Real Weddings

Janine Jackson to Paulo Roldan

“It was after our third date,” Janine Roldan recalls. “He told me he was going to marry me.” Her soon-to-be fiancé, Paulo Roldan, meant what he said. Three months into their relationship, he proposed to Janine in front of a crackling fire at his Neptune home.

Janine, a 26-year-old marketing coordinator from Sayreville, wed Paulo, a 30-year-old business owner from Neptune, on May 25, 2009, at Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury. They had met there nine months earlier—she was a server, Paulo the maître’d. “We just became instant best friends,” Janine says.

Shadowbrook, a gorgeous Georgian mansion set upon twenty acres, was the couple’s first and only location choice. “We loved the gardens, the whole atmosphere. We didn’t even consider anywhere else,” says Janine. The ceremony and cocktail hour took place in the garden, where potted tabletop trees held bejeweled place cards that directed guests toward their seats. Splashes of pale pink, green, and white abounded, and the colors were echoed in the bride’s bouquet of white and pale blush roses.

Janine walked down the petal-strewn aisle in a lace-and-pearl-adorned gown with a sweetheart neckline by Oleg Cassini. Her eight bridesmaids each wore sage-green, floor-length gowns with ivory sashes. During the nondenominational ceremony, Janine and Paulo recited their own vows to each other.

The reception was held in the Oak Room, where each table featured tall, cylindrical glass vases filled with white roses, hydrangeas, and gerber daisies. Shaded votive candles provided soft, ambient light. A three-tiered, chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream frosting sat atop a rose-decorated table, and was topped with an “R” in glittering Swarovski crystals.

Guests were treated to a cigar roller and a candy buffet—a thank-you for sharing the couple’s “sweet day.” Guests filled up clear Chinese takeout boxes with assorted candies like Hershey’s kisses, Andes crème de menthe chocolates, and homemade chocolate-covered pretzels.

Even amid the wedding-day rush, Janine and Paulo still found time to spend alone. “Someone told me to take five minutes out for Paul and me, just to sit and enjoy each other and talk about the day, and we were able to do that,” she says. “We took time away and snuck away from the party.” After their garden fête, Janine and Paulo spent their honeymoon at a resort in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The couple currently resides in Neptune.


PHOTOGRAPHER: Jeri Houseworth, Ocean, 732-988-7769;

CEREMONY & RECEPTION LOCATION: Shadowbrook, Shrewsbury, 732-747-0200 or 800-634-0078;

BRIDE’S GOWN: Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal, Freehold, 732-780-9666;

BRIDESMAID DRESSES: David’s Bridal, Freehold, 732-780-9666;

HAIR: Gina Mills, 973-493-2059

MAKEUP: Faces by Lynne, 973-222-4646

INVITATIONS: David’s Bridal, Freehold, 732-780-9666;

DEEJAY: Dash of Class; 888-912-9211;

VIDEOGRAPHER: Sands of Time, Ocean, 732-232-5321;

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