The Venetian Garfield, NJ
Sara and Michael had a beautiful Spring, I mean Winter wedding. You wouldn't know it since it was 65 degrees out. WOW!! What a gorgeous day. We started at the hotel where both Sara & Michael were getting ready for their day. After their ceremony we headed down to Liberty State Park for some time with the bridal party and the Manhattan skyline. The rest of the day was a non stop party at the Venetian. You can see some of their Engagement images here which we shot in NYC.
Here is their story:
It was the summer of 2008 and we were at the Annual East Coast Family Coptic Church retreat when a vicious 12-person game of Egyptian Ratscrew erupted. Being the competitive types we knew it was GAME ON! After hours of blood, sweat, and broken nails, we were the only 2 players remaining. Each of us with a deck of cards in our hands and we weren’t going down without a fight. Round after round the game went on for multiple hours, both of us had large bruises along our diaphragms from constantly leaning against the table. At the end of the carnage Mike emerged victorious! After this devastating defeat, Sara knew she would have to marry this ruggedly handsome, charismatic, dough-boy-t-shirt-wearing warrior. Little did Mike know that his prize would end up being much more than just this card game. After years of being best friends, Mike popped the question “on a Tuesday” in December of 2014. Sara said “YES” making him the happiest man alive!
From there we went on in search for vendors for our big day. We wanted only the best and Jeff Tisman certainly set the bar very high! We fell in love with his portfolio online filled with beautiful images which radiated with personality, detail, and creativity. We set an E-Session date “on a Tuesday” in October in the Financial District of Manhattan, NY. The weather was beautiful and sunny and we ‘chased the light’ capturing amazing and ‘trippy’ photos for over two hours! Jeff’s amazing talent of finding light, balancing lines and shadows, while making us feel at ease resulted in the most amazing pictures. We could not wait for our wedding!
On February 20, 2016, the stars aligned, the clouds disappeared and the sun shone on our perfect wedding day. It was magical - filled with laughter, tears of joy and utter happiness. The light shone on our guests’ smiling faces through the stained glass windows at the St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Jersey City, NJ all throughout the ceremony. Afterward, we were escorted in a luxurious silver and black Rolls Royce to the Liberty State Park where we met our 14-person bridal party who had clearly kicked the party off on their way over! Jeff and Adrienne navigated the hysteria and captured beautiful photos of everyone’s excitement. From there it was time to party!
We felt like a king and a queen at the grand Venetian in Garfield, NJ. We made our grand entrance down the large spiral staircase as we were introduced for the first time as Mr and Mrs Khalil. We received advice in during our families’ speeches, ate until we were stuffed, swayed and twirled on the clouds during our first dance, and belly-danced until our legs wouldn’t move any longer. At the end of the night, we surprised our guests with personalized glowsticks, which ensured that no one left this party early! Our DJ, Mina M Sal from the Palace Entertainment, surpassed our expectations and worked the crowd into a dancing frenzy. We cannot wait to see our wedding album from Jeff and our video from Northeast Horizons.
We want to thank every single person who celebrated with us to ensure our big day was beyond EPIC!
Sara & Mike
Ceremony: St Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, Jersey City
Venue: The Venetian
Flowers: Dalsimer Spitz & Peck
Hair: Wendy George
Makeup: Elie Esper Salon
Music: Mina M Sal (The Palace Entertainment)
Video: Northeast Horizons
Dress: Danielle Caprese (exclusive Kleinfeld Bridal designer)
Veil: Toni Federici
Loved this one of Sara taking a quiet moment writing to Mike.
Sara got in her dress with her mom and Maid of Honor, her sister Reim.
Mom helping with the final touches.
Funny moment as the guys were trying to figure out how to put on their personalized suspenders Michael got them.
Michael opening and reading Sara's letter to him.
Sara looked absolutely beautiful.
Their first reveal with each other. Great moment.
Sara talking a walk with the flower girls.
Dad heading out to greet Sara and mom before the ceremony.
Some moments of the ceremony.