{real weddings} Cassie & Alex

Hello lovelies! I have such a fun wedding for you today. Just get a look at this gorgeous bride – her gown, her party dress, her SHOES! Meet Cassie, my fellow barre instructor at Work it Out, who definitely didn’t hold back on showing off her dance moves on the dance floor. Get it girl! I was so excited that Cassie wanted her wedding to be a part of the blog – and I just loved learning how much this wedding truly was a reflection of them as a couple. Congrats newlyweds – I’m so happy for you!

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September 19, 2015 at the Captain Flanders House on Martha’s Vineyard

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What’s your love story?
Alex and I met through a mutual friend, Brandon. Brandon is a good friend of mine from college who moved back to Martha’s Vineyard after graduating. I was visiting him one summer and met Alex, who has been friends with Brandon since they were 5. After that visit, we started talking and eventually Alex visited Hoboken and we went on our official first date. We dated long distance for over a year – I was here and he was in Boston. Eventually, he made the move down here.0411

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What made your wedding dress you?
I take very little credit for the dress choice! Since my mom works in bridal, I left most of it up to her and trusted her and her colleagues to select the perfect dress, and they did! I wanted something classic but also couture, so I think the lace in the Pnina Tornai dress top was the classic and the bottom of course was the couture. I also loved the back of the dress with the illusion look. As a dancer, I knew I would be moving and grooving on the dance floor all night, so I wanted to change into a short bridal reception dress, which is where the Mark Zunino dress came into play. He made me the short dress, which was so fun, comfortable, and let me dance all night freely!064507000677

What’s one wedding detail that really defined you as a couple? Made the wedding feel like you?
The band was amazing. We had the Joanne Cassidy Band, and they just made the night so much fun. We wanted great entertainment and they lived up to everything we could have imagined. It was a nonstop dance party, which is so us!

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What’s one piece of advice you’d give to future brides?
Enjoy it! I had so much fun planning and Alex and I enjoyed being engaged very much, which just built more excitement for the big day. We made sure to enjoy our wedding day, we danced all night, and we had the absolute best night with the people we love the most. Last piece of advice – eat! Everyone said you don’t eat at your own wedding, and we did not! Luckily, our caterers packed up two meals for us and we ate them at the end of the night. Still delicious!1512Photography: Jamie Levine Photography; Venue: Captain Flanders House; Dress: Pnina Tornai; Reception dress: Mark Zunino; Band: Joanne Cassidy Band

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{real weddings} Leah & Nick

Leah and Nick’s wedding was a special one to witness…Their love for each other is just so sweet and was apparent the entire day. Not only was I able to attend this beautiful wedding, but their nuptials also brought me back to the city of my alma mater, which always warms my heart. I’m so happy for these two — and hope you enjoy their love story and gorgeous wedding photos below!NickLeahWED01When / where was your wedding?
Our wedding ceremony took place at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, VA on Saturday, June 27, 2015. The evening reception followed at The Jefferson Hotel.

What’s your love story?
Nick and I met at Hardywood Brewery several years ago in Richmond. We had mutual friends and ended up in the same group that night. We got to talking over some beer and street food and there must have been something in that beer because the following week at a local 5K (at the same brewery), I had a feeling I was going to run into him again. (Of course after running a race and looking as glamorous as possible in leggings). Our groups of friends ended up together again that night and after talking the entire night, we ended up making plans to go running and eventually started dating.NickLeahWED230

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I loved my dress! It was pretty comfortable and I really liked the classic style with the embellishments around the neckline and the train.NickLeahWED249

Tell me a little about your wedding style and why you chose the historic Jefferson Hotel.
I wanted a classic, pretty, romantic style for the wedding along with some personal touches. My florist really helped make it personal, our head table was probably one of my favorite details — Our florist found the perfect romantic looking flowers and a sequin runner that really added a cool look. With the candles on top, it reflected really nicely and was so pretty. Nick and I always loved The Jefferson and usually take out of town family members to see the historic hotel. It has become one of our favorite places in Richmond so we thought, why not do our wedding there? The price was also comparable to other Richmond venues and we loved that it was in the city so our guests would have a lot to do.

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This may sound silly, but don’t lose sight over the most important detail of the wedding — You are marrying your best friend and all the people you love the most will be there to celebrate it — so don’t sweat the small stuff.  

Nick and I would get into fights over small details during the wedding process — like how we were wording the church programs or what we should wear for our engagement pictures or “Did you see my updated pins on our wedding board?… what do you mean you don’t like it…”. Emotions were so high and we each wanted everything to be so perfect for one another on the big day. I doubt anyone really remembered the church programs or what we wore for our engagement pictures. And after it all, my favorite part was walking into the church and seeing Nick and actually going through our ceremony and the vows. There is and never will be anything like the ceremony or celebrating with our closest friends and family at the reception. nickleah-187Photographer: Megan Garrison; Venue: The Jefferson Hotel; Church: Cathedral of the Sacred Heart; Wedding Planner: Jennings Whiteway of Belles & Whistles; Florist: Jen Wiley of Wiley’s Florist

{real weddings} Natalie & Ryan

I always say the best part about this blog is the people it’s introduced me to. Today’s bride, Natalie, is just another one of those special people. Natalie was a regular in my Tuesday morning barre class (I say was only because she moved out of Hoboken after her wedding), as she was dedicated to looking and feeling her best for her wedding day. Of course, I wanted to learn more details about her wedding, which brings us to today’s post. If it weren’t for Natalie I also wouldn’t have been introduced to the beautiful work of Abby Grace — a photographer who also loves to photograph ballerinas! (Where do I sign up?!) I hope you enjoy today’s “southern romantic” wedding and their adorable love story.
View More: http://abbygracephotography.pass.us/jenkins-weddingWhat’s your love story?

On Friday, September 6, 2013 at noon Ryan got a call from a good friend Nick asking to join him for a road trip to UVA. At the last-minute, he had an extra ticket to the football game and asked him to go. Obviously, he was in. The next morning, Ryan joined Nick’s UVA friends at a backyard party just outside the stadium. True to form, the guys threw a party riddled with kegs, fried chicken and corn hole. Little did Ryan know that in a couple of hours he was going to meet his future wife!

I was invited to the tailgate by Emily, a mutual friend of Nick’s and was only planning on staying for a few hours (I didn’t have a ticket to the game). Ryan can remember the exact moment when I approached him with the pick-up line “I like your silly band bracelet. Did your daughter make that for you?” Ryan doesn’t remember many moments in his life where he was as nervous as he was here — but he told me that his niece Katherine had made it and we continued to chat. I like to say that I remember Ryan following me around like a puppy dog, but Ryan has a different recollection. As game time approached, Ryan offered to buy me a ticket so we could continue hanging out. We bought two tickets in the nose bleed section — and it was hot and still and felt like a sauna. We stayed at the game for maybe 10-15 minutes (5 minutes worth of game time and Oregon was up 3 TDs already) before we both were sweltering and went to a local spot to grab some food. Ryan even forced down some fried green tomatoes (not his favorite) just to impress the beautiful southern belle in his company. Ryan remembers being impressed with my knowledge of college football and my sweet southern charm. We finally made it back to the tailgate, exchanged phone numbers and have been together ever since. Who knew a random day of football could have turned into such a great thing!

View More: http://abbygracephotography.pass.us/jenkins-weddingWhen / where was your wedding?
We got married May 16, 2015 in my hometown of Hanover, Virginia. It is located about 15 minutes north of Richmond. We got married in St. Ann’s Catholic Church. My family has belonged to it since I was 9. Our reception took place at the Hanover Tavern. The Tavern was built in 1733 and is one of the oldest working taverns in the country. I loved the history involved with our venue as well as the beauty and location. Our wedding took place on a beautiful spring Virginia day. Most of Ryan’s family had not visited Virginia prior to our wedding and it was a perfect way to show off my hometown!View More: http://abbygracephotography.pass.us/jenkins-weddingView More: http://abbygracephotography.pass.us/jenkins-weddingWhat made your wedding dress you?
I LOVED MY DRESS! I know every bride says this (and I hope they do!). I only went once to try on dresses and this was the last one I tried on. I really did not want a strapless dress. (I felt I was too old to wear one.) My dress was not strapless — it had illusion lace on the top. It was gorgeous, but I did not love it on me. After talking to the ladies at the salon, we were able to make the dress strapless. I really wanted a lace dress. This dress was just different from all the others I had tried on that day. I did not want to take it off once I put it on, my mom still says the dress was so me! I am a very girly girl and always love wearing dresses. This dress was just so flowy, romantic and me!

When we were cutting the cake I dropped a fork full of cake on my dress! I had navy icing on me the rest of the night, anyhoo my mother took my dress to the cleaners the Monday after the wedding. Thankfully it came out right away and my mother was getting my dress preserved. The man asked if my mother wanted to come back and watch them put it into the box! I found this so cute that he asks this to the mothers. I still can’t believe our wedding is over and my dress is stored away!View More: http://abbygracephotography.pass.us/jenkins-wedding

What was your wedding style?
When we first got engaged people would ask what my “wedding theme was?” I was clueless and came up with my own. I called our wedding “southern romantic” — and I think I pulled it off pretty well. Our colors were navy, gold, pale pink, and mint green. I went a little overboard on the colors, but I think they ending up looking beautiful. All the colors worked together very well. My mother and I made a lot of the decor, it was a lot of fun painting and glittering everything! I also ordered a lot of things on Etsy. I have a girl I have ordered many things from in the past. She worked with me and made a lot of the table details. I just loved our table settings/center pieces! It all turned out beautiful!

Thankfully I got married in May because peonies are my favorite flower. Our florists did a beautiful job having my vision come to life! Of course I got a lot of inspiration from Pinterest, but I had to be careful not to go too crazy with details. My cake toppers were my favorite! We have a black lab named Magnolia. She could not spend the day with us, so my cousin made us a cake topper of her holding a sign saying “I do too!” Another favorite thing was the groom’s cake. Ryan loves Goldfish crackers. He is always stealing them from his niece and nephews! I had a cake made in the shape of a Goldfish cracker! It was adorable and Ryan was very surprised by it! I really enjoyed making all the details special for our day. It is really what made our day so special for us. It also made me very happy when people noticed the details and said how much they enjoyed it all!View More: http://abbygracephotography.pass.us/jenkins-weddingView More: http://abbygracephotography.pass.us/jenkins-weddingWhat’s one piece of advice you’d give other brides?
BREATHE! No matter how big or small your wedding is, it is a BIG deal for you. You’ll cry about things and have arguments with the ones you love during planning, but all because it means so much to you and them. The day will be wonderful no matter what happens that day! Something will turn out different then you thought, but it is OK, you are the only one that will know that! Our venue space was not done and we had to go to plan B! I was in tears the day before, but the day ending up being amazing and beautiful! Everyone had a BLAST! Stories are still being told about our day! Just breathe often and enjoy the day! I still can’t believe we got married and the day has happened! It was an amazing day!View More: http://abbygracephotography.pass.us/jenkins-weddingPhotography:  Abby Grace Photography; Event Planner: Kat of Dear Sweetheart Events; Venue:  Hanover Tavern

{event recap} Brides & Bubbly: BYOB Bridal Bootcamp

Another Brides & Bubbly in the books! Last June, I hosted my first Brides & Bubbly event with Work it Out — and here we are, one year later, still going strong! Last night, we teamed up with popular Hoboken faces — Hoboken Girl, EVJ Wedding Co., & The Bloginista — for a BYOB {Bring Your Own Beau} Bridal Bootcamp. These brave couples came out in the rain for a one-of-a-kind killer bootcamp class, led by Vanessa, that had them doing wheelbarrows & piggy-back rides and chanting “sweating for the wedding!” It was an intense workout, but they all had smiles on their faces — and the encouragement between the couples was just so cute to watch! Post-class, everyone enjoyed a much-deserved drink and went home with an awesome swag bag and raffle prizes!

Once again, I couldn’t have done it without my team at Work it Out and the fabulous local vendors who donated their services including: Hudson Cakery, Sweet Dani B, Yummie by Heather Thomson, The Salon by Soon Dar Secrets & EVJ Wedding Co.

To all our guests, thank you for coming — and congrats on your upcoming weddings! Enjoy the photos!
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Throwback Thursday: Bridal Bootcamp with My Own Balance

I’m linking up with my blogger bud and fellow University Dancer from my college days, Brittany of My Own Balance, for her Throwback Thursday series. Every Thursday she features an old post worthy of posting again for new readers or those who may have missed a great, timely post. And the timing of today’s post couldn’t be better! I’m re-posting Brittany’s guest post of her tips for getting in shape for your wedding from last summer and teasing my next Brides & Bubbly event — BYOB {Bring Your Own Beau} Bridal Bootcamp, which is next Tuesday, June 2! Be sure to click here for all the event details and leave a comment below if you’re interested in attending next week!
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I think you’ve all caught on that fitness is a big part of my life, so I’m pretty pumped to share this guest post with you! Keep reading for Brittany’s Bridal Bootcamp from My Own Balance — and her tips for getting in shape for your wedding!
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Hi all! I’m so excited to be here guest posting today! I met Caitlin back when we were in college and in the same dance company. I can’t believe how long ago that was now! It seems like yesterday!

Dancing evolved naturally for me into a passion for fitness. It is part of my lifestyle and I love blogging about my adventures in fitness and healthy living at MyOwnBalance.com. As a fitness blogger, one of the biggest questions I get asked is how do I get in shape for my wedding? We all want to look great on our big day, so I’ve put together a few tips on how to look your very best when you say “I do.”

1) Make a schedule. The number one rule of bridal bootcamp is schedule it in! With everything that is going on in your life right now it will be easy to brush off your workouts, especially if you have to think too hard about what to do. Schedule in your workouts every week and stick with them.

2) Try some new classes or a trainer. One of the quickest ways to get in shape is to confuse your muscles by trying something new. Pick an activity that is challenging and will push you to your limits. HIIT and tabata training are both extremely effective forms of interval training that are focused on pushing to your max efforts and with short recovery periods. Barre classes work your muscles until fatigue, while working with a trainer ensures someone will push you pass your limits. It doesn’t really matter what you do as long as it is challenging for you.

3) Squeeze in some double sessions. Sweating twice a day is a great way to kick your metabolism into gear and really see results.  A word of caution, don’t schedule a super intense workout both in the morning and in the evening. Instead try doing a yoga sequence when you wake up and then go to a spin class after work.  Or try Zumba in the morning and then 10 to 20 minutes of strength in the evening. Be sure to incorporate rest days and don’t repeat double sessions every single day.

4) Strength train. There is a common misconception that cardio is the best form of exercise for women and the more cardio you do the more weight you will lose. In fact, your muscles continue to burn fat much longer after a strength session than a cardio session. This means that the best way to lose weight and look toned is to add in some strength sessions to your routine. I recommend targeting arms, shoulders, back, abs, legs and seat, which will ensure you look great in your dress and on your honeymoon. Lifting heavy weights will not bulk you up but if you prefer lighter weights, try a barre class, which relies on low weights, high reps and working muscles to fatigue.

5) Purchase some DVDs.  Between work, wedding planning and trying to maintain some semblance of a normal life it can be so easy for workouts to hit the back burner.  Invest in a few good DVD options so you have something on hand and ready to go when you are at home.  Even 15 minutes is better than nothing!  A few of my favorites are TurboFireJillian Michael’s Body RevolutionPhysique 57 and Zumba.  There are a ton of great options out there so just read a few reviews to find the right one for you!

6) Rest. This is the most important tip!  Without rest your body can’t recover and the change you want to see won’t happen. All your hard work will pay off once you’ve allowed your body to rest and recover.

Remember, your diet will play a huge part in your results.  You can’t expect to look great eating cheeseburgers everyday.  There is no need to crash diet though!  Make sure you are eating balanced meals containing whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy and tons of fruits and vegetables.  Counting calories may also be effective for you, just make sure you are getting the right amount!  If you are too crazed with wedding planning to even think about cooking nutritious meals, try a meal delivery service.  I used Diet-to-Go for my wedding and found that it worked great.  Another option is to use a meal prep service like Blue Apron, Plated or Hello Fresh, which provides you with fresh ingredients that you cook up to create a healthy meal.

Commitment, hard work and keeping your eyes on the prize will help you look your very best on your wedding day! Be confident with your body and your results and know that your spouse-to-be is going to love the way you look no matter what!

Thanks for the awesome tips, Brittany! For more fitness fun, be sure to check out Brittany’s blog, My Own Balance.

Wedding in Wine Country

I got to spend the past weekend in beautiful Sonoma County, California celebrating our dear friends, Allison and Matt, as they tied the knot. It was such a breath of fresh air to spend a few days outside, biking, sipping wine and soaking in some much-needed sunshine. But all that aside, I was so honored to be a part of this couple’s special day — and witness the most touching ceremony I have ever attended. With hand-written vows and a performance of Ryan Adams’ “When The Stars Go Blue” by the bride’s cousin, there wasn’t a dry eye amongst the guests.

I wanted to share some of my own photos of the wedding, so as not to keep you waiting…with the hopes that I can get my hands on the professional ones soon!

IMG_4775{The happy couple wine tasting at Kunde Family Winery before the big day}

IMG_4797{All the ladies with the bride at the Welcome Dinner}IMG_4800{And all the gents with the groom}

Matt and Allison Rehearsal{The best rehearsal exit I’ve ever witnessed}

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Matt and Allison Wedding{An intimate newlywed moment in the vineyard at Paradise Ridge}

Congrats Allison & Matt! I’m so happy for you two — and so grateful to have been there to celebrate with you. Cheers to a happy and healthy marriage!

all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts, Inc.

{real weddings} Lauren & Christian

Oh Jenelle, you did it again…Took my breath away with your beautiful photography. I think you all remember Jenelle’s work from my own wedding photos — and here she goes again capturing Lauren & Christian’s elegant, old-world affair. What’s better than finding a wedding photographer who you love? Finding one who you become friends with. Thank you Jenelle for letting me continue to share your work with the world. I hope you enjoy Lauren’s interview.

DeMartino_1419_08242013_JS0434What’s your love story?
Christian & I met on a blind date. We were introduced by two mutual friends who were dating at the time. We double dated for a while, not sure that we were a good fit for each other, but eventually his quiet charm completely won my heart.

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When / where was your wedding?
Our wedding was held on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Kimisis Tis Theotoku Greek Orthodox Church in Holmdel, New Jersey. The reception was held at Navesink County Club in Red Bank, NJ.DeMartino_1719_08242013_JK1212

What made your wedding dress you?
My dress was simply exquisite and it just made me feel beautiful. I loved how different it was. It had a vintage, almost old Hollywood feel to it. But it was also heavy!!!

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Tell me about your wedding style. What made your wedding unique to you?
I wanted my wedding to glow. I wanted it to feel like a warm, old-world love affair. My sister and I scoured antique shops looking for old mercury glass vessels for flowers and candles. I love candles and wanted them everywhere. I opted for the long tables (among great opposition from others) with flowers and candles flowing down the center. It was unique in its warmth and love. You just felt the love in that room when you walked in and best of all it was my dream in real life. The idea I had for so many months in my head was finally in front of me and that was incredible.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give other brides?
I have two pieces of advice (they go hand in hand):  1. Hire a fantastic photographer — the best you can afford. I truly am so thankful I did because those photographs bring tears to my eyes every time I look at them. They just capture beautiful moments that are easily forgotten years later and Jenelle’s talent is unparalleled. She is warm and wonderful to work with. Part 2. Enjoy the day. Feel every moment and just enjoy it. Step back at some point and just admire how incredible it is. It is the culmination of months of work and years of dreams and it will take your breath away.

DeMartino_2202_08242013_JK1540Photography: Jenelle Kappe Photography; Florist: Fine Flowers; Shoes: Manolo Blahnik c/o Garmany; Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dessy Group; Hair & Makeup – Glen Goldbaum 72; Band: The Storytellers NYC; Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

{event recap} Brides & Bubbly Bachelorette

A little snow didn’t stop our team of brides who came out for our first-ever Brides & Bubbly Bachelorette this past Sunday, March 1! The second the brides (and their friends) all arrived the studio was filled with girl-talk of whose wedding was where and gazing at each other’s rings. The buzz was electric and you could tell these ladies were ready for a good time!IMG_4572To make it feel even more like a bachelorette, I had everyone take a button indicating their role for the afternoon — maid of honor, bridesmaid, mother of the bride, etc. — and put our lucky “bride” in a veil and sash. Thank you Sandra for being a team player! Taylor then led the ladies in a killer Blended CandyBarre class — with the best playlist I’ve heard in a long time! It was compiled with each guest’s favorite tune — which made them all smile when they heard their song come on.IMG_4574

IMG_4552After class it was back to the chit-chat, this time with a well-earned glass of bubbly in hand. We wrapped up the afternoon with selfies at our photo booth station, raffle prizes and delicious coconut-avocado grasshopper bars (Don’t let the name fool you!). Then just like that it was back into the snow — Everyone leaving with a goodie bag filled with treats from local vendors, including EVJ Wedding Co. & Do You Tea.IMG_1348photo 1-3Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make this event a huge success! If you’re interested in hosting your own bachelorette party at Work it Out, shoot me an email.

All photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts, Inc. Sequin tablecloth by SparklePony. Iced tea provided by Do You Tea?

The Brides & Bubbly Bachelorette Party

WiO_Bachelorette_INSTA_v2_r0Brides & Bubbly is back! And it’s going to be better than ever! Get engaged over the holidays? Sissie asked you to be her maid of honor? Need to plan your BFF’s bachelorette bash? Well then this event is for you!

Join me this Sunday, March 1 at Work it Out River from 2 – 4 pm for our first-ever Brides & Bubbly Bachelorette Party! My girl, Taylor, and I will be working everyone out in a Blended CandyBarre class (that’s 25 minutes of spin, 25 minutes of barre) for a total body workout. After class, you’ll receive the complete WiO Bachelorette experience with our ‘happy hour’ of bubbly, socializing, networking and raffle prizes.

Tickets are still available, but space is limited. It’s $35 for one or $65 for two (you + a bridesmaid). You can purchase right here (under Burns) — or shoot me an email.1280464_10151834692882590_659683264_nSo who’s ready to get a little sweaty, channel their inner-ballerina and get in shape for that wedding dress with me?!

photo of me at our after-party. after dancing all night, it was time to sit down (and strike a Swan Lake pose).

{real weddings} Amy & Scott

Hi loves! I hope everyone’s year is off to a good start — January was a productive month and here we are in February already. I’ve got a thing for February though. The days start to get a little longer and love is in the air…there’s of course, Valentine’s Day — and it’s the month we got engaged. It’s always a quick month too, which just brings us one month closer to Spring.

I’m loving the elegance of this wedding. The photograph on the staircase is just jaw-dropping. Photographer, Susie Sefcik, did a beautiful job capturing this classic wedding. Keep reading for more — and be sure to check out the tons of amazing local vendors featured in this post!
sspw-1760What’s your love story?

Scott and I met four years ago at The Downtown in Red Bank, NJ on the 4th of July. I first spotted Scott from across the bar while dancing with a friend of mine. An hour or so later, my stare must have stuck as Scott reached out his hand to introduce himself with a good old, “Hi, I’m Scott”. After an intense two-way interview, we realized we were both from the area and came home on summer weekends, lived in Hoboken, were the same age, and had several mutual friends. What started out as an okay night, turned into one of the most memorable nights of my life. Scott enjoyed our meeting so much that when we left the bar, he walked to the nearest 7 Eleven, purchased headphones and walked a short 5 miles home at 2am to reflect on the night. There were definitely fireworks and the rest is history…

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When / where was your wedding?
Our wedding was September 20, 2014 at Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury, NJ.

sspw-1210What made your wedding dress you?
As a child, I always loved playing dress up. So much in fact that a wedding dress and veil was one of the most worn outfits in my dress up box. That being said, I knew how important finding the perfect wedding dress was going to be. To assist with my search, my mom, my Aunt, and two of my best friends came shopping with me in NYC. I found my dress at a walk-in dress shop while killing time before my appointment at Kleinfelds. It was the last dress I tried on and the only one the sales consultant picked out for me. She just knew it would be the one. As soon as I walked out in it to show my family & friends, there were tears. I must admit, it made me feel like a princess with the perfect amount of glitz and glam. As a fairly simple dresser, I knew this was my one opportunity to add a little sparkle without going over the top.

I had my dress altered at Ally Bridal in Hoboken which happens to be right across the street from where I live. Ally continued to personalize my dress by turning the sash with bow into a fastened belt which made it absolutely perfect.

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What was your inspiration behind your theme, colors, decor, etc.?
My wedding style was very classic with a touch of bright colors. Our ceremony took place in the main garden of the old Georgian Mansion. The gardens, fountains and pergola were the perfect backdrop for the bridal party and elegant arbor designed by my florist.

Our reception took place in the Oak Room of the estate. My florist brought the rich tones of the English oak walls to life by incorporating bright textured centerpieces, with mercury votives and mirrors underneath bringing more light into the room. My sister-in-law Stephanie is a partner at Fancy That NYC and as a result I was lucky enough to have her do my invitations, programs, menus, cocktail napkins, and all the other paper accessories that can become completely overwhelming. She created the most beautiful and elegant designs that fell in line with our style.sspw-1507

What’s one piece of advice you would give other brides?
My advice for planning…Nail down your vendors right away. Figure out what is most important and book it first. For us, it was our band. We had The A Band on standby for a few dates before choosing a wedding date. By choosing our vendors well in advance, we were able to get all of our top choices and then take our time throughout the planning process rather than scrambling towards the end.

My advice for wedding dress alterations…Choose a trusted tailor; however, also make sure they are located in a convenient location for you. Having my tailor right across the street made it extremely easy to stop in for alterations. It took about 5 or 6 fittings down to the last week to get my dress to fit perfectly. Since the last 2 months before your wedding can be extremely hectic, save yourself time on the multiple appointments and make sure it’s convenient. Also, make sure you find someone who you connect with and trust. Ally from Ally Bridal made each fitting a memorable experience. I preferred the feel of a small boutique and personal attention over a large wedding dress store in the city with several people and distractions.

My advice for your wedding day…The planning is over and your wedding day has arrived! Everything is out of your hands at this point so enjoy the ride. Enjoy every aspect of the day from getting ready with your best girl friends to marrying the love of your life with all of our friends and family by your side. Take several moments throughout the day to look around and take it all in. Everyone is there for YOU! And the rest is happily ever after!sspw-1843

sspw-1888Congrats Amy & Scott! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous day with us!

Photography: Susie Sefcik Photography; Venue: Shadowbrook; Florist: Eileen Larkin Events; Invitations & Accessories: Stephanie Palumbo Fancy That NYC; Band: The A Band; Hair: Giovanna @ Jon Lori Salon; Makeup: Gracia Phillips; Cake: Piece O’ Cake