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irresistible proposals The second best part of getting married? Registering for all the fabulous gifts at Macy’s Wedding & Gift Registry. When you do, receive exclusive discounts on everything you need – from 25% off Women’s Impulse to 20% off basic bedding essentials – to live happily ever after! To register or learn more, come in or click on macys.com/registry Also, enroll* in Registry Star Rewards and receive 10% rewards on every eligible Macy’s purchase you make. Plus, every eligible gift purchased off your Registry receives 5% rewards. *Macy’s credit card required, subject to credit approval. Exclusions and limitations apply. After the wedding, you’ll receive your total accumulated rewards in a Rewards Card to spend on furniture, fashions or anything you fancy at any Macy’s location across the country. To learn more about Registry Star Rewards, see a Registry Consultant or visit macys.com/registry


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The Event of a Lifetime Celebrate your dreams in our elegant ballroom and stately lobby, set amidst lavish gardens and the historic homes of Rockleigh. Our unsurpassed personal service and custom menus enhance the magic of your wedding day.


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estled on a quiet residential street, this newly renovated facility boasts all of the charm and elegance found only in the finest European hotels and clubs. Exclusively yours, The Empire Club offers one wedding at a time, featuring a large separate room for cocktail hour and ceremony and opens up to our lush gardens for photographs and outdoor ceremonies. The Madison Room is the main ballroom and comfortably seats 300 for the dinner reception. The award-winning cuisine is presented and served in the most impeccable manner and the experienced culinary team is capable of customizing any menu. Your guests will be pampered by a most experienced service staff and your whole affair orchestrated by a well-versed maitre d’.

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CREATING WEDDING DREAMS

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NEW JERSEY RECEPTION SITE GUIDE

Weddings For Heroes surprises one military couple with a celebration of a lifetime.

Find the perfect wedding facility in New Jersey.

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RAISING THE BAR

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TASTE THE SWEET LIFE

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SPECIAL CAKES FOR YOUR PRINCE

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

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TO THE BEACH AND BEYOND

Shake up your celebration with seasonal signature drinks.

Take your cake design to the next tier with edible masterpieces.

Surprise your groom with a design specially made just for him.

Fashion-forward gowns for your wedding day.

The latest styles from the top designers.

Your guest's first glimpse of your fairytale day

A twist on the traditional famed first dance.

Planning the perfect getaway to Fort Lauderdale.

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CELEBRATE ONE LOVE IN JAMAICA

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HONEYMOON SWEEPSTAKES

Retreat to the all-inclusive ClubHotel Riu Negril.

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Panoramic water views and our exclusive waterfront setting are the perfect backdrop for your once in a lifetime celebration. Our exquisite ballroom with huge windows on three sides and outside deck, overlooking the water and evening sunsets, complete your perfect “Jersey Shore” wedding experience. Monmouth Beach (732) 229-3131 www.channelclubnj.com

One of a kind weddings, one at a time

Serenely nestled in a quiet valley, we offer you a magnificently enchanted ambiance and all you need to add a touch of elegance to your romantic celebration. Located on an enchanting 200-acre thoroughbred facility adjacent from a gorgeous championship golf course, our surroundings offer unique photo opportunities. Flanders (973) 584-6620 www.flandersvalleyweddings.com


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PUBLISHER Gary Paris EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Matthew Victoria PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Valerie Nani TRAVEL EDITOR Guy Preston BEAUTY EDITOR Tim Alan PUBLIC RELATIONS COORDINATOR Meghan L. Chalfant

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Meghan L. Chalfant Kendall Murtha

THE ULTIMATE STYLE PAGES

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Diane Benko GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN Christina Carbonell EDITORIAL INTERN Kendall Murtha SINGLE SALES CIRCULATION Michael Gerardo

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Boho Chic Establish a sense of individuality with bohemian and hippie influences.

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Golden Goddess Add shimmer and romance with a touch of regal elegance.

ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: The Studio Photographers (800) 439-6178 www.thestudiophotographers.com

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Country Wedding inspirations reminiscent of western heritage.

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REAL WEDDINGS 14 Nicole & Stephen at The Estate at Florentine Gardens 22 Katie & John at the Crystal Ballroom 50 Lauren & Dimitri at The Grove 64 Deanna & Craig at The Newark Club 92 Jennifer & Kenneth at Brooklake Country Club 98 Nicole & Javier at The Rosewood Caterers 110 Jenna & Tom at Crystal Point Yacht Club

COVER GOWNS PROVIDED BY: Exquisite Bride (973) 376-2770 www.exquisite-bride.com

112 Nature Combine the beauty of nature with refined wedding inspirations.

FLOWERS PROVIDED BY: Henry’s Florist (718) 238-3838 www.henrysflorist.com

124 Shoes Walk down the aisle in these fashion-forward styles.

HEADPIECES AND ACCESSORIES PROVIDED BY: Bridal Styles (718) 339-3222 www.bridalstylesboutique.com

141 Bridal Beauty Polished products to perfect your look for any upcoming event.

MAKEUP PROVIDED BY: Tim Alan Make-up Artist (732) 718-1144 www.timalan.net

164 Favors Thank your guests for being a part of your wedding day.

186 Stephanie & Joseph at Nanina’s In The Park

HAIR DESIGN PROVIDED BY: LaSorella Bridal (201) 452-8728 www.lasorellabridal.com

171 Accessories Complete your wedding day attire with timeless pieces.

202 Inna & Daniel at Paradisus Playa del Carmen

STYLIST SERVICES PROVIDED BY: Kristina Gangitino Plumes in Bloom (908) 338-0213 The Summer Edition is a reprint of the Spring Edition with a cover change. Corporate Offices: North East Publishing, Inc. 216 Stelton Road * Unit D1 Piscataway, NJ 08854 Phone: (732) 968-0123 * Fax: (732) 968-0220 www.contemporarybride.com North East Publishing, Inc. is not responsible for photographs provided/ or used by participating advertisers in this magazine. No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form, including photography or cover design, without the permission in writing from an authorized agent of North East Publishing,Inc. PRINTED IN U.S.A.All rights reserved Copyright 2012

122 Stephanie & Robert at The Venetian 142 Jamie & Melvin at the Sterling Ballroom 154 Tara & Chris at Pleasantdale Château 160 Heather & Rick at The Berkeley Plaza

184 Registry Decorate your home with these modern day products. 190 Vintage Sparkle Add sophistication with a classical approach. 208 Honeymoon Don’t leave home without these travel musthaves. 228 Carnival Create a fun celebration inspired by old-world amusements.

168 Tracee & Rick at The English Manor 178 Amy & Giacomo at Grand Marquis

188 Gina & Ryan at Westmount Country Club

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GIFTS FOR THE GUYS IN YOUR BRIDAL PARTY Stylish gift ideas men will appreciate.

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GIFTS FOR THE GIRLS IN YOUR BRIDAL PARTY A fine selection of items for your entourage.

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HONEYMOON HOTSPOTS Romantic destinations for your honeymoon.

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Wedding merchants & reception sites.


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Ceremony Location: St. Margaret of Cortona Roman Catholic Church Celebrants: Father Art Humphrey and Deacon John Del Giudice Reception Location: The Estate at Florentine Gardens Photographer: Milton Gil Photographers Videographer: Sal Travis Entertainment Entertainment: Platinum Band Music Florist: Metropolitan Plant & Flower Exchange Limousine Service: Town Limousine Cake Designer: Palermo’s Custom Cakes & Bakery Bridal Salon & Headpiece: Jaehee Bridal Atelier Veil: Kenneth Pool Shoes: Bridal by Butter Formal Attire: Men’s Wearhouse Invitations: Jaynee’s Party Favors: Sweets Truck by Jaynee’s Party Hair Stylist: Cathy Morin Makeup Artist: Carol Hanna Jeweler: Devon Fine Jewelry Candelabras: Regal Candelabra Honeymoon Location: Kula Lodge and Restaurant & Kaanapali Alii - Maui, Hawaii

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1. Nicole and Stephen were married on the day of Nicole’s grandparents’ anniversary during an unseasonal snowstorm. Nicole donned an exquisite Kenneth Pool trumpet-style gown while Stephen sported a classic black Calvin Klein tuxedo. 2. The snow continued to fall as the groomsmen cleared the snow for Nicole’s arrival. 3. Milton Gil Photographers captured the day’s events flawlessly. The couple even braved the snowstorm for outdoor photographs, which Nicole mentioned were “the most magical pictures I’ve ever seen.” 4. Nicole carried a white bouquet featuring calla lilies, roses and stephanotis. 5. "Manhattan Blue" uplighting added just enough color to the décor, while pillar candles illuminated the ballroom for an added romantic touch. 6. Guests were invited to the celebration with custom invitations from Jaynee's Party. 7. Guests were given the choice of filet mignon, French-cut chicken breast, or Chilean sea bass for the main entrée. 8. The grand ballroom was decorated beautifully. Crystal candelabras topped with white and green floral arrangements, candles, and scattered rose petals made up each tablescape design. 9. Rather than providing traditional wedding favors, the couple opted to surprise guests with a sweets truck. As guests exited the Florentine Gardens, they were given a bag to fill with delectable treats from White Castle burgers to Dunkin Donuts and candy to enjoy for the ride home.

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icole and Stephen were set up on a blind date by his brother and sister-in-law. Following an evening in Hoboken on November 3, 2006, they hit it off and began dating. About four years later, Stephen proposed while they were on vacation in New Hampshire. “I was planning this moment for months and had the ring in my pocket all week. It was one of the most stressful weeks of my life, but it was perfect,” shared Stephen. The reception was held at The Estate at Florentine Gardens, which was chosen for its grand architecture, pristine grounds, and welcoming staff. “Our coordinator, Denise Downing, was fabulous. She never said the word no, and we left our first meeting feeling well taken care of,” commented Nicole. The couple also liked how the facility offered only one event at a time. Photography by Milton Gil Photographers

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We are committed to providing each client, friend and family member with an unrivaled experience of a lifetime. Hosting only one elegant event at a time and having over twenty years of experience allows us to provide each of our valued patrons with individual service, affair customization and keen attention to detail. As guests of our facility, we feel you deserve nothing less. The warmth, comfort and charm of The Estate offers a truly unique setting for your most special day. Our Georgianstyle mansion boasts expansive gardens, spacious and elegant rooms and décor, world-class cuisine and expert and courteous staff. At The Estate, we are devoted to making your special day everything you dreamed it would be… and much more. We would love the opportunity to be a part of your beautiful beginning, your wonderful journey and a day you will remember for a lifetime. 97 Rivervale Rd. River Vale, NJ 07675 P: 201-666-0444 | F: 201-666-3032 florentinegardens.com


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1. Haviland by Claire Pettibone features a dropped waist design, cotton and lace sheath with tulle overlay, and jacquard and pearl detailing. www.clairepettibone.com

5. Add a personal embellishment to your wedding bouquet with a hand-cast pewter Enjoy Bouquet Token. Additional custom bouquet charms are also available. www.lisaleonardonline.com

2. Share your excitement and set the tone for your event with Riya Pocket Fold Invitations from the custom designed couture invitation suite. www.revelryinvitations.com

6. The sugar roses and intricate piped detailing of this three-tiered wedding cake encompasses the elegance of a traditional celebration. www.hautesosweet.com

3. Multi Chain Bib Necklace features rectangular clear crystals mixed with various antique silver chains and champagne and clear crystal square chains. www.perfectdetails.com

7. The lovely and lace garter (Style 355) is made of off-white lace and adorned with a cluster of pearls, rhinestones, and other sparklers. www.thegartergirl.com

4. This show-stopping diamante Florence headpiece is made of delicate ivory or white organza ribbon with a fashion-forward embellishment combining glamour with romance. www.dcbouquets.co.uk

8. These sparkly T-strap sandals are inspired by flower petals that sweep across the streets of Positano, while the Smoke Cascade sandal are embellished with jewel appliquĂŠs that beautifully sweep across and around your feet. www.fibiandclo.com

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Since 1982, we have pursued a single goal: to create settings for a garden weddings warmed by timeless elegance and matched by a wedding reception with flawless service. From superb cuisine to lovely natural garden settings and unparalleled staff. The Park Savoy is a wonderfully unique wedding facility. And in keeping with our commitment to service, we cater to only one wedding at at time so that we can fully meet your personal needs.


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Ceremony Location: Immaculate Conception Church Celebrant: Monsignor Joseph M. Curry Reception Location: Crystal Ballroom at the Radisson Hotel Photographer, Videographer and Entertainment: Absolute Events & Entertainment Florist: Hanna’s Florist Limousine Service: V.E.I. Limousines Cake Designer: L&M Bakery Bridal Salon: Irma’s Bridal Headpiece & Veil: David’s Bridal Shoes: White Cowgirl Boots Formal Attire: Tuxedo King Invitations: Designs by MK Favors: Donation to The American Cancer Society Hair Salon: DP Lorana Makeup Artist: Heather Kelco Jeweler: Jared the Galleria of Jewelry & Zales Honeymoon Location: Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa–Antigua

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1. Absolute Events & Entertainment provided striking blue uplighting that looked beautiful against the tablescapes of white calla lilies set in tall vases. 2. Calla lilies, white roses, delphiniums, stephanotis, and rhinestone jewelry made up the bride’s bouquet. 3. Guests were treated to a three-tiered wedding cake, in addition to dessert trays with chocolate-covered strawberries, Italian cookies, and pastries. 4. Katie wore an ivory ball gown designed by Maggie Sottero. Rather than traditional wedding shoes, the bride chose to show off her style by wearing white cowgirl boots. John reminisced on his favorite memory of the day: “She looked so stunning, and I knew at that moment I was the luckiest man alive.” The groom coordinated nicely with a black Ralph Lauren tuxedo with ivory vest and tie. 5. Following Katie and John’s first dance to “Then” by Brad Paisley, Absolute Events & Entertainment got the party started. 6. Turquoise and brown accented escort cards informed guests of their table number. 7. For dinner, guests had a choice of center-cut filet mignon in a port wine demi-glace, polentá and herb-encrusted tilapia with pesto cream sauce, or sautéed breast of chicken française. 8. John Argueta of Absolute Events & Entertainment captured the day’s events in photography. The couple liked his photojournalistic approach, as well as how he made them feel comfortable in front of the camera.

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Imagine a chance at your dream wedding with the love of your life at no cost and with no stress. Envision exchanging army fatigues for a dress or tuxedo, gazing into your beloved’s eyes, and promising yourself to your new spouse in front of family and friends. After serving their fellow man and honoring their country in uniform, some United States military personnel are being rewarded with the perfect wedding, courtesy of the new, nonprofit organization Weddings for Heroes.

An Occasion Worth Celebrating Weddings for Heroes recently sponsored the vow renewal ceremony of Steven and Danielle Miller, who reaffirmed their love and commitment to one another on May 25, 2012. Danielle admits that her relationship with her husband was never traditional, writing, “We’ve never done anything by the book. We moved into an apartment together and then became pregnant with our son.” Steven was active in the military from just

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seventeen, graduating high school and leaving for boot camp only eight days later. He served two tours overseas, while Danielle and their son Colin waited patiently at home. “One of the hardest things for both Steve and I was explaining to our son where Daddy was,” Danielle remembers. While Steven was overseas, communication between the two became difficult, leaving Danielle to always have to wait for his calls or emails. Since Steven’s deployment and after seven months apart, the two were reunited for only a short time before they had to say their goodbyes. When Steven came home for good, Danielle and their son couldn’t have been more thrilled. “I’ll never forget the look on Colin’s face when he finally saw his daddy,” Danielle shared. One month after Steven’s return home, the two were blessed with the pregnancy of their daughter and were excited to expand their family, while looking forward to uniting their love.

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Having been together five years after initially meeting on a blind date, Steven proposed to his bride-to-be on December 23, 2010 in the company of their son and her family. Due to money constraints, vows were exchanged in the presence of a justice of the peace just three weeks after the proposal. After Danielle and Steven heard about Weddings for Heroes, they sent in an application, assuming it was a long shot at best, adding, that with the organizations help they had a chance at their dream wedding, rather than hoping it would one day happen. However, the Millers’ story of perseverance and hope throughout Steven’s military deployment, the family’s continuing financial difficulties, and their son’s four surgeries to correct a cleft lip and palate touched the Board of Trustees. The two thus became the first wedding to be sponsored by the organization.

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“When I found out we won, it was a dream come true,” Danielle shares. “I honestly didn’t think we had a chance–we definitely wouldn’t have been able to have a wedding without being selected for it.” Weddings for Heroes and its associated vendors worked with the couple, who were delighted at the chance to be involved in the planning process. “A lot of it came as a surprise,” Danielle admits. “I told them my ideas, and our vendors followed through. For example, I really liked the idea of a peacock theme for the wedding, and they took care of the rest. They executed it perfectly. Everything came together, and it was everything I hoped for.” Sandi Silva, co-founder of the organization, agrees. “This was their celebration, and they deserved to have their opinions matter.” Danielle and Steven continue to thank Weddings for Heroes for giving military families an opportunity to have a beautiful wedding.

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Ceremony & Reception Location: The Molly Pitcher Inn Officiant: Marc Manna Photographer: KSS Photography & Jaime Lynn Photography Videographer: Always In Motion Ceremony Music: JerseyShoreHarpist.com Entertainment: Infinity Events Florist: Flowers On Front Cake Designer: Piece O’Cake Wedding Coordinator: Memorable Events Linens: Paul David Partywares and Wildflower Linen Card Box: Creative Custom Card Boxes Stone Tabletop: Heatherwood Studios Bridal Salon, Headpiece, & Veil: Alfred Angelo Shoes: Baker’s Formal Attire: Love Lane Tuxedo Invitations: SDezigns LLC Favors: Your Memories LLC Hair Salon: Schwartz Salon Makeup Artist: Tim Alan

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About Weddings for Heroes Weddings for Heroes is a nonprofit organization located in Toms River, New Jersey. The program finances wedding ceremonies, receptions, and vow renewals for wounded or struggling U.S. military personnel and U.S. combat veterans. These celebrations are made possible by fund-raising and generous donations from volunteer sponsors, wedding vendors, and the general public. Not surprisingly, those who support the organization’s mission are called “dream-maker heroes.” Besides orchestrating couples’ dream weddings, Weddings for Heroes also offers a program called “Project Cope” to members of the military and their families who are struggling to manage the effects of PTSD. Sandi summed up the mission of Weddings for Heroes with two simple statements: “Our goal is to reach out to every single soldier who could use our help. We want to let them know we’re here to help them in any way we can.”

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“Our goal is to reach out to every single soldier who could use our help. We want to let them know we’re here to help them in any way we can.” Weddings For Heroes Mission Statement

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Board Members Their goal is an indisputably noble one. Though it is a fledgling program–founded only in May 2011–the board of Weddings for Heroes isn’t wasting any time in rewarding struggling military couples with a ceremony worthy of their dedication to their country. “We currently have twelve applicants that qualify, and we want to put together at least half a dozen more weddings by the end of the year,” says Silva. For more information, visit www.weddingsforheroes.org.

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Woodcliff Manor

Our residential country Manor with immaculate garden setting now features private use of a lovely Victorian green with two waterfall fed ponds before a backdrop of picturesque views for your wedding ceremony, reception, or other special occasion.

FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT PLEASE CALL

25 PROSPECT AVENUE, WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ, 07677

201-391-0940

Every affair, from 50 to 225 guests, is expertly attended to by our dedicated staff and supervised personally by owners Nancy and Gil Reynolds.

(5 minutes from Garden State Parkway, Exit 168)

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The Royal Manor 454 Midland Avenue Garfield, NJ (973) 478-8590 www.theroyalmanor.com

   

550

$95+

Newly renovated banquet facility; conveniently located near major highways; specializing in diverse cuisine and superb service.

View more on page 61 All new ballroom, exquisite landscaping, and experienced staff to make your reception a success.

Seasons Catering 644 Pascack Road Washington Township, NJ (201) 664-6141 www.seasonscatering.com

   

350 $100+ View more on pages 56-57 A new 16,000 sq. ft. ballroom with 36 ft. high ceilings. Newly renovated.

The Venetian 546 River Drive Garfield, NJ (973) 546-2250 www.venetiannj.com

   

1000 $135 View more on pages 62-63

Windsor Gardens 118 Arnot Street Lodi, NJ (973) 478-0032 www.windsorgardensnj.com

  

350

$55+

50 years of personalized catering experience blended with a contemporary atmosphere featuring glass enclosed rooms and outdoor gardens.

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Woodcliff Manor 25 Prospect Avenue Woodcliff Lake, NJ (201) 391-0940 www.woodcliffmanor.com

  

220

$75

Country manor with garden setting. Features private use of a Victorian green with waterfall-fed ponds. Perfect for photographs.

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Essex County Newly constructed event venue with upscale décor, culinary excellence, and a reputable staff.

The Grove 691 Pompton Avenue Cedar Grove, NJ (973) 239-0270 www.thegrovenj.com

  

750

varies

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Nanina’s In The Park 540 Mill Street Belleville, NJ (973) 751-1230 www.naninasinthepark.com

   

400

varies

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The Newark Club One Newark Center 22nd Floor Newark, NJ (973) 242-0658 www.newarkclub.com Gardens

74

Magnificent New Jersey landmark nestled in a historical park setting; 50 years of catering excellence; multi-million dollar renovation.

  

Penthouse dining; panoramic view of the NYC skyline.

350

$125 View more on page 67

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The Perfect Setting For All Occasions

The Spring Lake Manor, is a beautiful Victorian Mansion, located in the tranquil Jersey Shore community of Spring Lake, known for its two miles of gorgeous white, sandy beaches. Have your wedding pictures photographed at the beach, and then come to the Spring Lake Manor for a wonderful reception filled with great food and ambiance. The Manor holds picture perfect weddings, accommodating up to 250 people, in the newly renovated ballroom, along with a private cocktail room & private bridal suite. With one wedding at a time, you will have exclusive access to the beautiful courtyard complete with a fountain & manicured gardens. Come in for a visit & let one of our expert consultants customize a wedding package to fit your needs.

415 Highway 71 â&#x20AC;˘ Spring Lake Heights, NJ 07762 732-449-6630 â&#x20AC;˘ www.springlakemanor.com


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Pleasantdale Château

  

757 Eagle Rock Avenue West Orange, NJ (973) 731-5600 www.pleasantdale.com

350

Breathtaking grounds and rooms for a variety of ceremony and reception location options; grand $169+ yet intimate atmosphere.

Richfield Regency 420 Bloomfield Avenue Verona, NJ (973) 239-6234 www.richfieldregency.com



 

250

$70+

View more on page 9 Verona Park located across the street. Fully decorated on-site chapel.

View more on page 101 The new luxury in weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and banquets.

Wilshire Grand Caterers 350 Pleasant Valley Way West Orange, NJ (973) 736-3240

  

400

varies

www.thewilshiregrandcaterers.com

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Hudson County Waterside Restaurant and Catering

   

7800 B River Rd North Bergen, NJ (201) 861-7767

230

Breathtaking views overlooking NYC skyline with outside areas for receptions; outstanding $145+ cuisine.

View more on page 81

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Hunterdon County Making dreams come true for one special bride at a time.

Chimney Hill Estate Inn 207 Goat Hill Road Lambertville, NJ (609) 397-1516 www.chimneyhillinn.com

  

185 $150+ View more on page 48

Mercer County Windsor Ballroom at The Holiday Inn East Windsor



379 Monmouth Street East Windsor, NJ (609) 443-8000 www.windsorballroom.com

 

220

$59+

From the well appointed gallery to the breathtaking Windsor ballroom, let us surround you in sheer magic.

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Middlesex County Ariana’s Grand of Woodbridge

  

800 Rahway Avenue Woodbridge, NJ (732) 326-1400 www.arianasgrand.com

350

$70+

View more on page 60

Cranbury Inn 21 South Main Street Cranbury, NJ (609) 655-5595 www.thecranburyinn.com Gardens

76

Offering magnificent décor, exceptional cuisine and impeccable service in an elegant one wedding at a time setting.

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240

$110

18th century historic ambiance; providing a romantic traditional environment for that special romantic moment for a wedding couple.

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Middlesex County (cont’) Grand Marquis 1550 Route 9 South Old Bridge, NJ (732) 679-5700 www.grandmarquiscaterers.com



 

600

varies

Newly renovated; conveniently located; crystal chandeliers; garden waterfalls; exclusivity of facility available.

View more on page 91

Pierre’s of South Brunswick

   

582 Georges Road Monmouth Junction, NJ (732) 329-3219 www.pierresnj.com

500

$79+

Family owned and operated facility; exquisite food and service; elegant and natural feeling banquet rooms.

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Pines Manor 2085 Route 27 Edison, NJ (732) 287-2222 www.pinesmanor.com



 

1500 $80+

A landmark centrally located near all major highways. You will be charmed by our warm staff and fine cuisine.

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The Place on the Lake 16 Patrick Street East Brunswick, NJ (732) 297-1500 www.theplaceonthelake.com

   

400

$95+

Beautifully landscaped facility overlooking the breathless lake; specializing in one wedding at a time.

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The Rosewood 2863 Woodbridge Avenue Edison, NJ (732) 549-2900 www.therosewood.com





550

$70+

The Rosewood offers a “one at a time wedding philosophy” hosting spectacular wedding receptions on their very own exclusive level.

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St. John Neumann Banquet Center



146 Metlars Lane Piscataway, NJ (732) 562-2411 www.diometuchen.org/banquets

300

$50

Our wonderful experienced staff will work to make your wedding one to remember.

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Monmouth County The Battleground Country Club

  

1 Coven Haven Road Manalapan, NJ (732) 462-7575 www.battlegroundcc.com

400 $125+

View more on page 58-59

Branches Catering 123 Monmouth Road West Long Branch, NJ (877) 316-1753 www.branchescatering.com Gardens

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Elegant terrace for cocktail hour; garden gazebo; personalized attention; banquet rooms overlook golf course.

   

450

$89+

Stunning outdoor waterfall for ceremonies and cocktail hour; beachfront ceremonies nearby; inspired cuisine; attentive staff.

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An atmosphere of elegance and professional care with emphasis on personalized service, quality, and freshness sets the tone for the evening. Known for fabulous food, impeccable service, and beautiful dĂŠcor, Fiesta has long been the choice of future brides for over sixty years.

Multi-Million Dollar Renovation is Complete! 201-939-5409 www.fiestabanquets.com

255 Rt. 17 South â&#x20AC;˘ Wood-Ridge, NJ


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Monmouth County (contâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;) The Channel Club 2 Channel Drive Monmouth Beach, NJ (732) 229-3131 www.channelclubnj.com

  

250

$114

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Colts Neck Inn Route 34 and 537 Colts Neck, NJ (732) 462-0383 www.coltsneckinn.com

 

175

$85



50A Gibson Place Freehold, NJ (732) 780-3405 www.crystalballroomnj.com

 

300

$59+

   

700A Hope Rd Tinton Falls, NJ (732) 544-9305 www.sterlingballroomevents.com

250

$59+

Tie the knot in the breathtaking new Sterling Ballroom. In honor of our debut, our most competitive rates are available.

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The English Manor 1 English Lane Ocean Township, NJ (732) 776-8558 www.theenglishmanor.com

  

200

$82+

One wedding at a time... Yours! Beautiful gazebo located in our gardens for ceremony on site. Outdoor cocktail hour.

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Jacques Reception Center 500 Palmer Avenue Middletown, NJ (732) 671-0700 www.jacquescatering.com

  

450

$89

Family owned & operated for over 50 years; award-winning cuisine; excellent service.

View more on page 89

Jumping Brook Country Club

  

210 Jumping Brook Road Neptune, NJ (732) 922-8200 www.jumpingbrookcc.com

400 $115+

Spectacular view of golf course from all rooms and outdoor patio.

View more on page 70

La Riviera Restaurant & Lounge



113 Main Street Matawan, NJ (732) 566-8400 www.larivieraloungenj.com Hotels

Upscale new banquet facility; newly renovated and conveniently located to major highways.

View more on page 24-25

Doubletree by Hilton Tinton Falls - Eatontown

80

Offering an intimate space for your event with a newly remodeled grand ballroom and garden patio.

View more on page 102

Crystal Ballroom at the Radisson Hotel Freehold

Gardens

Panoramic water views; scenic gardens; outdoor waterfront ceremony and reception area; private bridal suite; one wedding at a time.



160

$30

Make your event different in a casual relaxed atmosphere. Engagements, rehearsal dinners, anniversary parties and more.

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Waterside Restaurant and Catering A special view for your special day.

Visit us online at www.watersiderestaurantandcatering.com

Waterside Restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; bringing New York to New Jersey.

7800 B River Road, North Bergen, NJ (201) 861-7767


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Monmouth County (contâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;) The Mill at Spring Lake Heights

  

101 Old Mill Road Spring Lake Heights, NJ (732) 449-1800 www.themillnj.com

250

$95

View more on page 85

Nauvoo Grill Club 121 Fair Haven Road Fair Haven, NJ (732) 747-8777 www.nauvoogrillclub.com

  

150

$75+

618 Park Avenue Freehold, NJ (732) 761-1300 www.park33.com

  

200

$79

Two private rooms with bar, hardwood floors, dance floor, space for live entertainment, media player and extra-large viewing screens.

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Raven & The Peach 740 River Road Fair Haven, NJ (732) 747-4666 www.ravenandthepeach.net

  

200

$115

Decorated in the richest woods and finest fabrics, dressed with luxurious table appointments held underneath a sky-lit ceiling.

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Shadowbrook Route 35 Shrewsbury, NJ (732) 747-0200 www.shadowbrook.com

  

300

Elegant Georgian mansion set on 20 secluded acres of spectacular formal gardens for ceremonies $100+ and cocktail hours.

View more on pages 33-44 New cocktail hour pavilion; outside patio and garden. One wedding at a time available.

South Gate Manor 260 South Street Freehold, NJ (732) 431-1500 www.southgatemanornj.com

   

500 $100+ View more on page 1

Spring Lake Manor 415 Route 71 Spring Lake Manor, NJ (732) 245-6488 www.springlakemanor.com

   

  

7 Yellow Meeting House Road Millstone Township, NJ (609) 208-9475 www.windowsonthewaternj.com Hotels

250

$70+

Picture perfect weddings; private cocktail room and bridal suite; exclusive courtyard with fountains and gardens.

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Windows on the Water at Frogbridge

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Based on mission style architecture, we embrace a ski lodge appeal.

View more on page 32

Park 33

Gardens

Beautiful waterview room overlooks lake with two walls of picture windows; featuring a glassenclosed atrium for cocktails.

Set on an 86-acre private resort; one wedding at a time; recently renovated.

400

varies

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Exquisite cuisine, with quality & quantity beyond compare all in a setting of subtle elegance to create a perfect celebration.

1377 Route 23 South Wayne, NJ 07470 (973) 633-5111 www.grandchalet.com Visit our website for upcoming Bridal Expos at Grand Chalet!

When it comes to making your day extra special, Grand Chalet is the perfect place. As a family-operated facility, utmost attention and total dedication to every detail is always provided. At Grand Chalet, newly renovated rooms and white-gloved service offer an atmosphere of subtle elegance creating the setting for celebrations of any size. So come to Grand Chalet, where every affair is designed to meet your dreams.


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Morris County Brooklake Country Club 139 Brooklake Road Florham Park, NJ (973) 377-2235 www.brooklakecc.com

   

350

$110

Wide array of dining selections; white-gloved, French-style service; elegant surroundings; spectacular day or night view of our lakes.

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Casa Bianca 5266 Berkshire Valley Road Oak Ridge, NJ (973) 697-9704 www.casabiancabanquets.com

  

200

$75+

Celebrating the Grand Opening of our new facility; one wedding at a time; exquisite details; lasting impressions.

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Flanders Valley 80 Pleasant Hill Road Flanders, NJ (973) 584-6620 www.flandersvalleyweddings.com

   

210

$70+

One wedding at a time; set between a 250-acre horse training facility and 2 championship golf courses; gazebo.

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The Skylands at Randolph 792 Route 10 West Randolph, NJ (973) 328-8600 www.skylandsatrandolph.com

   

1000 varies

Unparallelled ambiance of elegance and charm; garden and gazebo area; outdoor ceremonies; conveniently located.

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Lake Valhalla Club 13 Vista Road Montville, NJ (973) 334-3190 www.lakevalhallaclub.com

   

220

Lakeside views; stone fireplaces; inside and outside hour and a half cocktail hour; recent two-million $125+ dollar renovation.

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The Park Savoy 236 Ridgedale Avenue Florham Park, NJ (973) 377-7100 www.theparksavoy.com

   

400

$85+

One event at a time; nestled in a historical park setting with lavishly manicured grounds; exceptional cuisine and service.

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Ocean County Atlantis Ballroom at the Holiday Inn Toms River



290A Route 37 East Toms River, NJ (732) 244-4000 www.atlantisballroom.com

 

225

$59+

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Crystal Point Yacht Club 3900 River Road Point Pleasant, NJ (732) 295-7000 www.thecrystalpoint.com

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Black marble veranda; outdoor ceremony space; Hollywood lighting available; 10 min. from picturesque beaches and boardwalks.

   

300

$98+

Views of the Manasquan River; private bridal cocktail reception; outdoor patio; attentive staff; exquisite cuisine.

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101 Old Mill Road • Spring Lake Heights, NJ 07762

732-449-1800 x395 • www.TheMillNJ.com


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Ocean County Surrounded by rolling hills and local farms; beautiful vineyards and breathtaking scenery.

Laurita Winery 85 Archertown Road New Egypt, NJ (609) 758-8000 www.lauritawinery.com

  

225

varies View more on page 55

Versailles Ballroom at the Ramada Toms River

   

2373A Route 9 Toms River, NJ (732) 719-1206 www.versaillescaterers.com

275

$59+

Veranda with French doors and fireplace; crystal chandeliers in new Versailles Ballroom; elegance shines through in every detail.

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Woodlake Country Club 25 New Hampshire Avenue Lakewood, NJ (732) 367-4500 www.woodlakecountryclub.com

  

500

$89

Beautiful country club setting; ballroom overlooks the golf course; minutes from the Garden State Parkway.

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Passaic County The Bethwood 38 Lackawanna Avenue Totowa, NJ (973) 256-8316 www.thebethwood.com

   

600

$70+

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The Brownstone 351 West Broadway Paterson, NJ (973) 595-8582 www.thebrownstone.com

  

315

$90+

1377 Route 23 South Wayne, NJ (973) 633-5111 www.grandchalet.com



 

300

$70+

Perfect location where thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal attention for every affair. Elegant atmosphere; delicious quality cuisine; affordable pricing.

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Macalusoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 161 Rea Avenue Hawthorne, NJ (973) 427-7320 www.macalusos.com

  

350

From the beginning of the occasion to the end, every detail is carefully attended to ensure that you $125+ and your guests enjoy their time.

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Westmount Country Club 728 Rifle Camp Road Woodland Park, NJ (973) 256-2700 www.westmountcc.com

86

Elegant ballrooms; manicured gardens; expertly prepared cuisine and personalized service from our professional staff.

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Grand Chalet

Gardens

Elegant ballrooms; manicured gardens; expertly prepared cuisine and personalized service from our professional staff.

   

1200

Remodeled lounges and dining room; breathtaking views; awardwinning cuisine; outdoor cere$100+ monies; gazebo; lavish waterfalls. View more on the Back Cover

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The Perfect Day... The Perfect Place

Formerly Farrington Manor, the Place on the Lake will be a brand new facility for Spring 2012. Contact us for more information on our exciting renovations and planning your lakeside wedding ceremony and reception with us! 16 Patrick Street East Brunswick, NJ (732) 297-1500 www.theplaceonthelake.com


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Somerset County Russo’s Continental Catering



266 West Union Avenue Bound Brook, NJ (732) 302-1252 www.russoscontinental.com

500

$65+

Let our professional staff and Culinary Institute of America chefs put their expertise to work for your personalized catering.

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Union County The Berkeley Plaza

  

735 Springfield Avenue Berkeley Heights, NJ (908) 464-0300 www.berkeleyplaza.com

350

$70+

High standards of excellence in food, ambiance and service. Ballroom has spiral staircase; large dance floor; outside gazebo.

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The Gran Centurions 440 Madison Hill Road Clark, NJ (732) 382-1664 www.thegrancenturions.com

  

350

$67

Elegant fine catering for over 40 years; affordable settings; Four Star Chefs create delicious menu options; professional service.

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The Grand Summit Hotel 570 Springfield Avenue Summit, NJ (908) 273-3000 www.grandsummit.com





300

$95+

Original slate flooring; lighted fountain; Atrium;views of historic Summit.

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Kenilworth Inn 60 South 31st Street Kenilworth, NJ (908) 241-3030 www.kenilworthinn.com

  

220

$65+

Excellent service, elegant atmosphere, incredible fresh foods; every detail is considered.

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Tutto Bené 304 West Route 22 Springfield, NJ (973) 379-3327 www.mariostuttobene.com





400

varies

The Tutto Bené Ballroom at Hotel 304 West is ready for your wedding reception. Overnight accommodations are available.

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New York Venues Newly renovated ballroom; unique koi pond in water fall gardens; outdoor ceremonies.

Crowne Plaza Suffern

  

3 Executive Boulevard Suffern, NY (845) 357-4800 www.cpsuffernhotel.com

250

varies View more on pages 68

Grand Oaks Country Club 200 Huguenot Boulevard Staten Island, NY (718) 356-2771 www.grandoaksnyc.com

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900

$45+

Located in the heart of Staten Island overlooking the golf course; newly renovated.

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New York Venues Grand Plaza 23 Nelson Avenue Staten Island, NY (718) 967-4034 www.grand-plaza.com

  

OHEKA CASTLE Hotel & Estate

  

135 West Gate Drive Huntington, NY (631) 659-1400 www.oheka.com

  

300 Father Capodanno Boulevard Staten Island, NY (718) 447-0800 www.vanderbiltsouthbeach.com

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250

varies

1000

Breathtakingly beautiful historic mansion; premier wedding venue; boasting 32 luxuriously appointed $200+ guest rooms and suites. Site Fee.

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The Vanderbilt at South Beach

Gardens

Exquisite ambiance, gourmet food and service above the rest with a dedication to quality that is second to none.

Hotels

450

$95

Staten Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exclusive beachfront banquet facility. Unique elegance with magnificent ocean views.

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Exquisite Catering With A Personal Touch

1550 Route 9 South Old Bridge, NJ 08857 www.GrandMarquisCaterers.com

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jennifer + kenneth June 24, 2011 Brooklake Country Club

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ince their initial meeting, high school sweethearts Jennifer and Kenneth dated, and after succeeding their first year of college in a longdistance relationship, they knew they would one day wed. Six years from the day the two declared their love for each other, Kenneth took Jennifer to Lavallette and under the quaint gazebo he proposed. “After spending a few hours at the beach, we returned home and our families were waiting for us with a surprise party that Kenneth had planned. It was so nice that we had our alone time, but could also share in the excitement with both families,” shared Jennifer. When the couple began planning their June 24, 2011 wedding, they knew they wanted to have a June celebration at a facility that hosted one event at a time. Upon visiting Brooklake Country Club for the first time, Jennifer and Kenneth were impressed by the accommodating staff, beautiful grounds, and the facility’s ability to accommodate cocktail hour either indoors, outdoors, or both. “The staff exceeded our expectations. They paid attention to every detail and went out of their way to make sure every one of our guests’ needs were met,” Jennifer and Kenneth agreed. Photography by Abacus Wedding Studios


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5 Ceremony Location: Saint Elizabeth’s Chapel Celebrant: Father Sean McDonnell Reception Location: Brooklake Country Club Photographer & Videographer: Abacus Wedding Studios Entertainment: D’Amico Entertainment Florist: Flowers by Candlelight Limousine Service: My Limousine Service Cake Designer: Le Promenade

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Bridal Salon: The Wedding Shop Formal Attire: Cozy Formalwear Invitations: Made by Couple Favors: Donations to the Lustgarten Foundation Makeup Studio: My Makeup Artist Victoria Jeweler: Helzberg Diamonds Honeymoon Location: Orlando, Florida and Carnival Cruise Line

1. Guests were invited to Jennifer and Kenneth’s wedding with sage green and raspberry-colored invitations accented with a floral motif and a satin ribbon. 2. Watching Jennifer walk down the aisle was Kenneth’s favorite memory of the day. He commented, “It was such a special moment.” Jennifer wore a Paloma Blanca gown with sweetheart strapless neckline, A-line silhouette, and Swarovski crystal embellishments. 3. Jennifer opted to wear pink shoes, which added a pop of color to her wedding day attire. 4. Guests were treated to wedding cake and an assorted combination plate of three miniature desserts, including New York style cheesecake, molten chocolate torte, tiramisu, and chocolate-covered strawberries. 5. Low centerpieces including green hydrangea and hot pink gerbera daisies, along with tea light candles were placed on ivory linens making up the tablescape design. 6. Following the couple’s first dance to “Amazed” by Lonestar, D’Amico Entertainment got the party started. 7. Abacus Wedding Studios captured the wedding day flawlessly in photography and on video. Rennie caught Jennifer and Kenneth’s personalities through a photojournalistic style as well as traditional posed shots. The couple was equally pleased working with Robert, who blended in with their guests. 8. Kenneth sported a traditional black tuxedo with black vest and white tie, while his groomsmen coordinated nicely with the bridesmaids’ sage green dresses. 9. The bride and groom’s “Thank You” sign was a great prop for a photo opportunity.

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RAISING THE BAR SEASONAL SIGNATURE DRINKS

Signature cocktails can be a simple and fun detail to include throughout the reception. This ever-so-popular trend is a great way to showcase your personalities, while reflecting the overall wedding style. Choose from seasonal specialties and selections based on color scheme, theme, liquor base, or even by preparation type (frozen, on the rocks, shaken, or stirred) and pair each selected cocktail with a unique name, such as “Marry Me Margarita,” “Blushing Bride,” or “The Perfect Pear.” Work with your caterer to ensure your guests will be served with something extra sweet–or strong–that will be a big hit on your wedding day. Try these delicious recipes below from Van Gogh Vodka, Pinnacle Vodka, and excerpts from Beer Cocktails by Howard and Ashley Stelzer (© 2012, reprinted with permission from The Harvard Common Press). Here’s to raising the bar at your reception and toasting to a lifetime of happiness.

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Colonial Flip Excerpted from Beer Cocktails by Howard and Ashley Stelzer

Maple Basil Sour Created by Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru

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Directions: Add the barley wine, molasses, and pumpkin puree to a small saucepan and heat over low heat until warm. Divide the mixture between two mugs. Top each mug with half of the rum. Garnish each with a cinnamon stick and serve. Photographs © Jerry Errico

Directions: In a mixing glass, muddle the basil leaves to extract the flavor. Add remaining ingredients with ice and shake well. Pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with basil sprig.

Spiced Caramel Apple Created by Kara Newman, author of Spice & Ice

Caramel Ginger Crisp Created by Mary Breclaw, mixologist at Morton’s in Chicago

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Directions: Shake the Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka and ginger and put it in a martini glass rimmed with chocolate-covered pretzels. (To rim glass, use simple syrup on the edge. Take a handful of chocolate-covered pretzels and put them in a plastic baggie, smash with a hammer, then dip the glass in it.) ContemporaryBride.com


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Dutch Tea Created by James Labe 4 oz. Numi Chocolate Puerh Tea 2 oz. Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka 1 oz. heavy cream Sugar Directions: Steep 1 Numi Chocolate Puerh tea bag at normal strength with freshly boiled water for three minutes, then remove bag. Add vodka and stir. Whip cream with a little sugar and float on top. Dust with powdered cocoa to garnish.

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Sleepy Hollow Excerpted from Beer Cocktails by Howard and Ashley Stelzer (© 2012, reprinted with permission from The Harvard Common Press).

Crushed ice 1 oz. 100-proof rye whiskey 1 oz. apple brandy 1/2 oz. maple syrup 1 egg 2 oz. pumpkin ale Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish Directions: Fill a cocktail shaker three-quarter full with crushed ice. Add whiskey, brandy, maple syrup, and egg, and shake vigorously. Pour the ale into a tulip glass and strain the contents of the shaker over it. Stir gently. Garnish with a sprinkling of grated nutmeg and serve. Photographs © Jerry Errico

Orange Spiced Cider Created by James Labe

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Red Velvet Cake 2 parts Pinnacle Cake Vodka 1 part crème de cacao Splash chocolate sauce Splash grenadine Directions: Shake with ice and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

2 parts Pinnacle Cake Vodka 1 part coconut rum 2 parts milk Directions: Shake with ice, strain into coconut-rimmed martini glass, and garnish with a cherry.

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Ceremony Location: Our Lady of Sorrows Celebrant: Father Richard Pfannenstiel Reception Location: Pleasantdale Château Photographer & Videographer: Milton Gil Photographers Entertainment: Barry Herman Entertainment Florist: Flower Elegance Limousine Service: D&G Limousines Cake Designer: Pleasantdale Château Bridal Salon & Veil: Ally’s Bridal Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Formal Attire: Joseph Abboud Invitations: Birchcraft Studios Favors: Photo Booth Pictures & Frames Hair Salon: Brushez Makeup Studio: Facez Jeweler: West Orange Jewelers Photo Booth: Photo Illusions, LLC Honeymoon Location: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa –Kauai and Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea–Maui, Hawaii

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hen Heather met Rick on her first day of work in 2009, she was impressed by his welcoming personality as well as his crystal blue eyes. “Rick greeted me at the door since I didn’t have a security badge to let myself into the building. During my first few days of employment, he went out of his way to befriend me,” Heather shared. The two began dating and about a year later, Heather was given the surprise of her life. Following a trip to visit relatives in Pennsylvania, Rick suggested they stop at Watchung Reservation (one of their favorite parks). After reaching Lake Surprise on May 29th, Rick got down on one knee and proposed with a classic princess-cut engagement ring. Chosen for its timeless décor and large ballroom with dance floor, the reception was held at The Berkeley Plaza. Heather and Rick were also impressed with the accommodating staff. “The team at The Berkeley Plaza was fabulous. They came up with solutions that incorporated everything we wanted and tailored their services to fit our needs,” noted Rick. Photography by Bird and Branch Photography


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Ceremony Location: Saint Teresa of Avila Parish Celebrant: Father Peter Koziolkiewicz Reception Location: Berkeley Plaza Photographer: Bird and Branch Photography Entertainment: Fantasy Productions DJ Entertainment Florist: Botanical Blooms LLC Limousine Service: D&G Limousine Cake Designer: Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe Bridal Salon & Veil: I Do, I Do Headpiece: Model Bride Shoes: Benjamin Adams Formal Attire: Sarno & Son Tuxedos Invitations: The Papery Favors: Howe House Hair Stylist: Tami Bischoff Makeup Studio: Model Bride Jeweler: Zales and Helzberg Diamonds Honeymoon Location: Excellence Playa Mujeres–Cancun, Mexico

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1. Heather walked down the aisle wearing a mermaid-style Casablanca gown embellished in intricate detailing of embroidery, lace, and beading. A hair comb along with a cathedral-length blusher veil and peep-toe Benjamin Adams shoes completed her look. Rick sported a classic black tuxedo with an off-white shirt, black vest, and bow tie. 2. Heather and Rick are not only very pleased with their photographs, but enjoyed working with Bird and Branch Photography, claiming Dan and Ellie were two of the most amazing people they worked with. 3. The bride’s bouquet consisted of a mix of ivory roses, purple hydrangea, lisianthus, and calla lilies. 4. Italian cookies and pastries were served for dessert, in addition to their red velvet wedding cake that included a timeless bride and groom topper. 5. For dinner guests had a choice of chicken francaise, Chateaubriand, or sole oreganata served with duchess potatoes and fresh vegetables. 6. Heather and Rick held the spotlight to “Never Let Go” by Hansen and also participated in the traditional parent dances. 7. During the traditional ceremony the couple exchanged vows and classic diamond wedding bands.

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1. Tracee and Rick’s wedding bands are engraved inside saying, “No Backsies.” 2. The two exchanged vows, participated in the unity candle tradition, and concluded the ceremony with their first kiss as husband and wife, which was the couple's favorite memory of the day. 3. A vintage brooch was attached to each bridesmaids bouquet made of thirty mini calla lilies. 4. Tracee opted to wear purple peep-toe shoes to match the color scheme of purple and charcoal gray. 5. The newlyweds, along with their bridal party went to Casino Pier in Asbury Park for pictures captured by Emil of Contemporary Image. 6. Guests were invited to the celebration with booklet-style invitations designed by the bride. 7. Tracee wore a simple satin A-line gown adorned with a sash, while Rick coordinated with a traditional black tuxedo with charcoal vest, silver necktie, and pocket square. 8. The bridesmaids wore charcoal gray, knee-length Alfred Angelo dresses in their bodice choice. 9. Photographs were also taken at the carriage house and throughout the garden at The English Manor. 10. The outside cocktail hour took place on the back patio at The English Manor, where guests enjoyed a variety of food from miniature crab cakes and sweet potato puffs to several specialty tables. 11. Tracee and Rick continue to thank all of their vendors who made their wedding day special, adding, "The staff at The English Manor were excellent and were very accommodating. They were professional and anticipated our needs before they occurred."

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racee and Rick met on eHarmony, and following their first date at Mahogany Grill in Manasquan, New Jersey, the two knew they would one day tie the knot. “I knew Tracee was the one when she easily accepted my faults and encouraged me in my goals,” reminisced Rick. After dating for several months and with Tracee’s birthday on the horizon, he wanted to make it a celebration she would never forget. On September 13, 2010, Rick took Tracee back to Sea Girt Beach–the location where they shared their first kiss–and presented her with a solitaire emerald-cut engagement ring. “I was completely shocked and excited,” exclaimed Tracee. When the couple visited The English Manor for the first time, they were impressed by the well-maintained grounds, including the back patio, overall décor, marble dance floor, and Lisa Truesdale’s high energy. Additionally, they liked the warm and welcoming ambiance of the foyer room with the ability to add personal touches to it. Photography by Contemporary Image

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The lights dim, and all eyes are on the two of you. The music swells, and you glide across the dance floor, trusting him to lead you, confident in the steps you’ve practiced together a thousand times–both in the studio and in your living room. Whether the first dance is a traditional waltz or a fun swing, opting for dance lessons before the big day ensures that these first steps are both relaxed and elegant.

A Remedy for “First Dance Anxiety” The first dance as husband and wife is an event that should be remembered. For those born with two left feet or those who’ve always dreamed of but never set foot on the dance floor, the notion of wowing an audience might seem overambitious. However, “we have a motto,” states Michelle Garced, co-director of Arthur Murray Franchised Dance Studios, “walk in, dance out!” Those who are still hesitant can breathe a sigh of relief, as a few basic steps give anyone the ability to perform a number of classic dances. “Most couples come in with no experience. The choreography, therefore, depends on a couple’s own comfort level,” affirms Jazmin Novoa, manager of the studio. “When people leave, they have to feel a sense of success. It is our responsibility as instructors to work with a person as an individual,” Michelle adds.

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dances performed increases. In lieu of slower dances, many couples are choosing to show off the tango, the cha-cha, or the merengue. Another alternative choice is the nightclub two-step, “a combination of the salsa and the rumba. We’ve noticed it’s becoming quite popular among couples looking to choreograph dances,” says Jazmin. Newlyweds revamp the traditional first dance even more by mixing dance styles or more than one song into a routine. Weddings today are very much an expression of a couple’s individuality, and wedding dances are increasingly used as a way to express that unique style. Instructors, therefore, are always looking for feedback from couples when putting a routine together. “It’s their day, so we want both the dance and the song to reflect their personalities,” Jazmin notes.

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detailed performance by incorporating challenging turns, dips, and travels for couples who start lessons months in advance. Couples then decide on the types of lessons they want to take. Many studios, including Arthur Murray, offer different classes with varying focuses, and prospective brides and grooms are advised to mix and match their alternatives. (In the spirit of maximizing your options, why not invite your bridal party to a group class or your parents to an individual lesson?) “The [Arthur Murray] studio’s three-point system was founded on the idea that different options add dimension to the learning process,” Michelle says. She adds, “We want the experience to be a comprehensive one by giving our students the opportunity to practice in every setting, from individual lessons with a single partner to group lessons and open practices with multiple pairs.” Ultimately, the dance studio you choose should accommodate your schedule and offer classes that meet your needs.

The Extended Benefits of Ballroom Dancing It should come as no surprise that the benefits of dance lessons extend far beyond impressing family and friends on the special day. Couples should approach the

idea of taking dance lessons together as an opportunity to reconnect by learning a new skill. It’s a fun and guilt-free way to temporarily escape the stress of planning a wedding. Additionally, ballroom dancing can be a great form of exercise. Many who only intend to take classes to prepare for their first dance find themselves continuing to dance long after the reception. “It’s an investment. There are countless opportunities to dance, even after your wedding. This is a skill you can use for the rest of your life,” says Jazmin. Dance lessons can benefit both the bride whose first dance has been pushed to the back of her mind with a prayer that she’ll be able to follow the 1-2-3 of a simple waltz and the bride who can’t help but dance when she hears music. Regardless of skill level, anyone will gain confidence, all while having fun! Take advantage of a complimentary class offered by one of many New York and New Jersey Arthur Murray studios, and you’ll lose your inhibitions as you get lost in the music (take it from a girl who knows!) Whether you’re looking to master the basics or an intricate routine, dance lessons can ensure poise on the big day, and even serve as a new tradition between husband and wife for years after you say “I do.”

“There are countless opportunities to dance, even after your wedding. This is a skill you can use for the rest of your life,” - Jazmin Novoa, Manager of Arthur Murray

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1.Swarovski-embellished Giuseppe Zanotti peep-toe shoes, large rhinestone earrings, and bracelet complemented Amy’s mermaid-style Alfred Angelo gown flawlessly. She carried a bouquet featuring jewel tones of blue, pink, and purple hues. 2. Table names and gold Chiavari chairs completed the tablescape design, while candles and lighting effects set the mood for the evening. 3. Large floral arrangements placed on pillars lined the aisle along with lighted drapery, all of which created a romantic ambiance for the ceremony. 4. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour, where they relished in hors d’oeuvres, a pasta station, a hot stone mashed potato bar, and a macaroni and cheese station among much more. The couple’s signature drink of Pontorierotini was also available. 5. The ballroom was decorated flawlessly with three various centerpieces made up of magenta dendrobium orchids, hydrangea, roses, bear grass, snapdragon, and curly willow. 6. A chocolate fountain and a duo dessert plate of molten cake and crème brûlée were served alongside the four-tiered wedding cake designed by the Grand Marquis. 7. Throughout the morning preparations to their first look at Monmouth University–which was the couple’s favorite memory of the day–Heyn Photography captured the wedding beautifully in a photojournalistic approach. Amy and Giacomo liked Marissa’s knowledge and passion of photography, as well as how they felt comfortable in front of the camera.

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1. Joseph’s cufflinks included their initials and their wedding date. 2. Stephanie’s bouquet consisted of white calla lilies embellished with jewels. 3. The bride donned an Enzoani mermaid-style, lace gown with strapless bodice and embellished belt, while Joseph wore a classic black tuxedo. 4. Eggplant-colored Enzoani peep-toe heels coordinated with the fall color scheme. 5. A heart-shaped locket that included a picture of the bride’s grandfather and the groom’s grandmother was attached to the stems of Stephanie’s bouquet. 6. John Arcara Photography captured the wedding beautifully in pictures and on video. “John and Lovina made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera. They are an amazing husband and wife team that you can clearly see they love what they do,” commented Stephanie. 7. Set on mocha-colored table linens were high and low centerpieces of hydrangeas, roses, and calla lilies, while uplighting created a romantic glow for the evening. 8. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos with vests that complemented the bridesmaids Jim Hjelm A-line dresses with a V-neckline. 9. For dinner guests were served a duet entrée of shrimp Nanina’s and Chateaubriand. 10. During the extravagant cocktail hour, guests enjoyed a variety of specialties from seafood displays and pasta stations to a martini bar. 11. Mr. and Mrs. signs made wonderful props for a photo opportunity.

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Ceremony & Reception Location: Westmount Country Club Celebrant: Father Paul Mayer Photographer & Videographer: Abbey Photographers Entertainment: Dash of Class DJ Entertainment Florist: Atlas Floral Decorators Inc. Limousine Service: Leros Point to Point Inc.–XO Limousine Cake Designer: Palermo’s Custom Cakes & Bakery Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld’s Shoes: Enzo Angiolini Formal Attire: Biltmore Tuxedos Invitations & Seating Scroll: RSVP to Me Favors: Donations to Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund Hair Salon: Beauty Plus Salon Makeup Studio: Color Make-Up Studio Jeweler: G. Anthony Jewelers Honeymoon Location: Cap Maison–St. Lucia 1. Guests were invited to the celebration with custom invitations from RSVP to Me. The elegant, vertical pocketfold invitations were made in the couple’s color scheme of ivory and gold, which set the tone for the big day. 2. The ceremony was set up beautifully at the Westmount, with sheer tulle draped from pillars that lined the gold silk aisle runner. 3. Mike LoBasso of Dash of Class DJ Entertainment got the party started and played a variety of genres throughout the night. They also provided a drummer, saxophonist, and keyboardist who played alongside with beats for a live entertainment feel. 4. Set on custom sheer overlays with a gold flourish design were gold charger plates along with votive candles, and tall centerpieces topped with fallcolored blooms and birch wood twigs. 5. In addition to a five-tiered wedding cake designed by Palermo’s Custom Cakes & Bakery, guests were treated to a Viennese hour serving gelato, a chocolate fountain, and a cordials cart. 6. Gina and Ryan asked guests to leave their wishes or words of wisdom to include in their memory box. 7. Additional low centerpieces and votive candles added to the romantic ambiance of the reception. 8. From the preparations throughout the ceremony and reception, Abbey Photographers captured the day’s events in photography and on video. “All representatives of Abbey Photographers were very professional. They were creative in their photo skills and welcomed any suggestions the day of the wedding,” commented Ryan.

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5. This regal five-tier ivory buttercream wedding cake is embellished with pearlized fondant wraps, studded with large crystal brooches. Touches of cake jewelry accent the Cinderella-inspired scrollwork that gives this cake its majestic quality. www.palermobakery.com 6. From the Majorica Bridal Collection, this gorgeous Pearl and CZ Necklace consists of clusters of pearls and various sprays of CZ shapes. www.perfectdetails.com

3. Dupioni silk and lace Wedding Garter Set with hand-sewn Swarovski crystals and pearls making up the centerpiece on this beautiful set. www.thechicaboutique.com

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ou’ve exchanged vows and have just been introduced as man and wife for the first time. The wind rustles through the palm trees and stirs the sand around your feet. What could be more perfect than spending one of the most memorable days of your life with family and friends on white sand beaches? Or maybe it’s just you and your new spouse, dividing your time together between lazy days at the pool and exploring the city’s vibrant nightlife. Whether you’re seeking a location for a destination wedding or a perfect honeymoon within the United States, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is a popular choice for many couples.

Where to Stay Drawing inspiration from the tropical setting, many hotels invoke a breezy, beachy, and relaxing atmosphere. Located on the largest private beach in South Florida, Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa strives to provide a lavish experience for visitors looking for an escape from the everyday lifestyle. Guests can stay in one of 650 one- or two-bedroom suites, which offer amenities such as 32-inch flat-screen TVs, spacious seating areas, and private balconies on which to enjoy the view. The resort’s renovated oceanfront terrace provides a breathtaking view of the beach while providing a comfortable atmosphere in which guests can recline on white sofas and converse around the fire pits. The resort features a beautiful spa offering an impressive array of massages, facials, and nail treatments, as well as a pool and a newly completed fitness center to meet all the needs of your bridal party and guests. 194

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Fort Lauderdale has much more than long expanses of picturesque beach to offer its visitors. Las Olas Boulevard is a popular destination for tourists; the commercial strip easily caters to a wide variety of tastes. From nightclubs to boutiques to wine bars and restaurants, there’s always something for everyone to enjoy. Dining out is a great opportunity for visitors to enjoy fantastic food while immersing themselves in the culture of the area. Preface the meal on the thoroughfare with tapas and a selection of fine wines at Las Olas Wine Bar. For those who enjoy fresh local seafood, look no further than 3030 Ocean or the newly opened Tundra Restaurant. YOLO (an acronym for the phrase “you only live once”) offers a variety of soups, sandwiches, salads, and steaks. South Florida offers visitors the opportunity to explore the natural world that extends beyond pristine beaches. Spend an afternoon taking an airboat tour of Everglades Holiday Park. Self-proclaimed thrill-seekers can rent Wave Runners and surfboards at Aloha Watersports. Parasailing and catamaran rides are also offered.

Travel to and From Fort Lauderdale Not only does this location boast both beautiful resorts and private beaches for the ceremony itself, it also provides ease of access for guests and newlyweds. Guests can arrive and depart via Fort Lauderdale International Airport. After the ceremony, new couples can take advantage of cruises to Key West, the Cayman Islands, or the Bahamas that depart from the port–or simply choose to continue their stay in the Sunshine State. Whether it’s a two- to three-day stay for a destination wedding or a ten-day honeymoon, Fort Lauderdale provides the perfect tropical backdrop that can make any stay memorable and enjoyable. Photos courtesy of Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

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ach year over one million visitors travel to Jamaica to experience the island’s unparalleled beauty and endless adventures. Jamaica, the largest English-speaking island in the Caribbean, is located ninety miles south of Cuba and six hundred miles from Miami. From beautiful, pristine beaches and lush rainforests to rich culture and history, Jamaica boasts natural and serene settings, making this destination home to some of the most beautiful surroundings. With hundreds of springs and rivers throughout Jamaica, it’s no wonder the first Jamaicans (called Tainos) named the country “Xamayca,” meaning “land

of wood and water.” Jamaica has developed water treatments over the years, making all of the water pure and safe for consumption. Boasting year-round tropical sunshine, Jamaica’s climate sees relatively humid conditions and high temperatures of an average of eighty degrees. Short rainstorms provide refreshing showers during afternoon heat throughout the island’s two rainy seasons, while hurricanes sometimes pass over the island primarily between the months of June to September. Although the official language of Jamaica is English, you might hear the natives using patois dialect.

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ituated on the beautiful stretch of white-sanded beach lining turquoise water is the ClubHotel Riu Negril (about forty-eight miles from Sangster International Airport). Featuring 420 deluxe guest rooms, this resort offers accommodations to fit every guest’s wants and needs. Mini-bars, liquor dispensers, and electronic in-room safes are among some of the amenities that are available to guests within their double rooms or suite accommodations –all of which give way to balcony or terrace views. All guests staying at ClubHotel Riu Negril will enjoy the all-inclusive experience, including breakfast, lunch, dinner,

and daily snacks at a choice of four restaurants. Dine at the casual buffet offering on-the-spot cooking stations, hot and cold buffet, as well as special themed buffets twice a week. You also have the option to make daily reservations at Sir Andrew for gourmet à la carte, or enjoy Brazilian fare at Rodizio and Italian cuisine at Luigi. During the day stop by the poolside restaurant cooking up grilled favorites for a midday snack or visit the poolside and swim-up bars mixing up your favorite cocktails. Throughout your stay, unlimited juices, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages are also included in your trip.

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or the couple seeking to tie the knot in paradise, Weddings by Riu offers civil, religious, and vow-renewal packages. Imagine exchanging heartfelt vows amid pictureperfect settings, with crystal-clear water or lush gardens creating a beautiful backdrop for a ceremony site. Pronounce your love and tie the knot in a gazebo or under an arch on the beach in Negril, and enjoy the music of a local reggae band for an additional fee. Plan your celebration with your choice of wedding options, including a complimentary package when booking a minimum of five rooms for a three-night stay. Additional upgraded services, including the Classic, Royal, and Caprice packages, are available at an additional cost, offering guests everything from simple and elegant to extravagant and complete wedding options. The best way to start your lives together is with the Classic Wedding Package, designed for just the couple. Looking for the perfect balance between simplicity and extravagance? The Royal Wedding Package includes cake and sparkling wine for up to fifteen guests. The most luxurious option, the Caprice Wedding Package, is meant to pamper the wedding couple in a tropical paradise, including cake and sparkling wine for up to forty guests. If you’re planning a destination wedding in 2013, Weddings by Riu packages will remain the same with the exception of their Royal Wedding Package, which will include cake, sparkling wine, and dinner for up to twenty guests. They will also be offering a Free Wedding Package at Riu Negril and Riu Palace Tropical Bay when five rooms at the same Riu Hotel are booked (minimum three-night stay), which includes cake, sparkling wine, and dinner for up to ten guests. ClubHotel Riu Negril

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paradise. Whether you choose to relax beachside, dine at fine restaurants, or explore the island, you and your husband will create memories that will last a lifetime. For more information about Jamaica and to book your destination wedding or honeymoon, visit www.Riu.com or www.WeddingsByRiu.com, or contact weddings@riu.com or call +52 (998) 848 77 96.

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Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas Favors: Custom Welcome Bags Hair Salon & Makeup Studio: YHI Spa Jeweler: Family Friend Aisle Runner: Original Runner Co. Honeymoon Location: Excellence Riviera Cancun - Riviera Maya, Mexico 1. Guests were invited to the celebration with invitations from Wedding Paper Divas' "Stylish Starfish" collection. The heavy textured cardstock featured ecru-colored scrollwork and tangerine starfish. 2. Inna wore ivory satin peep-toe shoes accented with a side ruffle and glistening beads, which matched her trumpet-style Marisa gown flawlessly. 3. After seeing each other for the first time, which was Inna and Daniel's favorite memory of the day, the couple signed the ketubah (Jewish marriage certificate) and proceeded with the gazebo ceremony. 4. As the sun was setting, the couple exchanged vows and participated in a unity sand ceremony surrounded by their closest family and friends. 5. Low centerpieces of lush blooms, candles, antique table number frames, and custom "thank you" stationery completed each tablescape design. 6. Starfish escort cards informed guests of their table number. 7. Matt and Jonathan of Del Sol Photography captured the day's events in a photojournalistic style. "Not only is Del Sol's reputation outstanding, but their work speaks for itself. We were both absolutely amazed while looking through their recent work," commented Inna. 8. From the warm lighting and spectacular surroundings of the resort to the ivory silk organza draping and three-column backdrop made of tangerine rose petals placed behind the sweetheart table, the poolside reception was decorated beautifully. 9. Chocolate and raspberry mille feuille was served for dessert, along with the two-tiered almond wedding cake with fresh berry filling.

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hen Inna and Daniel began planning their March 31, 2012 destination wedding, they knew they wanted a celebration that would encompass love, romance, and fun, among the most important people in their lives. Amid a pristine Caribbean locale, combining world-class service, luxurious amenities, and spectacular views, guests gathered at Paradisus Playa del Carmen for a celebration of a lifetime. About five months prior to the wedding, Inna spent October 20, 2011 in New York City to attend several business meetings. Upon arriving home, she was greeted with romantic candles that led from the front door to the living room, where Daniel was waiting on bended knee. She immediately began crying, threw her arms around him, and said “yes!” While the proposal was happening, Inna’s parents and sister were outside witnessing this wonderful occasion. “Words cannot explain the joy and happiness my parents felt in being able to share this very special moment with us. What a special gift Daniel gave my parents and me, and I will thank him for this forever,” Inna reminisced.

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We invite you to begin your love journey on the legendary Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, featured on ABC’s The Bachelor as a hotspot for destination weddings and honeymoons. Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa, located on the island’s exotic south coast, provides settings for every wedding style with nuptials offered under coconut palms in a breathtaking beachside setting or in an elegant ocean-front gazebo. Couples can select from multiple all-inclusive wedding packages in the resort’s offerings, making it simple for lovebirds to create magical memories, no matter the budget. So whether you choose to walk down the aisle or down the shore, Coconut Bay is the perfect place for the start of your fairy tale.

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An 8-Day, 7-Night, All-Inclusive Honeymoon at one of Jamaica’s Most Unforgettable Resorts - ClubHotel Riu Negril**

The honeymoon of your dreams awaits you at the ClubHotel Riu Negril. Nestled on a beautiful stretch of whitesanded beach lining turquoise water, this all-inclusive resort offers world-class service and luxurious amenities within the 420 deluxe guest rooms and suite accommodations–all of which give way to balcony or terrace views. Four restaurants provide casual and fine dining experiences offering themed buffets, à la carte, Brazilian fare, and Italian cuisine, while the poolside and swim-up bars mix up your favorite cocktails. From relaxation to recreational activities to daily entertainment and nightlife, Jamaica offers various activities for both the minimalist and adventurous. Participate in volleyball and tennis to snorkeling and windsurfing and enjoy entertainment programs throughout the day and evening including live shows, music, and complimentary entrance to the Pacha nightclub for those who want to dance the night away. Seek a serene and rejuvenating experience at the Renova Spa, delivering several spa treatments to put your mind at ease. Your prize includes magnificent accommodations for two adults, all meals, unlimited beverages, and all non-motorized water sports and activities* For official rules and to enter the Sweepstakes, visit www.ContemporaryBride.com *Some activities may be subject to an extra charge. ** This is a land package only. Airfare and transfers are not included. Some restrictions may apply. Some blackout dates may apply.


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Galley Bay Resort & Spa

Grand Pineapple Beach Antigua

(866) 237-1644 • www.galleybayresort.com This intimate Caribbean hideaway delights guests with its refined, unpretentious atmosphere and its relaxing, allinclusive pricing. It's glimmering turquoise seascapes and lush gardens create a relaxing, natural setting for those who want to decompress and escape from the world. The focal point is our three-quarter-mile white sand beach on the clear, warm Caribbean, where you can recline in the shade of a palm tree, soak up the sun or enjoy a refreshing swim and complimentary non-motorized water-sports. The boutique property's 98 guest rooms are set amid 40 acres of beautiful tropical gardens, providing a sense of privacy.

(800) 327-1991 • www.grandpineapple.com Romance is always in bloom at Grand Pineapple Beach Antigua, where you can take a stroll hand-in-hand throughout the 25 acres of this tropical hideaway. Set on the undisturbed northeast coast of Antigua, every aspect of this spectacular spot invites you to savor the true essence of the islands. Relax on your own stretch of unbelievably white sand and surrender to the pulse of the tropics. Enjoy an all-inclusive getaway with luxurious accommodations including the recently renovated Tropical Waterfront rooms immersing guests in the true essence of the Caribbean.

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(888) ROSEWOOD • www.jumbybayresort.com Set on a 300-acre private island, Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort, casts a spell of serene enchantment. Nestled two miles off the coast of Antigua, the exclusive resort is noted for its landscape, lush with rare tropical flowers, stately palm trees, and abundant foliage. A naturalist's haven, the island features three superb, white sand beaches. Jumby Bay, a secluded hideaway accessible only by boat, is known worldwide for providing discerning travelers with world-class service and distinguished amenities. With 40 beautifully refurbished suites and 11 villas spread across nearly a third of the island, guests feel deliciously ensconced in their own secluded hideaway. Each suite is an oasis of luxurious idleness, embodying the island's stylish good taste.

(888) SANDALS • www.sandals.com Awaken your sensual side at Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa–one of the most romantic resorts in Antigua. Situated on the famous beach of Dickenson Bay, immerse yourself in a seaside oasis graced by majestic palms as refreshing trade winds soothe the soul. Unwind in one of six pools, celebrate the high art of food and drink with world-class fare and intimate settings, or seek adventure with several excursions and activities available. From luxurious accommodations including those with private plunge pools and exquisite restaurants, your all-inclusive honeymoon in Antigua awaits you in two perfect worlds, found in one grande resort designed for love.

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The Verandah Resort & Spa

(866) 237-2071 • www.stjamesclubantigua.com A sociable club-like ambience prevails throughout, the visiting yachts contributing a dash of glamour. At its heart lie the guest rooms, restaurants and recreational opportunities of The Club, while The Village is an adjacent sanctuary of residential-style villas tumbling down a gentle hillside towards the bay. By day there are two beaches and four swimming pools, as well as a variety of on-site activities to keep all age groups entertained. After dark, there is a choice of four restaurants set either in the gardens, on the hillside or right down by the water's edge; the cocktail bars and live music to take nightowls into the wee hours.

(866) 237-1785 • www.verandahresortandspa.com This is a place where sea meets sky, where you can reconnect with nature, your loved ones and yourself. This eco-friendly island resort offers 30 spectacular beachfront acres on Antigua’s northeast coast overlooking a tranquil bay. The Verandah’s idyllic Caribbean village ambience is bound to inspire closeness and relaxation. It’s the perfect choice for romantic getaways or convivial family vacations, with the perfect mix of activity and relaxation. It’s totally up to you. The pampering Spa Tranquility will relax and invigorate the senses. You’re always welcome at The Verandah – it’s the natural place to slow down and reconnect.

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(800) 367-3484 • www.diviarubaphoenix.com Enjoy miles of white sand beach at the Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort. Nestled in Aruba’s famed Palm Beach, this resort is the perfect host for your vacation in paradise. Spacious beachfront studios and suites offer fully equipped kitchens, picture windows, and large private balconies with widespread views. Relax in thatch cabanas and hammocks overlooking the Caribbean Sea, or enjoy activities, like windsurfing, scuba diving and snorkeling. The Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort will provide you with the ultimate romantic escape. Their romance packages include beachside candlelit dining, premiere suite accommodations, champagne, and more.

Occidental Grand Aruba

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

(800) 858-2258 • www.occidentalhotels.com Experience the history, the myth, and the eternal fascination of Aruba. Discover the beaches that curve like an Aruban smile, at the all-inclusive Occidental Grand Aruba. A tropical honeymoon awaits you at the 341 room Occidental Grand Aruba as you explore countless ways to enjoy your time together. Try your luck with fantastic gaming at the resort’s casino. Or get active with a variety of sports and activities such as kayaking, paddle boats,and aqua aerobics, including scuba clinics! And at the end of an active day, let your Occidental Grand Aruba’s hosts entertain you with one of the nightly shows featuring talented locals and staff members.

(800) HOTELS-1 • www.renaissancearuba.com Romance has a home here at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino. The beauty of nature swims with a fresh style and unique attitude, creating the perfect atmosphere for a honeymoon. Gourmet dining, endless indulgences, and touches of pure luxury bring the best of Aruba to life, an experience and environment not soon forgotten. The resort features two distinctive lodging options that showcase unique personalities. The adult-exclusive Renaissance Marina Hotel is close to the heart of the action and just steps away from the vibrant center of Oranjestad. The family-friendly Renaissance Ocean Suites is set right on the Caribbean Sea. At the Aruba Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, you’ll discover a paradise that offers you more than just a spectacular honeymoon, but an ideal backdrop for a lifetime of memories.

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The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba

(888) RIU-4990 • www.riu.com Located on Aruba’s famous Palm Beach, discover the all-inclusive Hotel Riu Palace and the island itself. With white sand and crystal-clear water, this resort provides world-class service, magnificent accommodations, and a variety of food to satisfy your palate. Two swimming pools, fitness center, daily activities, and decadent cuisine within the restaurants are just a few of the amenities you will enjoy.

(877) 782-0149 • www.westinaruba.com The Westin Aruba Resort is the perfect island destination, offering the charm of the Dutch Caribbean, a magnificent beach, glittering casino, and a host of outdoor pleasures. Located on the luxurious strip of Palm Beach, Aruba, amidst sparkling blue water and soft sand beaches, we invite you to create the memories of a lifetime. Enjoy sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, and golf. Take a refreshing swim in the ocean. Drift in our gorgeous seaside pool. Or relax with a refreshing massage, body wrap or facial at our Spa. Discover the ideal blend of Caribbean warmth and Las-Vegasstyle excitement at The Westin Aruba Resort!

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Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort

(888) 4-BUCUTI • www.bucuti.com Situated on 14 acres of powder white sand on Eagle Beach, enjoy breathtaking views, feel the warm trade winds and marvel over the stunning tropical sunsets. With only 104 rooms, suites and penthouse rooms, Bucuti offers a more intimate getaway vacation through its award-winning hospitality and world-class facilities and services. The only boutique-style resort in Aruba that caters exclusively to couples and adults, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts are serene and peaceful, perfect to relax, rejuvenate and get away from it all. For those wanting to explore Aruba, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts are centrally located near all major attractions.

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Atlantis Paradise Island

Breezes Bahamas

(800) ATLANTIS • www.atlantis.com With over 3,000 rooms, 21 restaurants, 19 lounges, a casino, marina, beautiful beach, incredible pools, waterslides, tennis, golf, and more, the Atlantis Resort Paradise Island truly features something for everyone. From world-class luxury to moderately-priced comfort, Atlantis gives you a range of choice. Regardless of which tower you choose, you'll have all the exciting experiences of Atlantis at your doorstep and at your disposal. Eleven pool areas and miles of white beach provide both adventure and relaxation. Enjoy formal pools, zero-entry pools, kid's pools, and more!

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One&Only Ocean Club

Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island

(888) 528-7157 • www.oneandonlyresorts.com Nestled peacefully along a shore of delicate white sand beach, One&Only Ocean Club is a treasured sanctuary of privileged perfection. Renowned for its legendary sophistication and contemporary elegance, this alluring beachfront hideaway reflects the glamorous ambience and posh exclusivity of a grand colonial manor, welcoming generations of the world’s travelling elite. Expansive manicured lawns and towering coconut palms provide an enchanting backdrop to the pristine beaches of Paradise Island. One&Only Ocean Club is a playground of world-class golf, tennis, spa, and of course, watersports. The spectacular blue waters of the Caribbean are the elixir of Bahamian life, explored with a rich roster of activities, including diving, snorkelling, sailing, and wind-surfing.

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Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island

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(800) 367-3484 • www.divisouthwinds.com Divi Southwinds Beach Resort features over 130 suites and is situated on a half mile of white sand beach among 20 acres of tropical gardens. You’ll never run out of things to do between the numerous outdoor activities and historical tours, and the shops, restaurants and nightlife of the St. Lawrence Gap, which conveniently runs through the resort.

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Hilton Barbados Resort

(246) 432-1384 • www.mangobaybarbados.com The deluxe 76-room Mango Bay in sun-splashed Barbados offers an unforgettable, romantic, all-inclusive way to spend your honeymoon. The resort is cozy and intimate – perfect for romance – and white sandy beaches, sparkling turquoise waters, and clear blue skies create an idyllic Caribbean backdrop for that first vacation as husband and wife. Mango Bay’s all-inclusive vacation features all meals, afternoon tea, local and brand name drinks, including wine with dinner, nightly entertainment, water sports, such as waterskiing, Hobie Cat sailing, kayaking and snorkeling, a glass-bottom boat ride, a shopping trip into the capital city of Bridgetown, and a catamaran sail.

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Turtle Beach

(246) 444-2000 • www.sandylane.com Sandy Lane conjures up images of serene style in an idyllic resort setting. This resort has it all: a perfect location in Barbados overlooking the Caribbean Sea on a tranquil coral sand beach, shaded by mature mahogany trees, the timeless and classic elegance of the Palladian buildings mirrored in the spacious comfort of the 112 hotel rooms and suites, a stunning private villa, exceptional golf, gourmet dining, an outstanding spa, superb sports facilities and finally, an exceptional level of warm Barbadian hospitality.

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ClubHotel Riu Bachata

ClubHotel Riu Bambu

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

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Hotel Riu Palace Macao

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Paradisus Punta Cana

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(888) RIU-4990 • www.riu.com Located in the north-west of the island on the beach of Montego Bay, this resort will offer a wide range of services including the “All Inclusive” system, in which guests’ convenience and enjoyment is paramount.

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ClubHotel Riu Ocho Rios

(888) RIU-4990 • www.riu.com Located on the beach in Negril. Jamaica, lies the 420-room Riu Negril, an authentic oasis of tranquility set in extra ordinary natural surroundings. The hotel’s “All Inclusive” system and its attractive, family atmosphere make it the ideal place to enjoy a family holiday. Six restaurants, five bars, two tennis courts, a gym, two swimming pools and a children’s club are just a few of the hotel’s amenities.

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Sandals Montego Bay

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Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island

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Sandals Royal Plantation

Sunset at the Palms

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Sunset Beach Resort & Spa

Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort & Spa

(877) 734-3486 • www.sunsetbeachresort.com Escape to the playful, all-inclusive, 430-room Sunset Beach Resort & Spa in Montego Bay, offering the awesome new Pirate’s Paradise Water Park for the ultimate fun in the sun. Perfect for singles, couples and families, with a spectacular beachfront setting, spacious guestrooms, three restaurants, six bars, beach grill, three swimming pools, giant Jacuzzi, nonstop activities and entertainment. Spend a day pampering in the sumptuous spa with Jamaican inspired treatments or relaxing on the white sand beaches. Or tie the knot ‘island style’. And it’s all just ten minutes from the ‘Hip Strip’ of Montego Bay, featuring shopping, dining, and entertainment. Named one of the Top Ten Family Resorts In The Caribbean by TripAdvisor.com.

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(800) 635-1836 • www.palaceresorts.com Soon to be rebranded to Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in early 2013, Aventura Spa is nestled in the heart of the Mayan Riviera, the adults-only, all-inclusive Aventura Spa Palace sits on 85 acres of virgin jungle with spacious lawns and tropical gardens, delicately designed to tantalize the senses. Find romance, seclusion and relaxation from life’s everyday hassles while sunbathing on a lagoon-style beach. Enjoy endless nightly theme parties, including Latin, tropical, and Mexicanthemed shows. Be sure to dine at one of the seven restaurants including Mexican, International, Oriental and Californian cuisine. The resort’s guest rooms feature private balconies/terraces, satellite TV, mini-bars, and a double Jacuzzi in every room.

Beach Palace

Cozumel Palace

(800) 635-1836 • www.palaceresorts.com Located in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, the all-inclusive Beach Palace is a trendy, chic resort that includes two rooftop pools, two swim-up bars and Jacuzzis, and gorgeous views of the Nichupte Lagoon. Try one of the resort’s four restaurants, which feature Japanese, Mexican, American and Italian cuisine, enjoy nightly entertainment, or visit one of their many bars. Guest rooms and suites include double Jacuzzis, mini-bars and liquor dispensers, and satellite LCD TV.

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(800) 635-1836 • www.palaceresorts.com The all-inclusive Aventura Cove Palace is located just minutes from sister resort Aventura Spa Palace on the beautiful Riviera Maya. This resort is ideal for adventurous, active travelers; some of Mexico’s most exciting attractions like the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Xcaret eco-archeological park are just a short journey from the resort’s white-sand beaches and protected clear blue waters where you can swim, snorkel, and kayak. With its nightly entertainment, delicious cuisine, and endless outdoor activities, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for at Aventura Cove.

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Le Blanc Spa Resort

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort

(800) 753-2526 • www.palaceresorts.com The adults-only, all-inclusive Le Blanc Spa Resort beckons you from the white sand beaches and sparkling waters of the Caribbean. Nestled in a secluded enclave between Nichupte Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea in Cancun, Mexico, Le Blanc is an extraordinary resort where luxury reaches its pinnacle and service is simultaneously genuine and sensational. Indulge your every whim, whether it’s a refreshing swim or sun worshipping at one of our three shimmering pools, a challenging round on one of our legendary Jack Nicklaus Cancun golf courses, or the supreme luxury of doing nothing more than lounging on the beach and wading in the deliciously warm waves.

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Occidental Grand Nuevo Vallarta

Playacar Palace

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(888) RIU-4990 • www.riu.com Located in the lively hotel resort of Cancun and built on the beachfront, the hotel Riu Caribe is ideal for enjoying an unforgettable holiday along with your loved ones thanks to the convenience of the “All Inclusive” system, as well as the wide range of leisure options in the area. Six restaurants, four bars, three conference rooms, two tennis courts, a gym, two swimming pools and a disco are just a few of the hotel’s amenities.

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Hotel Riu Palace Las Americas

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Advertisers Index The Channel Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 732-229-3131 www.channelclubnj.com

Grand Chalet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 973-633-5111 www.grandchalet.com

Chimney Hill Estate Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 609-397-1516 www.chimneyhillinn.com

Grand Marquis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 732-679-5700 www.grandmarquiscaterers.com

Colonial Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 201-767-1505 www.colonialinnnj.com

Grand Oaks Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 718-356-2771 www.grandoaksnyc.com

Colts Neck Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 732-462-0383 www.coltsneckinn.com

The Grand Summit Hotel . .Inside Back Cover 908-273-3000 www.grandsummit.com

The Cranbury Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 609-655-5595 www.thecranburyinn.com

The Graycliff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 201-939-9233 www.thegraycliff.com

Crowne Plaza Suffern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 845-294-3342 www.cpsuffernhotel.com

The Grove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52-53 973-239-0270 www.thegrovenj.com

Crystal Point Yacht Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 732-295-7000 www.thecrystalpoint.com

Hilton Woodcliff Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 201-391-3600 www.hiltonwoodclifflake.com

Doubletree Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24-25 732-544-9300 www.sterlingballroomevents.com

Holiday Inn of East Windsor . . . . . . . . . .24-25 609-443-8000 www.windsorballroom.com

The Empire Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 201-641-2892 www.theempireclub.com

Holiday Inn of Toms River . . . . . . . . . . . .24-25 732-244-4000 www.atlantisballroom.com

The English Manor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 732-776-8558 www.theenglishmanor.com

Jacques Reception Center & Catering . . . . .89 866-522-7837 www.jacquescatering.com

The Estate at Florentine Gardens . . . . . .16-17 201-666-0444 www.florentinegardens.com

Jumping Brook Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . .70 732-922-8200 www.jumpingbrookcc.com

Brooklake Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46-47 973-377-2235 www.brooklakecc.com

The Fiesta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 201-939-5409 www.fiestabanquets.com

The Kenilworth Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .108 908-241-3030 www.kenilworthinn.com

The Brownstone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 973-595-8582 www.thebrownstone.com

Flanders Valley Weddings & Banquets . . . . . .7 973-584-6620 www.flandersvalleyweddings.com

La Riviera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 732-566-8400 www.larivieraloungenj.com

Casa Bianca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 973-697-9704 www.casabiancabanquets.com

The Gran Centurions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .108 732-382-1664 www.thegrancenturions.com

Lake Valhalla Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106 973-334-3190 www.lakevalhallaclub.com

Bakery A Little Cake (Le Petit Gateau) . . . . . . . . . .114 201-391-6300 www.alittlecake.com ChocaL8Kiss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 888-986-2253 www.chocal8kiss.com Palermo's Custom Cakes & Bakery . . . . . .113 201-641-1654 www.palermobakery.com Sweet Sweet Sue's . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 718-966-CAKE www.sweetsweetsues.com

Banquet Facilities & Catering Ariana's Grand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 732-326-1400 www.arianasgrand.com Battleground Country Club . . . . . . . . . . .58-59 732-462-7575 www.battlegroundcc.com The Berkeley Plaza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 908-464-0300 www.berkeleyplaza.com The Bethwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 973-256-8316 www.thebethwood.com Biagio's Ristorante & Banquets . . . . . . . . .106 201-652-0201 www.biagios.com Branches Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 732-542-5050 www.branchescatering.com

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Advertisers Index Macaluso's . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90 973-427-7320 www.macalusos.com

Raven & The Peach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 732-747-4666 www.ravenandthepeach.net

The Venetian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62-63 973-546-2250 www.venetiannj.com

The Mill at Spring Lake Heights . . . . . . . . . .85 732-449-1800 www.themillnj.com

Richfield Regency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 973-239-6234 www.richfieldregency.com

Waterside Restaurant and Catering . . . . . . .81 201-861-0700 www.watersiderestaurantandcatering.com

Nanina's in the Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19-21 973-751-1230 www.naninasinthepark.com

The Rockleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-3 201-768-7171 www.therockleigh.net

Westmount Country Club . . .Outside Back Cover 973-256-2700 www.westmountcc.com

Nauvoo Grill Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 732-747-8777 www.nauvoogrillclub.com

The Rosewood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-11 732-549-2900 www.therosewood.com

The Newark Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 973-242-0658 www.newarkclub.com

The Royal Manor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 973-478-8590 www.theroyalmanor.com

OHEKA CASTLE Hotel & Estate . . . . . . . . . .26 631-659-1360 www.oheka.com

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Park 33 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 732-761-1317 www.park33.com

Season's Catering Facility . . . . . . . . . . . .56-57 201-664-6141 www.seasonscatering.com

The Park Savoy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19-21 973-377-7100 www.theparksavoy.com

Shadowbrook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33-34 732-747-0200 www.shadowbrook.com

Pierre's of South Brunswick . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 732-329-3219 www.pierresnj.com

Skylands At Randolph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 973-328-8600 www.skylandsatrandolph.com

The Pines Manor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 732-287-2222 www.pinesmanor.com

South Gate Manor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 732-431-1500 www.southgatemanornj.com

Bridal Styles Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .137 718-339-3222 www.bridalstylesboutique.com

The Place on the Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 732-297-1500 www.theplaceonthelake.com

Spring Lake Manor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 732-449-6630 www.weddingreceptionnj.com

Bruelle’s Bridal LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .138 973-280-3473 www.bruellesbridal.com

Pleasantdale Château . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 973-731-5600 www.pleasantdale.com

The St. John Neumann Banquet Center . . .48 732-562-2411 www.diometuchen.org/banquets

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Radisson Hotel Freehold . . . . . . . . . . . . .24-25 732-780-3400 www.crystalballroomnj.com

Tutto Bené at Hotel 304 West . . . . . . . . . . .68 973-379-3327 www.mariostuttobene.com

Ramada Inn of Toms River . . . . . . . . . . . .24-25 732-905-2626 www.versaillescaterers.com

Vanderbilt at South Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 718-447-0800 www.vanderbiltsouthbeach.com

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Alissa Melanie Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146 917-991-5036 www.alissamelanieevents.com Association of Wedding Professionals . . . .100 800-242-4461 www.afwpi.com Jaynee's Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .145 201-568-6717

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Dance Studios

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Bruelle’s Bridal LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .138 973-280-3473 www.bruellesbridal.com

Arthur Murray Dance Schools . . . . . . . . . . .177 732-968-7600 www.amdancing.com

Atrium Beach Resort & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . .222 888-992-8748 www.festiva-atrium.com

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Macy's Wedding Registry . . . . .Inside Front Cover 800-568-8865 www.macys.com

Make An Impression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146 201-261-2777 www.yourpartyexpert.com

Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa . . . . . . .204 877-352-8898 www.cbayresort.com

Bridal Show Producers

Jaynee's Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .145 201-568-6717

Bridal Expo, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .232 800-625-3976 www.bridaltradeshows.com Bridal Showcase/Four Season . . . . . . . . . . .227 973-669-1625 www.njwedding.com/bridalshowcase Elegant Bridal Productions, Inc. . . . . .224-225 888-427-4339 www.elegantbridal.com Great Bridal Expo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .231 800-422-3976 www.greatbridalexpo.com Honeymoon Expo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .230 973-773-7155 www.bridalhoneymoonexpo.com

Florists & Floral Arrangements Always & Forever Flowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .182 848-459-4810 www.alwaysandforeverflowers.com Brandywine Floral Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . .182 732-675-2486 www.brandywinefloraldesign.com Garden State Flower Market . . . . . . . . . . . .181 732-431-9000 www.gardenstateflowermarket.com Rosie Posies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .183 732-536-1060 www.rosieposies.com

Headpieces PlanIt Expo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .229 800-770-2743 www.planitexpo.com

Bridal Styles Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .137 718-339-3222 www.bridalstylesboutique.com

Tastefully Done Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .230 908-420-2713 www.tastefullydoneevents.com

Bruelle’s Bridal LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .138 973-280-3473 www.bruellesbridal.com

WeddingSetGo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .226 888-435-7773 www.weddingsetgo.com

Health Beauty & Spa Services La Sorella Bridal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .140 201-452-8728 www.lasorellabridal.com

Calligraphy Jaynee's Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .145 201-568-6717

Lash Concepts LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .138 732-421-6931 www.lashconcepts.com

Ceremony Music Ambrosia Ensembles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .176 973-402-8887 www.ambrosiaensembles.com

Mosaic Salon & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .139 732-669-9881 www.mosaicsalonspa.com

Special Love Songs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .180 908-616-0552 www.speciallovesongs.com

Tim Alan Makeup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .140 732-718-1144 www.timalan.net

Honeymoon Expo Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . .230 201-880-6838 www.honeymoonexpocenter.com Palace Resorts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .196 800-635-1836 www.palaceresorts.com Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino . . . . .223 800-HOTELS-1 www.renaissancearuba.com Riu Hotel & Resorts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .206-207 888-RIU-4990 www.riu.com

Invitations The American Wedding Album . . . . . . . . . .146 800-428-0379 www.theamericanwedding.com Jaynee's Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .145 201-568-6717 Make An Impression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146 201-261-2777 www.yourpartyexpert.com RSVP to Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146 201-825-RSVP (7787) www.rsvp-to-me.com

Limousine Services CAT Limousine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .192-193 732-409-9961 www.catlimousine.com TRU Limousine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .191 908-523-1700 www.trulimo.com

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Advertisers Index Elite Sound Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . .180 201-843-8003 www.elitesoundentertainment.com

Pleasantdale Ch창teau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 973-731-5600 www.pleasantdale.com

Proposed Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .166 201-485-8885 www.proposedstudios.com

Enchanted Celebrations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .180 888-268-7420 www.enchantedcelebrations.com

Radisson Hotel Freehold . . . . . . . . . . . . .24-25 732-780-3400 www.crystalballroomnj.com

The Studio Photographers . . . . . . . . . .156-157 800-439-6178 www.thestudiophotographers.com

Gemini Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .176 973-686-1003 www.geminidjs.com

Ramada Inn of Toms River . . . . . . . . . . . .24-25 732-905-2626 www.versaillescaterers.com

VeroLuce Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .172 973-449-6167 www.verolucephotography.com

Noble Studios Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . .165 201-233-0030 www.photobynoble.com

Photography Videography

Videoccasions Video Productions . . . . . . . .167 201-891-2300 www.videoccasions.com

Special Love Songs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .180 908-616-0552 www.speciallovesongs.com

Abacus Wedding Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .170 908-822-1220 www.abacuswedding.com

Wedding Information Services Allan Reider Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .163 908-688-8808 www.njphotographer.com

Association of Wedding Professionals . . . .100 800-242-4461 www.afwpi.com

Ben Lau Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .158 973-375-2301 www.benlauphotography.com

Contemporary Bride Magazine . . . . . . . . . .144 732-968-0123 www.contemporarybride.com

Crowne Plaza Suffern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 845-294-3342 www.cpsuffernhotel.com

Enchanted Celebrations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .180 888-268-7420 www.enchantedcelebrations.com

NJWedding.com (Kent Enterprises) . . . . . .158 908-874-0417 www.njwedding.com

Crystal Point Yacht Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 732-295-7000 www.thecrystalpoint.com

Ephemera Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .172 732-229-6000 www. ephemeraphotographics.com

Doubletree Hotel Tinton Falls . . . . . . . . .24-25 732-544-9300 www.sterlingballroomevents.com

Heyn Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .158 732-681-1919 www.heynphotography.com

The Grand Summit Hotel . .Inside Back Cover 908-273-3000 www.grandsummit.com

Jessica Lauren Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . .162 862-377-5961 www.jessicalaurenphoto.com

Hilton Woodcliff Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 201-391-3600 www.hiltonwoodclifflake.com

Lopez-Kiil Photography LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . .172 973-715-1539 www.lopezkiilphotography.com

VIP DJ Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .176 973-261-0036 www.vipdiscjockeys.com

Over-Night Accommodations

Holiday Inn of East Windsor . . . . . . . . . .24-25 609-443-8000 www.windsorballroom.com Holiday Inn of Toms River . . . . . . . . . . . .24-25 732-244-4000 www.atlantisballroom.com

M&A Photography and Video . . . . . . . . . . .162 973-812-9250 www.mavideoproductions.com

The Kenilworth Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .108 908-241-3030 www.kenilworthinn.com

Milton Gil Photographers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .159 973-771-9700 www.miltongil.com Noble Studios Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . .165 201-233-0030 www.photobynoble.com

OHEKA CASTLE Hotel & Estate . . . . . . . . . .26 631-659-1360 www.oheka.com

Premier Touch Photography . . . . . . . . . . . .162 646-245-8119 www.premiertouchphotography.com

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