Michael & Hannah's The Ryland Inn Wedding Photography, Whitehouse Station, NJ
Hannah and Michael’s goals were simple — they wanted their special day to be romantic, fun, and memorable. Born only two days apart, these two Virgos describe themselves as caring, compassionate, and sensitive, with adventure and laughter being two important aspects of their relationship. Their wedding at the Ryland Inn may have had a rainy start, but the couple and their guests kept their spirits and energy high. Hannah began the day by gifting her bridesmaids with a jewelry holder and necklace, while Michael shared a toast with his groomsman in their gifted Tiffany crystal mugs. They shared an emotional first look next — as soon as Michael heard the special song Hannah had chosen for the moment, he was moved to tears. The couple created a simple yet romantic wedding by focusing on the little details, including a beautiful flower arch under which they conducted the ceremony, sharing a glass of wine at the end to symbolize their new union, and the reading of a certain poem with special meaning to their loved ones. Family and friends cheered as they danced down the aisle, then continued the party at the reception where the DJ kept everyone dancing all night long!
I knew I wanted to propose in one area of the Delaware water gap. It was where Hannah and her family spread her dad’s ashes. The Delaware water gap is also a place we would regularly take weekend drives to. The morning I planned to propose, her grandpas 95th birthday, we found out there was a family emergency. Hannah’s grandpa went into the hospital. I knew Hannah really wanted her grandpa to be there for our engagement, so I decided not to change the plan. We went to the water gap, I proposed, and we met everyone at the hospital to share the big news. It made everyone so happy and excited. It was a pretty raw, emotional day, but in good ways, and I would not have changed a thing.
The proposal, well, it was perfect. Michael and I like to spend our weekends going on adventures, so we coined a term called, "Perfect Sundays". A Perfect Sunday consists of getting take away breakfast sandwiches and coffees, getting in the car and driving to go on a hike, or just driving and listening to music. We usually ended up driving around Summit and Watchung looking at homes and talking about the potential future. This particular Sunday we were making our way to my Moms house in PA and Michael suggested that we go to my favorite spot in the Delaware Water Gap. This place is special to me because my Father passed away 5 years ago, and it was his special place – I loved the idea; especially, because we were set to leave for London in a few weeks and I did not know when I would get a chance to go there and spend time with my Dad before leaving for this next adventure. The drive was nice and it was turning out to be a perfect day. When we got to the spot, it started to rain, so we sat in the car and listened to music. After about 5 minutes the rain stopped and we stepped outside and started walking around. Michael asked me to sit on this rock ledge and told me to wait while he ran back to the car to get a blanket...of course I yelled, "What? We don't have blankets in the car…?" and he returned with a sweatshirt out of our dirty laundry basket because we were going to do our laundry at my Moms (typical). He put the sweatshirt down and I sat in front of him. He stood there and looked up and smiled at me, then he backed up and started to cry. After he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife, we hugged and it started to rain again. We were hugging in the rain, and while we had that special moment together, he gave my Dad the opportunity to be there too. Being able to share those moments are so special and we truly believe he was there with us. It was a magical moment.
Wedding Planning Tip:
Don't take the planning too seriously because it can great very stressful - keep it fun! Get the big things out of the way first (venue, photographer, videographer, etc) and then when you hit three months out, start checking things off the list. Etsy is great for lots of decorations and gifts. Also, you can ask your friends to borrow things that they used at their wedding..saves so much money! Minted is also a great website for invites and super affordable.
Venue: The Ryland Inn @therylandinn
Florist: The White Orchid NJ
Cake: La Bonbonniere
Wedding Band: Craig Scott @craigscottent
Officiant: Lois Heckman
Videographer: Rock Life Studios @rocklifestudios
Invitations: Minted @minted
Bridal Gown Designer: Hayley Paige @misshayleypaige
Bridesmaids Dresses: Haley Paige Occassions @hayleypaigeoccasions
Bridal Shoes: Christian Louboutin @louboutinworld
Bridal Veil: Bridemaid/Friends
Wedding Hair & Makeup by: Salon Botanique Eco Chic Amy Kleinrock @lameykhair
Carolyn Tomecko @carecity
Groom's Attire: The Black Tux @theblacktux
Wedding Bands & Engagement Ring Designer: Darien Jewelers @darienjewelers
Honeymoon: Italy & France