Details of the day: Jimmy proposed to me while we were on vacation in Cabo and immediately the wheels in my head started spinning because I wasn’t sure what I actually wanted as far as a wedding and didn’t know where to start. Luckily, we decided would be having a long engagement due to Jimmy’s deployment overseas earlier this year, so we had a lot of time to plan and really think about what was important to us.
We knew from the start we would be having a large wedding – with siblings, their spouses and children Jimmy’s immediate family alone is about 25 people! We also knew very early on who we would be asking to be in our wedding party and ended up with 20 people total including us which made the day even more fun. It was important to us that we have our wedding in a Catholic church and Sacred Heart was the perfect little seaside church for our day. I am so glad we were able to have our ceremony there and have one of Jimmy’s father’s friends as our officiant. Clarks Landing was the first and only venue we looked at and after hearing rave reviews from all sources I knew we were in good hands. The views, ballroom, cocktail hour “library” room, menu and of course, the staff really blew us away and we agreed immediately that’s where we wanted our reception. Jimmy and I took many of Clarks’ recommendations for vendors and I also browsed through wedding magazines, blogs, and wedding websites (wink wink NJ Bride) to get more ideas.
It meant a lot to Jimmy that he and his friends wear their dress blues and rather than try to match them exactly I tried to think of colors that would compliment both the uniforms as well as Clarks Landing so I decided on blush, champagne and gold. I knew my bridesmaids would all look pretty in blush and I pictured them in flowy a-line dresses – Bill Levkoff’s chiffon gowns did not disappoint. I began my own gown search by looking for strapless fit and flare styles and naturally I ended up with a ballgown with straps! As soon as I put on the gown in the store I knew I had to have it and I loved the embellished bodice and train. Besides, when would I ever be able to wear a ballgown again and it not be obnoxious?
I woke up on our wedding day and immediately looked out the window to confirm that the weather forecasts weren’t lying and we in fact did have the perfect day weather-wise. From that moment on, the day was a whirlwind of best friends, family, dancing, champagne and of course, my new husband. I made sure we took some time out for just the two of us and I’m so glad I did because we really were able to sit back and take in how lucky we are and how much fun we were having. September 6th is also my dad’s birthday so towards the end of the reception we surprised him with his own little birthday cake and had all of our guests join in singing happy birthday to him which was really special and memorable for our family. Overall I had a blast and it was great seeing it all come together.
Your favorite part: Hard to choose! I loved hanging out in the hotel room with my friends while we got our hair and makeup done. It felt so normal and laid back until I remembered all of the anticipation I was feeling before the ceremony! I also loved the moment at the altar when we first said “I do”. It felt so surreal and intimate even though everyone was there with us.
If you could change one thing about your wedding what would it be? My dress strap ripped from hugging everyone in sight and dancing too hard! I would have preferred that not happen but luckily my team of wedding warriors was there to help. Other than that nothing!
Advice for other brides: Try not to let the planning consume you (2 years is a long time to be thinking about 1 day) and remember not everything on Pinterest is as easy as it looks to achieve!