Some things are just meant to be! Just before Memorial Day weekend in 2009 New York City was humming with activity. Marina and her girlfriends celebrated with dinner, drinks and "girl talk". As they were discussing love Marina's friend Jill pointed across the room and said, “You never know what’s going to happen, Marina. Your future husband could be right around the corner; he could be that guy right there.” As Marina followed the extended hand she caught eyes with Mark. Two years later while on vacation in Warsaw's Old Town in Poland Mark proposed and Marina ecstatically accepted! The couple toured the city by horse and carriage reveling in the romantic evening and thoughts of their future life together.
For the big day Mark and Marina enlisted the help of Agnieshka Burke of Pumpkin Coach Events to help create their vision. Marina looked like a movie star from a bygone era in her Paloma Blanca gown from Bijou Bridal of Paramus, NJ. Invitations by Pumpkin Coach Events had an old world feel and simple yet elegant bouquets from Flowers by Connie Riemer completed the look. For a bit of sparkle Marina accented her gown with a veil embellished with crystals from Exquisite Bride of Millburn, NJ. We just loved the little mirror she used to touch up her make up which had a wedding image of her grandparents on it. A beautiful ceremony was held at the ornate St. John The Baptist Russian Orthodox Church. The Madison Hotel, a Georgian Style Mansion set with beautiful mature trees, was a captivating reception site. The parents of the bride gave a touching toast and presented the bride with the traditional Russian wedding offering of bread and salt symbolizing a prosperous marriage. At the end of the evening Marina perched on the ornate bar near the ballroom for a quick kiss!