Danielle and Deric met when Danielle was in high school and her best friend (and bridesmaid), Krista, moved to another town. Krista had become good friends with Deric at her new school. Because of their friendship, Danielle saw a lot of Deric... when Danielle would see Krista and her group of friends, Deric would usually be there too! A few years younger than Deric, Danielle initially didn't want to date him seriously, but rather wanted to continue to just have fun in high school! But after a few years, she finally decided to go on a real date with Deric in April of 2014, and they've been together as a couple ever since!
We were so happy when Danielle called us one day after her photographer gave her our contact information. Her photographer happened to be Alisha LeDonne, a fantastic professional photographer whose beautiful wedding we had filmed about a month earlier with our sister company, Cord 3 Films. We were available for Danielle and Deric's wedding and excited to be filming their day... and to be working alongside Alisha too!
Danielle got ready on the morning and early afternoon of her wedding day at her home. During this time, she made sure to take a moment aside from the hustle and bustle of the day to read the beautiful letter that Deric wrote for her. In it, Deric told her that "when asked what he loves about her, it's easier to say what's not to love". His love note was so thoughtful and well written... we were so touched by his entire letter.
Then, Danielle dressed into her amazing strapless wedding gown from KittyChen Couture. It had a subtle fit and flare silhouette, a beautiful sweetheart neckline and was covered in gorgeous, glittery beadwork. Danielle was so stunning! In her arms, she carried a lovely, romantic bouquet in watercolors of pink and white designed by Anastasia Rivera.
In their matching pink robes, her bridesmaids got to see Danielle in her gown and helped her with her accessories before dressing into their beautiful plum colored gowns. It was now almost time for Danielle and Deric to make it official!
The two decided to forgo a first look before the ceremony and instead, saw each other for the very first time that day as Danielle entered through the church doors at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Turnersville, NJ. As she walked down the aisle on the arm of her father, you could see the joy written on Deric's face as he watched his love approaching. And it was equally touching to see how emotional Danielle's father was as he was 'giving his daughter away'. The two had a traditional wedding ceremony and were soon pronounced 'husband and wife'!
After their ceremony, we traveled to their glamorous reception venue, Brigalias in Sicklerville. Before joining the party though, we had such a great time filming the couple and wedding party during their photo shoot with Alisha LeDonne!
The couple entered the stately Victorian Ballroom at Brigalias by descending the grand staircase to the cheers of their friends and family! When they reached the dance floor, Danielle and Deric shared a wonderfully choreographed first dance together as husband and wife, where Deric effortlessly picked her up in the air!
When everyone was seated, Danielle's father welcomed guests and toasted the couple with a warm and heartfelt speech. Following his message, Danielle's maid of honor and Deric's best man gave such phenomenal toasts as well. We love it when the toasts and speeches are delivered so naturally and are full of both funny and sweet sentiments.
After dinner and those super-sweet parent dances, it was really time to party! DJ Joe Albano from SEK Productions set the tone for an amazing evening and provided the music that kept everyone dancing all night! And definitely, a great time was had by all!
Thank you so much, Danielle and Deric, for allowing us to share in your wonderful wedding day. You're such a sweet couple and we can see you were truly made for each other too! As Deric wrote in his letter to Danielle, "This is just the start..." as you have "many more adventures to go on." We all wish you a lifetime filled with love and happiness together!
Photographer: Alisha LeDonne Photography - Turnersville, NJ
Floral Design: Anastasia Rivera
Hair Stylist: Leah Silberman
Makeup Artist: Beyond the Brush - Allison Martz - Runnemede, NJ
Wedding Dress: KittyChen Couture
Entertainment: SEK Productions - DJ Joe Albano - Cherry Hill, NJ
Cake: Country Sweets Bake Shoppe - Woodbury, NJ
Officiant: Monsignor Roger McGrath - Turnersville, NJ
Church: Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church - Turnersville, NJ
Venue: Brigalias - Sicklerville, NJ