There are some couples that find home in each other, that sense of belonging and ease that feels so right. Dana & Patrick are one of those couples and for both of them the connection took place almost instantly. When I walked into The Asbury Hotel , a hip new venue in heart of one of the most dynamic shore towns, I was taken away by both of their radiant smiles and genuine warmth. Dana was stunning in a Jovani silk sheath dress from Mustillo's Bridal in Red Bank and gem drenched Badgley Mischka heals. Michele Falco of Bridal By Michele styled Dana in a classic old Hollywood updo accented with an ornate hair clip and a great red lip. Patrick happened to have the perfect connection in his friend Darryn of Darryn Murphy Designs who helped plan the big day and created lush floral arrangements with purple, cream and burnt orange accents. As Patrick is a beloved baseball coach a few game day touches were sprinkled in the design. It was a day of warmth, beauty and love!Read More
Lana first met Michael at a friend's wedding in the autumn of 2008. They spent the first five years together at long distance, but, as most "happily-ever-after" stories go, they are now living blissfully together in New York City.
On the day of their wedding, Lana got ready at her aunt's home in Lincroft, surrounded by friends and family. With hair beautifully done by the Jon Lori Salon in Fair Haven, and makeup skillfully completed by Donna Spero, Lana asked her aunt, and Maid of Honor to help her into her gown. Her dress, an elegant lace masterpiece from Monique Lhuillier, was beautifully paired with Jimmy Choo heels and a long Mark Ingram veil.
The ceremony was held at the Church of the Precious Blood in Monmouth Beach. Lana was escorted down the aisle by her two brothers and said "I do" to a wonderful forever with Michael. Full of nothing but love and smiles, the newlyweds left the church and drove out to an estate on the Navesink River for stunning photos with their families.
The Navesink Country Club was the prefect location for the couple's 'black tie optional' reception. Craig Kiely and Darryn Murphy Designs transformed the space into a romantic haven for dinner and dancing. With a gorgeous autumn sunset as their backdrop, the couple had their first dance as husband and wife. Spotlight - a Hank Lane Band - did a fantastic job getting guests on their feet and moving throughout the night.
Lauren said it was the happiest day of her life. She and her boyfriend, Stephen, were on a trip to Bermuda watching the sun set from their balcony when he asked her to marry him. Now, since their beautiful wedding on June 14, Lauren says that Stephen's proposal is the second happiest day of her life.
On the big day, Lauren and her bridesmaids got ready at her parents' home where Lauren had grown up. Hair stylist, Po Mology from LC Style Lounge, did everyone's hair, while the talented bride did her own makeup. Lauren radiated joy as she got into her Pronovias gown and Jimmy Choo heels. The bridesmaids wore silver dresses by Alfred Sung with a neckline and back that mimicked the bride's gown. Stephen and Lauren stole a private moment away from the rest of the group, before the girls took a limo to The Church in Brielle. The sign outside of the church read, "God Bless Lauren and Stephen."
The reception, only a short drive down the street from the church, was at the Manasquan River Golf Club. Cocktails were served up on the second story deck. While guests arrived and caught up, the bride and groom took a golf cart to the water and took a brief moment to enjoy their glorious day.
Back at the club, the ballroom had been perfectly arranged with flowers by Craig Kiely and Darryn Murphy Designs. MaryKate McMahon, who'd done the calligraphy for the couple's William Arthur invitations from the Paper Source, did a wonderful job on all the escort cards, which were set out as you entered the celebration from the deck above. Gary Gellman helped to immortalize the night by capturing the couple's big day and first dance on video, while E Studio Entertainment travelled all the way from Pittsburgh to fill the night with great music and lots of dancing. It was clear as the night went on that not only was the couple in love, but that they were surrounded by the deep love of family and friends.