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Romance and Elegance at its Best
CPS Events at The Plaza
by Emily Reifel

Last August I received a phone call from a sweet girl named Jackie. She was so excited to chat because she had just gotten engaged and knew she wanted to be married at The Plaza! She had attended a wedding I had worked on last year and loved every second of it. No more than 3 days later, Jackie got her wish and we were booked!

I soon met Jackie's adorable fiancée Jeff and their fantastic parents!  Jackie and Jeff had met through Jackie's older brother and it was incredible to watch how everyone already felt like such a close knit family. We started the planning process right away and soon all the perfect vendors were in place. Doug and Eddie would be their musical entertainment all night, Tamara Kogan from Aramat Events would be in charge of all the gorgeous decor and design and Felix from Fred Marcus studios would capture it all on film and in photos!

Throughout the entire planning process, I was so impressed with Jackie and Ella's ability to make this party really about Jeff and Jackie and to be able to embody both families’ style and elegance. Each detail was well thought out and exuded a hint of glamour, like the Plaza itself!  

The big day arrived and I couldn't have been more excited! I had gotten to know everyone so well that the morning of the wedding we all had breakfast together in the Champagne Bar and talked about life, love and how thrilled everyone was to celebrate Jeff and Jackie! Not one person was nervous; I had never experienced this before!

Soon it was time for Jackie and Jeff to see each other for the first time in a private moment just for the two of them! Jackie had surprised Jeff with an engraved candle that was made from a bottle of Whispering Angel Rosé that he had given her when they got engaged! It was such a sweet moment and you could just see the love on Jeff's face as he opened it. Then when he got to see Jackie, it was apparent that these two were certainly meant to be!

As they enjoyed all of their portraits with their bridal party and immediate family, the guests arrived to The Grand Ballroom Foyer and the Centennial Foyer for Cocktail Hour. It was perfectly thoughtout with an abundance of sushi, seafood, antipasti stations and an elegant caviar station complete with an ice sculpture with Jackie and Jeff's "Double J" monogram!

Soon the guests were escorted to the Terrace Room for the ceremony. Tamara's team had filled the room with romantic candles and a chuppah dripping with white flowers!  Each guest received a book of love sonnets that also included a program of the wedding ceremony for them to treasure with their own loves.  Music was very important during the ceremony and a well know Israeli singer, Eli Buzaglo, had been flown in to surprise the guests with a performance during the ceremony!  He sang Boi Kala as Jackie and her parents walked down the aisle and Jeff and his parents watched in complete awe. As the bride and groom walked out of the ceremony to Simon Tov, also sung by Eli, the guests were ready to walk into one of the most elegant parties I thought to ever grace our Grand Ballroom. Doug & Eddie's Band opened the room to classic Big Band Standards, and Tamara had executed the bride and groom’s vision perfectly with all low white and ivory centerpieces on each table with a few crystal candelabras that added just the right amount of drama.  Two trees with flowing white flowers graced the dance floor.

As the guests were seated, they were thrilled to see stunning crystal decanters of Vodka and dainty bite sized hors d'oeuvres to dine on! Then as a surprise to the guests, six opera singers came from each corner of the Ballroom to perform "La Traviata" in the middle of the dance floor! The guests were amazed. As the opera singers finished, Aldo Ryan, the MC for the night, announced Mr. & Mrs. Fidelman into the room as husband and wife!  They performed their special choreographed first dance, which was to a mash-up of a few songs: Cheek to Cheek, Time of Your Life, and Everything! Then the Hora erupted on the dance floor and it was hard to get the guests to sit down to enjoy their first course of Freshly Shaved Truffle Risotto and Beet Ravioli!  The guests were invited to dance again and soon it was time for their entrée course of Grilled Red Snapper or Black Angus NY Strip Steak. Toasts were made with the glorious Israeli wines that were a favorite of the bride and groom, the traditional parent dances were performed, and then another surprise!  Violinist Sarah Charness and her troupe including a cello, a saxophone and electric violins made their way to the dance floor to perform a few songs such as Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding's class dance floor hit "I Need Your Love"! Together with Bentley Meeker's fantastic lighting design, the crowd shot out of their seats and clapped and danced along!

Soon it was time for Jackie and Jeff to cut their glorious 8-tier white & gold Ron-Ben Israel cake complete with their "J&J" monogram on top! Jeff gave a heartfelt toast to his beautiful bride and then it was right back to the dance party!

A DJ kicked off the after party and the whole family stayed and danced until 3 am! As each guest left, they were gifted an Israeli silver honey jar with the inscription “love as sweet as can bee” as a reminder of the day.

At the end of the night, there were hugs, kisses and high fives all around!  Jackie and Jeff truly had their fairy tale wedding come true in the most romantic and elegant way! It was a perfect Plaza party!

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