A Family Tradition
I am a Special Education teacher and Niko is a restaurant owner. Niko and I met through mutual friends, who set us up on a blind date at a restaurant. After that date, we hung out every single day. We were inseparable.
About a year later, around Christmas time, he proposed. I’ll never forget, I was getting upset with Niko for not helping me hang ornaments on our first tree. Little did I know, it was because the best ornament was already on it! He chuckled and slyly pointed to the branch that was holding my engagement ring and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said yes. What a sweet surprise!
My family is very close and believes strongly in our traditions. We had a sentimental and beautiful ceremony in St. Nicholas Church in Flushing, NY that we all grew up in; everyone in my family has gotten baptized and married there.
We didn’t need to look at other venues to decide our reception location. Ten years prior, my sister had the most amazing wedding reception at Floral Terrace. Coming from a family of people in the restaurant business, we had high expectations for food and service, and we knew Floral Terrace would meet them.
The entire staff was so accommodating and helpful. Paul Boultadakis, director of sales and marketing, and Frank Sanzi, the general manager, turned the chaos of planning each portion of the night into a smooth, wonderful event. Frank helped with the design of our cocktail hour and dinner menu and even set up Red Bull and champagne in the room I was getting ready in before hand. George, the maitre d’, was so thoughtful, and really considered the bride and groom every step of the way. Michelle, my bridal attendant, was by my side from start to finish. Whatever I needed, she was right there for me.
For dinner, we included all our favorite foods with several stations: a Tuscan table with various antipasto meats, cheeses, and vegetables; a cold station with oysters, caviar, lobster, and shrimp cocktail; a sushi boat with assorted sushi rolls; and an Asian station with shanghai duck. There was also a chef’s carving board of various meats, a crepe station, a pasta table, a mediterranean brochette station, and more.
We added our personal touch to the various stations by having the letter K carved into each one. Our favorite was the “K” in our martini ice luge!
The ambiance was very romantic and elegant. The ballroom had an elevated dance floor, which really made us feel in the spotlight as we danced our first dance.
The light pink LED lights and extra tulle around the floor of the room really added a special and unique touch. The floral centerpieces were styled with highs and lows. We had high candelabras and low floral arrangements Floral Terracesurrounding three crystal candle holder sticks.
We’re now pregnant with our first baby on the way and we can’t wait to see where our journey takes us! My cousin, who recently got engaged, is now looking at Floral Terrace for her venue.
Original version of this article published by: Manhattan Bride