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Kaitlin and James at The English Manor

Details of the day: August 6th, 2016 was one of the hottest, most humid days of the summer and the threat of rain was intense. But you know what? We didn’t care! We planned a romantic, vintage-styled wedding with several DIY details and could not have been more excited to celebrate the day. I wore a beaded, lace, Allure Couture gown that had cap sleeves and intricate train. Finding the dress had been a major challenge for me and I actually didn’t find my gown until May (I was getting married in August!). The amazing part is the gown fit our vintage vision perfectly and I couldn’t wait for James to see me in it! I kept my hair simple and wore a cathedral length crystal beaded veil that was a ton of fun to photograph with. James wore a classic black tux with a simple black tie (and he looked super handsome). We stuck with a neutral color scheme of gold, beige, and blush throughout the wedding and reception. When it came to flowers I wanted my bouquet to look like I had walked through a field and picked up a bunch of wildflowers. I carried a bouquet of dahlias, berries, and garden roses tied together with a silk ribbon. James opted for a boutonniere of cranberry colored berries rather than the traditional rose. We had a relatively large (and fun) bridal party who kept us laughing throughout the day. The bridesmaids wore a Tuscan beige tulle gown by Jenny Yoo and carried a bouquet that also brought in a natural pop of color. The groomsmen dressed in a similar fashion to James with a black tux, black tie, and berry boutonnieres. We had 3 junior groomsmen, 1 junior bridesmaid, and 2 “ring security” kids to round out our bridal party. We can’t imagine having any smaller of a bridal party & they laughed their way through some hilarious pictures with our photographer.

The English Manor is a hidden gem in Monmouth County that perfectly suited our vision for understated, vintage, elegance. Our Mater’D helped to ensure that all of our DIY details were placed perfectly to accentuate every detail. There were several handmade chalkboard & mirror signs, along with an elaborate escort card display that took quite a few hours and many hands to complete. We also put together a Popcorn Bar due to my obsession with everything popcorn and that was delicious! We had a ton of fun making these special pieces! During the reception we shared a first dance to Ben Folds “The Luckiest.” We had been taking ballroom dance lessons so we had some fun showing off our new moves—especially that final dip at the end!

For cake we chose a cupcake tower and completed the display with a handmade sign that said “I Love You More Than Cupcakes.” For the record, James did not smash the cake in my face! Phew! We spent the rest of the evening dancing with family and friends to the band, taking photos in the photo booth and enjoying the enormous amount of food at the reception. On the way out guests received a pork roll, egg, and cheese sandwich from the exit station. This was a huge hit! After that amazing day, we were happily married and off to a honeymoon in Greece!

Your favorite part: There were so many “favorite” parts but it is hard to top the moment when we walked out onto the steps of the church hand in hand as husband and wife. In that moment family and friends surrounded us with cheers and bubbles. It is hard to fully describe the emotions in that moment. You are completely overcome with happiness and are almost in awe of everyone else’s joy for you. It was amazing.

If you could change one thing about your wedding what would it be?  Well, since our puppy is kind of hyper (she is a puppy!) we did not include in her in our getting ready moments. If we could go back in time we might have considered finding someone to watch her so she could be in our getting ready photos. Since we didn’t do that we included her by naming our signature drink after her and placing her photo next to the signature drink sign. So–she was there in spirit.

Advice for other brides:  Go slow. Enjoy all the moments planning and do not rush into making decisions based on timelines you think you need to follow. Once the day arrives, soak it all in and make sure you take a minute to look around at all the people who came out to support the two of you. Enjoy!!

  • Hometowns:East Brunswick
  • Wedding Location:St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church
  • Reception Location:The English Manor
  • Photographer:Something Blue Wedding Photography
  • Officiant: The Very Reverend Father Thomas Walsh
    Wedding Planner : Michelle Perez- Knot Just Weddings LLC
    Bride’s Gown : Allure Couture
    Bride’s Shoes : Benjamin Adams
    Bride’s Jewelry : David Yurman
    Bride’s Accessories: Kate Spade
    Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo
    Hair: Drama Salon
    Makeup : Masha Jeramaz
    Groom’s Attire: ChazMaTazz Formal Wear Princeton
    Groomsmen Attire: ChazMaTazz Formal Wear, Princeton
    Flowers: Keller Flower Studio
    Cake: Tinton Falls Pastry Chef
    Invites: Holland Designs, LLC
    Music: Mission Dance
    Videographer: Bartolacci Wedding Films
    Transportation: Action Limos
    Favors: Donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
    Honeymoon: Greece- Athens, Mykonos, Santorini

  • Doreen Gaffney Barr

    Beautiful bride and groom. Congrats. God Bless

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