Ioana + Nikola // Westmount Country Club- Woodland Park, NJ
I'm so excited to share Ioana and Nikola's wedding on the blog today! Not only was it spectacularly gorgeous from start to finish and 11 years in the making, but it was also just plain FUN! Case in point: the first line of their wedding ceremony was a quote from Khal Drogo and Khaleesi from Game of Thrones! As a big GoT fan, I totally approved!
Ioana and Nikola's wedding was on a gorgeous Sunday at the end of October, when the weather was a bit warmer then usual but perfect for their wedding day. I spent the morning hanging out with the bride and her bridesmaids as they got all dolled up and enjoyed a few mimosas with Ioana's family. The vibe was relaxed and excited right from the start and after the bride got into her gorgeous gown we headed to Anderson Park to meet up with Nikola and his groomsmen for the first look.
Looking so sharp in his navy suit and brown shoes, Nikola waited under a beautiful willow tree for Ioana. And the reveal did not disappoint! As he turned around, Nikola's face lit up when he saw her and I believe I might have seem a few tears from both of them! After a twirl and lots of hugs, we got the whole bridal party and family together for portraits while park visitors shouted their congratulations as they passed by.
From there we headed to the Westmount Country Club for the wedding and arrived into the ballroom as the accomplished team of florists from Dalsimer Spitz and Peck finished creating the most stunning floral arch I've ever seen.
When all of the guests were seated, Ioana walked down the aisle arm in arm with her father to where Nikola was waiting beneath the arch. Their short ceremony was filled with personal touches, favorite quotes, and emotional vows that guaranteed there would not be a dry eye in the room. After 11 years of dating, the moment finally came when Ioana and Nikola were pronounced man and wife!
The staff at the Westmount CC hosted an incredible cocktail hour for everyone to enjoy while the reception room was once again transformed by the Dalsimer Spitz and Peck team. With a combination of tall and short centerpieces surrounded by candlelight, guests walked back into a stunning Pinterest-worthy ballroom with great music from Gemini DJs playing throughout the room. From that point on, it was a party! With a mix of music that everyone could enjoy, the dance floor was packed all night long. Oh, and since it was Nik's birthday the next day, Ioana surprised her new husband with a birthday cake out on the dance floor!
Ioana and Nik, thank you so much for trusting me to capture such an important day in your lives. I am truly honored to have been a part of your wedding day and I wish you the absolute best on your new journey through marriage!!
VENDOR LOVE- Hair: Lu Selimi; Trinity Salon, Little Falls | MUA: Dana Bosco | Dress: Park Avenue Bridals | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Helm; La Belle Boutique | Hairpiece and Veil: Perfect Accent | Nails: Danilea Marinescu; 212 Salon and Day Spa | Rings: Jared | Suits: Calvin Klein | Shoes: Johnston & Murphy; Men's Warehouse | Flowers: Dalsimer Spitz & Peck | Venue: Westmount Country Club | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations