Classic Fall, The Ryland Inn, Wedding Photography: Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
Meg and Adam were joined in marriage on a warm fall day at St. Brigid’s Church in Peapack, NJ. Their wedding took place 30 minutes from where they both grew up, in an area that they love. The church has a 18th century European charm and is beautifully understated making it the perfect backdrop for their ceremony. When they saw St. Brigid’s Church they knew they wanted to get married there. Once they tied the knot, they left the church through a Marine Corps sword arch and headed to their reception at The Ryland Inn in a Rolls Royce. Their Reception was decorated in a color palette of greens, whites and Mediterranean blues. The fresh, clean, classic look inspired by the Italian Riviera felt otherworldly. They kicked off their reception with an epic first dance, toasted with Meg’s family’s loving cup, and danced into the evening.
The proposal couldn't have gone all that much better (I think). We had great weather, and after an easy morning, we went on a walk-in Carl Schurz Park. I had my best friend hide around the area I was going to propose to take pictures, and was on my phone texting as we were walking to my proposal location-- a bridge. By pure luck, once we got to the bridge, no one was walking across it, or even on it. That was my cue. I genuinely thought all the words would come to me, but, suffice to say, they did not happen as quickly as I had hoped. Despite some stumbling and a few quiet pauses, I finally gathered the courage to get down on one knee and finally ask "will you marry me?" The rest becomes a little hazy for the both of us, I think, since I'm almost positive that we both kind of blacked out, but by the end, she was wearing a ring and giving me a hug. After that, we walked to one of our favorite bars and proceeded to begin the day's festivities with our college and local friends.
We became engaged on a beautiful Saturday in April at Carl Schurz Park. Adam was hell-bent on going to this park in the early afternoon, and when we walked into the park he asked to go to a bridge we have liked to walk to. When we got to the bridge I sat on the ledge and looked over at him. He seemed very nervous and appeared to be trying to get his thoughts in order, so I gave him what I hoped was an encouraging hug. While neither of us remembers what was said we know the outcome! Afterward, we walked to our favorite bar where all of our friends had come from near and far to celebrate with us. It was the most fun, memorable day and I wish I could relive it a million more times.
Wedding Planning Tip:
Look at the big picture. This is a stressful time and we had the weight of our own, and others' expectations on us, which was often overwhelming. It's important to take a step back and remember that this is just one day of your lives - what follows is more important.
Venue: The Ryland Inn @therylandinn
Planner: Leanne Kochy firstname.lastname@example.org
Church: St. Brigid's Church
Florist: Tracey Reynolds @trfloraldesigns
Catering: The Ryland Inn @therylandinn
Cake: Palermo’s @palermosbakery
Wedding Band: New Power Soul @newpowersoulband
Officiant: Msgr. Ed Puleo
Videographer: Tweed Video Productions @tweedvideo
Invitations: Wendy Hansen
Bridal Gown Designer: Oscar De La Renta @oscardelarenta
Bridal Shoes: Everlane @everlane
Wedding Hair: Ruben Colon @hairbyrubencolon
Makeup: Sally Duvall @sallyduvallmakeup
Wedding Bands & Engagement Ring Designer: Susie Saltzman @suziesaltzman
Honeymoon: Tulum, Mexico