At some point in our lives, most of us have had the experience of falling in love at first sight, but majority of us cannot say that the instant connection resulted in marriage. For Dana and Joe, that reality started in September 2008 at the Greenlawn Fireman's Fair while Joe was working one of the booths. "We couldn't take our eyes off each other, it's like we knew instantly," Dana replied when asked how they met. Who can be so lucky as to have a love story right out of a movie? That was the day that started the journey into the rest of their lives. Five years later in September 2013, Joe proposed to Dana. Each Fall, they follow tradition and go up to Vermont for a weekend to his aunt's condo atop Stratton Mountain with a gorgeous view. When they started out on their travels that Friday, Joe didn't speak the whole way up. Dana chalked it up to him being tired from work, but could sense his growing anxiety as they got closer to their destination. That night after going to their favorite restaurant, they got cozy with wine by the fire. When Dana got up to get more wine, there was Joe to her surprise on one knee with a ring! She could hardly believe her eyes and of course said “Yes!”
Fast forward to May 31st, 2015, the day Dana and Joe proclaim they will never forget; their wedding day at Venetian Yacht Club in Babylon, NY. They had a beautiful ceremony overlooking the Great South Bay, which only added to the magic of their love. When asked how their wedding day felt for them, Dana and Joe responded with, “Its so easy to get caught up and not take a moment to soak it all in. But I think we prepared ourselves and we can say that we really soaked in each moment of our day.”
Every couple has their personal favorite moments of their special day that they hold near and dear to their heart. For Dana, assembling the unity cross, exchanging vows, kissing for the first time as husband and wife, their first dance as well as dancing with her father, were some of her favorites. For Joe, the “first look” and walking out into reception as Mr. and Mrs. Salmonese, were among his favorites.
Their wedding day was made even more complete by the special details incorporated into it. Dana’s grandmother is the rock in her life. She wanted to reflect that importance, by using her brooch on her flowers as “something borrowed.”
When you have an officiant as amazing as Nick Montanino, how could your ceremony be anything short of personalized with a perfect touch of humor and romance? One of Dana & Joe’s funniest moments on their wedding day was when he jokingly said “For richer or for richer” in their vows, cracking up the whole crowd.
Dana also loved when she was feeding Joe cake and he asked for more. Joe’s funniest moment was when he and his fireman friends sang the song “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers, which is tradition for them.
It is very plain to see the love these two beautiful people share. The sparkle captured in their eyes by our very talented Chris, tells the story of compassion and admiration they have for one another. Dana and Joe, your wedding day was a gorgeous picture book for us at Studio 27 to be a part of. We wish you a joyous life with one another, to cherish these memories that have been created!
Jewelry: Bracelet; Adriana Orsini (gift from Dana’s mom) & Earrings were a gift from her aunt
Shoes: Dana wanted a blue soled heel, but Betsey Johnson, the notorious designer for that detail, was not making a practical bridal shoe. Her bridesmaid Jenn, who is an artist took it upon herself to paint the sole of the shoes Dana decided on. They wound up being the dream wedding shoe Dana always wanted.
Flowers: Burton’s Bridal. They did an excellent job listening to what Dana wanted.
Makeup Artist: Shab Siarezi. Even through the humid day, Dana’s makeup stayed put! Not to mention, the beautiful eyeshadow.
Hair Stylist: Morgan Piper. She works at J.D. Thomas Salon and did wonders on Dana’s hair. Her bridal headband and veil didn’t budge once the entire day!
DJ/Band: After Hours Entertainment. Phil kept the party going all night.
Limo: Always in Style. They were so professional and worked with Dana’s budget
Officiant: Reverand Nicholas Montanino. He creates flawless memories during the ceremony and always some comic relief.
Photo Session: Planting Fields in Oyster Bay
Venue: Venetian Yacht Club