out of something that is important to you as a couple.
What were your favorite parts of your wedding day (or perhaps most memorable)? Dancing 🙂 (because John actually participated)
Wedding ceremony venue – Saint John the Evangelist Church
Wedding reception venue – Twin Ponds Golf and Country Club
Wedding planner – Danielle Pedula, Bella’s Event Planning
Catering – Twin Ponds Golf and Country Club
Photographer – Frank Forte
Wedding dress – PhiaJames Wedding
Bride accessories & shoes – Michael Kors, Lennon’s W.B. Wilcox Jewelers
Bridesmaid dresses – PhiaJames Wedding
Groom’s attire & accessories & shoes – A. Vitullo
Groom’s party attire – A. Vitullo
Hair – Gabrielle Santino
Make up & beauty – Hilary Boxall
Venue décor – Bella’s Event Planning
Wedding cake – Cafe Canole
Wedding favours – Utica Roasting Company & Clinton Cider Mill
Wedding rings – Lennon’s W.B. Wilcox Jewelers
Transportation – Bernie Bus (After Reception Transportation), Northeast Limousine
Entertainment – Peter Naughton Productions
Florist – Village Florals