The Angel on Monmouth Street
Angel’s Gowns—A MAGICAL KIND
OF PLACE WHERE BRIDES CAN COME FOR DRESSES
AND LEAVE FEELING LIKE PRINCESSES.
From the outside, the charming, Tudor-style building at 17 Monmouth Street
in Red Bank is reminiscent of a fairy cottage. Inside, one might imagine it as
the dwelling place of a princess, festooned, as it is, with luminous fabrics and
sparkling beads. In fact, it is the home of Angel’s Gowns.
Shop owner, Angela Paganoni,a fashion designer and clothing manufacturer
for 32 years in her native Mexico, opened Angel’s Gowns four years ago and
named the business in honor of her daughter Claudia, who, Angela believes,
earned her angel wings after passing away at age 16. In her shop, the grandmother
of three, and mother of Lily Avery, owner of Coba Yoga in Little Silver,
offers brides-to-be a wide selection of wedding gowns from designers like
Christina Wu, Mon Cheri and Mary’s Bridal, in styles to suit every taste from
traditional and timeless, to modern and sophisticated, to romantic and beachy.
Angela can help outfit the rest of the bridal party with bridesmaid, flower girl
and mother-of-the-bride dresses and accessories, as well.
Lining the walls of the tidy shop are more special-occasion dresses for
other ages and stages of a girl’s life. Angela has a huge selection of
christening gowns (plus suits and rompers for baby boys), First Holy
Communion dresses and veils, as well as Bat Mitzvah, Sweet Sixteen, Prom
dresses and Quinceanera dressesworn by girls of Latin-American heritage to
celebrate their fifteenth birthdays.
But, where Angela really shines is alterations. Beyond ensuring a perfect fit,
she can customize a dress by adding lace, beading, sleeves or other
embellishments, or even changing parts of the design. The skilled designer
can even transform a family wedding gown or heirloom dress into an
extraordinary, custom christening gown or communion dress for the next
generation. “I love to help make a dress truly unique and personal for my
customers so it is exactly what they want,” she says. “I am an artist
with alterations and can hide what you don’t like to make you look better,
but my alterations are still very affordable.”
Angela wraps all her customers in genuine warmth and kindness, and her
calming presence takes any stress out of the process. “I treat my customers
like my children and grandchildren,” she says. “They know I love them.”
WALK THIS WAY
Before you walk down the aisle, you’ll definitely want to take a walk around Red Bank on Sunday, March 11 as Red Bank RiverCenter hosts the eighth annual Red Bank Wedding Walk. The award-winning, fun and free happening has become a destination experience and essential planning guide for brides, grooms, partners, attendants, and families preparing for their special day.
The Wedding Walk begins with check-in and continental breakfast between 10am and 1pm at The Oyster Point Hotel, a co-presenting-sponsor of the event along with the Molly Pitcher Inn. Armed with a free tote bag, map and “passport,” attendees head out on a self-guided tour of Red Bank’s many wedding-related businesses. Trolleys and limos, courtesy of
Great American Trolley, Long Branch Trolley and Arrow Limousine, chauffeur attendees in style throughout town, with helpful Wedding Walk ambassadors from Barbizon stationed at shuttle stops.
“This is an ideal way to see all the wedding businesses in their actual locations—not just in a ballroom,” says Amanda Lynn, Red Bank RiverCenter Program Manager. “Red Bank has everything start-to-finish
for a wedding, from save-the-date announcements to the guest favors.”
In one information-packed and very entertaining afternoon, attendees can check out numerous restaurant venues for showers, rehearsal dinners and
receptions; try on wedding, bridesmaid, and mother-of-the-bride dresses; select favors and sample cakes; stop at hair, nail and skincare salons; meet dee-jays, photographers, florists, event planners, and other service providers; choose home furnishings for a first home or apartment; and much more. Still need the rings? You can find those, too.
At 3 pm, the festivities conclude with a reception celebration at the elegant, waterfront Molly Pitcher Inn. While enjoying tasty bites and lively music,
attendees turn in their passports (stamped at each of the participating businesses they visited), to be eligible for fabulous door prizes and grand prizes donated by Red Bank businesses.
ASK THE BRIDE
Leigh Ann Brienza Bridges of Astoria, New York, says last year’s Wedding Walk was invaluable to planning her June 16, 2017 wedding to Taylor Bridges. She found her floral designer (Craig Kiely and Darryn Murphy Designs) and favors (mini bottles of flavored olive oils from Carter & Cavero) during the Wedding Walk. And, although the couple had previously booked the Molly Pitcher Inn as their venue, the event helped Leigh Ann fine-tune appetizer selections and gain a better sense of the hotel’s ceremony and reception spaces. Sugarush, too, was already locked in for the
wedding cake and groom’s cookie cake, but Leigh Ann says, “Having the opportunity to taste samples again, confirmed we made the right choice!”
Leigh Ann adds that exploring Red Bank during the walk also helped the couple create a list of recommended local restaurants and shops for out-of-town guests visiting for their wedding weekend. “Participating in Wedding Walk was a great bonding experience with my mom (Ann Marie Brienza of Ocean Township),” says Leigh Ann.
“The whole event got me very excited for my wedding.”