Kiara & Aren's The Tides Estates Winter Wedding Photography: North Haledon, NJ

Aren and Kiara enjoyed a sophisticated, intimate, and romantic winter wedding day at The Tides Estate in North Haledon, New Jersey. Both enjoy the magic of winter and wanted to capture the essence of the season through the natural colors of winter rather than the traditional colors of the holidays. After getting ready at The George in Montclair, Kiara rode to the church with her parents in a Rolls Royce, while Aren waited in anticipation at the end of the aisle. The two shared a soulful ceremony and celebrated their new union all the way down the aisle and out the church. After the ceremony, all guests headed over to The Tides Estate to celebrate the night away.

The Proposal

His Version:

The Proposal was difficult for me because I wanted to make it something memorable and over complex, but where would I find time to train multiple corgis to perform a flash mob engagement? Instead I decided to plan a day with several events that would incorporate multiple aspects of your relationship. First, we went to a play in NYC called Anastasia which happened to be one of her top 3 animated movies. Second, we got to dress up for the play and she got to wear a beautiful dress along side me in my suit. Third, I actually proposed at the site where we had our next morning conversation and first decided to get married...we also got free frozen yogurt. Last, we had a small engagement party where friends and family joined us hours after I proposed to congratulate us and take a ton of pictures!

Her Version:

The day Aren proposed to me was the day we were celebrating 3 years together. He had gone out of his way to place a dress on hold for me to wear on our date to see Anastasia on Broadway (a childhood favorite movie of mine). Afterwards we rode back into town and he took me to get frozen yogurt at the same spot we decided to date and spend our lives together just over 3 years prior. When we entered there were balloons and a photographer and he asked me to marry him. I said yes of course and in a daze we ate frozen yogurt together, had a mini photo shoot downtown and then went to Essex Junction in Bloomfield where all of our friends and family had gathered to celebrate with us. It was a magical day.

Wedding Planning Tip:

Be warned that online timelines are great for guidance, but if you want the cream of the crop in terms of choices, you'll need to start earlier than the timeline suggests. Back those bad boys up AT LEAST three months earlier. - If you're paying for your wedding, open up a bank account under both of your names. It's so much easier to contribute money for savings, track spending and deposit checks. - When determining budget allocation for your vendors, consider what you and your spouse value most and work from there. - A large majority of your day will be spent with your vendors; factor in their personalities alongside their skillset and prices.


Venue: The Tides Estate @thetidesestate

Church: Immaculate Conception Church

Florist: Whole Foods Market in Edgewater @kastires

Catering: The Tides Estate @thetidesestate

Cake: Davids Custom Cakes @davidscustomcakes

Wedding Band: Absolute Celebrations - DJ Fredo @theacelebs @djfredonj

Officiant: Father Benny Prado @fatherbennyprado

Videographer: Lorenzo Media Productions @lorenzomediaproductions

Invitations: Kristy Kapturowski @hooraycreative

Bridal Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero @maggiesotterodesigns & @shawnkingsleydesigns

Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka @badgleymischka

Bridal Jewelry: Macy’s & Etsy Shop ShesAccessories @shesaccessories 

Bridal Veil: Ansonia Bridal @ansoniabridalveils

Wedding Hair & Makeup by: Kristy Lahens @unbridaledbeauty  & Ashley Landry @aa_landry

Groom's Attire: Sebastien Grey Clothiers @sebastiengrey & Church's @churchs & Omega @omega

Wedding Bands & Engagement Ring Designer: Labelle Jewelry @labellejewelry

Honeymoon: Bali, Indonesia