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JERSEY SHORE GUIDE

NEW JERSEY

FIND YOUR VIBE

Ceremony and Reception Ideas You'll   

#YOUDOYOU

NEW PLACES TO WED E F F O RT L E S S DRESSES PLUS AN UN FO RG ET TA BL E B RUN CH BA S H

2019 BEST OF WEDDINGS WINNERS

VENUES, FLORISTS, PHOTOGRAPHERS AND MORE! ➜

NEW JERSEY WEDDINGS

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING MARRIED IN

NORTH / CENTRAL / SOUTH JERSEY

PRETTY BOHO-CHIC LOOKS


GARY FLOM PHOTOGRAPHY

Inncredible Weddings at the Olde Mill Inn & Grain House Courtyard Ceremonies ∙ Grand Ballroom for Up to 240 Guests ∙ 102 Guest Rooms & Suites Gazebo or Tented Ceremonies ∙ Rustic Intimate Wedding Spaces for Up to 120 Guests 225 Route 202, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 ∙ 908-696-2315 ∙ OldeMillInn.com weddings@oldemillinn.com ∙ Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @oldemillinn

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The Bradford Estate

609-261-8778 • thebradfordestate.com

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CONTENTS

issue IN THIS

SPRING/SUMMER 2019

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get the look theknot.com editor’s note wedding tools ask the knot squad top picks venue scout expert advice the wed thread haute hues marriage licenses and wedding announcements snapshot

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happy trails

PHOTOGR APH BY CHRIS CR AYMER

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Love is in the air when you step into our lush gardens, blooming throughout every season. Love is in the air when we cater to your every desire with our exceptional white-glove service. Let love be in the air, and let Crystal Plaza host your dream wedding.

If you want the best service for your special day, you will want to book Crystal Plaza. - Samantha T. 9/25/18

Words can’t describe how happy my husband and I are with how everything turned out! - Jennifer E. 7/25/18

COME SEE FOR YOURSELF info@crystalplaza.com | 973.992.8100 crystalplaza.com

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CONTENTS

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slice by slice

fashion & beauty 215

dress codes decoded The right attire and accessories no matter your venue or style.

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stylist on call Shoe queen Tamara Mellon gives us the scoop on choosing the best wedding shoes, plus trends she’s loving.

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happy trails

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Put the “glam” in glamping and channel the boho vibe of the great outdoors with these fresh wedding day looks.

stylist on call

style 182

morning matrimony A bright palette and plenty of personal details kick a daytime affair up a notch.

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slice by slice Every cake detail you need—and want—to know.

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registry by room Products for every corner of your newlywed nest.

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FROM LEF T: JADE + MAT THEW TAKE PICTURES; THERESA BRIDGET PHOTOGR APHY

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Extraordinary Views to Accompany Your Elegant Event Breathtaking Views. Intimate Settings. Exquisite Dining.

Set directly across from Manhattan with panoramic skyline views from the Hudson River, Chart House combines atmosphere, elegance and expertly crafted cuisine to create one-of-a-kind private events. From rehearsal dinners to weddings, receptions and showers, impress your guests with the level of service and attention to detail that Chart House is known for. We look forward to serving you.

Weehawken • Lincoln Harbor/Pier D-T 1700 Harbor Blvd. • 201.348.6628 • chart-house.com

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CONTENTS

planning 135

tips for marrying on the shore Local pros share their advice on throwing a wedding along the coast.

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the year’s freshest venues The new twists on some old faves.

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your style, defined Nail down your wedding vision.

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picture perfect Use these photography tips for photos you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

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ryanne & claude

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real weddings 74

ryanne & claude

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katherine & erik

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stacey & rob

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pam & michael

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reena & varun

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siming & andrew

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allie & kayla

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amy & evan may 6, jersey city

REAL WEDDING BUDGET KEY

$ = $20,000 or less

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shannon & taylor may 12, stone harbor

may 27, whitehouse station

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tera & matt may 27, asbury park

april 21, peapack & gladstone

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rachel & stephen september 17, manahawkin

april 7, jersey city

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michelle & laville january 14, keyport

july 29, sparta

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taylor & tyler june 2, new vernon

july 2, passaic

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rebecca & kevin april 14, hoboken

june 23, west orange

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kathleen & kevin june 2, andover

july 7, allentown

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morgan & michael may 12, long beach township

We know your #1 question is “How much does this cost?” so we worked with the couples to tally up their final budgets (sweat and tears not included!). Keep in mind that this total doesn’t reflect the prices of their individual wedding professionals or the quality of their work. Every couple has different priorities— while one might have spent the majority of their budget on a stellar cake, another might have splurged on their photographer or showstopping florals.

$$ = $20,001–$40,000

$$$ = $40,001–$60,000

$$$$ = $60,001–$85,000

$$$$$ = $85,001+

FROM LEF T: CHOWEN PHOTOGR APHY; INDIA EARL

the year’s freshest venues

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Experience the Magic

EXPERIENCE THE MANSION ON MAIN STREET

©MOFFA PHOTOGRAPHY

One Picturesque Estate | Three Ceremony Sites | Four Exquisite Ballrooms | Countless Memories 3000 MAIN STREET | VOORHEES, NEW JERSEY 08043 8 5 6 - 7 5 1 - 1 7 1 7 | M A N S I O N O N M A I N S T R E E T. C O M

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ABOUT THE COVER

get the look Love our boho-chic cover dresses? Check out more fashion-forward styles for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion.

COVER Dress, $3,220, LeanneMarshall.com; engagement ring, $2,815 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com; earrings, $195, AlexisBittar.com

COVER Dress, $8,500, TemperleyLondon .com; engagement ring, $3,890 (not including center stone), Tacori.com; earrings, $575, JenniferBehr.com; shoes, $950, JimmyChoo.com

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COVER Dress, $3,300, Rita Vinieris at Jaehee Bridal Atelier, JaeheeBridal.com (Englewood); vest, $1,450, shop similar styles at TSECashmere.com; earrings, $1,000, JacquieAiche.com

Scout’s Honor

We a sked these campers about their fave moments on set.

glamping

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SCOUT Luca AGE 8 BEST PART OF THE SHOOT “I liked being outside, running toward the camera, dressing up and getting to meet a lot of new people.”

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SCOUT Brett AGE 7 BEST PART OF THE SHOOT “I love being outdoors, so I liked the camping theme of the shoot. It was pretty cool exploring the woods.”

SCOUT Tyler AGE 9 BEST PART OF THE SHOOT “It was fun dressing up as a scout because I’m a Cub Scout in real life. I’ve learned a lot about volunteering.”

A trendy way to do outdoor nuptials that combines glam amenities (think: tricked-out décor) with more traditional camping elements.

COVERS AND BOY SCOUTS: CHRIS CR AYMER; ICON: B FARIAS/NOUN PROJEC T

BEHIND THE SCENES

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WED YOUR WAY AT W HOBOKEN

FROM SPARKLING CEREMONY TO VIBRANT RECEPTION

Explore limitless possibilities & indulge in special perks when you plan your wedding with us: Earn 1 Starpoint© for every $1 spent on food & beverage Wake up to panoramic views of Manhattan’s skyline with your new spouse after a complimentary stay in the Fantastic Suite Compose a specialty cocktail with our events team to serve throughout your reception

TAKE THE NEXT STEP

VISIT: whoboken.com/weddings CONTACT: T 201-253-2433 / E Meghan.Dennin@marriott.com

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Because all you want is

everything

Bring your wedding dreams to Brooklake and watch them come true. Brooklake offers you breathtaking views, a dazzling ballroom, indoor and outdoor cocktail party options, a beautiful patio and gazebo, plus the extraordinary cuisine and service you would expect from one of the area’s finest event venues. For an appointment please call 973-377-2235.

139 Brooklake Road, Florham Park, NJ • brooklakecc.com/catering

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NEW JERSEY

EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

DEPUTY EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

SENIOR DIRECTOR, REAL WEDDINGS

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

Jo Miller

SENIOR DIGITAL EDITOR SENIOR NEWS EDITOR FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR STYLE & PLANNING EDITOR REAL WEDDINGS EDITORS ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTOR JUNIOR DESIGNER ASSISTANT EDITOR, RESEARCH ASSISTANT EDITOR, PHOTO ASSOCIATE DIGITAL EDITOR, PHOTO ASSISTANT EDITORS, DIGITAL EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, FASHION & BEAUTY CONTRIBUTING PHOTO DIRECTOR CONTRIBUTING ART DIRECTOR REAL WEDDINGS DESIGNERS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR, SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING MANAGER, SOCIAL MEDIA SENIOR VIDEO PRODUCER VIDEO PRODUCER

Ivy Jacobson Esther Lee Shelley Brown Alyssa Longobucco Rachel Sylvester, Becky Murray Sarah Evans Emma Gray Pitt Katie Kortebein Rebecca Delman Jessica Kane Maggie Seaver, Sophie Ross Farah Prince Sarah Rozen Michele Parrella Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Whitney Little Sarah Hooper Trisha Tucker Jacquie Militano Jose Marmolejos

PRODUCTION VP, PRODUCTION Frank Dolphens PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jesse Hardy PUBLICATION DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow SYSTEMS MANAGER Sheryl Ziegler SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Katie Hover GRAPHIC DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow PHOTO PRODUCTION MANAGER Carly Steier CONTENT EDITOR Lois Brunnert Bethune THE STUDIO @ XO VP, CUSTOM CONTENT & HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, SALES DEVELOPMENT MARKETING Chaucy Dixon SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan ASSISTANT SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Stephani Schell SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Paul Bascobert, pbascobert@xogrp.com GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR MaryLou Pernod, mpernod@xogrp.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Ronni Ross, rross@theknot.com (201) 541-4061

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For Information Contact

LAURA R EESE Laura.Reese@CafeMadison.com

SENIOR REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE SENIOR DIRECTOR, SHOWS & EVENTS DIRECTOR, PRODUCT MARKETING STRATEGY SPECIALIST DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING SENIOR MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING COORDINATOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING

Tara Ritting, tritting@theknot.com (856) 231-0656 Lindsay Steele, lsteele@theknot.com (201) 899-3351 Rhonda Haberkamp, rhondah@xogrp.com (888) 332-7815 Diane Thaete, dthaete@xogrp.com (877) 771-3018 Kristy Newquist, knewquist@xogrp.com (817) 927-3070 Jill Rothman, jrothman@xogrp.com (954) 753-4100 Susana Diharce, sdiharce@xogrp.com (866) 960-9909 Bevin Stella, bstella@xogrp.com (212) 515-3544 Amber Petersen, apetersen@theknot.com (402) 596-8401 Melissa Bach, pr@xogrp.com Lauren Nolan, pr@xogrp.com Emilie Berman, pr@xogrp.com

COFOUNDER Carley Roney The Knot New Jersey is a publication of Weddingpages LLC, a subsidiary of XO Group Inc. All content © 2018 XO Group Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction, either in whole or in part, is forbidden without written permission from the publisher. The Knot, TheKnot.com and The Knot New Jersey are trademarks of XO Group Inc. The Knot is not responsible for the return or loss of, or damage to, unsolicited materials. Those submitting manuscripts, photographs, artwork and other materials for consideration should not send originals, unless specifically requested to do so in writing by The Knot. Manuscripts, artwork and other materials submitted must be accompanied by a selfaddressed stamped envelope. Editorial Offices: 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007 (212) 219-8555. Production Offices: 11106 Mockingbird Drive, Omaha, NE 68137 (800) 843-4983. please recycle after wedding

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SALTWATER STUDIOS

KAITLIN NOEL PHOTOGRAPHY

IMPRESSIONS PHOTO & VIDEO

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WE CREATE VINTAGE MEMORIES

New Jersey’s Most Luxurious Winery Ballroom

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The Estate at Farrington Lake is a landmark special events venue set on 22-acres of picturesque lakeside gardens. Say your vows under the pergola overlooking the water, dine on personalized selections from our award-winning menu, then celebrate the night away in our spectacular, state-of-the-art grand ballroom. Set your eyes on this unique gem in Central Jersey and you’ll know why it’s one of the best places to tie the knot in the tri-state.

Learn more at TheEstateNJ.com/tk @estateatfarrington

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Discover new ideas, get answers to your questions and find local wedding pros that fit your style and budget.

REAL WEDDINGS

get inspired Browse weddings from across New Jersey, including Kelly and David’s vintage ceremony. They incorporated whimsical, old-world vibes into their décor with the help of assorted antiques, including romantic crystal vases, wine barrels and decanters. Even the weather added to the dreamy atmosphere. “I know it sounds cheesy, but the rain made our ceremony more intimate,” Kelly says.

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Gather your dream team of local wedding vendors with the help of our Ultimate Wedding Guides at TheKnot.com/newjersey. You can connect with planners, photographers and other vendors by searching by region and price in our local Marketplace. Your state directory has everything you need to know to get married, even where and how to secure a marriage license. You’ll also discover real wedding inspiration from other New Jersey couples.

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BE PART OF OUR NEW BEGINNING Top-to-Bottom Upscale Renovation Completed in 2018 Two unparalleled ballrooms for up to 350 guests with spectacular infinity chandeliers, starlit atriums, rich natural textures and shimmering metallics. This is modern elegance. Call 732-542-6500 for a personal tour. EVENTS@SHERATONEATONTOWN.COM

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We make planning stress-free at six award-winning Hotels Unlimited venues. From creative menu planning to guest accommodations, think of us as your wedding concierge. Your 5-star wedding will be on trend and on budget. With us, a picture perfect event is just the beginning.

TINTON FALLS, NJ

NEWLY RENOVATED

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732-780-3405 CrystalBallroomNJ.com

TOMS RIVER, NJ

732-544-9305 SterlingBallroomEvents.com

732-719-1206 VersaillesBallroom.com

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TOMS RIVER, NJ

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All you need for your wedding, all in one place

We make planning stress-free at six award-winning Hotels Unlimited venues. From creative menu planning to guest accommodations, think of us as your wedding concierge. Your 5-star wedding will be on trend and on budget. With us, a picture perfect event is just the beginning.

TINTON FALLS, NJ

NEWLY RENOVATED

732-542-6500 SheratonEatontown.com/weddings

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FREEHOLD, NJ

732-780-3405 CrystalBallroomNJ.com

TOMS RIVER, NJ

732-544-9305 SterlingBallroomEvents.com

732-719-1206 VersaillesBallroom.com

EAST WINDSOR, NJ

TOMS RIVER, NJ

609-443-8000 x600 WindsorBallroom.com

732-731-8000 AtlantisBallroom.com

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BE PART OF OUR NEW BEGINNING Top-to-Bottom Upscale Renovation Completed in 2018 Two unparalleled ballrooms for up to 350 guests with spectacular infinity chandeliers, starlit atriums, rich natural textures and shimmering metallics. This is modern elegance. Call 732-542-6500 for a personal tour. EVENTS@SHERATONEATONTOWN.COM

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LOVE the MOMENT

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I’m all about the idea of a brunch wedding. Cereal and mimosas? Yes, please. (p. 182)

EDITOR ’S NOTE

Casual themes, like glamping, are very on trend. (p. 224)

If a white dress doesn’t speak to you, find one in a color that does and just go for it. (p. 56)

ON THE APP WE’VE INCLUDED THIS ICON throughout the magazine to indicate whenever The Knot app can help with a planning or inspiration task.

When it comes to weddings today, the rules are simple: There are no rules! You can get married on a campground (p. 224), wear a colorful suit or dress (p. 56), or host a brunch celebration complete with cereal décor and everyone’s fave breakfast bites (p. 182). In other words, the options are truly endless. For all of the brides and grooms out there looking for a rule book ( hi there), the thought of “anything goes” could feel overwhelming—and you may not know where to start. Whoever you are, and whatever celebration you’re throwing, begin by downloading The Knot app—it will help you determine your style, customize to-do lists and find vendors in your area. The next step? Look to your relationship for inspiration. Consider activities you like to do together, a location you frequent or a global tradition you both admire. Start adding these bit by bit into your ceremony and reception, and you’ll soon have a celebration that feels just like you.

KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER Editor in Chief

Follow me @kristenmax I want to hear from you! kristen@theknot.com

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COOPER: SAR AH LOVE PHOTOGR APHY; EMOJI: EMOJIPEDIA; BRIDE AND BOY SCOUTS: CHRIS CR AYMER; BRUNCH COUPLE: JESSIC A HUNT PHOTOGR APHY; COUPLE IN PINK: NERIPHOTO; CEREAL: ISTOCK

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WEDDING TOOL S

CONGRATULATIONS

you’re engaged! Here are the big tasks from “yes” to “I do.” Turn the page for more, including the tools you’ll need and how to get your personalized checklist.

BOOK A VENUE Search for the perfect place to celebrate, keeping budget and guest count in mind. Then set the date.

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GATHER YOUR CREW Ask your besties to stand by you at the altar and in the months leading up to your day.

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REGISTER & CREATE A WEBSITE Start a wish list and site on The Knot .com. Share the link so guests are in on all the details, like hotel room blocks.

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PLAN THE CEREMONY Meet with your officiant to discuss the details and attend prewedding counseling if required.

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COMPLETE YOUR TEAM Book any outstanding pros like hairstylists, makeup artists, day-of transportation or a photo booth for your reception.

BUY THE RINGS Shop for and purchase your wedding rings—don’t forget insurance (now it’s starting to feel really real, right?).

PICK YOUR WEDDING PAPER Decide on invites, thank-yous and other stationery. If you place one order, you may snag a discount.

FINALIZE OTHER PARTY DETAILS Plan your rehearsal dinner, after-party and morning-after brunch.

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GO FOR FITTINGS Have the final dress fitting and arrange for suit or tux rental pickup.

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CHOOSE A POINT PERSON If you don’t have a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, task a friend or family member to be the go-to so you can relax and enjoy the day.

BUY THE FORMALWEAR Shop for your attire and schedule necessary fittings—don’t forget accessories. Decide what your wedding party will wear too.

GET THE MARRIAGE LICENSE You’ll find this must-have doc at the state registrar’s office in the county where you’ll wed.

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The planning and hard work are behind you—time to celebrate your new status.

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What should we put in the welcome bags for our island destination wedding? HARMONY WALTON: For tropical vows, definitely include some sun essentials. Travel-size sunscreen and after-sun care, like aloe and moisturizing lotion, are both useful items for guests. Then, throw in some beach-themed gifts to give everyone a peek into the fun to come. Sunglasses (even better if they’re emblazoned with your hashtag), flip-flops, tote bags and anything local you can source, like island rum cake or a voucher for a water activity such as paddleboarding, all do the trick. DIY your favors, like an infused olive oil, for a sweet touch

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I love the idea of navy bridesmaid dresses, but I’m worried they’ll clash next to black tuxes on the groomsmen. Is this color combo a no-no? CARLEY RONEY: This rule has gone the way of “no white after Labor Day”—so don’t bother giving it a second thought. In fact, these colors can work for almost any type of wedding. Pair inky-blue dresses with classic black suits and rich eggplant florals for an elegant, moody affair. If your signature style is a bit more vibrant, throw in a pop of color, like flamingo pink or kelly green. For a modern celebration, brighten the palette with scarlet accents. Still not convinced? Consider choosing ties or vests in something other than black—that still coordinates with your wedding palette, of course—to lighten the overall look and shift the focus away from the tuxedos. And for your attendants, opt for a shade of navy closer to black than to blue. But trust us: You don’t have to worry about a color clash.

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My family expects me to serve traditional Indian cuisine at my wedding, but how can I make sure I offer a meal every guest will love? SHAWNA GOHEL: There are a ton of fusion menu options that allow you to creatively incorporate Indian flavors with a variety of other cuisines—think spicy chicken tikka tacos or paneer lettuce wraps. Another thought: Since Indian weddings often consist of multiple events, compromise with your family by having one of the events feature a predominately non-Indian lineup. That way, you and your partner can incorporate some other favorite dishes into the wedding celebration. Food is one of the best ways to show guests who you are as a couple. >>

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What kind of undergarments should you wear to your wedding dress fitting? MARK INGRAM: You should plan to wear the same undergarments you’ll be wearing on your actual wedding day. Many gowns today have a built in corset and bust cups (or they can be added), so an additional bra isn’t really necessary. Your undergarment needs will also depend on your body type, and the fabrication and structure of your gown. Ask your consultant for their recommendation before purchasing any items.

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PENN OAKS GOLF CLUB

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• ALLENTOWN

ryanne & claude PHOTOGR APHY BY

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Draped sheer fabric anchored the floor-toceiling backdrop, while ivy wound around the whitewashed barn beams.

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THEIR STORY As Canadians living hundreds of miles from home, Ryanne Breton (25) and Claude Giroux (30 and captain of the Philadelphia Flyers) decided to host a relaxed wedding weekend at The Ashford Estate, where loved ones could stay overnight. For the celebration itself, “we wanted to make the whole day seem effortless,” Ryanne says. They achieved a coolly sophisticated look by filling the airy ballroom with neutral linens and using color sparingly. The couple also brought in a photographer to shoot black-and-white portraits of guests. —Rebecca Dalzell

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Bridesmaids wore beige tulle-and-jersey gowns, and the maid of honor dressed in cream. “Each girl chose how to tie her dress, and everyone did something different,” Ryanne says. “I love the way they turned out.” The wedding party carried roses, scabiosa, orchids, petite lilies, wildflowers and smokebush. Roses ran down the semi-naked vanilla cake with cream cheese frosting.

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The couple’s cockapoos walked down the aisle in tuxedos.

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The newlyweds danced to “XO” by John Mayer.

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Ashford

Estate, Allentown PHOTOGRAPHY India Earl VIDEOGRAPHY Willow Tree Films PLANNER

Two Little Birds Planning FLOWERS, EVENT DESIGN & HEADPIECE Oleander Curated

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Calligraphed escort cards were pinned to a suede board with vintage botanical prints. Garden roses, mixed foliage and stone fruit spilled off the walnut head table, while raw suede tied menus to napkins. Guests dined on filet mignon, roasted spaghetti squash and smoked gouda potato soufflé.

RYANNE & CLAUDE’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS

GOWN Flora, Gabriella New York, New York

City HAIR Boho Hair Salon MAKEUP Monica Nguyen Makeup; Taryn Miller SHOES René Caovilla ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Designs by G&G BRIDESMAID DRESSES Twobirds Bridesmaid MENSWEAR Groom: Hugo Boss; groomsmen: Zara STATIONERY The Papery; escort cards: Oleander Curated; calligraphy: Amour Artistique Paper Co. RENTALS Fennelli Design Group Inc.; La Tavola;

Oleander Curated; Party Rental Ltd.; The Tabletop Company CATERING Merri-Makers Caterers; late-night cheesesteaks: Geno’s Steaks CAKE BerryRich Bakery OFFICIANT Jamie Ryan (bride’s uncle) MUSIC Ceremony, cocktail hour & after-party: Pat and Sean Kelly; reception: Milan 77/EBE Talent PORTRAIT PHOTOS The Collective You TRANSPORTATION Arrive in Style Transportation; Voyages Lacroix Tours REGISTRY The Claude Giroux Foundation GUESTS 195 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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• WEST ORANGE

katherine & erik PHOTOGR APHY BY LOVE & LIGHT PHOTOGR APHS

Katherine wore a silk gown with a beaded belt, while Erik sported dress whites with a gold Navy aviator pin.

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Katherine Phillips (26 and a luxury travel consultant) and Erik Bergstrom (25 and a US Navy helicoptor pilot) met when they were one step away from the altar—as maid of honor and best man for their close friends’ wedding. A few years later, they were the ones celebrating. “Our ultimate goal was to create an event that we would love years from now,” Katherine says. “We’re both traditionalists at heart but love to have a good time, so we didn’t want anything to feel stuffy.” They brought their timeless aesthetic to the Montclair Golf Club with all-white flowers, a candlelit dinner and mini creme brulees. Then, in a scene out of Top Gun, the Navy guys serenaded Katherine with “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.” —RD

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The ceremony and dancing were held under a clear tent, while dinner was inside. “I envisioned a clean, classic, candlelit reception,” Katherine says. Blue, white and green unified the design, playing off the club’s grounds. Chinoiserie vases held peonies, lisianthus, astilbe and roses, and boxwood marked the sweetheart chairs.

Katherine carried David Austin garden roses, astilbe, ranunculus and freesia.

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Something they’ll actually wear again.

Personalize the perfect gifts for your bridesmaids and “I do” at ThingsRemembered.com, or a store near you.

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Guests dined on two raw bars, lobster and filet mignon. “We wanted to spoil our guests,” Katherine says. Per Navy tradition, the newlyweds used a sword to slice the chocolate chip cake with buttercream frosting. “It was way harder to cut into than we imagined,” Katherine says.

KATHERINE & ERIK’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Montclair

Golf Club, West Orange PHOTOGRAPHY Jessa Schifilliti/Love & Light Photographs

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VIDEOGRAPHY DigitalFirst Photography PLANNER Events by Joni FLOWERS Clores

Flowers GOWN Enzoani, The White Gown, New York City HAIR & MAKEUP Beautini VEIL Sara Gabriel, Bridal Atelier Montclair, Montclair SHOES Salvatore Ferragamo ENGAGEMENT RING Ames Silversmithing WEDDING RINGS

Bride: Ames Silversmithing; groom: family heirloom BRIDESMAID DRESSES Show Me Your Mumu MENSWEAR Groomsmen suits: GenerationTux.com; ties: Brooks Brothers FLOWER GIRL ATTIRE Joan Calabrese for Mon

Cheri RING BEARER ATTIRE J.Crew STATIONERY Minted.com; calligraphy: Cait Marie Calligraphy COCKTAIL NAPKINS ForYourParty.com RENTALS

Almar Party & Tent Rentals; India Amory; Julius Roehrs Company; Montclair Golf Club CATERING & DESSERTS Montclair Golf Club CAKE

The Little Daisy Bake Shop OFFICIANT Pastor Greg Horn MUSIC Blake Band/Starlight Music TRANSPORTATION MyLimo REGISTRIES

MyRegistry.com; Williams Sonoma HONEYMOON Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand GUESTS 203 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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Bello Giorno E

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Bello Giorno Estate is a boutique wedding venue that specializes in intimate weddings. Our

riverside estate will make your dream wedding a reality! We host only one wedding a day and offer two onpremise riverside ceremony options, with an indoor ceremony option as well. Each wedding receives our personal attention, which begins from the moment you enter our gates. Enjoy our lush gardens and natural beauty! Our cocktail room offers amazing river views! Each menu includes uniquely delicious selections. Our intimate elegance will create an unforgettable day! We specialize in gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan menus. Belvidere, NJ | 908-475-0084 | 908-310-0797 | BelloGiornoEstate.com Located in Picturesque Warren County New Jersey

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JULY 2

• PASSAIC

stacey & rob PHOTOGR APHY BY

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A GUY + A GIRL PHOTOGR APHY

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The couple draped Stacey’s late father’s tallis on the chuppah.

Ring bearers wore sheriff badges to signal the “seriousness” of their duty.

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THEIR STORY Not to rub it in, but Rob Schlissel (31) says that, given his job as an event producer, planning his 430-person wedding to Stacey Litman (30 and an adaptive PE teacher) was “relatively easy.” It helped that the industrial venue, Factory22O, had multiple spaces for the various elements of the Orthodox Jewish celebration that included a smorgasbord with hush puppies and sushi. The couple also didn’t overdo the design, believing that “the focus should be on the events of the day and the people attending,” Rob says. Though they followed many traditions, the couple also let their personalities shine, with pop and rock songs during the processional and choreography borrowed from Chance the Rapper for their dance to “May I Have This Dance,” by Francis and the Lights. —RD

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Stationery incorporated a key, the meaning of Rob’s last name in German. Keys also appeared on the groom’s cufflinks and as escort card holders and bottle openers, which the couple gave as favors. Rob and his groomsmen rocked funky socks, while bridesmaids had their dresses made from a floral fabric that Stacey bought.

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STACEY & ROB’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Factory220,

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On tables, wood bark boxes held silver dollar eucalyptus, blue thistle, purple statice, orange pincushion proteas, caspia and gypsophila. The kosher menu included a spinach and strawberry salad and roasted chicken with mashed potatoes. Orchids topped the buttercream red velvet and vanilla cake. Groups spun in circles during the simcha dancing, named for the Hebrew word for joy.

Passaic PHOTOGRAPHY Michael Kelley and Lauren Saldutti/A Guy + A Girl Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Tweed Weddings DAY-OF COORDINATOR Eventique FLOWERS

Flowers by Emil GOWN & VEIL Hayley Paige, Kleinfeld Bridal, New York City HAIR Tzivi Kluger MAKEUP Shlomit Brandwein SHOES Aerosoles ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Haniken BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Fabric: Mood Designer Fabrics MENSWEAR Groom: iTailor.com; groomsmen: SuitSupply FLOWER GIRL ATTIRE Lev Couture RING BEARER ATTIRE Amazon.com STATIONERY

Beacon Lane RENTALS Factory220 CATERING Great Falls Bistro CAKE Cake & Co OFFICIANT Rabbi Dov Yonah Korn MUSIC Sozo Live FAVORS Bottle openers: Amazon.com REGISTRY Bed Bath & Beyond HONEYMOON Bora Bora GUESTS 430 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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JULY 29

• SPARTA

Pam and Michael married in the church where the groom’s parents wed.

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The bridal bouquet contained blue thistle, delphinium and roses.

THEIR STORY

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“We really wanted our wedding to feel like a big family gathering,” Pamela (Pam) Pichardo (30 and a nurse) says of marrying Michael Teehan (31 and a science teacher). The Rock Island Lake Club had just the relaxed, rustic vibe they were going for, with woodland paths, farm tables and water views. They brought in rose gold accents and candles, plus DIY touches like a handmade escort card board and centerpieces. An extended cocktail hour of baconwrapped scallops and braised beef led to a dinner with a whole roasted pig and a pudding-filled chocolate cake. At the end of the night, the couple invited guests to take flower arrangements home in mason jars. —RD

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PAM & MICHAEL’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Corpus Christi Parish,

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Pam changed into a sheath that was easy to move in, helping the couple nail the choreography for their first dance, a pop-salsa medly. On tables, the pair built the crates for the centerpieces, used engraved wood ornaments as place cards and attached rose gold skeleton keys to escort cards.

Hasbrouck Heights RECEPTION SITE Rock Island Lake Club, Sparta PHOTOGRAPHY Jennifer Larsen Photography PLANNER & EVENT DESIGNER Ana Alba/Palladium

Events FLOWERS Beethoven’s Veranda GOWNS Ceremony: Allure Bridals, Jaehee

Bridal Atelier, Englewood; reception: David’s Bridal HAIR Miosotis Inoa MAKEUP Lennia Clark VEIL Jaehee Bridal Atelier SHOES Bride: Bella Belle, Jimmy Choo; groom: Cole Hann ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS JamesAllen.com BRIDESMAID DRESSES Revelry.com MENSWEAR MySuit.com RING BEARER ATTIRE Gymboree; J.Crew STATIONERY Carole Salvador; calligraphy:

Kelly Buckle RENTALS Palladium Events CATERING Rock Island Lake Club CAKE Palermo’s

Bakery CAKE TOPPER PickYourPlum.com OFFICIANT Father Juan Camilo Restrepo MUSIC Partners in Sound Productions DANCE LESSONS Arthur Murray Dance

Centers TRANSPORTATION Rolls-Royce: Town Limousine Service; guests: Broadway Elite REGISTRY Macy’s HONEYMOON St. Lucia GUESTS 145 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 10)

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You have imagined every detail. Hyatt Regency Morristown will make it a reality. Let the wedding professionals at the Hyatt Regency Morristown cater to your every need. The details of your dream wedding will come alive with the help of one of our wedding specialists, who will assist with your special day, accommodations, engagement party, bridal shower, and rehearsal dinner. Your guests will enjoy the evening in our elegant ballroom, which can accommodate up to 300 of your closest friends and family. Our junior ballroom is ideal for smaller events and on-site ceremonies. Impress your guests with our wide variety of inventive and delectable menu options and chic, contemporary accommodations.

Contact one of our wedding specialists to discuss our Free Honeymoon Nights promotion and to schedule a consultation and tour. 973.647.1234 or visit morristown.regency.hyatt.com Hyatt Hotels & Resorts encompasses hotels managed, franchised or leased by subsidiaries and affiliates of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. The trademarks of Hyatt®, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt Summerfield Suites®, Hyatt Gold Passport®, and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation. ©2018 Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved.

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APRIL 7

• JERSEY CITY

reena & varun

Reena wore a raw silk lengha with a dupatta pinned to her hair for the ceremony. Varun sported a sherwani and peach turban.

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THEIR STORY Since Reena Patel (33 and in finance) and Varun Krovi (32 and in government) met through friends in New York City, they put the skyline front and center at their spring wedding. The views from their riverfront venue guaranteed a wow factor for both the Hindu ceremony and black-tie reception. “We wanted a modern and elegant look,” Reena says. Blush, apricot and ivory tones carried through the design, from the couple’s outfits to the stationery and the flowers on the vanilla-strawberry cake. —RD

Hydrangeas, eucalyptus, roses and curly willow wrapped the birch mandap.

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Roses, lisianthus, hydrangeas and dusty miller topped glass trumpet vases, while olive branches were tucked into napkins. Reena and Varun served Hyderabad chicken, a nod to the Indian city where the groom grew up, and salmon in Goan curry. The couple danced to “I’ll Keep You Safe” by Sleeping At Last.

Regency Jersey City on the Hudson, Jersey City PHOTOGRAPHY Adriana Lombardi/HereNorth Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Amor In Motion PLANNER

Sheen Kaur/Studio Sheen FLOWERS Anna Rose Floral & Event Design GOWN Ceremony: Sabyasachi; reception: Jiya, Veer Design Studio, Mumbai HAIR & MAKEUP SV Bridal Concepts SHOES Jimmy Choo ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING RINGS

Groom’s family jeweler, India BRIDESMAID DRESSES, MENSWEAR & FLOWER GIRL ATTIRE India STATIONERY Minted.com RENTALS Hyatt Regency Jersey City on

the Hudson CATERING Amiya CAKE Carlo’s Bakery OFFICIANT Bharat Jani MUSIC DJ Raj Entertainment DANCE LESSONS Arthur Murray Dance Centers HONEYMOON New Zealand GUESTS 170 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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APRIL 21

• PEAPACK & GLADSTONE

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Siming wore red shoes under her silk-and-lace gown.

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Anemones, roses and greenery topped the escort card table.

THEIR STORY

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When you marry at a Gilded Age mansion once owned by the King of Morocco, an elegant affair is in order. So Siming Zhu (31 and works in private banking) and Andrew Fontana (32 and works at a hedge fund) let the venue, Natirar, set the tone for their black-tie celebration. “The space was so gorgeous already, it didn’t need much,” Siming says. The couple accented the teak interior with touches of white, blush and sage, and set mercury glass votives on tables. “It was natural, ethereal and romantic,” she says. Pops of red and an Asian-inspired menu incorporated Siming’s Chinese heritage. —RD

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Natirar’s ballroom houses a living wall—a showstopping reception focal point. Siming and Andrew served Chilean sea bass with udon and bok choy, and set custom chopstick favors at each place setting. After the couple’s first dance to “I Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis, Siming changed into a Chinese qipao.

SIMING & ANDREW’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Natirar,

Peapack & Gladstone PHOTOGRAPHY Karen Hill Photography DAY-OF COORDINATOR & EVENT DESIGNER EM Event Management FLOWERS WYLD GOWN Pronovias HAIR Andy

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Tseng MAKEUP Anny Chow Bridal Artistry SHOES Manolo Blahnik ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Kwiat BRIDESMAID DRESSES Jenny Yoo Collection MENSWEAR

Groom: Brooks Brothers; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com STATIONERY Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations; programs, escort cards & menus: SimplySuite, Etsy.com CATERING, CAKE & RENTALS Natirar OFFICIANT Father

Sean Manson MUSIC SoundImage Band OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Photo booth:

MVS Studio Inc. FAVORS Chopsticks: custom from Asia REGISTRY Bloomingdale’s GUESTS 125 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 10)

The newlyweds sliced into a lemon cake with lemon custard and buttercream frosting.

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Above Weddings • 1100 South Avenue • Staten Island, NY 10314 EventAbove.com • 718.477.2400 x2

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MAY 27

• WHITEHOUSE STATION

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THEIR STORY

The vanilla sponge cake with lemon mousse filling sat on a custom stand.

Allie Nunn (27 and a social work grad student) and Kayla Borden (29 and an eCommerce specialist) envisioned an outdoor ceremony, since they both grew up in the Pine Barrens and are most comfortable outside. At The Ryland Inn, a historic horse farm, they hung jars of flowers on chairs along the aisle and marked the altar with simple crates. “It was important for the natural beauty of the venue, and us, to be the focus,” Allie says. After reciting personal vows, the couple tied rope into a double fisherman’s knot that they now keep at home. —RD

Bridesmaids clutched eucalyptus, blue thistle, hydrangeas, dusty miller and roses.

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YOU set the date...WE create the dream!

Call today for an appointment. 201.939.9233 • Fax: 201.939.6118 • 122 Moonachie Ave., Moonachie, NJ 07074

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A 30-foot stone fireplace defined the airy ballroom.

ALLIE & KAYLA’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Ryland

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Inn, Whitehouse Station PHOTOGRAPHY Guests took a seat at tables topped with eucalyptus, lisianthus, thistle, dahlias, astilbe, peonies and dusty miller, and dined on crispy pork belly with apples, mushrooms and white truffle essence. For their first dance, the brides chose a song they often spin to at home: “Somebody Loves You” by Betty Who.

Brae Howard Photography VIDEOGRAPHY BE Films PLANNER DIY FLOWERS Twisted Willow Flowers GOWNS Hayley Paige & Watters, Bridal Garden, Marlton HAIR & MAKEUP Pin It Up Bridal SHOES Adrienne

Vittadini; Nina Shoes ENGAGEMENT RINGS JG Kronenberger Fine Jewelry;

IgniteMetals.com WEDDING RINGS JG Kronenberger Fine Jewelry BRIDESMAID DRESSES Azazie.com MENSWEAR Indochino STATIONERY Invitations: Remember Me

Stationery; escort cards: InstantInvitation, Etsy.com CATERING The Ryland Inn CAKE Palermo Bakery OFFICIANT Michael

Borden (Kayla’s brother) MUSIC DJ Sam Turner/Beat Train Productions OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Photo booth: Brae Howard

Photography FAVORS DIY REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond; Crate & Barrel; Pottery Barn HONEYMOON Curaçao GUESTS 150 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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MAGNIFICENT ENGLISH MANOR COUNTRY CLUB SETTING. C U I S I N E B E Y O N D C O M PA R E .

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A Recipe for the Ultimate Wedding Day Start with our elegant wedding venue nestled in the picturesque countryside, with an English manor clubhouse and impeccably manicured grounds, to create an inviting ambience for your special day. Mix in a beautifully appointed bridal suite, a groom’s room, designated indoor and outdoor cocktail space and a seasonal covered patio. Add the culinary excellence of our award-winning chef to create a delectable journey from the time you arrive to time your celebration comes to a close. Combine with the love of your life for a wedding day beyond compare. 811 Rattlesnake Bridge Road, Bedminster Township, NJ 07921 (500 feet from I-78 exit 26) | (908) 439-2123 fiddlerselbowcc.com Couples holding their wedding at Fiddler’s Elbow get to enjoy membership for a year.

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A place like no other. A view like no other. A wedding like no other.

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Call today to see our newly renovated space, perfect for any wedding or event!

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• JERSEY CITY

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Amy wore a silk mermaid gown and carried peonies, roses and jasmine vine.

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THEIR STORY Amy Skarbnik (30 and a marketing manager) and Evan Frankel (30 and works in sales strategy) met through friends, but later realized that they’d crossed paths before: playing soccer as kids. They sealed their status as teammates by exchanging vows under an arch of delphinium and eucalyptus at a favorite waterfront restaurant, Battello. In the industrial space, the couple wanted “to mix different textures and elements of rustic and modern design,” Amy says. Strawberry shortcake polished off the celebration. —RD

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Monogrammed linens marked each place setting.

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Tall blue candlesticks and centerpieces of red charm peonies, ranunclus, freesia and spirea created a romantic mood. The couple served chicken-and-waffle cones at cocktail hour and short rib with Swiss chard at dinner. Peonies, roses and succulents popped against the bridesmaids’ black gowns.

AMY & EVAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Battello,

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Fair Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Well Spun Weddings FLOWERS Kelly Harridge Designs GOWN Le Spose di Gio, Mark Ingram Atelier,

New York City HAIR Stacy Pitt/StylesOnB NYC MAKEUP Prisha Szachacz/The Chop Shop SHOES Alexandre Birman ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS LLD Diamonds USA BRIDESMAID DRESSES Avery G; Katie May MENSWEAR Groom: Imparali; groomsmen:

TheBlackTux.com FLOWER GIRL ATTIRE OliviaKateCouture, Etsy.com STATIONERY Invitations: Hudson Paperie; calligraphy: Write Pretty for Me CATERING & CAKE Battello DESSERTS Dylan’s Candy Bar; Godiva; Milk Bar OFFICIANT Celia Milton MUSIC East Coast Band OTHER ENTERTAINMENT Photo booth: Sweet Booths FAVORS Cookies: Milk Bar REGISTRIES Anthropologie; Bloomingdale’s HONEYMOON Mo’orea & Bora Bora GUESTS 190 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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THE BALCONY

AT HILTON SHORT HILLS

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Exceed the expectations all weekend long. With unique venues, dining outlets, a lounge, bar and rooftop, indoor and outdoor pools, along with newly redesigned guest rooms and suites and exciting recreation, guests will be in awe for years to come. Whether you take your first dance Grand Ballroom style, say your vows in the pavilion or celebrate under the stars on The Balcony, we'll bring your wedding vision to life.

Hilton Short Hills • 41 John F Kennedy Pkwy, Short Hills, NJ • (973) 379-0100 • HiltonShortHills.com

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JUNE 2

• ANDOVER

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THEIR STORY

K ATHLEEN & KE VIN

“We wanted everything to feel like a big party in our backyard,” Kathleen Mooney (28 and a board game manufacturer) says of her laid-back wedding to Kevin Mulcahy (30 and a learning and development coordinator). The couple took inspiration from late-spring wildflowers, creating overflowing arrangements of bright blooms and scattering petals down the aisle. Mismatched bud vases, Edison bulbs and custom signage brought boho flair. Kathleen and Kevin even ensured that color would follow them into marriage: At the ceremony, they planted a Japanese maple, whose leaves turn a vibrant red or orange in the fall. —RD

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Hydrangeas, spray roses, larkspur, delphinium, peonies, mini carnations and lemon leaf greenery framed the aisle.

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weddings & special events

LAKE MOHAWK COUNTRY CLUB Lake Mohawk offers tranquil beach and boardwalk ceremonies with idyllic scenic views. Our panoramic lakeside vista makes for a unique setting for your most memorable occasion. Customizing and coordinating receptions that accurately represent the newlywed couple and their family is our specialty. 9 7 3 . 7 2 9 . 6 1 5 6 • 2 1 T H E B O A R D WA L K , S PA RTA , N J • L A K E M O H AW K C O U N T RY C L U B W E D D I N G S . C O M

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KATHLEEN & KEVIN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Crossed

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Keys Estate, Andover PHOTOGRAPHY Mary An ombré carnation backdrop marked the sweetheart table, along with jewel-tone vases and votives. Chocolate cake with cannoli filling and vanilla icing finished the meal. Paper lanterns hung above the couple as they danced to “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green.

Veterano and Roy Townsend/Mary + Roy EVENT DESIGN & FLOWERS Event Designs

by Katherine/Crossed Keys Estate GOWN Martina Liana, i do... i do..., Morristown HAIR & MAKEUP Made Up On The Go SHOES

Badgley Mischka ENGAGEMENT RING S. Kind & Co. WEDDING RINGS Bride: MichelliaFineJewelry, Etsy.com; groom: RUSTICforMEN, Etsy.com BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various MENSWEAR Men’s

Wearhouse RING BEARER ATTIRE Tie: MyTieShop, Etsy.com STATIONERY Invitations: Minted.com; programs & escort cards: MagnoliaPapersandCo, Etsy.com RENTALS, CATERING & CAKE Crossed Keys Estate CAKE TOPPER HaymadeShop, Etsy.com OFFICIANT

Brielle Greco (friend) MUSIC RJC Studios FAVORS Koozies & cocktail napkins: AdMagic.com TRANSPORTATION My Limo REGISTRY

Amazon.com HONEYMOON Maui & Kauai, HI GUESTS 160 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 10)

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The Old York Country’s Club intimate and unique setting, with its simple elegance of rustic beauty, creates the most desirable exclusive wedding setting in central and southern New Jersey. Hosting only one wedding at a time and having over twenty years of experience allows us to provide each of our valued clients with individual service, affair customization, and keen attention to detail.

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We pursue a single goal: to create settings for rustic weddings warmed by timeless elegance and matched by a wedding reception with flawless service. From suburb cuisine to lovely outdoor scenery and unparalleled staff, the Old York is a wonderfully unique wedding venue. In keeping with our commitment to service, we cater to one wedding at a time so that we may focus our attention solely on you and your guests. Located conveniently less than three minutes away from NJ Turnpike and Rt. 295

228 Old York Road, Chesterfield, NJ 08515

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One of the World’s Greatest Estates... Exclusively Yours

757 Eagle Rock Avenue | West Orange, NJ 07052 | 973-731-5600 | www.Pleasantdale.com

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APRIL 14

• HOBOKEN

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THEIR STORY New Yorkers Rebecca Swirnow (31 and an occupational therapist) and Kevin Swartz (33 and an assistant district attorney) crossed the river for their modern wedding at the W Hoboken. “It has the most amazing views,” Rebecca says. “It was also fun that a lot of guests were staying over.” For the traditional Jewish ceremony, the couple placed candles in the windows and hung a family tallit from the birch chuppah. The recessional to Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” played by a string quartet, ushered in the stylish reception. —RD

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Black-and-gold invitations previewed the evening’s glamorous palette.

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Plan your destination wedding on our one-of-a-kind rustic estate. The Inn is situated on a revolutionary era farm located in historic Berks County, Pennsylvania. The main banquet hall is in an Amish restored 19th century barn overlooking a rolling meadow leading to the Perkiomen Creek, which meanders through the property. Our 18 beautiful hotel rooms are scattered throughout the main barn, carriage house and farmhouse, each with their own unique features and many with Jacuzzis including the spacious bridal suite. Have your ceremony in the farmhouse courtyard or at the gazebo next to the stream. During your stay, you can relax with a bonfire in the meadow, cocktail hour on our creekside patio, and a morning-after breakfast on the patio. Our award-winning chef will keep your guests well satisfied throughout their stay with our seasonal menu that can be customized to suit your tastes and diet. We invite you to visit the Bally Spring Inn, and please feel free to browse our many reviews. Our guest-friendly staff takes great pride in creating a relaxing and unique wedding experience for each and every couple we host.

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Kevin requested a custom cake flavor: vanilla layered with chocolate fudge and fresh banana slices.

During cocktail hour, guests took in the Manhattan skyline while grazing on tuna tartare, tomato soup shooters and mac-and-cheese balls. Roses, ranunculus, hellebores, foxglove and geranium foliage topped dinner tables. A wall of candles gave the reception “a romantic, natural look,” Rebecca says.

REBECCA & KEVIN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE W Hoboken,

Hoboken PHOTOGRAPHY Mikkel Paige Mihlrad/Mikkel Paige Photography DAY-OF COORDINATOR Gina Villacres/W Hotel

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Hoboken FLOWERS Sachi Rose Floral Design Co. GOWN Paloma Blanca, Angela’s Bridal,

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THEIR STORY Taylor Worthington (30 and an events and donor relations manager) has two sisters who got married at their childhood home, so when she and Tyler Williams (30 and a manager at a medical company) got engaged, she could easily picture an elegant tented reception on her parents’ lawn. “We wanted to bring the outside in, with lots of greenery,” she says. What she did not imagine was a huge tree falling across the driveway on the wedding day, but after her dad cleared it, everything went according to plan. —RD

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Lemon leaf and plumosa garlands hung above the head table, and Russian olive branches filled tall glass vases. Servers passed around mai tais and gin and tonics in silver Jefferson cups belonging to Taylor and her sisters. An annual gift from Taylor’s parents, the cups are engraved with their names and note something significant from each year. Roses decorated the gluten-free vanilla, chocolate truffle and coconut cake.

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THEIR STORY For their winter-wonderland themed wedding, Michelle Phillips (32 and a paralegal at XO Group Inc.) and Laville Davis (32 and a senior district manager) filled The Addison Park with the color white. Creamy arrangements of roses, orchids and hydrangeas topped candlelit tables, while cherry blossom branches added texture. “We wanted our guests to be awed as soon as they entered the room,” Michelle says. The couple sealed their union with the African-American tradition of jumping the broom, which symbolizes a fresh start, and later cut into a red velvet cake. As they danced to “Dontchange” by Musiq Soulchild, a flurry of faux snow covered the dance floor. —RD

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Anyone who’s been to the Jersey Shore knows it’s more than just a beachside destination. It’s one of those special places that’s captured the hearts of generations of families because of its varied attractions: the historic boardwalks, the quaint and colorful towns, the hip up-and-coming spots, the relaxed vibe and, of course, the gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean. Even if you’ve never been, you can’t go wrong hosting a wedding weekend at the shore. We have all the details you need to throw your perfect bash. >>

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Pick a spot “The Jersey Shore is the most cost-effective, culturally diverse destination in the world to host a wedding,” says Nancy Mascera, the event manager at Le Club Avenue. Looking forward to a sandy, barefoot ceremony? Or maybe you prefer a glamorous ballroom? You can find a wide range of venue styles along the shore. Jacobs loves One Atlantic in Atlantic City for its incredible views of the ocean, amazing photo ops and delicious farm-to-table cuisine. “It’s easy to have a sophisticated shore-themed wedding when you sit on top of the ocean,” says Elizabeth McGlinn of One Atlantic. For a family-oriented weekend, consider Congress Hall in Cape May. The 201-year-old venue offers a lush lawn and stunning ballroom for a grand affair. The Reeds at Shelter Haven in Stone Harbor features wall-to-wall sliding glass doors, allowing for an indoor-outdoor event, while The Asbury Hotel’s hall and open terrace provide a clean slate for the creative couple. Avenue, in Long Branch, has a rooftop ceremony space and a low-key lounge perfect for a swanky cocktail-style reception. More traditional couples will love Bonnet Island Estate, where they can exchange vows in the sweet boathouse chapel, then celebrate in a ballroom designed to resemble the hull of a ship. >>

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Cape May appeals to a wide audience with its Victorian beauty and familyfriendly fun.

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Location, location, location Whether you’re looking for a sophisticated oceanside affair or a fun-filled party for all ages, you’ll find the ideal locale along the nearly 130 miles of coastline. “No two Jersey Shore destinations are alike,” says Amy Shey Jacobs, founder and creative director of Chandelier Events. “You’ll definitely want to make sure you visit a few destinations, if possible, during the season you’re marrying in, so you get a feeling for the location.” Cape May is a historic town filled with charming Victorian houses, while Wildwood and Seaside Heights are known for their amusement parks and boardwalks. Spring Lake is quaint and intimate, and Asbury Park has a quirky vibe for the couple wanting to go more off the beaten path. Don’t feel you’re limited to beach locales because you’re at the shore. “One of the greatest things about a wedding here is you can get married overlooking the river, ocean or bay,” says Kathi R. Evans, president and lead planner of All the Best Weddings & Celebrations. “You can have your feet in the sand or stand in a lush park overlooking the bay.”

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Let the shore be your guide Your wedding inspiration can come from anywhere—the setting, your attire, a favorite food or even a childhood book. You may think you’re limited to beach décor, but here, anything goes. “I’ve seen everything—farm inspired, shabby chic, romantic, classic—you name it,” says Krystina Kennedy, director of events and social for Cape Resorts. But it’s not surprising most to-beweds often prefer nautical-style weddings. “Couples looking to get married on the shore do so for the sand-and-sun atmosphere, so seashell and starfish [details] are almost a guarantee,” Mascera says. Use the beach as loose inspiration rather than taking it literally. For instance, the inside of an oyster shell can inspire white opal jewelry or glam table settings. Evans suggests using the colors of sea glass throughout your day, like blue and green glassware paired with a more rustic look, or take the bright

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shades of the boardwalk, like punchy pink and cheerful yellow, for an unexpected twist on a wedding color palette. Use the general shapes of waves, seashells or bubbles to create a modern, geometric backdrop, guide the shape of your plates or inspire a fun monogram to use on your wedding stationery. Even texture can lead your décor—for example, the raised pattern on a starfish can be replicated on your linens or cake. Whether or not you choose to have a seaside-style party, there are plenty of ways to make it unique to you as a couple.

Local flavor Introduce your guests to the fare you’ve been enjoying for years. If ever there was a time to get creative with food, it’s now. Have interactive services, like oyster shuckers who walk around cocktail hour, servers who crack the crab legs for you or a taffypulling station. Offer Kohr’s custard as a sweet addition to the dessert bar, or have a late-night snack of funnel cake and fried >>

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Cheers to the weekend One great thing about the shore is how much there is to do, especially for out-of-town guests. Encourage your friends and family to make a weekend out of your wedding, or at least spend an extra day in town. The beach will be top of mind, so suggest activities like volleyball and boogie boarding, or organize a sandcastle building contest or deep-sea fishing trip. And don’t forget evening entertainment. Catch a show at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, bar hop in Belmar or hit the casinos in Atlantic City. Start your guests’ experience off right with a welcome bag. “Welcome totes are really important to my Jersey Shore couples,” Jacobs says. Include a map of the area with a list of local activities, and mini bottles of water and sunscreen would be appreciated by all—along with fun extras like hats, sunglasses or handheld fans. If you’re able to spring for beach badges and include a few dollars for some arcade games on the boardwalk, you’ll be the official wedding champs.

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straight talk For all the benefits of the Jersey Shore, there are important logistics to keep in mind.

Oreos as a nod to the boardwalks. Taffy also makes a great favor to include in welcome totes (Shriver’s and Fralinger’s are local favorites). Pizza is always popular for the after-party, especially if it’s Maruca’s signature swirl pie. Taylor ham (or pork roll—we’ll leave that decision to you), egg and cheese sandwiches are a must at a postwedding brunch. And we didn’t forget the drinks. Go local with your libations and wow the party with some Jersey Shore offerings. For oenophiles, pair seafood with Meditrina Rosa, a smooth blush from Willow Creek Winery in Cape May, or send everyone home with a fun sparkling blueberry wine from Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City. For craft beer enthusiasts, there’s a number of breweries along the coastline—check out Beach Haus Brewery in Belmar, Rinn Duin Brewing in Toms River, Kane Brewing in Ocean Township and Dark City Brewing Company in Asbury Park. The Jersey Shore has a lot of personality that’s easy to embrace. When it comes to wedding planning, celebrate the location and its unique qualities. When you showcase what you love about it, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable day.

Weather

August, September and October weddings are potentially subject to hurricanes, while July and August are the hottest and most humid months.

Transportation

Traffic will be heavy from Memorial Day to Labor Day, particularly on Friday and Sunday nights, Saturday mornings and on holiday weekends. Consider providing transportation for your guests.

Season

Late May to early September is high season, and availability may be limited due to summer visitors and skyrocketing populations. Book accommodations and vendors early.

Alcohol

While drinks may not be the most important factor to you or your partner, you should still be aware if you’ll be holding your event in one of New Jersey’s 32 dry towns, like Ocean City.

Beaches

Most beaches on the Jersey Shore are public, but you should always confirm what permits you may need for your wedding events.

Tides

Check tide charts to make sure high tide doesn’t occur in the middle of your ceremony. It could go from dry to soaking wet in an instant.

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Rachel’s glam look included Kleinfeld’s largest tiara, “the only one that could hold its own against all the crystal in my gown,” she says.

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When Rachel Nachmias (31 and a personal stylist and author) first started planning her wedding to Stephen Simensen (34 and a property manager), she knew an overload of flowers was key. The vintage notes came into play after touring the venue. “The way I described the design to my vendors was ‘a ’50s Hamptons wedding inside of Sleeping Beauty’s castle.’ I wanted the guests to feel like they had wandered into not just a fairy-tale wedding, but a literal fairy tale,” Rachel says. Dahlias, roses, lisianthus and ranunculus in plum and blush added to the day’s storybook feel. Gold accents elevated the décor, appearing on the yarmulkes, cake and lanterns. —Katie Kortebein

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As a stylist, Rachel knew it was important that her girls felt beautiful and comfortable while standing by her side—“it would just be wrong to put four girls in the same dress, or even color, knowing they couldn’t possibly each suit it equally well.” The couple used the same berry palette for their custom watercolor stationery.

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“I hate when you can’t see the other guests during dinner,” Rachel says. To solve that, floating centerpieces topped each table and gave the party a hint of old-school glamour. A chocolate fudge and lemon raspberry cake topped with on-theme sugar flowers capped off the meal.

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Tera rocked her go-to ’60s-inspired cat eye and wore a rose gold hairpiece.

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THEIR STORY Tera Gallagher (26 and a buyer) and Matt Barrow (28 and an operations manager) knew a traditional venue wouldn’t work for their contemporary wedding. They landed on the lively Asbury Hotel, just off the boardwalk, a blank slate they could customize to their liking, Tera says. A clean palette, neon signage, copper accents and plenty of pampas grass created the “modern bohemian disco” the couple envisioned. It rained throughout the day, and once it stopped, guests rushed out to the terrace and jumped on the furniture. “It was so fun and so ridiculous. Definitely one of our absolute favorite moments,” Tera says. —KK

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Bold and playful typography set the stage for the couple’s laid-back celebration. Their detail card included a simple sketch of the venue, and copper made an appearance in the letterpress metallic foil. “Our stationer gifted us a gorgeous set of coordinating stamps for our invitation set that I absolutely loved,” Tera says.

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The couple repurposed the altar over their sweetheart table at dinner.

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MAY 12

• STONE HARBOR

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THEIR STORY Every year, since Shannon Walborn (27 and a physical therapist) and Taylor Walsh (27 and an attorney) started dating in high school, they’ve visited Shannon’s family’s shore house. Marrying seaside was a no-brainer; however, despite the beachy setting, they opted to center their day around a romantic garden theme. “It was important to me that our love for each other came through in our decorations and overall feel during the day,” Shannon says. Blush complemented her ceremony gown, and marsala made a regular appearance. The bride’s favorite flower, peonies, found their place in the spotlight as well, on the lemon cake and in Shannon’s bouquet. —KK

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The couple wed in front of a birch arch overflowing with hanging peonies, roses and eucalyptus.

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The couple chose to focus on themes and readings specifically related to their love story, instead of incorporating any religious traditions. Prior to the ceremony, guests placed eucalyptus around the altar, “creating a symbolic circle of love surrounding and enclosing us,� Shannon says.

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Because Taylor calls Shannon his sunshine, the newlyweds swayed to “You Are My Sunshine” by Morgane and Chris Stapleton.

SHANNON & TAYLOR’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Reeds at

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Shelter Haven, Stone Harbor PHOTOGRAPHY Cocktail hour began with tuna poke, pork dumplings, panini bites and a wildly popular spicy cucumber margarita—“the bartenders actually ended up running out of it before the cocktail hour was over,” Shannon says. Guests went home with a cookie look-alike of the couple’s beloved French bulldog, Louie.

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Morgan took the “something borrowed” tradition to heart, wearing her grandmother’s jewelry and sisterin-law’s veil.

MAY 12

• LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP

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Morgan Young (28 and works in e-commerce web merchandising) and Michael Riener (30 and a carpenter) spend most of their summers in LBI, so when they began planning their wedding, they knew just the place to show off its natural beauty. “We wanted light and bright and natural elements, which is why we chose the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences,” Morgan says. “There are tons of windows and beautiful views of Barnegat Bay from the deck where cocktail hour was held.” The couple chose a mostly white palette to accentuate the art on the foundation’s walls. —KK

Rose, orchids, daises and greenery matched the whiteon-white décor.

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SP SH EC O IAL RE J G ERS U E ID Y E A steel drum player performed at cocktail hour, while guests nibbled on coconut shrimp and mini crab cakes in front of a hanging floral exhibit. Michael curated a playlist with greatest hits from the 2000s, including R. Kelly’s “Ignition.” Guests left with doughnuts from local favorite Shore Good Donuts.

MORGAN & MICHAEL’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Long Beach

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The couple loves Gary Clark Jr. and “often listen to him on our record player,” Morgan says. So it was only right they chose “Our Love” as the soundtrack to their first dance.

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When Leah Weinberg of Color Pop Events got the itch to reinvent the daytime wedding, there was no place more perfect (or colorful) to do so than Kellogg’s New York City café. But this isn’t your basic brunch bash. Infused with hues that pop, charming design accents and lots breakfast puns (win!), the inspiration packed into this playful scene will make for a meal, and marriage, you won’t forget. >>

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suite or savory Skirt tradition with wedding stationery that’s more fun than formal. Here, graphic fonts, bright colors and playful lingo all add up to an invitation suite that screams, “mimosas for all!” Who wouldn’t want to attend that party?

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disco “I dos” For a space worthy of a celebration (your vows, duh), pump up the volume with colorful enamel stools, eye-catching florals and, of course, a ’70s-inspired disco ball.

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Three-stone rings— extra popular now thanks to Meghan Markle—represent the past, present and future. >>

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fruity favors For a cereal-ously awesome goodbye gift, package up your childhood favorite cereals and milk for guests.

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Play up the retro breakfast vibe with custom menus attached to bright red clipboards at each setting.

ah, sugar sugar sunny-side up Want your blooms to say “happy�? Opt for a zesty palette, like this red, orange, yellow and pink one.

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Have an especially cool venue? Be sure to ask your photographer to shoot portraits of you and your honey, honey around the locale. >>

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tasty topper Add a sweet finishing touch to your tiered confection with a playful doughnut cake topper, like this one from Treat House.

altar twist For a more modern ceremony scene, swap the traditional arch with two metal pillars draped in florals.

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Get guests laughing (and snacking) with made-for-each-other bacon and eggs sugar cookies.

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We’re serving up every delicious cake detail you need to know. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY DANA CUBBAGE WEDDINGS

Your cake is probably one of the most anticipated elements of your wedding—after all, who doesn’t like dessert? And while it’s bound to be delicious no matter what you do, there are a few things you should know about your confection before you sit down with a baker or start sampling frostings. Allow us to fill you in. >> 191

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must-read wedding cake tips Keep these pointers in mind to get the tiered confection of your dreams.

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Nail down your style, then choose your cake. You may love a rustic semi-naked cake, but if you’re hosting a black-tie ballroom wedding, the two styles may not jive. Before deciding on the look of your cake, figure out certain specifics about your event, like the venue, palette and vibe. That way, your cake will complement— and not compete with—your overall wedding look.

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Consider the size of your space (and guest list). When deciding what size cake to order, first look to your guest count. Three tiers typically serve between 50 and 100 guests, so if your list is in the hundreds, increase your order. Second, consider your venue. Hosting in a tent with a grand ceiling? Add Styrofoam tiers (yes, that’s a thing!) to up the height and make your cake proportional to your space.

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Budget for the flavor and details you want. Cakes are generally priced by the slice and can range from $3 to a whopping $30 per slice (and beyond), depending on the flavors, filling and frosting you choose. If you have your taste buds set on an custom combo, put aside extra funds to cover it. This goes for decorative additions too. Fresh fruits and flowers can often be applied for a small fee, while delicate, hand-crafted sugar blooms or intricate detailing will take a baker more time to create—and cost you more money.

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Don’t forget to finish it off. Before your event, pass off your cake topper to your baker, planner or catering manager so they can place it on your cake for its big reveal. A classic figurine is a traditional choice, but more and more couples are using the cake topper as a moment of personalization in their day. Choose something that represents you as a duo, like a clay model of your pet, figurines of your favorite action heroes or a monogrammed acrylic sign.

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have your cake and eat it too (even a year later) The 411 on saving your sweet for your first anniversary.

There’s simply no way your cake will taste as good after spending a year in the freezer as it does on your wedding day, which is why our first suggestion to couples is always to sneak a slice (or two!) while at your reception. If you’re worried about getting a chance to sit down and enjoy it, ask your planner or caterer to set aside two pieces for you and your partner to enjoy later that evening. Then, set aside the top tier for a celebration soon after, like returning from your honeymoon or your one-month anniversary and opt to buy a fresh version (in a similar flavor) to enjoy on your one-year anniversary. If you simply must adhere to tradition, tightly wrap the tier in plastic wrap and place it in an airtight bag before freezing.

top it off Cake toppers didn’t become popular until the 1950s, when couples in the US started using them on their wedding cakes.

cut it right Cutting the cake—and feeding your spouse—is a timehonored wedding tradition. Here’s how it should go down.

The ceremonial cutting of the cake has remained popular with newlywed couples. In fact, according to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Study, 85 percent of couples include a formal cake cutting in their reception. Even if you think you’re a pro at cutting sweets, check with your baker or caterer for instructions on how to make the first cut—they may suggest you cut from the bottom tier or help you avoid a Styrofoam one. Once cut, the newlyweds usually feed each other the first slice, symbolizing their commitment to provide for one another. In some cases, this is replaced by a different tradition: smashing cake into each other’s faces. How you feed each other is up to you, but remember—you don’t need to smear frosting on your new spouse simply because you think guests expect it. >>

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fresh trends Some of the “it” ways bakers are creating standout cakes this year.

Edible gold leafing (!!) is a luxe touch

3-D textures Even basic white buttercream feels fresh when the focus is on texture. Get inspired by fabrics you love, like a cozy fisherman sweater or delicate Swiss dot, then ask your baker to re-create the look on your cake’s exterior.

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Geometric detailing Interesting, architectural accents are in. Ask your baker to echo any modern ones at your event space, like playing up your loft venue’s ceiling look in fondant or using a wire geode to hold up two individual tiers of cake. Marbleized exterior Work several hues from your wedding day palette into your cake with fondant icing designed to look marbled. The result will be so smooth and sleek, guests may think it’s the real deal.

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Hand-painted patterns Delicate paintings (typically made on a fondant exterior using food coloring) can be pricey, but the payoff is big. Use them to mimic details like the colors of your grandma’s heirloom china or the blooms in your bouquet. Celestial details Look to the stars for the future of cake decoration— literally. Make this trend yours with a dramatic inky-blue fondant exterior that resembles the night sky or a goldflecked pattern of the stars the night you got engaged. >>

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Semi-naked Totally naked cakes had their moment—now it’s their slightly dressed-up counterpart’s turn in the spotlight. With a sheer outer layer of frosting, a semi-naked cake strikes a classy balance between rustic and refined.

local love: it’s delicious desserts The New Jersey baker shares what trends are inspiring her, plus advice for to-be-weds. ABOUT THE EXPERT

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Cristal Paredes is the chef and owner behind It’s Delicious Desserts, located in Lincoln Park. She creates beautiful desserts from scratch with a focus on using natural ingredients.

This year, we’re going to see a lot of marbled cakes, with some incorporating fresh flowers. I also feel like naked cakes will continue to be popular, thanks to their romancemeets-rustic appeal.

I always ask my couples about their vision, any décor they’ve already decided on, their attire and more. As they describe their day and dream cake, I’ll sketch their vision to life.

Inspiration for a cake design can come from anywhere. Music is one of my biggest—it feeds my soul. Past that, traveling the world also gives me so many ideas. I turn all that love into art.

Lately, my go-to is our bananas Foster flavor with banana butter cake, salted caramel, vanilla buttercream and fresh banana. All those flavors together are like heaven in one bite.

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pastry passport Get inspiration for your cake with these traditional wedding sweets from around the world.

great britain

A fanciful fruit cake takes center stage at British weddings. Typically made from cognac-soaked dates, prunes, raisins, currants and orange peel, the cake is finished off with a marzipan or fondant topping.

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Here are the details on every delicious finishing touch.

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Buttercream Perhaps the most ubiquitous type of frosting, thanks to its delicious taste and versatility. Made using butter and cream, it can be flavored with various extracts, fruits and more to garner a different taste. Due to its ingredients, buttercream can melt quickly, so it should be kept out of extreme heat, humidity or direct sunlight until serving.

Italian couples opt for a millefoglie: crisp sheets of pastry dough layered with pastry cream, whipped cream, lemon curd, berries and more. Many couples even have a pastry chef prepare it on-site for their guests.

Ganache A decadently rich frosting with a fudgy texture. Ganache is made by combining chocolate and cream. Traditional chocolate will make it a dark brown hue that can’t be tinted, so ask your baker to make it wedding worthy with colorful fruit. Or opt for a white chocolate version, which can be dyed practically any shade.

Norwegians serve up brudlaupskling, a bread that became popular when white flour was rare in Norway. The sweet bread is topped with cheese, cream and syrup, then folded over and cut into small squares before serving.

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Fondant A smooth sheet of sugar paste, often used for the polished exterior it lends. Pros love that it can be easily tinted and molded, making it a no-brainer for cakes that require impeccable detailing or a modern, smooth exterior. Most bakers will ice a cake with buttercream before finishing the exterior with fondant, as fondant alone isn’t as tasty.

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Swiss meringue Icing made by whipping egg whites together with sugar. Swiss meringue is a less popular choice for wedding cakes, but it has a light and fluffy appearance that makes it look instantly whimsical and romantic. The airy marshmallow flavor means it pairs great with fruit-based cakes and fillings, like lemon, raspberry or strawberry.

Indonesian couples will usually have a cake known as kek lapis at their wedding. Made from layers of chocolate and vanilla cake and spiced with cinnamon or nutmeg, this sweet dates all the way back to the Dutch colonial period.

To-be-wed couples in Bermuda top their confection of choice with a small cedar sapling. The sentiment is said to symbolize the couple’s growing love, and it’s planted by the newlyweds following their “I dos.”

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The French traditionally serve up a stunner of a dessert known as a croquembouche. The towering pyramid of cream puffs is drizzled with rich caramel and can be decorated with berries, fresh blooms or even sparklers.

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Gourmet kitchen knives, $130 for 3-piece set, Wüsthof, Amazon.com

Measuring cups, $9 for 4-piece set, Hearth & Hand with Magnolia, Target.com

$500 Novis, Vita juicer, $500, BedBathandBeyond.com

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Textured kitchen canister in extra large, $49, WestElm.com

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Luminous velvet pillow in Fawn, $150, abcDNA, ABCHome.com

Brighton table lamp in Wicker, $278, Serena andLily.com Wicked Good Scuffs III, $79, LLBean.com

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Ultimate MicroCotton sculpted fashion bath towel in Glacier, $36, Hotel Collection, Macys.com Sleep mask, $50, SlipSilk Pillowcase.com “Rise” art print in natural raw wood frame, $89 for 11”x14”, Lorent and Leif, Minted.com Shagreen embossed nightstand in Ivory, $429, CB2.com Sonicare DiamondClean rechargeable toothbrush in Pink, $260, Philips, Kohls.com

Banded sheets in White/Dune, from $210 for set, BollandBranch.com

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Square stone slab photo frame in Tan Agate, $195, Kendra Scott, Bloomingdales.com

Acacia valet, $39, MarkandGraham.com

Hotel terry bathrobe in Grey, $96, Kassatex, BedBathandBeyond.com >>

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Enthen 10-light orb black chandelier, $202, Warehouse of Tiffany, Overstock .com

Clayton chair, $305, McGeeandCo.com

Harbour Drive napkin in Gold, $10, Kate Spade New York, BedBathand Beyond.com

Coupe bowl, $100, L’Objet, JungLeeNY.com

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dining room Host everything from business dinners to The Bachelor Mondays with serious style. Pryce gold coupe glass, $15, Crateand Barrel.com

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Black Orchid dinner plate, $31, Michael Aram, NeimanMarcus.com

Guglielmo stainless steel flatware in Matte Gold, $160 for 5-piece set, Mint Pantry, Wayfair.com

Medium salad servers, $60, TinaFrey Designs.com

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add an extra leaf for your first Thanksgiving Curly crystal decanter, $350, Riedel, Barneys.com

Puebla marble serving board, $95, The-Citizenry.com

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Tree peony napkin rings, $156 for 4, KimSeybert.com

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Modern metal frame in Black, from $69, ArtifactUprising.com

Lubec pouf, $109, Beachcrest Home, Wayfair.com

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Scrabble luxury edition, $220, BedBathand Beyond.com

Boda bar cabinet with wine storage in Dark Walnut, $370, AllModern.com

Velvet broad stripe pillow in Navy, $90, CaitlinWilson.com

Roomba 690 robot vacuum, $375, iRobot, Amazon.com

Enzo rug in Dove, from $43, LuluandGeorgia.com

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4K UHD Fire TV Edition, from $330, Toshiba, BestBuy.com

Jenson pharmacy floor lamp in Aged Brass, $100, LampsPlus.com

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FA SHION & BE AUT Y

So you booked the venue and figured out the general vibe of your wedding—congrats! Now it’s time to find the right outfits and accessories. BY SHELLEY BROWN PHOTOGR APHY BY DEVON JARVIS

B L ACK T IE You locked in a grand location, hired the 24-piece band, splurged on over-the-top centerpieces and asked your bride tribe to wear floor-length gowns—all that’s left to do is make sure you and your SO show up looking snazzy. For the über-luxe event you’re planning, only a traditional tux and formal gown will do.

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FOR THE BRIDE It’s your day—celebrate it. Make the most of your moment in the spotlight with a dramatic dress. We love a classic ball gown with illusion lace sleeves à la Kate Middleton, or a more fashion-centric style with a ruffled skirt or lots of bling. When it comes to accessories, don’t be afraid to indulge in more glitter. Pair drop earrings with a loose updo to play up the embellishments in your gown. Stash your lipstick, a compact and a tissue (or a whole bunch of tissues) in an equally glitzy beaded clutch, and step into some bejeweled heels or strappy metallic sandals for the finishing touch.

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FOR THE GROOM Though you’d certainly look dapper in any suit, a classic tux will guarantee you’ll be dressed for the part for your formal affair. To keep it modern, forgo contrasting studs (those little doodads that cover the shirt’s buttons), dated cummerbunds and shiny vests, and instead consider a trendy notch collar and a self-tie bow tie. Opting for a sleek satin lapel won’t hurt either. If you’re more daring, try a tux with a velvet jacket—they’re all over the red carpet. Equally streamlined accessories, like understated cuff links and black patent leather dress shoes, complete the polished look. >>

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Your wedding is all about a killer setting with a modern feel. Whether it’s a cool museum or an art gallery off the beaten path, your ideal affair is sophisticated without the strict formality of a traditional venue. When it comes to your look, opt for a wardrobe that’s as cutting edge as your celebration. Hint: It’s all about structure and polished details.

a bedazzled clutch adds a glam touch

FOR THE BRIDE

FOR THE GROOM

A minimalistic silhouette will work for your one-of-akind nuptials, without being too conservative. A strapless, satin, mermaidstyle dress is fancier than your average cocktail look, but still more subtle than a full-blown ball gown. Want to create an unexpected contrast? Consider a style with a cowl back or oversize bow on the back. Not only are they all over the runways, but they make for one heck of a dramatic exit. Finish off your look with sparkly earrings and a pair of elegant heels.

A classic black tuxedo might feel too stuffy. Instead, pair a charcoal or midnight-blue suit (darker hues are more formal than lighter ones) with standout accessories like a patterned tie or pocket square and statement cuff links. Another idea: Fun socks (like a classic argyle or a kitschy pattern) can bring in the theme and color palette of your wedding without overpowering the rest of your outfit. Keep your footwear simple—a pair of black leather oxfords or monk straps are polished without being too flashy.

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CO CK TA IL If it wasn’t already obvious from the swanky invitations, rooftop locale, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and signature martinis, your wedding wardrobe will surely solidify the fact that you’re hosting a hip wedding. You can’t go wrong if you stick with fitted silhouettes and statement accessories for both of you. FOR THE BRIDE

FOR THE GROOM

Find a gown that’s dressy but not totally over the top for your cocktail soiree. Consider one of this season’s hottest silhouettes: a simple, fit-and-flare dress. A formfitting style with a plunging neckline or daring low back still feels classy but will also show off your curves for just the right amount of va-va-voom. Where bling is concerned, sleek ear crawlers or even a back necklace are fashionforward options. Complete your outfit with a graphic clutch (we love acrylic ones) and unexpected black heels.

Try a slim-cut gray suit for a look that’s sharp but still not trying too hard. A skinny tie works best with this style because it mimics the narrow shape of your suit (regular-width ties can appear too bulky or wide). You’ll look more pulled together if your tie and belt are the same solid color, but a fun, colorful or printed pocket square will give your ensemble unique appeal. Keep the modern look consistent with a pair of dress loafers. They used to get a bad rap for looking dated, but new, trendier styles are actually the perfect in-between shoe. >>

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B E ACH FO R M A L Whether you’re jetting off to an exotic destination or staying domestic at your local seaside venue, you’re all about saying “I do” with your toes in the sand. And while you aren’t into the idea of wearing anything too formal, you still want to dress to impress. Relaxed silhouettes, lightweight fabrics and novelty accessories are essential when it comes to pulling off a beach-chic wedding style. FOR THE BRIDE

FOR THE GROOM

Dramatic silhouettes (read: ball gowns or dresses with long trains) and heavy fabrics aren’t exactly compatible with a seaside locale, but that doesn’t mean your dress shouldn’t show some personality. Beach wedding dresses can run the gamut from super-casual ones you could wear again to more romantic, Grecian-inspired gowns and lacy, boho numbers. As far as footwear is concerned, go barefoot to fully embrace your environment, or opt for metallic sandals or short wedges (heels will sink into the sand) for a fancier vibe.

Breathable fabrics like linen and cotton that will stand up to heat and humidity are a must where beach-appropriate formalwear is concerned. A darker suit could be too formal, but the same cut in khaki or light blue is a great option for more casual asual surroundings. (Depending on how low-key your wedding is, you may even want to lose the suit jacket and roll up your sleeves.) To take your wedding theme up a notch, opt for nautical- or tropical-printed accessories (anchors and pineapples FTW). For shoes, bare feet, sandals and boat shoes are all acceptable choices—just make sure you and your partner are on the same page.

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DAY T IM E While a luxe venue plus fussy attire isn’t your thing, you’ve been dreaming of a stylish, backyard ceremony (well, at least something more intimate and homespun) since the second you got engaged. FOR THE BRIDE

FOR THE GROOM

Keep it simple with a short, midi-length or high-low wedding dress and let your accessories do the talking. After all, a flirty hemline is the perfect opportunity to show off killer shoes. If heels aren’t your thing, opt for embellished flats or more playful sneakers. For a whimiscal touch, add a birdcage veil or fascinator.

A light gray, light blue or khaki suit with a patterned bow tie and complementary pocket square (we love the idea of mixing gingham and polka dots) is equal parts preppy and laid-back. If you’re going for a slightly edgier and more personalized feel, consider ditching the jacket altogether for a vest, or adding colorful or patterned suspenders plus a custom lapel pin or bouttoniere— they’re all the rage right now.

F I N D YO U R P E R F E C T W E D D I N G O U T F I T AT TheKnot.com/wedding-dress-style

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The footwear guru gives us the scoop on choosing the right wedding shoes, plus the trends she’s loving now. BY SHELLEY BROWN PHOTOGR APH BY THERESA BRIDGET PHOTOGR APHY

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If anyone knows shoes, it’s Tamara Mellon. In 1996, she left her post as an accessories editor at British Vogue to cofound a company with an East London cobbler named Jimmy Choo (maybe you’ve heard of it?). Over the next 16 years, she built one of the most recognized luxury brands in the world, worn by fashion icons—both real and fictional—like Beyoncé and Carrie Bradshaw. She left Jimmy Choo in 2011 and launched her eponymous direct-to-consumer shoe brand in 2016. Here, her tips on finding the best shoes for your day—without sacrificing your feet or the chance to dance the night away. >>

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make it personal “It’s a cute idea to get a professional calligrapher to personalize the soles of your shoes with your partner’s initials, your new monogram or your wedding date.”

WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING A BRIDE SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING HER WEDDING SHOES?

You’re probably going to be wearing these shoes from your ceremony to your reception, so choose a heel height you feel comfortable and confident in. For instance, my perfect heel height for walking all day is three-and-a-half inches, but it’s different for every woman. Go with whatever feels best to you personally. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE BRIDAL FOOT WEAR

BRIDE: KEN PAK PHOTOGR APHY; SHOES: COURTESY OF TA M AR A MELLON

TRENDS? I love classic silhouettes with a modern twist. My Belle shoe is a cross between a pump and an ankle boot, and my Siren pump has unexpected PVC (read: clear vinyl) details—both are standout, nontraditional options in white. DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR BREAKING IN NEW HEELS?

You should break in your wedding shoes at home so you don’t get them dirty or damage them. Wear them around the house at least a few times before your day. That way, there won’t be any unpleasant surprises, and you’re less likely to get blisters.

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WHAT ABOUT CHOOSING THE RIGHT SHOES FOR VENUES WITH UNEVEN TERR AIN, LIKE BEACHES OR VINEYARDS. ARE THERE KEY THINGS TO LOOK FOR? I recommend opting

for flats, block heels or wedges—anything but a stiletto heel, which will sink into the ground and throw off your balance. I especially love the idea of a block heel with a platform in the front that will evenly distribute your weight and take some of the pressure off the ball of your foot and toes. This style will give you some extra height, but won’t feel like you’re wearing a typical high heel.

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If embellishment isn’t your thing, keep it interesting with cutouts. Belle pumps, $525, TamaraMellon.com

KEEP IT CLEAR

These pumps with PVC details are just made for a bridal pantsuit. Siren pumps, $450, TamaraMellon.com

Flashy heels work for a glam wedding or a night on the town. Frontline sandals, $425, TamaraMellon.com

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girly scout Tiers of lace fringe put a flirty twist on a tea-length sheath. Dress, $3,995, Lela Rose at Elizabeth Johns, Elizabeth Johns.com (Morristown); earrings, $1,595, Ippolita.com; bandanna, $34, Abercrombie .com; boots, $360, RedWingHeritage.com

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easy livin’ Calling all bridechillas. An embellished crop top plus a curve-skimming skirt feels effortlessly chic. Top and skirt, $5,430, Rime-Arodaky .com; engagement ring, $2,775, LizzieMandler.com; earrings, $29,000, Sylva & Cie, ModaOperandi.com; bracelet, $1,095, Ippolita.com; shoes, $180, Schutz-Shoes.com

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flower child If you’re feeling bold, consider a vibrant gown with floral embroidery. It’s equal parts romantic and fashion forward. Dress, $8,500, TemperleyLondon .com; engagement ring, $3,890 (not including center stone), Tacori.com; earrings, $575, JenniferBehr.com; hat, stylist’s own; shoes, $950, JimmyChoo.com

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force of nature An oversize Mongolian fur vest takes a flowy frock from simple to striking. Dress, $3,300, Rita Vinieris at Jaehee Bridal Atelier, JaeheeBridal.com (Englewood); vest, $1,450, shop similar styles at TSECashmere .com; engagement ring, $2,992 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com; earrings, $1,000, JacquieAiche.com; bracelet, $11,375, Sylva & Cie, ModaOperandi.com

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stunning site Turn some heads (without trying too hard, of course) with a dreamy combo of delicate lace and sheer bell sleeves. Dress, $5,625, Claire Pettibone at Bridal Atelier of Montclair, BridalAtelierMontclair .com, Montclair; earrings, $145, LuluFrost.com; opal ring, $3,940, JacquieAiche.com; boots, $199, MarcFisherFootwear.com

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perfect catch A bridal romper is a surprisingly versatile choice. Rock a sleek, belted style to your shower or morning-after brunch. Romper, $1,800, CatherineKowalskiBridal .com; engagement ring, $699 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com; ear crawlers, $2,795, Ippolita.com; rain boots, $75, RomaBoots.com

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into the wild It’s all about daring details. Lace-up shoulders and sleeves add an edgy tilt to an otherwise traditional silhouette. Dress, $3,220, LeanneMarshall.com; earrings, $195, AlexisBittar.com

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An eyelet number with flutter sleeves is right at home in a rustic setting. Lose the shoes and go barefoot for an even more laid-back vibe. Dress, $240, DavidsBridal.com; engagement ring, price upon request, EvaFehren.com; earrings, $245, LuluFrost.com; cocktail ring, $4,315, JacquieAiche.com

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breezy beauty Casual doesn’t have to mean less stylish. An allover lace dress with a ruffled bodice is comfy and totally on trend. Dress, $650, Tadashi Shoji, BHLDN.com; engagement ring, $1,799 (not including center stone), NoamCarver.com; band, $1,716, SimonGJewelry.com; earrings, $352, Bounkit.com; shoes, $180, Schutz-Shoes.com

PHOTOGRAPHY Chris Craymer FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR AND MAKEUP Sacha Harford for Bumble and bumble and MAKE UP FOR EVER at Ray Brown Productions PROP STYLING Nassimos Studio

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the year’s freshest venues

These new picks have some of the same perks as our perennial favorites, with a unique vibe all their own. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY SAW YER BAIRD

If it feels like everyone you know is getting married in a barn or on a vineyard, you’re not alone. According to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings study, the two locales are consistently growing in popularity for couples who are tying the knot. And while we love us a good rustic barn celebration or refined vineyard affair, we’re also excited to introduce you to the new kids on the block. Score one of these venues and you’ll officially be that couple ahead of the curve. >> Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm, Goleta, CA

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Does the word “rustic” give you all the heart eyes? Well, you’re in luck because there’s a new “it” venue on the market to help you achieve that look. While barns aren’t going out of style anytime soon, to-be-weds wanting a fresh space to bottle up that same casual, outdoorsy vibe should look to greenhouses. Nature lovers will go crazy over the built-in décor (hello, plants, plants and more plants!), while the airy structure (think: floor-to-ceiling glass windows and so much light) makes it the perfect spot to host a fun party for a few hundred of your closest friends and family. MAKE IT YOURS Go for custom botanical-inspired stationery to set the scene and give guests a sneak peek into your wedding location. On the day of, reinforce the natural vibes by asking your florist to go heavy on the vines and greenery to incorporate your tabletops or ceremony space into the surrounding scenery. Wood farm tables and chairs will add refined texture to the place, while strings of bistro lights will make dinner under the stars feel magical. SOME OF OUR FAVES Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus, OH // The Greenhouse at Driftwood in Driftwood, TX // Historic Shady Lane in Manchester, PA // The Greenhouses at Audrey’s Farmhouse in Wallkill, NY // Snow Avenue Greenhouse in Lowell, MI // Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle // Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield, MI >>

Snow Avenue Greenhouse, Lowell, MI Planterra Conservatory, West Bloomfield, MI

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If you like a barn, try a greenhouse

fun plans for out-of-town guests Keep your crew entertained all weekend long with these out-of-the-box activities.

Treat them to a cooking class

Ask your favorite local eatery if they offer cooking classes and enroll your loved ones in some midday culinary fun ahead of your wedding day. Guests of all ages will enjoy getting a taste of the local food scene (and flexing their chef muscles), and a good meal always brings about good conversation and friendships.

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Host a cookie and coffee reception

Looking for a way to make all your guests feel included on the night of your rehearsal dinner without breaking the bank? Host a cookie and coffee reception afterward for a sweet end to the night. The casual yet intimate setting will be perfect for catching up before the busyness of the day.

Arrange for a group tour

Odds are if guests are traveling for your wedding, they’ll want to see the city while they’re there. Encourage everyone to play tourist by arranging a guided tour, like a coastal boat trip, bike ride or food crawl. A unique experience will have your guests loving your city just as much as you do.

Host a postwedding brunch

End a weekend of celebrating on a high note with a farewell brunch. Guests will appreciate a hearty meal before they hit the road, and it gives you and your partner a last chance to connect with any friends and family you didn’t get to spend QT with the night before. Keep it casual and flexible to respect travel plans.

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Dunton Hot Springs, Dolores, CO Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson, AZ

Rancho Dos Pueblos, Goleta, CA

smart questions to ask before you book What’s the driving distance from your ceremony space?

If you’re not providing transportation for your guests, you’ll need to know how long it’ll take them to get from the ceremony to the reception. Ask what the traffic is like around the time of your wedding to ensure your guests won’t get stuck bumper to bumper on a road for an hour.

Is the venue near hotels?

This could impact your decision to book if guests have to drive a long way to get from their hotel to the venue and back, especially if transportation isn’t provided. Usually, anything over 30 minutes is a big ask.

If you like a vineyard, try a ranch If you love the foodie vibe a vineyard lends (plus all that wine), think about looking into ranches. You’ll score a stunning private property with added perks like activities for your guests (think: kayaking or lasso lessons) and even live animals. The best part? Some ranch venues are fully functioning and can accommodate overnight guests, so you and your whole crew can call it home base for the weekend and make the most of your time together. MAKE IT YOURS Play up the surrounding scenery with accents that tie together the whole vibe of the joint, like terra-cotta pots overflowing with just-picked wild flowers and leather charger plates. For eats, this is the perfect time to go for high-end BBQ, so see if you can find a caterer who will grill up guest favorites right in front of you. Finish the night with dancing and toasting around a big bonfire. S’mores are optional but of course encouraged. SOME OF OUR FAVES The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, MT // Hofmann Ranch in Castroville, TX // Bayshore Ranch in North Fort Myers, FL // Rancho Dos Pueblos in Goleta, CA // Dunton Hot Springs in Dolores, CO // Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, AZ // Ironstone Ranch in Elizabethtown, PA >>

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This directly impacts your guest list and, therefore, your budget. If you love the space but it only fits 75, and your guest list is looking more like 200, you have to decide if the venue or your guest count is more important.

What kind of services do you offer?

You’ll want to know whether the venue has any all-inclusive packages for the site and food, if any rentals or pros are included (some venues may even ask that you hire specific companies), and whether there’s an on-site coordinator. Don’t assume that anything is included.

What restrictions do you have?

There are a few kinds of limits to be aware of. Ask if there are any alcohol restrictions or permits. Some venues may not have a liquor license, and some may not let you stock the bar yourselves. Same goes for vendors—your venue may only allow you to book pros from a certain list, while others will let you bring in whoever you want. Ask whether there are any décor restrictions, like confetti or open flames. Also check to see if there’s a noise ordinance after a certain time— many venues won’t allow you to play loud music past 10:30 p.m. or so, which won’t work if you want the option to dance until midnight.

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If you like a loft, try a distillery If your style is more industrial than glam, a loft wedding is probably at the top of your list. For a similar feel with added personality, seek out a whiskey or spirit distillery in your local area. You’ll get a lot of the same lust-worthy industrial features (like exposed piping, brick walls and metal windows), plus the added bonus of a space that isn’t totally a blank slate. Translation: You probably won’t have to worry about bringing in essential things like tables and chairs and can instead focus on the fun stuff, like what killer set of flatware goes best with the distillery’s copper equipment. MAKE IT YOURS An oversize venue is the place to go big with high-impact design accents, so opt for a massive Lucite escort card display or statement-making suspended arrangement of graphic branches. Pair the raw feel of the space with hits of metallic gold, copper and inky black for a color palette as chic as it is sophisticated. At the end of the night, send guests packing with bottles of whatever spirit is the house specialty, customized with a signature wax seal featuring your wedding crest or monogram. SOME OF OUR FAVES Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, MI // Westland Distillery in Seattle // McClintock Distilling in Frederick, MD // O.Z. Tyler Distillery in Owensboro, KY // Union Horse Distilling Co. in Lenexa, KS

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Couples looking for a classic or glam environment to host their wedding should look no further than an old manor or stately home. The authentic space will pack in all of the opulence of a traditional ballroom setting, while still feeling unique and special to your event. Plus, a private home or manor means you’ll likely be the only duo saying “I do” on the property, so you won’t have to worry about running into other weddings that weekend. MAKE IT YOURS Reinforce the refined dinner party atmosphere by sprinkling your reception tables throughout the main floor of the home so each guest gets their own unique dinner surroundings. Old homes mean lots of vintage fabrics or wallpapers, so keep your other décor accents neutral and opt for streamlined tabletop textiles, flowers and paper goods. Work in lots of candlelight (real or fake) to set a romantic mood and hire a string quartet or jazz trio to fill the home with live music that sets a celebratory mood. SOME OF OUR FAVES Rixey Manor in Rixeyville, VA // Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, NY // Decatur House in Washington, DC // The Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast in Covington, GA // Benachi House & Gardens in New Orleans // The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport, RI // The Manor House in Littleton, CO

The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Newport, RI

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your style, defined Nail down your wedding day vision with these fun, creative and easy tips for a totally-you celebration guests will remember for, like, ever. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APHY BY NICHOLS PHOTOGR APHERS

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Figuring out your signature style for your wedding day is no easy feat. With so much pretty to choose from, landing on just a few favorites is a tough task, but we’ve got your back. Nailing down your look and feel, deciding on the right venue, picking out florals—we’ll help you through the brainstorming so you can get started on the really fun stuff (um, hello, cake tasting!).

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First, take our style quiz We promise—this is a fun pop quiz. Open up The Knot Wedding Planner app, or head to TheKnot.com, and spend a few minutes with your partner going through our style quiz. You’ll answer questions pertaining to wedding day specifics (like whether you’ll be hosting your ceremony in a religious setting) and get to choose from photos to help you decide on everything from the look of your flowers to the design of your tabletops. The result? A seriously valuable vision board that includes everything from helpful descriptors (like luxe garden party) to the perfect color palette, vendor suggestions and must-have celebration essentials you may not have even thought of. And here’s the best part—your board will live in your app and online all throughout your ON planning process, so you can refer back to it, tweak it or pass it THE APP along to vendors whenever you need. How easy is that? >>

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Cast a wide (inspiration) net

Tackle some of the logistics

Now that you have the helpful visuals and words to describe your ideal wedding day look, it’s time to do a deep inspo dive. This is the “dreaming” phase of your planning, so don’t worry too much about the cost of an idea or whether it’s a good fit for a certain venue— your vendors can help you figure all that out. Right now just focus on getting a better idea of what you do (and don’t) want. Instagram and real weddings (like those on TheKnot.com) are crazy-valuable sources of inspiration, but don’t stop there. Practically anything can inform your wedding day vibe, so be on the lookout for unusual sources of inspiration. Love a pattern you see on a dress while shopping at Anthropologie? Snap a pic of it. Touched by the sweet china pattern on your mom’s plates at Thanksgiving? Model your invitation suite after it. The more unique places you can pull inspiration from, the more true to your DNA your wedding will feel.

Nailing down certain specifics for your day can make imagining it (and executing it) much easier. Once you think you’ve compiled a good amount of inspiration, start to narrow in on a few of the most important factors for your day, such as which season you prefer to get married in, a general radius or location, and the size and formality of celebration that feels right to you. A lot of times, your season or your setting can dictate your vision, so you want to firm this up ASAP. Have your heart set on a beachfront wedding? You’ll likely want to say “I do” during warmer months, and a sandy spot may mean a more casual feel overall. Likewise, the desire for a moody, glamorous affair may point you in the direction of a fall ballroom wedding. Once you have certain guidelines sketched out pertaining to your whole vision, it will be much easier to find vendors, details and products to help you execute it flawlessly. >>

fun ways to personalize your day Make your wedding truly feel like your wedding with these touches.

The invitations

Think beyond just coordinating your paper with your color palette. Instead, include unique details as well, like finishing the envelope off with vintage stamps from the states where you both grew up, shutting it with a custom wax seal depicting your initials or incorporating a favorite piece of poetry onto the back of your details card for guests to frame.

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Your vows

The promises you and your partner make to each other during your ceremony are the whole reason this party is going down, so put your heart into it. If you’re too nervous or shy to do anything super personal, think about including a special sentiment in your wedding programs instead, like additional vows, a favorite poem, quote or inside joke.

The menu

Serve solely local cuisine, or a certain specialty dish you both love (like French pastries, if you got engaged in Paris). Midnight snacks are also becoming increasingly popular, so keep the dance floor packed by having waiters pass around your grandmother’s famous chocolate chip cookies or paper cones filled with “Nuts for Each Other” peanuts.

Your transportation

Leave your ceremony or reception in a vehicle that’s totally #couplegoals. Take a ride in a vintage cab to nod to your love of New York City, scooter away on a super-sleek mint-green Vespa if you’re honeymooning in Italy, or say your final farewells to your coastal reception venue aboard a luxe sailboat. It will be a farewell to remember.

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disguise these venue eyesores Not 100 percent in love with every corner of your reception space? No sweat—we’ve got a fix. THE PROBLEM

Terrible flooring THE FIX: Keep in mind, your dining tables will likely

cover much of the floor. But, if it still makes you cringe, price out the cost of outfitting the whole space in the same material as your dance floor, like hardwood or a chic checkered tile. Or, roll out several neutral carpets to create a blank-slate background fit for any décor. THE PROBLEM

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Figure out your priorities The key to making the most of your vision—and your budget? Sticking firm to your list of priorities. Before you and your partner spend one dollar or hire one vendor, sit down and prioritize each aspect of your wedding in terms of its importance to you both. Are you big foodies who couldn’t care less about wow-worthy floral displays? You do you, and allocate some of your floral budget toward a delicious catering team instead. Are over-the-top personalization moments your jam? Then splurge on that custom vinyl dance floor and save on something lower on your “must-have” list instead. You’ll find your dreams of a luxe venue, Michelin-starworthy meal or high-flying performing artists are more in reach than you think once you know what you’re willing to scale back on.

Tap your A-team One of your biggest assets when it comes to nailing down and pulling off your wedding day style is—you guessed it—your kickass vendors. Whether you’re working with a full-blown creative team (think: a planner, florist, photographer, stationery designer, glam squad—the works), or just a few essential members, trust your pros to help fine tune your style. Think of them as your inside look into the wedding industry—they know what’s trending and how to execute your biggest ideas in a way that feels fresh and doesn’t break the bank. Plus, real talk: If you’re going to a pro and just asking them to replicate a look you saw on Pinterest or their Insta feed, you’re not going to get their most creative work or an end result that’s unique to you. You’re hiring your team for a reason, so share your likes and dislikes, then leave them to rock it out and do their thing. Trust us, they’ll rise to the challenge.

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Gaudy chairs THE FIX: If you can’t justify spending to rent new

chairs, try making the current style work for your needs with a few hacks. Pick out a pretty fabric to have sewn into cushions, or task your florist with creating swags of greenery for the chairbacks. THE PROBLEM

Too-bold wallpaper THE FIX: Create another world within the room by

covering the walls in drapery. Select a fabric that fits well with your wedding palette, or choose white for a clean, neutral look. Then, have the venue hang it from the walls (and even the ceiling) for a cozy feel. THE PROBLEM

An oversize space THE FIX: Up the intimacy by using rectangle tables for

dining—they’ll take up more space than circle tables, which will go a long way in making the room feel more utilized. Past that, consider setting up different lounge areas to put the extra square footage to work. THE PROBLEM

Jarring columns THE FIX: Conceal any posts with a clever greenery

addition. Ask your florist to bring a few small-scale trees or amazing branch arrangements to help disguise and distract guests from seeing what’s beneath.

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picture perfect Put these direct-from-the-pros tips to work during your engagement session and wedding day to get pictures you’ll love forever. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGRAPH BY THE POFFS

Your wedding day photos will ensure the memories of your “I dos” last a lifetime, so it’s important to hire the right pro and know how to get the most out of your time with them. We’ve tapped four industry experts to give you the lowdown on everything you should keep in mind for frame-worthy wedding shots. >>

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Don’t skip the engagement session Think of an engagement session as a second date with your photographer (the first date should be a get-to-know-you phone call or in-person meeting). This is your chance to get comfortable in front of the lens (it’s a bit different than snapping selfies, trust us) and get to know your pro and how they work. “Awkward always shows, so use this session to get out the nerves and figure out your best angles—we all have them,” says Elizabeth Fogarty, a fine art wedding photographer based in Washington, DC. Keep it casual by choosing one or two special-to-you locations, and ask your photographer to shoot you somewhere quiet if you’re especially camera shy. Otherwise, trust that they’ll warm you up and get you feeling like a natural. “Posing is very much a photographer’s job,” explains Jen Huang, a fine art photographer based in New York City. “There’s no need to practice before your session because you’ll want to be as authentic as possible. I try and direct couples so their natural moments can emerge.” >>

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Digital photography

Digital is the most typical way of shooting. The biggest advantage? Time—depending on how your photographer works, you could see snaps just days postwedding. Digital cameras can shoot in very low light, and thanks to a display screen, your photographer can preview shots and adjust accordingly. That means lots of images to choose from when putting together your album.

Film photography

Images shot on film will have a soft, organic quality to them, which may fit your vibe. But shooting with film is more work and, therefore, more money. In addition to the price of film, your photographer will also factor processing and development fees into your final cost.

Classic style

Like the ones in your grandparents or parents’ wedding album, classic images are those that stand the test of time—striking, gorgeous and a bit formal. These photos reflect reality, but they’re often infused with your photographer’s signature style or aesthetic.

Lifestyle

Think of lifestyle photography as the casual sister of classic photography. It’s candid, but with a dose of styling and direction. A good photographer will look for moments but also set the scene for a relaxed, approachable result.

Artistic style

Not all portraits have to be a couple in full frame looking at the camera. Think: unique angles, cool framing and contrast-y lighting and coloring.

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To start, hire a photographer who has the same vision for your day as you and your partner do. Whether you love a soft, romantic look, covet crazy candid dance floor shots or know you’ll want formal family portraits, partnering with a pro who specializes in exactly what you’re looking for will ensure you’re already off to a good start. “Intentionally seek out a photographer whose portfolio is filled with the types of moments you want to see reflected in your own wedding photographs,” explains Kate Ignatowski, a fine art photographer based in Richmond, Virginia. Ask to see full wedding galleries (not just what they’ve posted online) so you can scope out how they’ll capture your entire day, and schedule a phone call to ask more about how they operate and whether they’ll do things like pose you and curate moments, or just act as a fly on the wall.

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Dress like you’re out on a date Choosing a look for your engagement photos can be almost as hard as picking your wedding day outfit, so focus on a coordinating palette of solids for you and your partner that you both feel natural in. “I always tell my couples to wear something they’d pick out for a date night,” Huang says. “Everyone has a different look and style—just be sure your outfits ‘match’ in the sense that if one of you is wearing something casual, the other isn’t in formalwear.” Worried you won’t know what to do when your photographer starts snapping? Set up a little wine and cheese picnic, go grab drinks at an outdoor bar or wander the streets of your city with ice cream cones in hand. Giving yourselves an activity will automatically make you more natural.

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Your pro has likely been in the wedding industry for a while, so use them like your own personal vetting tool when it comes to whom else to hire for your dream team. More than any other vendor, your photographer will encounter every person involved in your day (from your planner to your florist and the DJ), so it’s in both your best interests that they feel confident with your choices. After bringing your photographer on board officially, provide them with a list of who else you’re considering to get their take before signing on the dotted line. While their opinion doesn’t have to be the be-all, end-all of whom you choose, it’s a good place to start.

Create a solid timeline for the day of “Allowing enough time for each part of the wedding day is essential if you want amazing images,” Fogarty says. To ensure your photographer doesn’t miss out on a moment of the action, pass them along a detailed outline of your day from start to finish. (Not sure where to start? Download The Knot Wedding Planner app, and we’ll do the work for you.) Keep in mind, if you want pictures of everything from morning mimosas to the night’s last call, you may need to work overtime hours into your contract, which can increase your costs a bit. Another thing to consider? Whether or not you want to do a first look together. “I always encourage my couples to do one,” Fogarty says. “It allows them to have a bit of alone time together while taking it all in—the wedding day flies by so quickly, and this is a great way to slow it down. Besides getting more portraits in, it also means you can actually go to your cocktail hour and enjoy your guests.” Lastly, ask your photographer to shoot all those amazing details you spent months dreaming up, like your escort cards or your invitation suite (be sure to get and bring an extra copy). “Also allow your photographer time to capture a few reception details before the room is flooded with guests,” Ignatowski says. >>

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your picture-perfect kit Have these must-haves on hand the day of your wedding to set a pretty scene.

Ring box

Extra blooms

Ribbon

Sentimental extras

A beautiful ring box is a must for those up-close shots of your sparkler. Choose a color or style that goes with the overall vibe of your wedding, like a rich burgundy velvet for a vineyard celebration.

Provide your photographer with a few extra spools or strands of the ribbon used in your bouquet or throughout your décor. It will make a great addition to your invitation suite photos.

Invitation suite

Speaking of your stationery—bring it! You’ll want your photographer to get a shot of everything laid out nicely, so make sure you order an extra complete set for exactly that purpose.

Have your florist bring a few bonus stems when they drop off your bouquet and centerpieces for your photographer to work into styled photographs of your stationery or accessories.

Consider packing a few bonus items that are particularly reminiscent of you as a couple. Whether you wrote letters to each other your first year of dating, picked up a beloved brass figurine on a trip together or even want to include shells you’ve collected over the years, it’s a great way to add sentimental value to a shot.

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Plan for the light When plotting out your day-of timeline, it’s important to factor in the golden hour—that covetable time of day photographers love to shoot during to capture incredibly romantic, glowy shots. “Shooting in the best light possible makes all the difference, both for your engagement shots and your wedding day portraits,” Ignatowski says. “Start shooting about an hour and a half before sunset for an engagement session, and begin couple’s portraits about an hour before sunset on your wedding day, depending on how much time you need to allot.” Your location, venue and day-of timeline can all impact how much time you’ll have during golden hour (if any), so loop in your photographer ahead of your wedding to plan out the most logical solution for your day.

From the moment you bring a photographer on board, encourage an open dialogue with them regarding everything from where you hope to shoot your couple’s portraits to how much communication you want to have with them in the months leading up to your wedding. Remember, you’re going to be spending the most time with your photographer on your wedding day (even more than your partner, honestly), so it’s important that you hit it off with them. The more up front you are about your needs, the more you and your photographer can make sure you’re working together in a way that will surpass your expectations for the day. “I try to encourage my clients to tell me everything they need me to capture as soon as it pops into their head,” Huang says. “Figure out your priority shots—things that you really want captured versus things that are maybe a little less important. This way, if there’s a time crunch, I’ll know which types of images to focus on.”

But don’t try and control everything Listen, you’ve done all the right stuff, so once your wedding day rolls around, let it go. Relinquish control to your photographer and vendor team, and trust that you’re in good hands. Trying to get too prescriptive with your photographer’s work will mean they may miss out on more special, genuine moments, so just let them do their thing. “Trying to re-create that Pinterest-perfect image you love means we may be missing out on authentic moments, like your mom holding your veil or your bridesmaids tearing up,” Fogarty says. “Trust your photographer and their eye—if you let your story unfold naturally, your photographer will capture it beautifully.”

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local love: nadya furnari photography The New Jersey photographer shares what inspires her, plus advice for couples. ABOUT THE EXPERT

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Nadya is a photographer, wife and mother based in New Jersey. She strives to be like a deep breath for her couples throughout their wedding day—relaxing, refreshing and calming.

Always ask to see full weddings from a potential photographer. It will give you a better idea of how they capture each part of the day, and low light situations, like the ceremony or dance floor.

Your photographer will be with you all day, so you want to hire someone you feel comfortable being yourself around. Feeling natural is the best way to ensure you capture those candid moments.

Try not to get too overwhelmed with all the photographers out there. There are a lot of options, but try and pick five that you really love and take time to speak with them before making a choice.

For me, the best part of the wedding is prep. I love the calm before the storm, when you’re putting on final touches and it’s getting real. There’s so much emotion that makes for beautiful images.

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GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In New Jersey, the legal age for marriage is 18. Those ages 16 or 17 must have parental consent, or parents may have to be present when the couple applies. Couples over the age of 18 must apply for the license together with an adult witness who knows both parties. Applications must be made at the municipal office of the New Jersey township where the bride lives. If neither the bride nor the groom is a resident, applications must be made where the marriage will take place. There is a 72-hour waiting period, and licenses are valid for 30 days in New Jersey only. The fee is $28; payment methods vary. Proof of age and residency is required; blood tests are not. If previously married, a divorce decree or death certificate is sometimes required. To find your municipal office, contact any office below (all are open Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted). Call ahead for details. WHERE TO APPLY Belvidere

Town Hall–Municipality 691 Water St. Belvidere, NJ 07823 (908) 475-5331 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Elizabeth

Freehold

Elmwood Park

Hamilton

Bridgeton

Vital Statistics 50 Winfield Scott Plz., Rm. G12 Elizabeth, NJ 07201 (908) 820-4082 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Camden

Health Department 182 Market St. Elmwood Park, NJ 07407 (201) 796-1457 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Office of the Registrar 181 E. Commerce St., Rm. 102 Bridgeton, NJ 08302 (856) 455-3230 x213 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m. Vital Statistics 520 Market St., Rm. 103 Camden, NJ 08101 (856) 757-7085 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Dover Township

Office of the Registrar 33 Washington St., Fl. 1 Toms River, NJ 08753 (732) 341-1000 8:30 a.m.–12, 1–3:45 p.m.

Flemington

Borough Clerk 38 Park Ave. Flemington, NJ 08822 (908) 782-8840 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Registrar’s Office 1 Municipal Plz. Freehold, NJ 07728 (732) 294-2010 7:30 a.m.–12, 2:30–4 p.m., M–Th.; 7:30 a.m.–12, F Vital Statistics 2100 Greenwood Ave. Hamilton, NJ 08650 (609) 890-3826 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Jersey City

City Clerk 280 Grove St. Jersey City, NJ 07302 (201) 547-5150 8:30 a.m.–12

Morristown

Vital Statistics 200 South St. Morristown, NJ 07960 (973) 292-6638 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Mount Holly

Registrar of Vital Statistics 23 Washington St., Fl. 3 Mount Holly, NJ 08060 (609) 845-1114 9 a.m.–3 p.m., M–W, F

Newark

City Clerk 920 Broad St. Newark, NJ 07102 (973) 733-3825 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

New Brunswick

Health Department 78 Bayard St. New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (732) 745-5015 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Newton

Trenton

Paterson

Woodbury

Municipal Clerk 39 Trinity St. Newton, NJ 07860 (973) 383-3523 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Division of Health 176 Broadway Paterson, NJ 07505 (973) 321-1277 8:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

Salem

City Clerk 17 New Market St. Salem, NJ 08079 (856) 935-0373 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Somerville

Administration Dept. 25 West End Ave. Somerville, NJ 08876 (908) 725-2300 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (by appointment only)

Office of Vital Statistics 319 E. State St. Trenton, NJ 08608 (609) 989-3236 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Vital Statistics 33 Delaware St. Woodbury, NJ 08096 (856) 845-1300 9 a.m.–3 p.m, T only (by appointment only)

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GUIDELINES FOR ANNOUNCING YOUR WEDDING IN THE LOCAL PAPERS Photographs may be submitted to accompany the announcement; however, instant photos or color copies are not acceptable. In some instances, photographs may be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope is included with the announcement. Call to get all of the details before submitting. GUIDELINES/ RESTRICTIONS

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Must submit info within one year of the wedding date. It will be published on a space-available basis.

Form: Yes; available online.

Packages start at $100.

(732) 565-7292 Attn: Weddings 92 E. Main St., Ste. 202 Somerville, NJ 08876

Must submit info as soon as possible after the wedding.

Form: Yes

Basic fee is $60.

Daily Record

(973) 428-6601 Attn: Weddings 800 Jefferson Rd. Parsippany, NJ 07054

Submit info at noon on the Wednesday prior to Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Cost is $1.25 per line.

The Star-Ledger

(973) 392-5880 Attn: Classified Dept.– Celebrations 1 Star-Ledger Plz. Newark, NJ 07102

There are no time constraints. It will be published on a space-available basis.

Form: Yes; available online.

Call for pricing.

The New Jersey Herald

(973) 383-1500 2 Spring St. Newton, NJ 07860

Announcements should be submitted within 60 days of the wedding date.

Form: Yes; available online.

There is no charge for this service.

The Record

(973) 569-7487 Attn: Celebrations 1 Garret Mountain Plz. Woodland Park, NJ 07424

Submit info Thursday at noon prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: No

Fees vary. Call for details.

Southern Ocean County

(609) 597-3211 Attn: Weddings & Engagements 345 E. Bay Ave. Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Announcements should be submitted within three months of the wedding date.

Form: Yes; email to lreddington@njpressmedia.com.

There is no charge for this service.

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1100 South Ave. at Lois Lane, Staten Island, NY (718) 477-2400 EXT. 2 | info@nicotraonline.com EventAbove.com Above, a sophisticated rooftop wedding venue, showcases panoramic NYC skyline views from its metropolitan ballroom’s 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and open-air terrace with heated cabanas and fire pits. The 10-story hotel tower has modern bridal suites with a stylist bar and weekend wedding packages. capacity 300 | price $$$

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1750 Clements Bridge Rd., Deptford, NJ (856) 845-8200 AdelphiaWeddings.com It’s all aboaut the details. Once your plans begin, our experienced banquet staff will assist you in making all the right decisions. We offer such amenities as customized linen selections and cake style. Because of our in-house capabilities you won’t require any off-site suppliers. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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(410) 280-0445 | WeddingsInAnnapolis.com Dreaming of a Chesapeake Bay destination wedding? Experience a charming, historic city or a lush countryside for a waterfront wedding, or fulfill your dream of a being married on a boat on the Bay. Call our team to “Create Your Moment” for a truly memorable wedding experience by the Bay.

the architects golf club

700 Stryker Road, Lopatcong, NJ (908) 213-3080 | TheArchitectsClub.com We attend to every detail to ensure you enjoy your day as much as your guests. Expect the finest of service at every turn, as yours is the only wedding for the day. The cuisine is nothing short of exceptional and the setting, both indoor and outdoor, is breathtaking. capacity 200 | price $$$

ashford estate

637 Province Line Rd., Allentown, NJ (609) 494-9100 weddings@weddingsofdistinctionnj.com TheAshfordEstate.com Surrounded by hundreds of acres of farmland, The Ashford Estate exudes the atmosphere of a European destination wedding. Stunning views of sparkling fountains, a floating gazebo and endless gardens are harmoniously paired with outstanding food and service to compliment the luxurious accommodations. capacity 275 | price $$$

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atlantic city country club

One Leo Fraser Drive, Northfield, NJ (609) 236-4400 | events@accountryclub.com ACCountryClub.com Located less than an hour from Philadelphia and just minutes from Atlantic City, the Atlantic City Country Club is the perfect venue to make the happiest day of your life nothing short of perfect. We’re here to make your big day as special and memorable as you’ve always dreamt it would be. capacity 250 | price $$

atlantis ballroom at the days hotel by wyndham

290 Route 37 East, Toms River, NJ (732) 731-8000 | info@atlantisballroom.com AtlantisBallroom.com Atlantis Ballroom is honored to receive The Knot Hall of Fame award. The Atlantis and Coral Ballrooms of the renovated Days Hotel Toms River feature large dance floors, a modern veranda for cocktail hour and three over-the-top packages to choose from—with dozens of personalization options for any budget. capacity 225 | price $

auletto caterers

1849 Cooper Street, Almonesson, NJ (856) 227-3800 | info@auletto.com Auletto.com Located on Almonesson Lake, Auletto Caterers has a natural setting for garden ceremonies and wedding portraits. Newly renovated banquet rooms seat 65-450 guests with large dance floors. Family-owned and operated since 1945, we take pride in the quality standards we uphold. capacity 450 | price $$$

avenue

23 Ocean Ave., Long Branch, NJ (732) 759-6700 LeClubAvenue.com With panoramic ocean views and sophisticated ambience, Avenue is the perfect setting for your dream wedding. Ceremonies can be held on the roof deck or the beach. Our exceptional value, service and awardwinning cuisine let you truly enjoy your day. Connect with us on Instagram: @avenueleclubevents. capacity 300 | price $$

the bally spring inn

90 Airport Road, Barto, PA (610) 505-6997 BallySpringInn.com/weddings Enjoy our completely restored 1800s barn to celebrate with your friends and family. The Bally Spring Inn offers superb food and service in addition to a beautiful property of 26 acres for limitless picture opportunities. Hosting your wedding here will leave you feeling like you’re a member of the family. capacity 200 | price $$$

basking ridge country club catering 185 Madisonville Road, Basking Ridge, NJ (908) 953-8092 BaskingRidgeCatering.com The Basking Ridge Country Club is the perfect place to create everlasting moments and cherished memories.

Our sophisticated atmosphere and sweeping views make a breathtaking setting for any ceremony or wedding reception. Our elegant ballroom is newly renovated and under Delicious Heights management. capacity 225 | price $$

bello giorno estate

Belvidere, NJ (908) 475-0084 | (908) 310-0797 BelloGiornoEstate.com Bello Giorno Estate is a boutique venue specializing in intimate riverside weddings. Our estate is surrounded by natural beauty. We cater to only one wedding a day. Enjoy our beautiful gardens and superior food. Glutenfree, vegetarian and vegan menus are available. capacity 125 | price $$$

berkeley oceanfront hotel

1401 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ (732) 776-6700 BerkeleyHotelNJ.com As historic Asbury Park’s premier hotel, The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel enjoys a prime location along the New Jersey shoreline just steps from the famed boardwalk. Classically elegant ballrooms are the backdrop to your most vivid imagination when creating the event of your dreams. capacity 400 | price $$$

biagio’s & the terrace

299 Paramus Rd., Paramus, NJ (201) 652-0201 Biagios.com From the most intimate dinner to the most lavish wedding, we will tailor a party just for you. From weddings to rehearsal dinners, anniversary parties to showers, we do it all. We do it right, one wedding at a time. capacity 500+ | price $$

bonnet island estate

2400 E. Bay Ave., Bonnet Island, NJ (609) 494-9100 weddings@weddingsofdistinctionnj.com BonnetIslandEstate.com Our elegantly appointed reception rooms, majestic banquet hall and private guest suites emulate sophistication and luxury. Enjoy waterfront surroundings complete with a quaint boathouse chapel—an intimate setting to exchange vows with the one you love. capacity 250 | price $$$

the bradford estate

1910 Marne Highway, Hainesport, NJ (609) 261-8778 | bradfordestate@clarkslanding.com TheBradfordEstate.com The stunning estate debuts this season with gorgeous new bridal and groom suites, and the elegantly appointed Estate Room, featuring a display kitchen and wrap-around covered patio. The Grand Ballroom offers breathtaking views of our manicured grounds, picturesque ceremony space and Rancocas Creek. capacity 200+ | price $$

breakers on the ocean

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No two love stories are the same, which is why weddings at The Carriage House celebrate each couple’s unique story. Whether you desire an intimate ceremony for 75 guests or a reception for 300 in our majestic ballroom, our experienced and passionate team of professionals will personally attend to every detail. 019 PICK 2

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the breakwaters at the dunes

8600 Landis Avenue, Sea Isle City, NJ (609) 263-3627 BreakwatersSeaIsle.com Host your cocktail hour on the patio, and dance the night away in our Breakwaters Ballroom. Sip signature cocktails, taste fresh, local-inspired cuisine and, when the night ends, head upstairs to our luxurious rental accommodations in The Dunes. Our versatile venue is sure to make your wedding memorable. capacity 165 | price $$

brigalias

396 Williamstown Road, Winslow, NJ (856) 629-4545 Brigalias.com Brigalias is a full-service, family-run catering facility with over 40 years of experience. The elegant, romantic atmosphere combined with magnificent grounds makes Brigalias a perfect choice for your special day. Your wedding is once in a lifetime; our passion and dedication will make it memorable. capacity 300+ | price $$$

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brooklake country club

139 Brooklake Road, Florham Park, NJ (973) 377-2235 BrooklakeCC.com/catering You’ll find everything you ever dreamed of for your wedding at Brooklake. We offer breathtaking views, a dazzling ballroom that accommodates 350 guests, cherry wood dance floor, outdoor patio and gazebo plus the extraordinary cuisine and services you’d expect from one of the area’s finest Country Clubs. capacity 350 | price $$$

camden county boathouse

7050 North Park Drive, Pennsauken, NJ (856) 661-3184 | kristen.cass@camdencounty.com The Camden County Boathouse is a one-of-kind venue with features and possibilities you find only here. Make a dramatic entrance and pose on the veranda overlooking the Cooper River while enjoying a fabulous time and having an unforgettable experience. Call today to come see the updated second floor!

camelback lodge

193 Resort Drive, Tannersville, PA (570) 629-1665 | groups@camelbackresort.com CamelbackResort.com Begin your love story with the mountain wedding of your dreams. Whether your wedding celebration includes a mountaintop ceremony, a formal dinner and dancing in our Camelback Grand Ballroom, or a casually elegant afternoon brunch, Camelback offers the perfect setting for this once-in-a-lifetime event. capacity 400+ | price $$$

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the carriage house

25 South Pitney Road, Galloway, NJ (609) 748-2400 EXT. 101 or 111 The-CarriageHouse.com No two love stories are the same, which is why weddings at The Carriage House celebrate each couple’s unique story. Our venue offers indoor and outdoor venues and menus to delight the most discerning palates. Our experienced and passionate team of professionals will attend to every detail. capacity 400+ | price $$

casa bianca

5266 Berkshire Valley Road, Oak Ridge, NJ (973) 697-9704 CasaBiancaBanquets.com Casa Bianca brings wedding dreams to life, whether your desire is a gala reception, a romantic dinner banquet or an intimate cocktail party with your closest friends and family. At Casa Bianca, ensuring that your wedding surpasses your every expectation is our passion. capacity 250 | price $$

chart house restaurant

Lincoln Harbor, Pier D-T, Weehawken, NJ (201) 348-6401 Chart-House.com Providing a magnificent view of the Manhattan skyline and beautifully remodeled private event spaces, Chart House offers the ideal ambiance for your special day. Let us indulge you and your guests with the famous cuisine and impeccable service that only Chart House offers. capacity 400 | price $$$

chauncey hotel, laurie house & garden pavilion

One Chauncey Road, Princeton, NJ (609) 279-6469 Chauncey.com With 370 wooded acres and a picturesque lake, Chauncey is a charming locale for events in every season. Welcome your guests to a scenic country setting just minutes from historic Princeton, NJ. capacity 200 | price $$

clarks landing yacht club

847 Arnold Avenue, Point Pleasant, NJ (732) 899-5559 | boatinfonj@clarkslanding.com ClarksLandingCaterers.com Stunning sunsets, panoramic views of the Manasquan River and majestic yachts all serve to make Clarks Landing Yacht Club one of the most magnificent venues in New Jersey. Add five-star cuisine, luxurious surroundings and Ritz-Carlton service and make it the very best choice for your wedding at the Jersey shore! capacity 250 | price $$$

clarks landing yacht club, delran

(856) 461-2700 | yachtclub@clarkslanding.com TheYachtClubCaterers.com Breathtaking sunsets, beautifully manicured gardens and a picturesque waterfront view come to life at Clarks Landing Yacht Club. You can have it all: surroundings, cuisine and expert service. Call for your private visit. capacity 200 | price $$

collingswood ballroom and theater

315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ (856) 858-1000 | CollingswoodBallroom.com Classic elegance showcasing a wrap-around Mezzanine level overlooking the opulent ballroom. Grand staircase offers ease of movement between both levels and a dramatic introduction. Ceremonies can be held in three unique locations. Exquisite cuisine featured by Starr Events and other first class caterers in the tri-state area. capacity 400 | price $$

congress hall

200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ (609) 884-6553 | Weddings.CapeResorts.com Congress Hall, a seaside hotel overlooking the Atlantic, offers over 100 guestrooms, retail shops, a day spa, a restaurant, lounge and nightclub, and a grand ballroom that can accommodate up to 250 guests. Ask about our Winter Wedding Special. capacity 250 | price $$$

corinthian yacht club of cape may

1819 Delaware Avenue, Cape May, NJ (609) 884-8000 CapeMayBeachWedding.com Our traditional clubhouse, gorgeous sunset views and exceptional cuisine lend a memorable, distinctive touch to any gathering. Relax around our beautiful fire pit before and after! capacity 200 | price $$$

the cranbury inn

21 South Main Street, Cranbury, NJ (609) 655-5595 | TheCranburyInn.com A unique cathedral-like addition captures the beauty and charm of the Inn’s historic American aura. capacity 250 | price $$

cross & orange

508 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, NJ (732) 361-5502 | mrizzocrg@gmail.com CrossandOrangeAP.com Located in the heart of downtown Asbury Park, Cross & Orange is offering up its open dining room and lively atmosphere to host your perfect boutique wedding celebration.

crystal ballroom at the radisson freehold

50 Gibson Place, Freehold, NJ (732) 780-3405 | info@crystalballroomnj.com CrystalBallroomNJ.com Crystal Ballroom is honored to receive The Knot Hall of Fame award. Personal service, delectable cuisine and breathtaking ballrooms come together for your day. Brand-new menus, dramatic ceiling lighting, indoor and outdoor ceremony options, and dazzling crystal chandeliers create the perfect setting. capacity 300 | price $$$

crystal plaza

305 West Northfield Road, Livingston, NJ (973) 992-8100 | info@crystalplaza.com CrystalPlaza.com Have your wedding, social or business affair at the

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david’s country inn

314 Main Street, Hackettstown, NJ (908) 850-0224 DavidsCountryInn.com At David’s Country Inn, we only cater to one wedding per day, so this historical mansion is exclusively for you and your guests. David’s has four burning fireplaces and exquisite antiques, as well as a spacious two-story ballroom—all of this with a modern touch of elegance! capacity 200 | price $$$

daymark

Barnegat Light, NJ (609) 494-2100 DaymarkLBI.com Daymark is just steps away from the Barnegat Lighthouse in Long Beach Island. Have your ceremony at one of the most visited attractions in Barnegat Light, and walk to Daymark for your reception. We feature fresh, local seafood; farms; and creative cocktails with endless views of the Barnegat Bay.

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doolan’s shore club

700 State Hwy. 71, Spring Lake, NJ (732) 449-3666 | info@doolansshoreclub.com DoolansShoreClub.com Located only minutes from the beach, Doolan’s Shore Club just completed a million dollar refurbishing project, giving the lobby, ballrooms and guest rooms a stunning new contemporary look. A skylight atrium provides the perfect backdrop for ceremonies and cocktail hours.

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20 Shore Oaks Drive, Farmingdale, NJ (732) 938-9696 | hperri@eagleoaksgolf.com EagleOaks.com/weddings The Southern Colonial clubhouse has the warmth, beauty and elegance befitting one of New Jersey’s finest clubs—and your special day. Magnificent golf views, an enchanting wedding garden, an expansive banquet room, four luxurious guest suites and exquisite service that only a private club offers.

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449 Rivervale Road, River Vale, NJ (201) 666-1200 | ctimmerman@edgewoodnj.com EdgewoodNJ.com Allow us to pamper you and deliver the utmost in personal service, where the day is yours and only yours! Our stunning, newly renovated clubhouse features indoor and outdoor space for ceremony and cocktails and a gorgeous ballroom designed with the ability to expand to accommodate up to 400 guests. capacity 400 | price $$$

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the estate at farrington lake

16 Patrick Street, East Brunswick, NJ (732) 297-1500 TheEstateNJ.com Take a tour of this gorgeous family-owned-and-operated venue set on a sprawling 22-acre lakefront property. Fabulous service and tons of amenities will have your guests raving about this hidden gem in a suburban town. We specialize in one wedding at a time. capacity 350 | price $$$

fiddler’s elbow country club

811 Rattlesnake Bridge Road, Bedminster Township, NJ (908) 439-2123 FiddlersElbowCC.com Nestled in the picturesque countryside, Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club is one of the most distinctive estate settings on the East Coast. From the moment you arrive on our beautifully landscaped drive, our enchanting 40-room English manor Clubhouse and scenic grounds create an inviting ambience. capacity 275 | price $$$

the flanders hotel

719 East 11th Street, Ocean City, NJ (609) 399-1000 EXT. 3 TheFlandersHotel.com The Flanders Hotel, located on the Ocean City Boardwalk, is one of New Jersey’s most historic and elegant wedding reception venues. The ornate sophistication of our ballrooms is reminiscent of the grandeur of the early 1900s with all of the modern amenities of today. capacity 400+ | price $$

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florentine gardens

97 Rivervale Road, River Vale, NJ (201) 666-0444 FlorentineGardens.com Spend your special day in our spectacular ballroom and manicured gardens at the Estate. We host one elegant wedding at a time providing you exclusivity to the entire facility. Our staff is dedicated to providing you with individualized service, custom cuisine, and meticulous attention to detail. capacity 350 | price $$$$

the grand hotel cape may

1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ (609) 884-5611 EXT. 519 GrandCapeMay.com The oceanfront Grand Hotel is the perfect venue for a seaside wedding reception. Our Penthouse Ballroom features views of beaches, the Atlantic Ocean and Cape May’s Victorian splendor. Our certified wedding coordinator and catering staff stand ready to ensure your wedding day dreams are realized...in Grand style. capacity 300 | price $$$

grand marquis

1550 US 9, Old Bridge, NJ (732) 679-5700 GrandMarquisCaterers.com The Grand Marquis creates weddings perfect in every detail with exquisite cuisine, impeccable service, elegant luxury and personal attention, customized

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to each bride. Let the Grand Marquis transform your dream into reality! capacity 400+ | price $$

the grand summit hotel

570 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ (908) 273-3000 GrandSummit.com The Grand Summit Hotel offers an intimate setting that combines the look and feel of timeless European elegance with the amenities that today’s brides have come to expect. Experience your wedding dream in the hands of seasoned professionals. capacity 300 | price $$$

the graycliff

122 Moonachie Avenue, Moonachie, NJ (201) 939-9233 banquetdepartment@thegraycliff.com TheGraycliff.com The Graycliff offers New York City style at New Jersey prices. Our culinary experts will handle every detail of your special occasion. From custom menus and ice carvings to our award-winning Mediterranean chef and pastry delights. Let your dream come true at The Graycliff. Pricing starts at $74.95. capacity 300 | price $

greate bay country club

901 Mays Landing Road, Somers Point, NJ (609) 927-5071 EXT. 129 GreateBay.com Whether you choose a romantic beach wedding, a dramatic garden wedding or a reception in our elegant Greate Room, the professional staff at Greate Bay Country Club will take care of every detail to give you a Greate memory that lasts a lifetime! capacity 300 | price $$

the grove

Cedar Grove, NJ (973) 239-0309 | info@thegrovenj.com TheGroveNJ.com The Grove represents a truly unique expression of grand hospitality. This spectacular event venue offers magnificent architecture, elegant décor and state-ofthe-art technology. In addition, we proudly offer the finest Glatt Kosher cuisine and full off-premise catering services. capacity 400+ | price $$$$

the grove at centerton

1022 Almond Road, Pittsgrove, NJ (856) 358-3325 GROVEatCenterton.com Nestled in the woods of Parvin State Park in Pittsgrove’s rich farm country, THE GROVE encompasses a simple yet elegant traditional design accented with rustic farmhouse style. capacity 400 | price $$

the heldrich

Downtown New Brunswick, NJ (732) 729-4670 | TheHeldrich.com Opulent décor, spacious venues and lavish amenities ensure the wedding of your dreams. Whether you’re planning for a small group or a grand celebration

for 400, you can count on our experienced team to help you create an unrivaled event and precious memories. capacity 400 | price $$

highlawn pavilion

Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange, NJ (973) 731-3100 | info@highlawn.com Highlawn.com Experience breathtaking panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline from Highlawn Pavilion’s historic Florentine-style structure, perched atop the over 400 acres of park and nature preserve that is Eagle Rock Reservation. Acclaimed cuisine, sophisticated service and an incomparable ambiance set the stage for an unmistakably unique and memorable day. capacity 200 | price $$$

hilton garden inn

800 US Hwy. 130, Hamilton, NJ (609) 585-6789 WeddingsofDistinctionNJ.com The Hilton Garden Inn Hamilton is a perfectly designed venue for an indulgent wedding weekend. From rehearsal dinner to a charming pond gazebo, lush flower gardens and an elegant ballroom, the Hilton Garden Inn is sure to please all of your guests. capacity 300 | price $$

hilton short hills

41 JFK Parkway, Short Hills, NJ (973) 912-7975 | HiltonShortHills.com Strike the perfect tone for your wedding weekend in one place. Whether you take your first dance grand ballroom style, say your vows in the whimsical tented pavilion or celebrate under the stars of the new rooftop venue, we’ll bring your vision to life. Experience the new Hilton Short Hills. capacity 350 | price $$$

the hotel alcott

107-113 Grant Street, Cape May, NJ (609) 884-5868 | (800) 272-3004 HotelAlcott.com Enjoy the view on our breeze-kissed, second-floor veranda or relax next to the fountain in our center courtyard, surrounded by the antiques and ambience of a time gone by. The hotel has been completely restored and is ready to accommodate the most intimate to the most lavish affair. capacity 200 | price $$

hotel lbi

350 West 8th Street, Ship Bottom, NJ (609) 467-8000 | HotelLBI.com Hotel LBI provides a premier wedding venue to couples searching for a charming destination in the heart of a quaint beach town. Single event weddings and overnight accommodations are available within our luxury venue. capacity 250 | price $$$

house of independents

572 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, NJ (732) 977-5284 booking@houseofindependents.com HouseofIndependents.com House of Independents brings Asbury Park’s ever-

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growing community of creative thinkers a venue that reflects their originality and versatility. Located in the heart of the downtown area, our venue offers the ideal nonconventional backdrop to make you feel like a rockstar on your wedding day. capacity 125+ | price $$

hunterdon hills playhouse

88 Route 173 West, Hampton, NJ (908) 730-8007 NJWeddingandBanquet.com An ideal setting for any size affair, the Playhouse and surrounding grounds will be exclusively yours during your celebration. The Atrium Room and Grand Room allow us to comfortably host 50 to 450 guests, while the lakeside terrace, gazebo and lush grounds provide the perfect backdrop for photographs. capacity 450 | price $$

hyatt regency morristown

3 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ (973) 647-1234 Morristown.Regency.Hyatt.com Let the wedding professionals at Hyatt Regency Morristown cater to your every need. We’ll handle every detail of your wedding. Our elegant plaza ballroom holds up to 340 guests and our junior ballroom is ideal for ceremonies. capacity 340 | price $$$

the imperia

1714 Easton Avenue, Somerset, NJ (732) 469-2522 TheImperia.com Beautiful new upscale banquet facility, combining timeless elegance with contemporary style. Featuring 3 beautiful ballrooms, picturesque stone patio with waterfall garden, marble gazebo, exceptional cuisine, exquisite service and custom-made cakes. capacity 400+ | price $$$

830 Franklin Lake Road, Franklin Lakes, NJ (201) 891-4480 IndianTrailClub.com This private country club has a welcoming, sophisticated atmosphere on a 100-acre lake. A new versatile, openair and enclosed ballroom features expansive windows, fireplaces and lake views. Our certified executive chef and his team provide the freshest, most flavorful cuisine. capacity 250 | price $$$

jumping brook

210 Jumping Brook Rd., Neptune, NJ (732) 922-8200 | JumpingBrookCC.com Imagine the classic elegance of a country club setting where you can enjoy your cocktail hour on the patio overlooking the lush surrounding grounds. The panoramic views from our exquisite ballrooms are second only to the attention to detail you find at every affair. capacity 400 | price $$

the kartrite resort & indoor waterpark

555 Resorts World Drive, Monticello, NY

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capacity 350 | price $$$

lake mohawk country club

21 The Boardwalk, Sparta, NJ (973) 729-6156 LakeMohawkCountryClubWeddings.com Lake Mohawk offers tranquil beach and boardwalk ceremonies with idyllic scenic views. Our panoramic lakeside vista makes for a unique setting for your most memorable occasion. Customizing and coordinating receptions that accurately represent the newlywed couple and their family is our specialty. capacity 225 | price $$

landmark venues

(866) 683-3586 info@landmarkhospitality.com LandmarkVenues.com Our unique event spaces—The Liberty House, Stone House at Stirling Ridge, The Ryland Inn, Hotel du Village and The Boathouse at Mercer Lake—have an upscale yet relaxed ambiance, where you and your guests will truly feel at home and be blown away by our exquisite cuisine.

lucien’s manor

81 W. White Horse Pike, Berlin, NJ (856) 768-9444 LuciensManor.com On your wedding day, you’re the center of attention. Lucien’s will tend to your every wish to assure that your day is as flawless as it has been in your dreams. We’ll work with you to plan your perfect event, so on your special day, all you’ll need to do is enjoy! capacity 400+ | price $$$

the madison

33 Lafayette Street, Riverside, NJ (856) 764-4444 | TheMadison.net The Madison offers award-winning cuisine with customizable packages. We can personalize menus for special appetites or to honor the blending of family traditions. Our experienced and professional staff will be happy to assist you throughout the planning process and your wedding day celebration. capacity 200 | price $$

the madison hotel

1 Convent Station, Morristown, NJ (973) 285-1800 | fred@themadisonhotel.com MadisonHotelWeddings.com Elegance under glass is the only way to experience your magical wedding day. The Conservatory at the Madison Hotel exceeds your highest expectations. It’s truly where personalized service, the finest and freshest cuisine, and the most elegant setting anywhere come together perfectly. capacity 150 | price $$$

the mainland

151 Route 72 West, Manahawkin, NJ (609) 494-9100 WeddingsofDistinctionNJ.com From weddings to events in our new beautifully designed garden terrace and ballroom, The Mainland is sure to impress all of your guests. capacity 300 | price $$

mallard island yacht club

1450 E. Bay Ave., Manahawkin, NJ (609) 494-9100 weddings@weddingsofdistinctionnj.com MallardIslandYachtClub.com Mallard Island Yacht Club is a waterfront private estate on the onset of Long Beach Island. Say “I do” in the Boathouse Chapel. The venue features 10 overnight suites, a Bridal Penthouse, and a Groom’s Shack. The spectacular ballroom boasts panoramic waterfront views accommodating 265. capacity 265 | price $$$

the manor

111 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, NJ (973) 325-2060 | info@themanorrestaurant.com TheManorRestaurant.com Set among beautifully landscaped grounds, formal gardens and majestic fountains, The Manor’s sprawling architecture, exquisite banquet rooms and well-appointed parlors epitomize classic elegance. Combined with its renowned four-star cuisine and unparalleled service, The Manor has established a 60year tradition of making memories that last a lifetime. capacity 250 | price $$$

the mansion at mountain lakes

90 Route 46 East, Mountain Lakes, NJ (973) 794-3900 TheMansionML.com Enjoy luxury and rustic elegance in an expansive variety of grand rooms. Our newly updated ballroom boasts a wood staircase for a grand entrance from our classically designed bridal suites. The landscaped outdoor areas showcase gardens, waterfalls and an intimate ceremony space.

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indian trail club

(844) 527-8748 | groups@thekartrite.com TheKartrite.com New York’s newest resort and indoor waterpark will bring a certain something to your day like no other destination in the region. Located in the heart of the beautiful Catskills just 95 miles from New York City and northern New Jersey, there’s no better venue for epic Instagram memories—opening early 2019.

capacity 400 | price $$$

the mansion on main street

3000 Main Street, Voorhees, NJ (856) 751-1717 | info@mainstreetmansion.com MansiononMainStreet.com Gorgeous sweeping staircases and outdoor spaces are just some of the elements creating the romantic setting that has made The Mansion on Main Street the choice of happy couples throughout South Jersey. The Mansion’s ballrooms and award-winning cuisine provide countless options to bring your vision to life. capacity 400+ | price $$

maritime parc

84 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ (201) 413-0050 MaritimeParc.com Located on the Marina in Liberty State Park, Maritime Parc offers panoramic views of downtown Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Maritime Parc features award-winning cuisine, contemporary event

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. spaces with wraparound outdoor terraces and a dramatic Guggenheim-inspired staircase. capacity 350 | price $$$

mcloone’s pier house

One Ocean Ave. at Pier Village, Long Branch, NJ (732) 443-8498 McLoones.com McLoone’s Pier House and Tim McLoone’s Supper Club offer breathtaking views, beach and indoor ceremonies, exceptional cuisine and outstanding service. At McLoone’s, we create just one wedding at a time! capacity 300 | price $$$

the meadow wood

461 State Route 10, Randolph, NJ (973) 537-5454 TheMeadowWood.com The Meadow Wood is a picturesque wedding venue known for its majestic beauty. Our recent multimilliondollar renovation has created a private outdoor oasis and transformed our gorgeous ballrooms and grand staircase. The Meadow Wood offers graceful décor and unsurpassed personal service. capacity 282 | price $$$

merion caterers

1901 US Route 130 South, Cinnaminson, NJ (856) 829-2111 TheMerion.com The Merion is the premier catering facility in South Jersey. With marbleized columns, a magnificent hallway, a grand staircase and four ballrooms there is nothing else like it. Each ballroom has its own décor, all differing from one another to satisfy the tastes of all. capacity 400+ | price $$

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the mill lakeside manor

101 Old Mill Rd., Spring Lake Heights, NJ (732) 449-1800 | themill@clarkslanding.com TheMillLakesideManor.com The Mill Lakeside Manor has joined the Clarks Landing family of wedding destinations. Our entire venue is exclusively yours—one wedding at a time. This waterfront property is surrounded by lush vegetation, water fountains and rolling landscapes that provide plenty of breathtaking photo opportunities. capacity 240+ | price $$$

moorestown ballroom

16 East Main Street, Moorestown, NJ (856) 235-0326 TheCommunityHouse.com/weddings The Moorestown Ballroom, located in beautiful Moorestown, is the ideal setting for your special day, offering an exclusive one-at-a-time private wedding location. Our newly renovated ballroom nestled within our historic walls offers the perfect combination of elegance and charm. capacity 200 | price $$

nanina’s in the park

540 Mill Street, Belleville, NJ (973) 751-1230 | julian@naninasinthepark.com NaninasinthePark.com A magnificent New Jersey landmark nestled in a historical park setting, Nanina’s presents more than

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50 years of catering tradition with a spectacular multimillion dollar renovation. Lavishly manicured grounds, including famous cherry blossom gardens and Tuscan-villa architecture, create a picture-perfect setting you must see to believe. capacity 400 | price $$$$

ocean place resort & spa

1 Ocean Blvd., Long Branch, NJ (732) 571-5751 OceanPlace.com Imagine a destination wedding experience without the airfare, only 50 minutes from New York City. Turn your wedding day into a weekend getaway at Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch, on beautiful white-sand beach among the palm trees, featuring renovated luxury guest rooms and ballrooms! capacity 300+ | price $$$

old york country club at chesterfield

228 Old York Road, Chesterfield, NJ (609) 298-3322 OldYorkCC.com Our award-winning golf course makes the perfect backdrop for your outdoor wedding or spectacular wedding photos! Make your day special at the historic Old York Country Club, nestled in the rolling hills of Burlington County. capacity 150 | price $$

the olde mill inn

225 Route 202, Basking Ridge, NJ (908) 696-2315 | (866) 242-6176 weddings@oldemillinn.com OldeMillInn.com Each moment perfect, every detail flawless. An elegant inn and historic restaurant on 10 acres provides the perfect ambience for the wedding of your dreams. Both the Olde Mill Inn and the Grain House have beautiful lawns, gardens, and gazebos for your special day. capacity 240 | price $$$

the oyster point

Red Bank, NJ MPI (732) 747-2500 OPH (732) 530-8200 MollyPitcher-OysterPoint.com Celebrate with us. Have your celebration in one of our waterfront ballrooms with picturesque views of the Navesink River. Whether you choose the chic Oyster Point Hotel or the elegant Molly Pitcher Inn, let us create the perfect setting for your ideal reception. capacity 250 | price $$$

park avenue club

184 Park Avenue, Florham Park, NJ (973) 301-8233 catering@parkavenueclub.com ParkAvenueClub.com Park Avenue Club is a modern restored dairy barn serving as a private dining club in northern New Jersey, priding itself on being the premier destination for fine dining and stylish weddings. Affordable membership is required. capacity 350 | price $$$

perona farms

Andover, NJ (973) 729-6161 PeronaFarms.com/tk Perona Farms is a landmark wedding facility offering world class food and impeccable service. These lovely facilities are situated on a beautiful 50-acre farm, complete with a rustic barn built in the 1930s. Family owned and operated since 1917. capacity 300 | price $$$

peter shields inn

1301 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ (609) 884-9090 PeterShieldsInn.com The Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant is one of Cape May’s most historic and iconic homes. From our beautiful ocean views to our award-winning chef and newly renovated guests rooms, this beachfront Georgian Revival mansion offers everything a couple could need to have the wedding of their dreams! capacity 100 | price $$$

pleasantdale château

757 Eagle Rock Ave., West Orange, NJ (973) 731-5600 info@pleasantdale.com Pleasantdale.com Unforgettable moments await at Pleasantdale Château, one of the world’s greatest estates. Situated on 40 acres, this historic estate is a rare find. Combined with exquisite cuisine and personalized service, the exclusive, private and serene setting offers a grand yet intimate environment for a magical celebration. capacity 400 | price $$$$

porta

Asbury Park, Jersey City and Philadelphia (732) 776-7661 | (201) 544-5199 | (267) 534-2135 PizzaPorta.com There is something about a long table covered with simple food and surrounded by love that makes us count the good hours. So now we’re setting our table for your family. Our options for group dining reflect our commitment to serving you with the freshest seasonal ingredients in a warm setting. capacity 200 | price $$

the primavera regency

1080 Valley Road, Stirling, NJ (908) 580-0707 ThePrimavera.com Relax amidst comfortable luxury and be pampered with attentive service, artful cuisine and an exquisite setting that will captivate and enchant your honored guests. We offer unlimited possibilities for designing a uniquely personalized and unforgettable experience that’s all your own. capacity 250 | price $$$

ram’s head inn

9 West White Horse Pike, Galloway, NJ (609) 652-1700 info@ramsheadinn.com RamsHeadInn.com If diamonds are a bride’s best friend, let our four-diamond-award-winning property provide

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outstanding service for your wedding. In fall and winter, experience the warm ambience of glowing fireplaces in the parlor, or imagine a ceremony in the lovely spring and summer gardens. capacity 250 | price $$$

ramsey golf & country club

105 Lakeside Drive, Ramsey, NJ (201) 327-0009 mtreible@ramseycountryclub.com RamseyCountryClub.com Ramsey Golf & Country Club is one of the most beautiful and unique wedding venues in all of New Jersey. The clubhouse is a replica of an English stone castle, and the grand ballroom offers spectacular views of the golf course and Mirror Lake. capacity 200 | price $$

the reeds at shelter haven

Stone Harbor, NJ (609) 368-0100 | kostrander@reedsresort.com ReedsatShelterHaven.com Your spectacular wedding begins here, where casual elegance and coastal-chic design combine in perfect harmony with the natural surroundings to create a oneof-a-kind backdrop. The Reeds offers the most exclusive seaside wedding destination at the southern New Jersey shore with unlimited possibilities. capacity 220 | price $$$

resorts casino hotel

1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ (609) 340-6826 | emcaviney@resortsac.com MeetatResortsAC.com/catering-private-events At Resorts Casino Hotel, we vow to wow you with a spectacular event that’s just a bouquet’s throw from the beach and boardwalk. Your happily-ever-after begins here. capacity 350 | price $$

26 Paris Avenue, Rockleigh, NJ (201) 768-7171 TheRockleigh.net The Rockleigh estate offers manicured gardens, softly lit fountains, French gazebos, spacious cocktail areas, lavish ballrooms and designated indoor and outdoor ceremony space. Unsurpassed personal service and custom-designed menus give the Rockleigh its reputation for excellence, warmth and hospitality. capacity 400+ | price $$$$

the royal manor

454 Midland Avenue, Garfield, NJ (973) 478-8590 TheRoyalManor.com Congratulations on your engagement! Our professional staff, fabulous cuisine and marvelous décor will bring your fairy tale to life right before your eyes. Making your life-long dream a reality is our mission. Ready to start planning your big day in style? capacity 300+ | price $$$

royce brook golf club

201 Hamilton Road, Hillsborough, NJ (908) 904-0499 EXT. 1913 RoyceBrook.com

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capacity 250 | price $$

seaview dolce resort

401 South New York Road, Galloway, NJ (609) 652-1800 | SeaviewDolceHotel.com When you’re making your biggest commitment, we offer you ours with a team of service professionals dedicated to your every need. At Seaview we guarantee your special occasion will create a lifetime of lasting memories. capacity 350 | price $$$

sheraton eatontown hotel

6 Industrial Way East, Eatontown, NJ (732) 542-6500 | events@sheratoneatontown.com SheratonEatontown.com/weddings Modern, upscale renovations have been completed in our Grand Ballroom and Regal Ballroom! Infinity chandeliers, starlit atriums, natural textures and shimmering metallics set the stage for your day. At the Sheraton Eatontown Hotel, you can expect the best, from our staff to our fully loaded packages. capacity 350 | price $$$

sterling ballroom at the doubletree tinton falls

700 Hope Road, Tinton Falls, NJ (732) 544-9305 info@sterlingballroomevents.com sterlingballroomevents.com Sterling Ballroom is honored to receive The Knot Hall of Fame award. We offer everything you need on your special day in one convenient location: three brand-new, fully loaded packages; indoor and outdoor ceremonies; customizable options to personalize; and an expert team of skilled professionals. capacity 225 | price $$

stone gables estate

(717) 902-9791 StoneGablesEstate.com Ironstone Ranch features an 1860s barn, farmhouse, orchard and trails. Discover pristine artistry in The Star Barn, the 1877 authentic grand dame of history. St. Michael’s Vineyard is a one-of-a-kind, wood-beamlined, tented venue site. Our world-class venues offer incredible options and amenities. capacity 150+ | price $$$

sunset ballroom (chefs international, inc.)

Channel Dr., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ (732) 899-6700 | TheSunsetBallroom.com The always extravagant and beautiful Sunset Ballroom is perfectly perched above the water overlooking the shores of the Manasquan River and is located a mere two blocks from the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a wonderful destination for you, your guests and your reception. capacity 200 | price $$

the tides estate

1245 Belmont Avenue, North Haledon, NJ (973) 423-2282 info@thetides.com TheTides.com The Tides Estate greets you with an elegant choice of settings and service. Our employees are eager to please you, anticipate your needs and respond personally to your questions. Catering options are inventive, beautifully presented and as far from the ordinary as your imagination will allow. capacity 350 | price $$$

tomasello winery

225 North White Horse Pike, Hammonton, NJ (800) 666-9463 TomaselloWinery.com Nestled in SJ’s Wine Country, Tomasello Winery is your dream wedding destination. We invite you to exchange your vows in our rustic chardonnay vineyards and then dance the night away in our gorgeous new ballroom! Call today to schedule your appointment to come see us! capacity 225 | price $$$

trump national golf club philadelphia

500 West Branch Avenue, Pine Hill, NJ (856) 248-2982 TrumpNationalPhiladelphia.com Trump National’s newly renovated ballroom is the perfect setting for any special occasion. Our elegantly decorated 43,000 square foot clubhouse is centered amid 365 acres of tranquility and offers panoramic views of the Philadelphia skyline. capacity 200 | price $$

valley regency

1129 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ (973) 744-4510 ValleyRegency.com For more than 25 years, the Valley Regency has provided a luxurious setting for distinctive weddings and special occasions. Whether you’re planning an intimate affair or the most extravagant of galas, you can be assured that your event at the Valley Regency will be flawless from start to finish.

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the rockleigh

This is where your special occasion becomes an extraordinary event. Royce Brook’s Highlander Pavilion, with lush carpeting, custom ceiling draperies and chandeliers, makes this garden tent with attached patio, waterfall and garden area the perfect setting for your wedding to be an extraordinary occasion.

capacity 350 | price $$

versailles ballroom at the ramada toms river

2373 Route 9, Toms River, NJ (732) 719-1206 | info@versaillesballroom.com VersaillesBallroom.com Versailles Ballroom is honored to receive The Knot Hall of Fame award. Glowing chandeliers, new menus, a veranda with fireplace for cocktail hour and a large dance floor for all your guests—the Versailles Ballroom has everything you could dream of. Our team will help you customize the perfect wedding. capacity 300 | price $$

w hoboken

225 River Street, Hoboken, NJ (201) 253-2457 whobokenweddings@whotels.com WHoboken.com/weddings

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THE ULTIMATE WEDDING DIRECTORY cont. W Hoboken is an iconic waterfront hotel showcasing the sparkling panoramas of Manhattan. Jersey’s hottest spot is a cosmopolitan oasis power-packed with scintillating nightlife, delectable dining and chic shopping. Escape to our sensual haven and indulge in the metropolitan magic of Sinatra’s town. capacity 200 | price $$$

waterside restaurant and catering 7800 B River Road, North Bergen, NJ (201) 861-7767 info@watersiderestaurantandcatering.com WatersideRestaurantandCatering.com A special view for your special day. Waterside Restaurant—bringing New York to New Jersey. capacity 250 | price $$$

westin governor morris

2 Whippany Road, Morristown, NJ (973) 539-7300 WestinGovernorMorris.com Sophisticated ballrooms, beautiful outdoor facilities, a picturesque gazebo on the premises, the exclusivity of only one wedding at a time, an award-winning chef and the four-star Westin service culture all ensure a flawless, memorable wedding day. The Westin Governor Morris: This is how it should feel. capacity 400 | price $$$

windsor ballroom at the holiday inn east windsor

399 Monmouth Street, East Windsor, NJ (609) 443-8000 EXT. 600 info@windsorballroom.com | WindsorBallroom.com The Windsor Ballroom is honored to receive The Knot Hall of Fame award. Our team of experts is here for you every step of the way. From our attentive staff and new wedding packages to outdoor space available for ceremonies and cocktail hour, we’ll make sure you have everything you need and more. capacity 220 | price $$

woodcrest country club

300 E. Evesham Road, Cherry Hill, NJ (856) 429-4300 | WoodcrestCountryClub.com Discover romance at this historic South Jersey golf course. Woodcrest Country Club offers unsurpassed service, gourmet cuisine and exceptional views yearround with the sophistication of a city venue. Our event specialists are eager to make all of your wedding dreams come true. capacity 250 | price $$

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the washington inn caterers

Cape May, NJ (609) 884-5697 | WashingtonInn.com Washington Inn can cater your event with the highest quality meals and highest level of service almost anywhere in Cape May County. We work with over a dozen unique venues, and no matter where you choose to celebrate your special day, the Washington Inn will help you create memories to last a lifetime.

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westmount country club

728 Rifle Camp Rd., Woodland Park, NJ (973) 256-2700 karen@westmountcc.com WestmountCC.com Nestled in Garret Mountain, our cobblestone driveup with a unique underground lighting design will astonish you. Our manicured gardens and fountains create the perfect backdrop for ceremonies and photo opportunities. Our newly renovated ballrooms, delicious cuisine and superb service guarantee a flawless event. capacity 175+ | price $$

windows on the water at surfrider beach club

931 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright, NJ (732) 842-8463 NJWindowsontheWater.com Upon arrival you will be greeted by unsurpassed views of the great Atlantic Ocean and The Shrewsbury River. Here you will find a 7,000-square-foot catering facility, surrounded by water on both sides, suggesting an event that is both elegant and dramatic.

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anita dybala events

(732) 619-6176 | info@anitadybala.com AnitaDybala.com Let us take the stress out of the planning and leave the fun for you! We are committed to transforming your vision into your most extraordinary wedding day. Our goal is to inspire, guide and simplify the planning process! Call today to set up a consultation.

entertainment

105 80th St., Avalon, NJ (609) 368-5175 | events@windrifthotel.com WindriftHotel.com A newly constructed second-floor banquet facility and a complete hotel renovation are just complements to the breathtaking ocean view. Located directly on the beach and surrounded by retractable glass walls, Windrift is the premier place to have your wedding reception any time of the year. capacity 250 | price $$

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beauty from inside and out

617 Oradell Ave., Suite 3, Floor 2, Oradell, NJ (973) 615-2486 | angela@beautyfio.com BeautyFIO.com We can create a wide range of different looks while focusing on your vision and inspiration. Our mission is to create a stress-free, relaxing environment while making you and your bridal party look and feel glamorous. We offer on-location services and also have a team to handle larger groups.

bella bridesmaids

capacity 250 | price $$$

windrift events

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bme event group

1480 S. Delsea Dr., Vineland, NJ (856) 207-3643 | info@bmeeventgroup.com BMEEventGroup.com BME Event Group offers five great services under one company: live bands and musicians, DJ, photography, cinematography, photo booth and enhancements. In addition, we also proudly serve bilingual clients and the LGBTQ community. Choose BME Event Group, and we will help make your wedding dreams come true.

5 West Main Street, Suite 201, Freehold, NJ (732) 308-2314 | BellaBridesmaids.com/freehold Shop stylish designer gowns in a fun and inviting atmosphere with the undivided attention of your very own personal stylist. Carrying 24 designers and over 800 dresses, they have a diverse inventory of gowns to complement any style, figure and price point.

below body bar

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colorbar the salon

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hamilton jewelers

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flowers & décor

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la belle visage

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of flowers to your wedding. For your wedding, we use only the finest quality flowers in imaginative designs. If it can be done with flowers, we’ve done it. We’re a world-renowned supplier of orchids.

total wine & more

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earth treasures jewelers

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41 W. Edgar Rd., Linden, NJ (908) 523-1700 | customerservice@trulimo.com TRULimo.com TRU Limousine is a full-service ground transportation company. On your wedding day, enjoy bottled water, complimentary champagne, a driver in a black tuxedo and more! Our service is always hands-on and personalized, providing you with quality service and safe vehicles.

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The Grand

39

Above

101

The Grand Hotel Cape May

177

Adelphia

25

Grand Marquis

4

The Architects Golf Club

114

The Grand Summit Hotel

214

Atlantic City Country Club

141

The Graycliff

105

Auletto Caterers

87

Greate Bay Country Club

149

Avenue

167

The Grove

26

Bally Spring Inn

123

The Grove at Centerton

234

Basking Ridge Country Club Catering

58

The Heldrich

217

Bello Giorno Estate

83

Highlawn Pavilion

241

The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel

180

Hilton Short Hills

113

The Bradford Estate

1

Hotel Alcott

179

The Breakers on the Ocean

163

Hotels Unlimited

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The Breakwaters at the Dunes

144

House of Independents

139

Brigalias

55

Hunterdon Hills Playhouse

242

Brooklake Country Club

14

Hyatt Regency Morristown

93

Camden County Boathouse at Cooper River

108

The Imperia

35

Camelback Resort

195

Jumping Brook Country Club

223

The Carriage House

261

The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark

68

Casa Bianca

219

Lake House at The Indian Trail Club

205

Chart House Restaurants

9

Lake Mohawk Country Club

117

Chauncey Hotel & Laurie House

43

Landmark Venues

97

Clarks Landing Yacht Club

1

Lucien’s Manor

2

Collingswood Theater & Ballroom

237

The Madison

18

Congress Hall

159

The Madison Hotel

211

Corinthian Yacht Club of Cape May

172

The Manor

189

The Cranbury Inn

257

The Mansion

11

Cross & Orange

137

The Mansion at Mountain Lakes

111

Crystal Plaza

7

Maritime Parc

41

David’s Country Inn

37

McLoone’s Restaurants

164

Daymark

171

The Meadow Wood

73

Doolan’s Shore Club

161

The Merion

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Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club

126

The Mill Lakeside Manor

1

Edgewood Country Club

57

Molly Pitcher Inn

152

The Estate at Farrington Lake

22

Moorestown Ballroom

102

The Estate at Florentine Gardens

247

Nanina’s In The Park

51

Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club

107

Ocean Club Hotel

179

The Flanders Hotel

134

Ocean Place Resort & Spa

173

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FLOWERS & DÉCOR

PAGE #

The Olde Mill Inn

Cover

Morningside Greenhouse

197

Oyster Point

152

Twisted Willow Flowers

67

Park Avenue Club

245

Park Château Estate & Gardens

50

BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY

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The Park Savoy Estate

51

Beauty and the Blush

253

Perona Farms

63

Beauty From Inside and Out

255

Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant

169

Bella Bridesmaids

49

Pleasantdale Château

120

Below Body Bar

257

Porta

153

Bridal Makeup by Meli

250

The Primavera Regency

239

Colorbar Bridal

261

Ram’s Head Inn

154

JoAnn Solomon Agency

249

Ramsey Golf & Country Club

209

La Belle Visage

255

The Reeds at Shelter Haven

143

Resorts Casino Hotel

181

The Peach Blossom Salon

249

The Rockleigh

29

JEWELRY

PAGE #

Royal Manor

38

Royce Brook Golf Club

213

Earth Treasures Jewelers

30

Seaview, A Dolce Hotel

151

Hamilton Jewelers

89

Stone Gables Estate

16

J. Vincent Jewelers

193

The Sunset Ballroom

145 44

WEDDING CONSULTANTS

PAGE #

The Terrace at Biagio’s The Tides Estate

187

Anita Dybala Events

33

Tomasello Winery

20

Aristocrat Events LLC

197

Trump National Golf Club Philadelphia

207

Valley Regency

201

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

PAGE #

W Hoboken

13

Milton Gil Photographers

203

Waterside Restaurant & Catering

125

Weddings in Annapolis

253

ENTERTAINMENT

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Weddings of Distinction

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BME Event Group

53

Westin Governor Morris

131

Westmount Country Club

129

SPECIALTY SERVICES

PAGE #

Windows on the Water Sea Bright

174

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

Cover, 65

Windrift Resort

162

Grand Band

263

Woodcrest Country Club

46

Things Remembered

81

Total Wine & More

61

CAKES & CATERERS

PAGE #

Tru Limousine

250

Washington Inn Caterers

157

Wish Upon A Wedding

71

271

Old York Country Club at Chesterfield

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