Ilona-Bianca and Manuel Jose

Most Sentimental Moment

It was overall an amazing day for the both of us and every moment we will cherish forever. I joked with my husband that I better see some tears from him and for our first look, he cried the moment he turned to see me. He looked so handsome in his suit and our closest friends (wedding party) was in the back to witness it all. We couldn’t have asked for a better small and intimate first look.

Favorite part with friends and family

We were so happy to see our closest family and friends come together to celebrate our joyous occasion. Our goal was to keep our guest list as small as possible but also to have people that are consistently part of our lives be there. Also we had an awesome DJ (Charles Young) that had our guest dancing all night! Our sweetheart table was on stage and for a few seconds, we were able to just sit and see everyone having a great time.

Biggest surprise

There was a technical difficulty with the DJ and for a couple of minutes there was no music. So my husband and his best man took the stage and sang a Backstreet Boys song. It was like a mini concert and the guest enjoyed it very much. To this day my husband thinks it was a set-up.

How we personalized it

My friend Mona who helped me with the wedding, sang our entrance songs along with her friend who was playing the guitar. She sang one of his favorite Paramore songs ” Still Into You” and for my entrance she sang “Turning Pages” by Sleeping at Last. We’re also a fan of the CW show Flash and the song he sang to Iris for the musical episode, was our first dance. My husband also surprised his grandmother with a dance and it was a beautiful moment. Most of all, there were a couple of things that represented our personalities from my husbands love of comics and video games to my love of pecan pie from a local bar/restaurant.

Our honeymoon

We will be taking our honeymoon in 2019 and plan to go to Japan. We’re both excited and looking forward it.

What’s next for us

Now that we’re married, we just want to enjoy it and create memories as Mr & Mrs. We do have plans on starting our family but not anytime soon.

Our Wedding Album

The happy couple

We had an awesome photographer and he captured many natural and candid shots. This was us just walking and talking but I was also excited that I’m sure I was just talking nonsense.


Wedding party



I bought this dress from BHLDN and the minute I put on this dress, I knew it was the one. I tried on many dresses prior to this gem and it wasn’t the same feeling. I’m still in love with my dress and it’s so timeless that I hope my future daughter will wear it for her big day!







One of the best things from wedding, my bouquet!



We had our wedding at Flushing Town Hall and our reception was held upstairs in the theater. The theater has booths and it was one of my favorite details of the venue.


Our favorite moment

The moment he turned around and saw me for the first time.


Our favorite wedding photo

My husband is very close to his grandparents and his grandmother help raise him. He got very emotional during their dance and it was a beautiful moment.


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