Real Weddings

Carly and Doug at Mallard Island Yacht Club


How They Met: Though Carly and Doug both attended Pennsylvania State University, they didn’t officially meet until mutual friends brought them together a few years later. While sipping cocktails on a rooftop one June day in New York City, Doug’s roommate attempted to put the moves on Carly’s best friend. The connection wasn’t immediate for their friends, but sparks flew between Doug and Carly.


Will You Marry Me?: On September 20, 2014, Carly, 28, of Manalapan, rushed to a dinner cruise outside of the Hoboken apartment she shared with Doug, but was confused when none of her family members were at the pier as promised. When she turned around, Doug was down on one knee. Doug, 32, of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, then immediately escorted Carly to McLoone’s Pier House for a celebratory drink, where she was greeted by her entire family for a surprise celebration. “It was the most incredible thing someone had ever done for me,” says Carly.


A Grand Entrance: One year later, on September 25, 2015, just as Carly was about to begin her procession down the aisle, her veil was swept off her head by a giant gust of wind that sent it straight for the bay! But the resourceful bride didn’t skip a beat. “This was the most incredible moment of my life and I certainly wasn’t about to let my veil get in the way of that,” she says. Carly and her father simply smiled and walked down the aisle—sans veil—as happy as they had started.


I Do
: Carly and Doug couldn’t control their grins standing beneath the huppah, which was draped in all-white hydrangea, spray roses, gardenias and Phalaenopsis orchids. “There is so much anticipation and emotion leading up to the wedding, all culminating to that one moment,” Carly says.

The Menu: The couple’s 240 guests indulged on chilled raw seafood, cheeseburger sliders, tuna tartare, bacon-wrapped scallops and surf and turf. For dessert, there were mini ice-cream cones and a milk-and-cookie table.

Favorite Touches: Carly and Doug clowned around with two giant “Mr.” and “Mrs.” balloons for photos, while guests paid homage to the couple’s alma mater by tagging their pictures #WeAreTheRosensteins, a fun play on the motto “We are Penn State.”


Favors: In place of traditional favors, the couple made donations to two charities that are close to their hearts: Penn State Dance Marathon benefiting pediatric cancer and The Arc of New Jersey for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Ceremony Location

Mallard Island Yacht Club

Reception Location

Mallard Island Yacht Club


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