With Me All the While: a Wedding at The Brownstone


Jennifer Oratio and Michael Kainatsky met online three years ago, but as fate would have it, their paths had crossed many times. Although they both lived in New York City when they met, they grew up a mere five minutes from one another, in neighboring towns of Ramsey and Mahwah, New Jersey. They hung with the same circle of friends and even attended the same prom, but never formally met until more than a decade later. A marathon first date led to a long-lasting connection. They became engaged a year and a half later, and married another year after that. Their special and unbreakable bond is irrefutable.


A romantic, glass conservatory at The Brownstone, in Paterson, New Jersey was the perfect spot was for the couple’s sweet ceremony. Vows were framed by an arch we designed with rustic branches. Craftsman-style architecture and a sense of history and warmth welcomed guests for a joyful reception.

Jennifer chose ivory peonies and white freesia for her bridal bouquet. We used pink peonies with white hydrangea, freesia and spray roses in the table arrangements and on the arch. Jennifer’s flower choices flattered her soft, classic bridal look and reflected her lovely spirit.

Never fear that modern technology diminishes the magic of romance. For this couple, online dating began an old-fashioned love story.

All images by Tom Wang Photography.