Stacey + Steve: A Classic Violet Romance by Andres Valenzuela Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

The story behind this romantic New Jersey wedding is one for the books.  Steve proposed on Thanksgiving day, while the two were traveling in New Zealand. This was very appropriate for the pair, as they count their blessings every single day.  Steve was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and spent nearly an entire year recovering. Although it was an unfathomably hard year for the couple, it really cemented their relationship. Stacey says, ‘We have just always been so grateful for every good day since his illness.’ Now, the two live in Atlanta where he works for the Atlanta Braves and she works for the PGA Tour (they are both huge sports fans)! The wedding was a celebration of life, love, and gratitude for every day. Andres Valenzuela photographed the violet-hued affair; and we’re reveling in all of the beauty and bliss.

The couple wove plenty of personal touches into the classic event.  So many of the details were thoughtfully selected with a deeper connection in mind, starting with the venue.  As sports fans, and with Stacey being an employee of the PGA Tour, it was only fitting that the couple marry at a golf course, the Falkirk Estate and Country Club in Central Valley New York.  Stacey’s Dad has sold Jack Daniels for over 30 years, so the groomsmen were gifted custom bottles of Jack!  The signature drink of the evening was called  “LiveStrong Lemonade” as a nod to LiveStrong, which gave Steve a lot of support during his battle with cancer.

After a joyful ceremony at St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, everyone headed over to the country club for photo ops and the reception. Billowing hydrangea and rose centerpieces by Amaryllis Event Décor adorned the ballroom, adding to the romance.  

The venue even provided space for an afterparty in the downstairs pub – which was perfect for the crowd of guests that held down the party into the early hours of the morning.  Despite a bit of stress leading up to the wedding day (they married just ten days after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast), the day-of was seamless, stress-free, and full of pure love.  Sending big thanks to Andres Valenzuela for sharing Stacey and Steve’s gorgeous album with us, and sending big wishes for a lifetime of health and happiness to the newlyweds!

Photography by Andres Valenzuela • Bridal Gown by Paloma Blanca from Helen Bohn Bridals • Bridal Shoes by Badgley Mischka • Bridesmaids Dresses by Bill Levkoff from Bliss Boutique • Men’s Attire by Vera Wang at Men’s Wearhouse • Hair by Eric Alt Salon • Florals by Amaryllis Event Décor • Invitations by Paper Works and Events • Cake by The Pastry Garden • Ceremony Venue: St. Luke’s Church • Reception Venue: Falkirk Estate and Country Club • Musicians: Rich Bascomb & Phase One through Craig Scott Entertainment • Catering by Falkirk Estate and Country Club • Videography by Professional Video, LLC

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