Real Weddings

Amanda and Blake at the Ryland Inn

Posted on November 09, 2020 by Ariana Baio

Blake and I met as most millennial couples do – by swiping right! We connected on Hinge and had our first date at a rooftop bar in NYC.

Amanda and Blake at The Ryland Inn

Overlooking the turtle pond in Central Park. Blake had a photographer there to capture the moment, I was completely surprised.

Amanda and Blake at The Ryland Inn

My dream vision for our wedding day was an English garden vibe. My color palette consisted of burgundy, blush and green along with gold accent details. Twisted Willow florist made my vision come to life through the beautiful flower installations. I wanted to invoke an overgrown secret garden around the fireplace and sweetheart table, and continue that up through the chandeliers. All of my signage was done on gold framed mirrors by Write Pretty for Me. My table numbers were lanterns filled with flowers. The centerpieces, candlesticks, and goblets on the tables, along with the backdrop of the Ryland Inn pulled the theme together beautifully.

Amanda and Blake at The Ryland Inn

Not only does the Ryland have a beautiful ballroom (the chandeliers are my favorite part), but the food there is second to none. Having two large Italian families, this was the most important wedding detail for us!

Amanda and Blake at The Ryland Inn

Our dinner menu consisted of a fall mixed green salad with figs. Entrée was a choice of shortrib, red-snapper, or vegetarian cassoulet. We can’t forget cocktail hour! Our guests obsessed over the chicken & waffles station. Our cake was vanilla with alternating tiers of raspberry/vanilla custard and chocolate mousse with buttercream frosting. We also had a “Jersey shore” themed dessert bar filled with zeppoles, waffles and ice cream in addition we had a donut wall.

Amanda and Blake at The Ryland Inn

My gown was a custom Ysa Makino from Castle Couture. The designers at Ysa Makino along with the team at Castle Couture were amazing to work with, they sent me a sketch of the requested design changes I made to make sure everything was exactly what I wanted. When the gown arrived, it was even better than I had dreamed.

Amanda and Blake at The Ryland Inn

My favorite moment had to have been the few seconds I had with my dad in the church foyer before they opened the doors and he walked me down the aisle. We didn’t say much, but he reassured me that I would always be his “little girl.” It was so special to have that time with him.

Amanda and Blake at The Ryland Inn

There is a horse farm near the Ryland Inn called Liberty Farms. They brought over two of their horses, Roman and George, on riders to greet our guests as they arrived for cocktail hour. It was the first thing our guests saw when they arrived at the Ryland and it was truly a “wow” factor and set the tone for an elegant evening. It also tied into my ‘English garden’ theme really nicely, and made for some beautiful photos.

Amanda and Blake at The Ryland Inn

I had a slight wardrobe malfunction with my dress. Once it was bustled, I felt as though it was still too long and was nervous I would be tripping on it throughout the night and during our first dance. My bridal attendant at the Ryland Inn, Toni, was quick to jump into action. She pulled a sewing kit out of nowhere and actually sewed an additional bustle onto my dress, in just minutes. She was a total lifesaver and her quick thinking allowed me to dance the night away and fully enjoy every moment.

Amanda and Blake at The Ryland Inn

“I Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” by Frankie Valli.

Amanda and Blake at The Ryland Inn

Enjoy every moment of planning. It can be stressful but it is a special and exciting time! I used a day-of coordinator, Effortlyss Events. Having her help for last minute items and to make sure everything ran smoothly day-of was a huge weight off my shoulders.

Amanda and Blake at The Ryland Inn

Singapore and the Maldives.

the details



Ceremony Location

Church of the Sacred Heart

Reception Location

The Ryland Inn


Amy Rizzuto Photography


Church of the Sacred Heart, South Plainfield, NJ

Bride’s Gown

Ysa Makino (Custom) - Castle Couture

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