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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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Modern Museum Wedding in Louisiana

I adore all the gorgeous details in today’s modern museum wedding! Captured by Catherine Guidry Photography, Paige and Paul were married on a lovely March day in an outdoor ceremony in front of a cascading water wall in Lafayette, Louisiana. After featuring Paige and Paul’s fabulous engagement session and Paige’s modern bridal session, it is so wonderful to share their stunning wedding! The couple’s modern aesthetic fit perfectly with the chic museum location. A color palette of blue, silver and green was used throughout the decor and attire. I especially love Paige’s unique headpiece!

A few words from the bride:

We met at a house party when I was 17 and he was 20. I was a friend of one of his friends’ younger brothers.

We both love the blend of the modern and the traditional. The venue was both, so we wanted to carry those tastes throughout the wedding. We chose decor that had both modern and traditional aspects to them. Because the art museum has blue lights at night, we decided to keep all the reception decor white and silver so that the blue light would wash over it. We incorporated pops of green for color during the ceremony.

Photographer: Catherine Guidry Photography // Ceremony + Reception Venue: Paul & Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum // Catering: Joey’s // Rentals: Party Central // Bridal Gown Designer: Augusta Jones // Bridal Gown Store: Bustle // Bridal Shoes: J.Crew // Bridal Veil/Headpiece: Sara Gabriel // Jewelry Designer: Kate Spade // Bridesmaids’ Dress Designer: Alfred Sung // Bridesmaids’ Dress Store: Bella Bridesmaids // Groom’s Attire: J.Crew // Groom’s Shoes: Mephisto // Groomsmen’s Attire: Tommy Hilfiger // Cake Designer: Joey’s // Floral Designer: Edith Dubois // Makeup Artist: Jennifer Rausch // Hair Stylist: Name // Invitation Designer: Burt Durand // Band: Figure Eight // Officiant: Ron Dubois // All images by Catherine Guidry 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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