Michael C. Fina

Boston Marathon Survivors to Marry Today in The Knot Dream Wedding

The Knot Dream Wedding - Michael C. Fina

NEW YORK, April 4, 2014 — TheKnot.com, the number one wedding planning destination, today announces the wedding day of The Knot Dream Wedding. Now in its second year, the program followed one couple through every step of the wedding planning process with each element voted on by America. This year, TheKnot.com selected Rebekah Gregory and Pete DiMartino as the very deserving recipients of The Knot Dream Wedding. Today, America can tune in to watch the wedding take place at the Biltmore in Asheville, NC, live on TheKnot.com starting at 11 a.m. See all photos from the day on Instagram and Twitter by following #TheKnotDreamWedding and @theknot.

Rebekah and Pete were at the finish line of the Boston Marathon cheering on Pete’s mother last year. When the bomb exploded, Rebekah’s first thought was to protect her son, so she shielded him. She has endured 15 surgeries over the course of the past year, as well as preparing for the upcoming amputation of her left leg. Pete lost 90 percent of his right Achilles tendon and suffered multiple broken bones in his ankle. He has undergone surgeries and months of physical therapy. Their shared experience as a result of the explosion and surviving their injuries brought them even closer together and strengthened their relationship.

“We could not think of any couple more deserving of The Knot Dream Wedding,” said Rebecca Dolgin, TheKnot.com editor in chief. “We are so thrilled to help them overcome their past and bring on their new beginning to an amazing life together.”

Rebekah and Pete handed off all wedding planning decisions to America. Voting took place weekly on TheKnot.com/DreamWedding where people around the country voted for seven weeks on every element of the wedding, including the location, overall theme, bridesmaid dresses, hair and makeup, rings, cake, flowers and even Rebekah’s dress.

“Solidifying forever with Pete DiMartino just makes my heart really happy. And the fact that we get to share our special day with so many others thanks to The Knot, that’s pretty cool to me,” said Rebekah Gregory, The Knot Dream Wedding bride. “Although we do not feel more deserving of this honor than anyone else, we couldn’t be more excited to have shared our journey with so many other people and to have had America plan our wedding! Everyone has trials in life and this just happens to be ours. But if we can inspire one person to keep pushing forward by sharing our story, it’s totally worth it to me. And I don’t care if I have to hop, wheel or roll down that aisle, I will get to the other end of it because the person waiting for me is the only thing that matters.”

Since Valentine’s Day, thousands of people across the country tuned in to help Rebekah and Pete’s wedding dreams come true. Additionally, Lee Brice, an award-winning country artist, is providing the couple with his new song “I Don’t Dance” as their first dance. Rebekah and Pete will dance to the perfect wedding song, along with enjoying the winning wedding elements:

   -- Location: Asheville, NC, the couple's favorite vacation destination, was 
      chosen for the wedding among other cities that the couple has ties to, 
      including New York, Boston and Louisville. A garden ceremony at Biltmore 
      was chosen for its fairytale setting next to a real-life castle. 

   -- Theme: The theme America chose is Enchanted Garden, a vision created by 
      celebrity wedding planner Marcy Blum of Marcy Blum Associates. With green 
      and brown woodland colors, plus whimsical elements like hanging lanterns, 
      this theme is a nod to Biltmore's gardens. 

   -- Rings: Classically Cool wedding bands were selected: a pave diamond band 
      for Rebekah and a titanium band for Pete, both by Michael C. Fina. 

   -- Bridesmaid Dresses: Rebekah's girls will don chiffon gowns in falcon, 
      complete with a trendy sweetheart strapless neckline by Watters. 

   -- The Dress: Rebekah will wear a gorgeous ivory fit-and-flare dress with 
      beaded embroidery, a dropped-waist and sweetheart neckline by Sophia 
      Moncelli for Kleinfeld Bridal. 

   -- Flowers: The romantic and playful whimsical woodland centerpieces 
      features a willow adorned tree trunk base and a secret garden of flowers 
      in shades of pink, plus blooming cherry blossoms designed by Holly 
      Chapple. All flowers are American grown from the California Cut Flower 
      Commission and will play into the enchanted theme with shades of pink, 
      lavender and peach. 

   -- Cake: Cake Alchemy will create a masterpiece of delicate white ruffles, 
      buttons and stunning peony sugar flowers to match the garden theme. 

   -- Hair & Makeup: Rebekah came to NYC for a hair and makeup trial with Alli 
      Web, founder of Drybar, and Kate Watson from Too Faced. The winning look 
      will be revealed on the wedding day.

 

About The Knot

The Knot is the nation’s leading wedding resource, reaching nearly every bride in America through the #1 wedding website, TheKnot.com; The Knot national and local wedding magazines; #1 wedding planning and fashion apps The Knot Wedding Planner and Wedding LookBook by The Knot; The Knot book series; syndication placements across the Internet and regular television appearances. The Knot is the flagship brand of XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO; http://www.xogroupinc.com), a consumer Internet and media company devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between, providing young women with the trusted information, products and advice they need to guide them through the most transformative events of their lives. Follow The Knot on Twitter @theknot.

The Big Question – Platinum vs. White Gold

Platinum vs. White Gold - The Knot Winter 2013

Do you know the differences between platinum and white gold?  In the Winter 2013 issue of The Knot, we gave expert advice along with Platinum Guild International and the World Gold Council to ensure that all couples are better educated before making a decision about the metal for their engagement rings and wedding bands.

Which metal would you choose?

Platinum

Why Choose Platinum? - The Knot Winter 2013

White Gold

Why Choose White Gold? - The Knot 2013

A Dream Wedding

The Knot Dream Wedding The Knot Dream Wedding

In February, Michael C. Fina was lucky enough to provide wedding bands to the winning of couple of The Knot Dream Wedding.  Andre and Sierra exchanged vows on Valentine’s Day at Citi Pond in Bryant Park.  Check out pictures and more details from their magical wedding in the Summer 2013 issue of The Knot!

 

Want to see more?  View video highlights from the wedding and all the winning details on TheKnot.com!

A Dream Wedding!

The Knot's Dream Wedding

TODAY MARKS REVOLUTIONARY FIRST-EVER LIVE-STREAMED CROWDSOURCED WEDDING PLANNED BY THE KNOT EXPERTS, CELEBRITY WEDDING VENDORS AND THE COUNTRY!

– TheKnot.com Throws Once-in-a-Lifetime Luxury Wedding with Every Element Voted by America, Including the Bride and Groom, Dress, Cake, Honeymoon and More –

NEW YORK (February 14, 2013) – Today, TheKnot.com, the #1 wedding planning destination and the authority on all things weddings, is making dreams come true! History will be made as first-ever live-streamed The Knot Dream Wedding takes place. This wedding is the first of its kind and millions of guests around the world are invited – RSVP by watching it all happen as it streams live on TheKnot.com, Facebook, Google+, The Knot YouTube channel, MSN Living and other media platforms.

The ultimate dream wedding, completely planned and paid for by experts at The Knot will take place at iconic Citi Pond at Bryant Park in New York City today, Valentine’s Day 2013. In a truly unforgettable moment, expert figure skater Sierra Dickens, The Knot Dream Wedding bride, will awe guests by taking advantage of the rink and skating her way down the aisle.

Since January, people across the country and around the world have voted on every single element of the wedding, from the dress to the ’do and everything in between.

“Andre and Sierra, our Dream Wedding winners, are an ideal and truly deserving couple – we could not be more thrilled to provide them with the wedding of their dreams,” said Carley Roney, cofounder and editor in chief of TheKnot.com. “At the cutting edge of technology, The Knot and all of our editors are honored to have created such a unique and memorable experience that can be shared and viewed nationwide.”

Every element (and the couple’s reaction!) was caught twice a week on The Knot LIVE, a live-streaming TV show. Celebrity wedding planner Amy Shey Jacobs and TheKnot.com editors asked viewers around the globe to decide on everything and here’s what won thanks to your vote:

  • Winning Couple: The first vote selected our dream wedding winners, Andre and Sierra, from a pool of five finalists.
  • Theme: The theme chosen is Modern Ice Castle, a vision created by Amy Shey Jacobs of Chandelier Events, with Lucite, ice and all things modern, this ultra-contemporary event will play up the glass-enclosed venue, anchored in a palette of silvers and whites.
  • Rings: Classic wedding bands were selected, Sierras with a platinum pave diamond band and Andre a titanium polished band, by Michael C. Fina.
  • Flowers:  The winning flowers were manzanita and crystal. Tall and exotic, these centerpieces add a modern touch to the branchy seasonal look by Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design. The bridal bouquet will be a cluster of shimmering brooches, while the bridesmaids carry bunches of gorgeous white orchids in different varieties.
  • The Dress: At The Knot, we’re all about tradition, and traditionally, the groom can’t see the bride in her dress before the big day! In keeping with this, tune in as we reveal the beautiful Kleinfeld Bridal dress live on TheKnot.com at 11am – right before Sierra walks down the aisle!
  • Hair & Makeup: The look will be that of winter’s goddess with a sideswept style that’s romantic, ethereal and strong by Blow. The makeup by M.A.C. creates a captivating and sultry eye using deep-blue tones layered with deep browns.
  • Bridesmaids Dresses: Sierra’s girls will don silk crinkle chiffon one-shoulder Amsale gowns in graphite, complete with trendy asymmetrical peplum and a sweetheart neckline. Sierra and the bridesmaids will also be wearing fabulous shoes by Nine West.
  • Men’s Formalwear: Andre and his groomsmen will wear contemporary black tuxedoes with a modern fit and narrow lapel by Vera Wang BLACK for Men’s Wearhouse.
  • Cake: Ana Parzych Cakes will create a sugary orchid masterpiece, complete with white-fondant cake tiers finished in textured, silver-painted fondant, decorated with handmade white sugar orchids and piped embroidery painted in silver.
  • Ceremony Entertainment: Élan Artists’ Djore A Cappella, the urban gospel chorus specializing in singing a capella will serenade Andre and Sierra as they walk down the aisle.
  • Honeymoon: Tokyo, Japan, was the selected location – the ultimate Asian honeymoon destination — full of culture, customs and cuisine, provided by Expedia. The couple would take this opportunity to volunteer, or “honeyteer,” their time to improve conditions abroad following the Tsunami. What better way to start a life together than by working for a charitable cause, and after winning the dream wedding Sierra and Andre would love the chance to give back in a meaningful way.

 

For more information on The Knot Dream Wedding and an overview of Andre and Sierra’s reactions to all their wedding elements, visit TheKnot.com/dreamwedding. Follow the wedding live as it happens on Twitter too: @theknot #tkdreamwedding.

 

A special thank you goes out to all the fabulous, luxury celebrity vendors who are a part of putting together Andre and Sierra’s dream wedding, including: 100 Layer Cake, Altos De La Plata, Amsale, Ana Parzych Cakes, Blow, Citi Pond at Bryant Park, Chandelier Events, Chandon, Classic Party Rentals, Elan Artists, Expedia, Karl’s Event Services, Kleinfeld Bridal, M.A.C., Macarons and Cookies by Woops, Matchbox Twenty, Men’s Wearhouse, Michael C. Fina, Miriam Salat, MSN, Nine West, Okamoto Studio NYC, Original Runner Company, Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design, Rent The Runway, Roey Yohai Photography, Samuel Adams, Smirnoff, Taylor Creative Inc., The Knot Shop, Tweed Weddings, Wedding Paper Divas and Wildflower Linen.

 

About TheKnot.com

The Knot is the nation’s leading wedding resource, reaching nearly every bride in America through the #1 wedding website, TheKnot.com; The Knot national and local wedding magazines; The Knot book series; and syndicated columns in newspapers nationwide. The Knot is the flagship brand of XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO; http://www.xogroupinc.com), a global media and technology leader devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between, providing young women with the trusted information, products and advice they need to guide them through the most transformative events of their lives. Follow The Knot on Twitter @theknot.

 

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The Knot Best of Weddings 2013

The Knot Best of Weddings 2013 Pick - Michael C. Fina

 

Michael C. Fina is pleased to announce that we have been selected as a 2013 winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, a special section featured on TheKnot.com/BOW.  TheKnot.com is a number-one wedding destination, most trusted by brides.

The Knot Best of Weddings 2013 provides a “by brides, for brides” guide to the top wedding professionals across the country, and is a must-have when it comes to selecting the best-of-the-best wedding resources. Whether they’re trying to find the wedding dress salon with the best service in Philadelphia, the most creative wedding photographers in Los Angeles, New York’s top cake bakers or Miami’s hottest reception sites, engaged couples across the country want the inside scoop on the best from real brides.

 

Stop in today to see why brides have chosen Michael C. Fina!   Also remember to add us a a favorite vendor on TheKnot.com!