After months of planning, the day was finally here! Carlo & Genessa could not have asked for a more beautiful Spring day. The sun was shining, you could feel a small breeze and there was a crazy, beautiful amount of LOVE in the air! Carlo & Genessa planned a romantic gold & black wedding at One Atlantic Events, and it was one that we (Tami & Ryan) have been looking forward to for a while! We were so excited to be guests at a wedding this year, and the best part was that our super talented photographers from Love Story Studios would be the ones to capture this day for our friends!  Megan and Lauren kicked butt and captured their day beautifully!

Simple, Elegant Details for a Classic, Modern Bride

That Dress! Those Shoes! Allllll of the details!  Genessa had everything planned to perfection! From her L’Amour Calla Blanche dress purchased at Country Way Bridal, to her Badgley Mischka shoes, to her new last name in Gold Balloons over the fireplace. Even her bouquet from Mums the Word Florist was the perfect touch for her elegant details!

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Getting Ready with the Ladies at a Private Residence in Brigantine, NJ

Genessa, her bridesmaids and family all got ready at a house in Brigantine, right over the bridge from Atlantic City!  There was so much beautiful light shining through the windows, to perfectly showcase the bride to be!  Her mom and her sister helped to get her dressed, and then the rest of the bridesmaids were able to catch of a glimpse of the beautiful bride!

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First Look with the Bride and Her Dad

Genessa had a beautiful first look with her dad. There was so much emotion.  That emotion turned to laughter when she gave him his gift!  Then, her sister came out with a box of White Castle burgers!  Best Father-Daughter Moment!

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Getting Ready with the Guys at Caesar’s Atlantic City, NJ

Meanwhile, Carlo and his groomsmen were getting ready in a suite at Caesar’s hotel.  They hung out most of the morning, just relaxing before the festivities were due to begin!  His custom designed tuxedo from Men’s Wearhouse was the perfect attire! We loved that he has heirloom cufflinks, which was so meaningful!

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The Story of Carlo & Genessa

Carlo and Genessa were both in the same highschool freshman class of 600 students at Shawnee high in Medford NJ. Growing up in different home towns, they didn’t cross paths until junior year when one of Carlo’s closest friends went to Italy through school with Genessa. Carlo missed out on the opportunity to go on that trip and has always wondered what would have happened between the two of them if he had. Knowing Carlo’s taste, his friend Jolene immediately introduced the two when they got back from Italy. There was always a strong connection between the two, but timing and location wasn’t on their side.

Fast forward to 11 years later, Carlo bumps into Genessa’s mom in town at the local CVS. Seeing Mrs. Coppola reminded Carlo of how close they used to be. Even though over the years they lived in different locations, Genessa always reached out every year wishing Carlo a Happy Birthday. Having “lost” Genessa’s phone number, Carlo decides to reach out through LinkedIn! They caught up and wondered why they stopped being friends. Shortly after they reconnected, the magic started and the timing seemed to finally be right for the two.

Last year Genessa surprised Carlo with a Christmas gift… A Trip To Italy! They finally got to put the wondering to rest and embrace how they were suppose to spend that first time in Italy together…. Engaged! Genessa said yes to Carlo’s proposal on March 13th in front of the Trevi Fountain in Rome. The center stone was Carlo’s Grandmothers who lived in the very house they later in the trip got to walk through and spent some time with distant relatives. They got to see London, Paris, Denmark, Rome, Florence, Venice and his dads home town Arielli.

Italy has always played a roll in their relationship even before they knew it. From the initial introduction 16 years ago, to the origin of the diamond, to finally where they would get engaged and begin this next chapter of their lives together.

A Perfect First Look with the Bride & Groom on the Atlantic City Boardwalk

Early in their relationship, Carlo and Genessa would spend a lot of their days in Atlantic City.  So, it was the perfect location for their wedding!  With their bridal party standing behind them, Carlo turned around to see his absolutely STUNNING bride.  His reaction says everything!

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Bridal Party Portraits on the Atlantic City Boardwalk

What a fun bridal party Genessa & Carlo chose! Their family and friends were such a fun group of people who love Carlo and Genessa so much and were so excited to be a part of this day with them!

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Bride & Groom Portraits on the Beach & Boardwalk

Megan & Lauren could not get enough of Genessa’s dress and Carlo’s tux!  They were so classy and so elegant, that they could have taken photos of them for hours!  It was so clear, the love that they have for one another, in all of the photos. Plus, that veil was the perfect touch!

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Ceremony at One Atlantic Events

With the Atlantic Ocean below them, Carlo & Genessa read the vows that they wrote for one another in front of all of their family & friends.  They were full of love, and meaning, and just the right amount of laughter.  You could tell, without a doubt, that this day was a long time coming.  They were meant to be here, in this moment, together, with Carlo’s aunt officiating the ceremony.

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Sunset Photos on the Terrace at One Atlantic Events

Sunset at One Atlantic is breathtaking! With the sun setting over top of the casino’s, the terrace at One Atlantic is the perfect place to capture it!  With a few snuggles, hand holding and a bit of dress-twirling, they made the most out of the beautiful sunset!

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Reception at One Atlantic Events

One Atlantic works closely with each of their couples to create a dazzling space worthy of such a momentous milestone in their lives!  You’re welcomed into the room by the beautiful sunset shining through the tall glass windows that span the length of the room.  You’re then treated to gourmet, custom catering and a luxury bar service by One Atlantic!

Carlo & Genessa chose to dance to “Perfect” by Ed Sheehan, the symphony with Italian singer, Andrea Boceilli. It gives an ode to their engagement in Italy! The entire night was full of fun and dancing, thanks to our favorite DJ, Sam from Center Stage Entertainment!  Not only did their Maid of Honor and Best Man give personal toasts, but each of their sets of parents spoke as well! Their wedding was one of the books, and we were so thankful to be a part of it!

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