Let’s talk about dream teams for a moment, shall we? Or, more specifically, a dream team of fab vendors like Facetime Beauty Concierge, Loli Events, Merci New York and Matthew Robbins all coming together to create one seriously stunning wedding. A wedding that was captured in breathtaking images by Christian Oth Studio that will leave you speechless in every which way (believe me). See it all here.
From Christian Oth Studio… Unbeknownst to them both, newlyweds Dominic Tropiano and Kate Barone could have never imagined that their brother sister prep-school bond, University School and Hathaway Brown, located in a prestigious suburb of Cleveland, OH, would one day seal their love, and that bond would translate into a happy, blissful life together. But that’s exactly the story of how it all happened for Dominic and Kate, and they think that fate has played a huge role in how they became one.
Although their love was not meant to cross paths until well after college, fate has always been in their corners. And that fate was ‘Facebook.’ One day while searching around on the popular site, Kate saw Dominic’s profile come up as a friend she knew and she recognized him from their days in high school. So, on April 6, 2011, Kate friend requested Dominic, and that date, April 6th, has become something very special to them both. Kate moved home to Cleveland from NYC on August 6, and on that day, Dominic took Kate on their first date. From that day forward, Dominic always said there would be ‘solo una donna’ for him. Their wedding date was April 6, 2013 in New York City, exactly two years to the date that they reconnected. Kate’s mother always said that she would end up with a boy from her brother school, University School, and she often refers to their relationship as ‘beshert’. If you think about it, with fate being in their corner with regards to every aspect of their relationship, it certainly seems that they definitely were ‘meant to be.’
From the Bride… From the day that we became engaged, Dominic and I had a certain vision for our wedding that would imbed a lavish simplicity element intertwined with the elegance of the Spring season. To our surprise, when we found out that the Angel Orensanz foundation was available on April 6, 2013, we were more than thrilled! Dominic and I remember seeing the venue because Dominic’s brother, Frank, lived right next door to the famous artist space. I always told Dominic how much I admired the lavish setup of the space, and better yet, it was actually available on April 6th! What luck! We knew that venue would be able to accomplish our vision and add so much more. Many see it as a Fall/Winter venue but because the weather is so unpredictable in the spring, we thought it would be neat to make springtime explode inside this old gothic style Synagogue.
From the Groom… When we first started planning, our mission was to create the most informal, formal wedding that we possibly could. Wedding photos were taken of us walking through the LES of NYC while people cheered for us. The feeling it brought to both of us is indescribable!
Because we were having a non-denominational wedding, we decided to have Kate’s brother, Michael, officiate the wedding due to his impeccable public speaking skills. He incorporated a level of love and humor into the wedding that captured the crowd’s attention. But his genuine demeanor towards us both made our true love show for each other. After we were announced as husband and wife, I broke the glass (which took three tries!) and while we walked back up the aisle for the first time as husband and wife, a group of singers, accompanied by horns, sang ‘All You Need is Love’, like the famous scene in our favorite love/holiday movie, Love Actually. It was truly something magical, as all of our guests began to sing along with the choir. Our first dance was perfect, and our song choice was so very true to our entire relationship. We picked the famous oldie, ‘Just One Look’ by Doris Troy. After that, the entire wedding party and all of our guests let loose as everyone came to the dance floor to begin the Hora AND Tarantella! It was a great start to a truly magical night!
From the Bride & Groom… We also wanted to combine style and sophistication, so we made the affair black tie. The groomsmen wore black Vera Wang tuxes with a black bowtie, very classic. We also knew that the beginning of April was a time of rejuvenation and life emerging so we picked very elegant Spring colors for the bridesmaids. A gorgeous blush, almond and champagne were the primary colors worn by the bridesmaids (the dresses were by Amsale and Swoon); and to incorporate that special feeling of Spring, they carried ranunculus. The bride wore a Vera Wang dress with the most beautiful lace and crystals that was reworked and made special for her by bridal designer Colette Komm. She carried lilies of the valley. After the bouquet toss and right before the after party, she changed into a perfect short wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier. ‘Stunning’ was a word that was commonly heard throughout the night to describe both of the brides’ dresses.
All of the printed materials and invitations, by Ceci NY, mimicked the doors inside of Angel Orensanz. The venue itself came to life as only the very talented Matthew Robbins could do. It was illuminated by shades of blush and antique gold and filled with the greenery of Spring. Tables were decorated with a mix of fine gold china, and vintage vases were used to display the lovely arrangements in the center of the table. Lots of blossoming tree branches were also incorporated as finishing touches. To honor different areas of Cleveland (our hometown), the place cards were in the shape of Ohio and each table was named by illuminated candleholders that displayed the names of the many suburbs of Cleveland.
Because of our Italian heritage, we featured large bows outside the doors of the venue made out of Spring greenery and an Italian organ player entertained our guests during our cocktail hour (where people sang along). We served refreshing signature cocktails, the Barone Patron, and Trop-Ade, which were comprised of our own creative minds. Photos from the couples parents and grandparents were placed everywhere during the cocktail hour. It was their own unique way of honoring them for all that they have done for the bridge and groom. Their sign-in book was a special gift from Kate to Dominic, and it was comprised of engagement pictures from their session that they had with their wedding photographer Shawn Connell from Christian Oth. Also, during the elegant dinner hour that featured fresh fish and meats, we had a special singer from Italy to deliver some Italian love songs while the couple sat at a table by themselves with chairs named, Mr. Trop and Mrs. Trop. We also had a fabulous cookie bar with many treats the guests could take home with them, sealed by personalized stickers that read, Love, Love, Love.
Also, Kate asked two of her closest friends, both talented musicians (Sarah Nischwitz and Jared Stein), to perform two songs of their choice, and their selections could not have more perfect. One of the songs was Taylor Swift’s “Everything has changed,” and it really touched their hearts and reminded them that ‘fate’ was in their corner. To say the least, their performance wowed the entire crowd. For the remainder of the night, entertainment was provided by Vali entertainment, and they had the crowd dancing non-stop from beginning to end.
For our send off, we rented a vintage, 1950’s style taxi cab. As we exited through the cheering crowd, everyone held heart shaped sparklers. We were surrounded by family and friends, as we had wanted it, and went off into the night to our after party at The Dressing Room, owned by the bride’s good friend, Alexandra Adame.
To us, it was perfect!
Photography: Shawn Connell Of Christian Oth Studio | Videographer: Tweed Weddings | Florist:Matthew Robbins | Invitations: Ceci NY | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale | Catering:Abigail Kirsch | Event Planning: Loli Events | Hair: Paul Of Facetime Beauty Concierge | Bride’s Earrings:Tiffany & Co. | Bride’s Rings: Jewelry By Tommy | Dress (Corset & Detailing): Colette Komm | Dress (Skirt):Vera Wang | Groom’s Wedding Band: Tiffany & Co. | Maid Of Honor Dresses: Swoon | Makeup: Maysoon Of Facetime Beauty Concierge | Music: Vali Entertainment | Stylist: Jackie Weppner Of Merci New York | Venue: Angel Orensanz Foundation (Lower East Side)