Di Stefano asked Cassara what his "real" job was, aside from coaching a Division 1 basketball team.
"In my mind, I thought I was a big deal, and in her mind, she was a big deal," Cassara said.
"She gave that wedding dress a full workout," he said with a laugh.
That dress, a bit of a mess at this point, hangs in her mom's house, and Di Stefano has no plans to pack it away.
Sparkle was 'the color' Despite the mishap, the bride looked stunning in her Kenneth Pool gown, a frothy confection boasting a crystal emblazoned bodice and piles of tulle as a skirt from the Wedding Salon in Manhasset. And her glam, exotic diamond earrings were her "something borrowed" -- these on loan from friend Idayne Kaye of Kravit Jewelers in Oceanside, who also designed the couple's wedding bands. "I didn't have a color for the wedding, so I guess you could say sparkle was my color," Di Stefano said.
Even the flowers, a lush palette of white and champagne hydrangeas, roses and orchids -- some submerged in glass vessels -- featured strands of crystal accents, all by Brian's Flowers in Mineola.
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And four of Cassara's nieces, who were flower girls, wore poufy chiffon dresses from David's Bridal with sparkly little bracelets.
The cake, a 71/2-foot-tall, eight-layer masterpiece created by Oheka's pastry chef, Daniel Andreotti, had alternating tiers of chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse filling and yellow cake with hazelnut mousse filling.
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