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(Photo courtesy of David Eric Studio of Photography)
Posted: Thursday January 17, 2013, 4:59 PM
By Bergen.com

Photos courtesy of David Eric Studio of Photography

Amanda & TJ
Amanda and TJ first met at Paramus Catholic High School in 2001. "We started off as best friends, mainly because at that time we thought there was a huge age gap," Amanda says. "I was only a freshman and TJ was a senior." By their sophomore year, their friendship had blossomed into a beautiful relationship and they officially started dating on Feb. 14, 2003. In November 2010, Amanda and TJ took a vacation to Rome, Italy. While they were there, they went sightseeing. "And being strong in our faith we couldn't wait to go to the Vatican," Amanda says. "We took a tour with a group of 10 people; the last stop was the Sistine Chapel, which was absolutely beautiful." Their tour guide had the group meet in the back of the chapel and asked if anyone had any questions. TJ got on one knee and asked Amanda to marry him. "I was in complete shock and completely overjoyed," she says. "It is a trip I will remember forever and always treasure in my heart."

Wedding date Jan. 20, 2012
Bride: Amanda Pendergast of Fair Lawn, Paramus Catholic High School, class of 2005
Groom: TJ (Thomas) Churchill of Washington Township, Paramus Catholic High School, class of 2002
Currently reside in: Maywood
Church: St. Anthony's, Hawthorne
Reception: The Venetian, Palazzo Room, Garfield
Music and lighting: Magic Moments, Garfield
Florist: Petals Premier, Hackensack
Cake: Palermo's Bakery, Ridgefield Park
Photographer: David Eric Studio of Photography, Maywood
Dress: Maggie Sottero from Jaehee Bridal, Englewood
Bridesmaid dresses: Impression from Bijou Bridal, Paramus
Flower girl dresses: J.Crew, New York, New York
Groom's tuxedo: Tony's Tuxedo's, Hackensack
Invitations and wedding day stationery: Carlson Craft
Favors: donation to Alpine Learning Group, School for Autism
Videographer: Live Picture Studios, Jersey City
Transportation: Danaro limousine, Carlstadt
Hair: Vincenza's Cut Above, Maywood
Makeup:
  Bride: Dana Sellitto
  Bridesmaids: La Bellezza Eterno
Wedding rings: Alain Jewelers, Edgewater
Personalized wedding programs and menus: etsy.com
Personalized bar napkins: wedding.com
Wedding glowsticks and batons: coolglow.com

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