Real Weddings

Sally Gregor to Keith Sheldon

Classic, romantic and vintage were the words that came to mind when Sally Gregor, an insurance underwriter who grew up in Harding Township, began imagining her wedding to college sweetheart Keith Sheldon, a lawyer from Sudbury, Massachusetts. “I wanted to create an old-fashioned feel with a color palette of ivory, champagne and pastel pink that was soft on the eyes,” Sally says. With a clear vision (and a sister who is the editor of New Jersey Bride), Sally had no trouble assembling a dream team of wedding pros to bring her elegant affair to life. As the backdrop for their Gatsby-esque nuptials, Sally and Keith chose the Mansion at Natirar—an idyllic Somerset County estate, surrounded by rolling hills and river views, formerly owned by the King of Morocco.

On September 15, 2012, with 170 guests looking on, the couple said their I dos on the mansion’s sweeping back lawn. Sally, in a champagne-colored lace Sareh Nouri gown, carried a dramatic bouquet of 75 hand-wired creamy white orchids with pink centers, inspired by the arrangement she saw in her grandmother’s 1930s wedding portrait. The six bridesmaids—including the bride’s two sisters, who were matrons of honor—wore Amsale dresses in their choice of color and style. The bride’s nieces and nephew served as flower girls and ring bearer. The best man was Keith’s closest college friend. “The ceremony was picture-perfect,” Sally says.

Candle-filled fireplaces lent a romantic ambiance as guests sipped peach bellinis during the cocktail hour and nibbled on roast duck and tuna tartare. Dinner and dancing to an 11-piece band awaited guests in the tented pavilion. Candelabras wrapped with jasmine and glass vases holding hydrangea, lisianthus and roses adorned the tables. “The jasmine created a subtle perfume scent,” says floral designer Laura Clare. “Everything was simply elegant, which fit Sally and Keith to a tee.” Though the evening was undeniably refined, it was also a blast. When they weren’t on the packed dance floor, everyone was hamming it up at a photo booth with bow ties, mustaches and feathered boas. Another popular spot: The to-go coffee and mini doughnut bar-—the perfect place to refuel before heading back to the hotel karaoke after-party. After a getaway to the Four Seasons Nevis, the couple is at home in Fairfield, Connecticut. — Kristen Finello



PHOTOGRAPHER: Shannen Norman Photography,

CEREMONY & RECEPTION: The Mansion at Natirar, Peapack-Gladstone, 908-901-4713;

FLOWERS: Laura Clare Floral Design & Event Décor, Bernardsville; 908-221-0007;

BRIDE’S GOWN: Sareh Nouri from Exquisite Bride, Millburn, 973-376-2770;

BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaid, Madison, 973-210-0967;

MAKEUP: Kristin Luciano, House of Luciano, 973-879-7324;

CEREMONY & COCKTAIL MUSIC: Craig Scott Entertainment, 866-587-1066;

BAND: The Craig Scott Orchestra, 866-587-1066;

INVITATIONS: Creatively Engaged, Bernardsville, 908-502-5132;

SAVE-THE-DATE CARDS: Alexander & Co., 800-930-6442;

PROGRAMS, MENUS, TABLE CARDS: Little Black Dress Paperie, Bernardsville, 908-221-0986;

VIDEOGRAPHER: Geoff Boothby, Landshark Weddings;

CAKE & DOUGHNUT BAR: Palermo’s Custom Cakes and Bakery, Ridgefield Park, 201-641-1654;

COOKIES: Pink Cake Box, Denville, 973-998-4445; pinkcakebox

BRIDE AND GROOM’S RINGS: Saettele Jewelers, St. Louis, MO, 314-725-8182;

TRANSPORTATION: Broadway Elite, East Hanover, 973-515-8808;