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Alex and Greg’s Wedding at The Ryland Inn

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How they met: High school friends who circled back to their hometown at the onset of their careers & quickly fell for each other.

michelle_arlotta_photography_ryland_inn_wedding52The proposal: While away for Greg’s birthday trip he flipped the weekend script and turned it into a proposal & celebration! Greg proposed whilst strolling the Tidal Basin after dinner. DC is our favorite US city to visit and will now be a special place forever.

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michelle_arlotta_photography_ryland_inn_wedding39Details of the day:  We quickly chose the Ryland Inn as it perfectly exemplifies Greg and my taste (traditional & elegant with a modern flair).  We wanted our venue to remind our guests of us & the Ryland did just that. We also chose NJ being we were both born & raised here. We saw June as the perfect month for us to get married outside. The theme was classic, clean & romantic: ‘all neutrals’ —  whites, off-whites, greenery etc. We wanted something that would stand the test of time and never be looked back upon with (too much of) a laugh.

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The menu: Farm-to-table – we wanted our guests to enjoy a true American fine-dining experience with fresh foods from NJ.

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Favorite moment:  Alex: Walking down the aisle with my father and turning the corner to fine Greg wide-eyed staring back at me. Greg: Seeing the gate open and Alex approaching as my bride for the first time.

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Couldn’t live without: Greg: Spending time together after the ceremony and before the reception; having some alone time to catch our breaths and steal a quick drink.  Alex: Our first dance, just Greg & I surrounded by all of our family & closest friends; felt like the luckiest girl in the world.

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Favorite detail: Greg: the energy & anticipation the Frank Simmons band added to the bridal party introductions. Alex: The amazing flowers; our florist really exceeded my expectations & had my vision come to life in the perfect way.

  • Hometowns:Greg - Scotch Plains, NJ; Alex - Edison, NJ
  • Wedding Location:The Ryland Inn
  • Reception Location:The Ryland Inn
  • Photographer:Michelle Arlotta
  • Bride’s Gown: Dennis Basso gown from Kleinfeld
    Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo shoes
    Bride’s Veil: M&J Bridal Salon NYC
    Bride’s Jewelry: BHLDN earrings, Saks Fifth Avenue bracelet
    Bridesmaid Gowns: Bella Bridesmaid (Madison NJ), Watters Dresses (in Crinkle Chiffon in Sandstone)
    Hair and Makeup: Hair: Liam Carey (owner of Broome & Beauty NYC) and Makeup: Denise Del Russo
    Music: Frank Simmons Band from Hank Lane
    Flowers: Twisted Willow Flowers and Brave Floral (she did bouquets and boutonnieres)
    Cake: Palermo’s Bakery
    Invites: Papyrus (Westfield, NJ)
    Officiant: Minister Alan Chadrjian
    Videographer:  NST Pictures
    Caterer: Ryland Inn supplied all food – Landmark Venues is the over-arching company
    Groom’s Attire: Paul Smith/John Varvatos.
    Groomsmen Attire: The BlackTux
    Honeymoon: Italian adventure for 2 weeks! Venice, Florence, Capri & Amalfi Coast


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