It's February, so love is in the air and why not share a wonderful wedding story with our community. Meet Caitlin De Leonardis and her husband, Paulie. They got married on September 7th in Red Bank, New Jersey and she was gracious enough to give us a peek into her own personal love story. Not to mention, Caitlin loved planning her wedding so much, she decided to toss her corporate job to the wind and launched her own wedding blog, Tulle Wedding Skirts. The blog is an amazing source of inspiration for brides and the average girl that just loves pretty things! Read all about her wedding, click on her blog, and send out some love!

How did you meet your husband and how did you know he was the one?

Paulie and I technically met in college, at the University of Richmond, but didn't get to know each other until years later. We hung in the same social circle in NYC post-college due to mutual friends. Right around my 25th birthday, the stars aligned - We were both single, still living in Manhattan and ready for something more serious than the current dating scene. On what you would call our first "date," he invited me over for dinner - His own homemade red sauce over ravioli. My life revolves around food, so it's pretty safe to say the rest was history... But I took it slow, because as cheesy as it sounds, I just had a feeling he was the one.

Where did you go dress shopping? What made you say yes to the dress?

I went dress shopping at Lovely and Gabriella in NYC, Mustillo's in Red Bank and L'Fay Bridal/Cymbeline in NYC, which is where I said yes to the dress. My dress was the very last dress I tried on - a drop waist ball gown with layers and layers of tulle. I looked over at my mom and she was crying - that's when I knew it was the one. 

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How did you get yourself ready for the big day?

Growing up dancing, I've always been active and working out. Leading up to the wedding, I became obsessed with barre classes - but I alternated between barre and ride classes at Work it Out to really get in shape for the big day!

Tell us about your wedding.

We are Jersey kids, tried and true, so there was no doubt we would get married in New Jersey. After scouting out potential venues, we decided to have our reception at the historic Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, NJ - with a traditional church ceremony at St. George's-by-the-River in Rumson, NJ - the same church my parents were married in. This meant a lot to me.  But besides the sentimental value, our wedding had all the elements we wanted - an outdoor cocktail hour, elegant sit-down dinner with delicious food and the best dance party of our lives complete with a packed dance floor and killer band! And of course, we couldn't end the night without more food - pizza bagels, pigs-in-a-blanket and French Fries in Chinese take-out containers to-go! 

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How is married life now and what advice do you have for other soon to be WiO brides?

Married life is the same - Ha! But seriously, what I love is our support for each other. Life has its ups and downs, but getting through that with a supportive spouse who loves you no matter what makes it so much better. As one of those crazy girls who actually loved planning her wedding, I could go on and on about advice for brides - But my biggest take-away is to understand that you can't do it all - Pick a few key elements that are really important to you and run with those - Because in the end, it all goes by in the blink of an eye and only you remember those little details.

**Photo Credit: Jenelle Kappe Photography

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