Nanina’s in the Park wedding of Erin & Damian – part 1|Belleville, NJ

Erin & Damian’s wedding was so full of love and support from all their friends and family. It was truly a beautiful celebration of two people joining their lives together. You’ll find some info about how they planned the wedding below, but check back tomorrow for the story of how they met – and some beautiful black & white images from the day. Enjoy…

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How did you choose your venue?

We chose our venue for a couple of reasons. Firstly the location was ideal with our guests coming from NYC, Hoboken, North Jersey and out of town. Secondly Nanina’s was absolutely beautiful. It has everything we were looking for from a ballroom, to outside gardens, to excellent food. Nanina’s also only holds one event at a time and had the best flexibility for weddings from 120 to 200+.


What was your favorite part of planning the wedding?

My favorite part of planning our wedding was adding unique details that personalized the wedding to us as a couple. For example, I made all of our wedding favors. I made Christmas ornaments (a set of lovebirds) for each of our guests.

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What was the most challenging part of planning your wedding?

The most challenging part for me while planning was staying calm and remembering it will all work out. Planning a wedding can be so much fun one minute and then stressful the next minute. So just remember to communicate and talk to your fiancé when you are stressed!

Wedding party at Nanina

What advice would you give other couples who are planning their weddings?

The greatest advice we could give is to make a budget. We talked about what things were most important to each of us and everything else cascaded from there. It’s just important to keep things in perspective and make the decisions that are best for you both as a couple.

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Why did you choose Leslie to be your wedding photographer?

We chose Leslie because of her photojournalistic style, her attention to detail, the quality/craftsmanship of her albums, and last but not least Leslie’s personality. I felt like I could trust her right off the bat. I was comfortable and confident that she would capture our big day perfectly.

Bride and groom depart Nanina

Venue: Nanina’s in the Park – Belleville, NJ

Hair & make-up: Up Do’s and Eye Do’s

Entertainment: Platinum Entertainment

Dress: Martina Liana

Cake: A Little Cake – Park Ridge, NJ

Bergen County Wedding Photographer: Leslie Barbaro