Dana and Alex met through a mutual friend who was dating Alex's best friend. One night, she mentioned that Alex looked especially good – and that's when he asked for her number and started suggesting they go out on a date. "We stayed up the entire night talking," Dana says. "From that day forward, we have been inseparable." On Sept. 11, 2010, Dana and Alex took a ferry into the city for a date night at Gascogne, a French restaurant. As they sat in the restaurant's garden setting, Alex kept telling Dana over and over how much he loved her. "I did not know what was going on," she says. "Then he took out the ring and put it on my finger." They married on Dec. 3, 2011, which turned out to have special significance: Dana's great-grandmother had married on the same date 83 years earlier.
Wedding date Dec. 3, 2011
Bride: Dana Victoria Yodice of Paramus, Paramus High School, class of 2001
Groom: Aleksandr Chernyak of Fair Lawn, Fair Lawn High School, class of 2000
Currently reside in: Paramus
Ceremony & Reception: Pleasantdale Château, West Orange
Music: Ernest Band, Hank Lane Productions, New York, N.Y.
Florist: Crest Florist, East Hanover
Cake: Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange
Photographer: Lou Grant, Milton Gil Photographers
Videographer: Michael Simons Video Productions, Middletown
Dress: Stefan Jolie from Bijou Bridal, Paramus
Bridesmaid dresses: Jasmine Belsoie from Bijou Bridal, Paramus
Groom's tuxedo: Tony Conte, Hawthorne
Save the dates and wedding invitations: You're So Invited!, Westwood
Wedding day stationery: Designing Moments, Wayne
Favors: personalized coffee bags and coffee scoops labeled "Alex and Dana: A perfect blend"
Hair: Dawn Esposito, River Vale
Makeup: Gail Freeman, Mahwah, and Doria Szymanowski, Garfield
Hers: Great-great grandmother's wedding band
His: The Jewelry Center, Paramus
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