Bonnet Island Estate: Rustic Elegance at the Shore: New Jersey Wedding Photography

Whitney and Jason first connected in February 2011 online, using Jdate.  They met for their first date at Caffe Reggio in the Village and were immediately inseparable.  Over a year later, Jason planned to surprise Whitney with a trip to Captiva, Florida, when Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore.  A week later, he convinced Whitney to go on vacation anyway, where he got down on one knee on a beautifully secluded beach and asked her to marry him. They chose the scenic Bonnet Island Estate in Long Beach Island for their special day.  The picturesque boathouse chapel was beautifully decorated with a birch huppa, flower petals lining the aisle, and candles in every window.  Whitney made a stunning entrance in her Anne Barge wedding gown, with its delicate details and flowing veil.  Florist, Katydid, created an elegant bouquet that tied in perfectly with the rustic theme of the wedding.  Two more special details were added to the arrangement in order to make it complete: a broach that belonged to Whitney’s grandmother, and a single orchid in honor of her other grandmother.  The bridesmaids were gorgeous in their blue Lela Rose gowns, while the men looked dapper in their Dante Zeller tuxedos.

With big smiles and warm hearts, the couple tied the knot before taking a stroll along the winding paths around the estate.  Inside, seating arrangements were creatively hung on an old barn door, and the beautiful reception hall was decorated with charming, rustic details.  The tables had a touch of burlap and lace mixed with pastel flowers, large glass lanterns, and delicately caged candles.  Creative Video Editing Films captured the night while Kim Sozzi and the Creations Band got the party started as soon as the newlyweds made their first appearance as husband and wife.  The lovely couple ended the night with a four-tier cake from The Bake Works.

Bonnet Island Estate 2013 Tasting: Bonnet Island Estate Weddings

We had a wonderful time this Sunday at the amazing Weddings of Distinction venue The Bonnet Island Estate.  This beautiful private estate in Long Beach Island is a serene retreat for your wedding.  Merri-Makers Catering with over 30 years of catering perfection offered a tasting for their brides to be.  Chef McCann, winner of the national 2006 Chef of the Year by International Caterers Association, offered up a scintillating selections of appetizers, salads, entrees and deserts.  Sweet favors by The Bake Works were handed out to guests.  A selection of Weddings of Distinctions best vendors was also on hand to offer advice and show their products. Bonnet_01Bonnet_02Bonnet_03Bonnet_04

Katydid Signature FLoral & Event Design created a lush English romantic table with ivy details, mercury glass vases and silver candlesticks.  The table paired beautifully with invitations by Stephanie Somodi of Designing the Most Inviting Day.  Her classic nautical invites and new silk boxed invites are just stunning.  For something different Katydid also created a modern ice blue table collection which we paired with Stephanie Somodi's gray raw silk boxed invitation with art deco mirror inserts.


Michele of the award winning  MDS Floral Designs created open & airy table settings. Her first setting inspires romance with classic ocean pastels and elegant high orchid centerpieces.  Another setting was a nod to rustic elegance with burlap table runners and blue antique bottles filled with sweet nosegays.  Invitations by Stephanie Somodi completed the look with soft blue invites with beach details.


Magnolia Exquisite Florals & Event Design went for a rustic country feel with white washed lanterns and birch candles which paired wonderfully with Stephanie Somodi's formal invites in rust tones with tassel accents.  For a different feel Magnolia also showcased a whimsical beach table with shell accents.


The Bonnet Island Estate: A Wedding in Marine Blue: Bonnet Island Wedding Photographers

Patricia & Patrick could not have been more fun!! They meet at a Notre Dame Commencement Ball two days before graduating and years later they both recall knowing that very night they would spend the rest of there lives together.

This high-energy duet had us smiling all throughout their gorgeous sunny day at The Bonnet Island Estate.  Patricia looked like a 1950's film star in her Oleg Cassini gown with her great blue shoes peaking out.  A classic beach necklace of freshwater pearls and sea glass hair combs for her and the girls by her friend Kathy Bixby of Bay Head completed the look.  The girls' deep marine blue dresses were crisp and classic paired with cheerful bouquets of yellow gerbera daisies by The Loft Florists.  Patrick and his buddies from the Marine Corps looked dashing in their dress blues.  His best man even gave ironing lessons to the ladies; apparently no one irons with more precision than a Marine!

The couple tied the knot at St. Catharine of Siena Church in Seaside Park before heading to The Bonnet Island Estate for a signature berry mojito and a stroll along the peaceful winding paths on the island.  For the ceremony The Loft Florists of Toms River created simple and happy arrangements of yellow that were paired with graphic 1950's style place cards.  The couple had two great cakes.  One cake was simple &  beautiful with blue ribbon and yellow rose accents. The other cake was an adorable manatee!  For entertainment band Jersey Joe kept this couple singing to each other & dancing all night!


Published: The East Coast Bride: Bonnet Island Wedding Photographers

Congratulations to Shannon & Bob your gorgeous down the shore wedding is featured today on The East Coast Bride!  It was a picturesque day on the Bonnet Island Estate in LBI as the gorgeous couple tied the knot.  Shannon was lovely in a lace Monique Lhuillier and Jimmy Choo's with flawless makeup from Jeanine Mangan Makeup Designs. The breathtaking flowers were by MDS Floral Designs and ocean themed invitations by Stephanie Somodi of Designing the Most Inviting Day really captured the day. Merri-Makers Caterers offered superb food and excellent service as always.   Manhattan City Music Band made for a raging party night.  This crowd could dance!! Screen shot 2012-05-23 at 9.31.58 AM

Style Me Pretty: Congratulations Stephanie & Pete! : Bonnet Island Wedding Photographers

We were just trilled to hear that Stephanie & Pete's gorgeous Bonnet Island Estate wedding will be featured today on Style Me Pretty's Little Black Book Blog!   As Style Me Pretty's Little Black Book is an exclusive thoughtfully edited listing of only top quality vendors we are very honored to be included! Picture 9

Bonnet Island Estate: A Modern Beach Wedding in Blue: Bonnet Island Photographers

The breeze floated gently through delicate layers of chiffon and late blooming floral bushes at The Bonnet Island Estate. Stephanie looked fresh, modern & elegant in a stunning Mikaella gown with just the right touch of sweet ruffling in the back.  Jeweled Badgley Miscka shoes, dramatic drop earrings and a single rhinestone starfish hair pin underneath her sparkling veil completed her take on a modern beach bride.  The make up by Lara DiPeitro was soft, natural and refined which emphasized Stephanie's gorgeous big brown eyes.  Pete and his groomsmen looked dashing in their Jean Yves Tuxes in a classic grey a true compliment to Pete's red hair.  The couple chose St. Thomas of Aquinas Church just steps away from the family beach home in Beach Haven.  These Siena College grads meet freshman year and were fast friends all through school.  Senior year they began dating and the magic began.  Pete is a true romantic at heart and proposed under a full moon at the Hoboken Riverfront were they now live.  They walked hand in hand to a nearby restaurant were both families were waiting to celebrate.

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Avenue Flowers brought a crisp and clean romantic feel to the bridesmaids flowers with white hydrangea, lavender roses and just a touch of green all tied together with periwinkle ribbon.  Smith Letterpress carried on the elegant modern theme with beautiful invitations with a surprise touch of deep purple inside the envelopes and botanical accent sketches on letterpress paper.Stephanie_05Stephanie_06Stephanie_07Blue-GreenGoldLogo-2




Avenue Flowers greeted guests with a bright, airy and eclectic mix of green & white floral arrangements and fresh green apples in varying silver vases.  As the night drew on crystal balls & chandelier trails caught the setting sun creating a magical modern day story tale effect. Stephanie_31Blue-GreenGoldLogo-2Stephanie_32Stephanie_33

Stephanie's dad fondly remembered the frantic streak of red as he met his ever energetic future son in law for the first time.  Pete quickly found a place in their family & Stephanie found her place in his.Stephanie_34Stephanie_35The Christopher Michaels Band had such fun entertaining this daredevil crowd of dancers with a wonderful selection of horns, talented signers and hand drums.  Pete got the dancing award!Stephanie_37Stephanie_36

As the night drew on, dusk set over the ever peaceful waterfront estate while the sweet couple stole a tender moment.


Wind & Lace: A Bonnet Island Romance: Bonnet Island Estate Wedding Photographers

Congratulations to Shannon & Bob! It was a picturesque day on the Bonnet Island Estate in LBI as the gorgeous couple tied the knot.  Shannon was lovely in a lace Monique Lhuillier and Jimmy choo's with flawless makeup from Jeanine Mangan Makeup Designs. The breathtaking flowers were by MDS Floral Designs and ocean themed invitations by Stephanie Somodi of Designing the Most Inviting Day really captured the day. Merri-Makers Caterers offered superb food and excellent service as always.   Manhattan City Music Band made for a raging party night.  This crowd could dance!!





Bonnet Island Escape: Bonnet Island Estate Wedding Photographers

Jessica & Michael met on holiday in the Bahamas.  She lived in New York; he lived in New Hampshire.  Despite geographical differences they both knew it was love at first sight and two weeks later they had their first date.  It was fitting that the two choose The Bonnet Island Estate on LBI to wed.  The private island escape was such a peaceful backdrop with its lush grasses and wild birds it was as if the couple was still on holiday.


Foire_Jessica_Layout_02Michelle Santanello of MDS Floral Designs made elegant & airy bouquets wrapped in blush silk and sequins.  Hand painted signs led the way to the ceremony.

Foire_Jessica_Layout_03The pre-wedding outfits were just way to cute!

Foire_Jessica_Layout_04Stephanie Somodi of Designs by Stephanie incorporated Jessica's blue & green theme in an elegant design for the invitations, programs, and menues.  Jessica's hairpiece was antique silver with pearl.

Foire_Jessica_Layout_05The bridal gown by Michelle Roth available at Kleinfeld Bridal caught the light so beautifully at every turn.







Foire_Jessica_Layout_12Bubbles added a touch of whimsy & joy after the ceremony.





Foire_Jessica_Layout_17We fell in love with the twobirds bridesmaids dresses, one dress can be worn 15 different ways!  Each girl wore her dress in a different style to complement their shape and they look so so comfortable.  The flower girls were twirling all day long!


Foire_Jessica_Layout_19Jessica's mother & stepfather gaze at the newlyweds.



Foire_Jessica_Layout_22Michelle of MDS Floral Designs used crisp pinks and greens to create a warm & welcoming atmosphere complemented by candlelight and hand painted signs with sweet phrases.   The bride's mother Charlene helped to plan every perfect detail aided by the fabulous Day of Coordinator Heather Furgeson. Merri-Makers Catering provided exquisite food and service as always!


Foire_Jessica_Layout_24Who else but french luxury shoe designer Christian Louboutin could have made the bride's ravishing red heeled stilettos?




Foire_Jessica_Layout_28The bride and her mother danced a mother daughter dance while watching a video montage of Jessica's father, a firefighter that passed away in 9.11.01.  Jessica's engagement ring holds the diamond that her father gave to her mother.

Foire_Jessica_Layout_29Premier Event Rentals set up a fun photo booth complete with great costumes for the guests to enjoy.

Foire_Jessica_Layout_30A romantic sunset stroll on the reed covered banks of Bonnet Island completed the day!