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Contemporary Weddings

IN THIS ISSUE

SPRING/SUMMER 2019

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RECENTLY ENGAGED Five couples share how their fiancé popped the question

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WEDDING PLANNING TIMELINE Our easy-to-follow guide to help you through the planning process

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NEW JERSEY & NEW YORK RECEPTION SITE GUIDE The best wedding facilities in the tri-state and metro areas

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AUTUMN ON THE FARM Vintage charm meets whimsy romance in this wedding inspiration

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PRETTY AS A PRINCESS The most romantic gowns of the season

107 GROOM’S GUIDE Wedding tasks to get your guy involved 140 WEDDING WEATHER WOES Our tips on how to prepare for inclement weather on your wedding day 145 HONEYMOON SWEEPSTAKES Enter to win a romantic honeymoon at the luxurious W Hotel Fort Lauderdale 146 DESTINATION DAYDREAMING A honeymoon hideaway in Fort Lauderdale

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Contemporary Weddings

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Ashleigh & Jordan at The Sterling Ballroom

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Maria & Mateusz at The Manor

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Caroline & Joseph at Westmount Country Club

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Amanda & Marc at The Sterling Ballroom

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Kimberly & Thomas at Everly at Railroad

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Alexis & Christopher at The Crystal Ballroom

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124 PICK YOUR POSIES Bouquets that will compliment your style

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OUR FAVORITE THINGS Products and trends our staff currently loves

126 HONEYMOON HOTSPOTS Romantic destinations for your honeymoon getaway 157 INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Wedding merchants & reception sites

142 The summer issue is a reprint of spring issue.

PUBLISHER Gary Paris PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Valerie Nani TRAVEL EDITOR Guy Preston EDITOR Meghan L. Chalfant CONTRIBUTING WRITER Meghan L. Chalfant ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Diane Benko SINGLE SALES NEWSSTAND CONSULTANT Michael Gerardo Corporate Offices: Contemporary Weddings LLC. • 1600 Perrineville Road • Suite 2-307 • Monroe, NJ 08831 • Phone: (609) 642-8864, Fax: (609) 642-8741 • www.CWeddingsMag.com Contemporary Weddings LLC. 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 Contemporary Weddings LLC. PRINTED IN U.S.A. All rights reserved • Copyright 2019


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Maria + Jason June 16, 2018 The Estate at Florentine Gardens ~ River Vale, New Jersey

High school sweethearts Maria and Jason dated their junior and senior year and even attended prom together. Friends forecasted they would one day get married. The two went separate ways in college, but remained friends until their relationship was rekindled when they attended a best friend’s wedding in June 2014. “We were stuck in traffic for five hours from New Jersey to Rhode Island on our way to their rehearsal dinner, where we sat next to each other and many people asked us if we were together. We weren’t, but we haven’t been apart since. Our rehearsal dinner took place four years later on that exact date,” Maria shared. It was a quiet Friday afternoon on December 16, 2018 at The Estate at Florentine Gardens. Maria had been waiting for the weekend weddings to start, when her sister and mom ran into her office telling her she had to go downstairs. “As I followed, I heard a beautiful voice singing Mariah Carey’s, ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ with the piano playing in the background. I didn’t understand what was going on,” Maria mentioned. But as she walked down the grand staircase lined with candles, she saw Jason standing in front of the fireplace. It was at that moment he got down on one knee and proposed, making it the happiest moment of Maria’s life.

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Design Inspiration Drawing inspiration from the start of the spring season, shades of white, cream, blush, and gold created the perfect color palette for a sophisticated and timeless wedding.

Home Sweet Home Maria’s father has owned and operated The Estate at Florentine Gardens for over 30 years, so after growing up running through the gardens as a kid to eventually working and growing into the business, there was no question Maria would have her wedding at the facility she’s proud to call home. “I knew my team would go above and beyond to produce an amazing wedding day for Jay and me,” Maria shared. “The Florentine Gardens is a place where Maria has made so many couple’s perfect day come true, and she deserved a perfect day herself. I knew the Florentine was going to make that happen,” Jason added.

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Pretty Posies Maria carried an all-white bouquet made up of her favorite flowers, peonies.

Garden Romance The Florentine Gardens are known for their immaculate grounds, but Maria and Jason wanted to enhance the beauty of the gardens for their ceremony. White orchid floral leis hung from the full trees wrapped in lights to create a romantic feel, while white rose petals lined the aisle, and a lush white floral “O” arch filled with roses, hydrangea, peonies, and orchids made for a show-stopping backdrop.

Favorite Wedding Day Memory The newlyweds agreed that seeing each other for the first time during their first look was their favorite memory from the wedding. “I will never forget Jay’s face when he saw me in my [Galia Lahav] wedding dress. It was something I imagined many times and it was an incredibly special moment between the two of us,” Maria reminisced.

On Cloud Nine As they were surrounded by friends and family, Maria and Jason shared their first dance to “In Case You Didn’t Know” by Brett Young, while dancing on a custom-wrapped dance floor with hand-drawn florals and monogram in the center.

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Ashleigh and Jordan met in the summer of 2014 at the gym they both belonged to. Jordan, who was in charge of forming a volleyball team, asked Ashleigh to be a player, and a few months later, he got the courage to ask her on a date. The two love to play card and board games, including Bananagrams, a crossword-making puzzle game. Without her knowing, Jordan had the pieces that spelled out “marry me,” got down on one knee, and proposed on September 24, 2016. “It was the sweetest thing. Jordan also invited all of our close family and friends to our favorite restaurant to help us celebrate such an awesome day,” the bride reminisced.

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SIX-EIGHT MONTHS u Book your engagement session with your photographer u Order & send out your save the dates u Shop & order bridesmaid dresses u Book ceremony musicians u Research & book wedding transportation u Start planning & book your honeymoon (this includes hotel accommodations & airfare) u Start researching invitations, hire an invitation designer, & begin the selection process

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Maria + Mateusz August 12, 2018 The Manor ~ West Orange, New Jersey

After meeting back in 2009 at the JFK Airport and hitting it off, Maria and Mateusz both knew in their hearts they had found their partner for life. “Mateusz is so genuine and caring, and I can be myself around him,” Maria shared. After asking for Maria’s parents’ permission, Mateusz popped the question with a timeless solitaire ring. The two decided to tie the knot during a civil ceremony on August 12, 2014, but that didn’t stop them from planning the wedding of their dreams in the company of their nearest and dearest exactly four years later.

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Traditional Elegance The reception was held at The Manor, chosen for its immaculate grounds and gardens. Additionally, Maria and Mateusz were impressed with the warm and welcoming staff. “From our very first appointment at The Manor, Rolf (our event coordinator) made our experience very personalized. He was professional, made sure to ask all the necessary questions, and offered all possible menu selections. Throughout the process, Rolf was very responsive, detailed, and made sure to always let us know when he would be out of the office in the event we had questions or concerns,” the couple raved.

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Dress Decisions Maria’s Pronovias bridal gown wasn’t originally what she envisioned for her wedding day, but the silhouette hugged her figure and made her feel beautiful. The gown featured an illusion neckline in crystal tulle, lace, and gemstone appliqués with a draped skirt made of crepe and tulle and a discreet crepe bow at the waistline.

You’re Invited Guests were invited to the celebration with custom letterpress printed wedding invitations designed by Lace and Belle. The suite featured doublethick white card stock, a monogram belly band wrap, and wax seal for a classic and regal touch.

Please Be Seated A gold-framed custom seating chart displayed over a bed of hydrangeas created a modern, wow-worthy wedding detail.

Honeymoon Escape Following the wedding, the newlyweds escaped to the Maldives and Dubai for an exotic honeymoon.

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Ceremony Location: St. Vincent Martyr Roman Catholic Church Celebrant: Father Przemek Reception Location: The Manor Photographer: Victoria Matthews Entertainment: TMG Event Mariachi Band: Mariachi Oro de Mexico Floral Designer: Crest Florist Limousine Service: DJ’s Limousine Service Cake Designer: Banquet Cake Wedding Gown Designer: Pronovias Veil: Bel Aire Veils Headpiece: Nordstrom Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Formal Attire: Hugo Boss Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse Invitations: Lace and Belle Favors: Godiva Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Michelle Elise Artistry Jewelers: Martin Jewelers, Tiffany, and Zales Honeymoon Locations: Maldives and Dubai

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Acrylic invitations like this suite designed by Lace and Belle make for a showstopping way to invite guests to your nuptials. The best part? Lucite is versatile, so it can easily be tailored for a modern, traditional, or even rustic styled soiree. Photographer: Jaye Kogut Photography www.laceandbelle.com

There’s no doubt we’ll be seeing a rise in over-the-top floral installations throughout 2019. Pro tip: Have your floral designer create a beautiful floral arch for your ceremony and then use it as a backdrop for your sweetheart table to make the most of this décor piece. Photographer: J&R Photography Floral Designer: Ivie Joy Flowers

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Bold Hues Living Coral has been named the color of the year by Pantone, and we couldn’t be more excited. This bright hue is perfect for a spring or summer wedding and can be easily incorporated in florals, the wedding cake, within the invitation suite, or even your shoes.

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Five additional trends to watch out for in 2019 1. Charcuterie boards during cocktail hour 2. Interactive food stations 3. Timeless traditions, such as something old, new, borrowed, and blue 4. Mixed wedding parties with both genders standing by each couple’s sides 5. Cultural details

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Caroline and Joseph met as sophomores during statistics class at Seton Hall University, but didn’t go out on their first date until a few years after graduation. Caroline knew early on that Joseph was the guy for her, and Joseph, too, immediately knew he and Caroline would be together forever. “The conversations were easy, it was enjoyable to spend time with her, and whenever we left each other, I found myself looking forward to the next time we would be together,” Joseph shared. The couple planned a trip to Chicago over Memorial Day weekend of 2017. They stopped at the Willis Tower and walked out onto the observation deck. After taking a few photos, Joseph got down on one knee and proposed with a halo-style engagement ring.

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A Flawless Affair From the minute Caroline and Joseph walked into the Westmount Country Club, they were warmly welcomed and felt like a part of their family. The staff was attentive and the couple was also impressed by the picturesque views offered within the Continental room.

Bridal Beauty Styled by Ali Costa, Caroline wore her hair down with curls, with the left side tucked behind her ear. Her makeup, applied by Amanda Cullen, enhanced her natural beauty with purple and gray eyeshadow and pink lips.

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Classic Décor Displayed on white table linens were alternating high and low floral arrangements made of white hydrangea and pink roses. Small and large votive candles surrounded the centerpieces, while menu cards were tucked inside white napkins at each place setting.

Savory Favors The newlyweds thanked their guests for being a part of their wedding day with miniature tin cans of cheddar and caramel popcorn from Garrett Popcorn in Chicago.

Favorite Memory of the Day The couple agreed that seeing each other for the first time as Caroline walked down the aisle was their favorite memory from the wedding day.

Wise Advice When asked if they had any advice for couples planning their wedding, Caroline shared to work together as best as you can and make decisions together. “Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s such a fun and exciting time in both your lives, and the day goes by so fast, so just be sure to take it all in and enjoy every moment.” Joseph added, “Communication and teamwork is so important. There is a lot to plan and it can seem overwhelming. If you talk about it and divide up some of the tasks it makes it much easier and less stressful. Leave some of the small details to your vendors. They do this for a living and have seen many more weddings than you have. Share your vision with them and let them run with it.”

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Ceremony Location: Immaculate Conception Chapel at Seton Hall University Celebrant: Father James Worth Reception Location: Westmount Country Club Photographer and Cinematographer: The Bleu Studio Entertainment: Paul Anthony Entertainment Trumpeter: Douglas Haislip Floral Designer: Pedestals Floral Decorators Limousine Service: Ultimate Party Bus & Limo Cake Designer: Palermo’s Bakery Wedding Gown Designer: Casablanca Bridal Veil: Bel Aire Veils Headpiece: Ansonia Bridal Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Formal Attire: Tuxedos by Malzone Bridesmaid Dresses: D’Zage Groomsmen Attire: Ike Behar Invitations: Paper Capers Favors: Garrett Popcorn Shops Hair Stylist: Ali Costa Makeup Artist: Amanda Cullen Jewelers: Prestige Jewelers Honeymoon Locations: Greece and Italy

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ATLANTIC COUNTY Ram’s Head Inn 9 W. White Horse Pike • Galloway, NJ (609) 652-1700 • www.ramsheadinn.com Our stately rooms, manicured grounds and elegant courtyard offer a choice of wedding sites in one convenient southern New Jersey location, whether you’re looking for an indoor, or outdoor wedding venue.

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BERGEN COUNTY The Empire Club 136 Mehrhof Road • Little Ferry, NJ (201) 641-2892 • www.theempireclub.com Whether it’s a fairy tale wedding, gala social occasion or high-level corporate meeting, at The Empire Club our goal is to create an event that will be remembered as exceptional, from beginning to end. Each affair is treated like the original it is and hosted with signature style.

The Estate at Florentine Gardens 97 Rivervale Road • River Vale, NJ (201) 666-0444 • www.florentinegardens.com Warmth, comfort, and historic charm combine to set a magnificent and memorable backdrop. Our Georgian-style mansion features expansive gardens, spacious rooms, elegant décor, and world-class cuisine, all served up with an attentive staff who caters to every whim.

The Royal Manor 454 Midland Avenue • Garfield, NJ (973) 478-8590 • www.theroyalmanor.com Newly renovated banquet facility conveniently located near major highways and specializing in diverse cuisine and superb service through extensive experience in the restaurant and catering industry.

Season’s Catering Facility 644 Pascack Road • Washington Township, NJ (201) 664-6141 • www.seasonscatering.com Our talented team of award-winning chefs, sushi chef 's, professional ice carvers and outstanding pastry chefs will combine their culinary expertise to provide a wedding worthy of "Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous" at a reasonable price.

The Venetian 546 River Drive • Garfield, NJ (973) 546-2250 • www.venetiannj.com Upon entering the cultivated beauty and grandeur of the palatial lobby you are greeted with Italian marble, majestic columns and 35 ft. cathedral ceilings. Every detail of your exceptional day is addressed in our quest to maintain a legacy of extraordinary service.

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ESSEX COUNTY The Brookside 41 Broughton Avenue • Bloomfield, NJ (973) 748-6590 • www.thebrooksidebanquets.com With a unique blend of modern beauty, exceptional cuisine and professionally trained staff, The Brookside promises to set the new standard for an inspired, one of a kind event.

Highlawn Pavillion Eagle Rock Reservation • West Orange, NJ (973) 731-3100 • www.highlawn.com Sweeping views of NYC, sophisticated elegance, and award-winning cuisine make the Highlawn Pavilion one of northern NJ's most magical and romantic wedding venues. Whether a lavish affair for hundreds or an intimate event, we offer everything for your celebration.

The Manor 111 Prospect Avenue • West Orange, NJ (973) 325-2060 • www.themanorrestaurant.com For more than 50 years, The Manor, flagship of the acclaimed Knowles' restaurant and event properties, is known throughout the region for our fine dining and our absolute commitment to making each wedding memorable and unique.

Nanina’s in the Park 540 Mill Street • Belleville, NJ (973) 751-1230 • www.naninasinthepark.com Providing a backdrop that will transport you to a timeless villa in Tuscany, you will be immersed in a combination of lush outdoor gardens, grand interior ballrooms, marble staircases, sophisticated amenities and meticulously detailed ceilings and chandeliers.

Pleasantdale Château 757 Eagle Rock Avenue • West Orange, NJ (973) 731-5600 • www.pleasantdale.com With a stunning setting, an unparalleled kitchen, and an absolute commitment to our clients, it’s easy to see why so many couples in northern NJ make the Pleasantdale Chateau, one of the renowned Knowles Restaurants’ properties, their wedding venue of choice.

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MERCER COUNTY Windsor Ballroom at the Holiday Inn East Windsor 399 Monmouth Street • East Windsor, NJ (609) 443-8000 • www.windsorballroom.com We pride ourselves in being one of the most highly rated Mercer County wedding venues. Our entire staff knows how important this day is to you and your family and friends, so we do our absolute best to make sure everyone’s experience exceeds their expectations.

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY The Cranbury Inn 21 South Main Street • Cranbury, NJ (609) 655-5595 • www.thecranburyinn.com It is our purpose to provide service to you and give you a true commitment to fulfill all of your needs for this important day. We ensure you are happy on your special day while creating the wedding reception you have always wanted.

The Estate at Farrington Lake 16 Patrick Street • East Brunswick, NJ 732-297-1500 • www.theestatenj.com A hidden jewel in the heart of Middlesex County, nestled on a 22-acre property overlooking Farrington Lake. Our years of experience, local expertise and celebrated cuisine ensures every detail of your private gathering is flawless.

Grand Marquis 1550 U.S. Route 9 South • Old Bridge, NJ (732) 679-5700 • www.grandmarquiscaterers.com Your fairy-tale wedding will be addressed in our quest to maintain a legacy of extraordinary service and impeccable cuisine. Our unparalleled attention to detail, impeccable ballrooms and award-winning culinary team will make your affair, the affair to remember.

The Pines Manor 2085 Route 27 • Edison, NJ (732) 287-2222 • www.pinesmanor.com Experience the wedding of your dreams. The exquisite marble and granite lobby, with walls upholstered in rich imported fabrics, sets the stage for your event while our team of culinary experts rise to the challenge of pleasing the most discerning palates.

Park Chateau Estate & Gardens 678 Cranbury Road • East Brunswick, NJ (732) 238-4200 • www.parkchateau.com Upholding superior service, exceptional cuisine and a spectacular setting that our clients have experienced from our other top-rated catering locations. Our new venue presents the authentic style and setting of a vintage French chateau with classic gardens.

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MONMOUTH COUNTY Bella Vista Country Club 100 School Road • Marlboro, NJ (732) 308.4600 • www.bellavistacc.com Bella Vista Country Club is one of the premier venues for weddings, showers, civil unions and events in Monmouth County. Our sprawling golf course sets the stage for a memorable event from our wedding pavillion or our tastefully designed clubhouse.

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MONMOUTH COUNTY (cont’) Crystal Ballroom at the Radisson Hotel Freehold 50 Gibson Place • Freehold, NJ (732) 780-3405 • www.crystalballroomnj.com Glamorous venue for your wedding reception. With gorgeous crystal chandeliers, indoor and outdoor ceremony areas, gourmet catering, and an expert team of event coordinators, it’s easy to see why the Crystal Ballroom is a Monmouth County favorite.

Nauvoo Grill Club 121 Fair Haven Road • Fair Haven, NJ (732) 747-8777 • www.nauvoogrillclub.com Lodge-inspired haven providing a mix of luxury and laid-back mission-style ambiance. Rich woods and soaring windows, warmed by accents of fireplaces, glowing lamps, and earth-toned accessories, your guests will enjoy the experience along with delicious cuisine.

Raven and The Peach 740 River Road • Fair Haven, NJ (732) 747-4666 • www.ravenandthepeach.net The Casablanca Ballroom, located on the second floor of Raven & the Peach, is decorated in the richest woods and finest fabrics dressed with luxurious table appointments held underneath a skylit ceiling and surrounding windows affording a desirable view of Fair Haven.

Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury 1 Obre Place • Shrewsbury, NJ (732) 747-0200 • www.shadowbrook.com Upon entering the historic beauty and grandeur of the mansion you are greeted by the elegance of old world charm. Our lush estate provides an exquisite setting for the most private gathering to grand scale celebration with outstanding service and world-class cuisine.

Sheraton Eatontown Hotel 6 Industrial Way East • Eatontown, NJ (732) 542-6500 • www.sheratoneatontown.com/weddings The newly renovated Grand and Regal Ballrooms can host up to 350 guests with a large dance floor, spectacular infinity chandeliers, starlit atriums, rich natural textures and shimmering metallics. Room blocks are also available across our 208 renovated guest rooms and suites.

Spring Lake Manor 415 Route 71 • Spring Lake, NJ (732) 449-6630 • www.springlakemanor.com A beautiful Victorian mansion located in the tranquil Jersey Shore community of Spring Lake hosting picture perfect weddings with an elegant ballroom, cocktail room, bridal suite and outdoor courtyard. With one wedding at a time, you will have exclusive access to all we have to offer.

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MONMOUTH COUNTY (cont’) Sterling Ballroom at the DoubleTree by Hilton Tinton Falls - Eatontown 700 Hope Rd • Tinton Falls, NJ (732) 544-9305 • www.sterlingballroomevents.com From the chic, simplistic elegance of the DoubleTree and Sterling Ballroom lobby, to the understated glamour of the ballroom, you’ll find the same high-level of taste in every detail of your wedding day.

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MORRIS COUNTY The Park Savoy 236 Ridgedale Avenue • Florham Park, NJ (973) 377-7100 • www.theparksavoy.com Step back to an age of glamour and elegance. The gracious and elegant Park Savoy Estate presents more than 50 years of catering tradition, reenvisioned with a spectacular multi-million dollar renovation. Lavishly manicured grounds for outdoor ceremonies and cocktail hours.

OCEAN COUNTY Atlantis Ballroom at the Days Hotel Toms River 290 Route 37 East • Toms River, NJ (732) 731-8000 • www.atlantisballroom.com Just minutes from the beach, Atlantis Ballroom is an Ocean County favorite for weddings. With indoor area, gourmet catering, Hollywood Lighting, and an expert team of event coordinators, we have everything you need under one roof.

Versailles Ballroom at the Ramada Toms River 2373 Route 9 • Toms River, NJ (732) 719-1206 • www.versaillesballroom.com With our dramatic high ceilings, large dance floor, expansive bar, Veranda for cocktail hour, and outdoor area for photos, there’s ample space for everyone to strut their stuff beneath the cascading crystal chandeliers.

PASSAIC COUNTY The Cosmopolitan 1377 NJ-23 • Wayne NJ (973) 633-5111 • www.thecosmopolitannj.com A versatile event space redefining style with spacious rooms amidst a chic, contemporary decor. We have the perfect banquet facility, with lush, manicured gardens and grounds, to provide a stunning setting for ceremonies and photography.

The Grand 38 Lackawanna Avenue • Totowa, NJ (973) 256-8316 • www.grandevents.com New Jersey’s newest luxurious and exquisite venue. Formally The Bethwood and now The Grand!

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PASSAIC COUNTY (cont’) Westmount Country Club 728 Rifle Camp Road • Woodland Park, NJ (973) 256-2700 • www.westmountcc.com Our pictorial ambiance, awe inspiring table settings, artistically prepared exquisite cuisine, the finest sophisticated suburb service and our captivating blend of splendor and grace will make the start of your new life together nothing less than extraordinary.

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UNION COUNTY The Gran Centurions 440 Madison Hill Road • Clark, NJ (732) 382-1664 • www.thegrancenturions.com As one of the best Union County NJ banquet halls, Gran Centurions will be the perfect venue for your special occasion. Explore our beautiful grounds, including our charming gazebo and our patio area. Our three spacious banquet halls can host between 50 to 350 guests.

NEW YORK Grand Oaks Country Club 200 Huguenot Boulevard • Staten Island, NY (718) 356-2771 • www.grandoaksnyc.com The Grand Oaks Country Club goes above and beyond when setting the standard for superiority. Located in the heart of Staten Island, Grand Oaks overlooks a beautifully landscaped golf course, and specializes in kosher weddings.

Grand Plaza 23 Nelson Avenue • Staten Island, NY (718) 967-4034 • www.grand-plaza.com One of Staten Island's premier wedding venues, Grand Plaza offers exquisite ambiance, gourmet food, and impeccable service with a dedication to quality that is second to none.

The Vanderbilt at South Beach 300 Father Capodanno Boulevard • Staten Island, NY (718) 447-0800 • www.vanderbiltsouthbeach.com Staten Island's exclusive beachfront facility with sweeping ocean views, attention to detail, and the option to take pristine elegance and professional white glove service outdoors.

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Vintage charm meets whimsy romance in this wedding inspiration dreamed up by KSS Photography. It all started with a vintage Beetle named Sally, which sparked the idea for this autumn on the farm styled shoot. Kiamarie Stone was inspired by wedding details you don’t commonly see (like a vintage send-off car) and paired that idea with whimsical romance on the farm. The end result? Beautifully curated details upon details that we not only can’t get enough of, but inspiring ideas that you can tailor for your upcoming wedding. If you love pretty pastels with an aesthetic that evokes the beauty of nature, this editorial brought to life by a very talented team of vendors will be right down your wedding aisle. Charming Farm: It goes without saying, choosing the right location is important for setting the tone for any event. The Inn at Fernbrook Farms created a picturesque ambiance across its 230 acres of beautifully manicured grounds and hidden gems to capture portraits.

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Gorgeous Gowns: The elegant BHLDN and Hayley Paige bridal gowns were perfect to carry out a traditional style, while the YSA Makino gown turned out to be a showstopper silhouette with off-the-shoulder cap sleeves, intricate beading, and a detachable, tiered skirt in sherbet tones (see pg.74). Dressed to the Nines: The guys might have all worn black bow ties, but each sported a very different look. From a classic all-black suit to a contemporary white jacket with black trim, and even a checkered jacket for a modern twist, the menswear was everything but boring. Something Sweet: Do you hate the taste of fondant? Opt for a simple one- or twotiered naked wedding cake with vanilla frosting and add some fresh florals and a custom (trending) gold acrylic cake topper for a personalized look.

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Pastel Petals: Botaniq Blooms blended seasonal, locally grown flowers with classic roses for a lush, pastel bouquet. The bouquets incorporated organic garden roses from Grace Rose Farm in California, seasonal pampas grass and cream solidago, delphinium in shades of blue, tweedia, eucalyptus, and foxglove grown on BB Flower Fields— the floral designers’ farm. Dream Details: Take décor to the next level by choosing one or two striking details to become a focal point. Display a calligraphy scroll— like this one lettered by Lace and Belle—on a vintage rental piece, create a cozy atmosphere with lounge furniture, end tables, lanterns, signage, or have your vows written on acrylic, which you can display in your home after the wedding.

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behind the scenes Location: The Inn at Fernbrook Farms • Concept and Photographer: KSS Photography • Assistants: Jess Palatucci Photography and Sean Medwick • Cinematographer: Reynold Lambert Photography & Films • Floral Designer: Botaniq Blooms • Desserts: Snacky French Cakes • Furniture: KSS Photography • Rentals: Willowpark Vintage Rentals and Lou + Co. Rentals • Bridal Salons: Sara’s Bridal Boutique and Kleinfeld • Wedding Gown Designers: Hayley Paige, BHLDN, YSA Makino • Shoes: Badgley Mischka • Jeweler: Johnsen Diamond • Menswear: ChazMaTazz Formalwear • Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Danielle’s Beauty Studio • Invitation Suite, Menu, and Love Note Runner: Lace and Belle • Dessert Décor, Gift Tags, Cake Topper, and Acrylic Love Signs: Countless Details • Vintage Car and Selfie Station: Fabyoubuslife • Selfie Station Props: Abstract Dream Designs • Custom Banners: Carben Design Studio • Love Notes: Lettered by Lindsay • Silks & Ribbon: Adorn Company • Styling Boards: Heirloom Bindery and Curio and Oak • Ring Boxes: The Mrs. Box • Flower Hoops: Mint Sprig Co. • Seating Mirrors, Acrylic Vows, Scripted Floral Wrap, and Textured Invite: Barely Blush Ink. • Models: Nicole Markow, Alex Markow, Lily Muir, Jamie Root, Jacklyn Vilichka, Jeffrey Muir, and Eric Melaragni

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Amanda + Marc June 16, 2018 The Sterling Ballroom ~ Tinton Falls, New Jersey

Amanda and Marc might have attended the same high school, but since they never spoke to each other or hung out, they can thank Facebook for bringing them together. It was Marc’s first year in college—right before Amanda’s 18th birthday—when he reached out to her via social media. Amanda ignored him, but with some perseverance, Marc reached out again a few months later. They got to know each other through video chat and got together a month later. “I loved how well Marc got along with my family, how he could hold a conversation, and how respectful he was,” Amanda reminisced. Every year since they’ve been together, Amanda and Marc visit Rockefeller Center in NYC to see the Christmas tree and have someone take a picture of them. Kodak happened to be set up on December 6, 2015, so Marc decided to have professional photos taken of them. Amanda was picking their pose out while waiting in line, but little did she know, Marc had something else up his sleeve; a magical and thought out proposal with their families nearby watching. “I knew Amanda was the one after being together for five years and going through ups and downs with each other. No one picks each other up the way we do,” Marc shared.

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Under One Roof When it came time to search for a wedding location, Amanda and Marc knew they wanted a facility that would make the day’s events convenient for guests. The Sterling Ballroom had it all, including an outdoor ceremony space, ballroom, and on-site hotel. Furthermore, the Sterling Ballroom staff not only made Amanda and Marc feel like family, but were always available to answer any questions and let them visit whenever they wanted.

Picture Perfect “I can’t even explain how much I loved working with Nicole Klym Photography. She made us feel at ease,” the couple raved. Additionally, Amanda loved Nicole’s style and her promptness to quickly respond. The couple and their wedding party took portraits at Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown—where their first look was held—and back at the Sterling Ballroom.

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Dressed to Impress Amanda tried on five dresses at one bridal salon, but just wasn’t finding what she was looking for. It was during her appointment at Castle Couture where she found the gown of her dreams. “When I came out of the fitting room to show the girls, all their mouths dropped. Then, I turned around in the mirror and couldn’t stop looking at myself. I immediately knew this was going to be my gown,” Amanda mentioned. The bride said yes to a trumpet-style silhouette embellished with crystals and low back detailing from Allure Bridals. A cathedral-length veil with rhinestone edging and an Edward Berger headpiece completed her look.

Bride Tribe Amanda’s three bridesmaids donned full-length, one-shoulder dresses in blue chiffon.

Dapper Gents Marc sported an elegant ivory jacket with contrasting black satin shawl lapel, black pants, white shirt, satin cummerbund and black bow tie, while the groomsmen wore black tuxedos with white dress shirt, blue vest, bow tie, and pocket square.

Idyllic Escape Following the wedding, the newlyweds escaped to Riviera Maya, Mexico for their honeymoon in paradise. During their stay at El Dorado Casita, they relaxed by their private plunge pool and swam with the dolphins.

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Kimberly + Thomas July 7, 2018 Everly at Railroad ~ Tuckahoe, New Jersey

Kimberly and Thomas met through a mutual friend and were acquaintances for a little while, until she mentioned her love of the cult TV classic Arrested Development one St. Patrick’s night. Without missing a beat, Thomas whipped out the chicken dance from the show in the middle of a packed bar. They enjoyed a night full of what Kimberly said was “awesome conversation” and started dating shortly after. A few months later, the two spent a long weekend camping and whitewater rafting in the mountains of West Virginia. “I remember falling in love with him on that trip,” Kimberly reminisced. Three years later, Thomas planned a special getaway for their anniversary weekend with a surprise stop at the Morris Arboretum on the way to the hotel. “Kimmy loves the outdoors. She loves trees, flowers, and the vibrant colors of nature. I stumbled upon the Morris Arboretum randomly online one day. One Saturday in the summer, I went out by myself to see if it was as amazing in person as it was in pictures. I spent several hours wandering around the whole arboretum, and I knew this was where I was going to ask Kimmy to marry me,” Thomas shared. Once they arrived at the perfect spot, Thomas dropped to one knee and proposed. They celebrated that night with family and friends, then set off for a weekend of glamping at the Delaware Water Gap.

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Shabby-Chic Soiree After almost a year of searching for the perfect wedding location, Kimberly and Thomas stumbled upon Everly at Railroad and instantly fell in love with the facility for its vintage, boho, shabby-chic style.

Behind the Lens From the wedding prep to the ceremony and throughout the reception, Jackie Marino of Limelight Entertainment was behind the lens capturing all the special moments on camera. Kimberly and Thomas were impressed with Jackie’s creative eye, her thoughtful and fun personality, and the way she made them feel as if they were old friends. “Jackie is so much more than just a wedding photographer. She helped us throughout the whole process, offering advice and so many nice, thoughtful surprises along the way,” Kimberly raved.

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Whimsy Décor The couple minimally styled the outside ceremony space with succulent planters, floral sprays, vintage church-style pews, and mismatched chair rentals for a vintage, yet whimsical ceremony setting. The couple wed under the Everly’s beloved gum tree, officiated by Diane Pacione, the bride’s aunt.

Floral Affair Kimberly and Thomas opted for florals that were bright and colorful, with lots of greenery. The bride carried a lush bouquet of ranunculus, lysimachia, solidago, coxcomb, waxflower, billy balls, thistle, larkspur, and spiral and silver dollar eucalyptus, wrapped in a macramé belt that her mother wore in the ‘70s. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were smaller versions of the bride’s, and also doubled as centerpieces on the nine round tables during the reception. The remaining long, farmhouse-style tables were topped with greenery runners, votive candles, mismatched china, and stained wood table numbers.

Something New Since the couple got married near the Jersey Shore, they had the Fudgy Wudgy guys—who push the ice-cream carts on the beach and yell “ICE CREAM”—do their thing during dessert. Guests were treated to various favorites, such as Chipwiches, Choco Tacos, and other sweets served by their caterer.

To Have and To Hold The newlyweds agreed that reading their vows to each other was their favorite memory of the day. “Her vows were the most beautiful and thoughtful words I’ve ever heard,” Thomas shared.

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Ceremony & Reception Location: Everly at Railroad Officiant: Diane Pacione Caterer: Mission BBQ Cocktail Company: 13th Street Cocktails Photographer: Limelight Entertainment Cinematographer: Greg Hoffman Wedding Films Entertainment: No Macarena Floral Designer: Joyful Bouquets Cake Designer: Irene’s Signature Desserts Wedding Gown Designer: Sottero & Midgley Headpiece: Lottie-Da Designs Shoes: Lucky Brand Formal Attire: Calvin Klein Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulus, Zara, Nordstrom, and Azazie Groomsmen Attire: Alfani Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas Calligraphy: Charlie Whiskey Design and The Lucky Elephant Paper Co. Favors: Sip Hip Hooray Hair Stylist: Bauhaus Hair Design Studio Makeup Artist: Samantha Garro Honeymoon Location: Mexico

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Alexis and Christopher met ten years ago in college, but it wasn’t until they walked down the aisle together at their best friend’s wedding four years ago that they really got to know each other. The two made great first impressions and learned they had a lot in common. Alexis and Christopher moved in together after three months, and it didn’t take long for Christopher to realize he’d found “the one.” It was while they were out to dinner at Chart that Christopher proposed with a classic solitaire engagement ring with diamond band.

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Summer Soiree When it came time to choose a location for their summer wedding, Alexis and Christopher loved the Crystal Ballroom for its classic ballroom style and the ability to have an outdoor cocktail hour.

Magnificent Maids Alexis’ five bridesmaids donned one-shoulder, floor-length, sterling-colored dresses by Vera Wang. They carried a mix of lilac, purple, and ivory bouquets.

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One-Stop Shop Jackie Marino of Limelight Entertainment captured all the special moments behind the lens, while Chris Marino had guests dancing the night away during the reception. “Working with Limelight Entertainment was great,” the couple raved. “They were down-to-earth and accommodating.”

Find Your Seat Rather than folded escort cards, guests’ names were written in calligraphy on a large farmhouse-style window panel frame for a personalized, and chic look.

Sophisticated Tablescapes Dinner tables were topped with ivory linens, faux centerpieces provided by the Crystal Ballroom, lilac napkins, votive candles, and a menu card displayed in a crystal-embellished frame.

Honeymoon Heaven Following their wedding, the newlyweds escaped to the Bahamas for a romantic honeymoon at the RIU Palace Paradise Island.

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Ceremony Location: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Celebrant: Father Pasquale Papalia Reception Location: Crystal Ballroom Photographer & Entertainment: Limelight Entertainment Floral Designer: Bloom Floral and Events Limousine Service: Lacey Limousine Cake Designer: The Chocolate Carousel Wedding Gown & Veil: David’s Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka Formal Attire: Men’s Wearhouse Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang Invitations: Shutterfly Favors: Donation made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital Hair Stylist: Adrianne Ulis Makeup Artist: Destini Figueroa Jewelers: Malouf Jewelers Honeymoon Location: Bahamas

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Weddings are supposed to be all about the couple, but the planning process tends to lean toward the bride’s sense of style. Some ladies prefer it and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that, unless you’re a groom who would rather participate in the planning process. Your wedding is the biggest party you’ll ever plan together, so there’s no reason why you should sit back and wait for your fiancé to make the wedding magic happen. More grooms are taking on wedding planning than ever before, and the key is simply to take on tasks you’re good at!

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the guest list The guest list is a daunting task, but we can’t stress enough the importance of giving your opinions. After all, whom you invite to celebrate the most anticipated event you’ll ever plan is and should be a joint decision. “This is a great task for you because it does not involve any stylized choices, but rather, is a straightforward task of compiling and organization,” suggests Danielle Aspromatis, Owner of d’Luxe Events. “It is helpful to collect all addresses in Word or Excel to make sure the transition over to your stationer or calligrapher is seamless.” If your guest list seems to be getting out of hand, then set some guidelines and stick to them. By working together, you’ll eventually come up with a finalized guest list and head count that works well for your set budget.

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Attending tastings is a part of wedding planning that you will love to be a part of. After all, don’t most guys love to eat? Not only will you have a chance to try various options that you’ll possibly eat on your wedding night, but also it’s during the food tasting that you can take note of presentation, quality of ingredients, and attentiveness of the staff. “Most grooms usually leave the details and décor up to their fiancé, but when it comes to their taste buds, they usually want and should be involved,” Aspromatis added. At the end of the day, it’s important that you both are in agreement when it comes to your wedding menu, cake flavors, and the alcohol. “I have never encountered a groom who does not have any input for food or alcohol. Even if he is not a big drinker himself, most know that their friends and family are going to be at the bar and a fabulous presentation is a must.”


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the venue While you may not be as interested in the décor used throughout, you still need to feel comfortable and 110% happy with the choice. The ability to host a ceremony on-site, the ballroom size, picturesque grounds, and a friendly staff are a few of the many factors you both should consider as you visit and research wedding venues. Lucky for you, we made it easy to find a venue through our Reception Site Guide. Flip to page 52 to get started.

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Once the date is set, and the venue is chosen, it is time to start thinking about your transportation needs. Book your car service early, especially if your wedding date falls around a holiday or during prom season. There are many different types of sleek vehicles to choose from, but your vehicle choice depends on a few different factors. Do you have a large wedding party? You might want to consider a party bus or a trolley. Is it just the two of you? Try looking at some classic or luxury cars made for two. How you and your wedding party get to the wedding can really reflect your personality and can make for some pretty fun photos as well!

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your attire While the bride and her bridesmaids seek high and low for the perfect gowns, you and your groomsmen have a search of your own: to rent or purchase your formal wear. Let’s be honest. Sure, you like dress to impress, but on your wedding day, it’s so much more than simply putting on a tuxedo or suit and showing up. Starting early will allow for plenty of time to do your homework and schedule in-person consultations (if needed). No two formal wear shops are alike, so be sure to do your research before walking into just any store and signing a contract. Start your search by reading reviews online AND physically visiting a few different formalwear shops before making any decisions. Some questions you might want to keep in mind are: Is the consultant showing you various styles that fits within the season you’re getting married? Is he/she providing the best service possible? Is he/she listening to your wants and needs? If the consultant isn’t keeping your best interest in mind, then it’s time to keep looking for a reliable store you can trust. A personalized experience is key!

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the bachelor party Gone are the days of drinking all night at strip clubs. Guys today are more into experiences than a hangover. Consider going with your guys to UFC Fight Night, arrange for a private whisky or beer tasting, escape on a weekend getaway in Las Vegas, go skydiving, or take in a football game. Be adventurous and try to plan for at least a week from the wedding to ensure a good time.

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your groomsmen Choosing friends or family to be in your wedding party is a very important decision. Before deciding who will be standing up for you at your wedding, you need to ask you fiancĂŠ about the size of your wedding party and if she has any requests, like her brother(s). The groom typically asks his brother, best friend or father to be his best man. Though the best man may have fewer duties than the maid of honor, his tasks are just as important, so think "reliable and dependable" when choosing your best man. The best man has an assortment of responsibilities before and during the wedding, and he should be ready to run any last-minute errands or offer assistance to anyone who needs it at the wedding.

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Kristen and Brandon were only teenagers when they found each other on one of the first social media platforms, MySpace. Although the two were three thousand miles away, they always kept in touch throughout the years, until Brandon decided to take a leap of faith and fly out from Washington to New Jersey to finally meet Kristen. She picked him up from the Philadelphia Airport on January 14, 2014, and they spent a long weekend in Atlantic City. “He was unbelievably kind, caring, and respectful. Immediately, I knew he was the one that I needed to spend my life with,� Kristen reminisced. Brandon officially moved to New Jersey on April 5, 2014, and on that day, he knew he would be spending the rest of his life with Kristen. Exactly three years later, Kristen, Brandon, and their dog took a walk to the beach near their house. It was on that Wednesday afternoon that Brandon proposed with a round, halo-style engagement ring.

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Behind the Inspiration Kristen and Brandon had always admired the beach, so they decided on a seaside soiree on the water. The two incorporated a vibrant color scheme of coral reef, guava, and turquoise.

Waterside Romance The day’s events took place at the Crystal Point Yacht Club, chosen for its breathtaking views of the Manasquan River. “Crystal Point is elegant, colorful, and delightfully classic,” the couple raved.

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Lovely in Lace Kristen donned a strapless Oleg Cassini gown with detailed corset-style top and dramatic ruffled skirt with chapel train. She paired her look with silver embellished platform wedges, a blue garter, a diamond necklace borrowed from her mother, and hoop diamond earrings, which were passed down from several generations.

The Big Reveal The rain held off just long enough for Kristen and Brandon to share their first look outside on the terrace, where Brandon revealed his wedding day look for the first time. He sported a midnight blue tuxedo with black lapel, black tuxedo pants, a black bow tie, white shirt with black buttons, a white pocket square, and patent leather shoes.

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Sweet Treats In lieu of traditional favors, guests were treated to a candy buffet with an array of sweets, including chocolate Sixlets, gummy candy, salt water taffy, peach rings, and crystal rock sticks.

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Ceremony & Reception Location: Crystal Point Yacht Club Officiant: Andrea Purtell Photographer: Timeless Expressions Entertainment: Elite Entertainment Harpist: Patricia Turse Floral Designer: Purple Iris Cake Designer: Tinton Falls Pastry Chef Wedding Gown: Oleg Cassini Headpiece & Veil: David’s Bridal Shoes: Nina Formal Attire: ChazMaTazz Formalwear Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal Invitations: Basic Invite Escort Card Calligraphy: Danielle Aduchijeff Favors: Candy Buffet Hair Salon and Makeup Studio: Pasch Salon Jeweler: Blue Nile Honeymoon Location: Aruba

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(800) 44-OASIS • www.oasishotels.com Sophisticated hotel in downtown Cancun with a unique eclectic personality; lounge atmosphere with entertainment, live music, inviting pool environment, and much more.

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(800) 44-OASIS • www.oasishotels.com Glistening beaches; two sprawling swimming pools; International cuisines with exclusive restaurants and bars; spa services; endless entertainment and everyday surprises.

(800) 986-5632 • www.palaceresorts.com Intimate and couples-only; 252 guest rooms or suites; private balconies; breathtaking views; luxurious amenities; five-star restaurants; three bars; spa services; exhilarating activities.

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El San Juan Hotel (888) 579-2632 • www.elsanjuanhotel.com Luxuries both past and present; lush poolscape; uninterrupted stretch of award-winning beach; volleyball; surfing; banana boat rides; snorkeling; fitness center and spa.

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(800) 524-0512 • www.oceanterraceinn.com Set in magnificent tropical gardens; breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea; 65 guest rooms, each with a private patio or balcony; three swimming pools; man made lagoon; free wi-fi.

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(800) 917-COVE • www.calabashcove.com Panoramic Caribbean views; swim-up jr. suites and sunset ocean view jr. suites; luxurious amenities; signature Windsong restaurant; steps away from Bonaire Bay.

(833) 300-0146 • www.cbayresort.com 85-acre, all-inclusive resort; palm-fringed pool; intimate cabanas; adults-only oasis; waterslides; lazy river; swim-up bars; four lighted tennis courts; three swimming pools; outdoor whirlpool.

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(866) 783-4496 • www.manavatahitiresort.com Four-star resort; two bars; highly rated restaurant serving Polynesian and international cuisine; fitness center & spa; famous infinity swimming pool facing the lagoon and nearby island of Moorea.

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San Diego, California (858) 488-1081 • www.catamaranresort.com Tropical hideaway on the sparkling shores of Mission Bay; casual elegance with palm trees, lush vegetation, tiki torches, koi ponds, waterfalls, and exotic birds; beach, pool and spa.

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Hilton Head, South Carolina (888) 444-6664 • www.omnihotels.com Sugar sand beaches; sparkling pools; delicious dining; adults-only pool; private cabanas; access to an 11-mile lagoon system with bike trails, 25 tennis courts and three championship golf courses.

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Jessica and Greg met through mutual friends on January 11, 2015 during a casual Sunday night football get-together. The two made wonderful first impressions, and it didn’t take long for them to hit it off. “Greg made every moment more special than the next,” Jessica shared. Two years to the day they met, Greg surprised Jessica with a two-day getaway at the Bungalow Hotel. Following a romantic dinner at Sirena Restaurant overlooking the water, the pair went back to their hotel suite, where scattered rose petals, romantic candlelight, chocolates, and champagne awaited them. “Jess is my other half. She understands me and pushes me to be the best person I can be,” Greg mentioned.

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Southern Seaside Soiree The pair whisked their 100 guests away to the oldest hotel in Cape May for a wedding inspired by the Victorian era. The Chalfonte Hotel fit Jessica and Greg’s vision perfectly with its rich history, romantic architecture, and Southern, seashore-style hospitality. Jessica particularly loved the front porch, the Magnolia ballroom, which made them truly feel as though they had stepped back in time, as well as how guests had the opportunity to enjoy everything Cape May has to offer on a beautiful summer day.

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The date is set, you finalized the menu, the flowers are chosen, your gown is fitted to perfection, and the big day is so close, you can easily envision your walk down the aisle. However there’s one teeny tiny (okay, not so tiny) detail that you have no control over: Mother Nature! Inclement weather might not be the ideal climate you were hoping for, but rain or shine, the show must go on. Whether rain, sleet, or snow, we’re sharing a few tips on how you can plan ahead for any

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your guest list. You can potentially get away with exchanging vows in a light drizzle with umbrellas in tow, but a downpour can put a huge damper on the entire event.

wedding weather woes. After all, there’s unfortunately no guarantee for perfect weather on your wedding day, but that shouldn’t steal your thunder.

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Additionally, planning ahead with your wedding planner, photographer, and cinematographer is crucial to keeping the day’s events on schedule. By scheduling a walk-through at your facility with these key vendors,

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you from circumstances beyond your control. The right

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insurance policy can cover a rescheduling if inclement

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As long as you trust your vendors and are open to any necessary last-minute changes, the wedding day will be seamless, even in inclement weather.

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Weather Woes If you’re lucky enough to have inclement weather on your wedding day, think about implementing some of these details.

* Have a pashmina or sweater on hand to stay warm during portraits.

* Serve warm beverages (hot chocolate, warm cider, Nicole Klym Photography

inclement weather other than to embrace it, so don’t let it

and coffee) to fight a lingering chill before your ceremony and during the reception.

stop you from enjoying the wedding you’ve been anticipating for months. Plus, if your guests see you having a great time, it’s likely they will too! Jackie Marino of Limelight

* Consider passing out blankets during your ceremony to add to a cozy ambiance.

Entertainment recommends to just keep smiling. “Even though rain on your wedding day is less than ideal, don’t allow the weather to steal your happiness. You are marrying

* Opt for waterproof mascara and wear your hair up in a chic chignon to avoid any frizz.

your best friend and that is what is most important. Your attitude will affect everything that occurs throughout the day, and if you are all love and smiles, it will still be the best day ever.”

Accessorize Appropriately Prepare well by purchasing umbrellas to keep

* Carry a pocket-size pack of tissues in case your eyes water or if your nose begins to run.

* Buy inexpensive umbrellas, preferably the clear ones.

everyone dry. Umbrellas can also serve as fun props to use in your photos. Kiamarie Stone of KSS Photography

* Wear shoes that won’t sink into the ground.

suggests a clear umbrella for the couple so they can be easily seen in photos. “Get the bridal party a different color, preferably to match the colors of the wedding. After you

* Add a blow-dryer, extra towels, and other toiletries

take formal pics as a group, toss the umbrellas up and have

into bathroom baskets that your guests might

a good laugh. The umbrella toss photo as a group is one of

appreciate having on hand during inclement

my favorites to capture!”

weather.

A cute pair of rain boots to wear with your gown during portraits also makes for memorable pictures while keeping your feet dry. “Unless it’s a serious storm, I always try to encourage couples to get out there and not let it get in the way. Those who do always say it was well worth it when they still got the photos they dreamed of,” Nicole Hoffman of Nicole Klym Photography shared. At the end of the day, you’re marrying your best friend. Be prepared, roll with the punches, and trust your vendor team. We promise you’ll have a memorable wedding day.

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The Park Savoy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 973-377-7100 www.theparksavoy.com

Grand Marquis . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover 732-679-5700 www.grandmarquiscaterers.com

The Pines Manor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34-35 732-287-2222 www.pinesmanor.com

Grand Oaks Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 718-356-2771 www.grandoaksnyc.com

Pleasantdale Château . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 973-731-5600 www.pleasantdale.com

Grand Plaza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 718-967-4034 www.grand-plaza.com

Ram’s Head Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 609-652-1700 www.ramsheadinn.com

The Crystal Ballroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-15 732-780-3405 www.crystalballroomnj.com

Highlawn Pavillion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 973-731-3463 www.highlawn.com

Raven & The Peach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 732-747-4666 www.ravenandthepeach.net

The Empire Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 201-641-2892 www.theempireclub.com

The Manor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Outside Back Cover 973-731-2360 www.themanorrestaurant.com

The Royal Manor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 973-478-8590 www.theroyalmanor.com

The Estate at Farrington Lake . . . . . . . . . . .18-19 732-297-1500 www.theestatenj.com

Nanina's in the Park . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover 973-751-1230 www.naninasinthepark.com

Season's Catering Facility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-5 201-664-6141 www.seasonscatering.com

The Estate at Florentine Gardens . . . . . . . . . . .2-3 201-666-0444 www.florentinegardens.com

Nauvoo Grill Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 732-747-8777 www.nauvoogrillclub.com

Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-5 732-747-0200 www.shadowbrook.com

Atlantis Ballroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-15 732-731-8000 www.atlantisballroom.com Bella Vista Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 732-308-4600 www.bellavistacc.com The Brookside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 973-748-6590 www.thebrooksidebanquets.com The Cosmopolitan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 973-633-5111 www.thecosmopolitannj.com The Cranbury Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 609-655-5595 www.thecranburyinn.com

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Sheraton Eatontown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 732-542-6500 www.sheratoneatontown.com Spring Lake Manor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 732-449-6630 www.springlakemanor.com Sterling Ballroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-15 732-544-9305 www.sterlingballroomevents.com Vanderbilt at South Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 718-447-0800 www.vanderbiltsouthbeach.com The Venetian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-5 973-546-2250 www.venetiannj.com Versailles Ballroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-15 732-719-1206 www.versaillescaterers.com Westmount Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 973-256-2700 www.westmountcc.com Windsor Ballroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-15 609-443-8000 www.windsorballroom.com

Event Planners Jaynee's Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106 201-568-6717 NJ Wedding Pros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 732-747-0900 www.njweddingpros.com

Gown Preservation Hallak Cleaners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 201-343-7333 www.hallakcleaners.com

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Honeymoon Locations/Travel Aruba Marriott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .152 297-520-6634 www.arubamarriott.com

NJ Wedding Pros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 732-747-0900 www.njweddingpros.com

Makeup ArtistS

Blue Fields Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150 877-955-8993 www.bluefieldvillas.com

Atelier Bridal Makeup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 917-214-4025 www.atelierbridalmakeup.com

Calabash Cove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .151 1-800-917-COVE www.calabashcove.com

NJ Wedding Pros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 732-747-0900 www.njweddingpros.com

Jamaica Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .143 800-526-2422 www.visitjamaica.com W Fort Lauderdale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .144 954-414-8207 www.wfortlauderdale.com

Invitations Jaynee’s Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106 201-568-6717 Lace and Belle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 908-380-6617 www.laceandbelle.com NJ Wedding Pros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 732-747-0900 www.njweddingpros.com

Limousine Service

Rentals & Linens Bergen Linen Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 201-343-7333 www.bergenlinen.com NJ Wedding Pros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 732-747-0900 www.njweddingpros.com

Sweets Truck Jaynee's Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106 201-568-6717

Over-Night Accommodations DoubleTree by Hilton Tinton Falls . . . . . . .14-15 732-544-9300 www.tintonfallseatontown.doubletree.com Holiday Inn East Windsor . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-15 609-448-7000 www.hieastwindsor.com

Ambassador Limousine of NJ . . . . . . . . .122-123 800-979-9663 www.limoservices-wayne.nj-biz.com

Pleasantdale Château . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 973-731-5600 www.pleasantdale.com

Exclusive Limousine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .120-121 732-864-9001 www.exclusivecarservice.com

Radisson Hotel Freehold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-15 732-780-3400 www.radisson.com/freeholdnj

M&V Limousine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118-119 631-543-0908 www.mvlimo.com

Ramada Toms River . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-15 732-905-2626 www.ramadatomsriver.com

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Sheraton Eatontown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 732-542-6500 www.sheratoneatontown.com

Photo Booths Limelight Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 888-900-0042 www.limelightentertainmentnj.com NJ Wedding Pros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 732-747-0900 www.njweddingpros.com

Photography & Videography Allan Reider Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96 908-688-8808 www.njphotographer.com DaVinci Storytellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 973-575-4414 www.davincifoto.com Ephemera Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . .102-103 732-229-1964 or 908-489-1770 www.ephemeraphotographics.com Jessica Lauren Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 862-377-5961 www.jessicalaurenphoto.com

wedding PROFESSIONALS

KSS Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 848-333-5362 www.kssphotos.com Limelight Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 888-900-0042 www.limelightentertainmentnj.com Milton Gil Photographers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 973-771-9700 www.miltongil.com Nicole Klym Photography, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . .94 609-661-4406 www.nicoleklym.com NJ Wedding Pros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 732-747-0900 www.njweddingpros.com

Public Service Sammy’s Hope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 www.sammyshope.com

Wedding Events Bridal Showcase/Four Season Productions . .156 973-669-1625 www.njwedding.com/bridalshowcase Elegant Bridal Productions, Inc. . . . . . . .154-155 888-427-4339 www.elegantbridal.com WeddingSetGo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .153 888-435-7773 www.weddingsetgo.com

Wedding Center NJ Wedding Pros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 732-747-0900 www.njweddingpros.com

Wedding Information Service Contemporary Weddings Magazine . . . . . . . . .76 www.cweddingsmag.com NJ Wedding.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 www.njwedding.com

Real Estate

Wedding Registry

Matt's Your Mortgage Guy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 908-296-8904 www.mattsyourmortgageguy.com

Macy’s Wedding & Gift Registry . . . . . . . . . . . .57 646-317-9701 www.macys.com

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