Category Archives: #HipNJ Weddings

#HipNJ Weddings profiles the top vendors and venues unique to the Garden State, and dishes on the latest trends the #HipNJ bride must know while planning The Big Day!

#HipNJ Women in Small Business: VeroLuce Photography

A picture may say a thousand words, but after the special person in your life sees your boudoir images, they’ll be rendered speechless.

Veronica Yankowski, owner of VeroLuce Photography, is a highly accomplished celebrity photographer that specializes in all aspects of the trade.  However, it’s her stunning Inner Diva Boudoir sessions that has caught the attention of the Garden State- and beyond.

Veronica’s work has been on the pages of numerous publications, including Cosmopolitan.  She has shot Signy Coleman of “The Young and the Restless” and Dina Manzo from “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”, among many other notable personalities.  But the majority of Veronica’s business is making the everyday woman look and feel their best.

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino chatted with Veronica and some of her loyal customers about this sizzling hot photography trend.  Veronica’s passion and love for her craft oozes from her every word, and VeroLuce clients count their boudoir sessions among the best days of their lives.  Lisa Marie was so blown away by everyone’s vibe, she just had to hit the sheets for her own session!

A boudoir day with Veronica is a must-have experience. Her accomplished hair and makeup team do a phenomenal job dolling you up.  Veronica does such a great job in quelling any insecurity that you may have,  and her warm aura enables you to own the moment for the camera.  You walk away from the photo shoot feeling like a confident, beautiful superstar, and the images to back it up!

An album of your classy, sexy boudoir is the perfect wedding gift to your fiance.  It also makes a great anniversary present, or an amazing way to document your pregnancy.  Even if you aren’t celebrating a milestone, it’s one of the best ways to celebrate you!

For more on VeroLuce Photography and Inner Diva Boudoir, please visit Veronica’s website.

#HipNJWeddings: Bridal Shower Trends at Cielo


Your grandmother’s Sunday brunch bridal showers are a thing of the past.  #HipNJ brides are now incorporating tradition with a fun night out with the women they love!

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino recently celebrated her bridal shower at Fairfield hotspot Cielo.  While the modern Italian fare (rock shrimp arrabiatta, orecchetta w/sausage & cauliflour, and chicken scarpiello) satisfied all generations, the Friday night soiree’s standouts were the custom cocktails (“The Lisatini!”), music and dancing.

Lisa Marie enjoyed her night so much, she had to sit down with Cielo owner Chef Anthony Pucciarello for #HipNJWeddings.  Lisa Marie discovered that #HipNJ brides are flocking to Chef Anthony’s old school-meets-new world experience; bridal showers make up 80% of their private parties!

Cielo’s other standouts include the beautiful bar area, which boasts ornate ceilings and granite countertops.  Chef Anthony’s signature “Inside-Out Meatball” is a must-have (yes, it’s a meatball filled with spaghetti, tomato and basil!)  And no #HipNJ‘er can resist the “Dirty Jersey” martini!

To book a bridal shower, or to make a reservation for dinner, call 973.808.1414 or visit their website.

#HipNJWeddings: The Park Savoy

#HipNJ is home to some of the best wedding locations and vendors in the world, and #HipNJWeddings will introduce you to the top contacts in the industry.

#HipNJ’s Peter Falzo was recently married at The Park Savoy Estate in Florham Park, and we chose this elegant location to say “I Do” to our newest series!

The Park Savoy recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and restoration, and the mansion is a superb blend of contemporary glam and timeless architecture.  Brides can perfect their look in the “Great Gatsby”-inspired bridal suite, while guests can mingle on the sweeping patio or by the cozy fireplaces. The rich decor- coupled with grounds’ lush, sweeping landscapes- provides newly married couples the quintessential storybook setting for their fairytale day!  (Click here to view their photo gallery).

Peter toured the historic venue and learned how The Park Savoy was originally an enclave for the upper echelon of the population.  (The mansion was even a speakeasy at one point!)

Peter also spoke with the three owners- long-time #HipNJ business partners Barry Maurillo, Joe Maurillo and Vito Cucci, of Nanina’s in the Park fame. Over some of the Chef’s notable selections, the foursome chatted about the various events that the mansion hosts (weddings, parties, or corporate functions for 400) and why they take pride in hosting #HipNJ citizens’ most special occasions.

Joe Maurillo also spoke about a charity he and his business partners support, the Cheer Me Up Foundation, a non-profit organization that aids underprivileged and ill children.

For more information on the Park Savoy Estate, visit their website or call (973)-377-7100.