BYRAM, NJ – It may not have been everything they planned but it was just right. Samantha Rush and Nick Deaquino said their vows at Waterloo Village on March 21.
“We wanted to keep the day we picked,” Rush said. They plan to have “the whole thing” sometime in the future. The newly minted Deaquino family has a date in June but still may have to push it off.
There were a few tears when they made the decision to postpone the big event. “So many people were still willing to come but we didn’t think it was worth the risk. It wasn’t the right thing to do.”
They went ahead with the parents and siblings to witness their vows. Former Sparta Mayor and Sussex County Freeholder Josh Hertzberg officiated.
Initially the couple's friend was to officiate but with the impending shut down, mother of the groom Marie Deaquino called family friend Hertzberg. He said he would preside over the ceremony anywhere they needed to have it.
"I have known the Deaquino family for what seems like forever, so I was honored that they asked me to perform the ceremony," Hertzberg said. "The rumors were swirling that the governor was about to announce a 'lockdown' that afternoon so I was glad that at least their immediate family was able to share in their special day.
“He said a few words about marriage. Nick said his vows to me, I said my vows to him,” Rush said. “Honestly, it was ideally what we wanted. Of course we wanted everyone to be there for the celebration but for the part we did, it was nice because it was so intimate.”
"I think they may have been saying their vows during the governor's press conference," Hertzberg said.
She wore the white dress she was planning to wear to the rehearsal dinner, with “doc martins of course.” The bride said she is saving the dress for the “real” ceremony.
The groom wore "a tux I already had." The wedding tuxedo for the groom and groomsmen will be waiting for them when they have a new date.
Redshaws Florist had been hired to do the flowers for the wedding. The shop surprised them with a gift. They delivered the bride and bride’s maid’s bouquets and the groom's boutonniere using whatever flowers she had in their planned color scheme, the couple said.
A friend of her father’s from the Sparta Camera Club, Poliana Devane took the photos.
Waterloo Village did not charge them for the ceremony on March 21 and are not charging them to change the date.
“These things made me feel reassurance of the choices we made for the wedding,” Rush said.
After the wedding they returned to the newlyweds’ new home in Stillwater for a meal. The bride’s father Jon Rush provided food from Casa Mia “our fav” and Rush’s mother-in-law Marie cooked her favorite pasta dish, broccoli and cavatelli.
They bought a cake at ShopRite. “Honestly, it was delicious,” Rush said.
Deaquino said they would "always go to Waterloo Village for a nice hike or a walk and on field trips with school and never though much about it. When they saw the wedding venue it was a different story. It turned out to be the perfect backdrop for their intimate wedding ceremony "and the weather was perfect too."
"It will be nice in June too," Deaqino said. "Or whenever it comes."
The Hilltop Country Day School pre-school teacher said they were not planning on a honeymoon until the summer. “It was kind of nice to be quarantined together. We still love each other,” Rush said.
She said “she is sad not to see my kids,” but gets to see them on the computer every day to say hello and see what they are doing.
Deaquino just went back to work for a few days. He is an elevator mechanic working primarily on private homes, installing and repairing all over New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. He said they were able to work on a job in a home that is vacant but will probably
She has a very pragmatic view of it all.
“It was great,” Rush said. “Everything fell into place, it was just what it was supposed to be.”