The Couple:  Maureen and John Ball
Wedding Date:   August 6, 2010
Photography by Fiorillo Photography
Tell us a little about you and your beloved:  Hmmmm, where to start……many say our love is meant to be, and we couldn’t agree more!
We met about twelve years ago and not too long after we fell in love and never stopped. We went our separate ways for a few years but stayed friends.
Shortly after getting back together, John proposed. There were a few scenarios on how it was going to happen. But with all the excitement after picking up the ring it happened sooner than planned. We came home Saturday night on December 12, and as we were getting ready for bed John started looking in his drawer and acting suspicious. I thought it was kind of weird given that we talked about marriage and agreed to wait a year or two so I didn’t expect a ring. I wanted to think that it was going to happen but instead thought that he was giving me my Christmas present early since I told him about a pair of Tiffany’s earrings I wanted. As he turned around from his drawer, an open box with the ring in hand, he said “will you marry me?” The only answer I had was of course “YES” and my eyes filled up with tears. From that day on it’s been even more wonderful.
We both knew that we were the only ones for each other because of the strong bond that we’ve shared no matter what, and we only imagined spending the rest of our lives together. So the saying that goes “if you love something, let it go, and if it comes back to you it’s meant to be.” We are a perfect example that this saying is true.
What was the most amazing part of your day?   It goes without saying that the best part of the day was when we finally got to see each other at the altar, and when we both said I Do. We didn’t see each other or speak all day which made it that much more exciting.
What else would you like to share about your big day?   We were really excited about our venue because of the balcony where we had our first dance. It was an exciting part of our reception and something we felt that set our wedding apart from others. Having our first dance on the balcony also surprised most of our guest because only a few people knew about it. So when we were announced everyone was expecting us to come out after the bridal party on the floor until the spot light shined on us on the balcony and the DJ told everyone to look up. It was an amazing first dance!

Ceremony and Reception Site:  Corinthian Grand Ballroom
Photographer:  Fiorillo Photography
Videographer:  Major Diamond Productions
Caterer:  Corinthian Grand Ballroom 
Cake:  Cake Expressions
Flowers:  Citti’s Florist
Favors:  CD’s (DIY by the Bride)
Wedding Dress:  Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaid Dresses:  David’s Bridal
Hair:  Kalani Style
Makeup:  Kalani Style 
Invitations:  By the Bride (I purchased the boxed invitations from Michael’s and added some of my own changes)
DJ:  DJ Erubei with Sounds in Motion
Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out?  Our Officiant – Bride’s Uncle
We were honored to have my Uncle Jesse perform our ceremony. He is one who I admire in the way he lives his life as an individual, a husband and a father. Having people like him and my aunt to look up to when it comes to how a marriage and family is nurtured helped me in knowing exactly what I wanted in my marriage.
First Dance Song:  “These Are the Moments” by Edwin McCain
Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now?   While it’s a good idea to take the opinions of those important people in your life, it’s more important to plan and have the wedding that the bride and groom want. Both John and I had the wedding we wanted, we did it our way and would do it all over again the same way.
The two most important things to us in our wedding was our photographer and videographer. They are the two vendors who can take us back to our special day. We’ve been very happy and thankful to have found both to share our day with. So splurge as much as you can on the things that are most important to you.
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance?  We would’ve set aside more time for pictures during the day with family members, the bridal party and special people.
Photos courtesy of Fiorillo Photography.

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