A Brooklyn Bash
Tell us your love story!
Our first encounter happened in a New York City nightclub. Theresa was DJing and Jessica’s first reaction after seeing her was to ask if she was single. At the time Theresa wasn’t single, so Jessica left without meeting her. Fast forward to six months later, a mutual friend of ours drove us to Fire Island. The moment Jessica saw Theresa putting her bag in the trunk, she felt her heart flip. We spent two hours in the back seat of a car getting to know each other. Instantly, there was a strong magnetic energy between us that was undeniable. However, we both assumed we weren’t each other types. About five hours later as we lay on the beach on Fire Island, we realized we definitely were each other’s type. Later that evening, at a party on the water, Theresa pulled Jessica in for an unexpected kiss. The rest was history. We were inseparable from that day forward. From the start we built our foundation based on friendship and trust. There were many external elements against us in the beginning of their relationship, but we were able to communicate and trust one another enough to make it past those elements.
What about the proposal?
Two years into our relationships, on Nov. 21st, 2015, Theresa proposed to Jessica. Theresa asked all our close friend and family to ‘describe the love between Theresa and Jessica’. She asked them to write it down and make a video of them holding the sign. Theresa had a friend combine all of the videos and put it to music. You can see the proposal video HERE! Theresa waited till the night before our planned trip to Paris. After dropping Jessica’s parents off at a Stevie Wonder concert, we went home to find our apartment covered in roses. Theresa told Jessica she had made her a video to get her into the holiday spirit. Once the video started, Jessica knew what Theresa was about to do and burst into tears. Jessica’s parents, along with some friends, came over to celebrate. The next day, they left for Paris to bask in their love for each other.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
After officially meeting on August. 17th 2013, Jessica knew Theresa was the one about a week later. It was an indescribable calm feeling unlike anything she had experienced with any previous girlfriend. Theresa, too, knew almost instantly that Jessica was the one. It’s definitely a feeling that’s hard to put into words.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
We definitely knew we wanted to throw a real party. We valued the energy more than the esthetic; however we chose a beautiful venue. 501 Union was the perfect setting to throw a party, but also captured the aesthetic we enjoy. We discussed what we loved and disliked about other weddings we have attended and decided to not incorporate any traditional elements that we didn’t connect with. For example, we didn’t need an “altar” because it didn’t resonate with us. We decided the most important elements of our wedding would be the people in our bridal party and in attendance, the music and the entertainment. Our bridal party was large with 27 people. We wanted to be surrounded by people who love and support us no matter what. Since Theresa is a DJ she planned the music. She asked two of her best friends to provide the music when she wasn’t DJing herself. No one is a bigger Whitney Houston fan than Jessica and Theresa, so they asked a wonderful friend and insanely talented perform to perform Whitney’s Greatest hits.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
Planning turned out to be easy and enjoyable. We divided up tasks and concurred. Theresa handled the music, stage, lighting, sound and talent. Jessica handled the flowers, decorations, photographer, videographer, photo booth. Together we picked the venue, food, cake, makeup artist and hair. It was a collaborative effort.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
We were fortunate to have excellent advice from friends and family who recently married. We knew not to focus on details or get caught up on things being “perfect” because those expectations are unrealistic. We planned the best we could and left the rest up to our incredible wedding planner.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
Don’t sweat the small stuff. You won’t remember those details after the fact. You will most likely remember the feeling you experienced most of all. Things will definitely go wrong, and that’s okay.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
The moment the ceremony began till the end of the night. The entire ceremony and reception were such a dream. We spoke the truest words we have ever said to one another in front of all our loved one and then celebrated until they kicked us out. It was a rush of love, adrenaline and beauty.
- Photography By One Night Cereus
- Venue By 501 Union
- Catering By Ponti Rossi Food Truck
- Coordination By Gioia Grabos
- Officiant By The Honorable Judge Sharon Blackburn
- Florals By The Room In Bloom
- Dress By Olia Zavozina
- Jumpsuit By Jonathan Simkhai
- Performance By Sapphira Cristal
- DJ By DJ Theresa
- & DJ Heather Femia
- Cake By Lulu's Bakery
- Photobooth By The Bosco