Category: New Jersey

Mansion on Main Street Wedding: Charney & Rasheem

When newlywed Charney showed us photos of her dream wedding to Rasheem, we couldn’t wait to share them with you! Charney and Rasheem planned their beautiful Mansion on Main Street wedding in Voorhees, New Jersey. Charney tells us about their wedding planning experience and says,

“We wanted a wedding that displayed an African flair while exhibiting a sense of classic elegance. Our goal was simple: incorporate details that gave a nod to culture and blend it with our New Jersey roots by hosting it in our hometown among our closest family and friends. In honor of tradition we took part in a ‘Tasting of the Elements’ ceremony to demonstrate a commitment to remaining together no matter what life may bring. Additionally, we ‘tied the knot’ with a piece Kente cloth wrapped around our wrists to illustrate unity.”

She tells us how special her wedding day meant to them, continuing with, “Our wedding day was filled with so many memorable moments that we will cherish forever. Looking back, what made our wedding extra special was Rasheem’s grandmother, who was battling cancer, got to see her grandson get married before passing away three weeks later.”

Watch their day as it unfolded below, captured by Foster Ambitions Photography.

Mansion on Main Street Wedding

mansion on main street wedding - The Westin

mansion on main street wedding - The Westin

mansion on main street wedding - the groom getting ready

mansion on main street wedding - the bride getting her makeup done

mansion on main street wedding - the groom putting on his bowtie

groom and groomsmen

mansion on main street wedding - the groom in a white tuxedo

Rasheem surprised his bride with a necklace on the morning of the wedding…

mansion on main street wedding - the groom surprised his bride with a necklace on their wedding day

I love this photo: pure happiness!

mansion on main street wedding - the bride holding the necklace her groom surprised her with

The bride and her beautiful bridesmaids, who wore matching leopard print bridesmaid robes:

mansion on main street wedding - The Bride with her Bridesmaids

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Once the bride and her bridesmaids were ready, they headed over to the ceremony where the groom was waiting. Here’s how they decorated their ceremony space:

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I love the sign that leads guests to the ceremony reading, “Can I get a witness?” So cute!

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groom's boutonniere

the groom

Charney and Rasheem focused on every detail. They even had custom wedding programs designed, which looked amazing. They were designed to look like mini magazines.

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And a cute sign one of the flower girls carried which read, “Rasheem, just wait until you see her”.

mansion on main street wedding - Flower girl carrying sign that reads, 'Rasheem, just wait until you see her'. Cute!

New Year’s Eve Wedding: Joe + Claire

Have you ever been to a New Year’s Eve wedding? You’re about to enjoy one! There was no better way to bring in the new year than Joe and Claire’s New Year’s Eve wedding. Joe and Claire’s wedding started with a first look at Valleybrook Country Club, followed by a beautiful ceremony at Saint Patrick’s Church in Chatham, New Jersey. The party took off from there with an extravagant reception at Valleybrook Country Club. Their wedding was captured through the lens of Daniel from Daniel Fugaciu Photography. Relive their New Year’s Eve wedding after the jump…

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - Valleybrook country club wedding

New Year’s Eve Wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - new year's eve wedding

Daniel tells us, “Joe and Claire chose Valleybrook Country Club as their venue of choice for their big day. Although it was New Year’s Eve and it was freezing cold outside, they braved the winds with us like champs. All the elements came out to play with sun and snow, and we have some beautiful photographs to show for it. Everyone was super fun and we had a blast with this wonderful couple!”

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - new year's eve wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - new year's eve wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - new year's eve wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - new year's eve wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - new year's eve wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - new year's eve wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - new year's eve wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - new year's eve wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - Valleybrook country club wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - new year's eve wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - new year's eve wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - new year's eve wedding

>Daniel Fugaciu Photography - new year's eve wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - Valleybrook country club wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - Valleybrook country club wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - Valleybrook country club wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - Valleybrook country club wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - Valleybrook country club wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - Valleybrook country club wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - Valleybrook country club wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - Valleybrook country club wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - Valleybrook country club wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - Valleybrook country club wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - Valleybrook country club wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - Valleybrook country club wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - Valleybrook country club wedding

Daniel Fugaciu Photography - Valleybrook country club wedding

Vendors:
Makeup and Hair by Alicia Armstrong and Nicole Babli
Coordinator: Tracey Mullen, Valleybrook
Cake: Isgro’s Bakery
DJ: SEK Productions
Florist: Grove Floral Shop
Wedding Dress- Demetrios
Bridesmaid dresses- Bill Levkoff
Men’s Tuxes came from Men’s Warehouse

If you enjoyed Joe and Claire’s wedding photography, than you’ll want to check out Daniel Fugaciu Photography. You can also see his wedding photographer business listing in the Emmaline Bride local wedding vendor guide.

All images courtesy of Daniel Fugaciu Photography. All Rights Reserved.

A Chart House Wedding: Kim + Adrian

This Chart House wedding is filled with amazing details! Kim and Adrian’s wedding at The Chart House, a New Jersey restaurant off the Hudson River, offered panoramic views of the sparkling New York skyline. Their old New York theme wedding is something you’re sure to love along with all the many details of the wedding day. Their Chart House wedding and the personal DIY elements were captured by Sherry from Sherry Sutton Photography! Let’s see what Kim and Adrian have to share with us about their wedding day…

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

A Chart House Wedding

Kim says, “Throughout the wedding planning process, it was very important to us to stay within our budget without having to sacrifice what we really wanted. When looking for a venue, we wanted a place that was reasonably priced and beautiful. We visited the Chart House in Weehawken, NJ because we loved the view. My husband came to the United States when he was 6 years old through New York City, and I remember on our first date he described how blown away he was by the large buildings. After speaking with an event planner there, we were impressed by how flexible they were with pricing. That flexibility in combination with the gorgeous view was what sold us on the venue. To cut costs, we got married during the “off” season (January), and we had a daytime reception. The view was so gorgeous the day of our wedding that if I had to do it all over again, I would still pick the same place.”

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

Adrian, “Planning a wedding and making sure everything goes according to plan can be a crazy and overwhelming experience. The months and weeks leading up to our special day weren’t any different. When the day finally arrived I was both nervous, excited and everything in between. My best man and all my groomsmen escorted me to the alter in preparation for the big event.”

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

Kim, “I found it very challenging to find a veil that I liked, so I decided to make that for myself. In Michaels, I purchased a clearance feather piece and a clearance broach and then hot-glued them together. I was able to find tulle in a nearby Joanne’s fabric store, and I glued a small portion of the veil to the feather piece and pinned down the stray ends. I wanted a veil that was reminiscent of 1950’s New York, and in combination with the dress, I believe it made for a great wedding motif.”

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

Kim said, “I purchased large silk red roses from Walmart and strategically added them to all of the bouquets. Then, I wrapped the bouquets in green ribbon the finish them off. It was nice to use silk flowers, so that my bridesmaids and I could keep them as a memory without all the hassle of trying to dry them out.”

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

Adrian tells us, “Seconds seem like hours in anticipation for my lovely future wife to walk down the aisle. Finally she arrived, and just like in the movies everything around me slowed down. I was transfixed by her beauty and nothing in the room existed except for her. Shortly after the ceremony ended, a wave of happiness washed over me. We finished the ceremony ahead of schedule and welcomed and thanked everyone for joining us. The day went on without a hitch and everything turned out better than perfect.”

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

Kim said, “One of the most memorable moments from our wedding day was when my husband and I exchanged our vows. He went first. I was so touched by his words that I started to choke up. When it came time for me to read my vows, I lost myself to uncontrollable tears and I knew in that moment that I made the right choice. My husband is the only person in the world that could elicit such powerful emotions within me. As a reminder of that moment, I framed the hotel note page that he wrote his vows on and I read them whenever I am frustrated or angry with him. I look forward to us growing together, and working each day to make each other a little bit happier as we travel though life together.”

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

She continues to tell us, “Since we had a somewhat nontraditional wedding set-up (no arranged seating, photo booth, etc.) I created signs to alert the guests as to what to do. These were printed on white card stock (Amazon) and placed in Dollar Store frames. My husband modified a canvas frame and placed it in front of the window so that our guests could take “framed photos” in front of the New York City skyline. Everyone had a lot of fun being characters that day, and I will never forget how excited everyone was to get their picture taken.”

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

She continues with, “We wanted everyone to have a small keepsake to remember our wedding, so I created a wedding logo using Powerpoint, and we used Discount Mugs to upload our design onto a simple shot glass. The reason we selected shot glasses was because they were very inexpensive, and my husband and I collect shot glasses from every vacation that we take. To finish these favors off, we purchased silk bags from Michaels, and added milk and dark chocolate kisses.”

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

“We did a lot of research to find the perfect center pieces (which is not easy when your wedding theme is old New York) and we liked the idea of several small interesting pieces. I ordered small souvenir buildings (Chrysler, Empire and the Statue of Liberty) from NYC Webstore, and decided to place them under stemless wine glasses that we bought a few years ago from Home Goods. Next, we raided the Dollar Store glass aisle and found candlesticks, vases, and mirrored trays. We purchased rose candles from Home Goods, white silk roses from WalMart, and saved our winecorks for a few months to create a beautiful and interesting display. In order to tie in the chocolate ceremony from our wedding, we placed milk and dark chocolate kisses on each table.”

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

She adds, “Since the Chart House does not provide wedding cake, and because bakeries in that area were charging an exorbitant amount of money for a wedding cake, I decided that I would do this myself. My husband’s favorite type of cake is red velvet and to reduce stress, I baked a display cake and a sheet cake. I used Paula Dean’s Red velvet cake recipe. Instead of traditional frosting, I made vanilla buttercream and used Duff’s fondant and I added a layer of strawberries and chocolate ganache to surprise the guests. Everyone was impressed with the cake; however, if I had to do it all over, I would not have placed the cake table by the window as it started melting in the sunlight. To top the cake, we used bride and groom rubber duckies from Oriental Trading Company, and we used the remainder of the duckies on the tables with the centerpieces.”

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

Adrian, “There was bright, crisp refreshing feeling outside. Towards the end of the day my face hurt from all the smiling and the excitement from marrying my best friend. It was all worth it and it will always be.”

Sherry Sutton Photography

Sherry Sutton Photography - chart house wedding

Bride’s Cake Info:

Red Velvet Cake Recipe
Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting
Chocolate Ganache Recipe

Interested in seeing more happily married New Jersey couples? Then check out, Sherry Sutton Photography. You’ll also want to visit Sherry’s business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

All images courtesy of Sherry Sutton Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Asbury Park Engagement: Jenica + Josh

Jenica and Josh are funky, fun, and adventurous! So you’re going to love their Asbury Park engagement session captured by Sherry from Sherry Sutton Photography. Let’s let Jenica and Josh fill us in on all of the day’s special details.

Jenica and Josh said, “We really wanted something fun and unique for our engagement shoot so we chose Asbury Park, NJ for our location. It was perfect! We wanted to pay tribute to our engagement on the Love Lock Bridge in Paris; we brought some fun “Parisian” props including a pink Eiffel Tower, French soda bottles, and pink macaroons. On the same trip to Paris, we came across a beautiful swan at Marie Antoinette’s chateau in Versailles. Asbury Park has these amazing swan pedal boats so we HAD to get photos there. Sherry gave us a key ring as an engagement present so we incorporated that into the shots. One of our favorite finds was a custom pinwheel with our wedding date on it. We had it custom made by Leah R Hood. We are thrilled with the way the photos came out!” See for yourself…

Asbury Park Engagement

Asbury Park Engagement Session

Sherry Sutton Photography Asbury Park Engagement

Sherry Sutton Photography Asbury Park Engagement

Sherry Sutton Photography Asbury Park Engagement

Sherry Sutton Photography Asbury Park Engagement

Sherry Sutton Photography Asbury Park Engagement

Sherry Sutton Photography Asbury Park Engagement

Sherry Sutton Photography Asbury Park Engagement

Sherry Sutton Photography Asbury Park Engagement

Sherry Sutton Photography Asbury Park Engagement

Sherry Sutton Photography Asbury Park Engagement

Sherry Sutton Photography Asbury Park Engagement

Sherry Sutton Photography Asbury Park Engagement

Sherry Sutton Photography Asbury Park Engagement

Sherry Sutton Photography Asbury Park NJ

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Looking for your perfect New Jersey wedding photographer? You’ll need to check out Sherry Sutton Photography. You’ll also want to check out Sherry’s business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

All images courtesy of Sherry Sutton Photography. All Rights Reserved.