Details of the day: I drew inspiration for our wedding from using words such as “classic” “vintage” and ” romantic” while searching through magazines and pinterest. I loved the look of timeliness items and the classic look of frames and fonts and used those to shape our wedding. I also wanted our wedding to be different, I wanted to have items there that people maybe had never seen at a wedding. I found a designer in Canada to personally design my wedding shoes so that they were a representation of me and our relationship. We decided to have bread bar during our reception because we love bread and who doesn’t like choices! Special items we’ll have: an envelope addressed to my grandmother from my grandfather when they were younger where he sent her rose petals (those are framed with the letter!) When it came to our colors I had always wanted Emerald as it is my birthstone and a color that is underused in my opinion. We loved the look of the grey suits with the emerald dresses and the hints of gold with the girls jewelry and the flower girls petals. For the details I wanted to reflect the relationship my husband and I have. We have been together for 7 years and I wanted guests to see our relationship through photos and also through our love of sports which is why instead of a guest book we bought jerseys from our favorite baseball teams and had our guests autograph them. I love bread and everyone who knows me knows this so we set up a bread bar in our reception so guests could enjoy one of the things I truly love, it was a huge hit!
The Venue: For our wedding we were going for an elegant yet relaxed feel. When it came time to plan our wedding we knew we wanted to stay local where we currently live and where we met so our search started by looking at locations around Monmouth University (where we met). I had seen photos of The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel and I was instantly hooked. I loved the look of the black and white floors and the old time feel of their ballrooms. It was the perfect setting for our wedding: a relaxed feel near the beach with a classic twist inside. I also loved that not one of my close friends and family had ever been there, I wanted our wedding to be different and something they would remember.
The Gown: When it came to my dress I wanted something fun yet traditional. The dress I picked was a Pronovias Idde. This dress was elegant, not too flashy but not too plain. It also came with a jacket that, when on, matched the dress perfectly to the point you could not tell it was a jacket. It was exactly what I wanted, I wanted my guests to see the traditional look for the ceremony and the fun aspect for the reception.
Favorite Moment: My favorite part of our wedding was our first dance. Once we had decided on our song I must have played it over and over again and pictured our first dance so when It came to the real thing it felt almost like an out-of-body experience. Even though we had 160 sets of eyes watching us, it was as if it was just the two of us dancing to our song. It was really amazing!
Advice for other Brides: As an event coordinator I know what it takes to put on a successful wedding and have it go perfectly, so my advice for brides would be to hire an event coordinator. I had a phenomenal coordinator who took care of everything. I didn’t worry about what time the limos were arriving or whether the live musicians we had for the ceremony were ready to go. She made the day so easy going and everyone in my bridal party noticed. I also want to tell brides to pick the things that mean the most to them (for me it was beautiful photos) and splurge a little if you need to, don’t skimp on the things that you find important because you will be disappointed when your wedding is over and those things were not what you wanted.
Wedding Planner: NVS Events
Bride’s Gown: Pronovias | Designer Loft NYC
Bride’s Shoes: Figgie Shoes
Bride’s Accessories: The Mrs. Box
Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters | Hearts For You
Hair: Lacey Alagia
Makeup: Natalia Irena
Groom’s Attire: Vera Wang Tuxedo
Groomsmen Attire: Jos A. Bank
Flowers: Peter James Floral Couture
Cake: Chocolate Carousel
Invites: Wedding Paper Divas
Music: Doubledown Entertainment
Videographer: Stephanie Francis
Transportation: Santos Limousine
Live Painting: Katherine Gressel