(See below for a gallery of images from this wedding)
Nicole and Matthew met through mutual friends during their college days and remained friends for a bit before anything romantic blossomed between them. “I always thought Matthew was handsome,” Nicole says, “but he’s super quiet, so I never thought he even knew I was alive.”
Although she may not have realized it, Matthew was smitten by Nicole. They finally started a relationship, and, after two and a half years of dating, he proposed. “It was very low-key—like Matthew,” she says. “Just the two of us at home, which is very ‘him.’”
Being that Nicole’s family is from Long Island and Matthew’s are from upstate New York they decided to get married in Westchester County—the midway point. They made appointments for a number of venues in the area based upon their searches from theknot.com and weddingliar.com.
The first place on their list was the Doubletree in Tarrytown, NY. “As soon as we pulled into the parking lot, I knew it was the one,” she says. “It was so beautiful and I couldn’t imagine getting married anyplace else.”
“Matthew is a planner and researched everything and wanted us to still look at other places just to make sure,” she says. But, after a few more appointments, they kept going back in their minds to the Doubletree Hotel. To settle the issue, they invited their families to be cast the deciding vote, and both sides loved it just as much as they did.
“Matthew had always wanted a New Year’s Eve wedding, while I had pictured getting married in the spring or summer,” Nicole says. ” I thought about it and our friends and family are always looking for something to do on New Year’s, and I figured what better way to ring in the new year then with our wedding?”
Seeing as it was a winter wedding, the colors were in keeping with the season—silver and blue—and the overall feel was, “classic, simple, and not too over-the-top.”
“One of my favorite details from the wedding was the centerpieces,” Nicole admits. “To keep within the budget, I decided on two centerpiece versions. One was a manzanita tree with white roses intertwined through them and the other was a tall clear vase with white calla lilies.”
They left the ceremony in style in a silver Rolls Royce, but were not expecting the limo company to surprise them with a red carpet rolled out from the car to the church door, as well as an ice bucket holding a bottle of Champagne waiting right outside the door to the limo to share their first toast as husband and wife just moments after they said “I do”.
Ensuring that their guests had a good time at the reception was of the upmost importance to them, so at the bottom of the RSVP card they included a section for musical requests: “I promise to dance at your wedding if you play…” (“And aside from the chicken dance, we pretty much played them all.”)
In accordance with the New Year’s Eve traditions, she says, “we had the DJ live stream Times Square, so everyone could countdown together with 2012 hats and party favors. It was really cute!”
Dana Stripling Photography
Monica Chimes Florist
83 Harrison Blvd, Harrison
Dance Time DJ
545 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley
3 Broadway, Massapequa
2165 Merrick Ave, Merrick
Makeup By Marisa