This has to be the all-time biggest, grandest wedding we’ve filmed yet! Claudia and Gian both come from very large, Italian families. It was only fitting that their wedding then should include over 400 guests in attendance! And just wait until you hear (and see) what Claudia and Gian had up their sleeves for the reception!
The wedding day officially began at St. John the Baptist Parish in Yonkers, NY. The beautiful bride was escorted there in a classic, red Mustang, all spotless for the big day. The traditional Catholic ceremony was spoken in both English and Italian.
Gian got his first look at Claudia in her gorgeous gown there at the altar. Claudia was stunning her her shimmering, beaded gown with an elegant, vintage design. Check out the embellishment on her open-back gown! She looked completely sensational. And Gian was equally stylish in his dark gray tux. They chose very classic looks for their wedding – perfect for this affair.
After the vows were said and the marriage proclaimed official, the couple took photos and drove to the reception at Villa Barone Hilltop Manor in that handsome Mustang. Romantic photos were taken by Ron Buffone from Giovanni Photographic Artist along the peaceful lake on the grounds of the Hilltop Manor while we captured the moments they’ll always remember on film.
Of course, the couple then drove into the reception in a Fiat. That’s right! Claudia and Gian made their grand entrance into the ballroom in a classic Fiat 500! It was a secret that the couple kept from their guests and the crowd certainly erupted with laughter and joy. It was definitely a very festive celebration that evening.
At the reception, Claudia’s maid of honor gave a toast in tribute to Claudia’s late father and honored the love that Gian has for Claudia. It was such a moving speech and one of several given to the loving couple that evening that we enjoyed so much. You can never get tired of hearing friends and family sharing their love and appreciation for one another.
The party really got rolling after dinner. Bar none, this party had the highest energy and best dancing we have ever seen in our years of filming weddings. The Gio Venuto Band kept everyone dancing all night. And there was even an after-party that continued into the wee hours of the morning, way past our bedtimes!
This entire wedding was spectacular, just epic. And it truly was a joy to film Claudia, Gian and their many friends and family. Congratulations to the happy couple! May the rest of your lives together be just as epic.
Photographer: Giovanni Photographic Artist (Ron Buffone) – Larchmont, NY
Floral Design: Westchester Floral Decorators – Pelham, NY
Hair Stylist: Elements Hair Design – Yonkers, NY
Make Up Artist: Beauty By Rosie – New York, NY
Entertainment: Gio Venuto Band – Queens, NY
Church: St. John the Baptist Parish – Yonkers, NY
Venue: Villa Barone Hilltop Manor – Mahopac, NY
August 14th, 2013
by Kristi Chapman
in New York Wedding Film