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Anna Huzar & Joseph Michalczyk

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Maura, Joeland and Kara Michalczyk, from Dunmore took part in the fairytale wedding of their uncle Joseph Michalczyk and his bride, Anna Huzar.

The siblings served as junior attendants for the July 3, 2016 nuptials at Odescalshi Castle in Rome, Italy.

Joe, formerly from Dunmore, is a graduate and basketball standout at Bishop O’Hara High School, and Anna graduated from North Brunswick Township High School and Rutgers University. Although the couple had many mutual friends in New York City and Miami, it was a social media introduction that led to a face-to-face meeting over cocktails. Living in Arlington, VA and New York City, respectively, a long distance relationship ensued for three years. Joe proposed at sunset on the beach in Bali while tourists and locals shouted to Anna to, “Say Yes!” She did!

Since Anna is originally from Poland and has family throughout Europe and the USA, and they both have friends all over the world, they decided on a destination wedding. The fell in love with Bracciano, Italy, during a visit, so Castello Orsini-Odescalchi (Odescalshi Castle) was a natural choice for the wedding location. The medieval castle has been used as the setting of movies and television shows, and was the site of many famous weddings, including Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

An intimate dinner in Rome provided a venue for both families to meet and celebrate prior to the festivities. Donna Savelli Camilla Hotel, a former convent in Rome, was chosen for the roof top rehearsal reception and, later, dinner in the gardens.

Arrangements of blue and violet hydrangeas, white flowers, roses and lilies decorated the Parrachio Santo Stefano Protmartin  (St. Stephen, First Catholic Martyr), Bracciano, Italy.  The colors complimented the varying shades of violet in the dresses of maid of honor, Dr. Diana Huzar Diaz (Anna’s sister) and her seven bridesmaids. Black tuxedos were the order of the day for Joe’s best man, his brother Mark Michalczyk, Dunmore, and his seven groomsmen, including childhood friends and high school basketball players, Tony Battaglia, Moosic and Jamie Higgins, Lake Ariel.  Joe’s tuxedo and shirt were custom designed and tailored by Peyman Umay, who embroidered the bride and groom’s names and the wedding date on the inner shirt  sleeve plackets. Anna’s silk satin princess dress, adorned with Swarovski crystals, was by Prina Toranai from Keinfeld Bridals. (Father) Don Piotr Bartoszek, Anna’s cousin, officiated at the wedding Mass.

Costumed medieval heralds with flags, drums and trumpets, lined the way as guests ascended the red carpet to Odaleschi Castle for the reception. Serving stations and bars dotted the castle gardens for a pre-dinner reception overlooking Lake Bracciano at sunset. After photos on the ramparts and gardens, a herald proclaimed Joe and Anna’s  entrance, followed by 30 men in medieval attire performing a flag show.

Later, the heralds announced guests as they entered a magnificent torch and candlelit dining room in the castle, which was decorated with original tapestries and statues, standing vases of violet hued flowers and table arrangements and tall silver candelabras. Mark Michalczyk and Tony Battaglia roasted the couple and offered a heartfelt toast, as did the maid of honor. Following a multi-course dinner, the 160 guests adjourned to an inner courtyard festooned with violet lighting, matching the colors of the wedding party, for dancing, a dessert table, photo booth, caricaturists and selfie stations. Joe and Anna made a striking entrance as they descended the grand staircase in violet lighting and a heart shaped spotlight. Later that evening the newlywed re-entered, entertaining their guests with a specially choreographed dance. A fireworks display, set to music, coincided with the champagne toast and cutting of the wedding cake.

The Michalczyks’ honeymoon included an extensive trip to Capri, Florence and Venice Italy, the Greek Islands, The United Arab Emirates- Abu Dhabi and Dubai, India  and The Maldives. Anna is a Medical Device Territory Manager-Hemodynamic Specialist for Cheetah Medical. Joe is a C.P.A. and partner in the Transaction Service Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers. The couple resides in Arlington, VA and will soon  move to Manhattan.