An Old Hollywood Wedding at the Windsor Ballroom in West Windsor, New Jersey

After meeting in New York City and dating for two years, Dina Berkovits (29, a nurse) and Matthew Millett (33, a software developer) got engaged at the gorgeous Montreal Botanical Gardens while vacationing in Montreal, Canada. “Since we were planning to have a long engagement while I completed my studies, we didn't start looking at venues until about a year in,” says Dina. “We had done some research ahead of time, and made our first venue appointment at the Windsor Ballroom in West Windsor, NJ. It immediately impressed us, and notably had the largest dance floor we had seen at a wedding. We knew we wanted a cocktail reception, which they were able to provide, and the price was unbelievable. We also wanted to ensure we chose a place where the ceremony and reception could be held, and we wanted an adjoining hotel to make it easy on our guests. While it was the first venue we looked at,we fell in love with the place enough to sign the contract soon after.With an "Old Hollywood" with a modern flair wedding theme, Dina and Matthew chose a red and black color palette to emphasize the elegance of the era.“Our invitations and menus were chosen to match our theme, in black, red, gray and white,” says Dina. “Our ceremony programs were designed by a family friend as a movie reel to match our theme. For the reception decor, we had modern spandex black tablecloths, black chair covers, with white rhinestone-studded wraps. We went with red roses and black feathers in a white square vase for half of the table centerpieces. The other tables had black antique-styled lanterns with candles inside. Around the arrangements were red rose petals and votive candles. Instead of table numbers, each table had a black, rhinestone-studded picture frame with an old movie poster notating the table. We had tables like The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, It's a Wonderful Life and more. In addition to the table decorations, what made Matt and me incredibly proud were the other details throughout the venue. Upon inquiring about your table number, you were provided with a matchbook that indicated the name of the table. In close proximity to the matchbooks were cigars in an authentic antique cigar box. Within the ballroom, there were several different areas tying the theme together. Near the photo booth was a ‘dressing room/vanity’ that had antique perfume bottles, jewelry, movie magazines and even old makeup!”Dina and Matthew served dinner as a cocktail reception with different serving stations including a “Smashed Potato bar, a carving station and a scampi station, and served cupcakes and other small desserts in lieu of a wedding cake.“Everything reflected us as a couple. We were so proud with how everything turned out (obviously with the help of a lot of amazing people). Being detail-oriented, I wanted every open space filled with unique detail, so if the guests weren't dancing or eating, they could still be entertained while looking around the space. The DJ was amazing, and the music was personalized to fit ourselves, our family and our friends perfectly. The photographers (who have now become good friends) were so integral at capturing all of these moments so brilliantly. Obviously, the best part of the wedding was being surrounded by the people we hold most dear.”