How they met:
Brooke Somody and Alex Kenny, both 30, have quite a long history. “Asking how we met is a loaded question,” Brooke says. “We were in the same first-grade class when we traded each other granola bars for fruit roll-ups.” They remained close all through high school and also dated, but went their separate ways for college. After spending one year apart, they reconnected during sophomore year and have been together ever since.
How they got engaged:
On the morning of April 8, 2017, Alex asked Brooke to take their dog, Roddy, for a walk. “It was a bit chilly out, so I was trying to talk Alex out of walking. But he convinced me to go.” So Brooke threw on sweatpants and sneakers as Alex put on cool clothes and had his hair perfectly in place. “I should have known something was up,” Brooke says. “When we got to the end of the pier overlooking Manhattan, Alex got down on one knee and proposed. I was completely shocked!”
The couple chose the Architects Golf Club in Phillipsburg because of its picturesque view —and because Alex is an avid golfer. “I always wanted an autumn wedding, and this venue was perfect for viewing New Jersey fall foliage. We were able to have everything on site, and there was also a good back-up plan in case of rain.”
Details of the day:
When the big day came on October 12, 2018, the wedding and reception wowed in rose and gold. Bridesmaids wore rose-hued dresses, and groomsmen looked dapper in blue suits. Blossoms were displayed in pink and gold glass vases, and bouquets were white and green with a bit of light pink and blue. Achieving a fun yet romantic atmosphere was very important to the couple, as was striking the right balance of music. “We really wanted everyone to dance, so we made sure that the music was a good mix of old and new, without line dances,” Brooke says.
What was on the menu:
Cocktail hour featured several culinary stations as well as passed hors d’oeuvres. “I honestly can’t even remember what we had because I think I only ate a spring roll,” the bride says. “But everyone raved about the cocktail hour, our sit-down dinner with beef, chicken and fish options, and our red-velvet cake.” Immediately following the wedding ceremony, the couple made sure that champagne was passed as multiple lines opened for the bars. “We didn’t want guests to wait in a long line to get their drinks,” Brooke says.
All about the gown:
The bride’s Mikaella Bridal gown featured a snug bodice and a fuller skirt. “Originally, I wanted lace and glitz, but once I tried on my sleek, sophisticated gown, it was just so me,” Brooke says. “Plus, it was lightweight, so I knew I would be able to dance all night long.”
Her favorite moment:
The bride’s favorite moment was walking down the aisle with her mom. “I lost my dad exactly five months before my wedding and a rainbow lit up the sky as Mom and I walked together,” Brooke says. “Alex and I also wrote our own vows and it was very special because we had such a crazy year and we have been in each other’s lives for so long.”
Details they couldn’t live without:
In honor of her father, Brooke had fabric from his shirt as well as the date of her parents’ wedding sewn inside her bridal gown. “My dad might not have been there in person, but I know he was with us in spirit,” she says.
Advice for other brides:
“If any details are not done by the day of the wedding, forget about them—it was not meant to be,” Brooke says.
Brooke and Alex enjoyed a wedding trip to Greece, where they flew into Athens and then continued on to Mykonos, Naxos (an authentic Old-World Greek island) and Santorini.—Susan Brierly Bush