{real weddings} Callie & Tim

I’ve been so lucky to meet so many beautiful couples through this blog. While we all love seeing pretty photos of all the wedding details, I hope you take the time to read the interviews with these brides. I absolutely love the heart & soul my brides put into their answers — To me, it really brings the wedding to life.

Today’s wedding is no exception — Although it was difficult to narrow down the photos to include, so many little details, a gorgeous couple and what looks like one killer dance party! I hope you enjoy Callie & Tim’s wedding shot by the talented Lauren Fair!

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ExasMosback030What’s your love story?
We met at my first job out of college at MediaEdge — a digital ad agency in Manhattan. Initially, I thought he was weird because at the office picnic he asked to sit next to me but then didn’t say a word to me at all. Then we sat across from each other at the office and after chatting more, found out we had a lot in common. One office event led to another until he found the nerve to ask me out on a date. We went to some corny Mexican place (called Cancun) in midtown Manhattan and the rest is history. Almost 8 years later, we got married. I can’t believe how far we’ve come and how much we grew up in those years, but it was all worth the wait.

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Friday, July 18, 2014 in the North Fork region of Long Island — The ceremony was held at the Greek Orthodox Church in Greenport and the reception was held at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead.

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My dress was Jim Hjelm, and I’ve always loved his dresses.  I found the dress to be elegant and classic, yet sexy and romantic all at once and that’s what I wanted to be for the day.  I think what really made the dress me were my accessories.  My jewelry was an eclectic mix of vintage and modern, delicate and chunky. I wore a bracelet that was made out of several pieces of jewelry from my Yiayia, my Aunt, and my Great Aunt.  I also wore my Grandmother’s sapphire ring and another bracelet from my “Big” Yiayia (Great Grandmother).  Having them there with me in that way meant a lot to me. 

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ExasMosback796I love all the little details of your wedding! Tell me about one detail that really spoke to you as a couple.
Ha! I think I never want to decoupage or cut or paste anything for a very long time! A lot of it was DIY. We actually made each terrarium center piece together. Tim and I bought all of the plants, dirt, vases, and figures for each terrarium and then hauled it all out to Long Island where we were staying for the week in a house. We collected rocks and shells and drift wood from the local beaches and put them all together on the deck of our rental house (while having a few drinks). We had a lot of fun with the scenes in each vase. Tim and I had a bit of a sense of humor with them and we had Batman fighting crab claws, nudist bathers about to be attacked by dinosaurs, etc. We got a real kick out of putting them together and deciding which table would get certain scenes based on who was sitting there. I also really loved our C & T marquee lights. They really personalized our space and it was a great focal point for the night.

I highly recommend for any bride if they can swing it to take off the week before the wedding to get everything together and organized. Doing this meant that I wasn’t completely frantic at the end of the week. I really enjoyed that time with Tim and our friends and family that came out early to celebrate with us and help us get stuff together.

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ExasMosback1137What was your vision of your wedding day? Did you hire a wedding planner?
I’m not sure I had a vision per se, but I knew I wanted it to be fun. I didn’t want it to feel stuffy at all…I was going for fun, fresh, whimsical, laid back, and romantic. Our event space was managed by their event coordinator, Molly, who was awesome. Our caterer (John from Catering By…A Small Affair) was the day of event manager, who was also absolutely amazing. I also have a friend (Megan Good of Sparkle Motion Decor) who is starting a wedding decor business (she did all of our day of set up and tissue paper tassels, drink stirrers, flowers, Geronimo balloons, table settings, seating display, gift display and dessert display) that helped me out. She helped bring my vision together amazingly. It turned out beautifully.

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CallieTim1-19Lastly – you didn’t ask me this question BUT, I just wanted to give some useful wedding day advice. Something (or many things) very well may go wrong on your wedding day with so many different people coming in to do a lot of different jobs. My advice is…
1. Double confirm ALL of your vendors with day, date and time of arrival.
2. You can’t control what may or may not happen on your wedding day, but you can control your reactions. Remember what the day is really about and after that it will be no sweat. You only get this one day so make sure you choose to be happy no matter what happens.

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And since I’m obsessed with all of their wedding photos, here’s the link to the whole gallery.

Photographer: Lauren Fair Photography; Venue: Martha Clara Vineyards; Bridal Gown: Jim Hjelm; Caterer: Catering by…”A Small Affair”; Event Decor: Sparkle Motion Decor

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Wedding Sneak Peek!

Hello loyal readers! Apologies for the radio silence around here — But now that my travels have quieted down, I promise I have some pretty great Real Weddings features in store for you. Stay tuned!

But first, here’s a sneak peek from my brother’s wedding on Saturday — Can’t wait for all of Kina’s fabulous photos! Congrats to the newlyweds!

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One Year

Yesterday marked our one year anniversary — and what a year it has been! It’s funny though how time messes with your head — Sometimes it’s crazy to think how fast the past year went, and other times it feels like it’s been a lot longer than a year.

Either way, it’s all good and I’m excited to see what the next year has in store for us! Life isn’t always easy, but it’s certainly better with Paulie by my side. I couldn’t do it without him. Happy Anniversary babe! Cheers to us and to many more!

In honor of one year, I thought I’d share some favorite wedding photos that haven’t made it to the blog yet. Take a look at all our wedding photos here.

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{real weddings} Katie & Michael

I’ve got a really pretty wedding for you today. The details are amazing — the bride has a tulle gown — and the reception just so happens to be at the same venue as my own! Hi Molly Pitcher! So without further adieu, I bring you Katie & Michael…

Huthwaite-2967What’s your love story? Or more simply, how did you two meet?
Ok, this one isn’t so simple! Michael and I have known each other since the 6th grade. I never imagined anything would ever happen between the two of us, until about 10 years later. My good friend Nicole was dating Jordan, Michael’s twin brother. Michael and Jordan went to Clemson University in South Carolina. My twin sister Erin and I went to the University of South Florida. Lots of twins going on here! Anyway, Nicole was visiting Jordan at school his senior year, so Erin and I decided to meet her there. Let’s just say there was a spark that developed between Michael and I – still nothing had happened….we did keep in touch ever since that visit. When it came around to Christmas break, we were both home and hung out everyday, that’s when we began dating. 7 ‘short’ years later he asked me to marry him, and as you can imagine, my reaction was FINALLY! Was the best decision of my life.

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Huthwaite-5184When/where was your wedding?
Our wedding was on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, New Jersey. Same location as yours, I guess we have good taste!

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Huthwaite-6070What made your wedding dress you?
It was the one I pictured myself in. I hadn’t tried anything on yet and I said to my mom this is the dress I know I’m going to end up getting. This was all online, not even in the store! I loved everything about it. I called Wedding Atelier about 2 weeks before I went in to see if they had the dress there, they did. I go in with my mom and sister to find out the dress had been swept from the floor and returned to the designer the weekend before I was there. It was an older Alvina Valenta style, they had to make room for newer seasons. I tried a bunch of different dresses on and none of them were wowing me. The store ordered the dress I had my eye since the day I got engaged, it took about 2 weeks to come in. I went back, tried it on and fell in love. I just knew it was the perfect dress for me!

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Huthwaite-6077I love your color palette. Tell me a little about your wedding style.
Thanks. I wanted a very classic wedding, nothing too fancy or over the top. My vision was all white – with pops of gold and mint. All my favorite colors! It turned out exactly how I envisioned it 🙂

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Huthwaite-7653What’s one piece of advice you would share with other brides?
Really take a moment to take everything in. The amount of preparation and work that goes into planning your wedding is crazy. When your day finally arrives – it seems like it all happens in a flash. You want to remember every detail of your wedding and have fun at the same time. I would relive my wedding every weekend if I could!

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Huthwaite-6037Congrats Katie & Michael! Thanks for sharing! ps. Link to their wedding video in the vendors below – It’s adorable!

Photographer: Louise Conover; Videographer: Your Cinematic Wedding StudioDress: Alvina Valenta from Wedding AtelierBridesmaid’s dresses: Diane Von Furstenberg – Zarita Dress; Shoes: Kate SpadeHair: The Anchor Salon in ShrewsburyVenue: Molly Pitcher InnFlowers: Eileen Larkin EventsBand: Ariel Music & EventsTuxedos: Tuxedo Park 

Tulle Skirt Perfection

I think it was Pinterest that made me crush over Olivia Palermo. While she doesn’t take the crown of my number one girl crush (that would be Kate), OP grabs my heart with her wardrobe. The girl’s got great clothes. And an impeccable fashion sense. So it really came as no surprise that Olivia would look flawless on her wedding day…

op wedding 2What was a surprise?! Her secret wedding — in a cashmere sweater, shorts and tulle skirt no less. Only OP can pull off shorts on her wedding day. But the Carolina Herrera tulle skirt is perfection. Not to mention the classic ‘something blue’ Manolo Blahniks.

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Photos via oliviapalermo.com

{real weddings} Erin & Todd – Part 2

Last week I shared with you Erin and Todd’s gorgeous engagement photos, as well as the adorable story of how they met. Today I’m excited to show you their wedding photos! Keep reading for more details about their classic, summer wedding — and a look at their video!

erin-todd-3First and foremost, when and where was your wedding?
We were married on Saturday, August 17, 2013 in Farmingdale, New Jersey at the Eagle Oaks Country Club.

erin-todd-5What made your wedding dress you?
During one evening commute home from New York City to Connecticut, the man sitting next to me on the train noticed me flipping through wedding magazines and asked if I was planning a wedding. His curiosity stemmed from the fact that his wife, Ashley, was months away from opening a wedding dress boutique in Darien, CT (just a few miles from home) and suggested that I visit the boutique. I wandered into Ashley’s boutique one afternoon shortly after she opened and found a lovely, energetic and knowledgeable boutique owner who had a room filled with gorgeous dresses. I visited the boutique on three occasions (at least!) and continued to gravitate towards the same Liancarlo dress which I found to be perfectly representative of my personality – all business and classic on the top and fun, flirty and whimsical on the bottom. The perfect complements to the dress were a gorgeous cathedral veil I “borrowed” from my lifelong friend, Lisa, and a fabulous sparkly pair of “new” Kate Spade ‘Charm’ Slingback Pumps inspired by my friend Meghan who wore the same shoes at her wedding two years prior.

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Band! I grew up in a family who had a fine dining/catering business, and my cousins and I spent countless weekends and holidays at the restaurant watching as children (and eventually working as young adults) weddings and events which nearly always had a live band for entertainment. While most little girls dream about the dress they will wear on their wedding day, I was the little girl who dreamed about which of the house bands from the family business would play at her wedding and which song the band would be playing when she and her husband were announced. It’s no surprise that one of my favorite memories from our wedding was the band’s introduction of our parents and wedding party to “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out” by Bruce Springsteen. As said by my friend Meghan that evening, a perfect entrance for a Jersey Girl!

With the opportunity to do it all over again, and with unlimited financial resources, I would have both a band and a DJ, with the DJ playing through the band’s breaks and late into the evening after the band completes its final set.

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I am hoping Caitlin lets me share two pieces of advice here!

1. You often hear how important it is to steal a moment away with your husband and really soak it all in because your special day will be over in the blink of an eye. As much as your wedding is about family and friends and you want to thank them for being there to celebrate with you, it is so important to have some quiet moments alone with your husband to experience the magic of the day and to stand on the sidelines as an observer of the party watching your friends and family dance the night away on the dance floor!

2. I would encourage brides who do not engage a full-service wedding planner to seriously consider a day-of planner or a planner who provides support in the weeks leading up to the wedding. I did not have any wedding planners, and as a consequence, there were details that were missed that were certainly insignificant given the joy and magic of our special day. However, with the assistance and expertise of a planner to help you, your bridal party and family navigate through the wedding day, allows the focus to be entirely on the enjoyment of the day and not on the coordination of logistics and resolving issues that arise.

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erin-todd-8Thank you so much for sharing, Erin! And as an extra treat, here’s their beautiful wedding video!

Photographer: Kate Connolly from Off Beet Productions; Videographer: Mike Simons Video Productions; Wedding Dress & Flower Girl Dress: Liancarlo at A Little Something White Bridal Couture; Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale from Bliss Bridal Boutique and Special Occasion; Hair & Make-up: Hot Mess Studio; Venue: Eagle Oaks Country Club; Bridal Accommodations: The Savannah House at Eagle Oaks Country Club; Flowers: Van Brunt Florist; Band: Ariel Entertainment; String Quartet (Symphony): Shrewsbury String Quartet

{real weddings} Erin & Todd – Part 1

I’m so excited to share the first part of Erin and Todd’s wedding story with you today! Erin (Caroline’s cousin) was sweet enough to share her wedding and engagement photos, as well as the adorable story of how she and her husband met. Read on for their story and shots from their engagement shoot captured by the talented Kate Connolly.

erin-engagement-1From Erin: Todd and I were introduced by a friend of mine from college. I met Brett in 1997 when I was a senior in high school visiting Bucknell University on a field hockey recruiting trip. She was my host that weekend and would soon become my teammate on the field and my “big sister” in our sorority. Who would have known that over ten years later she would introduce me to my husband! I owe you one Brett!

Brett met Todd in September 2008 at Todd’s cousin’s wedding. Brett attended the wedding as a friend of the bride and she and her date had a great time hanging out with Todd. At some point in the evening Brett texted me “I met your husband tonight!” Pretty crazy – She was right!

Thanks to the email below from Brett (We both saved the email, and Todd incorporated it into our rehearsal dinner slide show unbeknownst to our guests and to me until a picture of us as toddlers was followed by a photo of the email), Todd and I met in New York City about a month after I received her text message from the wedding.

Subject: Don’t hate me

Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2008 17:11:59 -0400

From: [Brett’s E-Mail]

To: [Todd’s E-Mail]; [Erin’s E-Mail]


I know this is weird and awkward but….
Erin meet Todd.
Todd meet Erin.
Email away!! (sorry for the lack of warning on both your parts!)
Drinks, all of us soon!

We went to a restaurant around the corner from my apartment in the West Village for dinner – Café Cluny; a restaurant we would come to frequent for brunch and dinner over the next few years. Todd and I have been together since the evening we met in October 2008 and were engaged in June 2012… at Café Cluny.

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erin-engagement-7Stay tuned for Part 2 to see Erin and Todd’s wedding photos and all their wedding details!

Photography by Kate Connolly

{real weddings} Erica & Adam

Today’s wedding is absolutely adorable and comes from Erica, blogger (and baker) of Sweet Sunday Mornings — You’re going to want to eat everything on her blog. But first, you’ve got to take a look at her wedding. I’m loving every single detail of it!

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What’s your love story? Or more simply, how did you and Adam meet?
Adam and I met five years before we got married – he actually knew my roommates (two of our bridesmaids) before we met and came over for dinner at my apartment. I could say the rest is history but really we didn’t start dating for a year. We started dating on September 29, 2009, four years to the day before we got married.

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When/where was your wedding?
We got married at Hacienda Vargas in Algodones, New Mexico, right outside Albuquerque where I grew up, on September 29, 2013.

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Tell me a little about your wedding style.
Adam and I both had a hard time defining a style or a theme for our wedding – we even had a hard time saying what our colors were because we weren’t sure (I think they came through in the end though). What was most important to us in wedding planning was throwing the best party we had ever been to. We wanted our friends and family to be involved and to love the day as much as we did. Adam’s mom and other women in our lives made the desserts for the dessert table and my sister-in-law made our wedding cake. My aunt and uncle built our chuppah (the wedding canopy), our family friends set up the day-of details (like the centerpieces), my mom did the calligraphy for everything wedding related including the signs, Adam’s aunt did all of the flowers for the wedding with the help of so many women close to us and one of Adam’s groomsmen played guitar as we walked down the aisle. We wanted everything to be personal and we wanted the people we love to love our wedding.

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What made your wedding dress you?
OH, my wedding dress….how I wish I could wear it all the time. My wedding dress was me because it was classic but had small, beautiful details. It was exactly what I wanted, sweetheart neckline, low back, buttons all the way down. And, I got it consignment, which is also just what I wanted.

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One piece of advice for brides-to-be. Go.
Don’t worry about every last detail – about ten days before your wedding, just let it all go. What hasn’t already been planned for will turn out OK. Instead of planning those infinitely small things in those last ten days, love every moment and be with those that are traveling from everywhere (all around the world in our case) and enjoy them. The color of your tablecloths or the misplaced welcome sign won’t matter as you marry the love of your life in front of everyone you love.

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Photography: K. Mari Photography (the best choice ever)
Bride’s Makeup: Kata Baron of The Pretty Committee
Bride’s Hair: Ashley Varela of Inspire Uptown Salon
Dress: I Do Consignment Bridal, Chicago
Shoes: Kate Spade
Groom’s Suit: Jack Spade, made in the USA
Invitation Suite & Wedding Signage Calligraphy: Leslie Slow Goldfine Kaufman
Wedding Cake: Lydia Goldfine
Bridesmaids Dresses & Groomsmen’s Suits: Variety of their choosing
Flowers: Adam’s aunt; flowers from local florist and Whole Foods

{my best friend’s wedding} Paige of Gilded Lily Events

You first met Danielle back when she was bridesmaid dress shopping {see the first feature here} – and now as her wedding planning is really picking up, she’s back to introduce us to her wedding planner — as well as give us a little insight on why she hired a wedding planner.

From Danielle: “Once we decided that our wedding was going to be in Keith’s [fiancé] parent’s backyard, I knew that I needed some help! While I wanted to plan everything and every detail myself, I just knew that I would get overwhelmed since we have to bring in everything – bathrooms, tents, tables, plates, silverware, etc!! So that’s when we decided to hire a wedding planner. Paige has been such a huge help thus far and I can’t imagine planning our wedding without her. She really gets our overall vision and I know that she’s going to help us execute it perfectly! We can’t wait for the big day and to see it all come together! 

So who’s Paige? I’m pleased to introduce you to Paige of Gilded Lily Events – a full service design and planning studio based in New Jersey. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Paige, who was sweet enough to share her story with us. Read on for more!

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What made you go into wedding planning?
Event planning has always been at my core. I believe that it is the perfect marriage of my strongest skills. My type A personality is perfect for planning and organizing but yet I have a strong creative side that loves to design and create beautiful things. It was just a matter of time until I made it my career. After my wedding (almost 4 years ago now), my feelings were confirmed and Gilded Lily Events was born.

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Tell me a little bit about your business.
Gilded Lily Events is a labor of love! I work tirelessly to make sure that I create events that will make lasting memories and truly reflect the personalities of the couples getting married. I love meeting new couples and starting the brainstorming process until the big reveal when all of the hard work has paid off. We work with couples to design the look of the wedding, provide unique vintage rentals to add that something special and bring it all together with the logistics of the day of planning.

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What’s the meaning behind the name, Gilded Lily Events?
I love that you asked that! (I just wrote a blog post about the meaning behind the name.) “Gilding the lily” means to make something already beautiful even more so. However, the reason I chose this name is because many years ago my very creative and talented mom and aunt had a business that they called Gilded Lily Events and they designed the most elaborate theme parties for friends. As a little girl, I was amazed and inspired by these events that are still so memorable. It is an homage to them.

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What’s the one thing you tell all of your brides?
I feel like that is a particularly hard question for me to answer since every bride is so different. Each bride’s personalities need a different response but one thing I hope they understand from me whether or not I say it outright is that “I am on your side”. I want every bride to know that their day matters so much to me and I will do my very best to make it as perfect as possible.

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Thank you so much for sharing, Paige! I can’t wait to see what she comes up with for Danielle’s wedding – We’ll just have to wait patiently until September!

photography by Christina Lilly Photography

{real weddings} Caroline & Michael

Not only do I have a beautiful and classic wedding to share with you today – But I also get to introduce you to an amazing blog, HarpOnLife. Written by three best friends, HarpOnLife is an everyday blog brought to you by the unique perspective of each woman at a different stage of life at the same age. You have to check it out!

OK, now back to the wedding. I’m pleased to introduce Caroline (one of the three #HarpOn ladies) — who, wait for it, was married pre-Pinterest! I’ll let her interview and gorgeous photos take care of the rest!

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When/where was your wedding?
June 12, 2010 was the date we decided on. We got engaged in April 2009, and felt like a little over a year for planning was more than enough, plus we wanted warm weather.

Michael got ready at home with his groomsman and family, I got ready at the Bungalow in Pier Village in Long Branch with the girls and my mom. (I would highly recommend the Bungalow to anyone). We got married at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Long Branch and the reception was across the street at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa.

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Tell me a little about your wedding style.
While planning our wedding, I didn’t think I had a particular style, I just knew what I did and didn’t like. In hindsight, I would say it was pretty traditional, and classic. All I knew was that I wanted our guests to walk away feeling like everything was very US.

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It sounds like your wedding was pre-Pinterest (I can’t even imagine). Where did you get your inspiration?
Yes, I think Pinterest had just come out, and was still invite-only and not nearly as popular as it is now. I can’t even say with confidence that I had it at the time. In a way, I’m grateful. Pinterest is wonderful and I do my fair share of pinning, but I feel like it might have made me a little crazy.

My inspiration was Michael and I. Like I mentioned before, I just wanted the day to be an extension of ourselves. Nothing crazy, nothing over the top, because that wasn’t us. At the time, I had a serious aversion to lots of color (I still do, but I’m working very hard to incorporate it more into my life). I knew the flowers would be white, the groom and groomsmen in black and white (I don’t think I will ever be on board with ties/vests/cummerbunds that match the bridesmaids dresses, a little too Prom-ish for me). And since my favorite color is gray, it was a no-brainer that would be what the girls would wear. The only color I wanted at the church was the yellow roses that our moms carried. For every special occasion my dad always gave my mom yellow roses, so that was a nod to him. As for the reception, I wanted it [color] in the centerpieces and that would be blue since my favorite flower is a blue (& white) hydrangea. Everything else, I just decided along the way.

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What made your wedding dress you?
If there was one thing that definitely screamed ME at my wedding, it was my dress. I felt like it was what any person would have described, had they been asked what they thought I’d choose. I am a no-frills kind of girl (I admire it on others, but I have never liked it for myself). I have always been drawn to simple, classic lines. I am a big believer in the phrase, “You wear the dress, don’t let the dress wear you” and I feel like I stayed true to that.

When that dress was handed to me (my mother-in-law actually scouted it out) there was just something about it. I put it on and I can’t say I had that moment where I knew I had on THE dress, and the tears started flowing and everyone breathed a sigh of relief, but it was my favorite out of all that I had previously tried on. It remained in the back of my head while I continued my search and really just saw how much I didn’t like what else was out there. When I went back and tried it on, that’s when I knew; there was no other dress for me. The best part about it, was that it went perfectly with my mom’s mantilla-style lace trimmed veil that I really wanted to wear as my something old.

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Looking back, what’s one of your favorite memories from your wedding?
The entire day was perfect. Picking one particular part is beyond difficult. I must say there really is nothing quite like the feeling of looking around at all of your loved ones and knowing how happy they are to be celebrating you. Your love for one another, it really is a beautiful thing and it made us both feel so unbelievably special. Another pretty surreal moment was saying my vows to Michael. We had dated since I was a sophomore in high school, so being together for about 10 years before getting married, and then standing up on that altar with him; my favorite person in the world, that was a HUGE moment.

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Photography – Kate Connolly; Dress – Tara Keely from Mustillo’s in Red Bank, NJ; Bridesmaid dresses – Vera Wang; Bridal accommodations – Bungalow Hotel; Church – Our Lady Star of the Sea; Reception Venue – Ocean Place Resort & Spa; Flowers – Craig Kiely and Darryn Murphy Designs