Romantic Luxury Wedding at The Palace at Somerset Park, New Jersey | Daurisa & Fred | September 18, 2016

Brides Full Name Daurisa Villanueva
Grooms Full Name Fred Tessier

Tell us how you met and all about the proposal.
Daurisa and Fred first met on Thursday, October 21, 2004 in New York City. It was a beautiful evening (approximately 6:30PM) in Soho Manhattan, and the location was on Houston Street and 6th Avenue, near a traffic stop light. On that particular day, Fred left work and was on his way to a friend’s birthday party; who was also celebrating a milestone year of success throughout the music industry. While in his car and in route to the gathering, Fred called another friend (Deidre) to invite her to the party since this was also an event for professionals throughout the music business. While speaking to Deidre and inviting her to the party, Deidre mentioned to Fred that she was also on her way to that very same party.

Coincidence right? While in the car chatting with Deidre on the phone, Deidre told Fred that she was actually 10 minutes away from the venue and that she’d meet him at the front entrance so they can go in together. Fred then asked Deidre for her exact location and Deidre mentioned that she was at a traffic stop light on Houston Street and 6th Avenue with two of her friends in a yellow taxi cab.

Ironically, while on the phone with Deidre in his car, Fred ALSO happened to be on Houston Street and 6th Avenue. Interestingly enough, Fred’s car was located two cars ahead of Deidre’s taxi cab. While on the phone with Deidre in quite surprise, Fred then tells Deidre to get out of the taxi cab and jump into his car to ride along to the party together. Since Deidre was with two of her friends (Tanya and Dauri), she asked Fred if it was okay for them to ride along as well.

When all 3 girls entered Fred’s car to head to the party, Fred was immediately struck by Dauri’s beauty. After a great night at the party, Fred and Dauri kept in touch. As time passed along, Dauri and Fred became more than friends and the rest of their story was history in the making, full with God’s grace in the most unbelievable love story ever told!

Since Daurisa and Fred haven’t been on a vacation together in over 5 years, Fred planned a very special engagement proposal for Daurisa on New Year’s Day (January 1, 2016) in San Juan Puerto Rico, where Daurisa is from. Understanding that this celebration is one of the biggest moments in every woman’s life, Fred wanted this proposal to have a timeless meaning to it, full of value, full of love, full of sacrifice, and also full of substance. Prior to finalizing the preparations for the big day, Fred’s first step was to shop around for a beautiful engagement ring. What was even more important to Fred was that their 7-year old son (Jordan) was also part of the selection process.

One weekend during the Thanksgiving season, Fred and Jordan went ring shopping to over 11 different jeweler locations. Although the process took several weeks to finalize, it was certainly well-worth it! Since Daurisa and Fred both share the same taste in quality and style, Fred wanted to purchase a ring that was breathtaking. He wanted Daurisa to be reminded that every time she looked at her hand, she was reminded of their love in the beauty of her precious diamonds. After many weeks of searching for the right engagement ring, Fred finally found a ring that was very classy, elegant, and also bridging the gap between modern and traditional style. The sweet thing however is that Daurisa is the type of person that didn’t care what type of ring Fred purchased for her. Her love for Fred is unconditional, and also endless.

Nevertheless, Fred still decided to go out with a BANG by selecting an 18 Karat White Gold and Diamond engagement ring, featuring a brilliant cut diamond as the center stone. The center diamond weighs 1.37 karats with an excellent cut, polish, clarity and symmetry. With certifications and ratings from G.I.A (Gemological Institute of America), the diamond is set in a ring with a cushion shaped halo of prong set brilliant cut diamonds, which also follow along the band of the ring with 38 featured diamonds in the setting. The total weight of karats combined in the engagement ring equal 3.2 Karats.

After finally selecting that perfect ring, Fred then made preparations to have the proposal take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico on a private beach at one of the most gorgeous hotels in the country (Caribe Hilton). On this private beach, Fred prepared a phenomenal dinner with four of the best chefs in Puerto Rico, along with a very impeccable setup and décor for the evening. The décor was filled with extravagant linens, silverware, candles, flowers, champagne, and more.

Since the motif and the atmosphere was perfect, Fred then grabbed Daurisa’s hand and walked towards the beach to pray together. Immediately after their prayer, Fred read to Daurisa a love letter called “Unconditional Love”, which is also featured on Fred’s blog at After reading the love letter to Daurisa, her eyes were full with tears. While the waters from her eyes dripped to the sands of the ground, Fred kneeled down on one knee and asked Daurisa to marry him. With the sounds of soft Christian music playing in the background and a face full of tears, Daurisa immediately shouted “Yes”! Sounds of applause filled the scene as everyone hired for the surprise embraced Fred and Daurisa with smiles and big hugs. Fred then picked up Daurisa with two hands and while hugging each other they kissed the night away as the journey to their engagement began.

Wedding Style: Describe your wedding dress. What was wedding shopping like for you?
My wedding dress was not what I tnought I would get for my wedding. After trying on 8 different dresses I tried on the ballgown by Allure and fell in love with it. It made all the other dresses look plain, and I knew I found my wedding dress.

Shopping for my wedding dress was truly a memory that I will never forget. I went to Bridal Reflections in Long Island, NY and it was such a beautiful experience. Their service was also impeccable! During each visit, my mother in law and my sister were there for support, and they truly made me feel like a Queen. My bridal attendant (Nicole) was also the sweetest woman ever! She treated the selection process with so much support and also as if it was for her. It was a dream come true!

Culture: Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? If yes, tell us more.
Yes, we incorporated Fred’s Caribbean culture with the food selections, and also with the entertainment by having two soca-jumbie dancers. In addition, Dauri’s Puerto Rican culture was also embraced with the food selections.

Memories: What is your best memory from your wedding?
My best wedding memory is when my husband washed my feet the way Jesus washed his disciples feet. It was a very unselfish way of showing me how much he loves me, and that we are one flesh, serving each other in the name of Jesus.

My best memory was seeing my beautiful wife walking down the aisle to me with tears in her eyes. A refection of our journey rand across my mind, and all I could think about was God’s amazing grace, and our unconditional love for each other.

Advice: What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
Our best advice to all couples going through the wedding process is to continue to keep God at the center of the entire journey, but also with the relationship between each other. Throughout every wedding planning process there will always be ups and downs, however, with God all things are made new and restored by faith in Jesus Christ.

Favorite item on the menu:
The Cake! Lol

First dance song:
Truly by Lionel Richie


Event Planner: EllyB Events
Wedding Venue: The Palace at Somerset Park
Floral Decor: Makini Regal Designs
Linens: EllyB Events
Photographer: Cathy Milane of Milanes Photography
DJ: DJ Mike Music
Emcee: Freddy Boom-Boom of Boom Boom Productions
Cinematographer: Yamean Studio Films
Entertainment: Casa Brazillia
Violinst: James Keene
Photobooth: Inside Out Booth
Silverware and Flutes: Tiffany & Co.
Wedding Cake: The Palace at Somerset Park
Transportation: Rolls Royce Wedding Transportation
Pastor and Church: Pastor Raphael Giglio of Zarephath Christian Church
Bride Wedding Dress: Bridal Reflections
Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bride Jewelry & Accessories: Roman Jewelers
Bride Makeup: Daurisa Tessier
Bride Hairstying: Daurisa Tessier
Bridesmaids Dresses: RK Bridal NYC
Groom Styling: Mr. Baldwin Style
Groom Tuxedo: Alexander Nash
Groom Bow Tie: Mr. Baldwin Style (The Baldwin Tie Collection)
Groomer: Sheldon Gludd
Groom Shoes: Magnanni
Groom Accessories: Giorgio Armani
Groomsman Tuxedo: The Black Tux
Wedding Website: Keen Management Group, Inc.

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Wedding Gowns: Pantora Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Pantora Maids
Flower Girl Dresses: Pantora Mini
Wedding Planner: Victorious Events NYC
Photography: Kesha Lambert
Videography: Yamean Studios
DJ: MikeMusic
Photobooth: Freckled Dragon Ent
MUA: Shameika Bowman of Your Face My Canvas
Hair Stylist: Shaniqua Pender
Linens: The Finishing Touch
Flowers: Events by Nikki Diaz
Custom Decor: Ten23 Designs
Invitations: Unlike Juliet
Officiant: Joshua Dwain
Cake: Desserts by Dana
Venue: Terrace on the Park
Pedestals: Evolution Event Rentals


Spiritual Rustic Wedding at the Village Club at Lake Success Great Neck, NY | Sheena & Ryan | September 9, 2016

Spiritual Rustic Wedding at the Village Club at Lake Success Great Neck, NY | Sheena & Ryan | September 9, 2016 N

Brides Full Name Sheena Tiffany Lee
Grooms Full Name Ryan Andre Minor

Tell us how you met and all about the proposal.
We met through mutual friends back in the summer of 2005 at an album release/ birthday party. After that we we casually dated throughout the years randomly lol sometimes we saw each other maybe once or twice a year until the summer of 2012. That’s when something really clicked and changed for us so we decided to really give us a shot.

The proposal was definitely a secretive well thought out plan and mission. Ryan got his cousin involved to help create and plan a fake birthday outing for herself which was suppose to include dinner and a broadway play. So her and few of his other family members would text me through out the weeks letting me know about the details of the night out. So the day came March 20th of 2015 where I decided to go get my hair colored and trimmed and when I got home there were a bouquet of flowers waiting for me from my boyfriend and I was pleasantly surprised because he had never given me flowers before in the 3 years that we dated. I know I probably should have suspected something just based off of that fact but we hadn’t seen each other in two weeks because of work. I thought nothing of it other then that it was sweet and he missed me. The day went on and I got ready for his cousins birthday outing. That day out of all days it was snowing and before heading into the city I got a text from one of the girls to meet at the Bryant Park Hotel at 8pm before we started the nights celebration. When I got to the floor the room was on I noticed the door was cracked open and I heard music playing. So I opened the door and low and behold I didn’t see the girls I saw Ryan dressed handsomely leaning against the window sill of the room. I was in shock and speechless. I didn’t know what to say because I was so surprised and I didn’t expect to see him not for one second as I walked further into the room I noticed flowers and edible arrangements the ambiance was beautiful and still in shock I took off my jacket to be led out into a balcony over looking Bryant Park covered in snow. He places a towel on the snow and drops to one knee all the while I’m still in shock he then says something that I can’t remember for the life of me then asks me to marry him and I say yes. It was magical and romantic and such a surprise. He then presented me with a video blog he worked on throughout the 2 weeks of his planning and preparations I couldn’t believe it. He thought everything through, still in shock I called my parents to tell them the great news. It was so surreal that my voice had gone up an octave higher the whole time I was speaking lol He told me we had to go because he had made dinner reservations and I said ok but are the girls coming to meet with us and he laughed and said no. After everything I still thought some of his family was coming out that’s how good the planning of the fake birthday was.


Wedding Style: Describe your wedding dress. What was wedding shopping like for you?
My wedding Dress by Augusta Jones was a customized order inspired by her Jo dress. It was an ivory colored lace adorned with translucent sequins with a cream underlay. The shape was an a-line fit and flare sillouett with long illusion sleeves. My wedding shopping was overall a great experience with a little bumps lol I went to 3 different stores and I found my dress at Kleinfelds which happened to be my third experience looking for and trying on dresses so because the dress was a trunk show new design I had to trust God and believe that my dress would come out beautiful because I couldn’t even try it on since it wasn’t created yet. But God is good lol

Culture: Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? If yes, tell us more.
Not really, just chose some Latin/ Reggae music to be played by the DJ during our reception.

Memories: What is your best memory from your wedding?
Best memory would be the ceremony. The presence of God was there and in conjunction with what the officiant had to say. Definitely a highlight.

Advice: What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
Take it one day at a time. Stress might come but just continue to love on eachother. Try to be very understanding in those few months before the wedding. Make it a priority to shut the planning button off and put it aside from time to time to focus on your relationship because it can get overwhelming so you will need a break lol

Spiritual Rustic Wedding at the Village Club at Lake Success Great Neck, NY | Sheena & Ryan | September 9, 2016

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts:
Bridesmaids – Bridesmaids got a Sabon compact mirror in a heart shape that says “Love Beyond Words” a bracelet with a key on it from Alex and Ani and a physical copy of my latest album called “Sheena

Favorite item on the menu:
The Seabass entree

First dance song:
Kem- “It’s You”

photos by Kesha Lambert


Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones
Bridal Salon: Kleinfelds
Bridesmaid dresses: Weddington Way
Hair: Nicky B on Hair
MUA: Juicy Looks by Abby
Ceremony & Reception Location: The Village Club at Lake Success
Photography: Kesha Lambert
Videography: Yamean Studios Films
Wedding Day of Coordinator: Victorious Events NYC
Florist: Atlas Floral
Officiant: Pastor Dimas Salaberrios
Entertainment: Levi Barcourt Ny Jazz Quartet and Dj Moore
Cake: Phillip Stone Caterers
Photobooth: Hipstr Company
Linens: The Finishing Touch

Elegant Whimsical Outdoor Wedding at Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown, New York | Ashleigh & Nathaniel | August 27, 2016

Elegant Whimsical Outdoor Wedding at Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown, New York | Ashleigh & Nathaniel | August 27, 2016

Brides Full Name Ashleigh Sebro
Grooms Full Name Nathaniel Wilson

Tell us how you met and all about the proposal.
We met many years ago at Nathaniel’s cousin’s (who is Ashleigh’s best friend) graduation party. Throughout the years we’ve run into each other in passing multiple times, always taking note of the other but never saying more than a few words to each other. Finally in 2014 with some gentle nudging from well meaning family members we were made aware of each other’s mutual interest and the rest is history. Since the first phone call we’ve been inseparable. It didn’t take very long for us to realize that this was it, and that we were both in it for the long haul.

Nathaniel popped the question at sunrise on the beach in Ocean City, MD. A special place for both of us as it was the first trip we took together over a year ago. It was a perfect moment and we are so excited to be spending the rest of our lives together.

Wedding Style: Describe your wedding dress. What was wedding shopping like for you?
Wedding dress shopping was the most fun thing ever, every dress looked amazing so it was hard to narrow it down. I was looking for something elegant and classic with a wow factor.!

Culture: Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? If yes, tell us more.
Our DJ played only soca and reggae for most of the night as a nod to both of our backgrounds.

Memories: What is your best memory from your wedding?
Dancing on the dancefloor with everyone, photobombing the photobooth, dancing with my dad (Ashleigh), just getting to spend time with everyone we love in the same room.

Advice: What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
Keep it as simple as possible because it flies by.

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts:
Bridesmaids – purses and earrings from kate spade
Groomsmen – Tuxes made by the Grooms mother

Favorite item on the menu:
The entire cocktail hour!

First dance song:
As – Stevie Wonder


Photography: Robert Carlo New York
Videography: Yamean Studios Films
Full Service Planning: Victorious Events NYC
Florist: Phileanor by Emily Howard
Cake: Cakes by Brittany Lombardi
Photo Booth: KC Photography
Hair and Makeup: Face the Day NY
Ceremony & Reception location: Lyndhurst Mansion
Wedding Dress: Tara Keely | Kleinfeld Bridal
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids Dresses: Badgely Mischka
Entertainment: DJ Commish
Cater: Philip Stone Catering
Stationery: Minted