Real Weddings

Allison and Christopher’s Casual Chic Wedding

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Details of the day: 
The overall look of our wedding was inspired by a wedding cake I saw on Pinterest. It was a black and white striped cake with large bright pink sugar Peonies. Everything, after I saw that cake, was inspired by it. The wedding theme was Casual Chic and the colors were black and white with a pop of pink accented with gold. The wedding reception venue, Battello, is a unique restaurant overlooking the Manhattan skyline located within the Newport Yacht Club + Marina in Jersey City. It has a very rustic, casual vibe that pairs perfectly with the chic city lights across the river. Marrying the two, casual marina and bright city lights, was our main goal. We made sure that we had a lot of very formal elements, such as our attire, paired with very casual nautical elements like incorporating anchors on the invites, escort cards, menus, and favors. My dress was a custom Hayley Paige gown that combined two of her styles to make the perfect dress for me. The dress was an A-line English tulle with a layered skirt and sweetheart bodice with jeweled embellishments and an open back. All of the girls wore long, black, Amsale gowns and the men wore black suits from Jos. A. Bank. The fashion attire of the bridal party was the real chic part of the wedding. To bring in the fun of the marina I had custom Sperry’s made for me with my wedding colors and my new monogram to comfortably dance the night away!

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Our ceremony took place at The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Seton Hall University. I am an alumni of the university and the Chapel is stunning. I knew I always wanted to get married there and we were lucky enough to get a date that worked for us. The ceremony was very important to us and we wanted everyone to truly be present for it so we made it an unplugged ceremony. Battello’s natural beauty made decorating easy. With its unique lighting and rustic furniture, we really didn’t need to bring a lot into the space. We rented additional farm tables to accommodate all the guests and a special sweetheart table for us. Each table was adorned with a black and white striped runner with deconstructed centerpieces made from different candles, bud vases, and gold mason jars that I painted myself. The flowers were a mix of bright pink Peonies and wild flowers in an assortment of bright pinks and neutrals. The room was beautiful in the sunlight, but as the sun set and the city lights shined the room transformed into something magical. The reception was unforgettable. The restaurant is known for its contemporary Italian based, seafood-influenced menu and we let the chef have full reign when choosing the menu. The food was delicious and there was so much of it! In addition to excellent food the staff was spectacular. The team at Battello really hit it out of the park! The only food that Battello didn’t make was our wedding cake. We went to Anne Heap at Pink Cake Box in Denville, NJ to recreate the cake that inspired it all. The cake looked picture perfect and tasted even better. We had 3 different flavors including pink velvet to match the colors of the wedding! To top it all off The Mike Dalton Band played and had everyone dancing all night long. Every little detail of the wedding aligned perfectly to our theme of Casual Chic and the night was a blast!
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Your favorite part: 
My favorite part of the day was when we were invited on to a yacht at the marina. This very generous couple, Sandy and Dirk DeLo of NY Harbor Yacht Charters, invited my husband and I to get on the boat to take pictures. They took the boat out of the slip and turned it so we could get a one of a kind photo on the boat with the skyline in the back. It’s a memory that we will never forget and the picture we have is breathtaking! Since the reception was at a marina getting on a boat was on my bucket list and it happened!

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If you could change one thing about your wedding what would it be? 
The only thing I would change is making it last longer. The day goes by so quickly and you want to soak in as much as you can. I would do everything exactly the same way all over again. I wish we could relive it every year on our anniversary!

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Advice for other brides: 
My biggest thing with our wedding was staying on budget. We were very blessed to have my parents pay for a lot of it and had my in-laws chip in too. The best thing I did was get our budget in the beginning and create a very detailed spreadsheet that accounted for every penny spent. If something cost more than I planned on I made sure I cut money somewhere else. It was a job, but in the end it kept us from being stressed about money!

wedding details

Hometowns

Brick, NJ

Ceremony Location

The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Seton Hall University

Reception Location

Battello

Photographer

Andrew Graham Todes Photography, LLC

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