An intimate winter wedding at The Wine Bar in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. Pops of vibrant purple from the the grooms tie and pocket square accented a handsome custom suite, while the bride was breathtaking in a lace gown with open back detailing.Read More
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
This elegant wedding at The Bernards Inn in Bernardsville NJ was full of warmth and love! Elizabeth and Alan met as teammates on their company's softball team. Elizabeth always loved Alan's comedic personality and Alan was attracted to Elizabeth's energy and optimism. For the big day Elizabeth chose a sweetheart gown with an elegant illusion neckline by Casablanca and bow accented shoes by Kate Spade. We fell in love with her gold Just Married" bag! The bridesmaids wore Amsale dresses in a deep true red with lace details. The ceremony was at The Church of the Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary in Morristown, NJ. Afterwards the couple left for The Bernards Inn to be announced as Mr. & Mrs. for the first time. Jardiniere Fine Flowers in Far Hills chose a classic red and green palette for the winter wedding. For the reception gold mercury glass candle holders created a beautiful warm glow that gave the red rose and pinecone nosegay's a romantic, timeless elegance. Elite Sound Entertainment had the whole crown on the dance floor the entire night. At twilight the couple stole a quick kiss outside the inn.Read More
Taryn and James winter wedding could be described in two words, elegant and FUN! Taryn looked stunning in her Jim Helm gown from Mustillo's Bridal in Red Bank. She had a lace cover up made from her mother's bridal gown which she wore over her gown for the catholic ceremony at St. James in Red Bank. After the ceremony , Taryn changed out of the lace cover up added a sparkly belt and drop earrings. The brides maids all choose their own long , black gowns and were wrapped in fur coats.
Taryn and James meet in high school. She went to Red Bank Catholic and he CBA. Red Bank holds a lot of fun memories for the couple. They wanted to take some playful shots in town.
We later headed to Navesink Country Club where Craig and Darryn from Craig Kiely and Darry Murphy Designs transformed the ballroom into a winter wonderland. The couple toke a spin on the ice skating riding a Zambone prior to being announced as Mr. & Mrs. Cahill.
I loved that they served comfort food, gourmet sliders and mac and cheese for dinner. This was a dancing crowd. The amazing Brian Kirk and the Jerks had them dancing all night long. They ended the night by cutting their Fudgy The Whale ice cream cake from Carvel, a child hood favorite.
Ben and Katherine met in 2007 at Georgetown while she was a Sophomore and he was a Junior. They were living in apartments that shared a wall. They were friends for a few years while Ben was at school - Katherine specifically remembers enjoying his 90s themed dance parties, but they didn’t start dating until after Ben graduated.
Ben went down to Georgetown frequently in the autumn of 2009 (he had graduated the prior Spring), and the couple became even closer. On December 10, 2009 Ben took Katherine to his fraternity’s winter formal. Rather than going to dinner with the rest of their friends, Ben asked if Katherine wanted to go out just the two of them. She did, and they talked for hours, ending up being quite late to the formal.
Katherine said yes to a second date the following night. Over winter break that January, Ben drove out to NJ to take her on their third date. That night, he met her parents for the first time, along with her grandmother, Nannie. After Ben left, Nannie turned to Katherine's mother and proclaimed that Ben was the one, and someday he and Katherine would get married. Sadly, Nannie died just before the wedding, but she got to know and love Ben, and knew that her premonition was about to become a reality.
Ben proposed on December 20, 2013, but the story starts earlier than that. Ben asked for Katherine's father’s permission to propose on Thanksgiving weekend. Since her other sisters had known when their husband’s were asking for permission, Katherine's dad figured that she did too. About five minutes after Ben asked him, her dad said “It’s about damn time” - among other nice “welcome to the family” things. Her dad later told her what had transpired. After the shock wore off, she started wedding planning immediately, and actually booked The Stone House at Stirling Ridge the very next day, before they were even engaged.
So then, on December 20, 2013, exactly one year before their wedding - Katherine came home after work to find their apartment completely decked out with red roses, candles and white lights. It was a beautiful proposal that ended with Ben on bended knee.
With the venue booked, Katherine went to work finding just the right individuals to work with to make her dream wedding come true. Carissa DeMarco from The Stone House worked as the couple's party planner, helping in any way possible.
On the day of the wedding, Amy Jones Baskin of Beauty on Location came to Katherine's home and skillfully created the perfect bridal makeup. Katherine then moved upstairs and got into her elegant Augusta Jones gown from Kleinfeld. Her mother then helped her add the finishing touches - a pair of earrings that her father had given to her mother before they were given to Katherine on her thirteenth birthday (which just so happened to be the same pair of earrings that Katherine wore on her first date with Ben), a necklace that had been a gift from Ben, and a bracelet that had belonged to her father's mother, Katherine. The veil held a special place in everyone's heart as it had been purchased for Katherine by Nannie before she passed away.
Despite the cold, Katherine's warm smile kept everyone in high spirits. When it came time for portraits before heading to the church, the bride tossed on her gorgeous cape from Alexander Furs and went out onto her parents' front porch, followed by friends and family. Her stunning flowers, beautifully done by Jardiniere Fine Flowers, were red roses with her grandmother's rosary wrapped around them. For a simple touch of winter, her bride's maids carried ivory roses with pine cones and greenery, a simple touch that added timeless beauty.
The ceremony was held at the Church of Christ the King in New Vernon, where Katherine and Ben proudly stood before all their family and friends and promised to love one another entirely and endlessly.
Guests then moved on to the Stone House at Stirling Ridge, which Jardiniere Fine Flowers had outdone themselves decorating with trees, candles, and alternating white and red roses. The lighting design, set up by Craig Scott Entertainment, completed the room's transformation. The Craig Scott Orchestra did an excellent job getting everyone on their feet as the couple made their entrance, Mike Simons Video Productions capturing every amazing second. Dancing and laughter carried on late into the night, ending with the traditional tossing of the bouquet and cutting of the cake.
Special thanks to Geraldine Pritchard for helping us capture Katherine and Ben's special day!
With pure white snow blanketing the country we thought you could use a splash of color! Here is our first wedding of the season with Debbie & Ty. We were so thrilled to see such a loving & affectionate couple. Debbie got ready with her parents and her four children at the Hilton Hotel in Hasbrouk Heights. Expert party planner Julie Conley of Warren Country Events was on hand to help the day flow. Julie is a featured event planner for Whose Wedding is it Anyway? and her work has been seen on one of our other favorite shows Cake Boss! We were so excited to meet her!! For the wintry ceremony Debbie & Ty chose the First Congregational Church in Montclair with its beautiful architecture and stunning light. The party then moved on to The Stone House at Sterling Ridge which was a refreshing burst of purples and fuchsias with bright contrasting black & white graphic linens. One of our favorite bands Mike Kaplan's The Smokin Section layered out sultry horns & vocals for the party.