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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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Bold Pink Wedding in New Jersey

Wow, talk about a stunning ring shot! Captured by Kimberly Salem Photography, Yuliya and Noah were married on a gorgeous July day in an outdoor ceremony on the Hudson River overlooking the NYC skyline. The theme of the wedding was bold pink with lovely touches of decor from Noah’s family’s antique store. Be sure to read more about how the couple met and their wedding day inspiration below!

A few words from the bride:

Noah and I were introduced by a mutual friend. The friend went to high school with Noah and to college with me. He suggested that we start talking to each other and Noah messaged me to discuss our favorite TV show at the time, 24. We first met when we both joined our friend to shop for holiday gifts for his mother and grandmother. We met at Filene’s basement to help him out. The rest is history!

Whenever I discussed my wedding with anyone, they would always ask if it was going to be all pink. I would get embarrassed at being so transparent and say, “Yes, but you know, not too much!” Thankfully, Noah encourages my obsession with pink and allowed me to incorporate it into all of the details. To keep it from looking less like a child’s birthday party and more like the joining of two adults in matrimony, we threw in a lot of gray, silver, textures and antiques which his family graciously lent us from their antique store. In the end it came together better than we could have ever imagined.

We live in New York City and it is a very special place for us. Ironically that is why we were looking at venues in New Jersey. It provides the best views of the city that we love so much. When we first saw our venue, we knew that it was the right one for us. Not only did it offer amazing views of Manhattan, but it was also modern and classy, which was what we had been looking for. It also came with the added bonus of allowing us to have the ceremony outside with the skyline and Hudson as our backdrop. We were sold.

Overall, we were going for a modern, clean look. Our chuppah started that off during the ceremony. The white fabric flowed beautifully in the wind and the flowers across the top gave us a beautiful frame for the ceremony. Because we did not want to compete with the skyline view during the reception, we kept the centerpieces low. To go with the overall color scheme, we went with gray tablecloths and napkins as well as black cushions for the chairs. Our venue also suggested rectangular tables and we used antique candelabras on those tables to give it a bit of a twist. My husband was also set on having king and queen chairs for our sweetheart table and I added some antique busts of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. Between the busts was a beautiful and lush flower arrangement.

Photographer: Kimberly Salem Photography // Videographer: Milestone Video Productions // Ceremony Venue: Waterside Restaurant and Catering // Reception Venue: Waterside Restaurant and Catering // Bridal Gown Designer: St. Patrick // Bridal Gown Store: RK Bridal // Bridal Shoes: Nina // Bridal Veil/Headpiece: Etsy // Jewelry Designer: Name // Bridesmaids’ Dress Designer: Occasions by Jim Hjelm // Bridesmaids’ Dress Store: Here Comes the Bridesmaid // Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Cake Designer: Palermo // Floral Designer: Rene’s Flower Designs // Makeup Artist + Hair Stylist: New York Bridal // Invitation Designer: Shine Wedding Invitations // DJ: DDM Entertainment // Antiques for Tablescapes + Various Decor: Newel // All images by Kimberly Salem Photography // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Lovely Teal Summer Wedding in Hoboken


Today, I am happy to share another crop of lovely summer images to warm you during this relentless winter! Captured by Studio A Images, Lauren and Chris were married on a gorgeous July day at a Catholic Church in Hoboken, New Jersey. Following the ceremony, the couple and their wedding party posed for portraits along the waterfront, Pier C and Court Street, capturing the essence of Hoboken. Next, they headed to Seasons for a choreographed introduction dance and a fabulous party. I absolutely adore Lauren’s bold, teal bridal shoes!

A few words from the bride on how they met and the inspiration for their wedding day:

I am a first grade teacher and Chris is a police officer in the same town as my school. I happened to be making copies one Monday morning (which I NEVER do) and a colleague of mine, Becky, who is married to a colleague of Chris’s, also a Chris, came up and starting chatting with me. I NEVER see Becky and she is on the opposite side of the building. She asked if I was single. The Friday night previous to this morning, I had been on a date where the guy feel asleep on our date, so I said to Becky, “yes, but I just want to meet a nice guy-he HAS to be nice.” She and her husband conspired to have us meet at school one day. Her husband brought Chris to school for a “routine” check (Chris didn’t know there was an ulterior motive), and he and I passed one another while I was leaving an assembly. He got my number from Becky.

It was very, very important to us that our celebration (both at the ceremony and the reception) be personal and be reflective of us as a couple and our personalities. I suppose our inspiration was a reflection upon our paths that led us to one another -our wedding song was “God Gave Me You” and I think that element guided us along our planning process. Oh, and it was REALLY important to us that the reception was FUN and lighthearted.

Photographer: Studio A Images // Ceremony Venue: Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church // Reception Venue: Seasons Catering and Special Events // Bridal Gown Designer: Pronovias (ceremony), reception was a custom dress made my Susan Aschoff // Bridal Gown Store: Helen Boehm Bridal (has since closed) // Bridal Shoes: One pair for ceremony and one for reception, were both Badgley Mischka // Bridal Veil/Headpiece: Custom made by Susan Aschoff // Jewelry Designer: Hot Jewelry Box // Bridesmaids’ Dress Designer: Bill Levkoff // Bridesmaids’ Dress Store: Bijou Bridal // Groom’s Attire: Black by Vera Wang // Groom’s Shoes: Via Spaga tuxedo shoes // Groomsmen’s Attire: Black by Vera Wang // Cake Designer: Palermo Bakery // Floral Designer: KC Creations // Makeup Artist: Melissa Debiak of Mirror Mirror Boutique // Hair Stylist: Maria and Cindy of Mania Hair Studio // Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas // DJ: Ralph of Premier Entertainment // Officiant: Rev. A. Benny Prado // All images by Studio A Images

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