Written By: Gregg Wood
Over this past weekend I had the pleasure of taking part in the wedding ceremony of my dear friends Livio DiRubbo III and Justine Nicholson. The wedding was held in Northern New Jersey at the beautiful Keyport Yacht Club. The club lies along the Raritan Bay. The Verrazano Bridge, Staten Island, and the New York City skyline can be seen in the distance. Although it was one of the hottest and most humid days of the year thus far, the weather did not stop the bride and groom or their wedding guests from having a great time.
Justine and Livio began by asking me to officiate their wedding, and I couldn’t have been more excited to accept. I have done many weddings, however this was my first for a couple that I consider dear friends. Being able to mark the formal start of their relationship as man and wife was an honor I couldn’t pass up.
To help their wedding run smoothly Justine and Livio utilized our Day-Of-Planning Service for their wedding. Jaime was a great help to the couple in preparing the yacht club for their celebration. Justine is a craft master and she used her artistic skills to design many of her own pieces including beautiful calla lily floral arrangements. Although Justine did her own planning and designs (and did an excellent job at it) she still needed the help bringing her vision to fruition. Jaime was able to do that for her, and the venue looked spectacular. From the flowers, to the dessert table, to the outdoor patio, Jamie was able to distribute the pieces given to here in a beautiful way that brought the couples elegant black and white theme to life inside their venue.
Outside, in front of the long dock, we held the ceremony. The sun was brutal, but the scene with sailboats floating on the bay in the background was a beautiful. We held a short and sweet ceremony for the couple to exchange their vows and rings. Livio and Justine chose to take both of their grandmother’s wedding rings and had a jeweler recreate them into one dazzling piece for the new bride.
The rest of our In The Mix Event Group team were ready to help continue the celebration after the ceremony. As guests made their way into the bar (and air-conditioning) for cocktail hour they started with a signature drink that I introduced to the couple. It is a light and refreshing mix of pink lemonade, moscato wine, vodka, and mixed berries. The drink is perfect for a hot summer day and complimented their wedding perfectly.
Crystal aka DJ Skitlz kept the music flowing as I emceed the party. Livio asked for my help with asurprise for his bride. During their early days of dating the couple watched the Wes Anderson movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. That movie features the Zombie’s song “The Way I Feel Inside.” Livio explained to his new wife, and the on looking guests, how that song summed up the way he was feeling on that night so many years before, and he knew then that he was looking at his future bride. The surprise was well thought out, and a touching way to share a memory with his bride and guests. Thankfully Genava and Will of Reiner Photography caught all the great moments on film throughout the night. I have always been impressed. I personally can’t wait to see the proofs! I highly suggest the creative West Chester photographers to anyone looking for great wedding photo services.
As the night came to a close guests grabbed some sweets from the candy bar area before heading out the door. It was obvious that the newlyweds and their guests had a great time. It was truly a pleasure to be such an integral part of Justine and Livio’s wedding day. I wish my friends many years of laughs and love together.