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Jacqueline Cara & Angelo Borrello

October 15, 2016 in New York, NY


When Angelo Borrello first approached Jacqueline Cara during a kickboxing class, the two discovered they had several mutual friends and commonalities. Both were from large Italian families, and travel was one of their shared passions. “We were instantly attracted to one another, and I was completely taken aback by his good looks and charm,” Jacqueline recalls. “Little did he know my feelings for him, since he asked me out for one year straight before I finally said yes.”

Five years into their relationship, Angelo planned a lavish and romantic engagement in Anguilla with fireworks, roses, and champagne on the beach with their families present. Sadly, mere weeks before their engagement trip, Jacqueline’s grandmother fell ill. Rather than having a destination proposal, the couple got engaged on Valentine’s Day, at the restaurant where they shared their first date. They also had a small celebration in the hospital with Jacqueline’s grandma. “It was a special, yet emotional moment because I realized she was not going to get to see me walk down the aisle; but at least she was able to celebrate our engagement together,” she reflects. “It was a quiet, yet beautiful engagement and one we will remember forever. Three weeks later, my grandmother passed away.”

Jacqueline and Angelo waited a year after her grandmother’s passing before the wedding planning process began. “Once we started planning, it really helped our family move forward from the devastating loss,” she says. “We had so much happiness and love to celebrate, that our families were very engaged throughout the planning process.” After Jacqueline and her mother spent a year piecing together the perfect wedding, Lauren and Paul of LLG Events joined the team to take their vision and execute it to perfection.

With the wedding set in New York City, the bride and groom exchanged vows during a ceremony at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The following reception was held at Cipriani Wall Street, where a live harpist was waiting for guests upon arrival. Inside, a wedding theme of an “enchanting garden oasis” was created with crystal candelabras, gold trees, and intimate candlelight. Roses and orchids filled the ballroom, with one thousand blooms cascading down the sweetheart table alone.

The newlyweds had several surprises in store for their guests throughout the night, including an after-dinner performance of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. As the boys appeared wearing red jackets, they sang “Oh What a Night” and continued with a 20-minute Broadway performance. “It was absolutely incredible,” says the bride. “Everyone was dancing and singing along, clapping their hands, and it changed the whole mood of the event. I’ve seen them perform on Broadway, but there was something magical about having them in front of me and having everyone dance along to their performance.”

The final surprise was a massive donut wall, displaying over 200 donuts, plus a Viennese hour filled with desserts, a crepe station, ice cream station, and an assortment of cakes. As guests were leaving with their donuts, a Brooklyn-style popcorn truck topped off the food-filled evening.

“Every detail, every guest, every moment is something we will cherish for a lifetime,” says Jacqueline. “I would like to thank all my vendors, LLG Events, and my parents for making this day happen – and especially my family and friends for celebrating with us, and making this day so special.”

>Written by: Lauren Malamala

Ceremony Location: St. Patrick’s Cathedral Manhattan, NY; Reception Location: Cipriani New York, NY; Planner: LLG Events Brooklyn, NY; Floral Design: Pedestals Floral Decorators Garden City Park, NY; Wedding Dress and Veil: Pnina Tornai; Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld New York, NY;
Headpiece: Bridal Styles Boutique Brooklyn, NY; Groom’s Attire: Brioni; Cakes: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes New York, NY; Linen: The Finishing Touch Long Island, NY; Lighting: Star Group Productions New York, NY;