Inside Weddings - - Weddings - June 10, 2016 Hunt­ing­ton, New York | Pho­tographed by Dear Stacey

June 10, 2016 Hunt­ing­ton, New York Pho­tographed by Dear Stacey

Vic­to­ria Mardovich and Frederick Catanese ran into each other at a party in col­lege and found they had a lot to dis­cuss. Though they didn’t at­tend the same high school, the pair had ac­tu­ally met when they were young chil­dren. “Our fam­i­lies be­long to the same coun­try club, so we went to golf camp to­gether and swam at the same pool,” Vic­to­ria notes. They spent the party rem­i­nisc­ing about their child­hoods, spark­ing a con­nec­tion that blos­somed into a re­la­tion­ship.

As the years passed, “I started think­ing about how good my life was with her and how I had never felt so com­fort­able with any­one as I did with Tori,” Frederick muses. He be­gan plan­ning an elab­o­rate pro­posal, hav­ing his brother – a pri­vate jet and he­li­copter bro­ker – pre­tend to gift the cou­ple a he­li­copter tour around Man­hat­tan. “Fred­die seemed ner­vous while we were wait­ing for our turn, but I didn’t think too much of it be­cause he is afraid of heights,” ex­plains Tori. Soon af­ter take off, he pre­sented the ring and popped the ques­tion. At first, she didn’t even hear him. The sight of the di­a­mond ring made his in­ten­tions clear, and she quickly ex­claimed, “Yes!”


Tori had opened a bridal salon only a cou­ple months be­fore the en­gage­ment, so sud­denly she could re­late to her brides very eas­ily, even trad­ing ven­dor sug­ges­tions. How­ever, she did not need to hear any rec­om­men­da­tions for her fa­vorite venue, Oheka Cas­tle. Af­ter view­ing other lo­ca­tions, it was clear noth­ing would top the es­tate. “We knew we couldn’t have it any other way,” the bride con­firms.

Given her oc­cu­pa­tion, it should not be sur­pris­ing that Tori wound up with two dresses: A big, dra­matic gown to be­gin, and some­thing more com­fort­able for the af­ter-party. She made quite an en­trance, as her first dress fea­tured ex­quis­ite de­tails trail­ing from the il­lu­sion back into the lengthy train. In ad­di­tion to two en­sem­bles, the bride also took part in two cer­e­monies with her groom: a sim­ply sweet one for guests, and a tra­di­tional Catholic ser­vice the night be­fore, to honor the faith of Tori’s fa­ther, who trag­i­cally passed away on Septem­ber 11, 2001. His spirit was felt dur­ing the al­fresco cer­e­mony as well. “I told our priest that I wanted [my dad] to be men­tioned in a way that peo­ple would smile and not cry,” the bride shares. By coin­ci­dence dur­ing the vow ex­change, a cross was formed in the sky as the re­sult of two planes pass­ing by. “I didn’t no­tice the day of, but when I saw it in pic­tures af­ter the fact, it brought me to tears,” con­fides Tori.

In ad­di­tion to the new­ly­weds’ first dance, the re­cep­tion be­gan with a mother/daugh­ter dance to “What a Won­der­ful World” by Louis Arm­strong. “This was def­i­nitely a high­light,” shares Tori. “It’s been our song since I was five years old.” The bride was then able to en­joy see­ing the fruits of her la­bor fill the space. “Oheka Cas­tle has a lot of gold el­e­ments, so we worked with that and added white, light pink, and pale blue touches,” she ex­plains. The loose and airy flo­ral cen­ter­pieces were ar­ranged both high and low, giv­ing the room di­men­sion. Each place set­ting had an im­por­tant fea­ture: “I de­signed a fa­vor card that had a faded Amer­i­can flag with metal­lic writ­ing high­light­ing my fa­ther’s name,” the bride re­veals. Each card ex­plained that a dona­tion had been made in the name of Ed­ward Mardovich to Fam­i­lies of Free­dom, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides ed­u­ca­tion to chil­dren who lost rel­a­tives on Septem­ber 11th.

Af­ter din­ner, friends and fam­ily took to the dance floor. At one point, Fred­die took a twirl with his new wife’s pa­ter­nal grand­mother – one of Tori’s fa­vorite mo­ments of the night. “They have the most amaz­ing con­nec­tion, which means the world to me,” she dis­closes.

Both bride and groom agree that the wed­ding was ev­ery­thing they could have hoped for. “I would re­live it over and over again if I could!” Tori ex­claims. “It was the per­fect day,” Fred­die adds.

“I would re­live it over and over again if I could.”

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