(See below for a gallery of images from this wedding)
“I am not easily surprised, so when it came to the proposal Angelo definitely had to get creative,” Michelle Mondello says.
Knowing that his fiancée was a runner who had an upcoming half-marathon in Philadelphia last fall, Angelo DeCarlo came up with the great idea to be waiting at the finish line for her with a sign reading, “Will you marry me?” Michelle was both shocked and exhausted from her run, but cheerfully said yes.
Since they wanted to get married the following fall, they began looking at venues immediately. “The first place we looked was the Tarrytown House,” she says. “After we saw that, we knew nothing else could compare. We didn’t want a standard catering-hall wedding, but wanted something with more character, which the Tarrytown House definitely had, as well as a mansion-like feel.”
Wanting to keep with mood of the fall season they chose dark reds, orange, and yellows for the flowers. “I’m not a big flower person,” Michelle admits, “but loved how they turned out and truly couldn’t have asked for anything better.”
The color red was a major part of their day. It was in everything from the font on the invitations, the bridesmaids’ dresses, the ribbon on each tier of their four-tiered wedding cake and their monogram cake topper.
“Angelo wanted to be involved in all of the planning. One thing that was especially important to him was that he wanted the photographer for his getting ready shots before the ceremony.”
Michelle describes herself as “very detail-oriented” and paid a lot of attention to all the little details. “We had a basket for everything and our monogram was everywhere. We tried to make the wedding very ‘us.’ “
They chose Get Down Entertainment in Valhalla as their DJ who kept the music very current and upbeat. “We went to high school in Mount Pleasant with them and they have done all the best weddings and parties for all of our friends.”
Along with the traditional wedding cake (which was half red velvet and half chocolate), they had individualized platters of raspberry sorbet in a chocolate cup, nutty biscuits, and chocolate mousse for each guest.
And since they had a photo booth at their wedding, Michelle says, “We wanted the favors to be something photo-oriented and that people would use again, so we gave out coasters that you could put a picture in from trinketandtreasure.com.” Along with the coasters, they also gave pouches of chocolate-chip cookies homemade by Michelle’s mom that were personalized with a note and of course their red monogram.
“Everyone said it was the best wedding they had been to and we were happily surprised that everything actually went the exact way that we had wanted.” Really what more could anyone ask for?
Ashley Therese Photography
Forever In Bloom
431 Main Street, Mount Kisco
Get Down Entertainment
8 Colombus Ave, Valhalla
The Wedding Atelier
103 5th Avenue, #2, New York, NY
Fontana Bridal Salon
51 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT