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…
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!”
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…
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
“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.”
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.”
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.”
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…
This Alba Vineyard wedding was spectacular! Nicole and Andrew’s wedding at the Alba Vineyard, with it’s breathtaking landscape and hillside ceremony site among the vines, made for a beautiful event. Their exclusive wedding was captured in every detail by Hendrick from Hendrick Moy Photography. Interested in finding out more about Nicole and Andrew’s wedding? See what they have to say after the jump…
Alba Vineyard Wedding
Nicole and Andrew tell us, “Being a quirky and off the beaten path kind of couple, we knew our wedding would be just as creative, unique, and fun as we are. We chose Alba Vineyard because they have delicious wine, the grounds are amazing, and Andrew proposed at a vineyard on a trip to CA and we found it fitting. In the 9 months we had to plan the wedding, we changed the entire look and theme of the wedding probably 4 times (even completely changing the entire flower order). We included a ton of personalized details – Nikki painted the cake toppers, found a vintage stand and turned it into a purple cupcake tier, made a huge wine-cork board to pin the seating cards too, and painstakingly painted the word ‘Café’ on each of the coffee bag party favors (which by the way were supposed to say ‘Café Pilon’ but after painting the first word on the 140 bags, Andrew decided Nikki’s sanity was at stake). We also had the groom’s brother personally write and perform the ceremony which made it that much more special. We managed to incorporate Nikki’s love for books by using her favorites as part of the centerpieces and her talent for baking cupcakes by having them in lieu of a traditional wedding cake. Andrew’s tech side also made an appearance through the wedding party photo iPhone app.”
I don’t think the reality of the day really hit us until very early the morning of the wedding, as we quietly sat on the edge of the bed in our hotel drinking our morning coffee, I will never forget that calm before the storm.
After getting her hair done and sneaking back into the hotel, Nikki hit the deck when Andrew looked up to the second floor in the hotel lobby and almost saw her, after which point Andrew was confined to his hotel room.
How surreal the whole day felt, when the limo pulled up and Nikki got out to walk down the aisle, the sheer excitement we felt knowing we were about to be married.
Andrew’s surprise dip kiss at the end of the ceremony. Our first dance as husband and wife. The choreographed salsa dance Andrew and Nikki performed to kick off the party, proceeding to dance until we were kicked off the vineyard property, and of course the after party.
“We had the absolute best time at our wedding, everyone danced the night away and really celebrated two best friends tying the knot. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.”
Vendors: Cliff @ Country Picnic – amazing food & coordinated all the rentals for us. He was the first person I met with upon looking at my first potential wedding venue, needless to say his attention to detail and clear adoration for the location won us over (and the sample of food he brought with him didn’t hurt!) Laura @ Every Last Detail – ensured I had not a single worry all day. Laura ran with my very scatterbrained summation of the wedding day and made sure it ran perfectly according to plan without us worrying at all! Erick and David @ Dynamic Sound Entertainment – We clearly were not prepared for our meeting and they were perfect for guiding us and knowing what we were trying to say. They did a phenomenal job, when asked what music they should play we pretty much said 90s and Salsa and they really got the party started! Hendrick @ Hendrick Moy Photography – He was amazing, plain and simple. Really, the photos speak for themselves, we could not be happier than we are that we chose Hendrick to capture our big day.
Interested in seeing more happily married couples photographed by Hendrick? Check out Hendrick Moy Photography to see some of New York’s best photographed couples. You’ll also want to check out Hendrick’s’s business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.
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Michelle tells us, “Molly & Mike hold this historical railroad station in Jersey City super close to their hearts. And it’s easy to see why! Dating back to the 1830s, the Central Railroad of New Jersey is filled with timeless charm. With long, tangled vines and weeds weaving their way among the original station signs, it is easy to forget where you are, and get lost in it’s magic. Not only is the train station super special to Molly and Mike, but on the property is also a monument to those lost in the events of 9-11. As two people who work in Manhattan, this memorial honors the impermeable strength of true love. (And who can forget their silly dog, Bella? How cute is her tag proudly sharing her Mom and Dad’s wedding date!?)”
This Jersey City engagement session is adoring and fun! Kathryn and Clarke’s engagement session at Liberty State Park was an exciting day. The couple brought great props such as a favorite blue color flower, giant wedding date chalkboard, and a simple pink heart cutout. Their love for one another was reflected as they closely embraced and kissed in a field under the city’s skyline. Photographing Kathryn and Clarke’s Jersey City engagement session was Emily from 1314 Studio.
Jersey City Engagement Session
If you loved these photos from this Liberty State Park engagement session and are interested in seeing more from this Jersey City wedding photographer, check out Emily’s site 1314 Studio.
Mike and Karolina’s handmade wedding was stylish! Their fall wedding in West Milford, New Jersey was a remarkable event that incorporated many handmade and DIY details. These handmade details and this couple’s magical day was photographed by the photography team of Brian and Rachel from 47 Moments Photography. The bride, Karolina, tells us all about her wedding day and the DIY elements that made it special…
Karolina says, “As soon as we got engaged and I started looking for inspiration in planning I knew I wanted a fall wedding. After looking at wedding blogs for inspiration, I fell in love with the barn wedding idea. I could not picture our wedding in a traditional ballroom or restaurant setting, and really lucked out when I came across pictures from a wedding at Ballyowen Golf Club. This picturesque golf course was exactly what I had been looking for.
Aside from the season, the only other element that was established from the very beginning was that I wanted incorporate plenty of handmade and personal details into our wedding. I was beyond fortunate to have two truly talented ladies in my wedding party to help me every step of the way—my sister Marta who loves to DIY and has a great eye, and my sister-in-law Olga who is an exceptionally gifted artist and illustrator. The three of us have a great appreciation for the personal touches that make any party unique, and have worked on personalized events through our collaborative effort, LLC Events. I was confident that with their help I would be able to make our wedding day truly unforgettable!”
“I wanted the atmosphere to be relaxed, the décor simple, and the look to draw from the beautifully natural setting of Ballyowen. Things really fell into place when I found the linen cardstock for our invitations in the perfect shade of sunshine yellow. The card stock helped me edit our color scheme yellow and brown. Olga worked tirelessly to design our invitations, menus, table numbers and all of the other stationery. I printed and assembled the invitations myself, which allowed me to carry a unified look across all the paper elements, and definitely helped us cut costs.”
“I thought I was pushing my luck when I told the girls I wanted to make 1,000 origami paper cranes to create a backdrop behind our sweetheart table, but they shared in my excitement and were eager to start folding. The relief and accomplishment of finishing all 1,000 cranes was short lived once I realized that stringing them would be a project in and of itself, especially with two very curious cats around, but with the help of my husband we got it done with only a few days to spare. All the DIY brides out there know how these projects tend to take forever, but it was definitely worth it at the end! Along with yellow and white paper lanterns strung from the chocolate brown ceiling to define the dance floor, the cranes provided just the right splash of color!”
“Being obsessed with all things burlap, I incorporated the natural fabric into mason jar candle holders, mini champagne favors and menus to complement the stationery designs. I even asked our florist to use some extra pieces I had left over to wrap my bouquet! For our cake topper, I asked Olga to recreate customized wood dolls I had seen in a bridal magazine. She painted the dolls I bought to resemble our hair, outfits and accessories, and included our wedding date on the base. It turned out even better than I imagined, and was definitely one of my favorite details!”
“The entire day was captured beautifully by a Connecticut-based couple, Rachel and Brian Henderson. I once again owe a huge thank you to my sister for finding this talented team, as we could not be happier with our choice! We felt so comfortable with Rachel and Brian from the first time we met them, and on our wedding day they were just like two extra guests, who just happened to take stunning pictures along the way.
Looking back on our wedding day, I am so grateful for all the help we received from our family and friends in making the day just right, and totally us! From the custom, handmade jewelry crafted by my dad, to the acorns for our wish tree my mother-in-law tracked down on EBay two days before the wedding, this was genuinely a team effort. And best and most important of all, I married my best friend, who put up with me turning our home into craft-central for months in order to turn all of my ideas into reality!”