THEIR STORY: Drew and Mike had crossed paths a number of times, but it wasn’t until one summer after college, when Drew, from Hillsborough, helped out at Mike’s younger brother’s high school graduation party, that the pair connected. Four years of dating later, Mike, from Montgomery, got down on one knee while the two were touring Drew’s alma mater, Washington and Lee in Virginia. Though Mike “stammered like a goof” through the proposal, he got a “Yes,” and they set the date of September 20, 2014.
THE CEREMONY: On a gorgeous early autumn day, 165 guests gathered at Assumption Church in Morristown to watch the couple exchange vows. Drew, 27, wore a lace Mori Lee mermaid gown, with beaded sheer straps and a deep-V back, while Mike, 28, looked classic in a charcoal Vera Wang tux, charcoal vest and black bow tie.
details of the day: Their reception at the Mountain Lakes Club didn’t need a theme. The pair wanted the official colors of the day—peach and light sage green—to speak for themselves, helped by subtle rustic touches of burlap, lace, bows and succulents.
FLORAL TOUCHES: “I had this idea forever about my bridesmaid’s bouquets that our florist was fantastic at executing,” she explains. “They each carried bouquets of a singular type of flower that was in my bouquet, to symbolize that they were each a part of me.” Drew’s bouquet included garden roses, viburnum and stock, with succulents, hypericum berries and eucalyptus leaves wrapped in burlap.
THE MENU: The couple opted for passed hors d’oeuvres lakeside during cocktail hour, which included mini grilled-cheese sandwiches and tomato-soup shots; gazpacho shooters with grilled giant shrimp; and pear cups filled with honey, walnuts and blue cheese. For dinner, guests got creative at food stations with make-your-own mac and cheese, tacos, Cuban BBQ and carved suckling pig. Thanks to the flexible menu, the dance floor was always packed. Drew, who works in food media, says the menu was “one of the most exciting parts to plan.”
ADVICE: “It’s important to be realistic and let go of some expectations or images of the ‘perfect wedding’ you have in your head—or your Pinterest board,” says Drew.
honeymoon: The couple traveled to Hawaii for 12 days before returning to their home in Hoboken.
Bride’s Gown: Mori Lee from RK Bridal, NYC
Bride’s Shoes: The Dessy Group
Bride’s Accessories: Ieie from Etsy
Bridesmaid Dresses: Little Borrowed Dress, NYC
Hair & Makeup: Nicole Makeup & Hair, Whippany
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse, Lawrenceville
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse, Lawrenceville
Flowers: Viburnum Designs, Princeton
Cake: Rudy’s Pastry Shop, Bloomfield
Invites: Magnet Street
Music: D’Amico Entertainment, East Hanover
Favors: Donation to the Paige Barrie Aiello Memorial Foundation