While freshman at Fairfield University in Connecticut, Lily Muniz and Brian Comiskey struck up a friendship the way most begin in college: they lived in the same dormitory. Although instantly attracted to each other, the couple remained friends throughout college until their senior year when they took a leap of faith and began dating. With college and tons of cherished memories in the rear view, the couple took to The Estate at Florentine Gardens in River Vale for a celebratory night of elegance and eternal love.
(As told by Lily)
Since I was 11 years old, I’ve spent every summer at my family’s beach house in Manasquan. Although it’s been a favorite place of mine for a long time, Brian also grew to love going down to the house for the summer.
The proposal happened on a beautiful night in mid-July as we were walking on the boardwalk with the sun setting in the distance. As we approached the inlet, Brian suggested we walk onto the sand. As we did, he held both of my hands and told me how much he loved me and that he wanted me to spend the rest of my life with him. He told me that the day he met me, he knew I was the girl he was going to marry. He then got down on one knee and put the most beautiful ring on my finger. Shocked and overjoyed, I, of course, said yes.
At that moment, I turned around and my entire family came running onto the beach. They had watched the entire thing and even FaceTimed with Brian’s family so they could enjoy the moment as well. Brian had also hired a photographer to capture the entire proposal and shoot engagement photos as the sun set.
After popping a bottle of champagne and having dinner with my family, Brian surprised me – yet again – with a party the following day with all of our friends. It was perfect!
The Wedding: It’s All In The Details
What makes a wedding special? It’s all in the details, and Lily and Brian had some very touching ones.
First and foremost, to honor their parents and grandparents and the example of love that they had set for them, Lily and Brian chose to include a table of each couples’ wedding picture. Lily’s parents have been married for 30 years while Brian’s grandparents have been married for 60 years – Lily and Brian have some catching up to do!
Unfortunately, Brian’s mother passed away in November of 2015, roughly a year before the wedding. Knowing she’d be there in spirit and to make her presence known, Lily gave Brian a locket on their wedding day that held a picture of his mother. The locket was pinned to the inside of his suit jacket, near his heart. Additionally, during the reception, a candle was lit near a picture of Brian’s mother. The candle burned throughout the reception to remind everyone she was watching over the entire celebration.
To honor Lily’s late grandfather, a piece of his favorite handkerchief was sewn into her dress.
To celebrate those who were present, the couple forwent the traditional guest book for a more modern one. The couple, which loves to travel, used a “globe” guestbook and had their guests mark it with their names.
Another great touch: While their celebration was under way, an artist was doing a live painting of the reception, leaving the newly married couple with a painting that will commemorate their love and their wedding night for the rest of their lives.
Invitations: You’re So Invited – Westwood
Photography: Milton Gil Photography – Nutley
Videography: Sal Travis Entertainment – River Vale
DJ: Sal Travis Entertainment – River Vale
Flowers: Adam Leffel Productions – Hackensack
Cake: Palermo’s Bakery – Ridgefield Park
Gown: Stella York
Suit: Biltmore Tuxedos
Hair Salon & Stylist: Yigsy Hair Design, Yigsy and Ernesto Ramirez – West New York
Makeup: Beyond Beauty by Evelyn Abanto – Maywood
Jeweler: Jewelry by Allen Joseph – Mahwah
Limo Service: Perfect Limo – Montvale
Honeymoon Destination: Italy and Greece