Ethan & Ali's The Asbury Hotel Wedding Photography: Asbury Park, NJ

Ali & Ethan enjoyed a rainy, but modern and relaxed wedding weekend celebration down the shore in Asbury NJ. They said their vows the night before the reception at Porta, Asbury Park in a intimate ceremony surrounded by immediate family. The two kicked off their wedding reception at The Asbury Hotel, where they got ready, had their first look, and danced the night away. They began the day getting ready with close friends and family (including their doggies!) and met each other downstairs for their first look. Ali even surprised Ethan with a stunning custom Lakum Collection bridal jumpsuit. He thought she was going to be wearing a dress! The two decided to forgo traditional reception activities and dinner and surprised their guests with rotating stations every hour. The evening ended with a rainbow sprinkle mini cake and dancing into the evening.

The Proposal:

His Version:

Our proposal was appropriate for our personalities and involved our pets. Ali is a big dog lover and does not love being the center of attention, so it was a private proposal involving our dogs.

Her Version:

Our proposal was kind of funny in that I had just come home from my parents house and Ethan asked me to leave the house and pick him up some ginger ale as a favor. I was annoyed with him for not asking before I got home, so when I arrived back at the house with the ginger ale he "needed" for his upset stomach, the dogs and Ethan were ready to propose; very funny.

 

Venue: The Asbury Hotel

Wedding Planner: Castiglione Events

Florist: Vintage and Noueau

Catering & Cake: Cardinal Provisions

Wedding Band: Play Something Good

Invitations: Paperless Post

Bridal Gown Designer: Lakum Bridal

Bridal Shoes: Christian Loubiton

Wedding Hair & Makeup by: The Hair Room JC

Honeymoon: St. Barth for a post wedding mini-moon

Fernanda's Maternity Session Photography: Liberty State Park, NJ

Eric & Victoria's The Palace at Somerset Park Wedding Photography: Somerset, NJ

 Eric & Victoria celebrated their union through an interfaith ceremony on a romantically rainy day at The Palace at Somerset Park in NJ. The two enjoyed an incredibly classic and timeless wedding day, where their devotion to each other was beautiful and the scenery was set with classic white flowers with greenery and gold tones. Eric started the day with a surprise boudoir album from Victoria that put a smile on his face and Victoria enjoyed a surprise slideshow that Eric put together of their time throughout their relationship. After a few tears and much celebrations the two dominated the dance floor with a spectacular first dance and enjoyed the evening with signature cocktails and a cigar roller to cap off the night.

The Proposal

His Version:

I decided pretty early on that I knew I was going to propose to Vic. She was everything that I ever wanted in a wife and I knew she was the one. In March of last year I told my parents I was going to propose to Vic by the end of the year. Over the next couple months I spoke to her father, got the ring, and planned out the surprise engagement and a party to follow The day of the proposal was a disaster, it was pouring raining all day with no end in site. The Jets (my favorite team) were getting destroyed in a game they should have won. And to boot I lost all of my fantasy football games and all of my bets. I was not in a good mood. Slowly but surely the rain stopped and Vic and I made our way to Battery Park where my boss and coworker were hiding to record the whole thing. As we approached the spot I got the single from my boss that he had the shot and I got down on one knee and proposed. I don’t remember much, but I do remember needing two hands to put the ring on her because my hands were shaking so much After we finished taking some pictures at Battery Park we walked to a bar on Stone Street where to Vic’s surprise about 30 of our closest family and friends were waiting to celebrate with us. After a rocky start, it ended up going perfectly and I wouldn’t have changed anything.

Her Version:

Eric always talked about his coworkers (OK - I pulled details out of him) but I had never met any of them. Can you imagine my excitement when he mentioned he was getting an award at work and there was a whole dinner for his group?! Eric's quiet, and sometimes reserved, and nothing makes me happier than showing him and his accomplishments off! I was pumped. Dinner was to be held on Sunday, and luckily near our apartment - which worked out and made sense because Eric's job was located nearby downtown. 

It was Sunday and the Jets were on. So for me, Eric was glued to the TV. He obviously tells the story different but BOY did he pull off his nervousness. For all I knew, he was upset the Jets were still playing like crap! I got all dolled up and we headed out. We decided to walk because it wasn't far and the rain had cleared up (now also understanding his nervousness all day!) We walk one block, and I noticed some fuzz on the back of Eric's jacket, as I try to take it off for him, he FREAKS OUT and JUMPS AWAY like I had a gun to his back. (again - knowing the remaining details and having the ring in his pocket makes this hilarious for me). He's fidgety so I just chalked it up to that and didn't think twice. Chatty Cathy as I am, I made him talk the entire walk, asking him to remind me of who's who from his coworkers, to make sure I was ready to meet everyone and not sound dumb. We're walking through Battery Park (God Bless him, he even asked if I wanted to put my heels on (for the photos) and I of course said no because we still had a little ways to go, gotta save those feet!). We get to the pier to wait for his boss. This is where I blacked out completely... Eric began to tell me how much he loved me... and I jokingly brushed him off, "Eric stop being so mushy! Your boss is going to be here!" (sorry, babe) Once he shut me up, he reached into his pocket, and got down on one knee.... in case this story doesn't show how shocked I was, Eric had both a video and photos being taken to document my mouth GAPED OPEN with shock and surprise. Which then followed into dropping my bag and covering my mouth in awe. He asked for my hand, and I followed with an appropriate "OF COURSE!" with kisses and crying ensuing after. It. Was. Perfect. Nothing could've made this day better and I couldn't believe he pulled it off.

Afterwards, he surprised me even more with our friends and family at our favorite bar.. Again with more kisses and tears. (I'm mushy, I can't help myself!) Eric surprises me everyday with his kindness and love, but nothing surprised me like knowing the effort he put in to making this day the most special of my entire life. Knowing how he kept this from me and asked my dad, told my family, told all of my friends (and changed their names as contacts in his phone so I would never know he was texting them) just shows me the effort he has put forth and the effort I know he'll put into our family.


Victoria's Wedding Planning Tip:

Plan it together! I'm a control freak and Eric is so wonderfully laid back, but having him give his opinion on things helped to center my focus and not make me go crazy! Having him manage some of the details himself took a lot of pressure off me and allowed him to really take part in the planning process!

 

Venue: The Palace at Somerset Park

Florist: Fortune Flowers

Wedding Band: East Side Stories

Officiant: Father Richard Nelson & Cantor Beth Hancock

Videographer: Live Picture Studios

Invitations: Curious Designs by yajaira borrero

Bridal Gown Designer: Stella York

Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Wedding Hair & Makeup by: Pink Comb Studio 

Groom's Attire: Rowma Designs

Honeymoon: Cape Town South Africa and Kruger National Park for a Safari

Steve & Tara's Orange Lawn Tennis Club Wedding Photography: South Orange, NJ

Tara & Steve enjoyed an incredibly romantic, long awaited, and joyous day for their spring wedding at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club in New Jersey. The day started early with an exchange of cards and gifts before beginning their wedding day. Steve received a beautiful Tissot watch to wear that day and Tara was surprised with beautiful stud earrings. The day was filled with many custom details, including a botanical paper suite designed by one of her bridesmaids, the Penny and Chloe Signature cocktails to represent their dogs, and family wedding photos decorated the cocktail hour. Steve even hired a Rolls Royce car to drive Tara and her dad to the church before the ceremony. The two tied the knot at the beautiful First Reformed Church in Pompton Plains and danced the night away back at OLTC to the Silver Arrow Band.

How We Met:

His Version:

I was out at a bar during Christmas time with my friends. I was getting ready to head home for the night, but my friends started talking to a group of girls. Tara was one of the girls in the group who was on the side drinking a beer. I noticed her from across the way and decided to approach her to have a conversation. We spend the rest of the night going from bar to bar talking and ended the night with a dance off with her twin sister.

Her Version:

I went to a Christmas bar crawl with my friends in the city to celebrate the holiday season because I love Christmas time. My friends started talking to a group of guys and Steve approached me from across the room. We went to several more bars together and talked the entire time getting to know each other. He was very easy to talk to and the chemistry was immediate. He was a complete gentleman and walked me to the subway at the end of the night. A few weeks later we went on our first date and the rest was history.

Proposal: Steve told me that he planned a date night in the city with dinner and broadway show. Little did I know that he was planning a scavenger hunt through Manhattan for me to find him where he would then propose. During the scavenger hunt, I was calling my sister trying to figure out what was going on thinking that he may be proposing, but I kept talking myself out of it. When I finally found him in the park by the MET, I was so excited and said yes immediately.


Wedding Planning Tip:

Use a shared email address and a massive excel spreadsheet on google docs.

 

Venue: Orange Lawn Tennis Club

Church: First Reformed Church

Florist: Mimi Betancourt

Catering:  Krug Catering

Cake: Krug Catering

Wedding Band: Silver Arrow Band

Officiant: Pastor Ryan Baitzel

Videographer: Well Spun Weddings

Invitations: Katie Piascyk

Bridal Gown Designer: Willowby by Watters

Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Bridal Jewelry: Rimma (earrings)

Wedding Hair & Makeup by: Michelle Elise Artistry

Honeymoon: Greece where we will be visiting Athens, Crete, and Santorini!