Elegant Summer Overgrown Garden Brewery Inspired The Ryland Inn Wedding Photography: Whitehouse Station, NJ

Vintage and overgrown brewery inspired, Kate and Rae made their union official at The Ryland Inn’s Coach House in New Jersey on a hot summer day. After signing a beautiful ketubah, Kate and Rae said their custom vows under Mom’s veil as the chuppah roof. Kate surprised Rae with an appearance from their dog Cannoli and even though Cannoli couldn’t hang all day, there were hints of him through all the decor amongst the hops. Cityscape band kept the dance floor full all night long!

The Proposal

Kate’s Version:

Rae planned the most spectacular proposal. I was mostly in the dark, except I could tell that something weird/special was happening. I could tell Rae had done a whole lot of planning, but couldn't figure out why! I still can't believe Rae commissioned Sean Lugo to put up a mural in Jersey City just for us. It took me a while to process what was going on. It was almost an out-of-body experience. I couldn't really speak well enough to say "yes," but I nodded pretty definitively. The best part was that all of our friends and family were there to celebrate (once I got my act together.)

Rae’s Version:

I commissioned the street artist Sean Lugo to make a wheatpaste of a proposal scene (he depicts human bodies with teddy bear heads) and I was able to get him to put it down the street from where we live. I awkwardly convinced Lemon to go for a walk, and there it was: "Oh, look! Sean Lugo put up something new! Let's take a picture!" But instead of stepping back to take out my phone, I stepped back to take out a ring box. I was so nervous, I believe the only thing I blurted out was, "You're my best friend. I love you. Will you marry me?" And it's been all downhill for Lemon from there.

Wedding Planning Tip:

Try to schedule a few small getaways or nights out with just the two of you in the midst of all the planning. And don't talk about wedding stuff!

Venue: The Ryland Inn @Therylandinn

Florist & Invitations: Jaclyn Steudtner-Colabraro @theproppyshoppe

Cake: Palermo Bakery @palermosbakery

Wedding DJ: CityScape and the Park Avenue Horns @thecityscapeband

Officiant: Rabbi Laurie Levy

Videographer: TwinVision Pro @twin_vision_pro

Bridal Gown Designer: Rue de Seine @ruedeseinebridal

Bridal Shoes: Either: Kate Spade New York for Keds

Wedding Hair & Makeup by: The Hair Room JC (Anatalie David)  @thehairroomjc

Partner’s Attire: Bindle and Keep  @bindleandkeep

Wedding Bands & Engagement Ring Designer: Kate: Vrai and Oro Rae: Staghead Designs @stagheaddesigns

Honeymoon: We are spending a week in Seattle! We look forward to whale watching, hiking, coffee, beer, oysters, sports games and relaxing!