Real Wedding Wednesday: Joyce and Rick

Joyce & Rick:  An earthy and organic event

By Jennifer Florendo

Photography by: altf 

Joyce Chittick and Rick Faugno first met when they were paired up as boyfriend and girlfriend in the theatrical production, “The Boyfriend.” Later, the talented twosome replayed those roles in the Broadway hit, “Wonderful Town.” If they had taken that as a sign, they would have tied the knot right then, instead of waiting until after a trial run as Mr. and Mrs. in the Vegas hit, “Jersey Boys.” 

For Faugno, he seemed to always know that Chittick was the one, although it took him over seven years to make it official. “We joke that it was the seven-year itch,” says Faugno. Instead of breaking up, he got on his knee and proposed in Paris. 

Planning the nuptials took a bit of time; hectic schedules often keep them apart. In June 2010, the couple saw a window of time where they would both be in Vegas, at the same time, for at least a weekend. And from there, they set the date and put the wheels in motion. 

The couple agreed on an earthy, natural look and feel for their wedding and found the perfect venue at Springs Preserve. The rest fell into place organically. The invitation design featured fireflies, which inspired their mason jar table settings and the venue inspired a part of the ceremony focusing on preserving relationships.

As if the brief amount of time to plan wasn’t enough, the dancing duo added another major component to their wedding: a choreographed tango. The chosen song was “The Carnival Tango,” the first song they danced to in “The Boyfriend.” 

“It was worth it. That is what people talk about when they mention our wedding—the first dance. It was pretty cool, we had a lot of fun doing it,” said Chittick. 

After the touching ceremony, an unforgettable party ensued. From the groom singing to the bride to an improv “tap dance jam session” to the guests raving about Retro Bakery’s coconut cupcakes to the photo booth, all are providing years of fun memories. 

“Everyone had a blast and it’s just nice to have photos of people letting loose and being zany. And to see some of your older relatives be goofy in these photos, it’s really a fun thing to do,” said Chittick.

The petite bride wanted to be sure that she was comfortable all day and night. “I found Dolly Couture online. They specialize in 1950s-era, tea-length dresses, which is what I wanted from the beginning. I just couldn’t have been more thrilled with it. It was such a fun dress to spend the night in and party in and it was comfortable.” 

For a bride who never envisioned herself as one, she put together an unforgettable event, one that was truly her style. 

“I went with my gut and went with what I liked. I didn’t cater to anyone else’s wishes. Rick and I did it the way we wanted to do it. We made sure that the family was included. We wanted them to feel special, but didn’t let anybody dictate to us what we should have. If I wanted cupcakes, I was going to have cupcakes. From what people said, it came across,” says Chittick about the beginning of her new life.

Bride: Joyce Chittick

Groom: Rick Faugno

Wedding Date: September 2, 2010

Bridal Party: 1 Maid of Honor, 1 Man of Honor and 2 Groomsmen

Number of Guests: 120

This Couple Recommends:

Venue: Springs Preserve

Photographer:  altf

Photobooth: ShutterBooth

Décor & Flowers: Julie Reed Events

Videographer: Bryon Moffitt

Bakery: Retro Bakery

DJ: DJ Harry O

Dance Lessons: Sergei Shapoval, Sergei’s Dance Center

Dress: Dolly Couture

Hair & Makeup: Lori White

Musicians: Drums-Brian Czach; Bass- Jeff Davis; Keyboard- Billy Tregesser; Guitar- John Wedemeyer; Tenor Sax- Andrew Friedlander; Trombone- Jason Holcombe; Trumpet- Glen Colby

Singer: Ronnie Rose

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