A Traditional Wedding at the Loeb Central Park Boathouse in New York, New York

Jennifer (Jen) Cui (28 and an elementary school teacher) and Edward (Eddie) Riguardi (26 and works in commercial real estate) met at a restaurant on her birthday and became engaged in 2012. Eddie nervously popped the question at one of their favorite restaurants, Po, with a princess cut diamond ring. Over the next year, Jen and Eddie planned a traditional wedding in New York City. “Since we met in New York and most of our memories took place in New York, we decided that it was only fitting to get married in our city,” says Jen. The couple held their ceremony at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Each pew was lined with white hydrangeas as Jen walked up the aisle. After the couple said “I do,” thier 171 guests left for a reception and cocktail hour filled with personal touches at the Loeb Central Park Boathouse. Each was served an assortment of appetizers as well as two signature drinks: dirty martini with blue cheese stuffed olives and a lemon spritzer with champagne. “Our signature drinks showed our humor and fondness for fun and entertaining,” says Jen. A straw with a "E&J...Celebrate” flag was set in each cup. As a five-piece band and an acoustic guitarist played in the background, the couple and their guests moved inside for a seated meal. “We are a couple that loves good food and definitely wanted our guests to share that experience with us!” says Jen. They served a three-course meal before treating their guests to chocolate covered strawberry mousse and four-tiered wedding cake. Jen and Eddie’s friends and family left their celebration with organic soaps wrapped with pages from vintage children’s books. For future couples, Jen shares: “It's so easy to get caught up in the craziness of the most special day of your lives, but relax and enjoy everything you planned because it will be over in the blink of an eye.”