By Ali Ciafre
In the summer of 2017, I took an appointment for a future bride and groom, Lauren & Nick, and in they walked with both sets of parents, Tina & Dan, and Eileen & John.
The chemistry between the whole gang was as if they’d known each other their whole lives. And it turns out, that Lauren & Nick are high school sweethearts! They are the cutest couple and the relationship they had with each other, their families, and each other’s families led me to know that this was going to be one fun bunch to work with!
Lauren and I hit it off from the start – we’re around the same age, I was engaged at the time too, and we were both the oldest of three girls. She knew exactly what she wanted when she came in to the Ballroom - classic elegance, and that’s exactly what she was going to get! Not too long after, we were signed, sealed and delivered for September 22nd!
The planning process was underway, and they were just a dream to work with. The most important thing in the world for them was that this was a party to celebrate the love that Lauren and Nick have for each other, that was evident every step of the way, from the first appointment, to all the pre-wedding festivities that they were planning!
Their wedding weekend had finally arrived and they kicked it off with a gathering at their apartment to watch the Thursday night Jets game! Friday came along and they had a Bride Ride at SoulCycle – moms, dad, bridal party and everyone in between, such a cute idea to get the good vibes flowing for the rehearsal dinner at Del Posto!
On Saturday, everything was picture perfect – including the weather. They started the day off with getting ready and Lauren looked beyond fabulous in her Monique Lhullier gown. Her bridesmaids and parents were in awe when Lauren came down the stairs (a few happy tears too!). And we can’t forget about Nick! He was dressed to the nines in his Tom Ford tuxedo. Soon it was time to head to St. Ignacious for the ceremony – these two were about to tie the knot! When they became Mr. & Mrs. Pambianchi, guests couldn’t get out of their seats fast enough to give a standing ovation! Then they were off to Central Park to take group photos!
Guests were greeted to the Terrace Room by an enormous gold escort card tree – I couldn’t believe my eyes! And it was time for cocktails, and did they have a great menu! Guests were greeted by a sushi station, Asian station (Nick’s fave!) and a gorgeous seafood display on a fabulous ice sculpture. What really struck me was the level of intimacy of this crowd. Tina, Dan, Eileen and John wanted this wedding to really be about Lauren and Nick! Everyone in that room knew the bride and groom personally. It was full of their friends and close family – and it was a young crowd which we knew would make for a super energetic party! The Ballroom was decorated so elegantly, from the gold flatware, all the way to the custom floral chandelier in the middle of the Ballroom – I’ve never quite seen anything like it.
Soon it was time to announce them into the party as Mr. & Mrs. Pambianchi and the crowd erupted! We quickly went into a dance set – and we knew this was going to be a tough crowd to get off the dance floor for dinner and speeches! The band was absolutely phenomenal and I really don’t remember a time that the dance floor wasn’t filled to capacity! That’s what this whole thing was about – it was a celebration of Lauren and Nick, and this is one loved couple! Their families were grinning from ear to ear the entire time; there was so much love in that room.
And the party didn’t end there – by the time the clock struck midnight, the Terrace Room was transformed to an after party that dreams are made of! The DJ kept the party going nonstop until 2am!
I’ll always remember this wedding fondly, there’s nothing better than working with people that are truly happy and are just so excited to celebrate this major milestone. Congrats to Lauren and Nick – The Plaza loves you!