Cristina and Anthony were married at Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, N.J. on July 5. The bride wore a sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown with an illusion back, accessorized with a pair of t-strap peep-toe high heels with bows, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a white tie. Bridesmaids wore long peach chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, dahlias, baby’s breath, and daises. Guests were greeted with fan programs that beat the heat. “Our ceremony — it felt like it was such a dream,” Cristina said. “It was so beautiful on the veranda looking out onto the Navesink River. I remember feeling pure joy at that moment. I was so excited to marry my soon-to-be husband.” Even the ring bearer carried a custom-made pillow with a calendar of the month embroidered on it. The date was highlighted in a heart. Cards were placed into a vintage suitcase, tables were decorated with centerpieces atop mirrors, and favor boxes filled with Waterford crystal glass were at each place setting. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Make sure you take it all in because it goes by quickly,” she said. “Enjoy every minute!”
Laura and Raj were married at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, N.J. on November 17. “Raj and I have very opposite taste,” Laura said. “I am rustic, he is modern. The Westmount was the perfect balance.” She stunned in a strapless sweetheart lace wedding gown, accessorized with chooras, or red and white bangles, which are an Indian wedding tradition. Laura’s hair was tightly curled and pinned to one side, and she carried a bouquet made of all-white roses and hydrangeas. Her bridesmaids wore navy blue chiffon floor-length dresses and carried bouquets made of light pink roses. The groom and his ‘men looked dapper in their gray suits with white vests and neck ties. There was the baraat, a processional in which the groom rides on a decorated horse to the ceremony with his family in tow. After the nuptials, the guests enjoyed an indoor reception that included, dancing and indulging in a multi-shaped cake. Yum! “It is a beautiful day where everyone you love comes to show you unconditional love and support during the biggest moment of your life,” she said.
Julia and Blair were married exactly 3 months (and 1 day) after their engagement. “We said, ‘I do’ just a few miles from the high school where we met, where our mothers taught and became friends, and where our officiant introduced us during a theatre production,” Julia said. Keeping with the “nostalgic, geeky, rainbow-explosion exuberance of the day,” she wore a lime green dress and carried a bouquet of tissue paper flowers. “If white isn’t your best color, and you love showing off your legs, why not do something unexpected?” she said. Following the backyard ceremony, guests were surprised to hear Julia read an old love letter from Blair during toasts. “I loved sharing this memory with our nearest and dearest,” Julia said. Centerpieces were decoupaged wine bottles and mason jars with paper pinwheels, and the dessert display featured a cake topped with My Little Pony toppers, lollipops, cake pops, and more.
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
It was just special. We knew Liberty House was our place from just looking at the photos. The view of downtown Manhattan as a backdrop was stunning along with the high open beamed ceilings and surrounding candlelight made it so romantic and intimate.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
Table Numbers & Escort Cards. Our table numbers were handmade by my artistic dad. He burned all of the details by hand for every single table and handmade the escort cardholder which took weeks of hard work. All of this time and dedication in making these details perfect for us made these details even more special.
Taxi Cab Limo. Our transportation for the wedding party was an old school taxi cab limo that spiced up your typical wedding transportation. It brought the city feel to life and gave such a fun, lighthearted feeling to the wedding party during our trips to the photos, ceremony and venue.
The Music. Our band was amazing. My dad is a musician, so music was number was on his list. We had weekly calls with the band to make sure they knew our song list and style. There was not one person that didn’t tell us how fantastic the music was at the reception. They made it a party to remember! We also had slipper socks (since it was winter, we didn’t go with flip flops) for our guests to keep on dancing even when their feet were tired!
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
The moment we heard our wedding song – “Soul Sister” by Train. We picked the song so long ago because we loved the story it told. We had listened to it over and over again. When it finally came on at the wedding, it all became so real and our story came full circle. Also, while there was a room full of people staring at us, it felt like it was just the two of us in the room at the moment.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
The view was amazing and we loved the fact that we were next to the ocean but were not outside inthe heat. The tall glass windows throughout the entire venue made the place absolutely breathtakingespecially at night.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Our cake topper that we had especially made to look like us from Etsy.
2. The mini polaroid camera for guests to take pictures of themselves and replace after removing their place card from our frame with hanging lace and clothespins.
3. The photo booth: we loved the props and photo album we received with all the pictures.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day that you can’t stop thinking about.
Michael’s little sister sang, “Marry me” by Train right before we said our vows during the ceremony. It was such a beautiful moment and put into words what we were feeling at that second before we were to become husband and wife.