*NEW* Jessica & Thomas: A Stylish Seasonal Celebration in Summit

by Kathleen Murray

Thomas (Tommy) Troncoso is lucky that Jessica Kleiman had such a bad blind date. Jessica, who knew the advertising copywriter through her postcollege roommate, never considered him "boyfriend material."

THE BRIDE Jessica Kleiman, 31, PR director
THE GROOM Thomas (Tommy) Troncoso, 32, advertising copywriter
THE DATE December 21
THE SCENE The Jewish ceremony took place at the Grand Summit Hotel beneath an exquisite huppah, followed by a cocktail hour in the atrium of the hotel and a plentiful feast in the ballroom.

BLIND DATE GONE BAD Soon enough the script flipped when Jessica, a PR director, found herself set up with his coworker whom she ended up "hating" -- fortunately, Tommy was there (at the work event) to save the date. Six years later, after so many of their friends were engaged or married, Tommy shocked Jessica with a proposal on their New York City street corner. "He said to me, 'Oh, there's something I forgot to tell you that's not going to make you happy...guess who got engaged?'" Jessica recalls. But before she could ask who, Tommy was on one knee.

INSIDE INFO Having worked at The Knot, Jessica had the inside track on wedding planning. "I was so well prepared," she says. "I handled one thing at a time so I wouldn't get overwhelmed." When her original vision for a fall affair fell through, Jessica reevaluated her priorities and attached herself to the groom's idea of celebrating the week before Christmas, when many guests would be off from work. "Because it was a Jewish wedding, we didn't want to do anything too Christmas-y," she says. So they mixed up the seasons and stuck with a warm autumn palette of deep reds, purples, and oranges.

COMING TOGETHER Jessica and Tommy exchanged vows at the Grand Summit Hotel under an exquisitely handcrafted huppah. The bride's father constructed and painted the structure and her mother, a fiber artist, designed and created a beautiful lavender silk covering printed with Hebrew phrases, the couple's invitation wording, and colorful designs in shades of orange, red, and gold. "What was so wonderful was that my parents have been divorced since I was five and they came together to build this first 'home' for us on our wedding day," Jessica says. She entered this new home in a sleeveless, scoop-neck A-line Wearkstatt gown, carrying a vibrant bouquet of roses in shades of orange, deep red, and yellow, with burgundy hypericum berry accents. Her sister, the matron of honor, wore a wine-color sleeveless dress to complete the lush look.

WINTRY FEAST A string trio hailed the newlyweds with a Vivaldi tune, as the 115 guests made their way to the nearby atrium for a cocktail hour filled with passed hors d'oeuvres, a raw bar, and a warm wintry buffet. "There was so much food it was ridiculous," Jessica says, laughing. Trying to find room for dinner, everyone was welcomed into the ornate ballroom decorated with a striking floral motif inspired by the bride's bouquet. For the finale to the feast, Jessica designed the "delicious" white wedding cake with cannoli-cream filling to resemble a stack of gifts -- the only nod to the impending holiday.

'80s PLEASE As per the couple's request, mostly '80s tunes lured guests onto the dance floor, moments after Jessica and Tommy first danced to "Time After Time," by Cyndi Lauper -- an appropriate tune for a longtime duo.

-- Kathleen Murray
Photography © Zlatko Batistich

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