Real Weddings

Kira and Kyle’s Jasna Polana Wedding

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Details of the day: We didn’t want a “theme” for our wedding, we wanted an overall feeling that was easy to pick up on and complemented us as a couple. I have always been in love with Paris and how romantic and dreamy of a city it is – especially in the Spring! The gardens at Jasna Polana take you right there with the lush amounts of greenery and the iron gates that surround it; it didn’t need much decor wise, but Laura Clare really took our vision and ran with it. We wanted small touches of french elegance with a romantic color scheme of golds, ivory, blush, pale blue & lots of greenery. For the Travertine room where the reception was held we had a mix of high & low centerpieces, the round tables had gold candelabras with flowers cascading around the base of the candles and flowing down onto the tables, and for the longer banquet tables we had lush garlands of greenery and flowers cascading around candles and of course every table had macarons! Denise from My Daughter’s Cakes truly took my vision of an elegant french cake fit for Marie Antoinette to the next level with tons of sugar peonies and gardens roses and she even was able to write a portion of Billie Holiday’s “I’ll be seeing you” in French in honor of my mother. It was such a special tribute to my mom – who would have loved planning this wedding with me and who would have loved Kyle even more! We finished everything off with a “ Merci “ sugar cookie for all the guests to take home…just a sweet thank you to all our loved ones for being there!

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Your favorite part: We originally had our wedding set for September 2015 but planning started to get really stressful and we weren’t enjoying the process anymore so we made the decision to postpone the wedding to May 2016…so that being said finally being able to walk down the aisle and get married was my favorite part! To see all the hard work and planning come together and everyone who supported us and stuck by us watching us finally exchange vows – and to finally be married!

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If you could change one thing about your wedding what would it be? If I could change one thing about the wedding it would be to have had more communication with the venue’s wedding coordinator. I thought she’d be the one giving cues to the string quartet to start the procession, but in the end the groomsman just kind of started walking all by themselves with no music…so it seemed a little disorganized but what can you do! Just make sure to dot every T when relying on vendors – as you don’t want to look back wish you were more clear with your expectations!

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Advice for other brides: Planning the wedding is exciting and quite the adventure, but nothing really compares to the feeling of finally saying ” I do “. We really enjoyed our Pre Cana marriage counseling because it gave us time to take a break from all the planning and to focus on the importance of the day – your marriage. I think pre-martial counseling of any kind is really important, because when the band stops playing and your guests all go home, it’s just you and your new husband! It’s so easy to get swept up in linen choices, colors of flowers…etc…but try to focus on what the day is about, becoming man & wife.

  • Hometowns:Princeton, NJ
  • Wedding Location:Jasna Polana, Princeton
  • Reception Location:Jasna Polana, Princeton
  • Photographer:Jane & Pam Grecsek Photography
  • Officiant: Reverend Susan Hill – Church of the Holy Apostles NYC
    Bride’s Gown: Oleg Cassini ( Custom )
    Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
    Bride’s Jewelry: Earrings: Borrowed Diamond studs from family friend/photographer; Something old: Late Mother’s diamond & sapphire ring
    Bride’s Accessories: Bride’s Engagement Ring: Custom / Bride & Groom Wedding Bands: Hamilton Jewelers, Princeton
    Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters Style #5518 in color Blue Harbor
    Hair and Makeup: Jacklyn Allen (Owner & Lead Stylist) – Meraki Hair Design/Makeup Artistry  
    Groom’s and Groomsmen Attire: Chaz Ma Tazz, Princeton
    Flowers: Laura Clare Design, Bernardsville
    Cake: My Daughter’s Cakes, Dumont
    Invites: Satin Bow Custom Stationary, Flemington
    Music: Jason Craig Entertainment
    Videographer: GBH Events
    Transportation: Shuttle Service: A1 Limousine ; Stretch Range Rover for Bridal Party: D&G Limousines
    Favors: My Daughter’s Cakes, Dumont NJ
    Rentals: Ocean Tents & Party Rentals
    Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen


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