Last year we had the absolute pleasure of traveling around Italy during one of our favorite holidays- Thanksgiving. In order to celebrate our time properly, we headed out to the Rialto Market (also the location of Venice’s famous fish market) and gathered up the best feast our eyes could swallow. It was just the two of us, keeping the menu intimate and completely selfish. :O) Our table was decadent and our spirits were full, as they should be.
Here’s to Thanksgiving and celebrating those in which we’re thankful for, wherever they may be….
The Rialto market was created when Venice’s principal market was transferred to Rialto, beside the Rialto Bridge, at the end of the eleventh century. Venetians and merchants could not only buy a fresh assortment of fruits, vegetables, and fish but they could also buy and sell exotic imported goods just unloaded from the ships coming in. Today, this tradition continues and the market’s produce is always fresh, with much of it coming from the nearby island of Sant’Erasmo.
Like a chapter straight out of “The Wonder Years,” David and Jaclyn grew up down the street from each other. They saw each other often but it wasn’t until they grew older that they started spending quality time with one another. In fact, when this Classic New Jersey Italian gal and this modern-rocking Egyptian man began hanging out for the first time, they both fell quickly in love and have been in love with each other for six years since. When David made the decision to propose, he went for gold- bending on one knee at one of their favorite locations… the happiest place on earth… Disney World of course! And he did it all within the Magic Kingdom. She said yes and their wedding plans continued from there in true fairy-tale fashion, with a rocker twist that is.
Anyone that knows these two understands that they love everything to do with music, rock mainly, but there really isn’t a genre that they don’t like and they make sure to often attend most of the concerts on their top 20 list. So it was no surprise when their wedding theme also carried a strong rock-like influence. Their colors contained a rich flaming red, complemented with deep purple accents. Concert tickets were distributed to the guests as table placement cards and the couple’s Favorite albums were displayed in place of table numbers. Each table had one album, from “The Beatles” to My “Chemical Romance” and each was illuminated with a colorful display of candles, water vases and orchids for their center pieces. The entire performance was housed by the ridiculously gorgeous venue, “The Liberty House.” The Liberty House is located in Jersey City and over-looks the Hudson as well as the New York skyline. The view?… nothing short of Rockstar. Truly. Rockstar.
Converse were present everywhere and the boys had custom cufflinks made.
The Groom’s family was the os-so-talented artist behind the Wedding cake, a four-tier heavy metal silver-lined cake from, “The Gourmet Desserts Outlet.” And the Flowers were designed by: Natasha at “Blooms for You,” in Bayonne. A string quartet was used for the ceremony as well as the cocktail hour and they performed a variety of classic rock/grunge favorites. Oh, and their signature drink?… The Love Buzz (also a song by Nirvana)… naturally.
Their honeymoon location will ultimately be Italy and France but they’re taking a small break from all of the planning first before they go. In the meantime, congratulations again David and Jaclyn!
I am a complete nut when it comes to Halloween. It’s my absolute, hands down fave holiday. It’s a time to dress up, become someone else, play, pretend and celebrate one’s inner child. Back in the day, my mother and I used to hand sew all of our costumes, correction- my mother used to hand sew all of our costumes, I would mainly watch and then anxiously consume all of the compliments her handy-work brought later. Halloween started with her though. She was a single mom with me as her only child. We were each others entertainment and Halloween brought out the kid in both of us, as it should.
Today, my family and I continue to go “all-in” for Halloween. My pups aren’t always thrilled with the costumes we get them but for the most part, everyone loves it and works hard to spread the cheer. This year, we went with a star wars theme due to the fact that… it’s coming out soon! (can. not. wait.) As a special nod, I looked up all of the original press photos for the lead characters and decided to recreate them for our family Halloween portraits. I love the original photos, textured with loads of grain and saturation, they are a definite nod to the film days. Once I had a feel for the original photos, I set up my lights and then posed everybody individually. I’m happy with the results and we all had fun doing it… well half of us anyway. Don’t worry, the unhappy ones were rewarded with loads of treats.
Happy Halloween Everyone! Have fun, be safe and “May the force be with you!”