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Free Spirited Garden Party Wedding in New Jersey

Wow, talk about a stunning wedding!! Captured by Christina Lilly Photography, Kristin and BJ were married on a gorgeous September day at a vast private residence in New Jersey. The couple, both writers living in L.A., had a free spirited garden party style wedding with a fresh, modern feel. This event is brimming with personal details and a lovely color palette of shades of green mixed with crisp white. I especially love the movie quotes scattered around the tables and the gorgeous moss table numbers! Be sure to read more from the bride below.

How did you and your spouse meet?

We met on the first day of high school in our first period English class. He sat in the front row. I sat in the back row. We didn’t become friends until senior year, and the first time we tried dating was in the fall after graduation. It didn’t really work out, but there was something we couldn’t let go of and so we disguised whatever it was or might be in a certain kind of friendship. Seven years later we still hadn’t figured out what we we’re to each other and finally let go. Two years after that in 2009 with 3,000 miles between us we found ourselves in a real relationship for the first time, and even though it took me by surprise at first… I guess after all it was always meant to be.

What was the inspiration for your wedding day?

Home. It meant a lot to me to let the place where we met and both grew up be a part of our wedding day. We also wanted it to be as easy for our friends and family as we could make it. It’s a small beach town in New Jersey and the chosen mode of transportation in the summer is a bike– so we put a bike rack out and it was awesome to see a bike brigade of our friends all dressed up gliding in on their beach cruisers. We got married the summer after Hurricane Sandy which made the decision to use local vendors even more important to me. Luckily our hometown is a wonderful community with a lot of hard working, talented, and generous people. Nothing about the planning or the big day felt like business, it all felt really personal and intimate even with 200 people at our wedding.

I’m always asked, “what kind of wedding did you have or what was your theme?” And my response is that it was like if Jay Gatsby had a garden party inspired by Anthropologie and Free People.

Photographer: Christina Lilly Photography // Ceremony + Reception Venue: Private Residence // Catering: Mumford’s // Rentals: Sperry Tents, Ocean Tents & Party Rentals // Bridal Gown Designer: Lindee Daniel // Bridal Shoes:Jimmy Choo // Bridal Veil: Lindee Daniel // Bridal Headpiece: Twigs & Honey // Bridesmaids’ Dress Designer: BCBG // Bridesmaids’ Dress Store: BCBG // Groom’s Attire: Top Man by Top Shop // Groom’s Shoes: Calvin Klein // Groomsmen’s Attire: Top Man by Top Shop // Cake Designer: The Macaroon Shop // Floral Designer: Wall Flowers // Makeup Artist + Hair Stylist: Alyssa at Salon Cartarae // Invitation Designer: Noon Design Shop // Wedding Planner:Gilded Lily Events // DJ: Mike Merrell // Photobooth: DIY // Officiant: Groom’s brother // All images by Christina Lilly Photography // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Elegant + Modern Wedding in Florida

Wow, what an amazing ceiling! Captured by Minerva Photography, Felicia and Mitchell were married on a picturesque May day in a indoor ceremony overlooking the ocean in Florida. Following the ceremony, the couple and their guests enjoyed a reception filled with gourmet food and dancing. I love the neutral color palette, amazing cake, and stunning venue!

A few words from the bride:

We met on a Teen tour (a traveling summer camp that went to California, Hawaii and Alaska) in 2004. Even though he lived in CT and I lived in FL, we got very close after the trip and then we went to college together and started dating.

I guess I would call [the wedding inspiration] “modern elegance” We wanted to keep it simple and intimate, while maintaining what was meaningful to us in an elegant manner. Our closest family and friends with good food and drinks.

As for style- I looked at a million venues and I was so picky, if the carpet was ugly I wrote the entire place off! The venue really had everything we were looking for from the modern interior, being able to get married on the beach without having to actually go on the sand, and the fact that we had a famous chef cater it, meant that it was good food! The people invited are very important to us so we wanted them to enjoy the day too!

Michelle, our photographer, was amazing. When I began planning, she was one of the first vendors I met with and right away I knew she was going to help make the wedding I had in my head come to fruition. Honestly, the pictures are the most important of the vendors because they capture the event for you. Because Michelle was such a great person, it was easy to get along with her and that shows in the pictures.

Photographer: Minerva Photography // Videographer: Senderey Videos // Ceremony Venue: Sole on the Ocean // Reception Venue: Alba at Sole // Catering: Chef Ralph Pagano from Alba at Sole // Bridal Gown Designer: Tara Keely by Lazaro // Bridal Gown Store: Alegria’s Bridals // Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bridal Veil/Headpiece: Lazaro // Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss // Groom’s Shoes: Prada // Cake Designer: Jennifer Rodgers Pastry Chef from Alba // Floral Designer: Miami Garden’s Florist // Makeup Artist + Hair Stylist: Jorge Penn // Invitation Designer: Natural impressions designs // Day of Planner: Karen Maerovitz of Creme de la Creme Event Planning // DJ: Liquid DJs // Officiant: Rabbi Lorainne Ruddenberg // All images by Minerva Photography // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Elegant Green Wedding in Cincinnati

I love the elegant, green details of today’s wedding and reception! Captured by Mandy Paige Photography, Abbey and Travis were married on a rainy Spring day at a rustic carriage house in Cincinnati, Ohio. Despite the all day rain, the couple had a perfect wedding day and even managed a few outdoor portraits. The couple currently lives in Texas, but are both originally from Ohio and wanted to go home for their wedding. I love the use of apples and kiwi fruit in the reception centerpieces; very unique and lovely!

A few words from the bride:

We both are originally from Ohio but had just moved to Texas in January. We picked Manor House The Carriage Room because we loved the Rustic feel and the wood beams and all the windows with natural light. We absolutely feel in love with the place when we walked in. Our wedding day was perfect even with all the rain so if the saying is true-that if it rains on your wedding its good luck…..We are going to be very lucky!

Photographer: Mandy Paige Photography
Ceremony Venue: The Carriage House at Manor House
Reception Venue: Manor House
Bridal Gown Designer: Mori Lee
Bridal Gown Store: Bridal and Formal
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridal Veil/Headpiece: veil was handmade by a very close friend
Earring Designer: Swarovski
Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Ann Taylor
Tuxedo + Mens Attire: President Tuxedo
Cake Designer: Dorothy Lane Market
Floral Designer: Furst Florist
Makeup Artist + Hair Stylist: Jill Cotterman of Twisted Scissors
Invitation Designer: Christy Parr of In Front Apparel
Wedding Planner: Marcia Wilson
DJ: Doug Ziegler of Party Pleasers
Officiant: Christopher Jessee

All images by Mandy Paige Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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